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 twin sons, Arlo and Gus, born in July 2010, with another baby due in September 2013.


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.


College House Fellow - Annette Reed


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Annette Reed
College House Fellow

Annette is a member of the Department of Religious Studies. She teaches courses on the history of Judaism and Christianity, and writes on topics related to ancient religious identities as well as angels, demons, and otherworldly realms. She has lived in a number of cities in the US and Canada, including Ann Arbor, Tuscaloosa, Boston, Montreal, Princeton, and Toronto, as well as in Nagasaki and Tokyo in Japan. She and her husband, Benjy, have fun wrangling their rambunctious toddler, KunKun, as well as their two cats. Their apartment is filled with toys, books, and art.


Associate Fellow - Benjamin Fleming


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Benjamin Fleming
Associate Fellow

Benjamin Fleming grew up in the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada. He holds degrees in Art and Religious Studies, and does research on medieval Indian religions, economies, and pilgrimage. He is currently working on Penn's Sanskrit manuscript collection. In his spare time he plays the cello and sketches things around campus. He loves to cook for Annette and Kunkun, and is especially fond of organic food. His highest praise comes when Kunkun eats the food rather than throws it at him. He loves to travel to different parts of the world.


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!


House Coordinator - Sarah Davis


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Sarah Davis
House Coordinator

Sarah is from and lives in nearby Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and is going on her second year of working as Stouffer’s House Coordinator. She is a recent graduate of Penn—Class of ’11—and majored in English Literature. When she’s not in Stouffer, Sarah enjoys reading, going to libraries and used book stores—and often library used book sales (sensing a pattern?), baking, cooking, and watching television (favorite shows include True Detective, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Fargo, My Cat from Hell, and Project Runway) and going to see movies. She enjoys spending time with her awesome black cat, Bagheera. She leads a “Cult Classics” book club in the suburbs that is open to all--ask her how to join! Sarah is also a writer, and she participates in timed writing challenges like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November and the 3-Day Novel Contest over Labor Day weekend. She is currently working on a hardboiled neo-noir crime fiction series featuring a private investigator in Delaware County. She is looking forward to another great year with her Stouffer family.
Fun Fact: Sarah has read tarot cards for over 100 people all over the world and has an Etsy tarot reading business called “Black Cat Tarot Shop.” She hopes to bring “Tarot Tuesdays” to Stouffer and read cards for free in exchange for feedback each Tuesday.


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.