Meet the Staff

Administration

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Ryan Travia, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Success

 

Ryan Travia is Associate Vice President for Student Success at Babson College, having previously served as Babson’s first associate dean of students for wellness. As AVP for Student Success, Ryan provides leadership and strategic direction for a comprehensive portfolio that includes: accessibility services, counseling and psychological services, COVID-19 Testing Center, health services, religious & spiritual life, student advising & success, and wellness & prevention services. Ryan serves as a senior on-call dean, responding to student and campus crises, and chairs the Campus Assessment, Response, & Evaluation (CARE) Team, a multidisciplinary committee that functions as a hybrid students of concern and behavioral intervention team.

Prior to joining the Babson community, Ryan spent a decade at Harvard University as the founding director of the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS). In this capacity, Ryan provided vision and leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program focused on education, intervention, policy development, and coordination with treatment providers. As the first substance abuse prevention specialist in University history, Ryan’s leadership saw the implementation of a multitude of programs that promoted safer practices among students and monitored the effectiveness of University protocol regarding alcohol and other drug abuse. Read full bio »

Contact Information

Ryan Travia
Associate Vice President for Student Success
Hollister Hall, Room 222
781-239-4218
rtravia@babson.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services

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James Blue, Psy.D

Staff Psychologist

James joined the Babson College CAPS team in June of 2019. James has a variety of clinical experiences, including high school counseling, college counseling, and early intervention for psychosis in an outpatient setting. Prior to coming to Babson College, James worked at Roger Williams University’s counseling center for four years, where he also trained as an intern and postdoctoral fellow. James’ clinical style integrates several approaches, including interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. James’ clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, substance use, and relationship issues. James eared his BA from Gordon College and his doctorate from William James College. In his spare time, James enjoys exercise, fishing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Information

James Blue, Psy.D
Staff Psychologist
Park Manor South, Room 023
781-239-5202
jblue@babson.edu

Mebiulqui Eustate

Staff Clinician

Contact Information

Mebiulqui Eustate
Staff Clinician
Park Manor South, Room 018
781-239-5208
meustate@babson.edu

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Sarah Gilani, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Sarah Gilani joined the Babson community in 2019 as the staff psychiatrist for Counseling and Psychological Services. She completed psychiatry residency training at Tufts Medical Center. She has extensive experience working with college students. Dr.Gilani uses a thorough evaluation of biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors to offer an integrative approach to treatment. She combines psychodynamic, supportive, and behavioral therapy, along with medication management, when necessary. Dr. Gilani has clinical interests in psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and the growing field of telepsychiatry. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Jung-Yang Jeffrey Lin, PsyD, Staff Psychologist

Jung-Yang Jeffrey Lin, Psy.D

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, Psy.D
Staff Psychologist
Park Manor South, Room 021
781-239-5204
jlin5@babson.edu

Alison Markson, LICSW, Psy.D

Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

Contact Information

Alison Markson, LICSW, Psy.D
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Park Manor South, Room 020
781-239-6352
amarkson@babson.edu

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Leah Sherman-Collins

Clinical Intern

Leah has joined the CAPS team as a clinical intern for the 2021-2022 year. Prior to coming to Babson College, Leah worked as a Women's Health Case Manager, a Sexual Health Counselor, and interned at Boston College Law Clinic. Her clinical interests include identity development, relationship issues, grief, LGBTQ-related issues, women's health, and body image concerns. Leah's clinical style integrates the approaches of Narrative Therapy, IFS, and DBT. She earned her B.S. from Eckerd College and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Boston College. Outside of her work, Leah enjoys hiking, going to cafes, thrifting, and Sudoku.

Contact Information

Leah Sherman-Collins
Intern
Park Manor South, Room 025
781-239-5203
lshermancollins@babson.edu

Stein, Audrey - Intern

Audrey Stein

Clinical Intern

Audrey joins the CAPS team as an intern for the 2021-2022 school year. Audrey earned her BA from Hamilton College and is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work at Boston College. Audrey’s prior clinical experiences include school-based counseling and therapeutic support in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Integrating relational and psychodynamic therapy with a developmental perspective and cognitive-behavioral approaches, Audrey has a wide range of clinical interests including perfectionism, Autism and learning difference, relationship issues, sexual health and wellbeing, substance use, and identity development. Outside of work, Audrey enjoys running, concerts, and coffee of all kinds. Audrey has long been passionate about mental health on college campuses, and is excited to continue her work with young adults at Babson!

