Dean's Office

The SBS Dean's Office provides leadership for the College on multiple crucial levels. The office directs the strategic direction of the college, guides teaching and research missions, and ensures the welfare of the College's faculty and students. The office also provides administrative support and directs the allocation of the budget.

All Dean's Office Staff (A-Z)

Cindy Beaumont
Personnel and Finance Specialist
201B Draper Hall | 413-545-4172

Rebecca Bell
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Angélica Bernal
Director of the SBS Academic Fellows Program & Associate Professor of Political Science
334 Thompson Hall | 413-545-2761

Vanessa Blais
Associate Director, Advising Resource Center
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira '00 MPA, '18 PhD
Academic Dean and Director of First Year Seminars
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Mari Castañeda
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion & Professor of Communication
N312 Integrated Learning Center | 413-545-6339

Julie Caswell
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development & Distinguished Professor of Resource Economics
225 Draper Hall | 413-577-1203

Diane Curtis, J.D.
Director of Pre-Law Advising
210 Thompson Hall | 413-577-0396

Chrystal Daugherty
Senior Director of Development

Saulo DePaula
Associate Director for Analytics, Special Projects, and Events
214 Draper Hall | 413-545-7185

Emilie F. Czupryna
Assistant Director of Development
223 Draper Hall | 413-577-1703

Sally Fitz
Development Associate
215 Draper Hall | 413-545-2152

Naomi Gerstel
Acting Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development & Distinguished Professor of Sociology
236 Draper Hall | 413-545-5977

Kelly Gray
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Advising Resource Center
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

John Hird
Dean & Professor of Political Science
230 Draper Hall | 413-545-4173

Mythreyi Krishnan
Communications Manager
213 Draper Hall | 413-545-7149

Ray La Raja
Director of Program Innovation & Professor of Political Science
330 Thompson Hall | 413-545-6182

Mary Ann Libardi
Director of Personnel
202 Draper Hall | 413-545-4186

Rhys Livingstone
Academic Advisor
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Jennifer Lundquist
Senior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development & Professor of Sociology
236 Draper Hall | 413-545-5977

Susan McDonough '81
Associate Director of Donor Relations
219 Draper Hall | 413-577-1202

Matthew Medeiros
Communications Manager
220 Draper Hall | 413-577-1030

Lynn Phillips
Director of Academic Engagement and Student Success & Senior Lecturer of Communication
N326 Integrated Learning Center | 413-545-0518

Aimee Jo Pion
Administrative Assistant
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Lauren Robinson
Financial Assistant and NetCom Rep
203 Draper Hall | 413-545-1607

Karen Schoenberger
Senior Assistant Dean
229 Draper Hall | 413-545-1753

Carol Sharick
Director of Career and Professional Development
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Xandria Sotomayor
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Pamela Stawasz
Academic Advisor, Global Education
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Tracy Tudryn
Assistant to the Deans
231 Draper Hall | 413-545-4173

Dominick Usher
Assistant Director, Advising Resource Center
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Christine Wais
Executive Director of Development
218 Draper Hall | 413-577-1204

Melissa Walsh
Director of Finance
201 Draper Hall | 413-545-4405

Flannery Weiss
Graduate Advisor
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057

Deans and Administration

Mari Castañeda
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion & Professor of Communication
N312 Integrated Learning Center | 413-545-6339
Contact me for questions related to: Faculty recruitment and hiring guidelines.
Relevant links: Diversity and Inclusion; Hiring Policies

Julie Caswell
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development & Distinguished Professor of Resource Economics
225 Draper Hall | 413-577-1203
Contact me for questions related to: Curriculum and curriculum approvals, Student Success, and SBS Pathways.
Relevant link: SBS Pathways to Success

Saulo DePaula
Associate Director for Analytics, Special Projects, and Events
214 Draper Hall | 413-545-7185
Contact me for questions related to: Data needs/requests and event planning guidance.
Relevant links: Planning Data and Resources; Planning an Event

