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

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 and Psychological Services
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 023
781-239-6352
jholton@babson.edu

Natasha Bavolar, MS

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

Jung-Yang Jeffrey Lin, PsyD

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

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James Blue, PsyD

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
Staff Psychologist
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 024
781-239-5202
jblue@babson.edu

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JT Livick-Moses

Intern

JT is joining CAPS as the first-ever clinical social work intern. He is currently in his final year at Boston College’s graduate school of social work where he is working toward completing his degree in clinical mental health. JT previously earned a master’s degree in Theological Studies (MTS) from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Hellenic College in 2015. JT interned at Boston Green Academy in Brighton, where he was responsible for a caseload of 15 middle school and high school kids whom he saw weekly for continual social/emotional support, crisis intervention, educational support and advocacy. He is very excited to be working as an intern with the CAPS team for this academic year. JT enjoys spending his free time reading, playing the mandolin, hiking, and spending quality time with his beloved wife, Sarah, and their little three-year-old dog named Mr. Tumnus.

Contact Information

JT Livick-Moses
Intern
Wellness Center
Park Manor South
781-239-6200
jlivickmoses@babson.edu

Health Services

Sharon Yardley

Dr. Sharon Yardley, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Director of Health Services

Sharon has been a Nurse Practitioner for twenty-eight years, twenty-three 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, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Regis College. Sharon has been the Director of Health Services since August of 2006. Her areas of interest are global health, healthcare for the transgender patient, and community health. In her spare time, she enjoys 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, ANP-BC

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

Richard D. Hall

Office Manager

Richard D. Hall joined Babson Health Services as office manager in January 2019. He has worked for a number of years in the health services industry and is delighted to continue his service within the Babson College team. Before transitioning to his current role as office manager, he first joined Babson College as a maintenance and custodian associate in the Facilities Department.

Richard has experience working as a patient access associate at Cambridge Health Alliance Emergency room, a medical office coordinator at Signature Medical Group in Bridgewater, and as a team lead admitting officer at Signature Medical in Brockton Hospital. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and has also studied at Dean College. Richard enjoys all sports, working out, and loves traveling and spending time with his spouse and two daughters.

Contact Information

Richard D. Hall
Office Manager
Health Services
Hollister Hall
781-239-6363
rhall@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

Christine D'Angelo MSN, RN, NCSN

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
cdangelo@babson.edu

Geraldine Schick, MD

Geraldine Schick, MD

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

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

Wellness and Prevention Services

Ashleigh Hala, MSW

Ashleigh Hala, MSW

Director of Wellness and Prevention Services

As the founding director for Wellness & Prevention Services, Ashleigh Hala leads Babson’s community health promotion and prevention efforts. Specifically, Hala has oversight for alcohol & other drug services, sexual assault prevention & response services, mental health promotion, sexual health promotion, and the Peers On Wellness (POW!) peer health education program. Hala previously served as the founding Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services at Babson College and as the Title IX Coordinator/Associate Director of Residence Life at Wheelock College. Hala has also worked in substance use and addiction services with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and in legislative advocacy, fundraising, and research with the LGBT Aging Project. Hala holds both Master of Social Work (Boston University) and Bachelor of Social Work (Wheelock College) degrees and is a licensed certified social worker (LCSW). She is also trained and certified in rape crisis counseling, motivational interviewing, prevention leadership, Title IX investigations, and basic restorative practices. Hala is an engaged member of NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, the American College Health Association (ACHA), the New England College Health Association (NECHA), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Currently, Hala serves as the Region I Representative for the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Knowledge Community (NASPA) and as the Region I State Coordinator for the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA. Hala is also a member of the Restorative Practices in Higher Education Learning Collaborative organized by the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP). Hala is also passionately active in the sexual and relationship violence prevention community, and is frequently featured as a keynote speaker for such organizations as REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Office of the Attorney General, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Contact Information

Ashleigh Hala
Director of Wellness & Prevention Services
Wellness Center
Park Manor South, Room 025
781-239-5201
ahala1@babson.edu

Elise Brucato, MPH, CHES

Elise Brucato, MPH, CHES

Assistant Director of Wellness & Prevention Services

Elise joined Babson in August 2018 as the Health Promotion Specialist. Elise works with the Wellness and 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
Assistant Director of Wellness & Prevention Services
Reynolds Campus Center, Room 137
781-239-5852
ebrucato@babson.edu

Katie Burke

Mental Health Promotion Intern

Katie is joining the Wellness and Prevention Services team as the Mental Health Promotion intern for the 2019-2020 academic year. She is currently in her first year at Simmons University pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. Katie previously earned a BA in Communications from UMass Amherst in 2015. After graduating, she worked at WGBH in the National Corporate Sponsorship department for three years, where she managed the relationships between PBS shows and sponsors. After working part-time with young adults with special needs in a residential setting for two years, she decided to switch paths and pursue a career in social work. In her free time, Katie enjoys exercising, seeing live music, exploring the city, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Information

Katie Burke 
Mental Health Promotion Intern
Wellness Center
781-239-5200
kburke@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