The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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)

Rebecca BellRebecca Bell
Associate Director of Career and Professional Development
128 Thompson Hall
413-577-1057

 

Vanessa BlaisVanessa Blais
Academic Dean, SBS Pathways Center
128 Thompson Hall
413-577-1057

 

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

 

Odessa BurkettOdessa Burkett
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development
128 Thompson Hall
413-577-1057

 

Connie Chatterton
Human Resources Specialist

203 Draper Hall
413-545-4172

 

David Cort
Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sociology

 

 

Dylan Curcio
Assistant Director of Development

215 Draper Hall
 

 

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

 

Saulo DePaulaKoni Denham
Director of Student Success
221 Draper Hall
413-545-0694

 

Saulo DePaulaSaulo DePaula
Director of Analytics and Operations
223 Draper Hall
413-545-7185

 

Sally FitzSally Fitz
Director of Development Operations
216 Draper Hall
413-545-2152

 

Kathy Roberts Forde
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion & Professor of Journalism

 

 

Kelly GrayKelly Gray
Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the SBS Pathways Center
128 Thompson Hall
413-577-1057

 

Felicia Griffin-FennellFelicia Griffin-Fennell
Director of the Academic Fellows Program
128 Thompson Hall
413-577-4052

 

Michael Heffernan
Information Technology Lead
213 Draper Hall
 

 

Nicki Hendrix
Assistant Dean of Development
218 Draper Hall
 

 

Liz Kendall
Associate Director of Development
214 Draper Hall
 

 

Lindsay Kruzlic
Human Resources Assistant
201b Draper Hall
 

 

Raymond La RajaRay La Raja
Associate Dean for Program Innovation & Professor of Political Science
330 Thompson Hall
413-545-6182

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Karen MillerKaren Miller
Lecturer
216 Draper Hall
413-345-5415

 

Margaux NeiderbachMargaux Neiderbach
Director of Development

214 Draper Hall
 

 

 

LizAnette Perez Lind
Assistant Director of the SBS Pathways Center

128 Thompson Hall
413-577-1057

 

Lynn PhillipsLynn Phillips
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development & Senior Lecturer II of Communication
N326 Integrated Learning Center and 226 Draper Hall
413-545-4135

 

 

Aimee Jo PionAimee Jo Pion
Office Manager
128 Thompson Hall
413-577-1057

 

Lauren RobinsonLauren Robinson
Financial Assistant and NetCom Rep
202 Draper Hall
413-545-1607

 

R. Karl RethemeyerR. Karl Rethemeyer
Dean & Professor of Public Policy
230 Draper Hall
 

 

Sam Sarfaty-JacksonSam Sarfaty-Jackson
Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
319 Draper Hall
413-687-5403

 

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

 

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

 

Tom SzumitaTom Szumita
Assistant Dean for Finance and Planning
235 Draper Hall
413-545-7184

 

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

 

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

 

Morgan Woroner
Associate Director of External Affairs and Communications
320 Draper Hall
413-545-1030

 

 

Deans and Administration

David Cort
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion & Associate Professor of Sociology
Contact me for questions related to: Inclusivity and acceptance, access and opportunities for all, representation and inclusion of historically underrepresented groups

Koni Denham
Director of Student Success 
221 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: Student Success, Advising, and SBS Pathways

Saulo DePaula
Director of Analytics and Operations
223 Draper Hall | 413-545-7185
Contact me for questions related to: Data needs/requests and event planning guidance.
Relevant links: Planning Data and ResourcesPlanning an EventProfessional ResourcesSBS Awards and GrantsSBS Senior Celebration; Social Science Matters

Kathy Roberts Forde
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion & Professor of Journalism
Contact me for questions related to: Inclusivity and acceptance, access and opportunities for all, representation and inclusion of historically underrepresented groups

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

Felicia Griffin-Fennell
Director of Academic Fellows Program & Lecturer in Sociology
128 Thompson Hall
Contact me for questions related to: Academic Fellows Program

Michael Heffernan
Information Technology Lead
213 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: IT planning and infrastructure

Nicki Hendrix
Assistant Dean of Development
215 Draper Hall 
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

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

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

Lynn Phillips
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development & Senior Lecturer II of Communication
N326 Integrated Learning Center | 413-545-4135
226 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: SBS Pathways and Student Success initiatives.
Relevant links: SBS Pathways to Success

R. Karl Rethemeyer
Dean & Professor of Public Policy
230 Draper Hall 
Contact me for questions related to: Overall college leadership and management.
Relevant link: Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer

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.

Tom Szumita
Assistant Dean for Finance and Planning
235 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: College and departmental budgets and finance.

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

Communications

Sam Sarfaty-Jackson
Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
320 Draper Hall | 413-545-1030
Contact me for questions related to: Multimedia content strategy, website management, photography, and videography.
Relevant link: Communications Support

Morgan Woroner
Associate Director of External Affairs and Communications
320 Draper Hall | 413-545-1030
Contact me for questions related to: Website management & digital media.
Relevant link: Communications Support

Development

Nicki Hendrix
Assistant Dean of Development
215 Draper Hall 
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

Dylan Curcio
Assistant Director of Development
215 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

Sally Fitz
Director of Development Operations
216 Draper Hall | 413-545-2152
Contact me for questions related to: SBS donor events and logistics.

Liz Kendall
Associate Director of Development
214 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

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.

Margaux Neiderbach
Director of Development
214 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: Fundraising and supporting college initiatives.

Personnel and Finance

Tom Szumita
Assistant Dean for Finance and Planning
235 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: College and departmental budgets and finance.

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

Connie Chatterton
Human Resources Specialist
203 Draper Hall | 413-545-4172
Contact me for questions related to: Personnel and human resources.
Relevant link: Hiring Policies

Lindsay Kruzlic
Human Resources Assistant
201b Draper Hall
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.

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

SBS Pathways Center

The SBS Pathways Center is here to guide students to success throughout their time at UMass and beyond. Our advisors 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

Rebecca Bell
Associate 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
Academic Dean, SBS Pathways 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
Assistant 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

Odessa Burkett
Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development
128 Thompson Hall | 413-577-1057
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

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

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

Felicia Griffin-Fennell
Director of Academic Fellows Program & Lecturer in Sociology
Contact me for questions related to: Adademic Fellows Program 
Relevant link: Academic Fellows Program

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

LizAnette Perez Lind
Assistant Director of the SBS Pathways Center
Contact me for questions related to: SBS Pathways
Relevant links: SBS Pathways to Success

Aimee Jo Pion
Office Manager
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

Student Success

Lynn Phillips
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development & Senior Lecturer II of Communication
N326 Integrated Learning Center | 413-545-4135
226 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: SBS Pathways and Student Success initiatives.
Relevant links: SBS Pathways to Success

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

Koni Denham
Director of Student Success 
221 Draper Hall
Contact me for questions related to: Student Success, Advising, and SBS Pathways

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

Felicia Griffin-Fennell
Director of Academic Fellows Program & Lecturer in Sociology
Contact me for questions related to: Academic Fellows Program 
Relevant link: Academic Fellows Program

LizAnette Perez Lind
Assistant Director of the SBS Pathways Center
128 Thompson Hall
Contact me for questions related to: SBS Pathways
Relevant links: SBS Pathways to Success

R. Karl Rethemeyer
Dean & Professor of Public Policy
230 Draper Hall 
Contact me for questions related to: Overall college leadership and management
Relevant link: Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer

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