Naomi Gerstel
Acting Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development & Distinguished Professor of Sociology
236 Draper Hall | 413-545-5977
Contact me for questions related to: Faculty research, grants, mentoring, and support.
Relevant link: Professional Resources

Kelly Gray
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Advising Resource Center
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057
Contact me for questions related to: Undergraduate academic advising, Student Success, and SBS Pathways.
Relevant link: Advising Resource Center

John Hird
Dean & Professor of Political Science
230 Draper Hall | 413-545-4173
Contact me for questions related to: Overall college leadership and management.
Relevant link: Dean John A. Hird

Ray La Raja
Director of Program Innovation & Professor of Political Science
330 Thompson Hall | 413-545-6182
Contact me for questions related to: Online courses and academic programs, and revenue-generating campus projects.

Jennifer Lundquist
Senior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development & Professor of Sociology
236 Draper Hall | 413-545-5977
Contact me for questions related to: Faculty research, grants, mentoring, and support.
Relevant link: Professional Resources

Karen Schoenberger
Senior Assistant Dean
229 Draper Hall | 413-545-1753
Contact me for questions related to: General administration or operations including staffing, enrollment management, budgets, and space/facilities management.

Tracy Tudryn
Assistant to the Deans
231 Draper Hall | 413-545-4173
Contact me for questions related to: Scheduling meetings with the Deans.

Advising Resource Center

The SBS Advising Resource Center is here to guide you to success throughout your time at UMass and beyond. Our advisor and programs are crafted to help you explore your academic interest, create a curriculum that works for you, articulate and achieve your goals, become an engaged member of your community, and prepare for life after graduation.

128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm during the academic year


Kelly Gray
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Advising Resource Center
Contact me for questions related to: Undergraduate academic advising, Student Success, and SBS Pathways.
Relevant link: Advising Resource Center

Rebecca Bell
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development
Contact me for questions related to: Your job or internship search, including exploring your interests and options, networking, getting experience on and off campus, using job search resources, preparing a strong application, and more!
Relevant link: Career and Professional Development Advising

Vanessa Blais
Associate Director, Advising Resource Center
Contact me for questions related to: Academic Dean's issues and petitions, academic discipline, academic advisor training, and the SBS Exploratory Track.
Relevant links: SBS Academic Deans, Exploratory Track Program, Exploratory Track Advising

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira '00 MPA, '18 PhD
Academic Dean and Director of First Year Seminars
Contact me for questions related to: Exceptions or petitions for classes (e.g., late withdrawal, late add), academic discipline, appeals for academic reinstatement after suspension or dismissal, and to find out about being a teaching assistant for a first year seminar.
Relevant link: SBS Academic Deans

Diane Curtis, J.D.
Director of Pre-Law Advising
210 Thompson Hall | 413-577-0396
Contact me for questions related to: Advising regarding legal careers and the law school application process.
Relevant link: Pre-Law Advising

Rhys Livingstone
Academic Advisor
Contact me for questions related to: Major exploration and declaration, and the SBS Exploratory Track.
Relevant links: Exploratory Track ProgramExploratory Track Advising

Aimee Jo Pion
Administrative Assistant
Contact me for questions related to: Administration and office operations, general questions, scheduling Dean's appointments, and SOCBEHAV scheduling.

Carol Sharick
Director of Career and Professional Development
Contact me for questions related to: Your job or internship search, including exploring your interests and options, networking, getting experience on and off campus, using job search resources, preparing a strong application, and more!
Relevant link: Career and Professional Development Advising

Xandria Sotomayor
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development
Contact me for questions related to: Your job or internship search, including exploring your interests and options, networking, getting experience on and off campus, using job search resources, preparing a strong application, and more!
Relevant link: Career and Professional Development Advising

Pamela Stawasz
Academic Advisor, Global Education
Contact me for questions related to: The Global Education requirement and/or the SBS Summer in Cape Town, South Africa study abroad program.
Relevant link: SBS Global Education Requirement