Contact Information

Audrey Stein
Intern
Park Manor South, Room 025
781-239-5203
astein@babson.edu

Kathleen Purple

Administrative Coordinator

Kathleen joined Babson College in September 2020. Bringing over a decade of administrative experience, she is energized by tending to both social and structural needs. Helping students is her calling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bridgewater State University, which she transferred to on a merit scholarship after graduating from Massasoit Community College. In her spare time Kathleen enjoys playing a variety of games, spending time with her family, and singing.

Contact Information

Kathleen Purple (She/Her/Hers)
Administrative Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services | Wellness & Prevention Services
Park Manor South, Room 028
781-239-6200 (CAPS) | 781-239-5200 (WPS)
kpurple@babson.edu

Cindy Tang

Staff Clinician

781-239-5207

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Cindy Tang
Staff Clinician
Park Manor South, Room 024
781-239-5207
ctang1@babson.edu

Health Services

Alison Doak

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

Polly McCabe

Polly McCabe, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP

Director of Health Services

Polly McCabe has been a nurse practitioner at Babson since 2011. She previously served in the role of Associate Director starting in 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 care, primary care and ambulatory OBGYN services. Polly earned an International Society of Travel Medicine Certificate in Travel Health™ in 2014. Clinical areas of interest include sexual and reproductive health, travel health, wellness education and public health. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, golfing, traveling, sipping tea, and spending time with her husband, four grown children, and their dogs. She has also been a First Year Seminar instructor.

Contact Information

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

Helena Stacey RN

Helena Stacey, BSN, RN, CPN

Triage Nurse

Helena Stacey joined Babson College as a Triage Nurse in January 2020. In 2013, she entered nursing school after deciding to leave her profession as a trial attorney. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College's ACCEL program in 2014. Prior to joining Babson College, Helena worked as a Certified Pediatric Nurse on an inpatient medical unit at Boston Children's Hospital. Some areas of her practice included diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Crohn's disease, sickle cell disease, lupus, and asthma. She is a loyal Boston sports fan and also loves watching college hockey. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, trips to the Cape, and spending time with her husband, four sons, and dog Maisie.

Contact Information

Helena Stacey
Triage Nurse
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Room 132
781-239-6363
hstacey@babson.edu

Katherine Teixeira DaSilva

Katherine Teixeira DaSilva FNP-BC, PMHNP-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. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Candidate 2021 Northeastern University with particular interest in Adolescent/Young Adult Psychopharmacology/Psychiatric Mental Health. 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

Shavaun Cloran RD

Shavaun Cloran RD

Registered Dietician

Shavaun Cloran, Registered Dietitian (RD) joined Babson College during the summer of 2017.  She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Biology and subsequently completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has worked in a variety of nutritional settings including clinical, research, outpatient and educational sectors, and is currently shares her time between Babson College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

In general, her role as an RD includes assisting those students with food allergies/Celiac Disease and other nutritional concerns within the dining areas at Babson. Additionally, she enjoys providing nutritional counseling for an array of  topics:  wellness, weight management, sports nutrition, gastrointestinal concerns and vegan/vegetarian nutrition to name a few.

Contact Information

Shavaun Cloran
Registered Dietician
Health Services
Accessibility Room
781-239-6363
scloran@babson.edu 

Susana Loo Li MSN FNP-C

Susana Loo Li MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Susana joined Babson College in August 2020 as a Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor and Master of nursing from Binghamton University. Previously, Susana was a cardiac telemetry nurse taking care of patients with cardiac abnormalities in addition to an Adjunct Professor at Binghamton University.  After becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she worked as a primary care provider at a federally qualified health center where she worked with underserved populations. Susana is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, sleeping, hiking, kayaking, Muay-thai, cooking and dancing.

Contact Information

Susana Loo Li
Nurse Practioner
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Exam Room
781-239-6363
slooli@babson.edu 

Wellness and Prevention Services

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Katia Santiago-Taylor, M.S.

