​​​​​Meet the Staff

Administration

Ryan Travia

Ryan Travia, MEd

Associate Dean of Students for Wellness

Ryan Travia joined Babson College in March 2015 as Associate Dean of Students for Wellness. In this new role for the College, Ryan leads the division of Student Affairs in the development of a holistic approach to ensuring student health and safety, personal development, and overall well-being. Ryan provides leadership and strategic direction for a comprehensive portfolio that includes health services, counseling services, health promotion, alcohol & other drug services, and sexual assault prevention & response services. Ryan also serves as chair of the Campus Assessment, Response, & Evaluation (CARE) Team, and is a senior on-call dean, responding to student and campus crises and facilitating follow-up, as necessary, with a variety of on and off-campus partners. Prior to joining the Babson community, Ryan served as the founding director of the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS) at Harvard University. Read full bio »

Contact Information

Ryan Travia
Associate Dean of Students for Wellness
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 020
781-239-4218
rtravia@babson.edu

 
Rey Benschop

Rey Benschop, MEd

Administrative Assistant

Rey Benschop joined Babson College in the early part of 2016 as the Administrative Assistant for the Wellness Center. In this role Rey provides administrative support to the Associate Dean of Students for Wellness and for the Wellness Center staff. Some of these tasks include managing the office phones, serving as a source of information and referrals, scheduling appointments, managing files and storage systems, and planning logistics for meetings/events. Prior to coming to Babson, Rey served as the program assistant for the nonprofit organization, Institute for Family Health. Rey holds a B.A. in Psychology from Moravian College and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Tiffin University.

Contact Information

Rey Benschop
Administrative Assistant
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Reception Area
781-239-5200
rbenschop1@babson.edu

 

Counseling and Psychological Services

Sharon Yardley

Jan Holton, MSW, LICSW

Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

As the Director of CAPS, Jan provides clinical and administrative oversight for the program. Jan works collaboratively with Student Affairs colleagues, faculty, and staff to provide high-quality services that are both holistic and responsive in addressing mental health concerns that may be interfering in a student’s ability to achieve academic and/or personal success at Babson. She is responsible for providing care for students experiencing mental health crises, as well as consulting with families, staff and faculty regarding student wellness. Prior to joining the Babson community in 2012, Jan was an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean of Students, and Director of Counseling at Gordon College. She was also the Executive Director of a national eating disorder treatment program, overseeing treatment programs in 10 states.  She earned her MSW from Boston University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with her dog, and reading.  

Contact Information

Jan Holton
Director of Counseling Services
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 023
781-239-6352
 

 
Rey Benschop

Alex Lemiszki, Psy.D.

Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Alex joined the CAPS team in August of 2018 as part of CAPS’ inaugural year. As assistant director, Alex wears multiple hats both administrative and clinical. Alex’s love for the energy and potential of college students has led him through positions at Wheaton College, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, Trinity College and Bentley University. As a clinician, Alex’s therapeutic style emphasizes the importance of a collaborative relationship supporting culturally-informed and problem-focused interventions pulling from a variety of evidence-based interpersonal clinical approaches. Alex has particular interest in mindfulness meditation, social anxiety and panic, drug use and misuse, as well as the impacts of grief. Alex earned his Doctorate in Psychology from William James College and his BA from Drew University. In his spare time, Alex enjoys nature, animals, hockey, music, and gaming.

Contact Information

Alex Lemiszki
Assistant Director of CAPS
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 024
781-239-5202
alemiszki@babson.edu

 
Rey Benschop

Natasha Bavolar, MS

Staff Counselor

Natasha joined the Babson community in August of 2018. Natasha brings a wealth of experience including out-patient, therapeutic after-school programming, adolescent specific substance abuse, trauma and mental health inpatient, rehabilitation and long-term adult care, clinical research, and college counseling. Natasha earned her BA in Psychology from American University, with a minor in Health Promotion, and received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. During Natasha’s graduate studies, she honed her focus on college counseling and cultivated this passion through her internship at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Natasha’s eclectic clinical style combines a person-centered approach with evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy techniques, Existential philosophies, and Mindfulness and Acceptance strategies. Natasha’s clinical interests include student-athletes, identity development, difficult family dynamics, stress management, anxiety, and outreach programming. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys being competitive through endurance running, triathlons or board games, weightlifting, hiking, camping, and cooking creatively.

