Meet the Student Affairs Team

Mission Statement

The Regis College Office of Student Affairs is committed to empowering students at both the undergraduate and graduate level to grow academically, spiritually, and socially in a community that promotes service to others, universal respect, and unity through diversity in keeping with the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. In college-wide collaboration, we provide numerous leadership and learning opportunities, both locally and globally.

Dr. Kara Kolomitz, Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment
Office Location: Upper Student Center, 213

Kara KolomitzKara was appointed as the Vice President of Student Affairs in 2013, and previously served as the Dean of Students. As the Dean of Students, Kara was awarded the Scott Goodnight Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region I for outstanding work as a Dean. A graduate of Regis University, Colorado, she studied Philosophy and went on to receive her M.Ed. from Providence College and then her CDA from Rhode Island School of Design. Kara completed the HERS Institute at Wellesley College in 2012. In May, 2016 Kara received her doctorate in educational leadership from Johnson and Wales University. Committed to education at all levels, Kara is the chairwoman of the Board of Trustees at Marion High School in Framingham, MA and serves on the Jackson Walnut Park schools PSA. More info here.

Walt Horner, Dean of Student Affairs
Office Location: Upper Student Center, 213

Walt HornerWalt was appointed the Dean of Student Affairs in 2016. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Walt Horner took his BA at the University of Rochester in 1995 and his MBA from Northeastern University in 2003. Walt came to Regis in spring 2008 as the Director of Special Programs, Academic Affairs. Since arriving at Regis, Walt has contributed to the Regis community in myriad ways, as an academic advisor, First-Year Seminar instructor, leader of our co-curricular learning program, and serving as a fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. In June 2012, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Students, and advanced to become Associate Dean of Students and co-director of First-Year Experience in 2014. Prior to his arrival at Regis, Walt served as Executive Director of the Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative (now the Outdoor Stewardship Institute), a unique service organization that provides leadership and land stewardship skills training to employees and volunteers of non-profit conservation organizations and land management agencies across the country. After serving two years as an AmeriCorps team leader immediately following his undergraduate experience, Walt co-founded and spent seven years leading the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, a statewide AmeriCorps service program for emerging young leaders hosted by Northeastern University.

Kelly Golden
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Conduct Officer

Kelly GoldenKelly started at Regis in 2014 as the Director of Residence Life. As a doctoral candidate from UMass Boston, she has a strong background in organizational development and access and equity issues in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Regis, Kelly worked as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Stonehill College. Since starting at Regis, she has worked to build the strength and capacity of the Residence Life department including overseeing the opening of our newest residence hall, the Maria Hall suites. Kelly has also worked closely with our Title IX process by developing supports for students such as the CARE Advisor program. She has taught two co-curricular courses including the RA Course, Community Leadership Development, and Hot Topics and the Art of Civic Discourse. In her new role she will oversee the student conduct system, supervise the Offices of Residence Life and Disability and Accessability services, and serve as a Title IX Deputy Coordinator.

Mark Harrington
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Mark HarringtonMark joins the Regis community from Emmanuel College, where he served in student affairs and advancement administration. Prior to Emmanuel, Mark worked in student life at Loyola University New Orleans, University of Notre Dame, and Canisius College. A graduate of Emmanuel College with a bachelor’s degree in counseling and health psychology, Mark earned a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Canisius College. This past May, he graduated from Regis with a doctorate in higher education leadership. In his new role at Regis, Mark will work closely with staff and students to initiatiate new student-centered intitiatives and co-curricular programs designed to deepen and broaden the Regis experience. Mark will support the Office of Student Programming & Leadership and the Office of Orientation, New Student Programs, and Engagement, serving as a student advocate and member of the Regis Case Management team, overseeing the assessment and evaluation of Student Affairs programs and practices, and leading a number of important college-wide initiatives including the Co-Curricular Mini-Grant Program and the Summer Scholars Program. An advocate for education, college access, and first generation college students, Mark serves on the Board of Directors at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts and received the Mission Integration Award from the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU).

Bridget Buoniconti
Director of Residence Life

Bridget BuonicontiBridget joined the Regis Residence Life team as the Assistant Director in October of 2014. She is a graduate of Boston College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education and a master’s degree in both English literature and higher education, with a concentration in student affairs. With a passion for residential education and student development, Bridget works to support our students throughout their college experience by being a Title IX investigator, a CARE Advisor, the Women’s Tennis team mentor, and an avid Regis Pride fan. She is a member of the First Year Seminar faculty, where she serves as an academic advisor and teaches a linked writing course. In her role as Director, Bridget strives to create a welcoming and positive environment in the residence halls, by supporting and developing programs, supervising the professional Residence Life staff, and selecting the Resident Assistant staff.

