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
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.
Sheryl O’Brien, Senior Associate Director
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.
Shannon Pittman, Associate Director
Shannon Pittman is an Associate Director for the Honors Program. Shannon graduated from Wheelock College in 2008 where he studied education, arts, and human services. Soon thereafter, Shannon attended Northeastern University where he studied College Student Development and Counseling and received his Master’s in 2010. His professional tenure has ranged from supporting LBGTQA+ students at MIT, teaching event planning and networking to local Boston residents at Roxbury Community College and creating a robust living-learning community for residents at Boston University. Shannon has been at Northeastern for six years where he served as the Assistant Director for the Opportunity Scholarships and Outreach Programs serving 250 first generation college students who received the TORCH, Boston Public, and Gates Millennium among others; most recently, Shannon was the Senior Assistant Director- Student Engagement within the Center for Student Involvement for the past three years. His passion for advocating for marginalized student populations, specifically first generation college students, has led him into a Doctor of Education program at Northeastern, which he has been pursuing since 2016.
Justin Silvestri, Assistant Director
Justin Silvestri is an Assistant Director for the Honors Program. Justin specializes in First Year Advising, Undergraduate Research, and Fellowship advising. He oversees Honors’ undergraduate research initiatives, as well as coordinating Northeastern University’s First Pages Comittee. 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 D’Amore-McKim School of Business Students and College of Social Science and Humanities Honors students.
Katie Almanzan, Assistant Director
Katie Almanzan is an Assistant Director for the Honors Program. She specializes in First Year advising, Senior Clearance, and works with Honors student leadership initiatives including the Honors Ambassadors. Katie works closely with the Honors Living Learning Assistants and helps coordinate the Honors Living Learning Communities for first year students. 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. She is currently completing her MBA at the D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University and is a certified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Katie uses her interests in student leadership and community development to support social and community programming for the Honors Program. She advises students in the College of Engineering.
Maura McDinger, Academic Advisor
Maura McDinger is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. She specializes in first year advising, program evaluation, supporting student success, and Honors Program retention. Maura also liaises with the Admissions Office to promote the Honors Program to prospective Northeastern University students. Prior to joining the Honors Program staff, Maura served as an Academic Coordinator and Sophomore Advisor at Harvard College, and as a College Counselor and Registrar at an independent secondary school. She is interested in supporting students through transitional moments in their educational careers and in building inclusive communities. Maura received her B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University and her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Maura advises students in the College of Computer and Information Sciences and D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
Barbie Papalios, Academic Advisor
Barbie is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Prior to Northeastern, she worked in graduate financial aid at Brandeis University, and as an academic advisor and graduate assistant at Boston College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Modern Greek and Theatre from Ohio State and her Master’s in Higher Education from Boston College. She has also previously worked abroad, as an English Teaching Fellow and Dormitory Counselor in Thessaloniki, Greece. Her interests include international education/study abroad, theatre as an educational tool, first-year student development, and student leadership. She also loves to travel and enjoys learning about language. Barbie will be advising students in the College of Science and the College of Arts, Media and Design.
Jaclyn Ruybalid Krueger, Academic Advisor
Jaclyn Ruybalid Krueger is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Jaclyn specializes in advising students in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and College of Science. She works to promote engagement of Honors Program alumni, including the Honors Program Alumni Mentoring Network. She is committed to diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives in higher education, student development, and supporting international exchange students, and is an Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator. Jaclyn earned her B.A. in Communications from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a M.S.E in Higher Education Administration, with an emphasis on Student Development from the University of Kansas.
Jenna Thrash, Academic Advisor
Jenna Thrash is an Academic Advisor for the Honors Program. Jenna works with the Honors Living Learning Assistants and Living Learning Communities and specializes in Upper Class Honors Programming. With a background in both residence life and academic affairs, Jenna is passionate about holistic learning and development and campus community. Jenna received her B.A. in both English and Public Relations from Elon University and earned her M.A. from the Ohio State University in Higher Education & Student Affairs. She advises College of Engineering Honors students.
Valentina Arecy, Administrative Specialist
Valentina Arecy is the Administrative Specialist 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. Valentina is currently a candidate for a Masters of Science in Global Studies and International Relations at Northeastern 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.
Carli Fink, Graduate Assistant
Carli is a Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program, and a student in Northeastern’s M.S. program in College Student Development and Counseling. She is involved in many facets of the Honors Program. Carli obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Queen’s University and completed her teacher certification at the University of Ottawa. Prior to beginning graduate school, she worked with middle school, high school, and undergraduate students in a variety of programming and support roles. Her interests include student health and wellness, learning strategies, and career development. Carli is excited to work with Northeastern students and staff, and to explore the Boston area.
Alice is a Graduate Assistant for the Honors Program and doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Literature from Kenyon College (2008) and her M.A. in Psychology from Boston University (2014). Prior to graduate school, she worked as a clinician to provide group and individual counseling to court-mandated juvenile offenders and at-risk youth, as well as Program Administrator of a residential and partial hospitalization program for eating disorders treatment. She is also a member of the APPEAR lab (Applied Psychology Program for Eating and Appearance Research) and is primarily interested in prevention and treatment of eating disorders for underserved populations. Alice thoroughly enjoys mentoring undergraduate students in research and is thrilled to be a part of the Honors Program team.