Arrivals to and changes in the YCDO

Marvin Cnun, Dean of Yale College

August 28, 2017

Dear Yale College Dean’s Office colleagues,

This semester the YCDO is welcoming over two dozen new members to the YCDO – a record – and we are also seeing a few familiar faces take on new roles. Here is a list of all the arrivals and changes. (I thank Mark Schenker for creating this very thorough list.) I hope you will join me in welcoming everyone!



New arrivals

Allie Agati joined the study abroad office earlier this year as Associate Director. Before coming to Yale, she held positions at Brown University, Providence College, and Northeastern University. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester studying in Sydney, Australia before earning her B.A. in English Literature at Providence College and her M.A. in Intercultural Relations at Lesley University.

Leanna Barlow is the new Dean of Silliman College. She earned her B.S. summa cum laude in Public Health and Social Justice from the University of Massachusetts; her M.P.A. from Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs; and her Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University. Leanna comes to Yale with extensive experience in student advising at Harvard and at Brandeis, where she taught courses in the Politics Department on comparative politics, social movements, and extreme party politics in Europe.

MaryAnn (Mere) Bergstrom joined Morse College at the start of this calendar year as the new Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean. Previously, Mere worked for many years at Yale Summer Session in a number of roles, most recently as the Program Coordinator for Academic Affairs. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, she enjoys traveling and, in her spare time, testing recipes for magazines.

Riché Barnes is the new Dean of Pierson College. She earned her B.A. magna cum laude in Political Science from Spelman College; her M.S. in Urban Studies from Georgia State University; her Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Emory University. Riche was most recently the Assistant Dean of Social Sciences at Endicott College, where she was also Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology. Her most recent book is titled Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood and Community (2016), winner of the 2017 Race, Gender, and Class Section Book Award from the American Sociological Association.

Captain Tim Brunstetter, NROTC, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 2005, served as an infantry squad leader, and completed three overseas deployments to the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean. After reaching the rank of sergeant, he was selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program and attended North Carolina State University as a full- time student while on active duty from 2009-2012. He graduated magna cum laude in 2012 with a BA in History and a minor in Middle East Studies and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He currently serves as the Marine Officer Instructor for the Naval ROTC and teaches Evolution of Warfare and Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare as well as the Naval Science Laboratory.

Sandy Chang joined the Yale College Dean’s Office in April as Associate Dean for Science Education. A Professor at the School of Medicine’s department of Laboratory Medicine, where he serves as Associate Director of the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory, Sandy holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Sandy received his BS from Yale College (he was an MB&B major) in 1988 and his MD/PhD degrees from Cornell University Medical College and Rockefeller University. An Ezra Stiles fellow, he has been a longtime advisor to sophomores and first year students.

Michael Corsetti joins the University Registrar’s Office as Assistant University Registrar. Among his various responsibilities, Michael will oversee the “blue form” process. He has more than ten years of experience working in higher education, serving in registrarial roles at Post University and at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Michael earned his BA in the English and Honors Program at Fairfield University and MA in English at Villanova.

Carolina Davila joined Yale College earlier this summer as the new assistant director in La Casa Cultural. She comes to Yale after serving as a Residence Hall Director at the University of Connecticut, where she oversaw a residential area housing 600-1,400 students, and supervised numerous Resident Assistants. A native of Puerto Rico, via Boston, Carolina identifies as a first-generation college student. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mira Debs is the new Executive Director of Education Studies, as of August 1. Mira has served as a teaching fellow for EDST 110, and has taught courses in the program, such as “Cities, Suburbs, and School Choice” and “Public Schools and Public Policy.” She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and then attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, where she both completed the Master of Philosophy degree in European Politics and Society and trained for an additional year as a high school history teacher. She has extensive teaching, research and administrative experience. 

Marrisa Delise is the new Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean in Pauli Murray. Most recently, she worked as the Registrar and Student Support Services at the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB). Prior to coming to Yale, Marrisa worked at SCSU as an Associate in Diversity and Equity and an Assistant in both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. She earned her BA in Communications from University of New Hampshire and her MS in Urban Studies at SCSU.

