Meet the Presenters

Ben Kadamus
Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life
College of the Holy Cross

Ben Kadamus is the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, and is the professional staff advisor for Communications with NJSLC this year. He has worked at Holy Cross for 6 years, and lives on campus with his wife Katie and daughters Ellie and Anna. When he's not around campus, you can find Ben at any of the local area playgrounds with his girls, or at his favorite Worcester hidden gem: Gibby's Ice Cream. Ben is also a huge New York Giants fan, and is officially obsessed with Walt Disney World.

Alice Laffey
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
College of the Holy Cross

Professor Alice L. Laffey is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Religious Studies at Holy Cross. She teaches Introduction to the Old Testament, Readings in Feminist Theology, Women in/and the Bible, and Theology and Ecology.  Recently she has been teaching first year students in the Montserrat program, either Stewardship and Sustainability or a year-long course, Relationships and Connections.  Her own liberal arts education is the foundation of her intellectual life.  She never aspired to be a leader, but to become her best self.

Chris Ryan, S.J.
Grants Associate,
Office of Grants and Corporate and Foundation Giving
College of the Holy Cross

Chris Ryan, SJ joined the Holy Cross Jesuit Community in June 2009, and currently works in the Grants Office at the College. He entered the Society in August 2004, after graduating from Dartmouth College with a geography major and religion minor. Originally from southern New Jersey, he enjoys classical music, writing letters, hiking, literature, and knitting. An avid distance runner, he has completed seven marathons. Having traveled in Mexico and Chile, and worked for three years in a predominantly Mexican parish in St. Louis, he is fluent in Spanish and fond of Latin American culture, cuisine, and spirituality.

Jenn DeLuca
Assistant Director for Student Programs
College of the Holy Cross

Jenn DeLuca is the Late Night Programming Co-Director for NJSLC 2012. Her responsibility is to work with Jess Desimone to coordinate all of the entertainment for the late night programming including Casino Night, Trivia Night and a signature Holy Cross event - The Edge! She got involved with NJSLC because of her passion for student leaders and experience in late night programs! Jenn's primary role on campus is the Assistant Director for Student Programs in the Office of Student Involvement and has been in this role since July 2011. She is also an alum of the institution. In her full time role, she oversees the Campus Activities Board and all of the Late Night and Weekend Programming as well as other special projects. One fun fact is that she got engaged on her first day of work at Holy Cross!

Kaitlin Bevins     
Community Development Coordinator
College of the Holy Cross

Kaitlin Bevins works in the Office of Residence Life & Housing as a Community Development Coordinator at the College of the Holy Cross.  Kaitlin will be starting her third year at Holy Cross.  Originally from Connecticut, Kaitlin moved to Worcester, MA to attend Assumption College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. She attended Springfield College to receive her Master of Education in Student Personnel Administration. Between undergraduate and graduate schools, Kaitlin spent a year serving the South side of Chicago with the Augustinian Volunteers. In her free time, Kaitlin likes to read nonfiction, run, and laugh.  

Sarah Gallenberg     
Community Development Coordinator
College of the Holy Cross

Sarah Gallenberg is beginning her second year as a Community Development Coordinator in Residence Life at Holy Cross. A native to Minnesota, Sarah received her B.A. in English and Communication from another Jesuit school, Saint Louis University, and her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in leadership in student affairs. Some of her experiences include new student and transfer orientation, Greek life, residence life, academic affairs, and service learning. She was also an intern with the Association of College and University Housing Officers International at La Trobe University in Australia. A proud Midwesterner, Sarah enjoys playing in the snow and watching her Minnesota sports teams. Other interests include traveling, dancing, cooking, photography and writing.

Evan Maloney
Community Development Coordinator
College of the Holy Cross

Evan Maloney has been living, studying and working at Jesuit institutions for over 8 years.  After graduating from Holy Cross in 2008 with a double major in English and German, he went on to earn his Masters degree in Higher Education Administration from the Lynch School at Boston College.  Evan is currently working as a Community Development Coordinator in the Residence Life and Housing Office at Holy Cross.  In addition to his work in residence life, Evan has been involved with Recreation/Intramurals/Club Sports, Orientation/First Year Experience, Judicial Affairs and the Sophomore Experience.

Caitlin MacNeil
Head Resident Assistant
College of the Holy Cross

Caitlin MacNeil is currently a junior and a proud member of the Class of 2013 at the College of the Holy Cross. She is majoring in English with concentrations in Creative Writing as well as Peace and Conflict Studies. For her, the opportunity to take part in the NJSLC leadership team means meeting other great student leaders and showing off all that Worcester has to offer. In addition to serving as the Hospitality Director for NJSLC, Caitlin works as a Resident Assistant in Mulledy Hall, one of the first-year residence halls on campus. Originally from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, she is a die-hard Red Sox fan that enjoys summers vacationing with her family in Maine. Caitlin cannot wait to welcome you all on opening day of NJSLC 2012 and make your stay here in Worcester as wonderful as possible!

