Student Activities Office Staff (in alphabetical order)

SAO Advisors & Groups | Grad Students | Students

SAO Advisors & Groups



Advisor Group Types

Additional Groups

Ana Barraza

[email protected]

Academic & Professional, Departmental, DUGs, Graduate 

BSA, Class Boards, Liber, Market Shares

Matthew Branch

[email protected]

Cultural & Ethnic, Gender & Sexuality, Political, Religious & Spiritual, Social Action

ABWxD, BOLT, Debating Union, IFF, Mock Trial, Model UN, SPEC

Bill Farber

[email protected] 

Art & Peformance, Radio & Film, Music, Recreation & Appreciation


Megan Fox

[email protected]

Greek Organizations, Program Houses, Service


Joie Steele

[email protected]

Student Government

BCA, Student Veterans Society


Ana Barraza (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Director of Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center & Student Activities

Ana Barraza

Ana Barraza is on her 2nd tour of Brown University, having worked in the Brown Pre-College program in 2010 prior to moving to Texas where she was the Director of the Center for Student Development at Texas Woman's University. She has 15 plus years experience in Higher Education, previously having worked at the University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University, Stonehill College and Semester at Sea. She earned her Bachelor degree in English Literature with a concentration in African/African-American literature from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. Ana worked for 10 years in mental health and substance abuse then ultimately transitioned to corporate america, prior to landing in Higher Education work. Ana's work in higher education has been primarily focused in access to education for underrepresented populations and mentoring women of color, she has taught in the Minor for Leadership Studies at the University of Rhode Island and for the past couple of years served as a tutor and mentor to incoming first year students accepted through the Talent Development program at URI. At Brown, Ana advises the four Class Coordinating Boards, the programming arm of student government and the Brown Student Agencies which engages in entrepreneurial ventures. Ana also oversees the campus center facilities and supervises the Campus Center Evening Managers; students that staff the facility in the evening and the Campus Center Programmers, students that develop and carry out programming geared for students in the Campus Center. She also supervises the Evening Event Managers (EEMs), professional staff that work off hours and weekends to staff student events. Though born in Guatemala, Ana considers herself a native Rhode Islander, having lived and grown up in the west end of Providence since she was 3. She enjoys spending time with her teenage nieces and traveling. Ana is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Theta Psi Omega Chapter and is involved in many civic and community programs in the greater Providence area.

Advises: Academic & Professional, Departmental, DUGs
Additional Groups: Brown Student Agencies, Class Coordinating Boards, Liber, Market Shares
Oversees: Campus Center Programmers, Campus Center Evening Managers, Evening Event Mananagers (EEMs), Leadership Awards, Senior Week, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center

Contact: [email protected] 

Matthew Branch (He, Him, His)
Assistant Director for Student Activities and Special Initiatives

Matthew Branch

Matt Branch joined the Student Activities Team in October 2015. As Assistant Director for Student Activities and Special Initatives Matt manages implementation of the SAO Diversity and Inlcusion Action Plan (DIAP), the Underground Thursdays monthly performing series, and the Orientation Welcoming Committee, a group of student leaders who plan and manage over a dozen events for Orientation. Additionally, he advises A Better World by Design,  Brown Concert Agencies, Brown Debating Union,  Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, , Cultural and Ethnic, Gender & Sexuality, Ivy Film Festival, Model UN, Mock Trial, Political, Religious and Social Action groups here on campus. Prior to coming to Brown, Matt worked in Museum Education and Public Programming, holding positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum for African Art, and the Brooklyn.

In addition to working full-time in the Student Activities Office, Matt is currently a student in the Public Humanities Master's Degree program here at Brown and competes with the Brown Ballroom Dance Team. Matt enjoys attending student group events here at Brown and going home to visit family and friends in New York City.

Advises: Cultural & Ethnic, Gender & Sexuality, Political, Religious & Spiritual, Social Action
Additional Groups: A Better World by Design, BOLT, Debating Union, Ivy Film Festival, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Special Events Committee
Oversees: Orientation & Orientation Welcoming Committee, SAO Diversity & Inclusion Plan (DIAP), SAO Lunchtime Discussion series, Underground Thursdays programming series

Contact: [email protected] 

Diane Chouinard (She, Her, Hers)
Financial Manager

Diane Chouinard has worked at Brown University for over 33 years in various financial roles. She joined the Student Activities Office in August 2000 as the Coordinator for Business Services and later promoted to Financial Manager. Diane oversees the financial activity for over 400 student organizations to ensure they follow University and departmental policies when conducting their financial transactions. She enjoys spending her free time boating and relaxing 'On Golden Pond', aka Great Pond, in Belgrade, Maine.

