Who’s who in the Saybrook College Office

At the forefront of Saybrook is the Head of College. In his role as chief administrative officer, he sets the college’s intellectual and cultural tone, just as he is responsible for students’ physical safety and well-being. Together with the Associate Head of College, he oversees and cultivates the college’s social life, hosting study breaks, Saybrook Teas, trips, and other events. The Head of College and Associate Head of College live amidst the students, in the Head of College’s house, where many events are coordinated.

The Operations Manager ensures the smooth functioning of the college. In addition to coordinating its events and maintaining its facilities, the OM oversees the college’s finances, serves as a liaison between the college and the business office, and supervises special projects.

Supporting the Head of College is the senior administrative assistant, who handles the day-to-day business in the Saybrook Office. While coordinating with the staff in staging the college’s events, the senior AA works especially closely with students and the SCC in support of their many activities.

The Saybrook Aides staff the front desk of the Saybrook office and help students and visitors with the million questions they bring to the office. The aides can help with reserving a room, getting keys, signing out a DVD or board game, or registering a party.

 

Head of College Thomas Near

Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Curator in Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and Head of Saybrook College, Thomas Near earned a B.S. in biological sciences and a B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University in 1993, a Ph.D. in ecology, ethology, and evolution from the University of Illinois, and a Center for Population Biology postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, Davis. Prior to arriving at Yale in 2006 Prof. Near was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. At Yale Prof. Near has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Fact Finder for the Yale College Executive Committee. From his first semester as a member of the Yale faculty, Prof. Near has been a fellow of Saybrook College serving as a freshman advisor and on committees to select Saybrook summer fellowships.

Prof. Near’s research uses genomic data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of fishes. Focusing on North American freshwater fishes and a lineage of fishes endemic to Antarctica, his research seeks to understand the mechanisms that generate and maintain biodiversity. An interesting by product of this research is the discovery and description of new species of fishes. As a curator in the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Prof. Near has supervised a dramatic increase in the research collection of fishes, with a large number of important specimens resulting from field work with Yale undergraduates. Prof. Near’s research has resulted in the publication of more than 110 scientific papers. He teaches courses in ichthyology, phylogenetics, and evolutionary biology.

Prof. Near is from the Northcenter/West Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago and is a rare example of someone who roots for both the Cubs and White Sox. Given that the only time the two teams faced off in the World Series was 1906, he is assured that he will never have to choose the best of his favorites.

Associate Head of College Allison Near

Allison M. Near earned a B.A. in English and French from Colgate University, and a J.D. from Northeastern University. She is a partner at the New Haven law firm of Sheehan, Reeve & Near, where she focuses her practice on criminal defense in both state and federal court. Allison loves to cook, enjoys camping with her family, and has season tickets to the Yale Rep.

These days, Allison and Tom’s primary passions are their two young girls, aged 5 and 3, who can often be found running around the college or dancing to the bells of the carillon in the Killingworth Courtyard.

Ann Gilmore

Senior Administrative Assistant to the Head of College

Ann Gilmore is at the center of the action in the Saybrook office, handling the heavy volume of its day-to-day business. If you’re looking for information about applying for one of Saybrook’s fellowships, using one of the college’s public spaces, or planning an event, Ann is the person to see. And because Ann works so closely with the Saybrook Aides, the operations manager, and the Head of College, she’s a great resource to turn to whenever you’re not sure where to start with a project you’re just getting off the ground.

You can reach her by phone, at 203 432-0540, or by e-mail.

Micah Luce

Operations Manager

With the support of the entire administrative team, Micah Luce is the business manager for Saybrook College.  He is a two-time graduate of Yale Divinity School and a proud Memphian.  While not helping the amazing students at Saybrook plan events or acting as the liaison between Saybrook College and the Yale College business office, Micah likes flying airplanes, watching Japanese (or Russian or American or French or…) film, attending baseball games, listening to Radiohead, climbing rocks, or thinking about how he can plan his next getaway to the red rock, canyons, mountains, and deserts of Utah.  Of course, he prefers to do all of this with his wife, Katharine.

You can reach him by phone at 203-432-0532, or by e-mail.

Shirley Pink

Service Assistant

Shirley has been with Saybrook for over 20 years.  She is responsible for overseeing the details at events in the Saybrook Biggs House and other various actitivites around Saybrook.  She works closely with the Near family in the house and is infinitely knowledgeable about all things Saybrook: past and present!  She may be reached by e-mail.

 

Saybrook Aides:

Leah Meyer

Head Saybrook Aide

Leah is a senior from Belmont, Massachusetts and a music major. She plays the french horn and does Publicity for the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and highly encourages you to buy a season pass. Leah’s favorite vacation spot is somewhere in the White Mountains, but her regular residence is at the Saybrook Dining Hall long table - come say hello!