Kathy Ralston, Office Manager
Office Location: Upper Student Center, 213

Kathy Ralston Kathy joined the Regis team in March of 2011 as a temp hire in the Office of Student Affairs. In August of that year, she was hired full time and currently holds the position of Office Manager of Student Affairs. She assists the VP of Student Affairs along with supporting the entire staff of the Student Affairs Team. Before joining Regis, Kathy worked for 21 years at Cahners Publishing. She was the assistant to the Publisher along with supporting the publisher's sales team. While at Cahners, Kathy was responsible for maintaining and selling the classified ad sales for Purchasing Magazine.

Dianna Jones, Director of Regis Community Health Services
Office Location: Health Services, Maria Hall

Dianna_JonesDianna Jones assumed the duties of director of Health Services in 2003. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tufts University, as well as a BS and MS in nursing from Regis College. Additionally, Dianna received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Regis College in 2011. Dianna is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a member of the nursing faculty at Regis College.

Daniel Leahy, Director, Center for Ministry and Service
Office Location: Center for Ministry & Service, Saint Joseph Hall 4

Daniel LeahyDan joins us from Boston College where he served as a member of the Office of Campus Ministry and Office of Alumni Relations for the past 18 years. In addition to his recent work coordinating liturgy, pastoral care, and spiritual direction programs, Dan has managed a number of international and domestic service immersion trips and taught extensively in the First-Year Experience program. Dan holds a Master’s degree in Religious Education and a post-master’s certificate in the Practice of Spirituality from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Boston College.

In his new role, Dan and the Center for Ministry and Service staff will work with our student leaders, faculty, and staff to build a campus culture that reflects the values and vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph, provide opportunities for interfaith education, dialogue, worship, and sacramental preparation, offer a growing variety of domestic and global service and social justice programs, and continue to provide opportunities for community building and spiritual growth.

Father Paul Kilroy, Catholic Chaplain/Campus Minister
Office Location: Center for Ministry & Service, Saint Joseph Hall 4

Father Paul KilroyFather Paul Kilroy joined the Office of Campus Ministry in 2007 as chaplain/campus minister. His previous experience in campus ministry was as chaplain at Northeastern University 1993-2001 as well as Salem State University in 1983. Father Paul currently resides at St. Anthony's Church in Allston. Father Paul received a BA from St. John Seminary as well as a master of divinity.

James Guaragna, Director of Orientation & Communication Management

Office Location: Upper Student Center, 205

James GuaragnaJames is a Regis graduate from the Class of 2011. He has a bachelor of arts in communication with a minor in film studies. He serves as the Director of Orientation & Communication Management and is also an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at Regis. In May 2013, he graduated with a master of science in organizational and professional communication from Regis. James was a resident assistant for three years at Regis before stepping into the resident director role in August 2011 where he served for two years. James assumed his current role in June 2013.

Erin Wisniewski, Director of Student Programming and Leadership
Office Location: Lower Student Center

Erin WisniewskiErin joined the Student Programming and Leadership team in June of 2015, after working as the Director of International Student Services here at Regis. A New York native, Erin's previous experience is from American International College in Springfield, MA where she served as the Director of Student Activities and worked very closely with their international student programming. In her role at Regis, Erin advises the Student Government Association, oversees all student clubs on campus, manages the development and execution of many of the annual Regis events, and collaborates with campus partners to provide numerous co-curricular opportunities for Regis students.

Courtney Mulligan, Director of Disability & Accessibility Services
Office Location: Lower Student Center, Suite 126

Courtney MulliganCourtney Mulligan joined our team in Dec. 2013 as the new Director of Student Disability and Accessibility Services. Courtney graduated from Stonehill College in 2004 with a BA in psychology, and went on to earn a master’s in public administration from Suffolk University in 2010. Having worked previously in residential life at several Boston area colleges, Courtney comes to us most recently from the Disability Law Center in Boston. In her role at Regis, Courtney will work with students with diverse abilities to ensure equal access for all.

Michael Lynch, Director of Operations

Michael Lynch

The Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment

Student Center, Room 213
781-768-7050

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