Oversees: E-Commerce, Financial Reporting, Financial Signatories, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Senior Week Transactions, Student Group Finances

Contact: [email protected] 

William Farber (He, Him, His)
Advisor, Performing Arts Safety Specialist

William Farber

Bill Farber advises student arts, music, media creation, and performance groups for the SAO, as well as coordinating Brown’s safety initiative for student-led performance, film projects, and student-run rehearsal and performance spaces. He returned to Brown in 2017 after an international career as a gaffer and lighting director. A Brown graduate in American Studies, Bill was active in music, theater and filmmaking at Brown and RISD. While not at Brown, Bill enjoys traveling, works with local not-for-profit groups in the arts and performs frequently with local symphony and chamber orchestras. In his spare time, Bill is an avid cook, and can be found on the back roads of New England on bicycle or on backcountry trails on skis.

Advises: Arts, Dance/Acrobatics, Music, Radio/Film, Recreation/Appreciation, Theater/Drama groups
Additional Groups: Campus Services/Events groups (Alumnae Hall Advisory Board, TF Green Advisory Board, Brown Chefs United, Brown University Relaxation Project, Brown University Sign Language Society)
Oversees: Safety at TF Green and Alumnae Hall, safety planning for all SAO student group film, video and performance projects, safety training for student performance group members

Contact: [email protected] 

Megan Fox (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Director for Student Activities and Greek & Program House Engagement (GPHE)

Megan Fox came to Brown in March 2018. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and her Masters of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to coming to Brown, Megan worked for the past twelve years at several Rhode Island institutions in residential life, Greek life, student activities, and student conduct. As the Assistant Director for Greek & Program House Engagement, Megan oversees programming management, leadership development, GPHE housing, and membership education for 24 organizations and approximately 1,400 students. In her free time Megan enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants with her husband, and spending time with family and her Shiba Inu.

Advises: Graduate groups, Greek and Program Houses, and Services groups
Additional Groups: Brown Animal Assisted Therapy, Greek Council, Panhellenic Council, Resumed Undergraduate Student Association, SCRAP
Oversees: GPH facilities, housing assignments, leadership development, and member education

Contact: [email protected] 

Joie Steele (She, Her, Hers)
Associate Dean and Director of Student Activities

Joie Steele

Joie Steele joined the Student Activities Office (SAO) team in January 2012. Prior to her work at Brown, she worked in Residential Life at Rhode Island College. Originally from Massachusetts, she completed her undergraduate work at Bridgewater State University and graduate work at the University of Rhode Island. Currently, as the Director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and Student Activities, Joie works to empower students and enhance their capacities to be more effective and adaptive leaders. In addition, Joie strives to support student leadership and initiative to enhance and promote campus community. Under her leadership, the SAO team oversees student group advising for over 400 student groups, outdoor leadership and the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, new student orientation, the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, as well as the Greek and Program House system.

Advises: Student Government
Additional Groups: Brown Concert Agency, Student Veteran Society
Oversees: Orientation, Spring Weekend, Student Activities Office 

Contact: [email protected]

Graduate Students 

To be determined 

Administrative Assistants

The Administrative Assistants maintain the SAO Main Office in room 232 and are essential to the day-to-day function of Student Activities throughout the year. Greeting guests and answering phone calls and emails to [email protected], the Admin Assistants are some of the first people you'll meet when you visit SAO. Managing event registration data, and form and training completion, as well as providing support for biannual processes such as group Mandatory Fall Roll Call (re-registration), Event Planning 101 meetings, and Activities Fairs all fall under their purview.

Maya Coaxum '20

Nasreen Duqmaq '22

Michael Froid '22

Andreea Musteata

Max Niles

Ijahala Pottinger '20
Political Science
She, Her, Hers

My name is Ijahala Pottinger and I'm a senior concentrating in Political Science. I am from West Palm Beach, Florida, although I claim New York City because I was born in Brooklyn. When I'm not at the SAO, I also work at the BCSC, with the Office of Residential Life, and with the Community Dialogue Project as a Community Dialogue Facilitator. Off campus I work in the Rhode Island Judiciary to inform and further my aspirations of becoming a federal judge. In my free time I love to watch The Bachelor franchise, bake vegan desserts, and listen to podcasts.

