To further the visibility of Lafayette College's first-generation population, this directory was created to highlight faculty and administrators who have identified as being first-generation 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

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: PhD


Trent Gaugler, Associate Professor
gauglert@lafayette.edu

Department: Mathematics
Educational Background: PhD


Melissa Galloway, Assistant Professor
gallowam@lafayette.edu

Department: Chemistry
Educational Background: BS, MS, and PhD


Rebecca Kissane, Professor
kissaner@lafayette.edu

Department: Anthropology and Sociology
Educational Background: PhD


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: PhD, MS

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.


Megan Rothenberger, Associate Professor
rothenbm@lafayette.edu

Department: Biology and Environmental Science and Studies
Educational Background: PhD


Michael Senra, Associate professor (effective july 2020)
SenraM@lafayette.edu

Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Educational Background: BS (Cornell) Chemical Engineering, MS PhD (Michigan) Chemical Engineering


Chun Wai liew, associate professor
liewc@lafayette.edu

Department: Computer Science
Educational Background: BS Electrical Engineering, PhD Computer Science


Administrative Members

Alana Albus, 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.


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.


Sophia Eaton, Accountant
eatons@lafayette.edu

Department: Facilities Operations
Educational Background: MBA


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

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


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

Department: Finance
Educational Background: Bachelors Degree


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

Department: Provost’s Office

Educational Background: BSW/BA and MSW


Michael Olin, Dean of Advising and Co-Curricular Programs
olinm@lafayette.edu

Department: Office of Advising and Co-Curricular Programs
Educational Background: PhD

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

Being first-generation is a definite point of pride for me. It did not mean as much to me until I got into my current work of academic affairs and student support, when I realized how many first-generation students are actually out there and what an accomplishment it is to be among the first generation in one’s family to go to college. I love connecting with first-gen students and am proud of the support we offer out of our office!


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.


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.