Meet Your Advisor

If you have a general or program specific question, please contact the advisor assigned to work with you. You can also click on a name to learn about your advisor's professional and academic background.

General inquiries about SBS Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@suffolk.edu
617-305-1941 

Advisors by Graduate Program

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Claire Kelly

Student Success Advisor
claire.kelly@online.suffolk.edu
617-960-9522

Professional and Academic Background

Claire earned her BA in English and visual art at the University of San Diego. She began working in academics and student affairs while still a student. She now has more than 10 years of experience supporting students in person and online. 

Favorites
  • Book: true crime novels, like The Stranger Beside Me, and the Harry Potter series
  • Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • TV show: Law & Order: SVU
  • Hobbies: painting, reading, and spending time with my husband and beagle
Words of Wisdom

Do not be afraid to ask for help or guidance. Whether you study on campus or online, there is a network of support that you can tap into when you need it most. 

MSA, MST, MSA/MBA, MSA/MST, MBA/MST, GCA, GCT

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Caitlin DeStefano

Senior Associate Director of MS Programs
cdestefano@suffolk.edu
617-573-8044

Professional and Academic Background

Caitlin grew up just north of Boston and currently resides with her husband and two children not far from where she grew up. She received her BA in Political Science & Criminology from Stonehill College in 2005 and her M.Ed in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University in 2008. Since 2005, she has held a variety of professional roles within the Sawyer Business School, and currently works with our MS in Accounting & MS in Taxation populations. 

Favorites
  • Book: Pretty much anything written by James Patterson
  • Movie: Of all time? I’m not ashamed to admit that it is The Newsies
  • TV Show: "Game of Thrones" or "Lost"
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Castle Island, South Boston, and Fenway Park!
Words of Wisdom

Two quotes that embody the values that motivate me both personally and professionally are:

  1. “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” – Horace Mann
  2. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Donald Kendall

MSBA, MBA/MSBA, MSA/MSBA, MSBA/MSF, MSBA/MSM, and GCBA

Gerard Casal at Suffolk University

Gerard Casal

Associate Director of MS Programs
gcasal@suffolk.edu
617-994-4240

Professional and Academic Background

Gerard is originally from Lawrence, MA, and currently resides in Merrimack, MA. He completed his BA in Psychology from Middlebury College and his M.Ed in Educational Policy and Management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

He has over 15 years of work experience in higher education working in undergraduate and graduate admission and student services.

Favorites
  • Book: Take Me With You, by Carlos Frias
  • Movie: Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend
  • TV Show: "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Too many to choose from! Just a few: The North End (for food), the Garden (for fun), Castle Island (for nostalgia).
Words of Wisdom

Familiarize yourself with different resources, departments, and staff at the University. There may be certain services you think you may not need now, but you may in the future. Your relationship with the University is a life-long partnership.

MSF, MSFSB, MBA/MSF, MSA/MSF, MSF/JD, GCF, GCI, GCCF, GCRM, and GCFSB

Jon Ahern at Suffolk University

Jon Ahern

Associate Director MS Programs
jahern5@suffolk.edu
617-573-8641

Professional and Academic Background

Jon grew up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, but has been living in the greater Boston area for over 10 years. He earned a BA degree from Emmanuel College where he studied English and Communications. In addition to his role here at Suffolk he is currently pursuing a MS degree in Management, also from Emmanuel College. Prior to joining the SBS graduate programs team, Jon worked for Education First, an educational exchange company. He also served as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Emmanuel College.

Favorites
  • Book: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Movie: Home Alone
  • TV Show: "Parks and Recreation"
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Fenway Park
Words of Wisdom

Ask questions! You’ll certainly want to engage with your professors, but also reach out to your fellow students and the staff here in the Sawyer Business School. Asking questions is one of the best ways you can connect with others, learn, and grow your network.

MHA, MBA/Health, GCHML, GCHM

Aki Morizano at Suffolk University

Aki Morizono

Assistant Director Healthcare Programs
amorizono@suffolk.edu
617-305-1769

Professional and Academic Background

Aki feels tremendously fortunate to have been involved in engaging work that serves others and promotes healthy, collaborative communities. Her professional experience includes working at a Fortune 500 company while also being a resident advisor at a US satellite campus for a Japanese women’s university; event and community-building at an art gallery in Cambridge; and serving on an organizing committee for several 200-mile relay races to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Prior to joining the Sawyer Business School graduate programs team and the Healthcare Administration Department, Aki worked for two international Nobel Peace Prize-winning organizations.

Favorites
  • Book: A recent favorite is Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries.
  • Movie: Short documentaries
  • TV Show: "Madam Secretary"
  • Places to Visit in Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in April when the nasturtium are in full bloom. And on the Cambridge side of the river, the Stata Center to see the fanciful architectural work of Frank Gehry.
Words of Wisdom

When in doubt, remember why you started, and go further or try another approach.