Director of Wellness & Prevention Services

Katia Santiago-Taylor is the director of Wellness & Prevention Services at Babson College. In her capacity she leads a comprehensive, student-centered, and evidence-based health program focused on four major functional areas: alcohol and other drugs, mental health and emotional well-being, sexual health, and violence prevention. In addition, Katia will provide ongoing leadership for the Peers On Wellness (POW!) peer health education program. Wellness & Prevention Services also includes programming initiatives, advocacy, and direct services for students impacted by gender-based misconduct.

Prior to joining Babson College she was the Policy Director at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) leading BARCC’s legislative agenda and statewide collaborations for systems change. She joined BARCC in February 2013 as the Manager of Systems Advocacy, overseeing BARCC’s Medical Advocacy, Hotline, Access to Forensic Information (AFI), Legal Advocacy, and Case Management Programs. Under her leadership, BARCC’s Incarcerated Survivor Support program was created. Prior to joining BARCC, she was at the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), where she held several positions. She has been working in the Victim Services Field since 1999, first as a Victim Witness Advocate in the Middlesex County DA's Office, and at the Suffolk County DA's Office.

During her tenure at the Suffolk County DA's Office, she was a part of the Judicial Demonstration Project that created a model Domestic Violence Court at the Dorchester District Court, which required a great deal of work with interagency community collaborations and community-building. She also worked as an advocate in the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit working with vulnerable populations and taking the initiative to create and actively participate in community outreach & education and training initiatives. She currently serves as a board member of Mass NOW.

Katia earned a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. As a bicultural/bilingual Latina woman, Katia has a deep commitment and proven track record of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in her work.

Contact Information

Katia Santiago-Taylor, M.S.
Director of Wellness & Prevention Services
Hollister Hall, Suite 122
781-239-5201
ksantiagotaylor@babson.edu

Elise Brucato, MPH, CHES

Elise Brucato, MPH, CHES

Associate Director of Wellness & Prevention Services

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, MPH, CHES
Associate Director of Wellness & Prevention Services
Hollister Hall, Suite 122
781-239-5852
ebrucato@babson.edu

Kathleen Purple

Administrative Coordinator

Kathleen joined Babson College in September 2020. Bringing over a decade of administrative experience, she is energized by tending to both social and structural needs. Helping students is her calling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bridgewater State University, which she transferred to on a merit scholarship after graduating from Massasoit Community College. In her spare time Kathleen enjoys playing a variety of games, spending time with her family, and singing.

Contact Information

Kathleen Purple (She/Her/Hers)
Administrative Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services | Wellness & Prevention Services
Park Manor South, Room 028
781-239-6200 (CAPS) | 781-239-5200 (WPS)
kpurple@babson.edu

Religious & Spiritual Life

Denicia Ratley

Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

As the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Denicia supports various faith communities on campus, oversees a team of Chaplains and the daily operations of the Glavin Chapel. With a pastoral heart and passion for justice, she is intentional about creating spaces for religious diversity and tolerance. Denicia is also a First Year Seminar Instructor where she facilitates classroom conversations and interactions around community engagement, microagressions and privilege. Her ability to understand and teach cross culturally, combined with a sense of humor and excitement, creates an environment for students to authentically learn and thrive. Denicia join Babson in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Faith, Reflection, and Chaplaincy. She has accompanied colleagues and students on Service Learning Immersion Trips to Indian River Florida, New Orleans, and Tanzania. Denicia graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with a MA in World Missions and Evangelism, concentrating on Cross Cultural Counseling, and a MA in Theology and Ethics. During her time in graduate school, she was the president of the Women Student Association and the Black Student Association. Denicia was a Pierce Fellow, which introduced her to contemplative practices and reflective tools. She completed her Overseas Mission Practicum in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, serving and assisting Muslim refugees from Sudan, Iraq and Turkey. This experience confirmed Denicia’s passion for cross cultural experiences and interfaith dialogue. Denicia received a BA in Human Development and Family students and a minor in African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Denicia enjoys reading historical and current research around mass incarceration and racial disparities within the Black community as well as helping women find confidence in themselves by deconstructing beauty standards and apprehensions around makeup and natural hair. 

