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

    Fall 2018 Provost office hours: drop in on Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm and Fridays 10:30-11:30am and by appointment

    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.

  • Esteban Adame

    Academic Adviser

    Esteban Adame

    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.

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    Academic Adviser


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

  • DeShonne Keller

    College Assistant

    DeShonne Keller

    Contact: (831) 459-2071,
    Office: College Office

    My role at Kresge is to support the Academic Preceptor, Academic Advisors as well as the support Kresge incoming and current students navigate throughout campus. I navigate incoming calls to the college, schedule advising appointments as well as organize operations in the advising office. I work closely with the Kresge/Porter Housing office and assign mailboxes to current residents of Kresge, Redwood Grove, J & K Buildings, including Kresge affiliates who live in The Village.

  • Beth Hernandez-Jason

    College Academic Programs Coordinator

    Beth Hernandez-Jason

    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 I work with students, faculty, alumni, and staff. I coordinate Kresge’s social media presence, and I am Director of the Media & Society lecture series.

  • David Shaw

    Advisor for Student Sustainability Projects

    David Shaw

    Office: Kresge 170

    I am the advisor for Kresge’s student-led sustainability initiatives: the Common Ground Center Student Board, Kresge Garden Cooperative and Friends of the Community Agroecology Network. Contact him about events and activities related to these organizations, and how to get involved.

  • Student Life and Housing Office

  • Savanah Headley

    Interim Associate Director College Student Life

    Savanah Headley

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

    As the Interim 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-301

    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

    Raven Davis

    Contact:, 831-459-2746/459-4433
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-301

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


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    Coordinator for Conduct & Education


    Contact: (831) 459-1493
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-302B
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    Assistant Residential Education Coordinator

    Adilene Martinez

    Contact: (831) 459-3262,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-303A

  • Steven Saggese

    Assistant Residential Education Coordinator

    Steven Saggese

    Contact: (831) 459-5759,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-302A
  • Russell Nelson

    Coordinator of Residential Education

    Russell Nelson

    Contact: (831) 502-7124,
    Office: Kresge Apartment J-303A

  • Marcos Villanueva

    Coordinator of Residential Education

    Marcos Villanueva

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

    I provide community support services and education for residents and students. I help students navigate & bridge their academic & residential experiences at UCSC. My role is to create, coordinate, and manage a residential college that encourages student development, and community and academic excellence through cross-departmental efforts. My position is responsible for daily operation tasks, including supervision of student staff, advising of student leadership, adjudicating residential judicial cases, managing community conflicts and their mediation, and collaborating with many campus resources to handle after-hour emergencies and crises.

  • Programs & Student Activities

  • Pam Ackerman

    College Programs Coordinator

    Pam Ackerman

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

    Think of a cruise director, but on land, for the community of Kresge College. I encourage and support student life outside of the classroom. I am a resource for event planning, policy and procedure.

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    Assistant College Programs Coordinator


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

    I oversee the running of the Town Hall and manage reservations for the Student Lounge here at Kresge College.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Community Safety Officer Supervisor

    Nicole Albaum

    Contact: (831) 459-5545,
    Office: Porter College, D-105

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    Central Facilities Asset Coordinator

    John Cronin

    Contact: 831-212-5066,

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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 Porter Dining Hall or Owl’s Nest - I am your person!