Meet the Team

Antonio Willis-Berry is one of the Student Co-Chairs for NJSLC 2012. Reigning from Atlanta, GA he is a junior Music Major with an unofficial minor in Math. He was determined to host NSJLC 2012 at Holy Cross, because of the great experience he had at NSJLC 2010 at Fordham. He is currently involved with many clubs & organization on campus, such as the Student Government Association, the Black Student Union, and House Council, just to name a few. He is also a former RA and Orientation Leader, and will continue to serve as the Student Representative to the Holy Cross Alumni Association Board of Directors. During his free time Antonio enjoys writing, performing, and listening to music; watching Glee; and spending quality time with his friends.

Paul Misci is one of the Student Co-Chairs for NJSLC 2012. He is a junior from Peabody, MA who was inspired at Fordham in 2010 to bring NJSLC to Holy Cross. He has served on the Student Government at Holy Cross as the Director for environmental concerns and Chief of Staff. He will be one of the SGA Co-Presidents next year.  Paul is a Political Science and Environmental Studies double major. In his free time Paul enjoys hiking, watching Parks & Recreation, and hanging out with friends.

Sara Swillo is the Co-Advisor for NJSLC 2012 and the Associate Director of Student Involvement. A fun fact about herself is that she has run 3 Boston Marathons and her fourth Boston will be this April. The reason she wanted to be a part of NJSLC is because Antonio and Paul went to her in September of 2010 with the determination to host a future NJSLC. She was so happy to be a part of this process and is thrilled to show the other 27 Jesuit Schools Holy Cross and all we have to offer. She loves the thought of gathering leaders from across the nation to discuss leadership and Jesuit Ideals and Values.

Brenda Hounsell-Sullivan is the Co-Advisor for NJSLC 2012 and Assistant Dean/Director of the Office of Student Involvement at the College of the Holy Cross. Dean Sullivan got involved with NJSLC because she believes in supporting and inspiring student ideas and cultivating student leadership development. She lives in Douglas, MA with her amazing husband and two beautiful daughters. She enjoys spending her Sundays on the football field watching her six-year-old daughter develop her cheerleading talents. She cannot wait to see you all in July when we welcome the other 27 Jesuit Colleges & Universities to Holy Cross.

Chuck Stanley is the Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing and has worked full time in Higher Education since graduating from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Social Science and Elementary Education in May of 2000. While working on his Masters of Education in Guidance Counseling from Providence College, Chuck has served as an Area Director, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing and an Assistant Director of Student Programs and Involvement. Chuck enjoys volleyball, the outdoors, movies and meals with family and friends. He currently lives in Alumni Hall and was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts; best known for its State Champion Volleyball team in 1996.

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!

Ben Cannon is the Assistant Director for Student Leadership at the College of Holy Cross and the Volunteer Advisor for NJSLC. Ben has seen Bruce Springsteen 19 times and have tickets to shows number 20 and 21. He decided to be part of NJSLC because he is a new part of the Jesuit community and it seemed like an awesome opportunity to expand his understanding of the Jesuit philosophy.  Ben also thought it would be a lot of fun to meet student leaders from Jesuit institutions around the country as well as network with other professionals at Jesuit institutions.  Most of all it just seemed like it would be a lot of fun!

Lauren Hammer is one of the NJSLC 2012 Volunteer Co-Directors. Her position involves marketing the volunteer opportunities that the conference offers Holy Cross students, as well as selecting and training the group leaders who will facilitate small group sessions. She is currently a sophomore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, double-majoring in Religious Studies and Spanish.  At Holy Cross, she serves as the Assistant Chief of Staff on the Student Government Association, editor for the Holy Cross Journal of Law and Public Policy, and member of the College Committee on Mission & Identity and the College Committee on the Curriculum; additionally, she is a liturgical minister and volunteer in the Office of Admissions. A fun fact about her is that she will be spending the next academic year studying in León, Spain! What motivated her decision to be a part of NJSLC 2012 was her experience as a delegate at NJSLC 2011, hosted by Loyola University Chicago. NJSLC offered me the opportunity to reflect not only on my definition of leadership and my current personal leadership style, but also upon my leadership goals for the remaining three years of my college experience, what leadership means to other people, and how one can truly lead in all things, not strictly in a classroom or organizational setting. Upon learning that her own college would be hosting the NJSLC 2012, she knew with certainty that providing this incredibly valuable opportunity to other college students was something that she had to be a part of.

