Meet the Student Affairs Staff

Student Affairs is a division that encompasses many areas of campus that students utilize outside the classroom. If you are interested in getting involved on campus, there are many opportunities available. We also have services available should you need to seek a medical or mental health professional. We service both our commuter and residential students and are here to listen to student concerns.

Andrew Foster, Vice President for Student Affairs at Albertus Magnus College

Andrew Foster

Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students 

Andrew A. Foster has over 24 years' experience working in Catholic Higher Education Institutions. He joined the Albertus Magnus College community in 2005 from Fairfield University, where he served as Sr. Associate Director of Financial Aid. Foster earned a B.A. in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and a M.A. in Leadership from Albertus Magnus College. Throughout his tenure at Albertus, he served as the Director of Financial Aid, Dean for Student Services, and now serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. As Vice President for Student Affairs, Andrew is responsible for managing and providing strategic leadership and oversight for a variety of offices within the full-time traditional undergraduate student affairs division.

afoster@albertus.edu

Associate Dean for Student Engagement & New Student Orientation at Albertus Magnus College

Erin Morrell

Associate Dean for Student Engagement and New Student Orientation

Erin Morrell is the Associate Dean for Student Engagement and New Student Orientation. She is currently in her eighteenth year at Albertus Magnus College. She has a bachelor of science from the University of Connecticut and a master of arts from Fairfield University. Erin is responsible for the overall administration of the Office for Student Engagement and New Student Orientation, the Hubert Campus Center and the student employees. She co-advises the Student Government Association and all student organizations on campus, plans leadership trainings and coordinates all of the New Student and Transfer Orientation sessions. She also teaches part time as an instructor on campus and advises a community service organization at a nearby university. In her spare time she enjoys baking, reading, traveling and having fun with her family and friends.

emorrell@albertus.edu

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator

Matthew Lavery

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Matthew Lavery is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator. Matt provides oversight of the Office of Residential Life and Community Standards, serves as the College’s Title IX Coordinator, Co-chair the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), and chairs and collaborates activities relating to the College’s Conduct and Appellate Board. Matt earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Centenary University, a Master in Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stonehill College. Matt runs on Dunkin' and loves watching sports and spending time with his son.

mlavery@albertus.edu

Awilda Burroughs, Operations Assistant at Albertus Magnus College

Awilda Burroughs

Operations Assistant

Awilda Burroughs is the Operations Assistant for Student Affairs. She is currently in her second year at Albertus Magnus College. Awilda is a student in the Accelerated Degree Program at Albertus Magnus College, she is pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Business Management. She is fluent in Spanish. She resides in Hamden, CT. Her hobbies are cooking, shopping and traveling.

agburroughs@albertus.edu

Dan Hurley, Coordinator for Student Engagement at Albertus Magnus College

Dan Hurley

Coordinator for Student Engagement

Dan is the Coordinator for Student Engagement. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Suffolk University. Dan grew up in northern Massachusetts, and is excited to for the opportunity to learn about and explore Connecticut! When Dan is not working, you can find him playing board games, reading or trying new coffee shops around the area. Make sure to reach out to him if you have any questions or need anything!

dhurley@albertus.edu

Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Campus Recreation

Joey Dessino

Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Campus Recreation

Joey Dessino is currently in his first year at Albertus Magnus College and is the Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Campus Recreation. Joey has a Bachelor's degree in Recreation and Sports Management from Coastal Carolina University and a Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of New Haven.

When Joey is not working he enjoys watching football and baseball, competitive gaming, and continuing his fitness and nutrition journey. Joey is also a world traveler but also enjoys spending time with his cat Shadow!

jdessino@albertus.edu

Spencer McBreairty is the Associate Director of Residential Life and Community Standards

Spencer McBreaity

Associate Director of Residential Life and Community Standards

Spencer McBreairty is the Associate Director of Residential Life and Community Standards. He is a first generation college student with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master of Science in Human Relations from Husson University. In high school, Spencer participated in the TRiO Upward Bound Program which inspired him to work with college students. Prior to working at Albertus, he held various roles at colleges in Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York and is excited to now call Connecticut home! When not working, you can find him walking his dog Archie around campus.

smbreairty@albertus.edu

Reaunna Bartell is the Residential Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Reaunna Bartell, M.S

Residential Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Reaunna Bartell is the Residential Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She has a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Mathematics and Women Studies from Southern CT State University and a Master's degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in Student Development in Higher Education from Central CT State University. She is currently in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ed. D program at Southern CT State University.

