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, Chair of the EEB Department, 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, who can often be found running around the college or dancing in the Killingworth Courtyard to the bells of the carillon.

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.  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 25 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:

Sonia Khurana

Head Saybrook Aide


Sonia is a senior and is a 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. 


Anna Aller

Anna, SY class of ‘22, has only lived in the Philippines, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, thus she cannot handle the New Haven weather. Other than complaining about the weather or pondering about her future major, she participates in monstRAASity, Kasama Club, Special Needs Undergraduate Swimming Lessons, and Christian Union! A master at the art of pun-making, she is a proud Saybrugian who is always willing to answer “Say What?!” in any time of the day. Also, she will always answer Lakers everytime you ask her what the best NBA team is. 

Mariel Barocas

Mariel is a member of the class of ‘21, hails from Stamford, CT, and loves getting her picture taken with Handsome Dan.

Franklin Eccher

Franklin is a senior 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.

Donasia Gray

Donasia, class of SY ‘22, is from New Haven and is choosing between 6 majors (so is essentially undecided.) As a native New Havener, she is a firm believer that Ashley’s Ice Cream and Modern Apizza are two of the best places to eat in the area. Donasia’s favorite color is yellow, and she is a board member for the Black Solidarity Conference, a Community Health Educator, Saybrook College Council Secretary, and a member of Danceworks. When she’s not at the Squiche or the Saybrary, you can find her with a Nutella Latte at Koffee?, pretending to do work in the Good Life Center, or napping in the Women’s Center.

Brett Gu

Brett is a senior and a 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.


Paulina Halley

Paulina is from San Diego, CA and a member of the class of 2021. Being half-Mexican, she is a native Spanish speaker and a lover of Mexican food. Her favorite food in New Haven, however, is Arethusa ice cream. Throughout her time at Yale, she plans on nurturing her passions for the French language and French and British history. Other passions include espionage films, trivia, museums, and music. In addition to being an aide, Paulina is a member of Camp Kesem, Alzheimer’s Buddies, Pi Beta Phi, and Saybrook’s IM soccer team. 

Hero Magnus

Hero is a member of the class of ‘22 and she’s from right outside of Washington, DC. Hero is a singer-songwriter and an indie rock musician. She’s not sure what she wants to major in yet (History? American Studies? English??) but she’s looking for anything that lets her read and write and talk a lot and learn things. She’s an avid member of WYBC Radio and she has a really cool little brother. You can find her in the Saybrary (napping) or in the Saybrook music studio (check out her new single) or on Cross Campus (studying outside whenever the sun is out)! 

Casey Manzella

Casey is a senior and 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.


Nico Moscoso

Nico, SY ‘21, hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia and is a prospective Global Affairs or History major. Being so close to the water, he absolutely loves going to the beach on scorching summer days, and has perfected the art of not getting sunburnt. Beside being a beach bum, Nico enjoys all things sports-related, whether it being playing (catch me at IMs) or watching the Yankees and Giants’s games. Outside of being an aide, Nico is a member of Chi Psi fraternity, worker at the Saybrook buttery, and was the representative for Saybrook on the Yale College Council.

Sam Rimm-Kaufman

Sam is a Architecture Major in the 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 Telltale, Yale’s undergraduate storytelling group, but spends most of his time working on his most recent Architecture project or playing pool in the SY basement. When he’s not doing readings, writing a paper, or in the SY dining hall, he usually can be found at his desk on the 7th floor of the Architecture school.

Annie Roberts

Annie is a member of the class of 2021 and a prospective African American Studies and History of Art major. Annie a board member for the Yale Black Women’s Coalition, a tutor at New Haven Reads, and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In her free time Annie enjoys reading and binging Netflix comedy specials. A native New Yorker, Annie firmly believes that New York City is the best place on Earth and that the Yankees are the greatest team of all time. Feel free to stop by anytime to discuss any of the above positions.

Taylor Roberts

Taylor is a member of the class of ‘22 from New York City, New York. His favorite food is pasta with butter. He enjoys watching football, basketball and baseball, and his favorite teams are the Yankees and Giants. He also is an avid reader, and he loves to read about American history. Other hobbies include playing golf, running, and hanging out with friends. On campus, he is a member of YUDI and tutors in math.

Natalie Schoen

Natalie is a member of the class of ‘20, comes from Weston, MA and is a 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. 

Mariana Suárez-Rebling

I am a member of SY ‘20 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.

Kelsey Tamakloe

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.