Dean’s Office Staff
Dean’s Office Staff
College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Office of the Dean
420 Renaissance Park,
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617.373.xxxx (for extensions listed below)
Associate Dean of Administration & Finance
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Breean Fortier, Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, earned her A.B. from Harvard University with a joint concentration in government and Slavic studies and her M.A. from Columbia University in international affairs. Breean is responsible for overseeing the college’s financial operations, including strategic planning and day-to-day budgeting, as well as space management, human resources, communications activities and general administrative support for the College. Breean joined Northeastern University in 2012 after spending nearly eight years at Harvard University in advancing roles. Prior to that, Breean worked at Deloitte Consulting and also spent several years as a Russian language instructor for the U.S. military.
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
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Laura L. Frader, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of History, received her Ph.D. in modern European history at the University of Rochester. Former chair of the Department of History, Dr. Frader is author and editor of five books and numerous articles on gender and European history. She is a Senior Faculty Associate at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Frader oversees matters pertaining to faculty in the college, such as tenure and promotion, hiring of new faculty, faculty mentoring and the organization of external reviews of college, departments, and programs.
Associate Dean of Research
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Jack McDevitt, Associate Dean for Research, received his PhD in law, policy and society from Northeastern University, his M.A. in public administration from Northeastern University, and his B.A. in political science from Stonehill College. Dr. McDevitt oversees research in the college including proposal development and the administration of all externally funded research. Dr. McDevitt also directs the Institute on Race and Justice in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice where he conducts research into hate crimes, racial profiling, gun violence, and human trafficking.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
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Kay Onan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Duke University, her MBA from Northeastern University, and her B.A. in German and in chemistry from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Dr. Onan oversees academic affairs for both undergraduate and graduate students within the college, including academic advising, curriculum, admissions yield, and retention. Previously, Dr. Onan worked as the Special Assistant to the President and Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, both at Northeastern.
Assistant Dean for Research, Program Development, and Outreach
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Erika Koss, Assistant Dean for Research, Program Development, and Outreach, received her B.S from the Master’s College and an M.A. from San Diego State University. Her primary duties include creating, managing, and executing the programs for the Dean’s Office; working with faculty members and graduate students on grant or fellowship proposals; and working on the development of further grant, fellowship, and program opportunities for college faculty and students. She has taught literature and writing at several colleges and universities in California and Maryland, most recently the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. From 2005-2010, she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she was a founding member of the creative teams for The Big Read and Poetry Out Loud.
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
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Mary Mello, Assistant Dean for the Undergraduate Academic Affairs, received her M.A. in English at Northeastern University. Mary primarily works with academic advising, admission yield efforts, retention, and cooperative education. Before working as an assistant dean, Mary held several different positions at Northeastern including Director of Academic Student Services for the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and previously the College of Arts and Sciences.
Director of Graduate Student Services
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Amy Killeen, Director of Graduate Student Services, received her M.Ed. in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University and her B.A. in communications from The University of Connecticut. Amy specializes in graduate admissions, recruitment, commencement, academic policy, new degree and course proposals, monitoring student progress, and fulfilling data requests. Amy also volunteers her time at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts. In 2010, Amy was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and has been a past recipient of the President’s Aspiration Award from Northeastern.
Director of Personnel Administration
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Gayle Mackay, Director of Personnel Administration, received both a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from Northeastern University. She oversees all personnel functions for the college, including job postings and hiring; the annual merit process; performance management; personnel training; the tenure, promotion and sabbatical processes; and other personnel activities. She held a similar role in the College of Arts and Sciences following appointments in Human Resources Management and the College of Computer Science.
Senior Writer and Communications Coordinator
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Leslie Casey, Senior Writer and Communications Coordinator, received her B.S. in communication from Boston University. Leslie primarily works on internal and external communications at the Dean’s Office, including coordinating with the Northeastern news team to identify feature news stories and faculty experts for media inquiries and pitching. Leslie also oversees the college’s online presence, website development, and new media initiatives. She has held similar roles at the America East Conference and the Boston College Athletics Department.
