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Meet the Staff

Administration

Ryan Travia

Ryan Travia, MEd

Associate Dean of Students for Wellness

Ryan Travia joined Babson College in March 2015 as its first Associate Dean of Students for Wellness. In this role, 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 and psychological services, health promotion, alcohol and other drug services, sexual assault prevention and response services, and religious and spiritual life. 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. Read full bio »

Contact Information

Ryan Travia
Associate Dean of Students for Wellness
Hollister Hall, Room 221
781-239-4218
rtravia@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

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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Sarah Gilani, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

781-239-6200

Dr. Sarah Gilani joined the Babson community in 2019 as the staff psychiatrist for the Wellness Center. 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.

Health Services

Polly McCabe

Polly McCabe, MSN, APRN-BC, FNP

Interim Director of Health Services

Polly McCabe has been a nurse practitioner at Babson since 2011, and as of June 1, 2020 is the Interim 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
Interim Director of Health Services
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Office 004
781-239-6363
pmccabe@babson.edu

Sharon Yardley

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

Nurse Practitioner

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 served as the Director of Health Services from 2006 to June 2020. 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
Nurse Practitioner
Health Services
Hollister Hall, Room 130
781-239-6363
syardley@babson.edu

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
781-239-5194
hstacey@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

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, health promotion, and prevention efforts. 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 investigation, 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 Professional Development Coordinator for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community (NASPA), the Mentorship Coordinator for the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Knowledge Community (NASPA), and the Region I State Coordinator for the Peer Education 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). Outside of the office, Hala is passionately active in the sexual and relationship violence prevention community, and is frequently featured as a keynote speaker for such organizations as The Office of the Attorney General, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Hala is also currently appointed to the Board of Directors for local non-profit organization REACH Beyond Domestic Violence.

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

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