Neal Lipsitz, Ph. D.
Associate Dean for Student Development
College of the Holy Cross

Neal Lipsitz, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Student Development at Holy Cross.  He oversees Health Services, Counseling, Disability Services, and Wellness Programming.  He has been at Holy Cross for 13 years.  Dr. Lipsitz chairs the College’s Crisis, Catastrophic Emergency and Postvention Plan as well as the College Advisory Board on Alcohol.  He recently helped develop a Bystander Training Program for student leaders.  A licensed psychologist, he maintains a small private practice.  He also teaches an advanced seminar in the Psychology Department at Holy Cross titled “Adult Psychopathology”.  Dr. Lipsitz is currently national chair of the NASPA Disability Knowledge Community.

Stephanie Yuhl
Associate Professor of History
College of the Holy Cross

Stephanie Yuhl is an Associate Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross. A specialist in twentieth-century social, political and cultural history, she regularly teaches courses on social movements, gender and sexuality, war and memory, and public history.  Yuhl is the author of the prize-winning book, A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston, and numerous scholarly articles and reviews.  Her current work is an oral history of U.S. women soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  She lives in Worcester with her husband, three children, and dog.

Fr. John Savard, S.J.
Rector of the Jesuit Community and Education Department Lecturer
College of the Holy Cross

Fr. John Savard, S.J., is rector of the Jesuit community at the College of the Holy Cross, where he also teaches in the education department.  Before arriving at to Holy Cross four years ago, he spent nine years at the University of San Francisco (USF) as director of Campus Ministry.  He received his doctorate in education from USF in 2010.  His passion is leading service-immersion programs, and he has led over 25 immersion experiences for students to locations such as Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and numerous locations in Central America.   

Ben Cannon
Assistant Director for Student Leadership;
College of the Holy Cross

Ben Cannon was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts.  He got his bachelor's degree from Springfield College in Youth Development. He went on to attend the University of Connecticut where he worked in Leadership Programs and earned a Master's in Higher Education Administration.  At Holy Cross he coordinates a few off campus weekend workshops, an on campus leadership conference and is working on creating a yearlong leadership experience. He is extremely excited to be part of NJSLC 2012!

Nick Lowery
Director of Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports
College of the Holy Cross

Nick Lowery is the Director of Recreation, Intramurals, and Club Sports at Holy Cross. Prior to Holy Cross, Nick was the Assistant Director of Student Involvement for Recreation at Merrimack College. Before committing to higher education Nick's experience includes Sports Marketing at Reebok International, Ballpark Operations with the Philadelphia Phillies, and Game Day Operations for the Boston Cannons and Manchester Monarchs. In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with friends and family, vacationing, and participating in and officiating sports.

Jerry Maday
Transportation Manager
College of the Holy Cross

Jerry Maday is currently the Transportation Manager at Holy Cross. His career in Logistics and Transportation has provided him experience in various sectors including 501 c (3) charities, retail manufacturing and global relief organizations. He is an alumnus of the Metrowest Leadership Academy which specializes in cross-sector collaboration throughout Central Massachusetts. He speaks Spanish and Swedish and has traveled extensively. He is active in the choral community as a composer, teacher and speaker. He graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory. Jerry is married and has four children.

Jeffrey Reppucci
President and Founder of the 501c(3) non-profit organization Students Helping Children Across Borders, Inc. and facilitator of the Suzdal, Russia 2012 initiative
College of the Holy Cross

Robert Jones
Associate Director of Multicultural Education
College of the Holy Cross

Robert T. Jones is a multifaceted and competent educator in the Leadership, Nonviolence, Inclusion and Diversity/Organizational Effectiveness industry.  He currently serves as the Associate Director of Multicultural Education at the College of the Holy Cross. Robert seeks to use his skills in an effort to build long lasting bridges between people of diverse backgrounds, develop safe communities as well as provide the business and education community with the skills needed to compete in an ever-changing global arena.

Melisa Jaquez
Assistant Director of Multicultural Education
College of the Holy Cross

Melisa Jaquez is a Worcester, MA native. A graduate of the North High School class of 2002 Melisa went on to receive a Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 2006. Her student involvements in Residence Life and Student Activities as an undergraduate led her to pursue a Masters of Education in Higher Education at Springfield College. After having worked at Fairfield University as an Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life, Melisa is happy to be back at her alma mater and working with many of the programs she was once involved with as a student. Her passion for leadership development and mentoring guides the work she does on a daily basis.

