Office Contact Information
Department of Community Living
415 South Street, MS 220
Waltham, MA 02453
Central Office Staff
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
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.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, James most recently served as the Assistant Director for Operations and Community Development in DCL and before that as a Community Director for over 2,000 upperclass students at Brown University. Earlier in his career, James worked in various student affairs roles at MIT, Harvard, and Boston College (he’s not so secretly attempting to work at or attend all of the “B” schools in the Northeast). He comes to Brandeis with a Master’s in Social Work from Boston College and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University; he completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Brown University.
James’ role in DCL is to manage operational projects and concerns, including: housing assignnments and room selection, office technology, the department website, opening and closing of halls, damage billing, housing accomodation requests, and health & safety inspections.His professional interests include housing and business operations, staff selection, training and 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. You can find him in the DCL central office in Usdan Student Center.
Assistant Director, First Year Programs & Orientation
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.
Assistant Director of Operations and Community Development
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, Ridgewood & Ziv
Peter grew up in Liverpool, New York, a suburb of Syracuse. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate academic work at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He called Geneva home for five years while he obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy and then went on for his Masters in the Art of Teaching. His passion for higher education, specifically residential life, stemmed from his experiences as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Coordinator, and Admissions Student Intern. Engaging with the community and giving back is a priority in his life. In Geneva, he served on the Head Start Policy Counsel and volunteered his time with the local schools.
Running, rowing, swimming, and cycling occupy his spare time. He has coached rowing on Onondaga Lake for the past four years. This summer he had the opportunity to visit his twin brother in New Zealand, where they camped and hiked around the south island for ten days. Peter is looking forward to joining the DCL staff and becoming a Brandeisian!
Area Coordinator, Massell and Rosenthal
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.
Area Coordinator, Village and 567 South St. Apartments
Area Coordinator, Charles River and Foster Mods
Kate grew up in southern Denver, CO and spent several years in Greeley, CO attending the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She also spent a few years in between living in Los Angeles with her lovely sister. She received her BA in Political Science, with minors in Women's Studies and Philosophy and her MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Leadership from UNC. Kate is a restless person who is constantly seeking new experiences and adventures which is what led her to an ACUHO-I internship in Anchorage, Alaska. Her research interests are varied - a few of the highlights are representations of women in popular culture, conflict resolution and mediation, the relationship between international higher education funding and neocolonialism, and the effect of budgeting practices on university mission development and fulfillment. The list is constantly expanding; as an intensely curious person there is almost no subject that won't hold her attention. Kate is excited to be moving back to a metropolitan area as she loves any event or gathering, whether it be a sporting event, a concert, or a farmer's market/street fair. The political science nerd in her will love to walk the historic streets of Boston and imagine a much romanticized version of colonial life and revolution.
Area Coordinator, East Quad
Brad is ecstatic to join the Department of Community Living staff because of his committed interests in culture and identity evolution, two qualities that immediately come to his mind when the word ‘community’ is mentioned. Previously, his career passions in public service have led him to intern on Capitol Hill and have found him committing two years of full-time volunteer service with City Year Boston, a national education focused non-profit AmeriCorps organization. From academic tutoring to time management consulting, Brad has worked in student support services since his high school years and he brings a growth-oriented mindset to all of his endeavors. His guiding ambition as an Area Coordinator is to assist the entire Brandeis community in making our University a welcoming home to a wide range of individuals who have different life experiences and personal goals. His leadership values are guided by dependability, empathy and gratitude. Brad was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned his Bachelors in Africana Studies from Brown University and his Masters in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Lusi Wang was born in Changchun, China, but grew up in Southern Illinois and calls St. Louis, Missouri home. She received her BS in Psychology from Saint Louis University (Go Billikens!) and her MEd from the University of South Florida in Curriculum & Instruction: College Student Affairs where she worked with first and second year TRiO students as a graduate advisor. Lusi is excited to join the DCL team and the greater Brandeis Community. Outside of working and spending time in North Quad, Lusi hopes to explore Boston and the Northeast. She loves food, the outdoors, and cats.
Assistant Area Coordinator Staff
Melissa is from a small town in the western part of the state called Southwick, Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate of Providence College, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. As an undergraduate, she served as a Resident Assistant/Mentor in a summer bridge program for first year students, a head tutor, a peer mentor in a program for first year students, and a Senior Admissions Fellow who was responsible for interviewing prospective students. She also worked as a research assistant in a Social Attitudes and Perception Lab, where she researched interventions aimed to diminish the effects of stereotype threat on academic success, as well as assisted on a study examining racial differences in first year students' academic, psychological and interpersonal outcomes at a PWI. She hopes to continue this research, and have the opportunity to explore other topics such as gender and mental health. In her personal life, she loves to travel and this past summer was fortunate enough to visit San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and Bald Head Island, North Carolina.