Contact Information

Natasha Bavolar
Staff Counselor
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 025
781-239-5203
nbavolar@babson.edu


 
Rey Benschop

Jung-Yang Jeffrey Lin, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Jeff joined the CAPS team in August of 2018. Jeff has a wide range of clinical experiences ranging from elder services, VAs, community mental health, primary care consultation, outpatient, and college counseling. His passion for college counseling developed as he went through his graduate school training, doing an internship at MCPHS University and his post doctoral fellowship at Roger Williams University. Jeff’s clinical style reinforces a collaborative approach and develops a treatment that is holistic and best suited to the student’s needs at the time. While grounded in the cognitive behavioral therapy approach, Jeff integrates other evidenced based approaches when suitable. Jeff’s clinical interests include depression and anxiety, relationships, identity development, emerging adulthood, and acculturation. Jeff received his doctorate from William James College and his BA from University of Michigan. In his spare time, Jeff pursues a myriad of personal interests including fishing, exercise/mixed martial arts, cooking, and e-sports.

Contact Information

Jung-Yang Jeffrey Lin
Staff Psychologist
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 021
781-239-5204
jlin5@babson.edu


 

Health Services

Sharon Yardley

Sharon Yardley, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP

Director of Health Services

Sharon has been a Nurse Practitioner for twenty-five years, twenty of which have been in College Health. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors and Masters in Criminal Justice, and has a Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Sharon has been the Director of Health Services since August of 2006. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Regis College. Her areas of interest are global health, healthcare for the transgender patient, and community health. In her spare time, she enjoy traveling, participating in service trips with students, photography, attempting to play golf, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Information

Sharon Yardley
Director of Health Services
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Room 130
781-239-6363
syardley@babson.edu

 
Polly McCabe

Polly McCabe, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP

Associate Director of Health Services

Polly McCabe has been a nurse practitioner at Babson since 2011, and has been in the role of Associate Director since 2014. Polly earned her BSN from the Ohio Wesleyan University-Riverside School of Nursing and her MSN from Simmons College in Boston. She became a certified nurse practitioner in both Adult Primary Care and Women’s Health in 1995, followed by employment in outpatient settings that provided adult episodic and primary care and ambulatory OBGYN services. Polly earned an International Society of Travel Medicine Certificate in Travel Health™ in 2014. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, golfing, traveling, sipping tea, and spending time with her husband, four grown children, and their dogs. She is also a First Year Seminar instructor.

Contact Information

Polly McCabe
Associate Director of Health Services
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Office 004
781-239-6363
pmccabe@babson.edu

 

 
Erika Redmond

Erika Redmond, ANP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Erika Redmond serves as one of the Nurse Practitioners in the Health Services office. Erika is a graduate of Boston College School of Nursing and received her Master’s degree in Nursing at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Erika spent four years working at ULCA Medical Center after graduating from BC and also as a floor nurse at Georgetown Hospital while attending graduate school. She has also worked in Home Health Care and most recently as a triage nurse in a busy primary care office at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Currently residing in Wellesley, Erika lived overseas in London, England for two years (2011-2013) and when not working, she enjoys traveling, golfing and spending time on Cape Cod with her husband and four children.

Contact Information

Erika Redmond

Nurse Practitioner
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Room 132
781-239-5194
eredmond@babson.edu

 
Meghan Rosenberg

Meghan Rosenberg

Office Manager

Meghan joined Babson Health Services in April 2017 as the Office Manager. She graduated from UMASS Amherst with a degree in Criminal Justice and then continued on to work for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate and then the Chatham Police Department as a dispatcher. Meghan started with the Babson Public Safety Department as a dispatcher and then became an officer in 2009. While with the Babson Public Safety Department she served as a Sexual Assault Investigator and a Field Training Officer. Meghan lives locally and in my spare time she enjoys going to the beach and travelling with her husband, two daughters and their dog.

Contact Information

Meghan Rosenberg
Office Manager
mrosenberg@babson.edu

 
Katherine Teixeira DaSilva

Katherine Teixeira DaSilva, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Katherine joined the Babson Health Services Staff as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2007. She received her Bachelors of Nursing degree in 1991 from the University of Rochester. She joined the Air Force after obtaining her degree as a Registered Nurse and gained clinical experience working in Emergency Department settings. In 1998, she earned her Masters in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. After becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and before coming to Babson College she obtained her clinical experience in family practice in Boston working with both the pediatric and adult population. In her free time Katherine enjoys outdoor sports, traveling and spending time with her family.

Contact Information

Katherine Teixeira DaSilva
Nurse Practitioner
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Exam Room
781-239-6363
kteixeiradasilva@babson.edu

 
Katherine Teixeira DaSilva

Christine D'Angelo MSN, RN, NCSN

Triage Nurse

Christine joined Health Services in 2017 and now serves as Triage Nurse and Immunization Compliance Nurse. Christine has over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings including Cardiology and Maternity Units. Over the last five years she has specialized in School Health working with high school and college age students. She has a Master’s Degree in Maternal and Child Health from Boston College and completed her undergraduate nursing degree at University of Pennsylvania. She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse and holds an IV Therapy Certification. She appreciates the mission of college health as an opportunity to assist students in establishing sound health habits they can take forward into their adult life.

