Staff Stories

  • Sustainability Spotlight – Cloud Technologies Team

    The Foundational Technologies Services and Cloud Technologies teams are responsible for making available and maintaining IT options that benefit the University as a whole. This also involves promoting and improving the cloud technologies service at Yale. We recently connected with Associate Director of Cloud Technologies Kay Ratanasaka, and Sr. Director of Foundational Technologies Services Louis Tiseo to gain their perspectives on the team’s...

Recent Staff Stories

  • Built in 1918, the Central Power Plant (CPP) provides steam heat and power to many Yale buildings— from Science Hill to Old Campus. The Sterling Power Plant (SPP), built in...

  • Colleen Maguire, Financial Analyst

    Colleen Maguire has boundless energy. As a Facilities Financial Analyst, like many of us, she has been working from home since March due to the pandemic. During that time, she...

  • Thomas Downing knows a ton about building energy use. He spends a significant part of his working life tracking the amount of energy usage for Yale’s buildings....

  • Overseeing one of Yale’s most important infrastructure services, Leonard Welch, Director of Telecommunications, works to ensure we all stay connected. Leonard began his...

  • Greg Modzelewski recently celebrated his first anniversary of service at Yale. Following in his father Eugene’s footsteps, who worked at Yale for 34 years in the Physical...

  • Reggie Chavis is always on the move. As a Yale Public Safety Security Manager, he offers instruction and encouragement with genuine warmth and sincerity. A hands-on manager, he...

  • As the newly appointed Interim Deputy Dean at the Medical School, Brian Rebeschi has many responsibilities but takes them all in stride. While the last few months have been...

  • We recently caught up with Tzu-Tzu Benigni, IT Manager on the Enterprise Reporting & Analytics team, to chat about how the pandemic has impacted her work, what she’s...

  • We each have a story—one that is crafted page by page by the moments, experiences, struggles, joy, and achievements that make us who we are. Michele Richardson's story...

  • Anthony Notarino has a calm and soothing voice on the phone; he is kind and patient, making him well suited for his role as a Yale Police Dispatcher. Anthony is always willing to...

  • As the Yale campus slowly springs to life, many people walking about may run into Vance, the Yale Police Department’s (YPD) new service dog.  First reporting for duty...

  • When Apriel Biggs-Coker began her Yale career almost two years ago, leading the Portfolio Management Office within ITS, she never could have predicted she would suddenly find...

  • When Shellie Anello walks into a space, she immediately sees what needs to be done. As a construction project manager, she works on many lab renovations, new building construction...

  • Before the pandemic hit, Maria Warner was busy working in the lab analyzing samples for organ transplant donors and recipients. When Yale shut down, that work continued, but from...

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity—these are the principles on which the Yale Information Technology Services (ITS) Climate, Culture, and Inclusion (CCI) Task Force was...

  • Like many of us at Yale and across the country, as we watch current national events unfold, set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, Marinda Monfilston, Diversity Program...

  • If you've ever walked past the Peabody Museum or behind Kroon Hall and admired the well-manicured lawns and gardens, Michael Sullivan and his team create and maintain all...

  • Inspired by her grandmother, Brianne Kane loves to travel and has visited many places locally and internationally. Now she does volunteer work when visiting areas in need. Four...

  • After most individuals on campus left Yale due to COVID-19, some Facilities staff remained, keeping HVAC systems humming, lights on, and plumbing running. Yale’s mechanics,...

  • Joan E. O’Neill, vice president for Alumni Affairs and Development, has worked at Yale in Development for more than thirty years. She is responsible for leadership of all...

  • Antonio Valderrama is approaching his third anniversary with Yale. He began his Yale career as a contractor in late 2017. About a year later, he accepted a full-time position as...

  • All active students, faculty, and staff at Yale have an ID badge. These badges control access to University buildings, dining halls, parking lots, printers, library services, and...

  • Officer Gregory Swiantek is a resourceful, upbeat, and kindhearted person. A constant source of positive energy around the Yale Police Department (YPD) and on his beat, he's...

  • Even before the pandemic began, the drivers and driver’s assistants at the Culinary Support Center have played a critical role in providing culinary delivery services to all...

  • In mid-March, Yale closed the campus sending nonessential staff and faculty to work from home. In living rooms, basements, on couches and kitchen chairs, everyone is working to...

  • Although Yale’s campus is eerily quiet these days, with most of the community working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, frontline healthcare workers and first...

  • Like many of us across campus, throughout the United States, and around the globe, Jonathan Torres is adjusting to his current reality. One which fuses work and home life; a...

  • Hospitality staff member

    They say not all heroes wear capes—well, at Yale University, some of them wear chef coats. Nicole White, First Cook at Trumbull Dining, and Craig Staffey, CSC Garde Manger...

  • While many members of the Yale community transitioned to teaching, learning, working, and studying from home, the COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge for some graduate students...

  • Jennifer Draughn, Custodial Services Superintendent, manages a team of 19 responsible for keeping Yale's treasured museum and gallery areas sparkling clean, including Yale...

  • Kory’s first day at Hospitality was an auspicious one, her birthday, on September 13, 2015. She came to Yale with an extensive background in facilities management, and...

  • Sergeant Thomas Nguyen-Phuoc brings patience and understanding to his work as a police officer. He deeply values being part of the Yale Police Department (YPD) and the wider Yale...

  • Courtlandt Stretton is never bored. In her role as finance manager for ITS, Courtlandt and team, led by Mark Manton, support all areas of Central IT. The team is responsible for...