Dr. Lynn Fiellin is the inaugural Director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction Initiative (AODHRI) in Yale College. She started on June 1. An Associate Professor of Medicine in the department of Internal Medicine and the Yale Child Study Center, she is also founder and Director of the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games. Lynn received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 1984 and her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. She joined the faculty in 2000 and is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

Angie Gleason is the new dean of Morse College. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy and History from Saint Joseph’s College; her M.Phil in Medieval History from Trinity College, University of Dublin; and her Ph.D. in History, also from Trinity College. Angie has been a lecturer here in the History Department, and her academic research focuses on early medieval legal and social history, as well as modern sports history. For the past seven years, Angie has had extensive experience working with Yale undergraduates, as Assistant Director of the Center for Language Study, a residential fellow of Old Campus and Swing Space, and as a Davenport College fellow. She also served as Yale College’s Title IX coordinator.

McKenzie Granata comes to the position as the new Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean in Ezra Stiles, by way of the Yale University Department of English. Before joining Yale in 2013, McKenzie worked in Academics for several years in career-based colleges in Denver, Colorado. McKenzie continues to work in her spare time as a freelance researcher, copywriter, and editor. She is also a Notary Public, a Workday expenses expert, and has taught a course on Box for the C&T summer training session.

Dr. Kimberly Hieftje is the new Associate Director of AODHRI. An Associate Research Scientist at the School of Medicine, Kim is the Deputy Director of the play2PREVENT Lab. She received her BS and MS in Applied Health Science in from Indiana University and her Ph.D. in Health Behavior with a concentration in Educational Psychology from IU. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale, working with Dr. Fiellin, and joined the faculty at the School of Medicine in 2011.

Sheraz Iqbal is the new assistant director in the Asian American Cultural Center, and also started earlier this summer. He recently completed his master’s degree in Higher Education Student Personnel at the University of Florida, where he was recognized as Graduate Student of the Year, and had earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Ithaca College. With a background in residential communities, student programming, assessment, and orientation, Sheraz supported first-generation students at the University of Florida in a variety of roles. Before coming to the University of Florida, Sheraz he worked in the Office of Residential Education at Colby-Sawyer College.

Dianne Kaiyoorawongs is a new Old Campus/Student Affairs Fellow for the Office of Gender and Campus Culture. Dianne graduated from Yale in May of 2017 with a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. As a student, Dianne was a Freshman Counselor in Ezra Stiles College, and she is passionate about working in student affairs. Dianne is originally from Sarasota, Florida and in her free time she enjoys being outdoors and soaking up the sun, traveling internationally, and cooking new and interesting foods. Dianne loves New Haven and is grateful to be a part of the vibrant community in and around Yale.

Kathryn (Kate) Krier was appointed on July 1 interim assistant dean for the arts in the Yale College Dean’s Office, taking on many of the responsibilities previously held by Associate Dean Susan Cahan. Before joining the YCDO, Kate held the positions of Production Manager, Lecturer, and Design Adviser for Theater Studies. She has managed a range of Yale programs as diverse as the World Performance Project, the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the campus-wide Shakespeare at Yale initiative. She has worked in scenic and lighting design for Theater Studies, the World Performance Project, and the Yale Cabaret.  Kate holds an MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama.

Elizabeth Larsen has taken on a new role as Student Affairs Associate, for which she will be taking on more supervisory responsibilities within the Office of Gender and Campus Culture and AODHRI.

Ming-Yee Lin, Assistant Director of the Richard U. Light Fellowship Program, is herself a former Light fellow and avid language learner, having dedicated three summers and a fall semester to studying abroad in China and Japan before graduating from YC in 2010 with a B.A. in East Asian Studies. She also holds a J.D. from Yale Law School. After practicing real estate law in Los Angeles for three years, Ming-Yee returned to New Haven to serve as a Global Scholars Fellow, where she helped to develop and administer sessions on campus and in Beijing.

Jacqueline Metzger joined the Yale Summer Session office in March as the new Program Coordinator of Academic Affairs. She previously worked at the Yale School of Forestry and is, perhaps not coincidentally, fond of hiking with her dog.

