Staff Profiles

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Kamala Kiem

Associate Dean of Students & Director

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Connectedness, Relator, Learner, Restorative, Context

Educational Background:
Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
Masters of Education in Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bachelors of Business Administration, Florida International University
Michigan State University Study Abroad Program in South Africa
Certified Social Justice Mediator
Ignatian Colleague Program- Cohort 6
El Salvador Immersion Trip - February 2014

Areas of Focus:

Social Justice Education & Diversity
Leadership Development
Clubs & Organizations
Student Government
Graduate and International Student Life
New Student Programs
Student Activities/Programming
Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator
Conflict Resolution
Student Conduct
Residental Life (2008-10)


  • FYE 001, First Year Experience Seminar, Fairfield University
  • EDUC 395X, Intergroup Dialogue, Race & Ethnicity, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • EDUC 394X, Social Justice Education - Classism & Sexism, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • EOL 199, Intergroup Dialogue for Resident Assistants, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • EAD 315, Student Leadership, Michigan State University


  • Safe Space II: The Coming Out Process, Student Affairs Professional Development Series
    • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Spring 2010
  • Safe Space II: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality
    • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Fall 2009
  • Intra-group Dialogue: Race and Queer Sexualities in Our Lives and on Our Campuses
    • ACPA/NASPA Joint Conference, Orlando, FL Spring 2006
  • Successfully Communicating Across Difference: Methods for Engaging Students in Dialogue
    • NCORE, New York City, Spring 2005
  • Cultural Competency: Who is kidding whom? Understanding Whiteness
    • Recognizing Privilege Conference, Mount Holyoke College, Spring 2004
  • The Interdependent Theory and Practice of the M.R.U.L.E: Inclusionary, Scholarship, Activism, Student Voices
    • ACPA, Long Beach, Spring 2002
  • Courageous Leaders: Undergraduate Staff as Multicultural Educators
    • ACPA, Boston, Spring 2001

Current Committees:

  • Presidential Institutional Diversity Council (PIDC), Co-Chair
  • Presidential Institutional Diversity Council (PIDC) Assessment Sub - Committee
  • First Year Initiatives Committee
  • Retention/Attrition Committee
  • Collaborative Student Leadership Committee
  • Academic Planning Committee

Professional Organizations:

  • National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • America College Personnel Association (ACPA)
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)


  • Service for Justice Residential College Mentor (2009-12)
  • Cura Personalis Mentoring Program Mentor (2008-15)
  • Community Associate, First Year Experience Program

Tennis, Board Games, and Movies

Favorite TV Show(s):
Once Upon a Time, Grey's Anatomy, The Daily Show, 1600 Penn, and The Office

Favorite Movie:
Meet Joe Black

Favorite Book:
Any John Grisham!

Favorite Thing about Fairfield:
Working with our Student Leaders

Favorite Quotes:
Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to leap forward

Advice for Students:
Remember, the decisions you make today affect your future, so choose wisely!


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Jeremy Kaler

Associate Director

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Relator, Strategic, Learner, Command, Intellection

Educational Background
M.A. in History, Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.S. in History, Frostburg State University

Areas of Focus
Student Programs
Student Government
Student Organizations & Clubs
Social Justice
Leadership Development

"SWT=O Analysis" at West Virginia Advisory Council of Classified Emoployees Leadership Conference, 2015


Professional Organizations
NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
ACPA, America College Personnel Administrators

Program Review Committee

Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator- Potomac State College of WVU
West Virginia State Advisory Council of Classified Employees

Politics, Movies, Reading, Video Games, Husband-ing.

Favorite TV Shows
Futurama, Doctor Who (new), Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica

Favorite Movie
12 Angry Men

Favorite Book
Fahrenheit 451

Favorite Quote
"To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." Henry David Thoreau (quoting Confucius)

Advice for Students
Learning is an active venture, not a passive one. You have to practice to become better at it.


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Colleen Wilson

Assistant Director

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  • Achiever
  • Developer
  • Positivity
  • Empathy
  • Learner

Educational Background:

  • M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Merrimack College, 2013
  • B. A. in Psychology & English, Fairfield University, 2011
  • Certified Social Justice Mediator, 2014

Areas of Focus:

  • Event Planning: Senior Week/Alumni & Family Weekend
  • Student Government: Programming/Marketing/Treasury
  • Campus Ministry: Service Experiences/Retreats
  • New Student Programs


  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Magis Scholars, Fairfield University, Fall 2017
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Magis Scholars, Fairfield University, Fall 2016
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Magis Scholars, Fairfield University, Fall 2015
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience, Open Group, Fairfield University, Fall 2014
  • FYE 101, First Year Experience: Environmental, Fairfield University, Fall 2013

Developed Programs:

  • TALL: Talking About Life & Loss, Bereavement Support Group, Merrimack College, 2013
  • Freshmen Retreat, Merrimack College, 2013
  • Agape Retreat, Fairfield University, 2011


  • Young Professionals Committee, Fall 2013 - Present
  • Program Review Committee, Co-Chair, Fall 2013 - Present
  • Office of Student Engagment Assessment Committee, Fall 2017 - Present
  • Student Affairs Communication and Technology Committee, Fall 2013

Professional Organizations:

  • NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • NODA, National Orientation Directors Association
  • NACA, National Association for Campus Activities



