Kresge Staff Directory

Kresge's Main Office: (831) 459-2071; Fax: (831) 459-5377 (general questions)

Kresge Provost (book appointment): email the College Academic Programs Coordinator; Contact Provost Carson directly at

Kresge Academics & Advising: (831) 459-2071

Kresge Programs Office/Activities: (831) 459-3925

Kresge Housing: (831) 459-4433

Kresge Maintenance Office: (831) 459-3985

To book meeting, entertainment or conference spaces:

  • Ben Leeds Carson

    Provost, Kresge College

    Ben Leeds Carson

    Contact: (831) 459-4512,
    Office: College Office

    Ben Leeds Carson Summer/Fall Office Hours
    (no appointment necessary)
    Mondays 12:15 - 1:15 PM
    Thursdays 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    I work with faculty, staff, and students to make Kresge both a home and a destination for intrepid learner; helps develop a curriculum that nurtures student passions and instills values of intellectual integrity and free inquiry; collaborates with advisors to support and strengthen our academic community and provide the support students needs to succeed, connects with Kresge’s ‘extended family’ of supporters and donors to envision a powerful future for the college.
  • Mike Yamauchi-Gleason

    Senior Director College Student Life

    Mike Yamauchi-Gleason

    Contact: (831) 459-5015,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-306A

    I oversee all of the Student Life functions of the College (e.g.,residential, programming, facilities, and budgets). I’m a strong student advocate and ally, and I’m a good person to seek out if you don’t know who to go to.


  • Kresge Academic Office

  • Sarah Shane-Vasquez

    Academic Preceptor

    Sarah Shane-Vasquez

    Contact: (831) 459-4673,
    Office: College Office

    I oversee the Kresge Advising Office, and work collaboratively with staff and faculty throughout the campus to help ensure the best resources are available to Kresge’s students, from their first orientation meetings, to graduation and beyond. As an adviser, I help students navigate the University’s policies and procedures, find good answers to challenging questions, and find a sense of belonging and purpose at UCSC.

  • Casey Daubert

    Academic Adviser

    Casey Daubert

    Contact: (831) 459-4722,
    Office: College Office

    Greetings Slugs! I'm Casey Daubert, an Academic Adviser for Kresge College. I'm here to help you feel welcome, guide you through your college experience by actively listening to your goals, aspirations and at times helping you process new challenges that present themselves. Feel free to connect with me for questions on academic policy & procedures, major exploration, or to share how your quarter has been going and to just say hi! I'm proud to be working with you and I encourage you to reach out to the Kresge team when you need our assistance. 
  • Thao Mai

    Academic Adviser

    Thao Mai

    Thao is on leave for the Fall Quarter

    Contact: (831) 459-4432,
    Office: College Office

    I advise students on their academic progress, academic difficulty and empower them to make thoughtful and well-informed decisions related to their academic endeavors.

  • Samira El-Sherif

    Peer Advisor

    Samira El-Sherif

    Office: Kresge Academic Office

    Hey y'all! My name is Samira El-Sherif and I'm a third year Sociology major from Mountain House, California. I am super excited to be a peer adviser at Kresge this year! I proudly identify as a queer Egyptian person and my pronouns are, they/them/theirs! I'm affiliated with College Ten and involved with Theta Pi Sigma (a queer Greek Org on campus), Smith Society, and EOP (Educational Opportunity Program). In my free time I love to listen to music (mostly Pop and R&B), go on walks, watch TV, and play video games. Can't wait to see y'all around!


  • Lale Yasemin Kaya

    College Assistant

    Lale Yasemin Kaya

    Contact: (831) 459-2071,
    Office: Kresge Academic Office

    Ciao! Selâmün aleyküm (السلام عليكم). γεια σας! My role at UC Santa Cruz's Kresge College is to support the Academic Preceptor, Academic Advisors, and Provost. I help incoming and current students navigate through the UCSC campus. In the Kresge academic office, I schedule advising appointments, organize a variety of operations, and supervise our ​talented student staff team. Also, I am becoming re-involved with the Kresge garden co-op and Kresge food co-op. Additionally, I work closely with the Kresge/Porter housing office, as I manage Kresge's mail room for students, staff, and faculty. I assign mailboxes to current residents of Kresge, the Redwood Grove, J & K buildings, ​and​ Kresge affiliates who live in the Village and off campus. My two Bachelor of Arts degrees were earned here at UCSC; History of Art and Visual Culture and Italian Studies (cum laude, Cowell College, 2012). I also have a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Visual Culture from San José State University (2015). I look forward to be a resource to help you navigate your experience at UCSC! Fiat Slug!

  • Labris Willendorf

    College Academic Manager

    Labris Willendorf

    Contact: (831) 459-4792,
    Office: Kresge 162 (2nd floor College Office)

    I collaboratively plan and implement Kresge’s academic life, from course scheduling and faculty hiring to event planning. You can also reach out to me with questions about student scholarships that are Kresge-specific, and I also help Kresge student organizations with purchase orders and other financial processes. I coordinate Kresge’s social media presence.

