Student Activities

Meet The Team

The Student Activities Office (SAO) staff uses a growth-centered pedagogical approach to mentorship and advising students as they engage in identity and community building as well as leadership development.

Our Staff

  • Antwan Bluster

    Antwan Bluster

    Assistant Director for Student Activities
    Pronouns He, Him, His
    Groups Advised/Role SAO Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Cultural, Gender/Sexuality, Religious and Spiritual Life groups, Service Groups

    Antwan joined Brown University in November 2021. Prior to working at Brown, he worked in several capacities such as residence life, student engagement and admissions. Antwan earned his Bachelors in International Business from American International College and is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration from College of Our Lady the Elms.  Antwan supports over 100 student groups organizations throughout the ethnic/cultural, gender/sexuality, religious/spiritual life, and service based categories. Additionally, he is the point person for SAO’s DIAP initiatives and manages the lunchtime discussion series. Antwan is a big Adele fan, loves cooking, and enjoys playing tennis.

  • Diane Chouinard

    Diane Chouinard

    Financial Manager
    Pronouns She, Her, Hers
    Groups Advised/Role E-Commerce, Financial Reporting, Financial Signatories, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Senior Week Transactions, Student Group Finances

    Diane Chouinard has worked at Brown University for over 33 years in various financial roles. She joined the Student Activities Office in August 2000 as the Coordinator for Business Services and later promoted to Financial Manager. Diane oversees the financial activity for over 400 student organizations to ensure they follow University and departmental policies when conducting their financial transactions. She enjoys spending her free time boating and relaxing 'On Golden Pond', aka Great Pond, in Belgrade, Maine.

  • Joie Forte

    Joie Forte

    Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Activities
    Pronouns She, Her, Hers
    Groups Advised/Role Undergraduate Council of Students, Undergraduate Finance Board

    Joie Forte joined the Student Activities Office (SAO) team in January 2012. Prior to her work at Brown, she worked in Residential Life at Rhode Island College. Originally from Massachusetts, she completed her undergraduate work at Bridgewater State University and graduate work at the University of Rhode Island. Currently, as the Director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and Student Activities, Joie works to empower students and enhance their capacities to be more effective and adaptive leaders. In addition, Joie strives to support student leadership and initiative to enhance and promote campus community. Under her leadership, the SAO team oversees student group advising for over 400 student groups, outdoor leadership and the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, and the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center.

  • Marisa Fortney

    Marisa Fortney

    Assistant Director of the Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center and Student Activities
    Pronouns She, Her, Hers
    Groups Advised/Role Academic and Professional, Class Coordinating Boards, Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center management, Campus Center Programming, Underground Thursdays

    Marisa joined the Student Activities team in January 2022. Originally from New Jersey, Marisa earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and her M.Ed in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Springfield College. Prior to joining the Brown community, she worked at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) focusing on new student orientation and large-scale events. In addition to her time at RISD she has had the opportunity to work in both Residence Life and Housing and Student Conduct. In her current role as the Assistant Director, Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center and Student Activities Marisa will oversee the campus center striving to make it a more dynamic space for students to gather and advising student groups in implementing large-scale events. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, reading, and traveling.

  • Andrew Hollis

    Andrew Hollis

    Associate Director of Graduate Student Activities and Leadership Development
    Pronouns He, Him, His
    Groups Advised/Role Graduate Student Organizations, Leadership, SAO Administrative Functions

    Andrew Hollis joined the Student Activities Office (SAO) team in March of 2023. Prior to his work at Brown, he worked in University Recreation and Leadership development at Harvard College and the University of Redlands (in Southern California). Originally from Rhode Island (and glad to be back home!), Andrew received a B.S. from Ursinus College and an M.Ed. from the University of Redlands. As the Associate Director of Graduate Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Andrew works to support the various Graduate Student organizations as well as leadership development and programming throughout campus.  When he is not at the Stephen Roberts '62 Campus Center, Andrew likes to drink overpriced coffee and spend time outdoors.

  • Jen Lucero

    Jen Lucero

    Assistant Director for Performing and Visual Arts
    Pronouns She, Her, Hers
    Groups Advised/Role A Cappella, Arts, Comedy, Media, Music, Radio and Film, Theatre Groups and Performing Arts Safety

    Jen joined the Student Activities Office team in November 2021. Prior to becoming a Brunonian, she worked as a stage technician, stage manager, and production supervisor with several educational, community, and professional theater organizations in the tri-state area including McCarter Theatre Center, Brookdale Performing Arts Center and Van Zandt Milmore Productions. As the advisor and safety specialist for the Performing and Visual Arts student groups, Jen is equal parts safety advocate and creativity cheerleader for a wide variety of artistic endeavors including theater and dance, acapella and improv, publications, music, radio and film. As a hands-on collaborator, she can often be found scooting around campus checking on SAO’s other facilities in Alumnae and TF Green Halls as well as attending as many rehearsals, releases, performances, concerts and events as time allows.

