Erin Hoffmann Harding, J.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Erin Hoffmann Harding began her tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs in August 2012. She previously served as associate vice president for strategic planning and special projects. The Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research was merged under Ms. Hoffmann Harding’s leadership with the University’s institutional research function, which encompasses external reporting to the U.S. Department of Education and rankings agencies, comparative analysis of peer institutions, development and reporting of a variety of internal and national constituent surveys, and the administration of the University’s course instructor feedback system.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2005, Ms. Hoffmann Harding served as a management consultant in the Chicago and Cleveland offices of the international consulting firm McKinsey and Company Inc. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and earned her juris doctor degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Ms. Hoffmann Harding taught legal writing to first-year law students, was elected president of Harvard’s Board of Student Advisers, and received a dean’s award for her service to the law school community. She was the recipient of the Rev. Leonard A. Collins, C.S.C., and Alumni Association Distinguished Student awards as a student at Notre Dame and served as the student body treasurer. Her husband Ryan is also a Notre Dame graduate and an attorney, and they are the parents of two young sons.
Mr. M. Brian Coughlin, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Student Development
M. Brian Coughlin has served as Associate Vice President since 2010. As Associate Vice President for Student Development, Mr. Coughlin oversees the Office of Community Standards, the Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs & Services, the Student Activities Office, Legends of Notre Dame, Student Media and the Notre Dame Band.
Previously, Mr. Coughlin served in the role of Assistant Vice President from 2007 to 2010 and Director of Student Activities from 2001 to 2007, leading the Student Activities Office through a period of substantial growth. Before becoming the Director of Student Activities, Mr. Coughlin served as the rector of Carroll Hall for three years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Theology from Notre Dame in 1995 and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University in 1997. While pursuing his graduate degree, he held two different graduate assistant positions and worked as the coordinator of residence life and student leadership development at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. He also spent a year at Boston College, where he served as director for four residential halls and a host of programs and events.
Ms. Heather Rakoczy Russell, M.Div.
Associate Vice President for Residential Life
Heather Rakoczy Russell began her tenure as Associate Vice President for Residential Life in Student Affairs in April 2011. Ms. Russell’s responsibilities encompass leadership for the 29 undergraduate residence halls and two graduate student communities - including supervision of 31 Rectors and the Office of Housing – and oversight of residential master planning.
Ms. Russell previously served in Student Affairs at Notre Dame as the founding Director of the Gender Relations Center from 2004 – 2011 and as Rector of Pangborn Hall from 1998 – 2005. During her time at the University, Ms. Russell has team taught several theology classes; led campus training sessions designed to create a more welcoming environment and foster respectful dialogue about race, class, gender and sexual orientation; and participated in campus ministry as a spiritual director for undergraduate interns and a supervisor to Master of Divinity students. Since 1998, Ms. Russell has served on several campus committees, including: Advisory Committee for Academic and Student Life; Campus Life Council; Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention; Core Council for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students; President's Ad Hoc Committee on Women; Sexual Assault Advisory Committee; Standing Committee for Gay and Lesbian Student Needs; Thanking Fr. Ted Foundation; and the University Committee for Women Faculty and Students.
Prior to joining the division of Student Affairs at Notre Dame in 1998, Ms. Russell spent five years working in the domestic violence movement with both victims and batterers. She served as Victim Contact Coordinator and later as Program Coordinator for PEACE, Inc. (Project to End Abuse through Counseling and Education) as well as a court liaison for the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, she served as a lay pastor of an inner-city church, hospital chaplain and Community Service Coordinator on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Club of Nashville.
Ms. Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Philosophy and Theology from Notre Dame in 1993 and a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1997 together with the Nella May Overby Memorial Award for honors in field education.
Dr. William Stackman, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Services
Dr. Bill Stackman began his role as Associate Vice President for Student Services at Notre Dame in August 2012. He oversees the University's student health and wellness services, including the Office of Alcohol & Drug Education, the University Counseling Center, and University Health Services. In addition, Dr. Stackman chairs the University's Care Team, serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and supervises the Program Director for Graduate Student Life.
Previously, Dr. Stackman served as Director of Student Activities at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stackman has been working in student affairs for 30 years and has held leadership positions at a number of institutions, including Dean of Student Affairs at Rhodes College, Associate and Acting Dean of Students at Oberlin College, Director of Student Activities at Tufts University, Associate Director of the Illini Union at the University of Illinois, and Associate Director of Student Activities at Temple University.
Dr. Stackman earned his doctorate at Boston University in Leadership, Administration, and Policy Studies. He also holds a master's degree from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration, a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Parks and Recreation Administration, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Parks and Recreation.
Mr. Lee Svete, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development
Lee Svete has served as Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development at Notre Dame since July 2012. In addition to overseeing The Career Center, Mr. Svete is championing a dynamic and shared vision for vocational discernment for undergraduate students to develop a four-year plan involving career assessment, career mentoring and networking, job shadowing, externships, internships and post graduate opportunities. This includes expanding partnerships with Academic Affairs, the Provost's Office, the Deans of the Colleges and the First Year of studies, department chairs and academic advisor, the Center for Social Concerns, Campus Ministry and professional and graduate student advisors. In addition, Mr. Svete serves as the primary liasion to University Relations and works in collaboration to provide leadership in fundraising.
