Meet the Staff

Nikki Abramson - Assistant Dean of Students and Social Worker

Claudia Arias-Cirinna - Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of the William W. Sandler Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Earika Cenord - Administrative Assistant

Nancy Del Pozzo - Senior Administrative Assistant, Office Manager

Tashika Griffith - Assistant Dean of Students

Dr. Ricardo Hall - Dean of Students

Melissa Herrera - Senior Administrative Assistant

Dr. Tony Lake - Associate Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs

Erika Neff - Graduate Assistant

Whitney Platzer O'Regan - Graduate Assistant

Steve Priepke - Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Greek Life

Anthony Sierra - Eaton Residential College Area Director and DOSO liaison

Dayle Wilson - Assistant Dean of Students

Matt Wofford - Chaplain

 
Nikki Abramson
Nikki Abramson

Nikki Abramson, LCSW joined the University of Miami's Dean of Student's Office in September 2006 and currently serves as the Assistant Dean & Social Worker.  Nikki addresses the needs of students who may be experiencing mental health, health, economic, housing, family, academic, and/or social issues by providing a variety of intervention, referral, and case management services. Nikki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/491/index.html) and has extensive clinical experience working with students in educational settings and providing crisis intervention services. Nikki has presented at workshops and trainings at both national and local levels and is trained and certified in implementing various evidenced-based and best-practice programs. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding contributions to promoting student mental health. Nikki grew up in New York and earned her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her master's degree in Social Work from New York University. Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and working out.



 
Claudia Arias-Cirinna
Claudia Arias-Cirinna Dean Arias-Cirinna joined the Dean of Student Office in November 2008. She currently serves as Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of the William W. Sandler Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education. She is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive Prevention, Intervention, Education, and Referral program focusing on alcohol and other drug use, misuse, and dependency. Dean Arias-Cirinna is originally from Chile, South America but grew up in Connecticut most of her life. She received both her BA in Spanish and Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and her MS in Counseling in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She has worked at several universities and has expertise in areas such as counseling, alcohol education, prevention, wellness, crisis response, staff selection and training, advising student organizations, leadership, teambuilding, and diversity. Her two greatest passions are working with students and education through prevention. Dean Arias-Cirinna is a member of CALAHE, CT Association of Latinos in Higher Education and has worked extensively with Latino Youth and Prevention efforts. When she is not working, Dean Arias-Cirinna spends all her time with her family and her 2 children.

 
Nancy Del Pozzo
Nancy Del Pozzo Nancy Del Pozzo joined the University of Miami in May 2006. Nancy is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and is responsible in the overall daily administration and management of the office, preparation of budget/financial reports, maintenance the Dean's calendar and correspondence, and provides assistance to student and parents in need of help.

Nancy grew up in Lima, Peru and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Languages from Sacred Heart University in Lima. Prior to working for the Dean of Students, Nancy worked in the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. She is fluent in Spanish and French. Nancy loves to spend time with her family and enjoys traveling.

 
Tashika Griffith
Tashika Griffith Dean Griffith currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students and liaison to the Athletics department. Her additional responsibilities include the general oversight of DOSO assessment and grant writing initiatives, advisement of the Multi-Ethnic Greek Council, Graduate Student Association and the day to day management of the Student Affairs Crisis Coordinators (SACC) program. Dean Griffith has experience in both secondary and post-secondary education, serving as a teacher in Broward County and working in various Student Affairs units such as Multicultural Affairs, Career Services, University Police and Student Activities. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a certification in Ethnic Studies from Florida Atlantic University and her Masters in Educational & Leadership Policies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dean Griffith, a native of the Bahamas, enjoys travelling, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

 
Melissa Herrera
Melissa Herrera Melissa Herrera, Sr. Administrative Assistant, has been with the University of Miami since 2011. After completing an A.A. in Business Administration from The Honors College at MDC, she is pursuing a BA in International Studies. In her free time Melissa enjoys reading, traveling, live music, camping, and volunteering for various non-profit organizations.

