Meet Our Staff

Sally Linowski

Sally Linowski
Associate Dean of Students, Off Campus Student Life and Community Education

I grew up on Cape Cod, working in my family’s lawn, garden, and marine business from a young age.  I earned a BS in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Hampshire and both a MS and PhD in Public Health from UMass Amherst.

As Associate Dean, I lead Off Campus Student Services, providing support, programming, resources, trainings, and social events for campus community members who live in area neighborhoods. I create opportunities for community outreach, foster student engagement in the community, and maintain liaison relationships with town officials, landlords, residents and university staff.  I enjoy developing innovative peer mobilization and other community-led initiatives, such as Walk This Way, Team Positive Presence, and the Watch for Me Campaign, and working with diverse groups of stakeholders to promote campus safety, civility, UMass pride, and community involvement. 

Thea L. Costine
Off Campus Student Services Manager

Thea has the main responsibility for the Off Campus Housing search processes, fairs, and website. She creates educational opportunities, publications, and programs for students, parents, and landlords. She is also a direct liaison to area landlords and town officials.

Maura RobertsMaura Shea Roberts
Off Campus Student Services Graduate Assistant

I grew up in Amherst, about two miles down the road from UMass.  In May 2009, I graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and the Study of Women and Gender.  After graduating, I moved to Boston and started working at Brandeis University both in Administration and Finance and then as the coordinator for the Office of Planning and Institutional Research.  In the fall of 2014, I moved back to Amherst to start the joint Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Education in Higher Education program.

As an Amherst native, I am excited to be working with off campus students and helping them become a part of the larger Pioneer Valley community! 


Costin T.Costin Thampikutty
Off Campus Student Services Graduate Assistant

I was raised in the Bronx, NY and recently graduated from Siena College with a Bachelors in English. Through AmeriCorps, I worked with high school seniors as a College-Access Intern and this experience led me to working at my school's Cross-Cultural Center, continuing to supporting students’ transition through college. A few of my favorite opportunities so far have been facilitating diversity workshops, planning week-long programming such as Hip-Hop Week and serving on committees with faculty, staff and students to better inclusivity on campus.

 While pursuing my M.Ed in Higher Education Administration, I’ll be working as the Graduate Assistant for Outreach. I plan to use my outside the box thinking to maintain the Office Campus Student Center as a crucial resource for all students!

Eduardo V.Eduardo Vergara
Off Campus Student Services Graduate Assistant

I am Eduardo Vergara and I grew up in New Haven, CT. I graduated from UConn in 2014 with a degree in Allied Health Science and Spanish. Currently, I am a second year graduate student going for my Masters in Public Health in Community Health Education.

During the 2016-2017 academic school year, I will serve as the Graduate Assistant of Team Positive Presence and Walk This Way. Both of which are programs which aim to promote a positive campus climate.