Contact Information

Christine D'Angelo
Triage Nurse
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Exam Room
781-239-6363

Sharon Yardley

Geraldine Schick, MD

Overseeing Physician

Geraldine Schick joined Babson College in August 2018 as the supervising Physician of student health services. She has worked in College health since 2012 at Northeastern University as well as Boston College. She graduated from UCLA where she was a member of the swim team and received her medical degree from St. George’s University. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, playing tennis and spending time with her two sons and husband

Contact Information

Geraldine Schick
Overseeing Physician
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Room 130
781-239-6363
gschick@babson.edu


Polly McCabe

Alison Doak, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Alison is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator.  She helps students manage a variety of medical conditions and encourages good food and meaningful lifestyle changes to improve overall health and wellness.  Alison will help you create strategies to meet your goals, fuel your body, and improve your relationship with food.

Alison earned a BA in International Studies from Colby College, and a MS in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State University, where she serves as a visiting lecturer and instructor.  She also consults at a fitness center and teaches classes on a variety of nutrition topics.  In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.

Contact Information

Alison Doak
Registered Dietitian
Health Services
Hollister Hall
781-239-6363
alison.doak@gsmtp.babson.edu

 

​Wellness & Prevention Services

Ashleigh Hala

Ashleigh Hala, MSW

Director of Wellness & Prevention Services

As the founding director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services (SAPRS), Ashleigh Hala provides confidential intervention services and advocacy for students who have been impacted by sexual or gender-based violence. Ashleigh also oversees prevention initiatives, including a robust curricular experience featuring bystander intervention training (grant-funded through the Avon Foundation for Women). SAPRS also supports the Babson SAFE Hotline. Hala is a rape crisis counselor, holds a certificate in prevention leadership, and is a trained Title IX investigator. She also is active in the sexual violence prevention community, being a featured and keynote speaker for such organizations as REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Office of the Attorney General, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. She has been recognized for excellence, winning the President's Service Award (Wheelock College), Club Advisor of the Year (Wheelock College), and the Early Impact Award (Babson College). Before joining Babson, Hala was the associate director of Residence Life and the Title IX coordinator at Wheelock College. She earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Wheelock College and her master's degree in social work from Boston University.

Contact Information

Ashleigh Hala
Director of Wellness & Prevention Services
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 018
781-239-5201
ahala1@babson.edu

Ashleigh Hala

Elise Brucato, MPH, CHES

Health Promotion Specialist

Elise joined Babson in August 2018 as the Health Promotion Specialist. Elise works with the Wellness & Prevention Services team to deliver programming on substance use, mental health, sexual health and sexual violence. Elise also advises the Peers on Wellness (POW!), and collaborates with various campus partners to increase engagement with health promotion initiatives across the Babson community. Prior to joining Babson, Elise worked for two start-up companies providing services to pharmaceutical companies, and was a Program Coordinator with Harvard University's Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs. She earned her bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from James Madison University, and a master's degree from Boston University School of Public Health. 

Contact Information

Elise Brucato
Health Promotion Specialist
Reynolds Campus Center, Room 137
781-239-5852
ebrucato@babson.edu

Ashleigh Hala

Katherine Podgurski, MS 

Wellness & Prevention Services Fellow

Katherine joined Wellness and Prevention Services as the inaugural Fellow in August of 2018 while maintaining her full-time role as an Area Director in Residence Education at Babson. Katherine assists with advising the Peers On Wellness (POW!) and assists with student advocacy efforts and case management. Additionally, Katherine facilitates substance abuse interventions and supports students that receive alcohol or other drugs related sanctions through the Community Standards process. Katherine earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryant University in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Sociology, and earned her Master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. 

Contact Information

Katherine Podgurski 
Wellness & Prevention Services Fellow
Park Manor Central, Room 114
781-239-7490
kpodgurski@babson.edu

Ashleigh Hala

Kathryn Snyder

Graduate Assistant

Kathryn Snyder is new to Babson College and will be working as the Graduate Assistant for the Health and Wellness Department and staffing the SAFE Hotline. In this role, she will be assisting Ashleigh Hala with providing support services and advocacy for students who have been impacted by sexual or gender-based violence. In addition, she will be a facilitator for BASICS sessions and supporting students that have received an alcohol or other drugs related sanction through the Office of Community Standards. She is passionate about prevention, intervention, and treatment for all students, particularly those that experience disordered eating, interpersonal violence, and/or mental health concerns. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys caring for her dog, spending time with plants, traveling, and debating the merits of local coffee shops. She has a B.S. in Neuroscience from George Mason University, and is currently completing her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health at Boston University.

Contact Information

Kathryn Snyder
Graduate Assistant
Wellness Center
781-239-5200
ksnyder@babson.edu