Senior Staff

The Senior Staff is comprised of University faculty and administrive staff members who ensure the smooth functioning of Stouffer College House. They coordinate the activities of the graduate associate and the many other organizers in the House. Additionally, the Senior Staff bears the formal responsibility of advocating for the House with other departments of the University.

House Dean - Amanda Atkinson

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Amanda Atkinson
House Dean

Amanda Atkinson holds a BA from Sweet Briar College in literature and theatre and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She has worked in residential programs and community building at Simmons College in Boston, Columbia University, and Occidental College in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2008, Amanda was a Resident Director for Semester at Sea, a job which took her literally around the world on the MV Explorer. Just before coming to Penn, she served as an advisor for the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). A Pennsylvania native, Amanda is thrilled to have landed in the friendly environs of Stouffer College House.
Amanda lives in Mayer Hall with her husband, Noah Smith. Together they have three boys, two cats, and a dog. If you see the family eating in one of Penn's many fine dining establishments, feel free to join them. They love having conversations with people older than their sons.

Associate Fellow - Noah Smith

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Noah Smith
Associate Fellow

Noah Smith is a Massachusetts native who attended Vassar College and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University. Noah's plays for adults and children have been produced on four continents. He has also worked as a sportswriter, a podcaster, a joke-writer for "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and has taught writing at Quinnipiac University, Simmons College, the City University of New York, and Occidental College. Noah is married to House Dean Amanda Atkinson and is currently a stay-at-home dad for their three sons; Arlo, Gus, and Harvey.

Faculty Master - Phil Nichols

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Phil Nichols
Faculty Master

Phil Nichols is a member of the faculty of the legal studies department. He teaches courses and does research on emerging economies; nations that are going through a great deal of change. The thing he enjoys most in life is his family, with Stouffer College House a close second; he also manages to travel a fair bit. He grew up on a farm in Oregon and lived in several other places before coming to Penn.

Associate Master - Amy Nichols

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Amy Nichols
Associate Master

Amy Nichols grew up in McLean, Virginia and completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University and her M.B.A at Georgetown. She finished her Master’s in Education in 2005. When she isn’t busy working, she is usually busy driving the kids to and from school and other activities. Amy enjoys watching “futbol” talking with Stouffer Residents, movies, and tall professors from the Pacific Northwest.

College House Fellow - Juan Jiménez

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Juan Jiménez
College House Fellow

Juan grew up in the tropical island of Puerto Rico. In order to experience the diametric climatic opposite of the tropics, Juan attended Michigan State University (MSU) in the frigid Midwest USA and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating from MSU, Juan enrolled at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and earned an M.S. and a Ph. D. His thesis and dissertation research focused on the characterization of the wake of submarines at high Reynolds numbers. Parts of his undergraduate and graduate careers were pursued at Taganrog State University in Russia and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He is presently a Research Associate at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPENN studying how the characteristics of blood flow in the cardiovascular system can lead to the development of atherosclerosis.  Juan enjoys combining photography with traveling to exotic corners of our planet due to his love of the outdoors. Some of his recent travels have taken him to climb the “Roof of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro and Colorado’s most famous peak – Pikes Peak, hiking the Inca trail to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, exploring the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, and reaching Europe’s tallest waterfall – Gavarnie Falls.

Associate Fellow - Melissa Sanchez

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Melissa Sanchez
Associate Fellow

Melissa was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where most of her family still lives. She earned a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and research. Subsequently, she moved to Philadelphia where she earned a Veterinary Medicine Doctorate (VMD) and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UPenn. Her thesis research focused on the immune response after West Nile virus infection in animals. She is currently an Anatomic Pathologist at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UPENN.  She loves animals, the outdoors, the beach, and warm weather, as well as traveling around the world with Juan, her husband. Some of her traveling goals include visiting all the National Parks in the USA, as well as ancient cities throughout the world. She also loves to chat so stop by anytime you need a break!

College House Fellow - Jean-Christophe Cloutier

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Jean-Christophe Cloutier
College House Fellow

Associate Fellow - Beth Blum

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Beth Blum
Associate Fellow

House Coordinator - Colleen Cacace

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Colleen Cacace
House Coordinator

Colleen Cacace is the newest member of the Stouffer team! A Floridian by birth; she, her dog(Edgar), and her fiance (Jose), moved to the wonderous Philadelphia right before several massive blizzards in 2010. Since then she's attended pastry school, worked in pastry, left pastry, and found a welcoming new environment here at Penn. Some of her hobbies include knitting, furniture building, hatmaking, cooking, binge watching Game of Thrones, but most of all learning. She's new here, so come say "Hi!" 

Residential Services Manager - Beth Tucker

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Beth Tucker
Residential Services Manager

Beth is a Pennsylvania native with tons of Stouffer pride. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership at Temple University where she also graduated with her undergraduate degree in Sociology. She has aquired 4 years of prior Residence Life experience and strives to bring exceptional customer service to Stouffer residents. Beth manages the operations of the Information Center in Mayer Hall and employs many students (Looking for an on-campus job?). Beth is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer who enjoys staying active. Beth enjoys working with college students and looks forward to a fruitful career in higher education.