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Katelyn Federico, Administrative Assistant at the Dean’s Office, received her B.A. in mathematics from Boston University. Katelyn is responsible for assisting the dean, coordinating schedules, answering the phone, and managing office projects. Previously, Katelyn worked as a library clerk and as a technical services associate ordering and invoicing materials for different departments. Katelyn is also skilled in processing books and periodicals for departments while managing e-reader devices.
Pre-Award Grants Administrator
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Finance and Administration Manager
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Valerie Sager, Administrative Officer of the Dean’s Office, received her B.S. in psychology and is currently working towards an M.Ed. in higher education administration, both at Northeastern University. Valerie oversees all departmental and program budgets. Valerie also provides budget training to new personnel and works closely with the Associate Dean of Administration & Finance to project revenues & expenses. Her expertise is in transactional responsibilities including processing all budget transfers and journal vouchers, and performing monthly reconciliations for the college.
Information Systems Coordinator
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Andy Scott, Information Systems Coordinator, has worked at Northeastern University for over 25 years. Andy specializes in keeping computers running up to date and installing software while also maintaining the network database for the Dean’s Office. Prior to working at Northeastern, Andy worked at Dolby Laboratories researching noise reduction equipment.
Dean’s Executive Assistant
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David Smikle, Executive Assistant to the Dean, received his B.A. in political science from the College of William and Mary. His primary duties include developing systems to better support the Dean’s administrative responsibilities, managing the Dean’s calendar, and handling special projects. Prior to joining Northeastern, David was a paralegal at Iandoli & Desai, P.C., where he worked with a diverse clientele across a wide spectrum of immigration-related matters.
Digital Media Assistant Co-op
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Alexa Torres, Digital Media Assistant Co-op, is a fourth-year student at Northeastern University, pursuing her B.A. in history and two minors in Portuguese and urban studies. On her second co-op, Alexa assists the Senior Writer and Communications Coordinator in creating digital and written content for the college’s website and social media networks. Previously, Alexa has worked for the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at Boston City Hall as a Constituent Advocate and for Northeastern University’s Theatre Department as a Costume Lab Assistant.
CSSH Advancement Team
Assistant Vice President, College-Based Development
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Jeffrey Foss, Assistant Vice President of College-Based Development, earned his bachelor’s degree from Salem State University and a master’s degree in non-profit management from Suffolk University. He is responsible for directing strategic planning and college-based development operations, supervising Major Gift Directors and Senior Development Officers. He and his team are charged with raising money for specific colleges, with a particular focus on the Colleges of Social Sciences and Humanities; Arts, Media & Design; and Science. In addition, he is responsible for fundraising for university initiatives that include Torch, the Center for Research Innovation, and the World Class Cities Partnership. Prior to joining Northeastern University, Jeffrey worked at UMass Boston as the Senior Major Gifts Officer for the College of Management.
Senior Officer, Corporate and Foundation Advancement
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Marybeth Savicki, Senior Officer for Corporate & Foundation Advancement, received a master’s in clinical social work from Simmons College and her B.A. in American studies from Tufts. Marybeth is tasked with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding private institutional funding sources at the local, national and international level in support of the people and programs of CSSH and interdisciplinary university initiatives. Previously, Marybeth served as Director of Corporate Relations at Rice University in Houston, and worked as a development officer at both Tufts University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She was also employed as a social worker serving adolescents and families for ten years and presently maintains her connection to the field as a volunteer.
Director of Major Gifts
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Peri Onipede, Director of Major Gifts, received her MBA from IMD International, Switzerland, and her B.S. in computer information systems from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She fundraises for the various departments and initiatives housed at CSSH from alumni, parents, and friends. Previously she worked at Boston University as Director of Development for the College of General Studies.
Senior Development Officer
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Carol Giusti-Cahalane, Senior Development Officer, received her B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College. Carol is responsible for working with alumni who are interested in providing philanthropic support for CSSH. In this role, she helps alumni learn about the many opportunities available at CSSH to make a lasting impact for students, faculty, and programs. She connects potential donors with ideas and projects that match their philanthropic intent. Among the schools she has previously represented are Simmons College, Harvard Law School, and Providence College.