Camille Lizarríbar, PhD, JD
Dean of Students and Chief Student Life Officer for AS&E
As the Dean of Students and Chief Student Life Officer, Camille Lizarríbar leads student-centered initiatives and oversees student life at the School of Arts and Sciences (including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) and the School of Engineering.
Before coming to Tufts, Dean Lizarríbar served as the Dean of Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean at Yale College, where she had previously been the residential college dean of Ezra Stiles College. While at Yale, she also served as a lecturer in the Humanities. She has extensive administrative, teaching, advising, and legal, and experience. She has worked as an attorney in government and private practice, and has been admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Dean Lizarríbar holds a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and in French language and literature from Brandeis University, a PhD in comparative literature from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Richard J. DeCapua, EdD
Senior Associate Dean of Students and Deputy Chief Student Life Officer for AS&E
As the Senior Associate Dean of Students, Rich is responsible for ensuring that programs and services are adding to the success of students in and outside of the classroom. From Orientation to Housing, to Health Promotion and Campus Life, Rich leads efforts to create a safe, welcoming, and educational environment for all students. He leads the day-to-day operations of the division of student life, and collaborates with several campus partners, ranging from Athletics and TUPD, to envision programs that result in student success.
Prior to Tufts, Rich held similar student affairs positions at Boston College, Brandeis University and Wesleyan University. His doctoral work and research centers on financial models and policy development in higher education. He teaches in several graduate programs in the greater Boston area.
Kevin M. Kraft, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students
As the Associate Dean of Students, Kevin leads initiatives that build community, enhance campus culture, and create outside-the-classroom learning experiences for students. From civic engagement and student activism to campus traditions and social programming, Kevin works to enrich the overall student life experience. Kevin values the fundamentally relational nature of education and enjoys mentoring students through challenging situations.
Kevin came to Tufts in 2017 from MIT. He has extensive experience in residence life, community standards, student support, crisis management, and student life leadership. Kevin’s research interests include free speech, civic engagement in higher education, and higher education for inclusive democracy. Kevin has taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
Project Manager for Strategic Plans and Initiatives
As Project Manager, Student Life Strategic Plans & Initiatives, Nicole directly supports and manages critical aspects of our work, including ensuring that our strategic planning process and its ensuing initiatives continues to move forward in the months and years ahead. She works closely with our campus partners within Student Life, AS&E, and other university departments. She provides direct project support to Dean Lizarríbar and works closely with Rich to make sure our office operates smoothly, effectively, and in accordance with best practices.Before joining the Tufts community, Nicole was the Special Assistant for Governance at Babson College, serving as the primary point of contact to the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board, in collaboration with the Office of the President. She also held marketing and communications roles at Emerson College, including Marketing Project Manager and Assistant Director of Public Relations. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Emerson College.
As Administrative Coordinator, Ana is responsible for managing the Dean’s calendars, managing office correspondence, and overseeing our Graduate Intern team, among other administrative tasks. She is also responsible for planning events for the Student Life division and contributes to processes such as break operations and meal support to students. In collaboration with other offices across campus, she offers support to families and students as they navigate the Tufts student experience. She is fluent in Portuguese and English and is comfortable performing translation and interpretation services as needed.
SMFA Student Life
Alyssa Baker, MFA
Associate Dean of Student Life at the SMFA
As Associate Dean, Alyssa provides overall direction and leadership at a strategic and policy planning level to the graduate and undergraduate student experience at the Tufts SMFA campus. Working closely with colleagues within the Dean of Student’s Office and campus partners, she assists with individual student support and responds to complex student needs.
With more than 20 years of experience, Alyssa has distinguished herself at the intersection of higher education and the arts. During her 14 years at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, she focused on strategies to help art students achieve educational success.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, both from Boston University.
Associate Director of Student Life at the SMFA
Stephen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the SMFA Student Life office for both undergraduate and graduate students. His responsibilities include hiring, training, and supervising student affairs assistants to manage the SMFA Student Life service window; advising Student Government Association; overseeing student support, resources, and referrals to campus partners as well as managing orientation programs and new student experiences. He leads the SMFA/Fenway Orientation Committee and represent SMFA on the larger Tufts Orientation planning committee.