  • Mia McKinney

    Mia McKinney

    Student Activities Coordinator
    Pronouns She, Her, Hers
    Groups Advised/Role Liber Brunensis, News and Publications, SAO Administrative Functions

    Mia joined the Student Activities team officially in February of 2023, however her involvement with the office spans back to her undergraduate years at Brown. Currently, Mia serves as the Student Activities Coordinator, which entails supporting all the administrative functions of the office, supervising a staff of student workers, and advising the News & Publications student organizations. Before this role, Mia served as the Campus Life Fellow for the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life at Brown. As a student, Mia worked closely with multiple members of the Student Activities Office, holding two student worker positions, as well as leadership roles in multiple performing arts student organizations. She holds an A.B. from Brown with a concentration in Africana Studies. In her free time, Mia enjoys singing, playing the piano, going on long walks, and experimenting in the kitchen.

  • Malcom Moniz

    Malcom Moniz

    Assistant Director for Outdoor Leadership and Student Activities
    Pronouns He, Him, His
    Groups Advised/Role Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) and Leadership Development Programs, Recreational and Appreciation

    Malcom Moniz joined the Student Activities Office in June 2024. Previous to joining the team, Malcom has held a variety of positions in the fields of science and education. Graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Wildlife & Conservation Biology, Malcom has worked as a bird Biologist on behalf of institutions such as Cornell University, Tulane, and University of Minnesota Duluth. In addition to his field work contributions, Malcom has taught environmental ecology and biology classes in different capacities, as an outdoor educator, program coordinator/director and most recently as a high school classroom teacher at Providence Career and Technical Academy. Malcom is a passionate naturalist, and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys various hobbies including birding, backpacking, bikepacking, foraging and mycology. Malcom acts as the director of the BOLT program, and also operates in an advisory capacity to the recreation and appreciation student organizations at Brown.

  • Cassie Sutten Coats

    Cassie Sutten Coats

    Associate Director of Student Activities
    Pronouns They, Them, Theirs
    Groups Advised/Role Political and Social Action Groups

    Cassie Sutten Coats joined the Student Activities Office in June 2022. Originally from Colorado, Cassie completed their undergraduate and Master's degrees at Brown and has since made Providence their home. Prior to joining the SAO team, Cassie worked in public health and community-engaged research and opened a primary care clinic which centers LGBTQ+ health in Providence's Southside. In their current role at Brown as Associate Director of Student Activities, Cassie views campus life through a public health lens and aims to empower and support students as they take on challenges, discover opportunities, and embrace their leadership. Cassie can be found watching rugby, teaching themselves woodwork and metalwork, experimenting with new recipes and eating good food, and adventuring outdoors.

Evening Event Managers

The Evening Event Managers (EEMs) assist with coordination of student activities, events, and departmental facilities during the evenings and weekends. The managers provides on-site support and advice to student event organizers. Working collaboratively with student event managers, they ensure that events on evenings and weekends run smoothly and safely.

  • Afua Akoto

    Afua Akoto

    Pronouns She, Her, Hers

    A former wedding planner, Afua is no stranger to managing events. After receiving her B.A., Afua went onto law school and practiced for several years before joining the professional side of the legal practice. She joined the Student Activities team in the fall of 2022.

  • Rosa Martinez

    Rosa Martinez

    Pronouns She, Her, Hers

    Rosa Martinez joined Brown University in April 2022. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Rosa is earning her B.S in Sports, Events, and Entertainment Management at Johnson and Wales University. Prior to joining Brown University, she worked for the Gillette Stadium specializing in the food and beverage department, as well as being a part of the events hosted at the Convention Center of Rhode Island. Her areas of expertise are in media promotion, sports entertainment, and the food and beverage industry. When Rosa earns her degree she plans on following down the entertainment industry to specialize in concert management as well as decorating special events and weddings. She likes to spend her free time learning sign language and reading romance novels.

  • Stephanie Tam

    Stephanie Tam

    Pronouns She, Her, Hers

    Stephanie joined the Student Activities team in September 2022. Originally from New York, Stephanie earned her B.S. in Biochemistry and her M.A in Public Health from Stony Brook University. Stephanie has a variety of healthcare experience such as EMT, Medical Assistant, Front Desk, Project Manager and now works full time as a Regional Compliance Manager. She is also a local chapter President with the AAPC and on the National Advisory Board. In her current role at Brown University as the Evening Event Manager, she will work collaboratively with student managers to provide on-site support and advice to coordinate events/activities. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, streaming shows, and planning events.