Paul Irish
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
College of the Holy Cross

Paul A. Irish is the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at the College of the Holy Cross. Paul arrived at Holy Cross in the Fall or 2004, and in his position he is responsible for the administration of the College’s student disciplinary process, serves as a member of the senior student affairs leadership team, and assists the Vice President with major projects and initiatives such as strategic planning, divisional assessment and community relations. 

Chris Tota
Head Resident Assistant
College of the Holy Cross

Chris Tota is a rising senior Biology Major at Holy Cross from Commack, NY. He has spent the last three years living in the same Residence Hall, and this year will return to Wheeler Hall as the Head Resident Assistant for his senior year. Other things besides residence life which he is involved in on campus is, Special Olympics, Campus Ministry, and Holy Cross Dance Marathon. Off the hill, he is an avid outdoorsman, and spends most of his time skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, or working for National Ski Patrol. He plans to get a Master in Public Health and work for those who have mental disabilities.

Jeff Godowski
SGA Director of Student Life & Student Resident Director
College of the Holy Cross

Jeff Godowski is a rising senior at Holy Cross from Scranton, PA majoring in Classics and minoring in Art History. Some of his involvements include being the Student Resident Director, Co-Chair of Holy Cross' gay-straight alliance ABiGaLe/Allies, SGA Director of Student Life, and Student Involvement Office Assistant. He also studied abroad last semester at Loyola University Chicago's John Felice Rome Center. He is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Student Affairs.

Andy DeVivo
Holy Cross Alumnus
College of the Holy Cross

Andy DeVivo is a resident of Berlin, CT.  He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross this past year with a major in Spanish.  He has a sister, Michelle, and two step-brothers, Eric and Tyler.  Andy enjoys playing sports in his free time, especially Ultimate Frisbee.  Andy became very interested in Latin American during his time at Holy Cross and he will go to Santiago, Chile this coming December to work with JVC International teaching English and working part-time in a church for the next two years.   

John Cannon
Associate Director of Physical Plant
College of the Holy Cross

John Cannon is the Associate Director of Physical Plant for Operations and Planning at the College of the Holy Cross where he is responsible for all the trades and work control personnel who maintain the campus buildings.  He has been successfully leading facilities and engineering personnel in the building operations and construction areas for 25 years at both Holy Cross and MIT.  He most recently received the APPA’s 2012 Rex Dillow Award for Outstanding Article, “Exceeding Expectations” in Facilities Manager magazine.

Ronald Jarrett
Class Dean for 2012, 2017, and Transfer Students & Professor of Chemistry
College of the Holy Cross

For the past 26 years, Professor Ronald Jarret has taught chemistry at College of the Holy Cross. He was named Distinguished Teacher in 1996. Jarret was Department Chair from 1996 until 2008 when he was appointed Dean, Class of 2012. Jarret has a career total of over 30 scholarly publications. He has served on numerous committees and K-12 outreach programs. Jarret is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu. A first-generation college graduate, he received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in biology from Rhode Island College in 1982, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yale University in 1987.

Jacqueline Peterson
Vice President for Students Affairs/Dean of Students
College of the Holy Cross

Jacqueline Peterson is the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students right here at the College of the Holy Cross. She has served in this capacity since August 1997. She has worked in Student Affairs related positions for twenty-five years. Prior to joining Holy Cross, Jackie was Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Previous to that, she spent 10 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in various student affairs positions including Dean of Women, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Acting Dean of Students, culminating her tenure there as Assistant to the President and Director of Multicultural Affairs. On a personal note, Jackie resides in Northborough, Massachusetts with Daryl, her husband of 40 years, a manager for Royal Ahold Corporation. She has two adult children, daughter Danielle and son Brett.

Margaret Freije
Associate Dean of the College
College of the Holy Cross

Margaret Freije earned her bachelor's degree at Boston College and Ph.D. in mathematics at Brown University. She came to Holy Cross in the fall of 1986. She is currently an associate professor of mathematics and associate dean of the college, and is a recent “graduate” of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. Before becoming associate dean she served as the class dean for the classes of 1999 and 2003. She was honored with the Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997 and was named a "Woman of Distinction" by the Girl Scouts in 2003. She lives in Worcester with her husband and three children. 

