Meet The Team
Antwan BlusterAssistant Director for Student ActivitiesPronouns He, Him, HisGroups 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 ChouinardFinancial ManagerPronouns She, Her, HersGroups 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 ForteSenior Associate Dean and Director of Student ActivitiesPronouns She, Her, HersGroups 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 FortneyAssistant Director, Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center and SAOPronouns She, Her, HersGroups 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 HollisAssociate Director of Graduate Student Activities and Leadership DevelopmentPronouns He, Him, HisGroups 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 LuceroAssistant Director for Performing and Visual ArtsPronouns She, Her, HersGroups 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 McKinneyStudent Activities CoordinatorPronouns She, Her, HersGroups 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.
Cassie Sutten CoatsBOLT Director and Program Manager for Leadership DevelopmentPronouns They, Them, TheirsGroups Advised/Role Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) and Leadership Development Programs, Recreational and Appreciation, Political, and Social Action Groups
Cassie Sutten Coats leads the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program and oversees leadership development programming in the Student Activities Office at Brown University. They have over five years of experience leading public health research, operations management, and sustainability initiatives in academic, community-based, and outdoor settings. Prior to their work in higher education, Cassie co-founded Rhode Island's only LGBTQ+ primary and sexual health clinic. They are a Board Member for Rhode Island's Youth Pride, Inc., the state's only social services organization serving queer and trans youth. Their experience spans multiple industries and content areas with a focus on transformative practice to affirm, engage, and develop students, leaders, and constituents.
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 AkotoPronouns 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 MartinezPronouns 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 TamPronouns 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.