MMS, GCMT, GCLTP, and GCMS

Jon Ahern at Suffolk University

Jon Ahern

Associate Director MS Programs
jahern5@suffolk.edu
617-573-8641

Professional and Academic Background

Jon grew up in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, but has been living in the greater Boston area for over 10 years. He earned a BA degree from Emmanuel College where he studied English and Communications. In addition to his role here at Suffolk he is currently pursuing a MS degree in Management, also from Emmanuel College. Prior to joining the SBS graduate programs team, Jon worked for Education First, an educational exchange company. He also served as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Emmanuel College.

Favorites
  • Book: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Movie: Home Alone
  • TV Show: "Parks and Recreation"
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Fenway Park
Words of Wisdom

Ask questions! You’ll certainly want to engage with your professors, but also reach out to your fellow students and the staff here in the Sawyer Business School. Asking questions is one of the best ways you can connect with others, learn, and grow your network.

MSM, MBA/MSM, MSBA/MSM, GCBA, GCM, and GCMR

Gerard Casal at Suffolk University

Gerard Casal

Associate Director of MS Programs
gcasal@suffolk.edu
617-994-4240

Professional and Academic Background

Gerard is originally from Lawrence, MA, and currently resides in Merrimack, MA. He completed his BA in Psychology from Middlebury College and his M.Ed in Educational Policy and Management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

He has over 15 years of work experience in higher education working in undergraduate and graduate admission and student services.

Favorites
  • Book: Take Me With You, by Carlos Frias
  • Movie: Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend
  • TV Show: "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Too many to choose from! Just a few: The North End (for food), the Garden (for fun), Castle Island (for nostalgia).
Words of Wisdom

Familiarize yourself with different resources, departments, and staff at the University. There may be certain services you think you may not need now, but you may in the future. Your relationship with the University is a life-long partnership.

MBA part-time (A-M), MBA Nonprofit (A-M), MAPS, GCBF

Ana Perez at Suffolk University

Ana Perez

Associate Director MBA Programs and Online Learning
aperez@suffolk.edu
617-573-8334

Professional and Academic Background

Ana is originally from Puerto Rico, but grew up in Boston. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her 16-year-old son.

She earned her BSBA in Computer Information Systems and her M.Ed in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University and has worked at Sawyer Business School for the last 16 years.

Favorites
  • Book: I love every book that James Patterson and Bell Hooks have written. They are by far my favorite authors.
  • Movie: The Long Kiss Goodnight with Gina Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. I am a big fan of action and suspense movies, especially when they have a strong female character.
  • TV Show: Right now is "Mr. Robot." But I can binge on the oldies for days like the "Golden Girls," "Charlie's Angels," "Bionic Woman," or "Wonder Woman." Wow! I think I am dating myself too much!
  • Place to Visit in Boston: I love nature and love to walk. My favorite places are the Blue Hills, the Arboretum, Boston Common, and the Public Garden.
Words of Wisdom

Do not be afraid to fail. I once saw a quote that read: F-A-I-L is First-Attempt-At-Learning. Papers and projects may not work out, presentations may not be perfect, and you may get a grade you are not proud of. However, your time here should be about growth and learning. The classroom is your platform to practice and improve your skills. Use your time in the classroom to your advantage.

MBA full-time, MBA/JD, MBA Nonprofit (N-Z), MBA part-time (N-Z)

Sarah Esner at Suffolk University

Sarah Esner

Senior Associate Director MBA Programs
sesner@suffolk.edu
617-305-1707

Professional and Academic Background

Sarah is originally from Nobleboro, Maine, and moved to Boston in 2005. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2004, earning a BA in Political Science from New England College. While working in the Career Development Office at Suffolk Law School she received her MEd in Administration of Higher Education in 2008 here at Suffolk.

She now has over 10 years of experience within higher education focusing on advising, program development, and management.

Favorites
  • Book: There are too many to choose from, I can’t pick only one
  • Movie: Almost Famous
  • TV Show: "Game of Thrones"
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Charles River Esplanade
Words of Wisdom

Start growing your network as soon as you enter the doors of Suffolk. You’ll hear the word “networking” many times as a student-—remember it is important! Meet someone new each day and keep in touch with them.

MPA, MPA/JD, MPA/MSPS, MPA/MSCJS, MPA/MSMHC, GCSLG, GCNM

Anna Quadri at Suffolk University

Anna Quadri

Assistant Director Public Administration
aquadri@suffolk.edu
617-573-8330

Professional and Academic Background

Anna is from Somerville, MA. She received her BA in French & Italian from Emmanuel College and her MA in English & American Literature from Harvard University.

She has been working for the Sawyer Business School for eight years after working as the Corporate Human Resource Manager at Filene’s-Kaufmann’s.

Favorites
  • Book: Jane Eyre
  • Movie: Titanic
  • TV Show: Scandal
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Words of Wisdom

Participate in the many events that take place within your program and Business School as they are a good way to get to know fellow students, meet alumni, and enrich your knowledge. There are endless opportunities to network with people and help build your own personal network, whether it be simply for advice, skills, a new job or career, or to leverage an opportunity. Create and shape your individual path to success.