Ashley Nesmith joined Silliman College as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean earlier this month. Most recently she worked for four years as an Academic Support Coordinator in the Yale University Registrar’s Office, where she trained and supported academic departments all over campus. Before that, she worked in the Yale University Statistics department as the Department Registrar and Chair’s Assistant. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 2006.

Sarika Pandrangi is a new Student Affairs Fellow, dividing her time between AODHRI and the Office of Gender and Campus Culture. Sarika graduated from Yale in May 2017, with a degree in Global Affairs and a certificate in Global Health Studies. A former Communication and Consent Educator, Sarika is excited to return to the Office of Gender and Campus Culture and Yale. She lives in East Rock and is looking forward to getting to know New Haven much better. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Sarika enjoys reading and sitting in the sun, and was a member of several dance teams before and during her time at Yale.

Alexander Rosas in the new dean of a new college: Pauli Murray. Alexander holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy and a J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A., with Honors and Distinction, in International Relations from Stanford University. Most recently he was Associate Director of Graduate Programs at Yale Law School and a Fellow and Freshman Adviser in Branford College and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. Served as Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Law and Society, and University Pre-Law Advisor at Western New England University, He is also admitted to the New York Bar.

Ksenia Sidorenko is the new Title IX Coordinator for Yale College, having served on the UWC for five years and worked in the University’s Title IX office since August last year. She will complete her Ph.D here at Yale this fall in Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Julie Sweigard joined the Yale College Dean’s Office in early July as Senior Executive Assistant to the Dean, overseeing all administrative support for the dean and managing the clerical, staffing, and facilities needs in SSS. Julie, who has held upper-level support positions at Yale for the past decade, is coming to the YCDO from the Office of the Provost and Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where since 2014 she has served as Senior Executive Assistant, supporting both a deputy provost and FAS deans.

Yonas Takele is a new Old Campus/Student Affairs Fellow. Yonas graduated from Yale College this past May with a double major in Sociology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. As a student, Yonas cultivated his interest in Student Affairs through his work as a staffer at the Afro-American Cultural Center, a Cultural Connections Counselor, and as a board member of multiple student organizations. Yonas is from Lawrenceville, Georgia by way of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He enjoys the peculiar intricacies of cooking eggplant, baking bread, and will soon embark on making his own cheeses.

Scott Wallace-Juedes was appointed on August 1 Yale’s Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid. Scott will lead the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid, a new office that will be created this summer through a larger restructuring of Student Financial Services to provide more school-specific services across the university. Most recently, Scott worked at Wellesley College, where he served as Director of Student Financial Services and Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. He has worked also at Oberlin College and at Notre Dame College of Ohio. He has been recognized as a national leader in higher education finance and has presented at more than a dozen conferences and symposia, including the College Board Forum and QuestBridge College Access Conference.

Moves within the YCDO

Jessie Royce Hill has moved from Silliman College, where she served as dean for three years, to become the new dean of the new Benjamin Franklin College. Jessie has also for the past two years served as secretary to the steering committee for the new colleges, immersing herself in the details of the strategic planning for their opening and managing the process of populating them. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in European History cum laude from Barnard College and the Masters of Science degree with a concentration in print journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University.

Adriana Ortiz served as a Student Affairs Fellow last year and becomes this year Assistant Director of Student Affairs. A 2013 graduate from Yale College with a double major in English and Ethnicity, Race and Migration, she has previously worked at Yale-NUS College, at a startup accelerator, and at an arts-based nonprofit with a focus on college access. In her role as Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Adriana will be continuing her work with Hannah Peck to manage undergraduate organizations and will begin connecting student group leader training to a more cohesive leadership development program.

Joel Silverman is the new full-time Director of Academic and Educational Affairs. Joel brings to his new position extensive at Yale: a decade as Dean of Morse College; more than 10 years teaching courses in the American Studies and English Departments; eight years as Secretary of the Yale College Teaching and Learning Committee; and three years as head of the Yale Summer Session residential colleges. In his new role he will collaborate with Mark Schenker and his staff in their work with the residential college deans, the Office of the University Registrar, and, at times, individual students and faculty.