Connect with Douglass Staff
Douglass provides students with professional staff mentors. Mentors adopt a holistic approach, connecting students to relevant academic opportunities, resources for career development, and leadership possibilities. Students may wish to continue working with their assigned mentors throughout their years at Douglass, or find other mentors in areas closer to their majors.
Amy N. Benner is the PLEN Coordinator at Douglass Residential College and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her primary research interests include women’s political participation and behavior, barriers to representation, political psychology, and campaign finance. In her free time, Amy enjoys cooking new recipes, leisure reading, and spending time with close friends, family, and her fur baby Tater.
Dr. Leslie Danehy is currently the Assistant Dean & Executive Director of the BOLD Center for Leadership, Career and Personal Development. Dr. Danehy has worked in higher education for over 17 years as an administrator, coach, instructor, and as an emotional intelligence consultant. She completed her doctoral work at Wilmington University and wrote her dissertation on emotional intelligence and leadership. She has a passion for supporting students during their most transformational years.
Madinah is the Director of the Global Village. Madinah received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and a BA in psychology from Ramapo College. Passionate about social inequities, Madinah has worked to improve the lives of students throughout her career. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc. and sits on a number of boards and committees tasked with improving the lives of children. Madinah enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her son, and re-watching old sitcoms.
Senior Director of Experiential Education & Douglass Discovery
Dr. Cody Grabbe is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Gender and Arts Program. A classical clarinetist, Dr. Grabbe completed his studies at Indiana University, Miami University, and Michigan State University where he was a University Distinguished Fellow. He has played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Rutgers, he oversaw the Arts Scholars Program at The Ohio State University. He enjoys cooking, travel, and spending time with his husband and two rescue dogs.
Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Corina Hernandez is the Special Assistant to the Dean & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs. Corina is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and develop leadership skills. She is pursuing a doctorate in education. Corina is an EOF graduate from Kean University where she earned a BA and an MA. She is a founding member of Be the Change NJ, a community service non-profit focused on homelessness relief and food justice. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Senior Director of the BOLD Center and Career Pathways
Stephanie Perez is the Associate Director of the BOLD Center. Stephanie has been a staff member at Rutgers for over a decade. She is also a Scarlet Knight herself, and graduated from Rutgers in 2008 with a BA and M.Ed. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education. Her research is centered on educational access and equity. Stephanie loves watching movies, reading, and talking to anyone who will listen about Star Wars.
Dr. Lydia Prendergast is the Associate Dean and Director of Douglass WiSE. Dean P, as many students call her, has worked in higher ed for over 20 years. She is a 3-time alumna of Rutgers in engineering and STEM education. Her dissertation focused on a hands-on learning experience for first-years and is the basis of Intro to Engineering in the Douglass Engineering LLC. Dr. Prendergast is passionate about providing engaging STEM experiences.
Meghan Rehbein is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. Meghan has worked in nonprofit management and fundraising for more than 20 years. Her previous experience includes managing fundraising and strategic plans, completing multiple comprehensive campaigns, and raising more than $25M. She completing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership. She has a passion for experimental education, transformational leadership, and unconventional thinking.
Director of Scholarships, Housing and Student Engagement
Merylou Rodriguez is the Director of Scholarships, Housing, and Student Engagement. She earned her BA, Ed.M, and is pursuing her Ph.D. at Rutgers. Community service has always been her priority. Coming from a humble upbringing, the generosity of caring individuals helped her in times of need. Now she's in a position to give back. As an EOF alumna, she has always been an advocate for diversity and college access programs. She wants to provide the support students need to maximize their undergraduate experience.