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Get to know the Staff

Sarah Neill

Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost

Sarah Neill assumed the role of Dean for Student Life in June 2009, having served as the Associate Dean of Student Life for 11 years. As associate dean, she played a leading role in matters pertaining to student health and wellness across the College and has presented at regional and national conferences on related topics. Prior to her tenure at Simmons, Neill served as assistant dean at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and has additional student affairs experience working at Smith College and Lesley and Bentley Universities.

Susan Antonelli

Associate Dean for Student Life

Raymond Ou

Associate Dean for Student Life

Edward Byrne

Resident Director, South, Evans, & Smith Halls

Edward Byrne joined the Simmons Residence Life staff in August of 2012. His previous professional experience includes serving as the Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs for grades 9-12 in the Cambridge Public Schools, where he developed diversity initiatives and multicultural programming, and advised school, district, and city leaders on culturally competent curriculum, instruction, and school climate practices. He continues to teach a seminar on race and culture for high school juniors and seniors every year. Additionally, he was Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth, an independent state agency that provides oversight and sets policy on supporting GLBT youth across the state. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and is a native of Methuen, MA.

Gina Capra

Coordinator, Violence Prevention & Education Outreach

Gina Capra is an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Student Life and a graduate student in the Master of Science in Management Program at Simmons College. Prior to coming to Simmons, Gina lived in Portland, Maine, where she worked as an advocate for survivors of domestic and dating violence. She graduated with a BA in Women and Gender Studies in 2005 from the University of Southern Maine, and worked for many years coordinating programs through their Women's Resource Center, Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and Multicultural Center. In her spare time, Gina enjoys traveling, going on road trips, trying out new restaurants, crafting, and spending time with her partner, family, and two sweet cats.

Valerie Filiberto

Administrative Assistant & International Student Advisor, Office of the Dean for Student Life

Adam Gray

Residence Director, Morse Hall

Adam graduated from Western New England University where he received his B.A. in History and Spanish. While at Western New England University he worked as a Resident Advisor for three years and in the Office of Learning Beyond the Classroom for four years. Adam was also a part of multiple organizations such as National Residence Hall Honorary, Gay-Straight Alliance, and 4-H. He enjoys riding his horses and spending time with friends when he is not working or studying. He will be attending Northeastern University this year as a part of the Masters program in College Student Development and Counseling.

Cheryl Kimber

Resident Director, Mesick Hall

Cheryl is from upstate New York and moved to Boston to pursue graduate school.
She attended the University of Rochester as an undergraduate and majored in Public Health and Biomedical Ethics. Two subjects that she hold near and dear. In her free time she likes to read, play trivia, and watch cheesy horror movies on Netflix.

Amelia McConnell

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Resident Director, North and South Halls

Amelia McConnell joined our staff in November of 2013. Prior to her tenure at Simmons, Amelia has worked  for the past 5 years within Residence Life at Southern New Hampshire University and Brandeis University. While a graduate student at the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks!), Amelia served as a Scholarship Hall Director and Academic Advisor. In higher education, she is very passionate about mentorship, training and development of staff, school spirit/pride, and multiculturalism. In her free time, Amelia enjoys athletics, photography, traveling, karaoke, being crafty and any summer time activity.  She is thrilled to be a new member of the Simmons community!

Kat Michael

Resident Director, Dix Hall

Kat Michael is a native Kentuckian and a recent transplant to the Northeast. She received her BA from Western Kentucky University and while at WKU began her focus in student housing and student programing by working for the campus' Housing and Residence Life Department as an Assistant Housing Director. She also served on a number of boards and student groups which focused on queer, trans, and minority issues. After leaving WKU, Kat joined Sullivan University as their Housing and Residence Life Graduate Assistant, filling in numerous positions while also working with the on campus LGBTQ group. Kat has recently began work on her masters through Simmons College and their Gender and Cultural program. She enjoys reading, writing, geek culture, video games, coffee, and is excited to join the Simmons community.

Tia Miller

Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Activities

Tia Miller came to Simmons in July of 2010. Prior to joining the Simmons staff, Tia worked for Stonehill University, and received her Masters from Suffolk University in Boston.  Tia advises the Campus Activities Board the Class of 2016 class council, and works with Weekend Programming, Family and Friends Weekend, and Shark Week.

Jeannine Leach

Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean for Student Life

Jess Samuels

Director of Residence Life

Jess Samuels joined the Simmons College community in 2008. With many years in the field of Student Affairs, Jess has worked in a variety of residential communities. Before coming to Boston, Jess worked at Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg College, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interests include women's studies, LGBT education, and diversity training. When she is not working you may find Jessica biking down the Charles River Esplanade or kayaking.

Lisa Smith-McQueenie

Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

Bethany Tuller

Program Coordinator, Office of Student Leadership and Activities

Bethany is excited to be joining the OSLA staff at Simmons after graduating with her M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. During her time in graduate school, Bethany worked at Northeastern University, Emerson College, Berklee College of Music and St. Joesph's University in Philadelphia. In her spare time, Bethany enjoys going to concerts, binge-watching TV shows, and exploring Boston.

Amie Vallerie

Residence Life Coordinator
Resident Director, Simmons Hall

Amie is originally from Massachusetts, but grew up all over the country.  She attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA as an undergraduate for her degree in art and Mansfield University in Pennsylvania for her masters in education. Her higher education interests include multiculturalism/inclusion, sexual violence/rape culture education, and staff training and development.  When she's not watching too much BBC, reading, or painting she likes to go on quests for coffee, used book stores, and watching a lot of Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins games.

Corey Zohlman

Assistant Director, Office of Student Leadership and Activities & Resident Director, Arnold & North Hall

Corey Zohlman joined the Simmons staff in July of 2012 and is in his 3rd year at Simmons as the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. Prior to joining the Simmons staff, Corey worked at Princeton University as the Assistant Director of the Frist Campus Center. He has also worked at Wesleyan University in both Student Activities and Campus Center Operations. Corey attended Central Connecticut State University where he earned his B.A. in Psychology and his M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education. In his free time he loves to indulge in trying different coffee shops around Boston, explore the city, watch too much E! Network, attend car shows and take random trips to explore New England.