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New Employee

Erin JPIn this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Erin to campus!

Erin Jones-Poppe is our new Bookstore Manager at the College Store. She started this past summer.

Erin is from a small suburb of Pittsburgh, but has spent the last 18 years in Columbus, Ohio going to school at The Ohio State University and working for the Visual Merchandising department of a well-known retail clothing company.

Erin moved here with her husband, Prof. Nicolas Poppe, who teaches in the Spanish department.

They are delighted to have 1 son and twin boys on the way!

Erin tells us that their welcome into the Middlebury College community has been wonderful so far and they cannot wait to see what the future holds.

New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Bijan to campus!

Bijan Samimi has worked in the dining services industry for over 30 years. Bijan supports the community through his efforts with local youth programs and guest speaking engagements. He joins us as Lead PM Cook for Retail Foods.

New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Amy to campus!

Amy Frazier comes to MAMY headshot copyiddlebury most recently from Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where she worked as the Digital Literacy Librarian at Cushing Academy. Her professional background before she became a librarian was in media production and education, with a focus on teaching video production skills and techniques to novice users. She has a B.A. In Film Studies and Comparative Cultural History from Marlboro College, studied filmmaking at the London Film School in the U.K., and most recently she earned her MLS from Emporia State University’s satellite program in Portland, Oregon.  Amy maintains a pretty standard collection of “nerd hobbies”: board gaming, knitting, video gaming, over-involvement with the Song of Ice and Fire series, and playing old time and bluegrass mandolin (enthusiastically, but not well.)

New Employee

KG headshot3_smallerIn this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Katie to campus!

Katie Gillespie is the new Research Compliance Manager at Middlebury College and will provide guidance on requirements pertaining to the IRB, IACUC, and IBC. Katie is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She also holds a master’s of science from Oregon State University in Science Education. She comes to Middlebury from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL where she served as the Conservation Programs Manager. In that role she oversaw the zoo’s accreditation/licensing, managed special projects, and conducted behavioral research on non-human animals (meerkats are her favorite) and humans alike. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and hanging out with her dog, Stampy.

New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Kas to campus!

Kas Singh joined Middlebury College on January 29, 2015. As an International Student and Scholar Advisor, Kas assists international faculty, staff and students with maintaining their legal visa status by advising them on immigration regulations pertaining to their respective statuses. With a focus on the international faculty and staff population, Kas coordinates with hosting departments to support the faculty/staff experiences at Middlebury College and Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey and the many other programs that bring international faculty and staff.

Kas’ passion for working in international student and scholar services developed after studying abroad as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). After participating in a semester program in Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Belgium, Kas graduated with a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in International Business. She worked at UNO with the Intensive English Language program for 3 years as Project Coordinator. Wanting to explore the world more, she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as an English-for-Specific-Purposes Instructor in Kaunas, Lithuania for 3 years.

After the Peace Corps, Kas moved to Brattleboro, Vermont where she participated in a Masters in International/Intercultural Management program at the School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute). She then moved to Stony Brook, New York and worked as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Stony Brook University for about 2 years. After a short hiatus from the field of international education, she decided to return to the field and obtained a job as an International Student & Scholar Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked there for 10 years before moving to Middlebury.

Kas is originally from Iowa/Nebraska along the Missouri River and claims Omaha, Nebraska as her ‘home town’. Kas is married and has 3 daughters. Her husband, Ian, comes originally from Trinidad & Tobago. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bowling, people-watching, going to festivals, and attempting to golf. She looks forward to learning how to snow shoe and cross-country ski next winter. She also enjoys drinking coffee and wine and eating chocolate and cheese – all things that she has found to be abundant in Vermont!

New Employee

Chelsea GriggsIn this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Chelsea to campus!

Chelsea Griggs is the new academic coordinator for the environmental studies program. Prior to joining Middlebury College, Chelsea worked for 7 years at Helen Porter Healthcare Center (Porter Medical Center). Chelsea resides in Bristol with her husband, an almost two year old daughter, and three energetic dogs. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, snowshoeing, jogging and spending time with friends.

New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Kate to campus!

Kate Livesay ’03 was named the school’s new women’s lacrosse assistant coach in May of this year. She is excited to be here, as she grew up in Middlebury and graduated from the College. Kate has been coaching at Trinity College for the past 10 years. Kate now lives in Middlebury with her husband and three daughters. Read more about Kate here.

New Employee

MaxChoJones.cropped2In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Tori to campus!

Victoria (Tori) Jones has joined College Advancement in May 2014 to be an Assistant Director of Annual Giving. Tori will manage the post-30th Reunion years, and will be responsible for spearheading Annual Giving’s stewardship efforts. Most recently, Tori served as the Executive Assistant to the President and Dean of Vermont Law School, and from 2007-2012 worked in Congressman Welch’s Burlington office as a staff assistant and later as a casework manager and community liaison.

As a child, Tori lived with her parents in Madrid, Spain while her father, Keith Jones ’86, a language school alumnus, completed his studies. Tori enjoys hiking, skiing, and spending time with her dog, Max.

New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Jonathan to campus!

Jonathan KempJonathan Kemp joined Sciences Technical Support Services in February as Telescope Specialist and will be working closely with Physics Department faculty, staff, and students in McCardell Bicentennial Hall.  He will be supporting curricular and research uses of the College Observatory while also reinstating and expanding its outreach activities.  Jonathan has a degree in Astronomy from Columbia University, where he has also served as a research staff member investigating cataclysmic variable stars and fostering amateur-professional collaborations involving small telescopes.

He has pursued observational research projects in Chile, South Africa, and Arizona, and has operated and observed with large telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.  Jonathan relocated to Vermont from Hawaii in 2012.

New Employee

In this post we’ll introduce you to a new member of the Middlebury College staff. Please join us as we welcome Dain to campus!

Dain McKee is in his first year at Middlebury after being named the College’s first Assistant Director of Athletic Communications in December. As the Assistant Director, Dain will assist in the handling of all publicity for the school’s 31 varsity NCAA athletic teams. Dain has been a media relations staff member for over 30 NCAA Championship events spanning all three NCAA divisions. He is a 2003 graduate of Ohio Northern University. See Dain’s full bio here .

Dain and his family are enjoying spending time together and exploring this new state of Vermont. He loves being outdoors and playing in the snow with his three children.