Mentoring and Personal Development

Live Well – Personal Development

Exploring self-knowledge and self-awareness allows us to develop personal, lifestyle, and career choices! BOLD provides students with professional staff trained to serve as mentors and to guide students through their college education. Mentors adopt a holistic approach to support student achievement and connect each student to fulfilling academic opportunities, career development, and leadership programs. These help students develop skills in preparation for their future lives. The BOLD Center also promotes students’ personal growth by sponsoring programs in a variety of areas, including mindfulness, self-discovery, emotional intelligence, and work-life balance.
The BOLD Center assigns each first year student with a mentor through the Douglass Course, “Issues in Women’s Leadership.” Students may wish to continue working with their assigned mentors throughout all four years of their college experience, or find other mentors in areas closer to their majors. However, all mentors are trained to help students develop an “action plan,” defining goals and exploring the steps needed to reach them.  Finally, mentors help students manage personal concerns while navigating a large research university!  For questions contact Dean Rebecca Reynolds,

DRC Staff Mentors


Beth Bors
(848) 932-1043

My name is Beth Bors and I am a DRC Mentor. I can be found at the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering. I direct the Bunting-Cobb LLC and the newly formed Douglass ODASIS DOCTORS community as well as the Douglass participation at the annual Rutgers Day. Our building is lovingly called the Golden Trailer.  I have had the privilege of working with Douglass students in all areas and disciplines for the past 21 years. I look forward to meeting each new class and celebrating with each graduating class.

Outside of my Douglass life, I am a Mom of a 23 year old son, so yes, I understand many of  your concerns and challenges from many perspectives. I love to snow shoe, quilt and sew and an avid music lover, all types! When you stop by my office you will always hear music, whether it is Bruce Springsteen, P!NK, The Weeknd or maybe a little Ed Sheeran. I am an advocate for women’s health care and as a breast cancer survivor I take women’s health care issues very seriously.

I look forward to speaking with you and sharing my resources with you.

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Danielle Bouza

Danielle is a May 2017 graduate of DRC and current part-time program coordinator at the BOLD Center. While at Douglass she majored in Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) and minored in Business Administration. She was involved with the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance via her general membership at SCREAM Theater and performance at their annual Spring production of The Vagina Monologues all 4 of her years. As a student turned employee, she's currently a staff mentor and works with the BOLD Center to coordinate leadership, career development, and mentoring programs and events. Her career interests include combining her passion for social justice with higher education and she's currently applying for her Master's in Education. In the future, she intends to make use of her JMS degree and dive into the media world. Her hobbies include obsessing over television shows, learning new languages, and reading books on politics and social justice.

Find Danielle at:
College Hall Room 101B

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Leslie Danehy
(848) 932-3184

Dr. Leslie Danehy is currently the Asst. Dean & Executive Director of the BOLD Center for leadership, career and personal development at Rutgers University - Douglass Residential College. Dr. Danehy has worked in higher education for over 17 years as an administrator, coach, instructor, and as an emotional intelligence consultant.
Dr. Danehy’s previous experience involves many years in athletic administration including work at the NCAA headquarters, as Director of Athletics at Cabrini University, as Head Soccer Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Western Connecticut State University, as an instructor at the University of Louisville and as an Emotional Intelligence consultant both in the university and corporate settings.
She completed her doctoral work at Wilmington University in Delaware and wrote her dissertation on emotional intelligence and leadership in 2006.

Dr. Danehy completed her Master’s degree in Education at Springfield College and her undergraduate work at Providence College where she played college soccer and basketball. She has a passion and focus for supporting higher education students during their most transformational years.

Find Dr. Danehy at:
College Hall 106

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Dr. Elizabeth Gunn
(848) 932-1052

Before joining Rutgers University in 2017, Dr. Elizabeth Gunn was a tenured associate professor at Morgan State University (MSU). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she holds two masters degrees. She is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles centered on the nexus of sexuality, gender, and nation building. In 2016, she was awarded MSU’s highest faculty honor, the Sandye McIntrye II Award, for international development: she pioneered global opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, and she designed a dynamic partnership with the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca in Mexico. At Douglass, Dr. Gunn serves as Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, and her portfolio includes the Global Village, the Douglass Course, and Introduction to Scientific Research, among other innovative programs and initiatives. She is an avid runner and creative writer.

Find Elizabeth Gunn at:
Douglass Project 115

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Amanda Hardie
(848) 932-3038

Amanda Hardie is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Enrollment and Engagement at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the advisor to the Red Pine Ambassadors. She has over 10 years of experience working in Higher Education at Rutgers University. Her past experience includes recruiting for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Rutgers University.  Amanda holds a B.A. in American Studies with a minor in History, and an M.B.A. with concentrations in Marketing and Management & Business Strategy from Rutgers University. Away from the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, going to the gym, relaxing at the beach and attending Rutgers football games.

