To further the visibility of Lafayette College's first-generation population, this directory was created to highlight faculty and administrators who identify as first-generation college students themselves.

It is our hope that through this directory, current students can further expand their network of connections on campus.

Lafayette faculty and administrators, were you a first-generation college student?

Complete this form to be added to the directory! 


Faculty Members

Lauren Anderson, Associate Professor and Department Head
andersol@lafayette.edu

Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Educational Background: B.S. Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia


Rosie Bukics, Professor
bukicsr@lafayette.edu

Department: Economics
Educational Background: MBA, CPA

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Having to navigate the unknown.


Laurie F. Caslake, Professor
caslakel@lafayette.edu

Department: Biology
Educational Background: Ph.D.


Michael Clark, visiting assistant professor
clarkmic@lafayette.edu

Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures
Educational Background: A.B. Brown University, M.A. UCLA, D.Phil. Oxford University


Douglas de Toledo piza, Assistant Professor
detoledd@lafayette.edu

Department: International Affairs
Educational Background: Ph.D. The New School

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

To me, it means learning unspoken norms of higher education while challenging the ideas that reproduce the status quo. It also means having to strike a balance between living up to family or community expectations and self-validating my choices in exploring my own educational and career path.

lisa gabel, Professor, William C. ’67 & Pamela Rappolt Scholar in Neuroscience
gabell@lafayette.edu

Department: Psychology & Neuroscience
Educational Background: Ph.D.

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Knowing that I might not have had the same preparation as others prior to attending college, but that my family taught me to trust my instincts and gave me the strength and support I needed to try again when I’ve failed.  Failure is an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, it only defines you if you let it.

Trent Gaugler, Associate Professor
gauglert@lafayette.edu

Department: Mathematics
Educational Background: Ph.D.


Melissa Galloway, Assistant Professor
gallowam@lafayette.edu

Department: Chemistry
Educational Background: B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.


Henry Hallock, Assistant Professor
hallockh@lafayette.edu

Department: Neuroscience
Educational Background: Ph.D. University of Delaware


Susan Hannan, Assistant Professor
hannans@lafayette.edu

Department: Psychology
Educational Background: Ph.D. Northern Illinois University


Brett hendrickson, Associate Professor
hendribr@lafayette.edu

Department: Religious Studies
Educational Background: B.A. Columbia University, M.Div. Austin Seminary, Ph.D. Arizona State University


Rebecca Kissane, Professor
kissaner@lafayette.edu

Department: Anthropology and Sociology
Educational Background: PhD


Ryan Mitchel, Assistant Professor
mitchrya@lafayette.edu

Department: English
Educational Background: B.A. St. Edward’s University (summa cum laude), M.A. Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University


Khadijah A. Mitchell, Peter C.S. d’Aubermont, M.D. Scholar of Health and Life Sciences and Assistant Professor of Biology
mitcheka@lafayette.edu

Department: Biology
Educational Background: M.S., Ph.D.

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Being a first-generation student means “lifting as you climb”. So many people have helped me to learn the spoken and unspoken academic rules about college and beyond. These lessons contributed to my scholarly development and success. I hope that I can help other young scholars in the same way.


Michael Nees, Associate Professor
neesm@lafayette.edu

Department: Psychology
Educational Background: Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology


Megan Rothenberger, Associate Professor
rothenbm@lafayette.edu

Department: Biology and Environmental Science and Studies
Educational Background: Ph.D.


Michael Senra, Associate professor
SenraM@lafayette.edu

Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Educational Background: B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cornell, M.S. and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Michigan


Chun Wai liew, associate professor
liewc@lafayette.edu

Department: Computer Science
Educational Background: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. Computer Science


Caroline Sequin, Assistant Professor
sequinc@lafayette.edu

Department: History
Educational Background: Ph.D. University of Chicago


Brent Utter, Assistant professor
utterb@lafayette.edu

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Educational Background: B.S., Lafayette College, M.S, and Ph.D. University of Michigan


Ryan Van Horn, Associate Professor
vanhorrm@lafayette.edu

Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Educational Background: B.S. Lafayette College, Ph.D. University of Akron


Nancy Mccreary waters, Associate Professor and health professions faculty advisor
watersn@lafayette.edu
Department: Biology
Educational Background: Ph.D., B.S.

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Being a 1stGen means I was afforded opportunities that my parents could barely conceive and had never dreamt. Education was a gift not to be taken for granted. For that reason alone it was enough to motivate my drive and persistence. It also meant I had to work harder to fit in with others of more affluence, trying to hide my limitations, while not forgetting my roots. It meant scrupulous avoidance of entitlement. So it meant begin careful never to squander the opportunities and options that came my way, but to seek living up to my potential at every turn.


Administrative Members

HOlly Akers, associate director of employer relations and outreach
akersh@lafayette.edu

Department: Gateway Career Center
Educational Background: MBA Centenary University

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Fulfilling the dream that my parents and grandparents had for me as this advances our families potential for success for many generations moving forward.

Jason Alley, Director, Learning and Research Technologies
alleyj@lafayette.edu

Department: Learning and Research Technologies, ITS
Educational Background: B.A., Elementary Education, Grove City College, M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, College of William and Mary

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

It means a lot. Having grown up in a loving family where means were limited, education was always a priority for my parents. As such, the expectation for me early on was that I would attend college. Expectations mean a lot, and so going to college is what I did. College afforded me opportunities to learn about the world in ways I never imagined, both through the curriculum as well as through extracurricular activities like touring choir where we traveled the country. I believe wholeheartedly that college, along with the support from my parents, gave me the courage and confidence to leave the comfort zone of my hometown in Western PA, and to move to Virginia to start a wholly new life as a school teacher. The rest is literally (my) history.