Stephen came to Tufts from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where he was an academic advising coordinator. He helped academic departments transition to a new four-year advising model and served on the diversity, inclusion, and access committee of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. His previous roles include serving as the Chicago program coordinator at Lake Forest College; the area coordinator for hill houses and apartments at the Rhode Island School of Design; residence hall coordinator and student activities specialist at Franklin College; and the graduate assistant for student success at Colorado State University Online. He has also held numerous teaching instructor positions.
Outside of work, Stephen spends time tending to his growing collection of houseplants and traveling as much as he can.
Maiyah Rivers, MA
Assistant Director of Student Life at the SMFA
Maiyah plays a key role in program development and implementation, student organization advising, and operationalizing campus events to support the diverse SMFA student experience. She develops strategies and programs to ensure student participation and civic engagement, implements events and activities that promote community building and belonging, and collaborates with campus stakeholders and resources to ensure a positive student service experience.
Maiyah came to Tufts from Brown University where she served as Assistant Director of Education and Public Engagement at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ). She managed the coordination of daily operations, including center programs, events, and conferences. She also organized and supervised office sponsored events and programs, including the center’s faculty-run research clusters on Human Trafficking and Race, Medicine, and Social Justice. She previously held the title of Manager of Programs and Public Engagement at the CSSJ. She has published and spoken extensively and co-curated numerous exhibitions. She also has teaching experience. Maiyah holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Masters of Arts in public humanities from Brown University.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her wife and son and hosting sleepovers for her nieces and nephews.
Director of Community Standards
As the Director of Community Standards, briana is responsible for administering and overseeing the Student Conduct Process. briana (first name intentionally lowercase) joined Tufts in July 2020 from Northeastern University in Boston where she served as the Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. An educator since 2003, briana has also worked in Student Conduct at Johnson & Wales University – Providence and in Residential Life and Housing at both Assumption College in Worcester and Eastern Connecticut State University. briana holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science in Counselor Education: Student Development in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, and a Master of Legal Studies from the Northeastern University School of Law.
Assistant Director of Community Standards
Lindsay Ferguson joined the Student Affairs team in January 2020 having previously held positions in student conduct and community standards at both Temple University and Syracuse University. Lindsay also has extensive experience in residential life at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and brings expertise in Title IX, as well as student and faculty/staff programming and training. As the Assistant Director of Community Standards, Lindsay supports Community Standards on the Medford and SMFA Boston campuses in coordination with the Director of Community Standards, and she is a key point of contact for students navigating the Student Conduct Resolution Procedure. Lindsay also works closely with Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, and the Office of Equal Opportunity to build awareness and community, foster personal growth, and enhance social justice at Tufts.
Assistant Director of Community Standards
As a native of Boston, Lindsay has always had a passion for working with youth and young adults. She spent many years working in various non-profit agencies throughout the city of Boston doing Youth Development work. Lindsay received a Bachelor's degree in Counseling and Social Work from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and is continuing her education at Northeastern University, where she is pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration.
Assistant Dean for Student Support
As the Assistant Dean for Student Support, Erin provides and coordinates resources, supports, and services for students facing challenges both in and outside of the classroom. She oversees the medical leave process, facilitates students' returns from hospitalizations, and provides overarching support for students experiencing personal and health challenges. Erin works in coordination with each member of the Dean of Student Affairs Office, as well as partners in Health and Wellness, Residential Life, Academic Advising, and many other departments to help ensure the wellbeing and personal development of all undergraduate and graduate students.
She is a proud Tufts alum who joined the Student Affairs team in 2020. Erin holds a BS in Psychology and Religion from Tufts, and an EdM in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard. Her background in higher education includes experience in academic and career advising, program development, teaching, and research. She is deeply passionate about assessment, Irish folk music, and clever Excel formulas.
