Meet the Staff
Jean Peden Christodoulou, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
I joined the Hofstra community in May of 2014 and am thrilled to be a member of the Student Affairs team. I spent twenty years at Stony Brook university, beginning my career in residence life and then working for over a decade in academic affairs as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Colleges. I have spent my entire professional career helping students create connections among what they learn in all areas of their college experience. As the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, I work closely with my colleagues in the Career Center, The Center for Academic Excellence, the Center for University Advising, International Student Affairs and Student Access Serves to create a support system that helps students achieve their goals. Once upon a time, I had planned a career in health education and earned my bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree specializing in substance abuse education at Stony Brook University. However, soon after beginning work in student affairs, my passion for working in higher education became clear --and now I am a doctoral candidate at with my research focusing on collaborative tensions in academic and student affairs partnerships. My family and I live nearby and you're likely to see me strolling around our beautiful campus with my husband and our four year old son, Colin. I'm an avid reader and news junkie, often spending spare time with my nose in a book. I'm not an artist but feel like I'm home in any museum. I also decorate a mean cupcake.×
Allison Harvey, Coordinator for Student Success
Allison earned her BA in Psychology from Adelphi University, where she first learned about the Student Affairs field! As an undergraduate, Allison was heavily involved in Residence Life, large scale campus programming, Greek Life, and other various organizations. Allison then went on to complete her Masters of Social Work, with a specialization in Student Community Development, from Stony Brook University. During her time at Stony Brook, Allison advised first-year students, clubs and organizations, and worked within the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In her free time, Allison enjoys yoga, drinking tea, and doing crafts. Allison is excited to be joining the Hofstra community and helping students on their path to success.×
Hofstra Career Center Gary Alan Miller, Executive Director
Gary has now worked in higher education for 20 years. In addition to Hofstra, he has worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Washington and Georgia State University. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and a Master's degree in Social Foundations of Education, and he has begun doctoral studies here at Hofstra in Learning and Teaching. Gary is also a long-time musician, and his music has appeared in more than 30 episodes of various television programs. As an undergraduate student, he thought he would become a music industry publicist. Spending a full summer promoting the song "Achy Breaky Heart" convinced him that was not the right path.×
Center for Academic Excellence Diane Herbert, Dean
I have been a member of the Hofstra community for the past 20 years. Prior to joining the Center for Academic Excellence in the Division of Student Affairs I held several different positions in the School for University Studies. I am very fortunate to have had consistent opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues throughout Hofstra University on initiatives that help students discover their interests, work with their strengths, and achieve their goals. This is why I am so excited about my current position in the Center for Academic Excellence.
I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology at St. Joseph's College, and I earned my master's and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology at Fordham University. It was during my graduate studies that I fully learned to understand and appreciate personal development and growth as a multidimensional and life-long process. When I am not working you are likely to find me with my son on the baseball field, at the park, bike riding, or playing games. And, any chance I get I love to decompress through running.×
Center for University Advising Anne Mongillo, Dean
I'm excited to be starting my 6th year at Hofstra in the Center for University Advisement. All my life, I have felt connected to college campuses and always knew in my heart that I would spend my career working with students in some capacity. I love watching students grow and learn!
Before coming to Hofstra, I served as an advisor and administrator at Columbia University for nearly a decade. My responsibilities included academic advising and building relationships and learning opportunities with Harlem community based organizations.
Throughout my career in higher education, I have dedicated myself to building strong connections between faculty, students and the wider community, serving student success through commitment to open, honest communication.
I hold a MA in Administration and Policy Studies in Education from McGill University, a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut.
I've been fortunate enough to live and work in Canada, China and Germany. Pottery is a passion of mine as is my family – husband David and son Jacob.×
Information Technology Mike Devlin, Coordinator
Mr. Devlin has over 20 years of Information Technology and Management experience. Starting with United Parcel Service in the 90's, Mr. Devlin made the leap from a purely Management position to a regional Information Services position. After earning certificates from Hofstra University's College for Continuing Education, Mr. Devlin transitioned to an Information Technology consulting position with A. James de Bruin & Sons where he honed his skills as a database applications developer. From those experiences, Mr. Devlin earned his current position as the Coordinator of Information Systems for the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University. M.S., Hofstra University, Information Technology; Certificate in Database Design, Hofstra University Continuing Education; Certificate in Computer Science, Hofstra University Continuing Education; B.B.A., Hofstra University, Management; A.S., Nassau Community College, Management Coordinator of Information Systems, Hofstra University; Microsoft Office Specialist (Microsoft Access 2003 Certified) Adjunct Professor of Information Technology, Zarb School of Business Hofstra University. Lecturer of Information Technology, Continuing Education, Hofstra University×
International Student Affairs Jenn Christ, Director
As the director of the International Student Affairs, I aim to create a welcoming campus climate through programs and services to help international students feel like Hofstra is their home away from home. In addition to helping our international students achieve their academic and professional goals, I am also committed to developing mechanisms where every international student develops a meaningful relationship with a U.S. American during their studies at Hofstra.
Prior to joining Hofstra in June 2012, I attended Webster University in St. Louis and graduated with a bachelor's degree in media communications, a minor in management and a certificate in international studies. I earned a Master of Science in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University, where in various capacities over eight years, I implemented international students programs and services and diversity education programs. I have received extensive training from the Institute of Intercultural Communication. In addition, I have taken advantage numerous opportunities to go abroad, like being a part of People to People Student Ambassadors to Australia and New Zealand and studying abroad in Vienna, Austria.
I incorporate multiculturalism and diversity into my daily life: It is what feeds my soul, along with nature. My life-partner, David, and I enjoy trying new things, meeting new people, engaging in enlightening dialogues, and exploring the world locally and globally. We visit someplace new every weekend. Please share with me your favorite restaurant or your favorite place to enjoy nature. We are always looking for new places. I also love reading, hiking, yoga and cooking.×
Student Access Services Julie Yindra, Director
I came to Hofstra in 2009. Prior to coming to Hofstra, I was Director of Disability Services at Greensboro College. Before beginning my career in Higher Education, I was a special education teacher for 8 years at the middle and high school levels. As the Director of SSD, I meet with students to review their requests for reasonable accommodations and help them solve disability related issues. I earned a BA in English from Guilford College and a M.Ed. in Special Education from The University of North Carolina. In my free time, I am a movie buff and love to travel. When not at work at Hofstra, I am often travelling and doing disability related non-profit service.×