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The Honors Program Office is open from 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Students may stop by during office hours for advising help, or to use the computer lab and student lounge.

Northeastern University Honors Program
360 Huntington Ave.
150 Richards Hall
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2333 Phone
(617) 373-5300 Fax

Laurie Kramer, Director

(617) 373-2333

Professor Laurie Kramer is the Director of Northeastern University’s Honors Program and oversees all aspects of Honors programming. New to Northeastern University as of July 2016, Dr. Kramer comes to the Honors Program with an established career in higher education, having long served as a professor and associate dean of academic programs at the University of Illinois. Her teaching excellence has been recognized with awards from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the North American Teachers and Colleges of Agriculture. Dr. Kramer earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, her Master’s Degree from Long Island University, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Stony Brook University. Her research on children’s sibling relationships has been highlighted in many media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and the Today Show. Dr. Kramer is also a Professor of Applied Psychology in Bouvé College of Health Sciences.

Lauren Pouchak, Senior Associate Director

(617) 373-7217

Lauren Pouchak is a Senior Associate Director for the Honors Program. Lauren specializes in upper-class advising including assisting students with strategies for applying for Fellowships and Scholarships as well as global opportunities, in addition to managing the Honors Program global education initiatives, the Honors First Year Experience, and the campus-wide First Pages initiative.  She received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from the State University of New York at Albany.  Lauren also has a Masters Degree in Education from Lynchburg College and a Masters of Public Administration from Northeastern University.  She is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at Northeastern University and plans to study the impact of short-term study abroad on First Year students.  Lauren is entering her thirteenth year as part of the Honors Program.

Sheryl O’Brien, Senior Associate Director

(617) 373-3314

Sheryl O’Brien is a Senior Associate Director for the Honors Program. Sheryl oversees all of the advising for the program and specializes in advising students for Honors in the Discipline. Sheryl also works closely with Undergraduate Admissions, helps to advise the Honors Ambassadors and works with Residential Life in coordinating the Living Learning Community. She also works with the new Sophomore Year Experience for Honors. She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Maine. She also has a Masters of Education, specializing in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Maine and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at Northeastern University. Sheryl has been with the Honors Program for nine years, and at NU for fourteen.

Colleen Cronin, Assistant Director

(617) 373-2334

Colleen Cronin is an Assistant Director for the Honors Program. She specializes in First Year Advising in addition to working with the Honors Discovery course, Honors Mentors, and coordinating the Honors Outreach Program. She is interested in student leadership, and civic engagement and has participated five times as a University Representative for Alternative Spring Break including the Honors Program ASB to Ecuador. In summer 2014 she helped lead, along with Professor Bucar, the Honors Dialogue to Spain. She earned her M.S. in College Student Development & Counseling from Northeastern University in 2010. Colleen began working in the Honors Program in 2008 as a graduate assistant before she transitioned into her role as an academic advisor. She advises College of Science and Undeclared Honors students.

José Ivan Román, Assistant Director

(617) 373-6217

José Ivan Román is an Assistant Director for the Honors Program. José Ivan specializes in advising students majoring in the engineering disciplines. He will also work on initiatives promoting engagement of Honors Program alumni. He is interested in education pipeline programs, student enrollment and retention issues, graduate and professional school preparation, and diversity in higher education. Prior to joining the Honors Program staff, José Ivan spent 10 years working in undergraduate and law school admissions and financial aid. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (CT) and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. He advises College of Engineering Honors students.

Justin Silvestri, Academic Advisor

(617) 373-4679

Justin Silvestri is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Justin specializes in Second-Year, Halftime, Honors in the Discipline, and Fellowship advising. He is interested in student leadership, undergraduate research, and student fellowships/scholarships. He contributes to the development of programming and events for the new Honors Second-Year Experience. Justin is also involved in the Honors Arts Initiative, drawing on his background as a trained actor and vocal performer. He is a 2007 Fulbright Fellowship Alumni, having taught at conversational English in Sartrouville, France. He received his B.A. in History & French at Union College and earned his M.A. in History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Education at Northeastern University. Justin advises College of Computer and Information Science and College of Social Science and Humanities Honors students.

Katie Merrill, Academic Advisor

(617) 373-7576

Katie Merrill is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. She specializes in First Year advising, Senior Clearance, and works with the Honors Ambassadors. Katie is interested in leadership initiatives, experiential learning, international programs, and cultural events in the city of Boston. Katie received her B.A. in Art History from Boston College, and completed her M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Katie uses her interests in arts and culture to develop the Honors Arts Initiative, as well as social and community programming for the Honors Program. She advises College of Arts, Media, and Design, D’Amore-McKim School of Business students, and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Honors students.

Valentina Arecy, Administrative Specialist

(617) 373-2333

Valentina Arecy is the Administrative Coordinator for the Honors Program. Prior to joining Northeastern, Valentina had experiences ranging from telecommunications to property management to higher education. She received her B.S. in Business Management from Bridgewater State University. Her areas of interest include diversity and inclusion for underrepresented student population and student leadership and involvement. She also enjoys traveling and discovering food and cultural hidden gems around the city.

Robert Haskell, Graduate Assistant

(617) 373-8509

Robert Haskell is a first year Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program. Robert received his B.S. in Communication, Management & Design from Ithaca College and is currently pursuing his M.S. in College Student Development & Counseling from Northeastern University’s Bouvè College of Health Sciences. Robert utilizes his passions for mentoring, student leadership and involvement, as well as diversity and inclusion to provide comprehensive support for students across many disciplines.

Hannah Kilfoye

(617) 373-8509

Hannah Kilfoye is a Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in the College Student Development and Counseling Program at Northeastern. She also received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern, graduating with a B.S. in Human Services. During her time at NU, Hannah has held leadership roles in programs such as Alternative Spring Break and Husky Volunteer Team. She is excited to continue her journey at NU, and is interested in academic advising and providing support  to students throughout their college experience.

Kyla Martin


Kyla is a Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program. She completed her B.A. In Mathematics at Macalester College, and is about to enter her first year in the College Student Development and Counseling Masters Program at NU. Kyla has worked across departments and at various institutions in Higher Education and utilizes those experiences as resources to create and implement plans of success for students. She is very excited to work with NU students this upcoming year.