Meet the Staff

Dr. Ricardo Hall - Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Nikki Abramson - Assistant Dean of Students and Social Worker

Flora Balog - Senior Administrative Assistant for Judicial Affairs

Nancy Del Pozzo - Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Office Manager

Jian Gou - Assistant Case Manager and International Student Liaison

Anthoney Kinney - Assistant Dean of Students

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

Tery Ortega - Administrative Assistant

Steve Priepke - Associate Dean of Students and Director of Greek Life

Maria Sevilla - Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs and Title IX Investigator

Jenni Spangenberg - Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Dayle Wilson - Assistant Dean of Students

Matt Wofford - Chaplain



Dr. Ricardo Hall
Dr. Ricardo Hall

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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 a 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, 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.

Nikki Abramson
Nikki Abramson

Assistant Dean of Students and Social Worker

Dean Abramson joined the Dean of Student's Office in September 2006 and currently serves as Assistant Dean and Social Worker.  Dean Abramson 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. Dean Abramson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/491/index.html). She has extensive clinical experience working with students in educational settings, and in providing crisis intervention. She 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. Dean Abramson 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. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and working out.

Flora Balog
Flora Balog

Senior Administrative Assistant for Judicial Affairs

Flora brings a wealth of experience to her role as a senior administrative assistant with key responsibilities for the university’s judicial process. Flora works closely with DOSO’s Associate Dean and Director of Judicial Affairs and with the Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs to ensure the timely operation of UM’s student conduct process. As the primary administrative support person for judicial affairs, Flora’s role involves extensive interaction with Maxient, the department’s centralized reporting and record keeping system for judicial cases. Flora’s prior experience includes careers in investment banking and the television industry in both New York City and Washington D.C. After returning to UM for work in 2014, Flora, who previously attended The U, decided to re-enroll in classes. She is a self-described Francophile, with her strong affinity for French culture and cuisine being inspired by the several years she spent living abroad in Paris.

Nancy Del Pozzo
Nancy Del Pozzo

Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Office Manager

Nancy joined the University of Miami in May 2006. Nancy is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and is responsible for the overall daily administration and management of the office. Additionally, she prepares the budget and financial reports, maintains the Dean's calendar and correspondence, and provides assistance to students and parents. 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 for Student Affairs. She is fluent in Spanish and French. Nancy loves to spend time with her family and enjoys traveling.

Jian Gou
Jian Gou

Assistant Case Manager and International Student Liaison

Originally from Beijing, China, Jian came to the United States as an international student on an F-1 visa. In December 2012, she became the first Chinese student to graduate from UM’s master’s degree program in Higher Education Administration. Shortly after, she assumed her current role as International Student Liaison and Assistant to the Dean in DOSO. In this newly created role, Jian uses her experience as an edge in helping international students understand University policies, and connect to important resources and services campus wide. Jian’s passion for cross-cultural student engagement and activities is fueled in part by her extensive travels throughout the U.S and other countries, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. In her down time, Jian enjoys cooking, baking, watching sunsets, watching movies, trying new foods, and learning new things.

Anthoney Kinney
Anthoney Kinney

Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Kinney oversees the Student Affairs Crisis Coordinators program, serves as a judicial officer, and is the department’s liaison to athletics. Additionally, he advises the Multiethnic Greek Council and the Graduate Students Association. Dean Kinney previously worked with Florida International University’s (FIU) Graduation Success Initiative (GSI). During his tenure, GSI won the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ award for Most Visible Progress in Degree Completion. Prior to FIU, Dean Kinney worked at Loyola University Chicago, where he delivered a comprehensive academic advising program. At Loyola, he was among a select group of faculty and staff chosen to travel abroad on a university-funded immersion trip to Kenya and Tanzania. Dean Kinney earned a master’s degree in Higher Education (Student Affairs) from Indiana University. He began his career in higher education at the University of Illinois, where he counseled student athletes, and juggled multiple administrative responsibilities on home football game days.
Dr. Tony Lake
Dr. Tony Lake

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs

Dean Lake began working at the University of Miami in the summer of 2008. He 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, Dean 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’s career has included several different roles. 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 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, Dean 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’s 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," Dean Lake 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.

Dan Lake's wife and partner, Kate Lake, also works for the University of Miami (Alumni Relations) and they both enjoy 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.
Tery Ortega
Tery Ortega

Administrative Assistant

Tery serves the Dean of Students Office as one of its lead administrative professionals. She is primarily responsible for managing operations in the front office, which includes the reception area, records department, and supplies. Tery also provides direct support for DOSO professional staff by fielding phone calls, monitoring calendars, and preparing correspondence for six assistant and associate deans, the Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs, and the International Student Liaison. A seasoned professional, Tery joined the dean’s office in March 2015. Prior to joining DOSO, Tery spent five years in an administrative assistant role with UM’s Office of Student Employment. Fluent in Spanish, Tery was born in Cuba, but has lived in the United States since the age of 8. She loves to spend time with family, and considers being mom to three wonderful daughters among her crowning achievements. Favorite family past times include going to the theatre, watching movies, and finding new recipes to prepare as a family.
Steve Priepke
Steve Priepke

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Greek Life

Dean Priepke serves as a judicial officer and oversees fraternity and sorority life at UM.  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. As a student, Dean Priepke also worked in Student Affairs as a Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant.  After finishing law school, Dean Priepke worked for his fraternity’s national office for 5 years, serving as Executive Director. Dean Priepke is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa International Honor Society, Mortar Board Honor Society, Order of Omega, 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 all UM sporting events. When away from Miami, he enjoys spending his time hunting and fishing at his home in Wisconsin.
Maria Sevilla
Maria Sevilla

Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs and Title IX Investigator

Maria joined the Dean of Students Office in February 2015 as the Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs and Title IX Investigator.  Maria plays a key role in the area of Student Conduct administration, especially in support of the University’s sexual assault investigation and adjudication efforts.  Originally born in Argentina, Maria moved to Miami with her family in 2004.  Maria graduated from the IB Program at Coral Gables High, attended The Honors College at Miami Dade College, and then transferred to Georgetown University, where she obtained a B.A. in Government and a minor in Justice and Peace Studies.  Maria graduated from Georgetown Law School in 2014 and is a current member of the Florida Bar Association. Before coming to UM, Maria worked at Dade Legal Aid representing victims of domestic violence in civil court.  Maria enjoys biking, yoga, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
Jenni Spangenberg
Jenni Spangenberg

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education

Dean Spangenberg works with undergraduate peer educators to provide prevention, intervention, education, and referral services on alcohol and other drugs. Additionally, she serves as a judicial officer, oversees the Ibis Ride, and advises Greeks Advocating for Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA). On campus, she is also an active member of the Women’s Commission. Dean Spangenberg is originally from southern Minnesota, where she grew up on a crop farm. She joined UM in 2010 as an Assistant Area Director in Housing, and later became an Area Director for Hecht Residential College and an Assistant Director for the First Year Experience. Dean Spangenberg earned a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Master of Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has also completed a Master’s Certificate in Student Life and Development at the University of Miami. After hours, Dean Spangenberg and her family enjoy playing volleyball, supporting UM student athletes at sporting events, and watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.
Dayle Wilson
Dayle Wilson

Assistant Dean of Students

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 Advisory Board for WVUM, the University of Miami’s campus radio station. Dean Wilson 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 2007-09. 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

Chaplain

Matt 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 on 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. He enjoys spending free time with his wife, traveling, watching college football, and investing in students' lives.