 
Whitney Platzer O'Regan
Whitney Platzer O'Regan Whitney Platzer O'Regan joined the Dean of Students Office in August 2013. Whitney is the Graduate Assistant for PIER21, the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education and assists the Assistant Dean of Students in initiatives that support the overall goals and objectives of the center. Including prevention, intervention, education, and referral focusing on alcohol and other drug use, misuse and dependency. In order to accomplish the goals of the Center, Whitney works closely with the peer educators and peer education groups in the Dean of Students Office and other leaders in the campus community. Whitney grew up on Miami Beach and is excited to be back in Miami after spending the past eight years in North Carolina. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Appalachian State University, where she found her calling as Vice President of the student run programming society on campus. Before joining the Dean of Student's office, Whitney worked in several university libraries and as a legal assistant, which gives her a unique approach to the goals of PIER 21. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Student Life and Development s part of UM's Higher Education Administration program. Whitney enjoys painting, any excuse for an outdoor adventure and everything pop culture.

 
Erika Neff
Whitney Platzer O'Regan Erika joined the Dean of Students office in August 2013 as the Graduate Assistant for the Undergraduate Honor Council. A University of Miami graduate, Erika earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology. It was during her undergraduate experiences as a tutor to her classmates as well as in the Athletics Department that she found her passion for education. Erika has also had experience with psychological research, non-profit organizations, working with special needs students, and teaching art and reading during the summer. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Life and Development, which is part of the Educational Psychology Department. In her spare time she is a huge UM sports fan, a nature enthusiast, and enjoys anything art-related.

 
Dr. Ricardo Hall
Dr. Ricardo Hall

Throughout his career, Dean Hall has realized and stressed the importance of understanding differences and varying points of view. In his professional work, course instruction, and community involvement, he has been able to incorporate and share his knowledge of and appreciation for a broad range of current topics within higher education and beyond. Dean Hall encourages comfortable, thoughtful, and civil discourse within the UM community and enjoys interacting with students on topics related to life at UM, and life in general.

Dean Hall has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on subjects including mentoring, student discipline, diversity, leadership skills development, Greek Life, and wellness. He is frequently requested speaker known to incorporate humor and pop culture into observations and analysis of current issues. He encourages students to fully embrace the opportunities – both in and out of the classroom – presented to them at the University of Miami and can often be found in the Wellness Center playing basketball or racquetball (and invites students to take Dean Hall's Racquetball Challenge!), and is known to stop by and say hello during student organization meetings and programs (students also know him to be a bowtie aficionado and often comment on the impressive PEZ collection in his office).

Dean Hall, a member of UM's Iron Arrow Society, has been a Hurricane since 2006 and in addition to overall management of the Dean of Students Office, is serves as an Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development, and co-advisor to Student Government and the Committee on Student Organizations. He has 20 years of university student affairs experience, including successful tenures at fellow ACC institutions Wake Forest and Clemson. He earned his doctorate (Educational Leadership) from Clemson University and his master's (Higher Education Administration) and bachelor's (Business Management) degrees from Ohio University.

 
Dr. Tony Lake
Dr. Tony Lake Dean Lake started working at the University of Miami in the summer of 2008. In his role at the University he works oversees the student discipline process and advises the Panhellenic Association, and also serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In addition to roles at the University of Miami, Dr. Lake also serves as the National President of the board of directors for Gamma Sigma Alpha, the National Greek Academic Honor Society, and has done research for that organization for several years. He is also an active member of the Association of Student Conduct Administrators and has served in several roles for that professional organization.

Prior to working at the U, Dean Lake has worked in several different roles throughout his career. During college at Central Michigan University he was a Resident Assistant (1993-1995) and became a member of Theta Chi Fraternity in 1994. With the experiences gained from those opportunities he was able to secure positions working in residence life and housing at the University of Central Missouri (1995-1997) and at the University of Northern Iowa (1997-2002); as a research assistant at Bowling Green State University (2002-2005); as an Instructor of Leadership and Organization Behavior at Kalamazoo College (2005); and most recently in Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership Development at Michigan State University (2005-2008).

