Staff Directory

Office of Alumni Relations

80 George Street, Suite 100-3
Medford, MA 02155
Telephone: 617-627-3532 or 1-800-THE-ALUM (1-800-843-2586)
Fax: 617-627-3938

Scroll down to see full staff biographies or find the contact information for the person who can answer questions about the topics below.

50th Class Reunion
contact: Thomas Williams
All other reunions
contact: Karen Micale
Alumni Weekend
contact: Thomas Williams
contact: Karen Micale
contact: Usha Sellers
Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA)
contact: Mini Jaikumar
Shared Interest Groups
contact: Gina Regonini
Senior Connections
contact: Karen Micale
Regional Programs
contact: Jonathan Kaplan, A96
Matthew Lucerto, AG08
Alumni Chapters Program
contact: Jonathan Kaplan, A96
Meghan Bernard
Volunteer Management
contact: Alyson Weiss, A12
Student and Young Alumni Programs
contact: Adam Bissonnette
General Inquiries
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
contact: David Fechtor
Tufts Online Community
Tufts Alumni Website

Office of Alumni Relations Staff Biographies

Ed Ellison, A83

Title: Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 617-627-2646
Joined Tufts: 2016
Ed Ellison, A83, was appointed executive director of Alumni Relations in July 2016. Prior to joining the Alumni Relations team, Ed held a variety of positions in military, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. Ed graduated from Tufts with a degree in Classics, where he earned 12 varsity letters in cross-country and track & field. He served five years as a Marine officer, attaining the rank of captain. He attended Harvard Business School from which he graduated in 1991. He next worked four years as an investment banking associate at Salomon Brothers and then CS First Boston. Ed followed that experience with four years in the private sector, reaching the position of vice president of operations with Oak Industries Inc. For the past 17 years, Ed has served in a wide range of roles in three outstanding K-12 independent schools (Milton Academy, Roxbury Latin, and St. Johns Country Day). He began as a teacher, coach, and advisor, and he continued to take on additional administrative responsibilities, which culminated in five years as headmaster at St. Johns.

Meghan Bernard

Title: Program Assistant – Alumni Chapters Programs
Phone: 617-627-4048
Joined Tufts: 2016
Meghan joined the Office of Alumni Relations in July of 2016 after graduating from Gettysburg College where she studied Sociology and Women Gender Studies. Meghan works primarily with volunteer chapter boards in the New England region, specifically, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and Western Massachusetts. She works to plan events and programs for various alumni, parents and friends.

Adam Bissonnette

Title: Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 617-627-4051
Joined Tufts: 2012
Adam joined Tufts in November, 2012. His focus is on class reunions, Homecoming, and student programming. Prior to joining Tufts, Adam worked at Bentley University as the Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Special Events, and prior to that, as Account & Program Operations at NXTevent. Adam graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations in 2006.

Emma Daniels, A15

Title: Alumni Relations Assistant
Phone: 617-627-3532
Joined Tufts: 2015
Emma joined the Office of Alumni Relations in June 2015. She graduated from Tufts in 2015 with a degree in music and has worked in social media marketing, led Tufts student organizations, and conducted the Children’s Chorus at Tufts Community Music Program. As the alumni relations assistant, she works primarily with the alumni association and its governing body, the Tufts Alumni Council. Emma also serves as the main correspondent between OAR and the alumni body and assists in various office tasks related to event planning.

Jeremy Hynes

Title: Alumni Relations Officer, Class Reunions
Phone: 617-627-6882
Joined Tufts: 2014
Jeremy joined the Office of Alumni Relations at Tufts in January, 2014. His focus will be on Class Reunions, Alumni Weekend and Homecoming. Jeremy graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations. Jeremy worked at the BU Alumni Association as a student, which developed his interest in higher education and Alumni Relations.

Mini Jaikumar, G97

Title: Senior Associate Director, Association and Volunteer Management
Phone: 617-627-3021
Joined Tufts: 2006
Mini joined the Office of Alumni Relations in April 2006. Mini focuses on the administration of the Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA), facilitating the work of the volunteer leadership and committees of the Tufts Alumni Council, a body of 300 alumni elected by their peers. Prior to joining Tufts, Mini was the development director of the Media and Technology Charter High School in Boston, a school she helped to start.

Jonathan J. Kaplan, A96

Title: Senior Associate Director, Alumni Chapter Programs
Phone: 617-627-5493
Joined Tufts: 2005
Jonathan J. Kaplan oversees strategy, new initiatives, event management, and volunteer coordination for over 85 Domestic, International, and Shared Interest groups for Tufts Alumni across the globe. He is also responsible for planning on-campus receptions and lectures, as well as Homecoming and Alumni Weekend events each year. Before joining alumni relations, Jonathan worked in human resources with a concentration in recruiting, training, and organizational development. He was employed previously at Tufts as assistant director for internships and employer outreach in the Office of Career Services.