Associate Director for Student Support
As the Associate Director for Student Support, Nadia assists students in coordinating services to help them thrive despite challenges they may face during their time at Tufts. She supports students working through medical, academic, personal, emotional, and social challenges working in concert with other offices on campus such as Health and Wellness, Residential Life, Academic Advising, and many other departments to center the well-being and personal development of all undergraduate and graduate students.
Prior to joining the Student Outreach and Support team, Nadia spent 3 years working with the Office of Residential Life and Learning at Tufts. She worked at other universities and brings experience in academic advising, community standards, multicultural student affairs, and crisis management. Nadia holds a BA in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from UC Berkeley, and an MEd in Higher Education from UMass Amherst. She is passionate about learning new things, headlining concerts in her car, naps, and Starbucks.
Associate Director for Graduate Students
As the Associate Director for Graduate Students, Irina is responsible for providing comprehensive support to graduate students experiencing personal, health and other challenges impacting their journey at Tufts. Working in concert with multiple departments and partners, Irina helps graduate students get connected with relevant resources to maximize experiences and opportunities at Tuft, enrich support networks, and expand wellness, self- and community-care practices.
Additionally, Irina helps graduate students understand policies and procedures for requesting and returning from medical leave and develop a proactive, solution-focused approach to navigating academic and life challenges.
Originally from Armenia, Irina has lived and studied in Russia, Canada and the US. She settled in New England about 20 years ago, has partially adopted the Boston accent, and continues to enjoy discovering new places, neighborhoods and making new friends. Prior to her Jumbo life, Irina worked at Northeastern, Wheelock College and BU and is passionate about being a part of the energy and vibrancy of college communities.
Assistant Director for Student Support
As the Assistant Director for Student Support, Grace is responsible for providing comprehensive support to students experiencing personal, health, and other challenges, and a variety of other issues that impact a student’s ability to be successful at Tufts. Additionally, Grace will be facilitating medical leaves and reviewing students’ returns to the university after a period of hospitalization.
Grace comes to us from Cornell University, where she was the Academic Accommodations Manager at the Nolan School of Hotel Administration. Her previous positions include disability specialist at Central Connecticut State University; resident services coordinator at East Hampton Housing Authority; and senior enrollment service advisor at Boston University. Grace holds a bachelor of arts in Human Development and Family Science and a masters in Social Work, both from the University of Connecticut.
As Program Coordinator, Molly is assisting the Student Support team with case management and student outreach.
Molly holds a bachelor of arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a masters of education in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Adjustment Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a licensed School Social Worker, Molly spent the last 10 years in the K-12 sector as a School Counselor supporting students with social emotional growth and school success. She has worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a Patient Family Relations Specialist and also as an Adjunct Instructor in Psychology at the University of Saint Joseph. Molly is excited to continue applying her student support and development skills in higher education.
Senior Communications Strategist
As the Senior Communications Strategist, Andy creates and implements communications designed to inform and support students currently enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. While his work focuses primarily on reaching undergraduate students, he also assists with graduate student communications. He oversees email communications and content for the Jumbo Digest, the Parents & Families newsletter, Student Life social media channels, and the Student Life website. Andy came to Tufts in May 2020 in a consulting role. He has previously served in senior communications positions at Babson College, Emerson College, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. He holds a BS in Journalism from Boston University.
Student Communications Specialist
Melissa creates and distributes content for undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences (including SMFA at Tufts) and the School of Engineering, as well as for families of current undergraduates and for AS&E graduate students. She provides communications support to offices and departments under the umbrella of Student Life at Tufts, from the Dean of Students Office to Campus Life. Melissa works with Andy on the Jumbo Digest, Parents and Families newsletter, and Student Life social media channels and website. She returned to Tufts in August 2020 after roles at New York Institute of Technology and the National Museum of Mathematics. Prior to that, Melissa worked at Tufts in Administrative Support and Health Professions Advising after receiving her BS in English and Psychology from Tufts.