Outside of work you can find her at the movie theater or at home watching movies, especially if they are disney, thriller, action or comedy oriented. She enjoys music and dancing, and loves eating different kinds of food. If you know any good spots or want to know any good food spots she tried, stop by her office.

rbartell@albertus.edu

Miriam Randall, Coordinator for International Student Affairs & Engagement

Miriam Randall

Coordinator for International Student Services & Engagement

Miriam Randall is the Coordinator for International Student Services & Engagement. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Psychology. Miriam has been working in the international education field for 5 years. She is passionate about helping students thrive as well as diversity and cross-cultural communication. When Miriam is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, pets, and friends, cooking, traveling, trying new things or learning about different cultures.

mrandall@albertus.edu

BethAnn Morhardt, Project Director for the Prevention of Power Based Violence

BethAnn Morhardt

Project Director for the Prevention of Power Based Violence

BethAnn Morhardt is new to the campus working as the Project Director for the Prevention of Power Based Violence. BethAnn holds a BA in Urban & Community Studies from UConn. After 25+ years in the field of Domestic Violence working with adult & child victims/survivors, as well as, parents who perpetrate DV against their families, she is excited to return to prevention work. Her last six years have been spent facilitating domestic and international DV-Informed trainings with professionals, predominantly child protection workers and supervisors, which has allowed her to see amazing places and connect with wonderful people of broad, diverse lived experiences.

Outside of work BethAnn loves to spend time out in the fresh air, ideally near water. While home she hangs with her cat Goob and spends time writing, reading and watching college sports, basketball being her absolute favorite.

bmorhardt@albertus.edu

Jennifer Evans, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Albertus Magnus College

Jennifer Evans, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jennifer Evans has been a part of the Albertus team since 2018.  She is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for nearly 20 year specializing in adolescent and young adult work.  Jennifer has had the opportunities to work with a variety of different populations, including those who have been impacted by trauma, anxiety, and depression.  She has a many years of experience collaborating the academic as well as social emotional needs of students to help them reach their full potential. She graduated from Southern CT State University with her Bachelors degree in Social Work, and then studied at Fordham University to receive her Master of Arts in  Social Work. In addition to her campus responsibilities, she runs a successful private practice. Jennifer has always loved higher education and the opportunities it brings. She enjoys creating in many forms and can often be found outside with her husband, daughters and Golden Retriever.

jevans@albertus.edu

Courtney Mattiace, Clinical Psychologist, Psy.D. at Albertus Magnus College

Courtney Mattiace

Clinical Psychologist, Psy.D.

Dr. Mattiace has been with the Counseling Center since 2018. She graduated with an undergraduate and Master of Arts degree from Marist College and earned a second Master of Arts Degree and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. She comes to Albertus Magnus College with nearly 20 years experience working in various clinical settings with diverse populations. Areas of research have been in trauma and emotional regulation. Dr. Mattiace believes college can be both an exciting and challenging time in life and loves working with individuals coping with this transition. She particularly enjoys working with students struggling with anxiety, depression, bereavement, and issues related to identity and sexuality. Additionally, she enjoys supervising other clinicians, as well as creating and delivering professional development and psycho-educational workshops. When not at work, Dr. Mattiace loves spending time with her husband and three children.

cmattiace@albertus.edu

Elena Tamayo-Heitz, Registered Nurse at Albertus Magnus College

Elena Tamayo-Heitz

Registered Nurse

Elena Tamayo Heitz is the Registered Nurse in Health Services and joined the Albertus Magnus College community in Fall 2016 after 6 years of primary care nursing. Elena has a BA in Sociology with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Nursing from Quinnipiac University. As a former RA and member of the UCONN programming board, Elena is excited to return to higher education where she can apply her passion for holistic nursing care and healthy communities. When not on campus Elena is having fun with her toddler, husband and two cats. She loves cooking, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

etamayoheitz@albertus.edu

Elizabeth Magenheimer, Nurse Practitioner at Albertus Magnus College

Elizabeth Magenheimer

Nurse Practitioner

Elizabeth Magenheimer MSN, APRN has worked at Albertus Magnus College as a family nurse practitioner since 1982. She received her BS from Villanova University and her Masters degree from Yale University. Elizabeth also works in primary care in New Haven at the Fair Haven Community Health Center and teaches at Yale University School of Nursing. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her special areas of interest beyond general primary care include: Women’s health, Mindfulness Meditation and Diabetes Care and Prevention. She lives in New Haven with her husband and has two grown sons. She spends her free time reading, swimming at the Albertus Pool and cross country skiing.

emagenheimer@albertus.edu