Aliya Thaler Aliya Thaler '20
Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations
She, Her, Hers

I’m Aliya Thaler, Class of 2020 from Cranston RI. Along with working as a Student Worker at SAO, I am a BEO: Organizational Studies Concentrator. I am a member of St. Anthony’s Hall (a co-ed literary society) and do a lot of work with Tink Knit (a Brown Student run non-profit). I also participate in the Brown Theater Community. In my free time I enjoy playing with dogs and baking cookies.


Campus Center Evening Managers

The Campus Center Evening Managers staff the Welcome Info Desk on the first floor of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center between the hours of 5 PM and 11 PM every weeknight. In addition, they are responsible for completing rounds of the building, and documenting any issues or concerns.

Jeremy Brownstein

David Erebor

Jee-Won Kang

Imani McGregor

Michael Mills

Michael Mills '20
Public Policy
He, Him, His

Hi! My name is Michael and I am a senior concentrating in Public Policy. I grew up on the North Side of Chicago, where I discovered my passion for Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizza. When I'm not staffing the front desk as an evening manager, I'm usually downstairs playing pool or drinking coffee in the Underground. Outside of the campus center I help run the Brown Music Co-op, and I've been a member of the Brown Concert Agency since freshman year. This year, as co-chair of BCA, I'm hard at work to make Spring Weekend 2020 the best yet.

Campus Center Programmers

The Campus Center Programmers host a variety of social programs in and around the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center open to the entire Brown community. This includes favorites such as the annual Halloween Extravaganza, Dia de Los Muertos, Duck Hunt, Spring Weekend Air Brush Hats and the Spring Weekend Relaxation Station. Brown co-sponsors have included the President's Staff Advisory Council (SAC), Latinx student groups, Project LETS, Counseling and Psychological Services, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, Office of Residential Life, Office of the Presdient and more! Our Programmers know how to plan great events, and keep the Campus Center lively! Follow @browncampuscenter on Instagram to see what they're up to or email [email protected].

Nicholas Correia '21

Hello everyone! My name is Nick Correia and I am a junior from Boston, Massachusetts majoring in Economics. I am proud and thrilled to serve as one of the Campus Center Programmers at the SAO office. I am always striving to ensure that all the events CCP puts together are accessible, both physically and financially, and are inclusive of the diverse and wide variety of backgrounds here at Brown. On campus, I am a part of Class Coordinating Board, Brown EMS, the Meiklejohn Program, and Art Has Life.

Noah Medina '22
Applied Mathematics - Biology & Literary Arts
He, Him, His

Hello! My name is Noah, and I'm a sophomore from Seattle intending to concentrate in Applied-math Biology and Literary Arts. I'm a campus center programmer, and I work with Matt to run Underground Thursdays. I also work in John Street to help build sets. Outside of CCP I love creative writing both long and short form, microscopy, set building for student productions, gardening, baking, and drinking massive amounts of tea daily.

Dashaun Simon

Dashaun Simon '21

Megan YeagerMegan Yeager '22
Education Studies
She, Her, Hers

My name is Megan, I'm from West Virginia, the most southern of all the northern states. I'm a sophomore concentrating in Education Studies. Outside of Campus Center, I work as a tour guide showing prospective students around the school. I'm the events coordinator for XO Magazine, Brown's only love, sex, and sexuality publication. I'm also a part of Partnership for Adult Learning where I tutor an adult with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Diversity and Inclusion Student Coordinators

The Diversity and Inclusion Student Coordinators support Student Activities with student-centered DIAP (Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan) initiatives, many of which are a result of 2015 DIAP survey responses. The D&I Coordinators work with a variety of campus partners hosting panels and roundtable discussions for student group leaders. Guests of panels and discussions include the Brown Center for Students of Color, Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of Student Conduct, Campus Life, student organizations such as the Undergraduate Finance Board and Project LETS to name a few. Discussions cover a variety of topics including student burnout and self-care, healthy conflict resolution, disposability politics and issues of gender and labor. In addition to discussions, the D&I Coordinators work to strengthen relationships between Student Activities, student organizations and campus partners such as the Department of Public Safety.

To be determined

Last updated 6/23/2020

Arts, Dance/Acrobatics, Music, Radio/Film, Recreation/Appreciation, Theater/Drama groups