Previous to this appointment at Notre Dame, Lee joined the University as the Director of The Career Center in 1999. Since 2001, Lee has received a number of awards including: The Notre Dame Presidential Achievement and Team IRISH Awards, Sam Walton Fellowship for Students in Free Enterprise, The IRISH Clover Award for Student Services, General Electric's Top Recruiting Program Award and the Arts & Letters Staff Appreciation Award.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Lee directed the Career Services Office at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY from 1995-1999, and previously directed the Office of Career Planning at St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY from 1989-1995. Prior to SLU, Lee was the Associate Director of Career Development at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY from 1985-1989. Lee holds a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelors degree in History from the College of Wooster. Lee resides in Granger, IN with his wife Jill and two children.
Mr. Matthew S. Anderson, M.B.A.
Director of Finance and Operations
Matthew S. Anderson joined the University of Notre Dame as Director of Finance and Operations for Student Affairs in March, 2011. As Director of Finance and Operations for Student Affairs, Matt oversees the integration of strategy and resources for the Division of Student Affairs. He also coordinates technology within the Division and serves as the primary liaison with Human Resources for the Division.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Since 2003, he has served as Vice President of Finance and Operations at the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida. In this role, he was responsible for all business aspects of the University, including budgeting, human resources, marketing, physical plant, construction, and supervision of staff. Prior to his tenure at St. Augustine, Matt spent three years at Merrill Lynch, where he served as Supervisor for 401(k) Service and Administration.
Ms. Karen Kennedy, M.A.
Senior Advisor to the Vice President - Student Affairs
Karen Kennedy joined the University of Notre Dame as Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Student Affairs in January of 2012. As Senior Advisor to the Vice President, Ms. Kennedy works closely with the Vice President and leads divisional initiatives. She represents the Division’s voice to other University units and serves as a liaison to University committees and task forces. She also oversees and coordinates internal and external communications for the Division. Additionally, Ms. Kennedy serves as a Pregnancy Support Advocate for the University, co-chairs the STAR-ND professional development team within the Division, and sits on the Campus Life Council.
Previously, Ms. Kennedy served as Director of the Urban Catholic Teacher Corps of Boston College and the Archdiocese of Boston since 2005, as well as Administrator of BC’s Lynch Leadership Academy since 2010. Ms. Kennedy graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree cum laude in Science-Business and a concentration in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. While at Notre Dame, she was heavily involved in hall and campus activities, served as class vice president and worked as a student assistant in the Office of the President. In 2005, Ms. Kennedy received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. While in graduate school, she lived as a Peer Minister in residence with first year students, served as president of the graduate education association, led retreats and held internships in judicial affairs and university advancement. She was awarded Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year in 2004 and earned the Mary T. Kinnane Award for Excellence in Higher Education in 2005.
Ms. Ann Hastings, M.S.
Senior Communications Specialist
Ann Hastings began as senior communications specialist in the Office of Student Affairs in November 2013. Ann works collaboratively with Division leadership to enhance the reputation of and build awareness for the Division, promoting its contributions, resources, and services to its various audiences. Previously, she served as integrated marketing program director in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at Notre Dame. In this role, she oversaw the communications efforts for interdisciplinary University projects and initiatives, including the development and production of the University’s “What Would You Fight For?” institutional campaign. Ms. Hastings was also the inaugural marketing manager for Innovation Park at Notre Dame. Prior to joining the University, she was an account supervisor for the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick. Ms. Hastings is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame and holds a master’s in integrated marketing communications from Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Carole Coffin, B.S.
Ms. Carole Coffin received a B.S. in elementary education from Ball State University. She has worked at Notre Dame since 1988 where she has been a staff member of the Department of Theology, Office of the Executive Vice President, and Office of the President. She has been with the Office of Student Affairs as Officer Assistant to the Vice President since 1999.
Ms. Cyndi Troyer, B.S.
Senior Adminstrative Assistant
Ms. Cyndi Troyer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer and Family Sciences from Purdue University in 1992 and a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University South Bend in 1998. Before joining the University of Notre Dame in 2011, she worked as part of the educational staff for Chicago Public Schools, Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. She has been with the Office of Student Affairs as Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Student Development and the Associate Vice President for Residential Life since December 2012.
Ms. Marci Ullery
Senior Administrative Assistant
Ms. Marci Ullery spent 11 years at the University of California, Irvine; first as the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean of the Medical School, then as the Residency Coordinator for Anesthesiology Residents. Upon moving to South Bend in 2001, she worked at the Indiana Province of the Priests of Holy Cross in Development for nine months. She then accepted a position at The University of Notre Dame in Development as the Administrative Assistant for the AVP and Director of National Programs, and spent another year supporting Arts and Athletics Advancement. She started in the Office of Student Affairs in January 2007, and now serves as Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Student Services and the Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development.
Ms. Mary Drummond
Ms. Mary Drmmond started working at The University of Notre Dame in February 1998. She worked five years as Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Student Development and nine months as Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Gender Relations Center. Prior to Notre Dame, she worked three years at NIBCO Inc., Elkhart as an assistant to the Vice Presidents of Marketing, Sales and Supply Chain. She also worked 23 years at Heraeus Kulzer/Bayer Corporation. During her 23 years at Heraeus/Bayer, she held various positions, including Executive Assistant to the President of Heraeus, meeting planner for National Sales and International Opinion Leader meetings, and assistant to the Director of the International Department. In January 2013, she started in the Office of Student Affairs and now serves as Administrative Assistant/Receptionist for the office.