Louis DaRos

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs

Louis DaRos has extensive experience in academic administration. His areas of specialization include student relations, degree audit and office management. Working closely with Graduate Student Services, he serves as an important resource for current, future and former MPA students as well as faculty and staff. Originally from New Haven, CT, Louis has a B.M. and M.A. from the Steinhardt School at New York University. Prior to coming to Northeastern he served as the Assistant Director of the Woodwind Studies program at NYU. In this capacity he served as an academic advisor for undergraduate students as well as a key point of contact for graduate and prospective students.

Kathryn Higgins

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs

Kathryn Higgins has worked within the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs for several years. She serves as an administrative support for graduate and undergraduate students and faculty members involved with the Law and Public Policy, Public Policy, Urban and Regional Policy, and International Affairs programs. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she completed an English teaching fellowship outside of Milan, Italy, and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in English and Italian Literature.

Heather Seligman Trayner

Associate Director, Administration and Finance School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy / ext: 3645

Associate Director, Administration and Finance School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy Heather began her tenure at the Dukakis Center in the fall of 2000. As our Associate Director of Administration and Finance, she is currently fiscally responsible for all grant, university supported, and gift funds, totaling over $2.5 million annually. Additionally, she is in charge of the Dukakis Center operations, responsible for human resources, project management, and payroll systems. She works closely with the Barry Bluestone on strategic planning and development for the Center. She also assists with marketing, communication, and development initiatives. Heather also serves as the budget manager for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Similar to her role for the Dukakis Center, she functions in the same capacity, managing operations and projects for the School. In May 2008, Heather completed her Masters in Business Administration. During the course of her academic experience, she discovered her interests lie in entrepreneurship, management, and planning. Heather currently lives in southern New Hampshire with her husband, John, and golden retriever, Vienna.

Natalia Stone

Program Coordinator, Human Services Program / ext: 2624

Natalia has been with the Program for over 10 years and has a deep knowledge of the institution. Before coming to the Human Services Program, Natalia worked in the non-profit sector in an enrichment program for youth. She herself is an alumnus graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in History. This background gives her a special ability to understand student needs and the university. She works with the program on a myriad of tasks including scheduling and outreach, and has a rich knowledge of the Program, curriculum, and the University. Many times she is the students’ first contact and because Natalia has a vast knowledge of the program she is a great resource to students.

Lisa Worsh

Co-op Coordinator, Human Services Program / ext: 4773

Lisa has supported human services majors (as well as cultural anthropology and sociology) with co-op since 2003. She has over 15 years of experience working with experiential learning in higher education, has a bachelors degree in sociology, and a masters of education in counseling. She is dedicated to helping prepare students for the world of work. She has more than doubled the number of employers and therefore, offers our students excellent co-op opportunities. Lisa has a vast knowledge of universities and colleges and has worked both locally at Bridgewater State College and Massachusetts Bay Community College as well as across the country at Beloit College (in Wisconsin) and Portland State University (in Oregon). In her former positions, she worked with students, organizations, and corporations from various university offices of student activities. She has worked in both private and public institutions, with traditional and non-traditional college populations, graduate students, and large international populations. Lisa’s diverse background and high energy has been translated into a drive to create innovative jobs and personal relationships with students, companies, and the Human Services Program. This is illustrated in the recognition of Lisa as the Outstanding Co-op Faculty Coordinator in 2010.