 

Franklin Eccher

Franklin is a junior American or Environmental Studies major and Education Studies Scholar from Montrose, Colorado. The only place he loves more than Saybrook is Colorado, where he returns at every possible opportunity.  Franklin is a member of the Teaching Peace Initiative, the Students for a New American Politics PAC, and the Yale  Student Alliance for Gun Safety, but if you’re looking for him he’s likely either brewing beer in the Saybrook kitchen or  on the river with Yale Fly Fishing.

Brett Gu

Brett is a junior and prospective Chemical Engineering or Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry major.  He is from Houston, Texas and refuses to support any professional sports teams in Texas not in  Houston.  He hopped on the Patriots bandwagon before the 2004 Superbowl and now supports every other  Boston sports team as well.  He is a part of the Chinese American Students Association and strives for perfect IM attendance.

 

Sonia Khurana

Sonia is a junior and is a prospective History of Science, History of Medicine and Public Health major, and is also pre-med. Born and raised in the Boston area, she can be found streaming the Pats every Sunday during football season while pretending to do work. She is super excited to live in Saybrook in the fall so that she never has to leave and can spend even more time in the dining hall than she already does. Sonia is a member of the club lacrosse team and Demos through Dwight Hall, and is excited to spend the next three years in the best college on campus. 

Hannah LaBovick

As a native of South Florida, Hannah loves hanging outside when she can and hiding from snow in the winter. When she’s not in class, you can usually catch her reading or napping in her hammock on Old Campus. Besides being a Saybrook Aide, Hannah is part of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, and a founding member of the TAMID Group at Yale. Swing by the Saybrook Office to talk about great hammocking locations, hide from the snow, or just say hi!

Alexandra Lieberman


Ali is a senior from Chicago, Illinois. She is a prospective Ethics, Politics, and Economics major or Political Science major. Ali is an active member of Saybrook Community, acting as the Sophomore Class Council Representative. She loves anything and everything involved with Saybrook and you can almost always catch her in the Saybrook courtyard when the weather is nice. She is also a member of Yale’s Equestrian Team. In her free time, Ali loves eating, napping, and sitting in the Saybrook Glider. Any combination of the three is ideal.

Casey Manzella

Casey is a junior and prospective double major in English and Economics.  In addition, she is also very interested in world languages and would like to become fluent in French, Spanish, and Mandarin while at yale.  She is from New Canaan, CT, and is super excited to be spending three more years of her life in CT.  Casey writes for Amicus: Yale’s Undergraduate Law Magazine and the Yale Economic Review and volunteers with “No Closed Doors,” a Yale, student-run case management agency.

 

Sam Rimm-Kaufman

Sam is a prospective Mechanical Engineering or Architecture Major in Saybrook Class of 2020. He is from Charlottesville, VA and is passionate about dogs, cats and cheese. His favorite dinosaur is the apatosaurus and he enjoys hiking, cooking and book-binding. Sam is involved in Yale Undergraduate Aerospace, so most of the time when he’s not working on a PSET, studying for an exam, or in the SY dining hall, he can be found in the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design.

Natalie Schoen

Natalie is a sophomore from Weston, MA and a prospective History of Science, Medicine and Public Health major. She is involved in the public health group, FIMRC, and hopes to continue to pursue her interest in public health and one day go to Med School. Find her in the squiche with a PB&J in hand, working on her Swahili homework in the Saybrary, or cheering on her classmates as a Saybrook superfan. 

Luke Stringer

Luke is a senior, an architecture major, and the resident office Oklahoman. When he’s not working on projects in studio or eating ice cream in Saybrook Dining Hall, you can find him doing laundry or watching the Good Wife. Luke is a tenor in Shades of Yale, Yale’s youngest co-educational a cappella group, founded in 1988 to sing music of the African Diaspora and African-American tradition, and is honored to have been selected as a member of the Whiffenpoof class of 2017, along with three other Saybrugians! Say what?!

Mariana Suárez-Rebling

I am a sophomore who is hoping to major in cognitive science.  I’ve lived in New York City my whole life but am Mexican and went to a French school for 15 years.  I’m on the Yale Mock Trial Team, in Alzheimer Buddies, club swim, dive in, and am part of multiple projects within the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aide Association.  I’m also a part of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  My favorite thing in life is food.  And maybe my sister but mostly food.

Anvay Tewari

Anvay was born and raised in India. After a long up and down journey of switching from Econ-Math to Pure Math to double majoring Applied Math and CS, he finally declared as an Applied Math major. He is also a Staff Photographer at the Yale Daily News and an active member of TAMID at Yale. If he’s not spending time (aka sleeping) at some of his favorite places in Saybrook (try hammock, glider and that really comfy window sill in the library), Anvay can probably be found walking up Science Hill doing a photo walk.