  • Student Life and Housing Office

  • Kathy Cooney

    Associate Director College Student Life

    Kathy Cooney

    Contact: (831) 459-5255,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-306B

    As the Associate Director College Student Life, my role is to make sure that you all are having a safe enjoyable time during your time living with us. I work Collaboratively with the Coordinators for Residential Education, Housing Coordinator, Housing Office Manager, and various offices on campus to assist in the development and organization of housing assignments, student conduct, student programs, safety and security of all of you, and much more. Ultimately my goal is creating an environment that is inclusive and where you all can succeed academically and personally.


  • D.J. Bell

    Housing Coordinator

    D. J. Bell

    Contact: (831) 459-4433,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-301A

    I help students secure housing in an effort to foster a sense of belonging and community with opportunities for their success.

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    Residential Life & Housing Office Coordinator


    Contact: 459-4433
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-301B

    Housing questions? I can help! I manage all residential key access and help keep residents safe. I also serve as the housing office manager.


  • Ricky Roberts

    Assistant Director, Residential Education

    Ricky Roberts

    Contact: (831) 459-1493,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-302B

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    Coordinator of Residential Education


    Contact: (831) 459-5759
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-303B
  • Savanah Headstone

    Coordinator of Residential Education

    Savanah Headstone

    Contact: (831) 459-1074,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-304A


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    Co-Ordinator for Conduct and Education

    Monica Mendenhall

    Contact: (831) 459-3262,

    Office: Kresge Apartment J-302A

  • Programs & Student Activities

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    College Programs Coordinator

    Mia Victoria

    Contact: (831) 459-4434,
    Office: Programs Office

    Hi there! My name is Francesca Mia C. Victoria, and I usually go by Mia. I am a Merrill alum, majored in Business Management Economics. Previously worked at Crown and Merrill Colleges as an ACPC, where I've advised an annual charity benefit dance committee and co-advised the Merrill Pottery Co-Op. I´m enthusiastic about joining the team and look forward to meeting everyone in person. 

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    Assistant College Programs Coordinator


    Contact: (831) 459-3925, 
    Office: Programs Office

    Hello! I am Kresge’s Assistant College Programs Coordinator. I work in the Programs office with our student Program Assistants to put on events and activities for students throughout the quarter, like College Night. I hope to build a better sense of community at Kresge through our events and I look forward to seeing you at some of them. Check out our ‘Activities’ tab to find out more! 

  • Kresge Business Office

  • Sue Roth

    Assistant to the Senior Director College Student Life

    Sue Roth

    Contact: (831) 459-2467,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-306

    I am the administrative assistant to the Porter/Kresge Senior Director, College Student Life with the Porter/Kresge Community. If I cannot help you directly or answer your questions, I will direct you to someone who can.

  • Mary Sierra

    Budget Analyst

    Mary Sierra

    Contact: (831) 459-2037,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-306B

    I’m the Business Administrator for Porter & Kresge Colleges. I take care of all the details of purchasing, I analyze expenditures (and income), and make sure all proper guidelines are being followed during every step of the process.

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    College Intern

    Samantha Chacon

    Office: Kresge Apartment J-304

  • Groundskeeping, Maintenance, and Affiliates

  • Katharina Pierini


    Katharina Pierini

    Contact: (831) 459-2157,
    Office: Groundskeeper Shop

    I am the gardener/groundskeeper here at Kresge. If you see me around feel free to say “hi”; if you need help with something I might be able to help or direct you to someone who can.

  • Devin Sodt

    Senior Building Maintenance Worker Supervisor

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  • Ian Mitchell

    Senior Building Maintenance Worker

    Ian Mitchell

    Office: Maintenance Shop

    I help maintain the facilities here at Kresge. I like to think that I am a familiar face that students will feel comfortable speaking to about anything.

  • Mussie Gebreyouhans

    Senior Building Maintenance Worker

    Mussie Gebreyouhans

    Office: Maintenance Shop

    My role is carrying out routine scheduled maintenance work, responding to reports of equipment faults, and diagnosing other breakdowns and problems.

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    Director, STARS at Kresge

    Sara Radoff

    Contact: (831) 459-4968,
    Office: STARS at Kresge Office

    My passion in life is working to transform educational policies and practices to make them more socially just. My core values include developing caring relationships with students, colleagues, and friends, seeking out opportunities for collaboration and connection, and unapologetically challenging systems of oppression. I am dedicated to serving students and supporting their success. Prior to joining STARS, I  served as the Academic Preceptor at Oakes College. Before that, I worked in international education and community development work. I received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Montana, and a M.A. from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Society, Culture, and Politics in Education.

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    Food Service Manager, Porter/Kresge Dining Hall

    Mirjam Kuusik

    Contact: (831) 459-4773,
    Offices: Porter-Kresge Dining Hall

    I am your access to food World. Have a question about the Porter/Kresge Dining Hall --- I am your person!