Office of the Dean

Caroline Simard

Regional Dean, Silicon Valley Campus

Caroline Simard is the Regional Dean of Northeastern University Silicon Valley. In this role, she is responsible for the design and execution the campus strategic plan, including the expansion academic programs and design of new initiatives, building partnerships with companies, and overseeing campus operations.

Caroline is passionate about the role of higher education in advancing social impact, and is dedicated to expanding career pathways for students across backgrounds in Silicon Valley. Before joining Northeastern, she was the Managing Director of the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University, a social impact initiative to bridge the gap between research and practice to advance diversity in organizations from K-12 to the c-suite. In this role, she led the implementation of the research agenda, engaged industry partners, and oversaw operations. Previously, she served as the Senior Director of Research at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, designing and implementing academic-industry research collaborations for impact, and as Director of Faculty Development and Diversity at the Stanford School of Medicine. Prior to Stanford, she served as the Vice President of Research and Executive Programs at AnitaB.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in computing and host of the Grace Hopper Celebration. Caroline has a PhD from Stanford University and Masters from Rutgers University.

Caroline is a board member of the Center for Institutional Courage, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transformative research and education for impact. A 25-year Silicon Valley resident, Caroline is originally from Montreal, Canada. She enjoys connecting with friends and colleagues, hiking, and traveling.

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Dawn Girardelli

Associate Dean, Silicon Valley Campus

Dr. Dawn Girardelli is the Interim Regional Dean and CEO of Northeastern University, San Francisco & Silicon Valley. In this role she is responsible defining and executing the campus strategic plan, which includes expanding academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, providing innovative and beneficial co-curricular programming, overseeing campus operations and expansion activities, and building experiential learning partnerships with companies and community organizations.

Girardelli is a seasoned higher education administrator and a visionary leader with a keen sense for strategy, innovation and building coalitions. Focused on student equity and success, she possesses over 20+ years of experience in higher education. This includes leading, designing and implementing workforce, higher education programs and strategic initiatives in collaboration with corporate, government and non-profits. Girardelli was the founder of Diversity-In-Tech Initiative [2014-2018] which brought together K-12, community colleges, universities, non-profits, business/industry & government partners to develop pathways (colleges to career) for women and underrepresented populations in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields throughout the SF Bay Area.

Girardelli holds an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, a MS degree in Higher Education Administration from California State University-East Bay and a BA degree in Psychology from California State University-East Bay.

Girardelli is particularly interested in the intersection of academic innovations, workforce development and community impact.

In addition to her role at Northeastern, Girardelli currently serves on several community boards centered on workforce and regional economic development, community development and is a volunteer counselor with local youth group.

Girardelli is married to Mike Girardelli and has 3 children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, relaxing at the beach, watching old movies, and reading historical fiction and suspense novels.

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Valerie Cruz

Administrative Coordinator

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• What's happening on campus
• Event coordination

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Ashna Agarwal

Ashna Agarwal

Administrative Assistant to the Dean's Office

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• Connecting with the Dean and Regional CEO
• Finding the best contact for your inquiry

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Strategic Partnerships

Alan Eng

Director of Strategic Partnerships

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• Exploring career paths in Silicon Valley
• Working in startups and leading high tech companies
• Identifying and connecting with prospective employers

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Hannah Kang

Experiential Learning Specialist

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• Internal and external opportunities to apply course learnings
• Ways to elevate your professional brand

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Career Development and Experiential Learning

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Natasha Odama

Associate Director of Career Development and Experiential Learning

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• Career development resources and personalized support that are available to help navigate the Silicon Valley job market.

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Student Services

Karen Chang Pryor

Director of Student Services

Karen Chang Pryor (she/her) serves as the Director of Student Services at Northeastern University Silicon Valley. In this position, she works to create a robust campus experience and support network for students. She can help students in navigating university resources and policies, as well as serving as a guide to getting involved and building connections on campus. Karen has worked in higher education for the last 14 years and most recently worked at the University of Chicago as the Associate Director for the Center for Leadership and Involvement.

Karen is a Bay Area local who attended the University of Puget Sound for her undergraduate degree, majoring in English Literature and Economics. It was through several on-campus leadership experiences that she discovered her passion for student involvement. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Outside of work, you can find Karen working towards her 52 books a year reading goal, tending to her numerous houseplants, traveling, and finding the best spot for ice cream wherever she goes.