Jeanie Johnson is currently a junior majoring in psychology with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. She serves as the Volunteer Co-Director on the NJSLC Leadership Team. This position is composed of many things, but most importantly she is responsible for recruiting and managing student volunteers. Besides the Volunteer Co-Director for NJSLC, she also serves a Resident Assistant for 40 sophomore’s guys. She serves as the Interdenominational Social Event Coordinator, as well as a Deans Office Work Assistant. She decided to be a part of NJSLC to give back to her community by being a woman for others. She wanted to experience a bigger part of the Jesuit ideals while also learning what it means to truly live the mission. She is extremely excited and enthusiastic about the conference as well as everyone who will have the opportunity to attend. They will truly be charged challenged and empowered. FUN FACT: I am engaged to my wonderful fiancé. God Bless. 

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.

Kelsey Russell is a member of the Class of 2013 and an English major. For the conference, you can go to her with any of your Communications needs! Along with Ben, Kelsey works on the NJSLC website, the Facebook page, the Twitter account and helps to register you and your school. On campus, Kelsey is a student advisor and member of the College Honors Program, captain of the Holy Cross Mock Trial Team, Co-Chair of The Agency, our own student-run ad agency, a Web Writer for the college homepage, chairwoman for the Purple Key Society publicity committee, a volunteer at Abby’s House, a local shelter for battered and homeless women, and a writing tutor at the Writer’s Workshop. Aside from that, she enjoys ridiculously long runs and is a vegetable-loving Vegan. This summer, Kelsey will be flying to NJSLC from Washington, D.C. where she will be interning for Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. She looks forward to plenty of communication with all of the fabulous delegates coming from the amazing Jesuit institutions across our country and cannot wait for NJSLC 2012-her first one ever!

Jess DiSimone is a member of the Class of 2013, majoring in Biology at the College of the Holy Cross.  She holds the position of Late-Night Programming Director on the NJSLC Leadership Team. As the Late-Night Programming Director, her duties include organizing evening events for conference participants and overseeing the staffing of each event.  She is thrilled to be able to serve on the 2012 NJSLC Leadership Team alongside her fellow student leaders and dedicated professional staff members. He desire to become a part of the NJSLC Leadership Team was inspired by her interest in event planning. Her involvement with the Holy Cross community includes serving as a member of the Women’s Tennis Team, the Leadership Academy for Student Athletes, the Campus Activities Board, and the American Medical Students Association. She looks forward to interacting with the delegates from the many exemplary institutions that will be in attendance at this year’s National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference.

Nicole "Nikki" Lombardi is the advisor to the Co-Education Directors. The Co-Education Directors and advisors has helped to select the keynote speakers and educational sessions that will be a part of the NJSLC conference. We hope you are going to submit a program proposal! Nikki currently works in the Office of Residence Life & Housing as a Community Development Coordinator. She is pumped to be a part of the planning committee. She’s learning more about this great conference and hopes to help make it a lasting memory for all who attend. A fun fact about herself is that she is an avid board game player: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, & Dominion are some of her favorites.

Ken Jordan is currently a junior at Holy Cross where he studies Theology and Education. Originally exposed to the Jesuits at Fairfield Prep, he chose to attend Holy Cross in order to continue his studies under this tradition. At Holy Cross he serves as the Program Director for the Knights of Columbus, tutors at the Nativity School, and is involved with the Campus Activities Board. In his spare time, he loves to listen to alternative rock and stand-up comedy.  He chose to be a part of NJSLC because he firmly believes in the power of Jesuit ideals and their link to developing conscientious leaders of the world today.

Michelle Driffill is currently a junior. She is majoring in Psychology and is a Concentrator in Peace and Conflict Studies. As one of three Co-Education Directors, her specific responsibilities include the internal recruitment for education sessions. She got involved with the Leadership Team for NJSLC in order to help provide an outlet for student leaders to share their passions with other students. On campus, she is currently involved with College Choir, Peace Around the World and Purple Key Society. Originally from Texas, Michelle thoroughly enjoys BBQ, Big Red, and breakfast tacos. 

Chris Won is one of the Co-Education Directors in charge of organizing the keynote speakers as well as the educational leadership sessions. He is a member of the Class of 2014 and a Classics Major. On campus, Chris is involved in Inter-House Council (IHC), he is a Summer Orientation Leader, a Multicultural Peer Educator (MPE), and on the Men's Club Rugby team. He got involved with NJSLC, because he wanted to share and live his passions and to learn of the passions of others. Fun fact: His favorite movie is V for Vendetta.

