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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Associate Director of Residential Life & Community Standards and Title IX Coordinator
Cassie Manning is the Associate Director of Residential life & Community Standards as well as the acting Title IX Coordinator for the College. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Curry College before earning a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law. Before joining Albertus, she lived in Nevada and worked in the areas of student conduct and residential life for the University of Nevada, Reno.
Outside of work you can find her walking her rescue chihuahua, Chelsea, around campus, exploring local coffee shops or watching bad reality TV. Feel welcome to stop by the Student Affairs Suite to say hello!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.