  • Jamaica Volunteer Foundation - Kingston, Jamaica - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Winter, 2016
  • Kairos XXVII Retreat - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Fall 2015
  • Centro del Muchacho Trabajador - Quito, Ecuador - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Winter 2015
  • Youth Services Opportunities Project - Washington, D.C. - Staff Advisor: Fairfield University, Spring 2014
  • Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in West Virginia- Staff Advisor: Merrimack College, Spring 2013
  • St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia - Staff Advisor: Merrimack College, Winter 2013
  • Service  & Emersion in Kingston, Jamaica: Fairfield University, Winter 2011
  • Service Learning in New Orleans, Louisiana: Fairfield University, Spring 2010
  • Urban Plunge in Washington, D.C.: Fairfield University, Spring 2009 


  • Eating Pickles
  • Volunteering at Comfort Zone Camp
  • Spending time family & friends
  • Traveling
  • Scrapbooking
  • Service

Favorite Quote:

  • “At the end of the day, Lord I pray, I have a life that's good. Two arms around me, heaven to ground me and a family that always calls me home. Four wheels to get there and enough love to share and a sweet, sweet, sweet song.” - Charles Esten

Favorite TV Show(s):

  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Fixer Upper
  • This is Us
  • The Good Doctor
  • Shark Tank

Favorite Movie:

  • The Parent Trap

Favorite Book:

  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Favorite thing about Fairfield:

  • The sense of community you feel when working or studying here. 

Advice for Students:

  • Your time here will go by faster than you think. Take it all in and never forget that once you're a Stag, you're always a Stag!


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Nicole Heller

Assistant Director

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Input, Learner, Restorative, Individualization, Developer

Educational Background:
MFA Creative Writing with a concentration in Nonfiction, Fairfield University ‘16
B.A. in Psychology, Fairfield University
Fairfield University Study Abroad Program in Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway
Certified Social Justice Mediator
Certified Strengths Based Educator

Area of Focus:
New Student Programs (First Year Experience & Orientation)
Leadership Development
Social Justice Education
Training & Development

FYE 101, First Year Experience: Creative, Fairfield University
Creative Writing Nonfiction, Teaching Assistant

Relay for Life, Fairfield University
Arts Volunteer, Connecticut Hospice

Power & Privilege, Collaborative Leadership Training & Redefining Leadership Seminars, Spring 2014, Fairfield University
First Year Transition, Cura Personalis Mentor Program Training, Fall 2014, Fairfield University

Reading and writing

Favorite Quote:
“Who will heal the world, if not you?”- Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.

Favorite Movie:
Field of Dreams

Favorite Books:
Just Breathe Normally, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Favorite thing about Fairfield:
The way that students, staff and faculty are always looking to share their passions and learn new things.

Advice for Students:
If you go to bed at night and you haven’t met someone or tried something new, try harder tomorrow.


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Jane Aquino

International Student Advisor

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Consistency, Developer, Includer, Positivity, Harmony

Educational Background
Fairfield University, Real Estate Paralegal Certificate
Fairfield University, Real Estate Principles/Practices
IETS F-1 SEVIS Essentials-Level II and Level III
NAFSA – Spring Immigration Workshop

Professional Organizations
NAFSA – National Association of Foreign Student Advisors

Areas of Focus
International Student Advising – F-1 and J-1 Students, J-1 Scholars
Processing of SEVIS events and immigration documentation

Optional Practical Training Employment Workshop

Spending time with family and friends, walking my dog, shopping, cooking and baking, traveling.

Favorite Tv Shows
Anything on the Food Network, HGTV or the Hallmark Channel, Dancing with the Stars, Quantico

Favorite Thing About Fairfield
Working with the students – and learning about them.

Favorite Quote
"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Advice for Students
You never know what battles people are fighting.  Always be kind.


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Brigida Salvioli

Operations Assistant

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Positivity, Developer, Empathy, Includer, Connectedness

Educational Background:
Diploma Degree in Executive Secretary, New Haven Academy of Business

Areas of Focus:

  • 10 years of experience in the Dean of Freshmen Office
  • Lots of experience with students, faculty
  • Past experience supporting Joe DeFeo and the Residential Colleges


  • Build a House Advisor
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Advisor
  • Support the Troops Program Organizer

Professional Organizations:
Evergreen Network Family

Past Chaperone for Dolan School of Business Advertising Club Trip to Atlanta, GA


Favorite TV Show:
Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Movie:
The Ten Commandments

Favorite Thing about Fairfield U:
The students, parents, faculty and staff

Favorite Quote:
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Anonymous

Advice for Students:
Never give up. You can do it!


Jillian Leahy

Jillian Leahy

Program Coordinator for International Student Support

Student Engagement

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Learner, Discipline, Harmony, Responsibility, Context


Educational Background:

M.A. in International Education, New York University

B.S. in International Business, High Point University                                      

International Study Abroad Exchange in France, École Supérieure de Commerce, Pau


Areas of Focus:

International Student Services

International Student Programming and Engagement



TAPIF, English Language Teacher, Lycée Emile Zola, Châteaudun, France 2013-2014


Professional Organizations: 

NAFSA: Association of International Educators



Reading, Watching NY Giants Football & PSG Soccer, Cooking, Traveling


Favorite TV Show(s):

This Is Us, The Crown, Mindhunter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Favorite Book:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman


Favorite Movie:

Remember the Titans


Favorite thing about Fairfield:

How many opportunities there are for students and staff to get involved!


Advice for Students:

Now is the perfect time to explore – try out new classes, join clubs, travel, and meet new people!



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