Julie Baldiga, a professional staff member within the Office of Residence Life and Housing, joined the Holy Cross community in the fall of 2007. As the advisor to the Transportation Director Chris Gillis, Julie is excited to welcome many students and staff from around the country. Julie will be sure you are getting to and from where you need to go! When Julie is not chatting with students around campus, she is enjoying a delicious cup of coffee and a great book or laughing with friends and family in her apartment on campus. Julie decided to join NJSLC because of her passion for helping students and her interest in the overall mission of Jesuit universities. Welcome to Worcester!

Chris Gillis is a member of the Class of 2014, and is the Transportation Director for NJSLC 2012.  As part of his job, Chris (along with the wonderful Julie Baldiga) contacts various businesses in order to make travel to, during, and from the conference as easy as possible. He has also planned the Boston excursion. Chris greatly believes that when leaders, with any sort of commonality, can come together and share their experiences to better others, amazing things can be accomplished. This is why he was so intrigued in becoming a part of the NJSLC Leadership Team. Apart from NJSLC, Chris is very active in the Student Government Association, where he served as the Director of SGA Services. He is also an Article Editor for the Holy Cross Journal of Law and Public Policy. As an Economics major, Chris is thrilled to be spending next semester in Washington, DC as part of Holy Cross's Semester in Washington Program. 

As a member of the NJSLC team, Cathleen Doane works with Andrew Marzo to coordinate the opening and closing banquets.  They are looking forward to kicking off your experience at Holy Cross on July 25th during the opening banquet! Her primary role on campus is the Associate Director of Orientation and Residence Life.  In this role she directs the three tier Gateways Orientation Program (summer, fall and extended orientation) and supervises the first year areas within Residence Life.  Cathleen is a proud alumna of Bryant University in Rhode Island where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. After Bryant, Cathleen earned a M. Ed in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University in Virginia. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, going to the movies, and being outdoors.

Andrew Marzo is the Special Events Director for NJSLC 2012! He currently is a sophomore in the College Honors Program, and originally from Berkeley Heights, NJ. He will be spending the fall semester in Washington, DC as a part of the HC Washington Semester Program. During his free time he enjoys doing anything athletic, like playing soccer, working out, and running. In preparation for the NJSLC, he has been working with Cathleen Doane to plan the themes and food services for the opening and closing banquets. They have created a unique theme that emphasizes both the Holy Cross and New England culture. They will also be selecting the menu items for all meals throughout the Conference. Although, it's been a lot of preparation, he cannot wait for all his fellow Jesuit students to experience NJSLC 2012 at Holy Cross!

Jeffrey Thode is the Director of Service. He is in charge of coordinating with local sites in the Worcester community, in order to find projects for the day of service. He is also involved with finding a speaker who embodies the question "Who shall I be for others?" Jeffrey works closely with his advisor Rob Jones. He chose to get involved with NJSLC because he has a passion for service, and would like to learn more about being a leader. Outside of NJSLC, Jeffrey is a member of the Class of 2013, majoring in chemistry with concentrations in biochemistry and Latin American and Latino studies. He tutors at the Nativity School in Worcester, and is part of a chemistry research lab. He studied abroad in Lima, Peru last semester at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru. Jeffrey enjoys traveling, reading, and being outside.

Robert 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 and the Service Advisor for NJSLC 2012. 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.

Ferene Paris Meyer is the Professional Development Consultant for NJSLC 2012. She worked at Holy Cross for over 6 years in Orientation & Residence Life prior to relocating to Burlington, Vermont last fall when her husband Josh began coaching men’s basketball at St. Michael’s College. Ferene was involved in various aspects of campus life and lived on campus with her family, infusing both her professional and personal experiences with Jesuit ideals. Ferene has attended NJSLC at Fordham and Loyola Chicago and found both conferences to be very inspiring. She is excited to continue working with the NJSLC committee as a consultant and can't wait to cross paths with you at NJSLC 2012! Ferene, Josh and their 2 year old daughter Nala have enjoyed making Vermont their new home and love going on family adventures. Some of their favorites include exploring the various recreational parks, running along the Lake Champlain waterfront, having ice cream at that the original Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop on Church Street, and much more. During the basketball season, Nala wears awesome purple tutus to the games to show her purple pride for daddy’s team. Overall, this family enjoys a life filled with loved ones, great food, adventures and basketball.