Staff

 

 


Student Activities Office Staff (in alphabetical order)

Full-Time | Part-Time | Grad Students | Students


Full-Time


Isaac Albanese (He, Him, His)
Coordinator for Student Activities

Isaac Albanese

Rhode Island born and raised, Isaac Albanese graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture while working as a Resident Assistant. He completed a Masters of Public Admin- istration at the University of Rhode Island just before starting at Brown in 2015. Promoted to Coordinator in 2017, Isaac oversees BearSync, student group/event registration and SAO's student admin staff. He advises a subset of student groups, manages associated facilities TF Green Hall and Alumnae Hall Theatre and supports Orientation, hosting biannual Activities and Resource Fairs. In his spare time, Isaac enjoys video games, home improvement projects, hanging with his partner, housemates, pet cat and rabbits, and assisting his family with the launch of a new escape room business in Johnston, RI.

Advises: Media & Publication groups, Music & Dance groups, Theater & Art groups
Oversees: Liber Brunensis (Yearbook), UCS-SA Committee, student Administrative Assistants, Orientation planning & budget support, event registration support, Alumnae Hall & TF Green Hall, BearSync, website, and communication support

Contact: [email protected] 


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: Class Coordinating Boards, Brown Student Agencies
Oversees: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Campus Center Programmers, Leadership Awards, Senior Week, Evening Event Mananagers (EEM) supervision 

Contact: [email protected] 


Matthew Branch (He, Him, His)
Coordinator for Student Activities and Orientation

Matthew Branch

Matt Branch joined the Student Activities Team in October 2018. As Coordinator for Student Activities and Orientation he oversees the Orientation Welcoming Committee, a group of student leaders who plan and manage over a dozen events for Orientation. Additionally, he advises the A Capella, Brown Debating Union, Comedy, Cultural and Ethnic, Gender & Sexuality, Model UN, Mock Trial, and Religious groups here on campus.
Prior to coming to Brown, Matt worked in Museum Education and Public Programming, holding posi- tions 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: A Cappella, Brown Debating Union, Comedy, Cultural & Ethnic Groups, Gender & Sexuality Groups, Ivy Film Festival, Mock Trial, Model UN, Religious Groups
Oversees: Orientation & Orientation Welcoming Committee, Implementation of the SAO Diversity & Inclusion Plan (DIAP) and DIAP Student Coordinators, Underground Thursdays programming series, Party Manager training

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

Contact: [email protected] 


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

William Farber

Bill Farber returned to Brown in 2017 after working internationally as a gaffer, lighting director and cinematographer for movies, videos, promotional films and commercials. In the SAO Bill is coordinating safety for student performance groups. Formerly based in New York, Bill mentored new technicians and taught seminars on electrical safety and specialized lighting equipment. A Brown graduate in American Studies, he was active in music and filmmaking at Brown and RISD. Bill has also led a non-profit community music organization and is the author of a guide to writing effective business correspondence. He enjoys making music with local orchestras, cooking and dining with family and friends here, in New York City and Vermont; Bill can also be found riding back roads on bicycle or exploring New England's back country on skis.

Contact: [email protected] 


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

Megan Fox

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 ten 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: Local and Inter/National Greek Organizations and Program Houses
Oversees: Greek Council, Panhellenic Council, Program House Group

Contact: [email protected] 


Mariam Han (She, Her, Hers)
Financial Coordinator

Mariam Han

Mariam Han started working at Brown in 2005 in the Admission Office (when the AO still read paper apps!). Mariam was in various roles during her 12 years in the Admission Office, most recently as Events and Program Coordinator which helped to plan Brown's recruitment and matriculation events, including A Day On College Hill. She left Brown briefly after having her first child to work closer to home, however, she couldn't stay away for long! Now she's back after just one short year and so happy to be part of the Student Activities team as Financial Coordinator. Mariam enjoys every second she spends with her baby Ari, watching her bunny Tutu binky (google it if you don't know what a bunny binky is), and growing beans.

Contact: [email protected] 


Joie Steele (She, Her, Hers)
Director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and 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, the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs, as well as the Greek and Program House system.

Advises: Student Government, Brown Student Radio and Brown Concert Agency
Oversees: Student Activities Office, Orientation, Spring Weekend

Contact: [email protected]


Rachael Wise (She, Her, Hers)
Associate Director of Student Activities & Brown Outdoor Leadership Training

Rachael Wise

Rachael is originally from Ohio where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. After graduation, Rachael spent four years working in the Center for Student Engagement at George Washington University. For her first two years, she served for as the Greek Life Coordinator working with Multi-Cultural Greek Organizations with Fraternities as well as volunteering nationally with a variety of Greek Leader Programs. Rachael spent the remainder of her time at GWU as the Program Coordinator for Outdoor Leadership creating space for over 1000 participants each academic year to spend time building community in the outdoors. Before starting at Brown as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and BOLT in January of 2017 Rachael spent time working in outdoor education in Colorado. Rachael currently serves as the Associate Director of Student Activities and Outdoor Leadership where she supervises staff, works with over 200 student organizations, and advises the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program.

Advises: Academic & Professional groups, Graduate/RUE & DUG groups, Political & Social Action groups, Recreational & Appreciation groups, Lecture Board
Oversees: Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT), leadership programs, graduate intern supervision

Contact: [email protected]

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Part-Time


Amanda Alfano (She, Her, Hers)
Evening Event Manager

Amanda joined the Student Activities team in September 2019. She is currently a Master's graduate student at the University of Rhode Island (URI) in the College Student Affairs program. She will graduate in May 2020. In addition to her position at Brown, she works as a Graduate Assistant at the Office of International Education at URI. Prior to being a full-time graduate student, she worked for nearly four years professional at Enrollment Services at URI. She hopes to work in student affairs, particularly in either International Education or Student Activities at an institution in New England upon graduation. In her free time time, Amanda hosts trivia at local restaurants, explores all the amazing restaurants in Rhode Island and visits Disney World as often as she can. She loves Harry Potter, takes her Hogwarts house very seriously and loves to travel and explore new cultures. Amanda is a Rhode Islander through and through.


Michael Santoemmo (He, Him, His)
Evening Event Manager

Michael Santoemmo

Michael Santoemmo joined the Student Activities in 2002 as the Manager of what was then the Underground Bar. After the closing of the UG, Michael transitioned to an EEM. Prior and during working for the SAO, Michael worked as Director of Catering Operations for Brown Dining Services from 2000-2004 and has continued with SAO since he joined in 2002. After departing Dining Services, Michael was the Director of Catering for Compass Group/Milton Academy Until November 2017. Michael has a AS, BS and MS from Johnson and Wales University in Providence. Born and Raised in New Haven, CT, Micheal loves to travel, the beach, being a foodie and spending time with friends and family.

Contact: [email protected] 

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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.

Isabelle BellezaIsabelle Belleza '21
Public Policy
She, Her, Hers

My name is Isabelle Belleza, and I am originally from Columbia, Maryland. I am a sophomore concentrating in Public Policy with a focus on urban policy and welfare. In addition to working at the SAO, I can also be seen around campus jump roping with the Bouncing Bears and getting involved with HOPE, BPR, Filipino Alliance, and SEASI.

 

Maya Coaxum '20

Nasreen Duqmaq '22

Michael Froid '22

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

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
Economics

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