Jonathan Asayag, Staff therapist
asayagj@lafayette.edu

Department: Counseling Center
Educational Background: MSW, LCSW, CAADC


Chuck Bachman, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
bachmanc@lafayette.edu

Department: Campus Life
Educational Background: M.Ed. Higher Education Adminstration

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Education is the key that opens life’s doors.

Amy Blythe, Director, Parent and family relations
blythea@lafayette.edu

Department: Alumni and Family Relations
Educational Background: B.A. Lafayette College

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

My parents got married very young but both completed high school by earning their GED. After taking a few semesters of community college after I graduated high school, I moved to the West Coast and worked and married and became a mom. After returning East, I eventually got a job at Lafayette and began to take one class per semester, usually a 1pm Tues/Thurs class giving up my lunch hour. With the amazing support of colleagues allowing me to shift my work days, and after many, many years, I graduated with the Class of 2014. My parents found success through hard work and determination, and passed on to me their strong work ethic. They were both in attendance when I got my Lafayette diploma, and their pride was my greatest reward.

Ken Burns, Assistant director
burnsk@lafayette.edu

Department: Residence Life
Educational Background: B.A. Thiel College, M.S. Ed. Youngstown State University

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

It gave me the chance to represent my family and be a part of something for the very first time.

Michele Curcio, head coach, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/track & Field
curciomi@lafayette.edu

Department: Athletics
Educational Background: B.S. University of Delaware, M.Ed. East Stroudsburg University


Melissa Dalrymple, Accociate Director
dalrympm@lafayette.edu

Department: Student Involvement
Educational Background: B.S. East Stroudsburch University, M.Ed. Kutztown University


Annette Diorio, Vice president of campus life
diorioa@lafayette.edu

Department: Campus Life
Educational Background: Ed.D.

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

My graduation from college meant as much, if not more, to my family as it did to me. I was carrying their dreams along with my own aspirations. It made the journey feel a little more strenuous and the achievement so much sweeter.


Sophia Eaton, Accountant
eatons@lafayette.edu

Department: Facilities Operations
Educational Background: MBA


Mark Eyerly, Vice President
eyerlym@lafayette.edu

Department: Communications
Educational Background: B.A .Temple, M.S. Penn


jodie Frey, Director, Recreation Services & Associate Dean of Students, Leadership Education
freyJ@lafayette.edu

Department: Recreation Services & Leadership Education Program
Educational Background: Ed.D. Educational Leadership


Eugene Gabay, Senior Associate Director of admissions
gabaye@lafayette.edu

Department: Admissions
Educational Background: B.A.


Jerome Griffin, Senior assistant director of admissions
griffije@lafayette.edu

Department: Admissions
Educational Background: B.A. Africana Studies, The College of William and Mary


Rebecca Heslin ’12, Director of Prospect Management
heslinr@lafayette.edu

Department: Development and College Relations

Educational Background: B.A. Anthropology and Sociology, Lafayette College


Mary Ellen Jackson, Director of Sponsored Research
jacksmar@lafayette.edu

Department: Provost’s Office

Educational Background: BSW/B.A. and MSW


Alana klass, Senior Associate Director
albusa@lafayette.edu

Department: Gateway Career Center
Educational Background: M.Ed. Student Affairs Higher Education

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Feeling the family pressure to “have a better opportunity” than my parents. This was so important to them and I didn’t realize what that meant for my future at the time. I’m thankful that they pushed me to attend college. As a professional, I am happy to help students navigate these uncertain waters to enable their success, as well.


Rochelle keesler, Director
keeslerr@lafayette.edu

Department: International and Off-Campus Education
Educational Background: B.A. French, University of Pittsburgh, M.A. French, Boston University


Brian Lejeune, Mineral Curator
lejeuneb@lafayette.edu

Department: Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Educational Background: Ph.D. Northeastern University


holly lantos, Assistant Vice President Budget & Analytics
lantosh@lafayette.edu

Department: Finance
Educational Background: Bachelors Degree


 

Jim Meyer, Associate director & Chief of police
meyerj@lafayette.edu

Department: Public Safety
Educational Background: Criminal Justice


Tony Pace, Southeast Regional Director
pacet@lafayette.edu

Department: Admissions

Educational Background: Bachelors, Trinity College


Brian Samble, Dean of students
sambleb@lafayette.edu

Department: Division of Campus Life
Educational Background: Ph.D., M.A., B.A.


Melissa Schultz, Senior Associate Director
schultma@lafayette.edu

Department: Gateway Career Center
Educational Background: Masters Degree

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Being afforded an opportunity the generation(s) before me didn’t have.


alma scott buczak, Associate Vice President
scotta@lafayette.edu

Department: Human Resources

Educational Background: M.A. Human Resources, New School University

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

I am proud of this achievement and open to being a resource to others who face first gen challenges.

Cathy Shankweiler, Database and special projects coordinator
shankwec@lafayette.edu

Department: Gateway Career Center
Educational Background: M.Ed. Lehigh University, B.S. Pennsylvania State University


C. Jayne Trent, Secretary
trentj@lafayette.edu

Department: Mathematics

Educational Background: B.A.

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

Being a first-gen commuting college student on a tight budget makes me sensitive to students in our community who may have lesser resources. Constant mooching from my friends who had meal plans makes me share leftovers from dept events with any hungry students I encounter. :)

Cristina Usino, Associate Director of Admissions, Multicultural Recruitment & Student Access
usinoc@lafayette.edu

Department: Admissions
Educational Background: Masters in Clinical & Counseling Psychology

What does being a first-generation college student mean to you?

It means becoming my mother’s dream.