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Elly Lim

Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Elly Lim (she/her) is the Assistant Director of Student Services and works alongside the Director of Student Services to create an engaging and inclusive student community at the Northeastern University Silicon Valley campus. Her passion lies in creating a robust student community that welcomes all students, and her role centers around helping students to find their sense of belonging within the Northeastern Silicon Valley community. In this role, she supervises the Student Services Student Ambassadors and Student Interest Groups, who serve as the campus’s student leaders, and guides them to create an active student community that brings students together around common interests. Before joining Northeastern University, Elly worked as the Student Affairs Coordinator at UCLA School of Law for 5 years and has over 8 years of experience in higher education student affairs. Elly is from Los Angeles and has a B.A. in Human Development from UC San Diego and an M.Ed. in Student Affairs from UCLA.

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Brigid Hart-Molloy

Deputy Title IX & Equal Opportunity Coordinator

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• Experiences of or concerns about discrimination or harassment
• Northeastern policies about discrimination and harassment

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Samantha Aldana

Wellness Program Specialist

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• 1:1 wellness support
• Resources available to support your full health

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Global Learner Support

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Huayra Hnatko

Global Learner Support (GLS) Specialist

Huayra (she/her) is the Global Learner Support (GLS) Specialist at the Silicon Valley campus. Global Learner Support (GLS) serves learners by providing language, cultural, and academic support. Huayra enjoys working with learners from diverse backgrounds and fostering an environment that encourages intercultural exchange and communication. Huayra has worked with English language learners across various educational settings, including in higher education both locally and internationally. She went to school in Boston where she started working as an English language instructor primarily with adult learners and graduate students. She then moved to France, subsequently to Turkey, and taught various learners from primary school students, and high school students, to undergraduate students. She has a BA in French from Suffolk University, a Master's in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).

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Tim Randazzo

Tutor

Tim Randazzo is a part-time tutor with Global Learner Support (GLS). As a tutor, Tim loves helping students reach their academic and professional goals, whether it involves practicing English conversation, preparing for a presentation, practicing for a job interview, or refining specific English skills. In addition to his role as a tutor, Tim also works full-time as Senior Director for Student Learning Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In that role, he oversees programs that support student learning, such as tutoring, language conversation, and academic coaching. Tim holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, where his research focused on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. He also completed an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at San Jose State University and a B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology at Knox College. In his free time, Tim enjoys traveling, learning languages, working out, making vegan desserts, and meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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Office of Global Services

Giscard Dimanche

Associate Director of International Student Services, U.S. Global Campus Network

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• The international student experience
• Change of Visa Status questions for international students

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Juan Guiano Taitague

Juan Guiano Taitague

International Student and Scholar Advisor

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• Immigration-related matters for international students

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College of Engineering

Kimberly Wright

College of Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering, MSIS and MSIS Bridge Academic Advisor and Program Manager

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• MSIS and MSIS Bridge courses, program requirements, and resources
• Academics, registration, graduation, and record holds

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Erica Hatzievgenakis

Associate Co-op Coordinator, College of Engineering

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• Anything related to co-op, resumé/cover letter, and interview preparation
• Upcoming COE events and projects

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College of Professional Studies

EunHae Lawlor

Academic Advisor

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• M.P.S. Analytics course registration and mapping
• M.S. Project Management course registration and mapping

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Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Alvaro Monge

Visiting Professor, Director of Khoury Programs, San Francisco Bay Area

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• Course selection
• Career goals

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Sweeny Youkhane

Sweeny Youkhane

Assistant Director, Graduate Student Services, Khoury College

Sweeny Youkhane serves as the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services at Khoury College, where she plays a pivotal role in ensuring students at both the Oakland and Silicon Valley campuses have an enriching experience. With a focus on supporting Northeastern students, Sweeny strives to create an environment where each student can thrive academically and personally.

Prior to her current position, Sweeny honed her skills as an academic advisor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. Her journey into education began as a second-grade teacher, where she spent several years nurturing young minds.

Sweeny's educational background is as diverse as her career experiences. She earned her Master's degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Action from Palo Alto University.