Dominick Usher
Assistant Director, Advising Resource Center
Contact me for questions related to: Admissions and New Students Orientation activities for SBS, SBS Exploratory Track, and Peer Advisor in the Advising Resource Center.
Relevant links: Exploratory Track ProgramExploratory Track Advising

Flannery Weiss
Graduate Advisor
Contact me for questions related to: Major exploration and declaration, and the SBS Exploratory Track.
Relevant links: Exploratory Track ProgramExploratory Track Advising

Communications

Search Underway
Director of External Affairs and Communication
Contact me for questions related to: TBD
Relevant link: Communications Support

Mythreyi Krishnan
Communications Manager
213 Draper Hall | 413-545-7149
Contact me for questions related to: Communications, marketing and design needs and projects, website management, and brand compliance guidance.
Relevant link: Communications Support

Matthew Medeiros
Communications Manager
220 Draper Hall | 413-577-1030
Contact me for questions related to: SBS webpage and communications support (e.g., publicity, photos, and social media).
Relevant link: Communications Support

Development

Christine Wais
Executive Director of Development
218 Draper Hall | 413-577-1204
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

Chrystal Daugherty
Senior Director of Development
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

Emilie F. Czupryna
Assistant Director of Development
223 Draper Hall | 413-577-1703
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

Sally Fitz
Development Associate
215 Draper Hall | 413-545-2152
Contact me for questions related to: SBS donor events and logistics.

Susan McDonough '81
Associate Director of Donor Relations
219 Draper Hall | 413-577-1202
Contact me for questions related to: Academic Works, scholarships, and donor relations.

Personnel and Finance

Mary Ann Libardi
Director of Personnel
202 Draper Hall | 413-545-4186
Contact me for questions related to: Personnel and human resources.
Relevant link: Hiring Policies

Melissa Walsh
Director of Finance
201 Draper Hall | 413-545-4405
Contact me for questions related to: College and departmental budgets and finance.

Cindy Beaumont
Personnel and Finance Specialist
201B Draper Hall | 413-545-4172
Contact me for questions related to: Personnel and human resources.
Relevant link: Hiring Policies

Lauren Robinson
Financial Assistant and NetCom Rep
203 Draper Hall | 413-545-1607
Contact me for questions related to: Dean's Office purchase orders, supply procurement, and reimbursements. 

Student Success

Julie Caswell
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development & Distinguished Professor of Resource Economics
225 Draper Hall | 413-577-1203
Contact me for questions related to: Curriculum and curriculum approvals, Student Success, and SBS Pathways.
Relevant link: SBS Pathways to Success

Angélica Bernal
Director of the SBS Academic Fellows Program & Associate Professor of Political Science
334 Thompson Hall | 413-545-2761
Contact me for questions related to: Participating in and/or collaborating with the SBS Academic Fellows Program.
Relevant link: Academic Fellows Program

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira '00 MPA, '18 PhD
Academic Dean and Director of First Year Seminars
Contact me for questions related to: Exceptions or petitions for classes (e.g., late withdrawal, late add), academic discipline, appeals for academic reinstatement after suspension or dismissal, and to find out about being a teaching assistant for a first year seminar.
Relevant link: SBS Academic Deans

Kelly Gray
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Advising Resource Center
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057
Contact me for questions related to: Undergraduate academic advising, Student Success, and SBS Pathways.
Relevant link: Advising Resource Center

John Hird
Dean & Professor of Political Science
230 Draper Hall | 413-545-4173
Contact me for questions related to: Overall college leadership and management.
Relevant link: Dean John A. Hird

Lynn Phillips
Director of Academic Engagement and Student Success & Senior Lecturer of Communication
N326 Integrated Learning Center | 413-545-0518
Contact me for questions related to: SBS Pathways and Student Success initiatives.
Relevant links: SBS Pathways to Success

Carol Sharick
Director of Career and Professional Development
Contact me for questions related to: Your job or internship search, including exploring your interests and options, networking, getting experience on and off campus, using job search resources, preparing a strong application, and more!
Relevant link: Career and Professional Development Advising