Bill Gibbons
Head Women's Basketball Coach
College of the Holy Cross

Bill Gibbons enters his 32nd season coaching basketball at Holy Cross.  He was a four year Asst Coach with the Men's Team, before taking over the Women's Program in 1985.  Bill has created an enthusiastic craze for Women's Basketball atop Mt St James. Coach Gibbons has led the Crusaders to 13 League Championships and 14 Post Season appearances. On December 3rd of last year, Bill recorded his 500th career victory. He has a 100% graduation rate and has coached 12 Academic All-Americans. His team is very active in Community Service, especially with the Mercy Centre School for the physically and mentally challenged.  His program was honored at the Final Four in 2007 with the WBCA National Award for Community Service. Bill is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.  He also is a lector and teaches Confirmation class at St Joan of Arc Church. He and his wife Lisa (a big part of the family atmosphere that Bill has created) have two sons, Billy (23) and Bobby (20).

Stephanie Montilla
Head Orientation Leader
College of the Holy Cross

Stephanie Montilla is currently the Head Orientation Leader for the Class of 2016. Prior to this position, she served as a Resident Assistant for two years. She enjoys singing and performing in “Delilahs”, the first female acapella group established in Holy Cross. Although Holy Cross is Stephanie’s “home away from home”, she enjoys spending time with her family in Rhode Island, especially with her 4 adorable nieces. During her days of relaxation she enjoys watching TV series Grey’s Anatomy, hanging out with friends and writing poetry.

Chalmer Swanson
Manresa Retreat Leader & Orientation Leader
College of the Holy Cross

California, Louisiana, and New Hampshire. What do these 3 states have in common?  Pretty much nothing.  Aside from the fact that I’ve lived in each of these 3 places for no less than 5 years.  All of my family lives in California. In Louisiana I developed a Southern accent, and in New Hampshire I lost my accent. I am a Manresa Retreat Leader, an Orientation Leader, and enjoy saying “yes” more than saying “no”.  My name is Chalmer Swanson ’13, a math major, at the College of the Holy Cross, interested in pursuing becoming a medical doctor, and I hope to meet you at the conference!

Fran Taylor
 Director of Wellness Programming
College of the Holy Cross

In July of 2002, Fran Taylor she took the position of Director of Wellness Programming here at Holy Cross.  Fran was recently elected to the Board of the New England College Health Association. In 2007-08 she a finalist in the Outstanding AOD Professional category awarded by Outside the Classroom, and the college was also recognized for their prevention efforts that year. In 2008-09, Fran’s application to Outside the Classroom garnered the Highest Honor Prevention Excellence Award for the college which came with a $10,000 cash award. Fran loves to garden, kayak and has been running all of her adult life.  She recently came in first in her age group at the local Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. She lives in Westborough, MA with her husband and keeps track of her two adult children, Dave, 27 who works for Google in Mountain View, CA and Tanya Rose, 24, who teaches English in Fukuoka, Japan.

Jenna Sattar
Office of Graduate Student Life Graduate Assistant & Office of Residential Life Graduate Staff Assistant
Boston College

Christopher J. Osnato
President, Undergraduate Government of Boston College
Boston College

Derrick Cunningham
Marketing and Finance Chair of Residence Hall Association
Seattle University

Joseph Smalzer
Student Athlete
Loyola University Chicago

Jessie Bazan
Campus Sacristan
Marquette University

Katie Kelsey
Assistant Director for Student Activities
Creighton University

Tommy Backe
Creighton University

Matthew Hoover
Creighton University

Pauline Tolentino
Peer Student Leadership Team Member
Loyola University Chicago

Taylor Jantz
Vice Prsident for Student Affairs
Creighton University

Nick Mascio
Vice President for Programming
Creighton University

Marci Walton
Resident Director
Santa Clara University

Cailtin-Coe Fitzpatrick
Commuter Freshmen Mentor Program Coordinator, Programming Coordinator of the Commuting Students Association
Fordham University

Kevin Quaratino
Vice President of Student Affairs, Former President of the Commuting Students Association and Commuter Freshmen Mentor
Fordham University

Gabriella Giunta
Vice President of the Commuting Students Association and Commuter Freshmen Mentor
Fordham University

Melissa Gazal
President of the Commuting Students Association and Commuter Freshmen Mentor.
Fordham University

Shannon Howes
Director of Student Leadership Development
Loyola University Chicago

Matthew Razek
Chief of Staff, Unified Student Government Association
Loyola University Chicago

Travis Olson
Intern in the Office of the Vice President for Student Development
Loyola University Chicago

Yolanda Barnes
Coordinator of Student Leadership Development
Loyola University Chicago

Julia Pointer
President, Unified Student Government Association
Loyola University Chicago

Stephanie Morrow
previous Hunger Week team leader, current Assistant Manager for Conference Services at Loyola University Chicago