Contact Information

Denicia Ratley
Director of Religious & Spiritual Life
Glavin Chapel, Room 101
781-239-5969
dratley@babson.edu

Rabbi Neal Gold

Jewish Chaplain/Hillel Director

Rabbi Neal Gold joined Babson in 2018 as the Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director. Neal holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University, earned his MAHL and received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and received an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Prior to coming to Babson, he served as the national Director of Content and Programming for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, and was a delegate at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on October 16. For 18 years, he led synagogues in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In addition to his work at Babson, Neal teaches university-level adult education courses for Me’ah, a program of Hebrew College, and currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.

Neal is the author of many academic and popular writings about Judaism, and he is the editor of Radiance: The Collected Prose and Poetry of Danny Siegel, to be published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2020. He is passionate about teaching Jewish spiritual texts, and interfaith conversations and bridge-building. He enjoys music, writing, yoga, and fly-fishing.

Contact Information

Rabbi Neal Gold
Jewish Chaplain/Hillel Director
Glavin Chapel
781-239-4505
ngold@babson.edu

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Elizabeth Oh

Protestant Chaplain

Elizabeth Oh is the Protestant Chaplain at Babson College.  She graduated with a BA in Economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MA in Counseling (Mental Health and Marriage & Family track) and an MA in Religion at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  In her time at graduate school, she focused her studies and practical experiences in integrating mental health in faith-based communities.  Her counseling internship focused on areas of adjustment, trauma, anxiety and depression in the Church setting and at a local Bible College.  She views her professional and personal life through a holistic approach - believing the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, relational and physical aspects are intertwined and connected.  The holistic approach is how she advocates individuals and organizations on wellness and believes work dedicated (to this advocacy) enhances spaces for innovation, connectivity, inspiration and a world with positive changes. Her additional work experiences have been at varied organizations as an administrative and management support.  She has worked for profit, non-profit and startup organizations; with varied focus and missions in higher education consulting, adult education advocacy, care resources in the local church, and social entrepreneurship. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys educating herself in ocean conservation and learning to dive.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Oh
Protestant Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-5969
eoh1@babson.edu

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Dr. Donna McKenzie

Catholic Chaplain

Dr. Donna McKenzie joins the multi-faith team as Catholic Chaplain, having previously served in similar capacities at Albertus Magnus College and Smith College. Dr. McKenzie has specialized training in Catholicism and theological ethics, and comes to Babson with extensive teaching and ministry experience. Dr. McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from Smith, a master of divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. McKenzie has held various teaching, research, and administrative appointments at Fordham University, Cornell University, and the Graduate Theological Union.

Contact Information

Donna McKenzie
Catholic Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-5969
dmckenzie@babson.edu

Bilal Mirza

Muslim Chaplain

Bilal joined Babson as the Muslim Chaplain in 2011. For over 10 years, he has and continues to benefit from studying the Islamic tradition under the private and individual tutelage of a variety of scholars and teachers trained throughout the Muslim World. He himself has studied both locally as well as abroad in Egypt and Turkey. Bilal has studied and trained in traditional disciplines including but not limited to: Arabic (grammar, morphology, & rhetoric), Qur’an (recitation, exegesis, & subdisciplines), Hadith/Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and its subdisciplines, Prophetic Biography, Logic, Jurisprudence, Legal Methodology, Scholastic Theology, and Spiritual Purification. Bilal received a BBA from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has completed graduate coursework in Public Health. During his undergraduate career he served multiple terms on the board of his university’s Muslim Student Association. Bilal was a Youth advisor, Sunday School teacher, and Director of Religious Affairs at his local mosque for a number of years. He has been involved with interfaith projects since 2003; having worked primarily with teen interfaith camps, MetroWest-based interfaith groups, and the Wayland Clergy Association. Since 2009, he has been a regular deliverer of Friday Sermon and Worship services at a majority of mosques and College/University campuses throughout Massachusetts and eastern New England. In his spare time, Bilal enjoys advancing in his learning of the Islamic tradition, working out, spontaneous national and international travel, making smoothies, and improving his sub-par latte-art. 

Contact Information

Bilal Mirza
Muslim Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-5623
bmirza@babson.edu