Antonio, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, leads the Exam Accommodations Logistics team and co-leads the Note Provider Program. Before joining SEAS in 2017, he served as the Administrative Coordinator for Undergraduate Affairs in the Physics Department and was a member of their DIAP committee. Prior to Brown, Antonio spent time at the Institute of Politics in the Harvard Kennedy School assisting faculty on special projects. Antonio earned his BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University and an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of San Francisco. During his professional career in the Bay Area, Antonio spent seven years working in Mental Health for Seneca Center Family of Agencies as a Residential, Wrap Around and Crisis Counselor. Antonio enjoys the beach, boba and bygone world traveling.
Catherine Axe '87
Associate Dean and Director
Originally from Michigan, Cathie first came to Brown as an undergraduate only to return in 2003 as director of SEAS (formerly Disability Support Services). Overseeing significant growth for the office, Cathie currently works with employees, graduate students, the Campus Access Advisory Committee, Commencement and serves as a Dean for Campus Life. She began her career at George Mason University in the early years of the ADA, followed by time at Northern Virginia Community College and American University where she worked as an LD/ADD specialist. Cathie earned a degree in Business Economics at Brown and an M.Ed. with a focus on Counseling and Development from George Mason. Cathie is an avid reader, a practitioner of Power Yoga, active in the RI recovery community, and loves spending time at home in the woods with her cat Agatha Christie (as well as her husband).
Originally from Boston, Desirae leads the SEAS housing accommodations process and works with students around a variety of accommodations. She collaborates with faculty, deans, CAPS, Health Services, and sits on multiple committees. She began her career at Suffolk University then onto Brandeis University to focus on disability services, accessibility and student success. With a passion for technology and policy, accessibility support became incredibly fulfilling. Desirae holds a B.S. in Business Management / Marketing Science and Information Technology from UMASS Boston and a M.Ed. in Administration in Higher Education from Suffolk University. Desirae has played roller derby for the Boston Derby Dames and competitively trains in martial arts.
Erin is a RI native who has been at Brown for 25 years. She began in the Residential Life Office in 1992 and then joined the SEAS Office (formerly DSS) in 2000. She received the Presidential Achievement Award for Service in 2001, the Campus Life Excellence Award for Service in 2012 and the Excellence Award for Diversity in 2016. Erin's responsibilities consist of scheduling ASL interpreting and CART for students, assisting employees with disability related parking accommodations, connecting the Brown community to the SEAS shuttle, processing financials, note providing support and maintaining/updating our database. Erin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, listening to music and attending sporting events.
A native Rhode Islander, Jon has been a staff member in SEAS since 2009. In SEAS, he conducts faculty training and assists students and employees with accommodations, alternate format materials and assistive technology. Jon received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2008. Previously, Jon was the coordinator for the Changing the Culture grant at the University of Rhode Island, coordinating disability training for faculty. Jon is a certified trainer in Kingian Nonviolence and enjoys helping students, faculty and staff to increase accessibility at Brown University.
Originally from Columbia, MD, Sean joined SEAS in 2017. Within the office, Sean's responsibilities include meeting with new students, academic accommodations, and serving on the university's concussion team. Prior to Brown, he earned a BA, MA, and JD from Boston College. In his last year of law school, Sean worked at the U.S. Dept of Education Office for Civil Rights, focusing on cases involving disability rights regulation, race admissions standards in higher ed, and Title IX. While at BC Sean also served as a graduate assistant in the Thea Bowman AHANA & Intercultural Center, where he coordinated a weekend retreat on racial identity development. Sean proudly identifies as biracial, and loves basketball and anything nerd-related!