Office Contact Information
Department of Community Living
415 South Street, MS 220
Waltham, MA 02453
Central Office Staff
Tim was born and raised in Rhode Island. He attended Rhode Island College where he received a bachelor of arts in public and professional communication. He later went on to attend the University of Rhode Island where he received a master of arts in communication studies. After URI, Tim attended Northeastern University where he completed his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration.
Prior to working in higher education Tim worked for Marriott International and became fascinated with ways in which we could bring hospitality and quality service components to the higher education environment. Tim is a graduate of the Disney Institute and has a passion for creating high quality memories for each student he interacts with. Tim works hard to make sure every single student has the best experience possible. Tim has hosted and keynoted several conferences both in and out of the United States on leadership development, and best practices in university housing. Tim's office is located in the Community Living central office in the Usdan Student Center.
Sarah hails from Burlington, Massachusetts, a whopping 12 miles north of Waltham. She received her Bachelor's degree in Corporate Communication from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She received her master's degree in Project Management from Brandeis University. Before joining Brandeis Sarah worked in marketing, software instruction and project management. She lives in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, with her husband, 2 energetic sons and 1 very energetic dog.
Scott originally hails from the wonder that is Long Island, but has spent the past three and a half years living in and loving the Boston area. Scott first discovered his love of student affairs during his undergraduate career at Hofstra University, where he served as a Resident Assistant/Senior Resident Assistant and Orientation Leader. After graduating, Scott shipped up to Boston to start his graduate work at Northeastern University in the College Student Development and Counseling program. During this time, Scott held an assistantship in Residential Life department. He began his career at Brandeis as an Area Coordinator, where he oversaw Massell Quad for a year before moving over to Charles River and the Mods. Scott is excited to begin his new role as the Assistant Director for First-Year Programs and Orientation, which combines his love for residential education with new student orientation! Scott has a great love for anything in the field of entertainment and loves to make people laugh any chance he gets.
James’ role in DCL is to support Sarah in managing residential operations and to oversee the Community Advisor program (selection, training, staff development). In addition, he works closely with the four Area Coordinators who oversee upperclass residence halls. His professional interests include student staff selection and training, supervision and professional development, organizational behavior, and the changing nature of American higher education. Outside of work, James enjoys reading, writing, binge watching shows on Netflix, trivia, and exploring New England. He’s excited to get to know Brandeis students and the Brandeis culture, and is looking forward to working closely with the Community Advisors across campus this year! You can find him in the DCL central office in Usdan Student Center.
Taneeta Bacon is Department Coordinator for the Department of Community Living. She has been staff at Brandeis for 10 years. She has experience in corporate administrative support and broadcast television production and administrative positions. Her passion is working with and assisting Brandeis students. Her special interests include student diversity and her first position on campus was Department Coordinator for Brandeis' Intercultural Center. Taneeta is also the proud parent of a Brandeis alum.
Area Coordinator and Assistant Area Coordinator Staff
Habiba Braimah will be returning as the Area Coordinator for North Quad and Castle for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 academic school year. Originally from New York City, Habiba decided to relocate to the greater Boston area after accepting her first full-time position at Brandeis in July 2014. Habiba holds a BS in International Business and Marketing from SUNY Plattsburgh and an MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Habiba brings to the Department of Community Living a wide range of experience in academic services, career services, study abroad, orientation and first-year programs. An alumna of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SUNY Plattsburgh, Habiba has centered her research interests on equal college access and the effectiveness of federally funded educational opportunity programs. In her spare time, Habiba loves traveling and has visited various parts of the world including Ghana, China, Brazil, Mexico and England. Habiba is looking forward to overseeing Castle and is extremely excited to be back in North quad for a second year. "Shout-out to all the North Quad CAs. N-O-R-T-H Don't Hate...Nooorrrthhh Quad, say what!"
Amanda Drapcho grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, but has also called Maine, Vermont, Nebraska, and West Africa home. She received her undergraduate degree in theater with an emphasis in playwriting and directing and a master of arts degree in Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute. Her professional experiences include international development, university housing, community development, and community service learning. Her graduate research focused on community reconciliation after conflict. Professionally she is interested in how the Department of Community Living can proactively identify and mitigate concerns of first-generation students. She has a deep love for the beauty of the Northeast, especially in the fall.
Ariel was born and raised in Miami, FL, but also considers Nicaragua in Central America to be home. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Performance from the University of Miami (The U) and completed his graduate work at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, earning a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution & Consensus Building and a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration.
Ariel discovered his passion for working with students during his undergraduate years, serving as a Peer Educator for Alcohol & Other Drug Education, a Program Coordinator for the First Year Experience, and as the Student Government Senator for the Frost School of Music, among other involvements. Prior to his arrival at Brandeis, Ariel worked professionally at his alma mater for two and a half years, serving as the Residence Life Safety & Security Manage at UM, and sitting on several committees throughout the Division of Student Affairs.
Entering his first year as the AC for East, Ariel is very excited to oversee sophomore living and learn more about the Brandeisian campus culture. In his free time, Ariel enjoys playing sports and cheering on his favorite teams. You may also find him honing his trivia skills, playing music, and watching films (classics are his favorite). Ariel welcomes any resident in East to challenge him to a Rock Band/Guitar Hero Battle or a game of basketball!
Diana Serrano holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies and is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Policy at the Heller School of Policy and Management. Diana is interested in early childhood development and early care and education settings. Her research focuses on second language acquisition and environment settings that are most conducive to healthy development. Diana is most excited about getting to know the new students, working with the CAs and helping create a welcoming environment that is inclusive, and conducive to healthy development. Diana enjoys spending time with her dog, Jabari. Diana also enjoys cooking and running and feels most at home when she is by the ocean.
Originally from Long Island, Dayshawn is incredibly excited to join the Brandeis community and hopes to take as many trips as possible into Boston to explore the area. Dayshawn began his journey in student affairs in his sophomore year of college at SUNY Geneseo as an RA for international students and honors housing. Dayshawn was an RA for two years before he began student teaching in his senior year. Dayshawn holds a B.A. in History Education 7-12 and went on to stay in the western NY area after graduation to become a Residence Director at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY for three years. While working as a Residence Director, Dayshawn earned a Master's degree in Literacy Education 5-12 from St. John Fisher College. Dayshawn brings an array of experiences to DCL including work in public education, alumni relations, academic affairs, student leadership development and first-year programs & orientation. Dayshawn will be overseeing Charles River & the Foster Mods as an Area Coordinator for DCL. Dayshawn is an avid reader, enjoys baseball and a good Netflix show to binge on for the third time (currently, it's Grey's Anatomy).