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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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.

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Tanisha received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Legal Studies in 2021 and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education; Higher Education Administration Program, both from University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has worked as a Program Associate and Site Manager at Tutoring Plus of Cambridge and as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative.

Tanisha’s passion for Higher Education started when she was a peer mentor for first generation students during their first year of college. As a student, she enjoyed working in the Office of Student Conduct and Office of Residence Life at UMass Lowell. Tanisha is excited to work at Suffolk University in the heart of Boston.

Outside of work, Tanisha likes to find creative outlets such as indulging in TV Shows, listening to music, and spending time with family.

David Gallant

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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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Emily received her B.A. in Theatre and Arts Administration from Albright College and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Emily was involved with the Albright College Activities Council, New Student Orientation, and a Panhellenic sorority during her time in college. She was also an intern with Albright's Center for the Arts and the Conferences and Events Office. Her favorite time of year was new student orientation, when she had the opportunity to welcome new students and their families to the campus community. After college, she served in the Boston Public Schools as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year Boston for two years, where she learned that she was passionate about being a mentor, advisor, and role model for students.

Emily started working at Suffolk in the Spring of 2020 as an Administrative Coordinator in the Division of Student Success. In this role, she acted as the first point of contact for students and helped them navigate all of the student support resources on Suffolk's campus. As an Academic Advisor, Emily enjoys building relationships with students and helping them identify academic majors that will lead them to fulfilling careers. In addition, she maintains a positive growth mindset when working with students and enjoys providing resources and a listening ear to help students navigate challenges.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys going to see live theatre and concerts. She also loves singing in the car, creating new playlists on Spotify, and repeatedly watching The Office.

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Courtney received her B.A. in Spanish and History with a concentration in European History from Stonehill College and her M.Ed. in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Courtney’s interest in higher education began while she was an undergraduate student at Stonehill. She always enjoyed looking over her program evaluation, reading course descriptions, and planning out her classes. Courtney also took advantage of the many opportunities that college has to offer including participating in an internship in the Registrar’s Office and studying abroad in Seville, Spain. While in Spain, she was able to gain a deeper knowledge of the language and culture of Spain and had the opportunity to visit a variety of countries.

As a first-generation college student, Courtney enjoys introducing students to opportunities and resources on campus and likes serving as a resource to students to help them to navigate challenges and achieve their goals. She is passionate about working with students to help them identify their interests and assisting them with developing a plan for success both inside and outside of the classroom.

Outside of work, Courtney enjoys watching true crime documentaries and game shows, reading, travelling, and bike riding. She loves all animals and enjoys spending time with her Bichon Frise, Brody.

Michael Royce

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Michael is very excited to be working in a student facing role at his alma mater. He is currently pursuing his Master's of Public Administration at Suffolk University and received his BSBA in Marketing from Suffolk University in 2019.

Michael's passion for Higher Education started when he was a student heavily involved at the University. As a student, he was a tour guide and worked in Suffolk's Student Leadership and Involvement Office. He was also a part of Suffolk's Student Government Association. Michael took great pride in assisting members of the Suffolk community as a student and is looking forward to doing the same as an advisor.

He is a proud dog dad to Bellatrix, the Aussie mix. Michael is the Head Referee for a local flag football league which he helped found. He is an avid sports fan who has recently taken up golf.

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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.