Meet Our Team

Our advisors are here to help you develop and meet your academic goals. Many of us also earned undergraduate and graduate degrees here at Suffolk and know the university inside and out. Contact an advisor directly by browsing our bios below.
 

Our Staff

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Email: sbarboza@suffolk.edu

Stephannie has been a member of the Suffolk community for many years. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2003, earning a B.A. in Government with an International Affairs concentration, and a minor in Latin American studies.

After graduating, she worked in several of Suffolk's academic departments including English, Government, and the Writing Center. While working at Suffolk, she earned an M.S. in Criminal Justice and an M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education.

Stephannie has experience working with undeclared students, freshman, transfers students and students applying for our Suffolk Madrid and non-Madrid study abroad programs. She also specializes in working with first-generation students and helping first-year students navigate college life.

Stephannie speaks fluent Spanish, and in her spare time, she enjoys dining out, reading, and watching movies.

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Email: abeck2@suffolk.edu

Having grown up in a military family, Abby has lived across the country spanning Colorado to Washington, D.C. but has lived in Boston for the past few years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

During her education, she dedicated her time to being involved in many aspects of the college student experience, including career and academic advising, Greek life, student activities, and as a liaison for alumni associations. Before coming to Suffolk, she worked with law students at Boston University and is happy to be back in the undergraduate environment. She enjoys supporting students to ensure that they get the most from their undergraduate experience and succeed academically at the same time.

In her spare time, Abby enjoys spending time with her chihuahua-dachshund pup, obsessively cheering on Ohio State and Texas football, and eating her way through all the burgers in Boston.

Timothy Brown

Email: tbrown@suffolk.edu

With well over a decade of experience in higher education, Tim enjoys working with any and all students, and has substantial experience advising undeclared students, international students, student athletes, student veterans, students on academic probation, honors students, and transfer students.

Before becoming an academic advisor, Tim worked in a variety of capacities within academic support services, specifically in academic coaching, tutoring, training, and management.

Originally from Massachusetts, he has since traveled to five to the seven continents, and hopes to make it to all of them. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, both from Suffolk University. In his spare time, Tim enjoys travel, poetry, art, and global cuisines, and is a fierce proponent of animal rights.

David Gallant

Email: dgallant@suffolk.edu

David has been affiliated with Suffolk for over 30 years as a student, alumnus, instructor and full-time administrator. He holds a B.A. in English from Suffolk, an M.A. in English from Boston College, and is A.B.D. (English) from the University of Rhode Island.

He is the father of two Suffolk alums, one is a double Ram (B.A, and J.D.). David and his wife, Kerstin, have four children (all girls!) and one ornery cat.

David likes to mow his lawn and is passionate about all Boston sports teams. He currently teaches a very popular Seminar for Freshmen course on The Beatles.

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Email: ckelley5@suffolk.edu

Cailyn received both her B.A. in Human Development and her M.Ed in Higher Education from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. While completing her studies, Cailyn was involved in many different clubs and organizations including Orientation and Alternative Break Service Trips. While completing her Masters, she served as the primary academic advisor to First Year Business Majors. In these experiences, she developed a passion for working with students and helping others.

Cailyn’s advising philosophy is to serve as a support to students to assist in developing their short and long term personal, academic, and career goals. She enjoys building relationships with students, helping them find and explore their strengths, and to make the most of their college experience.

Aside from working with students, Cailyn enjoys finding new restaurants, loves to shop, and has a passion for volunteering. Cailyn comes from a big family as the youngest of 5 siblings and is a proud aunt to her Irish twin niece and nephew.

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Email: ssage@suffolk.edu

Shayna received her Master's of Education in Higher Education from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. During her time at Merrimack, Shayna advised first year and sophomore students in the Girard School of Business. In addition to her M.Ed., she completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies and a minor in Psychology.

During her time at URI, she was the president of URI’s chapter of Hillel and is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma. Shayna attributes her love for her higher education to her positive experiences at URI.

In her role as an academic advisor, Shayna enjoys connecting and building meaningful relationships with students. She also enjoys researching and learning more about the ever-changing field of Higher Education.

Shayna hails from Newton, MA but currently lives in Woburn, MA. Outside of Suffolk, Shayna is a reality TV fanatic. She is a Boston Sports fan and even has a dog named Fenway! She is also a lover of Creole, Japanese, Mexican, and Thai food, and can be seen drinking iced coffee even during Boston’s winter weather.

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Email: jshields@suffolk.edu

Jack has worked in higher education for many years, beginning in the Suffolk University Registrar’s Office and then the Sawyer Business School Undergraduate Programs Office. Jack joined the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center in 2013, when it was created as part of the Division of Student Success.

As Director of Academic Advising, Jack oversees the operations of the Academic Advising Center, and he enjoys teaching students the importance of goal setting and long-term planning in order to make the most of their Suffolk experience.

He received his B.A in Communication from UMass Amherst and an M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Outside of work Jack enjoys running, following Suffolk Athletics, and spending time with his two children. He recently participated in Suffolk's annual "Dancing with the Stahs" event. Check out his dance skills.

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Email: lvarga@suffolk.edu

Lani has been an Academic Advisor at Suffolk University since June 2015. She’s originally from Ohio, but has called New England home for almost 10 years.

Her educational background is in English literature and Writing, and she has worked directly with students as a writing tutor, academic coach and mentor, and academic advisor since 2007.

She has dedicated experience with transfer students and incoming freshman, but loves to work with any students looking for guidance, support or help with planning. She loves hiking, camping, coffee, and baking cupcakes.