Matthew Lucerto, AG08

Title: Associate Director, Regional Programs
Phone: 617-627-3577
Joined Tufts: 2006
Matt joined the Office of Alumni Relations in June of 2013 after spending his prior 7 years in Higher Education split between Tufts University and Harvard University’s athletics and student affairs offices. In his former roles, he worked with student groups and athletic coaches/teams to help put on various events, games and competitions. His role in the Alumni Relations office is to be a part of the Regional Programs team and now works with 20 alumni chapters throughout the country to engage alumni through a variety of programs and events. Matt graduated with a Masters in 2008 from the Tufts University Educational Studies program with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Religion from Wheaton College (Norton, MA).

Karen Micale

Title: Reunion Program Coordinator
Phone: 617-627-3526
Joined Tufts: 1987
Karen collaborates with the Outreach and Engagement team to organize class reunions celebrations. She also manages many components of the Alumni Weekend programming. Additionally, Karen works with Tufts University Alumni Association committees, including Homecoming and Special Constituencies.

Jimmy Nguyen

Title: Alumni Relations Officer, Annual Fund
Phone: 617-627-3964
Joined Tufts: 2016
Jimmy joined Tufts in March 2016 as an Alumni Relations Officer and serves as a liaison between the Office of Alumni Relations and Tufts Annual Giving Team. His focus is on reunion structure, organization, execution, fundraising, and volunteer management for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering reunion programs. Prior to Tufts, he worked in private equity as an accountant. Jimmy graduated from Hamilton College in 2014 with a focus in world politics and anthropology.

Julie O'Connor

Title: Associate Director, Volunteer Management
Phone: 617-627-4583
Joined Tufts: 2003
Julie joined Tufts in March, 2003. Julie is responsible for developing and implementing programs that focus on the recruitment, training, recognition and retention of alumni volunteers. Prior to joining Tufts, Julie worked at the Gillette Company for several years in the areas of meeting management and in employee services.

Steven Plasse

Title: Administrative Assistant, Travel-Learn Program
Phone: 617-627-3986
Joined Tufts: 2012
Steven joined Tufts in March of 2012 as the Administrative Assistant to both Tim Brooks and Usha Sellers. His primary responsibilities are administrative support to the Travel-Learn Program. He comes to Tufts after three years’ experience working in the Advancement division at the University of Virginia.

Gina Regonini

Title: Assistant Director, Shared Interest Groups
Phone: 617-627-4135
Joined Tufts: 2013
Gina joined Tufts in September 2013. She works with Shared Interest Groups and affinity programming. Prior to joining Tufts, Gina worked in Student Affairs at Brandeis University and Boston University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2002, and her master’s degree from Northeastern University in 2007.

Usha Nand Sellers, Ed.D., J57, G58

Title: Program Director, Travel-Learn Program
Phone: 617-627-5323
Joined Tufts: 2000
Usha Sellers earned her B.A. and M.A. from Tufts University and her Ed.D. from Boston University. She joined the alumni relations staff after extensive experience in teaching, academic administration, and international programs. She is responsible for developing and managing the Tufts Travel-Learn Program.

Gerry Wawrzynek

Title: Assistant Director, Regional Programs
Phone: 617-627-0442
Joined Tufts: 2015
Gerry joined Tufts in November 2015. As a member of the regional programs team, he works with volunteer chapters in the Western US to facilitate programs and events for alumni, parents, and friends. Previously, Gerry worked at New England Conservatory for five years in a variety of advancement roles, most recently leading the school's alumni relations program. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music - in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University, and a master's degree from New England Conservatory.

Alyson Weiss, A12

Title: Alumni Relations Officer, Volunteer Management
Phone: 617-627-5786
Joined Tufts: 2016
Alyson graduated from Tufts in 2012 with a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a minor in Communications and Media Studies and returned to the Hill in January 2016. In between, she spent several years in workforce development in marketing, program coordination, and client outreach and engagement roles. Currently, Alyson works with the Volunteer Management at Tufts team to recruit, engage, recognize, and retain alumni volunteers.

Thomas Williams, A92

Title: Director, Outreach and Engagement
Phone: 617-627-3279
Joined Tufts: 1997
Tom collaborates with the Tufts University Alumni Association and the Outreach and Engagement Team to develop meaningful programming for alumni worldwide. This is done through Alumni Weekend, class reunion, shared interest groups, and regional programming. He is the direct liaison to the Tufts University Alumni Association committees for Homecoming and Alumni Weekend. Tom is also an elected member of the Tufts Alumni Council.