Family Engagement Manager
Carole McFall is a campus partner for parents and families of accepted or currently enrolled AS&E undergraduate students. She supports families who are seeking information from Tufts, especially Student Services and promotes the professional staff and school resources that are available to students. In collaboration with departments across campus, she leads communications and contributes to events and programs that inform and engage parents and families from matriculation to graduation. Prior to coming to Tufts in February 2022, Carole managed communications for a variety of clients in higher education, healthcare, and nonprofit cultural sectors. She also led communications and media relations at Emerson College, GBH’s award-winning science program NOVA, and the Museum of Science, Boston. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Northeastern University.
Health and Wellness
Sonya Satinsky, PhD, MPH
Executive Director, Health and Wellness
As the Executive Director of Health & Wellness, Dr. Satinsky enhances our students’ health and wellness through her oversight of the Health Service, Counseling and Mental Health Services, and C.A.R.E (Center for Awareness, Resources and Education) and engaging with our efforts to build a positive, caring, and inclusive community.
With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Satinsky has distinguished herself as a health promotion leader in higher education; a faculty member and public health researcher; and a strategic administrator and manager in numerous health care settings. She most recently served as the Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services at Princeton University.
She holds a doctorate in health behavior from Indiana University Bloomington, a Master of Public Health in community health from Indiana University Bloomington, and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Oberlin College in gender and women’s studies.
Marie Caggiano, MD, MPH
Medical Director of Health Service
Dr. Caggiano serves as the Medical Director for Tufts Health Service and oversees the medical services offered to AS&E and Fletcher students. She started at Tufts in April 2020, amidst the emergence of COVID-19, and she continues to provide leadership to the University's pandemic response. Dr. Caggiano enjoys working directly with students to understand their health care needs, and she works collaboratively with colleagues across the University to support students with health concerns.
Dr. Caggiano completed undergraduate studies at Boston University and went on to receive a Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in family medicine, a fellowship in preventive medicine, and a Master of Public Health at UMass Medical School. Her clinical interests include care for persons with eating disorders, transgender health, and procedures in primary care. Dr. Caggiano has worked in medical settings associated with institutions of higher learning for her entire career and she is passionate about college health.
Jennifer M. Berrios, MHA
Director of Administration and Operations for Health and Wellness Services
Jennifer oversees and supports the administration and operations for Health Service, Counseling and Mental Health Services, Health Promotion and C.A.R.E.
Julie S. Ross, PhD
Director of Counseling and Mental Health
As the Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS), Dr. Ross oversees a multidisciplinary staff of clinicians and outreach specialists to support the mental health and wellbeing of both undergraduate and graduate students. Recognizing that mental health in college is determined by a multiplicity of elements, Dr. Ross and the CMHS team work not only directly with students but also across campus with a variety of colleagues and departments to imbue the living and learning environment with the necessary ingredients for positive mental health.
Dr. Ross earned her doctorate from Harvard University, completed her internship year at McLean Hospital, and went on to a Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She has specialized in College Mental Health for over 20 years.
Office for Campus Life
Director of Office for Campus Life
Joe oversees the entire Campus Life operation and advises the TCU Senate, Judiciary, and Elections Commission. He also has oversight over the entire student organization system, consisting of over 300 active student groups. Joe oversees several operations aspects of the OCL including the Mayer Campus Center and several other satellite event and student organization spaces on campus. Joe takes a role in the planning and implementing of the annual Undergraduate Orientation program, including our amazing Tufts Pre-Orientation programs.
Residential Life and Learning
Director of Residential Life and Learning
Christina is responsible for the overall management of the Office of Residential Life and Learning, supporting 4,000 residents on two campuses, over 1.5 million square feet of residential space, and supervision of over 160 student and professional staff. The Director works closely with the four teams in the department (Residential Education, Leadership, Academic Engagement, and Fraternity/Sorority Life, Residential Operations, and Housing Services) to ensure a high level of student support, responsiveness, and inclusivity in the programs, events, initiatives, and procedures/policies of the department.
Executive Director of the Career Center
Donna leads a team of career professionals to assist AS&E undergrads, grad students and alumni of Tufts. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Career Development for the Career Center.