The Office of the Dean is the main administrative office for the College of Education and Social Services (CESS). The office oversees and supports all of the College's programs in alignment with the CESS Strategic Plan and the CESS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan in alignment with the University's mission, policies and procedures.

Address: 309 Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington VT 05405
Telephone:  (802) 656-3424

Dean and Associate Deans

Cynthia Reyes — Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Cynthia Reyes

Kieran Killeen — Associate Dean for Graduate, Non-Degree and Research Programming

Kieran Killeen

Faculty Profile

Dr. Killeen collaborates with department chairs, graduate program coordinators and staff to identify areas that may enhance program development, enrollment management, external funding, research productivity, and marketing and communications. He is also responsible for fellowship allocation, and serves as a liaison to the Graduate College and Professional and Continuing Education (PACE).


Jean Evans — Senior Staff Advisor

Jean Evans

(802) 656-0824

Staff Profile

As the Senior Staff Advisor for the Dean's Office on behalf of Interim Dean Katharine Shepherd, Jean ensures special projects and strategic initiatives are carried out for the college. She also specializes in human resource functions, specifically faculty and staff searches, leaves of absences, FMLA/LOA, workman’s comp and other human resource benefit related issues. 

Garaun McKenzie - Business Operations Specialist

Garaun McKenzie

(802) 656-3424

Staff Profile

Garaun provides daily business operations processing, Associate Deans support, and Dean’s Office support.


Tiffanie Spencer — Director for Diversity and Community Engagement

Tiffanie Spencer

(802) 656-7880

Staff Profile

Tiffanie provides leadership in facilitating community partnerships to expand diversity initiatives, with emphasis on collaborating with local and national organizations, as well as on-campus colleagues to develop, implement, and assess inclusive excellence activities to enable accessible pathways for students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Finance & Administration Business Service Center

Pamela Blum — Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

Pamela Blum

(802) 656-1275

Staff Profile

Pam oversees all financial, budgetary, and human resource activities for CESS.

Kunie Renaud — Financial and Grants Administrator, DOE and DLDS Business Manager

Kunie Renaud

(802) 656-8576

Staff Profile

Kunie oversees all financial and human resource activities for the Department of Education and the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences. Specializes in financial and data analysis and all research-related grant funding.

Graduate Programs Administration

Gillian Homsted — Director of Graduate and Non-Degree Enrollment Management

Gillian Homsted

Roman Vogel — Graduate Programs Coordinator

Roman Vogel

(802) 656-2936

Staff Profile

Roman works closely with the Dean's Office, department chairs, and graduate program coordinators and staff on administration of graduate program initiatives. He plays a key role in outreach and recruitment of new graduate students, oversight of admissions processes, and supervision of the operational aspects of student registration, retention, and progress to graduation. He also serves as liaison to the Graduate College.


Main Phone: (802) 656-3468
Main Email:

Lynn White Cloud — Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Lynn White Cloud

Meghan Jaird — Director of Student Services and Retention

Meghan "MJ" Jaird

Meghan Young - Associate Director of Student Services and Retention

Meghan Young

Eric Braun — Associate Director of Student Services and Retention & Academic Advisor

Eric Braun

Catherine Cane — Assistant Director of Student Services and Academic Advisor

Catherine Cane

Will Major - Coordinator of Student Services and Academic Advisor

Will Major


Amanda Davis Simpfenderfer — Director of Assessment, Data, and Accreditation

Amanda Davis Simpfenderfer

(802) 656-3878

Staff Profile

Amanda coordinates and leads efforts around assessment, data management and accreditation activities; provides support as needed to programs, faculty and administrators in the development, implementation and analysis of assessment and accreditation projects.


Doug Gilman — Communications Director

Doug Gilman

(802) 656-8352

Staff Profile

Doug's work serves to promote and enhance the visibility and reputation of all undergraduate and graduate programs, research, and service across all academic program areas of CESS. His major responsibilities include managing the College's website, social media, news/stories, advertising materials and strategies, admissions/yield communications, photography, events promotion, and other outreach and media activities.  

Development Officer

Alli Lambert - Vice President for Development, UVM Foundation

Alli Lambert

Office: (802) 656-0518

Staff Profile

Alli is responsible for securing philanthropic support for the College of Education and Social Services.