Our Staff

Elena Lewis

Elena Lewis


In 2004, Elena Lewis came to Brandeis from her alma mater Westfield State University where she credits SSSP and the McNair TRiO programs for her success in college. A Brandeis Alum, she earned her Master’s degree in Sociology where she studied interracial dialogue and racial reconciliation efforts. As the Interim Director of SSSP, she advises students, oversees peer tutoring, mentors the Student Leadership Board, coordinates academic assessment, and plans workshops. Elena is passionate about her work with first-generation students. On campus, Elena is actively involved with the Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, the Brandeis Bridges Fellows, and the Civil Rights and Educational Equity JBS. She has also traveled extensively down South to study the Civil Right’s Movement. Elena's most recent ipod downloads are songs from the gospel artist Tasha Cobbs. Her biggest aspiration is to visit her family in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa, one day.


Chelsea Walker

Assistant Director

Chelsea Walker joined the Office of Academic Services in August 2017 as the Assistant Director for the TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP). Chelsea earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies, and her M.Ed. in Educational Studies from the University of New Hampshire. As a first-generation student and an alumna of SSSP, she credits the program for much of her success in higher education. Chelsea has a background in college admissions, academic mentoring, and youth leadership programming. Her passion for equal access to higher education for underrepresented groups of students has driven her work, and is what continues to inspire her every day. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys collecting sea glass, following New England sports, baking, staying active, and volunteering.  


David Hosty

Program Advisor

David Hosty joined the Office of Academic Services in January 2017 and serves as the Program Advisor for the TRiO Student Support Services Program. David will complete his candidacy for the M.Ed. in Higher Education in Student Affairs program at Salem State University in May of 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric Communication Arts from St. Lawrence University (NY). David has a passion for working with students and he uses his passion, understanding of theory, and his experiences to guide his work. Some of David’s hobbies include going to the gym, playing sports, watching sports, traveling, watching comedy and action movies/shows, learning about others (yes, that is a hobby), and listening to music.

Leah George

Leah George

Department Coordinator

Leah George joined Academic Services in July 2014 as the Department Coordinator for the Student Support Services Program. Leah earned her BS in Economics from Suffolk University and an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University. While at Suffolk, Leah worked as a Research Economist at The Beacon Hill Institute, the University’s public policy research institute. Also, while completing her MBA, she worked as a Researcher in Bentley’s Advancement Services Office. She has recently reentered the workforce after staying home with her 2 children. In her “spare time” she enjoys hiking, biking and curling up with a good book.