  • Vice president for communications and chief communications officer, Nate Nickerson leads Yale’s Office of Public Affairs & Communications (OPAC), overseeing media...

  • James Carr possesses a calm inner strength, handling tough situations with grace and fortitude. A union steward, he believes strongly in championing people’s rights. He is...

  • In 2008, Chevelle Irvin’s Platt Technical High School culinary teacher took her class to Hospitality’s offices at 246 Church Street, where her class filled out...

  • Darrell Cook

    Darrell Cook, director of Cross Application Platforms, IT Enterprise Applications, joined Yale in June 2013. He began his career at Yale as the director of the Oracle Data...

  • Lamar Bowers, third cook at the School of Management (SOM), has been at Yale for the better part of 15 years. His career began at the age of 16 when he took a summer job with Yale...

  • Lisa Sawin, senior director, IT Shared Services, joined Yale in 2013, as a manager in ITS. The path that led her here is unique and wide-ranging. The takeaway? "I want people...

  • The year was 1975.  Kingman Brewster was Yale’s President, the School of Management did not exist yet, and the Yale Center for British Art was under construction...

  • An imposing presence at over six feet tall, Captain Von Narcisse is polite, upbeat, and an inspiring member of the community. Von has responsibility and oversight for the...

  • Steven Woznyk

    Steven Woznyk’s job is to keep people safe. It’s a heavy responsibility, but he is always smiling, kind, and willing to help whenever needed. As Assistant Police...

  • Frank Mathew

    Always thoughtful, pleasant, and calm, the associate CIO for Enterprise Applications, Frank Mathew, is responsible for oversight of Yale’s enterprise applications. Frank...

  • Jacqueline Gaetano

    Jacqueline Gaetano has had quite a journey during her 19 years at Yale. These days, as a Facilities Superintendent for the music and Cross Campus areas, she keeps busy managing 21...

  • George Longyear, Yale Housing and Fleet Management

    George Longyear, director of Yale Housing and Fleet Management, is often seen briskly walking around campus ensuring things are running smoothly. When he is not helping a student...

  • Roger Vandal, utilities shift engineer, has been at Yale for 30 years, and currently works in the Sterling Power Plant at the medical school. He is responsible for keeping the...

  • Jane Savage, associate vice president for Union-Management and Strategic Initiatives, is responsible for union-management relations at Yale, including Labor Relations, which...

  • John Mayes II

    John Mayes II, associate vice president for Administration, was born and raised in West Haven, the seventh of eight children. Recently, he celebrated his 25th anniversary at Yale...

  • Lisa Maloney communications officer, Internal Communications Q: Tell us about your career path at Yale University. A: Before Yale, I worked as a marketing and tradeshow...

  • Stephen Murphy, vice president for finance and chief financial officer.

    Born in New Haven, Stephen Murphy, vice president for finance and chief financial officer, lived and worked around the world before returning to work at Yale in 2001. Steve...

  • Custodian Lynda Munda Kasongo

    Custodian Lynda Munda Kasongo is always on the move. Her life in New Haven is not only a happy one, but a busy one! Lynda works the 4:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. shift at Kline...

  • Kiran Keshav, executive director of the Yale Center for Research Computing and senior director of Research Technologies, is helping researchers advance in various disciplines at...

  • Yale’s new associate chief information officer of Campus Technology Services, Sandra Germenis, will provide leadership and strategic oversite to the ITS Help Desk,...

  • Lauren Zucker, associate vice president for New Haven Affairs and University Properties, joined Yale in 2011 after a career in corporate real estate finance. When asked what her...

  • Lou Tiseo, senior director of Foundational Technology Services

    Lou Tiseo, senior director of Foundational Technology Services, grew up in Astoria, Queens, New York surrounded by a large, close-knit, Italian-American family that included 45...

  • Sharon M.K. Kugler became the seventh university chaplain to Yale in July of 2007. She is the first woman, first lay-person, and first Roman Catholic to hold this position here....

  • What happens when you combine an eclectic mix of carpenters with modern day tools and technology—premium craftsmanship done efficiently. Years ago, Yale Facilities employed...

  • John Barden is Yale’s associate vice president and chief information officer and has been at Yale since March 2017. John was born and spent most of his younger years in...

  • Janet Lindner is Yale’s vice president of Human Resources and Administration. She has served in many key roles during her more than 20 years at the university, including...

  • “Continue to evolve constantly—let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.” Ron Lipkins, director of HR Innovation and...

  • Kimberly Goff-Crews, Yale’s secretary and vice president for Student Life, grew up in Los Angeles and did not leave the city until she traveled to Yale University to go to...

  • When Security Systems Specialist Frank Squeglia reflects on his 15-year career at Yale and the path that led him here, he can’t help but feel like this is where he was meant...

  • Susan Gibbons joined Yale as university librarian in 2011. She came to New Haven from Rochester, New York, where she spent 11 years at the University of Rochester, lastly as vice...

  • After Sue Barez’s 24-year-old son Joshua died of suicide four years ago on September 2, 2014, she decided to share her story and put a spotlight on a disease that she feels...

  • Jack Callahan, senior vice president of Operations, has a family lineage that extends from Ireland to New Haven where he grew up in Morris Cove. His grandparents immigrated from...

  • Adrienne Wilson, a benefits and absence management analyst in Benefits, was recently interviewed for the Staff Spotlight section of Inside HR&A. How long have you been with...

  • Kacey Shepherd-Way, transaction specialist, HR Employee Services, was recently interviewed for the Staff Spotlight section of Inside HR&A. How long have you worked at Yale...