Find Amanda Hardie at:
Douglass Student Center 203A

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Dean Michelle Jefferson
(848) 932-3925

Dr. Michelle Jefferson graduated from Douglass College-Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Women’s Studies, and a minor in Psychology. She received her Master of Education degree in Leadership from Beaver College now known as Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Michelle then earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The focus of her research was the reduction of prejudice in college students.
Dr. Jefferson con-currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Organizational Leadership Department in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers and teaches several courses in Organizational Leadership. Many students look to her as a teacher, role model, advisor, mentor, and friend. She is known around campus as “Dean J” and students can find her working out in the gym, attending sporting events, conducting programs in the residence halls or the student centers in the evenings, or just chillin’ in her office when she is not in the classroom.

Find Dean Jefferson at:
88 College Avenue

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Ife Meadows
(848) 932-3048

Ife Meadows is Douglass Residential College's new Director of Student and Alumnae Student Engagement. With almost a decade of student affairs experience, Ife has created programming that engages both alumnae and students in a meaningful way by allowing them to interact and learn from one another while focusing on their shared experience. As a Douglass College alumna, Ife is excited about the prospect of getting alumnae more involved in the happenings of Douglass. Ife earned her BA in Communications at Douglass College and started working full‐time at DRC in June 2007. Through increased visibility, unique programs and yearly events that include Douglass signature programs, Ife looks forward to connecting alumnae to the college, current students and other alumnae. Away from the office, Ife enjoys playing golf at the Rutgers University golf course, traveling, and spending time with family.

Find Ife Meadows at:
College Hall 304

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Dean Rebecca Reynolds
(848) 932-3026

Rebecca Reynolds received her M.A. in English from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She has published two books of poetry, The Bovine Two-Step, New Issues Press, Western Michigan University; and Daughter of the Hangnail, New Issues Press. Daughter of the Hangnail received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals and online reviews. She has taught Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies. An Assistant Dean, she works as the Director of Mentoring at Douglass. In her spare time, she is a cat owner, gardener, avid reader, Netflix consumer, jewelry designer and silversmith. She is also an LGBTQ Liaison, committed to social justice, especially as it relates to educational equity and students’ varied or intersecting identities.

Find Dean Reynolds at:
College Hall 101A

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Merylou Rodriguez
(848) 932-3025

Merylou is the Director of Scholarships, Housing, and Student Engagement at DRC. She earned her Bachelor's, Ed.M, and is currently earning her PhD. here at Rutgers. #ScarletPride
Community service and volunteering has always been a priority for her. Coming from a humble upbringing, the generosity of caring individuals helped her in times of need. Now she's in a position to help others and give back.

As an EOF alumni, she has always been a heavy advocate of diversity and college access programs and working at Douglass allows her to continue that advocacy for DRC women. She wants to provide the support students need to maximize their time here and help them make their undergrad and intentional and memorable experience.

Find Merylou at:
Douglass Student Center 203A

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Cynthia Sanchez Gomez
(848) 932- 1048

Cynthia Sanchez Gomez is the Director of the Computer Science Living-Learning Community and the Director of the Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps at the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in STEM @DouglassProject. Cynthia is a double alumna of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and Ed.M. in College Student Affairs from the Graduate School of Education. Cynthia’s previous work in higher education focused on first-year engagement, fraternity and sorority affairs, and student leadership initiatives. Cynthia is a current PhD student in the Higher Education program at Rutgers University. Away from the office, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, and dancing.

Find Cynthia at:
Douglass Project 216

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Courtney Teryek
(848) 932-2543

Courtney is the Senior Student Programs Coordinator for the Office of Student Enrollment and Engagement here at Douglass Residential College and the current advisor for the Douglass Student Recruitment Network (DSRN).  She is a current graduate student in the Graduate School of Education, here at Rutgers University, pursuing her Ed.M. in Learning, Cognition and Development.  However, she has been here “on the banks” since 2009 when she started my undergraduate coursework.  In 2013, she graduated from the Rutgers Business School with a degree in Supply Chain Management and Market Science.  She has worked with Rutgers Athletics Marketing and Rutgers New Student Orientation and Family Programs, prior to joining Douglass Residential College.  
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and continuing to cheer on the Scarlet Knights!    

Find Courtney at:
Douglass Student Center 203D

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Nicole Wodzinski
(848) 932-1051

Nicole Wodzinski is the Director of Research Programs in STEM at Douglass Residential College. In addition, she teaches Introduction to Scientific Research: A hands on STEM experience and the Douglass Course, formally known as Knowledge and Power. Nicole earned a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry from St. John’s University, an M.S. in Microbiology from Rutgers University, and an M.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), now Rutgers Medical School. Her experience includes traumatic injury research with Staten Island University hospital and NYU, with over 10 years of experience in emergency medical research. Nicole has worked in academic research with the OB/GYN department of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as well as research and development with the Merck pharmaceutical company.  As a genetic engineer, she concentrated her studies on cloning techniques used in glycoprotein hormone academic research and women’s health issues. You can find Nicole on the Douglass Campus for mentoring meetings or on the Busch Campus through the Reilly Douglass Engineering Living Learning Community, which she also directs.

Find Nicole at:
Chemistry Annex 218