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.
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 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.