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Sweeny has always had a passion for education and community. Outside of work, she finds joy in diving into the world of horror films and books, spending quality time with her beloved cat Salem, and expressing her creativity through painting and drawing on the weekends.

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Tori Bowser

Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Khoury College

Tori Bowser serves as the Graduate Student Services Coordinator for Khoury College at Northeastern University Silicon Valley. In this role, she provides personalized academic support and strategic planning for computer science students to ensure their success. She also organizes campus events to enhance the student experience and foster a sense of community among Khoury College students.

Previously, Tori served as a CSU STEM VISTA member, focusing on bridging equity gaps in undergraduate STEM education at San Jose State University. She developed the Learning Assistant Program, collaborating with faculty to promote active learning models and equip learning assistants with tools for fostering inclusive learning environments. Throughout her career, Tori has advocated for student-centered programming and engaged STEM students in diversity, belonging, equity, and inclusion. Tori is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. Her passion for adult education, e-learning design, and development is matched only by her deep commitment to making education accessible, engaging, and inclusive. Her dedication to diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity (DBIE) in STEM education drives her to create a supportive and empowering environment for all students.

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Vivian Guerrero

Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Khoury College

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• Course planning and your academic goals
• Resources to support your academic success

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Pamela Allen

Regional Director of Graduate Recruitment, California

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• How you can Break into Tech with our Align MSCS program
• Upcoming events
• Visiting our campus
• Applying to a Khoury graduate program

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Operations

Seblewongel Ayalew

Associate Director of Operations

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• Campus operations
• NU Silicon Valley campus access, health & safety

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Enrollment Management

Yichen Shao

Assistant Director of Recruitment and Enrollment

Yichen Shao serves as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Enrollment at Northeastern University Silicon Valley. In this role, she supports prospective students to find the best fit graduate programs to reach their long-term goals. Yichen is passionate to connect with learners from all walks of life and answer any questions related to admissions to Northeastern University. Before joining the Silicon Valley campus, she worked as the Transfer Admissions Counselor at San Jose State University, where she led the efforts to promote transfer pathways from community colleges to the San Jose State University. Yichen had eight years of experiences working with K-12 students in the teacher and educational consultant roles before she transitioned to work in the higher education spaces. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from San Jose State University, as well as a Master’s Graduate Certificate in Admissions and Career Counseling from UC Berkeley.

Yichen is originally from Suzhou, China. She went to high school in New York, and college in Chicago. She moved to the Bay Area in 2018 with her husband, and now lives in San Jose, CA. She enjoys taking care of her dog and plants at home, connecting with friends on the golf courses, and traveling the world for good food and wine with her growing family.

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Meredith Hutcheson

Meredith Hutcheson

Associate Director of Marketing, Bay Area

Meredith Hutcheson joined the Bay Area Global Campus Marketing team in October 2020 as a marketing consultant before stepping into the role full-time in September of 2021. In her current position, Meredith works to promote Northeastern's graduate programs at both the Silicon Valley and Oakland campuses through a local lens. Prior to joining Northeastern, she worked as a marketing, communications, and branding consultant with a portfolio of clients including startups, non-profits, and SMBs. In this time, her primary interest was building a targeted and maintainable digital media stack for small, mission-driven clients. Prior to this, she built the communications and marketing department of a sharing economy travel platform called Couchsurfing.com as one of the first employees. The experience allowed her to develop skills across the fields of communications, user experience, community management, and media relations as the organization grew from a bootstrap non-profit to a venture-backed B Corporation.

Meredith's joy is exploring the world and trying new things, so amongst her other pursuits she has also been an EFL teacher in Chile, an apple-picker in New Zealand, a Turkish language student in Istanbul, and a gallery assistant in Paris. She grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Oakland, CA.

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Student Ambassadors

Meet our current Student Ambassador Team
Student Ambassadors are student leaders and vital members of the Student Services team at the Silicon Valley campus. The role of Student Ambassadors is to build community and serve as a voice for all students in the region. Student Ambassadors assist with and lead co-curricular educational programs, personal and professional development opportunities, and cultural and diversity experiences on and off campus. They also assist in connecting students to regional campus resources as well as Northeastern University resources across the network.

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