Along his career path Dr. Lake has also earned three degrees from the institutions where he worked: a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Graphic Design and Photography in 1995 (CMU), a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration in 1997 (UCM), and later a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2005 (BGSU). While he has already earned a "terminal degree," Tony often looks to the future to think about what he might study next and where his experiences and education may help him eventually end up.

Tony's wife and partner, Kate Lake, also works for the University of Miami (Alumni Relations) and they are both enjoying working with an amazing group of students and colleagues in the wonderfully diverse Miami community. Dean Lake is personally committed to issues of social justice and remains active in his fraternity, serving as an advisor to the Iota Omicron Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at Florida International University here in Miami.

 
Steve Priepke
Steve Priepke

Dean Priepke serves as a judicial officer and he oversees all of fraternity and sorority life.  He is a two time graduate of the University of Miami earning a B.B.A and a J.D.

During college he was a founding father of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter. Dean Priepke also worked in Student Affairs as a Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant.  After finishing law school he worked for his national fraternity for 5 years where he served as Executive Director. 

Dean Priepke is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa International Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, Order of Omega, and Iron Arrow and is listed in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. He has been honored with the William R. Butler Award for Administrative Excellence and the Division of Student Affairs Laurel Award for Exceptional Work with Students.  

Dean Priepke is an avid sports fan and sportsman.  After hours he enjoys supporting our Hurricane student athletes as a fan at any sporting event and enjoys spending his time away at his home in Wisconsin hunting and fishing.

 
Anthony Sierra
Anthony Sierra

Anthony joined the Dean of Students Office in August of 2013 as the Liaison between DOSO and the Office of Housing and Residence Life. He currently serves as the Area Director for Eaton Residential College. He is responsible for the 400 students who reside in the college. He was equipped with an awesome team that includes 2 Faculty Masters, 1 Office Supervisor and 9 Resident Assistants. Together, they host a number of programs both on and off-campus to promote the vision of HRL which is "Student housing for Student Success". Anthony is beginning his 3rd year with the University of Miami and has been enjoying every minute.

 
Earika Cenord
Earika Cenord

A Floridian born and raised in Miami, Florida who graduated from Miami Southridge Senior High School.  Earika served as a former Correctional Officer Sergeant and Military Financial Aid Officer and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Supervision and Management from Miami Dade College (MDC).  She is an eclectic music lover that enjoys spending time with family, baking, making scented candles, and traveling.



 
Dayle Wilson
Dayle Wilson A graduate of the University of Miami, Dean Wilson serves as a judicial officer for the Office of the Dean of Students. Additional responsibilities include serving as the advisor to the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the umbrella organization for the historically Black Greek Letter organizations represented on campus. She also serves as the advisor to the Undergraduate and Graduate Honor Councils, and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Dean Wilson is also a member of the WVUM Advisory Board. She has been inducted as an honorary member in the Order of Omega and as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. She served as President of the University's Women's Commission from 2007 - 2009. She is also a former member of the Miami Dade County Library Advisory Board. Dean Wilson was also recognized by the Yellow Rose Society as Legend of the Year during the 2008 Women's History Month celebration.

Matt Wofford
Matt Wofford Matt Wofford joined the University of Miami family in 2008. He serves as the Director and Chaplain of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) on campus. Matt also serves as the Chair of the Chaplains Association, a group of trained clergy that focus on offering the campus community spiritual support and guidance. As chair of the association, Matt works closely all facets of campus life to offer a better, holistic student experience. Having grown up in Arkansas Matt brings a bit of Southern charm to the staff. It was in Arkansas where he earned his bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry from Williams Baptist College. He then went on to study at Rock Bridge Seminary for his Master of Divinity. Matt is recently married to his wife Rebecca, who also works at UM, and enjoys spending his free time with his wife, traveling, watching college football, and investing in students' lives.