Student Affairs Administrator Bios

Dr. Jennifer Forry
Dean of Students/Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dr. Jennifer M. Scott Forry (Dr. Jenn) joined the Emmanuel College community in 2019 after serving in a variety of roles at Newbury College and MCPHS University. During her 11 year tenure at Newbury, she served as Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Residence Life and Community Standards. In her role as Dean of Students at Emmanuel, she oversees and provides leadership to the Division of Student Affairs which includes, Athletics, Residence Life & Housing, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, Community Standards, Student Involvement and New Student Orientation. Additionally, Dr. Jenn serves on the College's Title IX team and Co-Advises the Student Government Association.

A graduate of Franklin Pierce University (B.A.) and Suffolk University (M.Ed.) she completed her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in higher education leadership at Regis College. She holds several civil rights investigator certifications through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and has been invited to present her Title IX research on the local, national, and international levels, most recently at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and University of Liverpool in Liverpool, England. Dr. Jenn is a past president of the Boston Area College Housing Association (BACHA) and Massachusetts College Personnel Association (MCPA) and an active member of NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education where she serves on the Region I board. In acknowledgment of her commitment to the profession, NASPA invited her to travel to England in 2017 to collaborate with student affairs professionals to explore best practices in the United Kingdom and United States.

In addition to her work in student affairs, Dr. Jenn can often be found cheering on the Saints at games and activities, is an avid reader, and volunteers in her hometown of Brookline as a School Site Council Representative. Born and raised in the Boston area, she resides in Coolidge Corner with her sons Liam and Aiden.

Forry, J., DiBartolo, N., and Dixon, D. (2018) Conduct and the Community: A Residence Life Practitioners Guide. Association of Student Conduct Administrators and Association of College Housing Administrators - International. Co-Authored Chapter 5, Crafting and Creating Conduct Processes.

Forry, J. (2018) Conduct and the Community: A Residence Life Practitioners Guide. Association of Student Conduct Administrators and Association of College Housing Administrators - international. Author of Case Study 1.1, empowerMENt.

Susan Benzie
Dean of Campus Life
Title IX Deputy 

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Susan Benzie immigrated to Massachusetts over twenty five years ago. Susan graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2002. She completed her Master of Science in management from Emmanuel College in 2005. From 2003 to 2005, Susan was an Assistant Director/Resident Director for Loretto Hall at Emmanuel College. She then proceeded to work as an Academic Advisor for Emmanuel's Graduate & Professional Programs before returning to Residence Life as the Director in 2009.

Diana Estime
Director of Residence Life

Diana Estime is originally from Somerville, MA. She completed her undergraduate work at Suffolk University obtaining a B.S in Psychology and minoring in Education. After two years of AmeriCorps Service at Lesley University, Diana attended Northeastern University earning a Master's in College Student Development and Counseling. She has served in a multitude of progressive roles at the college, including Assistant Director of Residence Life/Residence Director, St. Ann Hall and Associate Director of Residence Life/Residence Director, New Residence Hall. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, volunteering, and spending time with family. Diana is excited to be at Emmanuel College, building community on campus!

Brendan McWilliams
Director of Athletics and Recreation

Brendan McWilliams was named Emmanuel College's Director of Athletics and Recreation in 2017 after serving as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Men's Lacrosse Coach for eight successful seasons. He oversees Emmanuel’s 16 varsity sports while supporting the recreational and wellness programming at the college. He maintains a strategic vision for Emmanuel College athletics and advocates for the needs of student-athletes, coaches, and staff.

In addition to his responsibilities at Emmanuel, Brendan just concluded his term as Chair of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Executive Committee. He also sits on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Men's Lacrosse Advisory Committee as well as the New England Regional Advisory Committee. Read more about Brendan's career »

Brendan earned a bachelor's degree in English from Colorado College in 1998. As a student-athlete at Colorado, he was a two-time captain of the lacrosse team and was selected to play in the prestigious North-South All-Star game. McWilliams currently resides in South Hamilton, Massachusetts with his wife Juliana, their children Finnegan, Cortland, Hazel and Magnolia, and three dogs Boomer, Dasher and Murphy.

Maryellen Page
Project Manager for the Office of Student Affairs

Maryellen Page joined the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in January 2020. Maryellen has been with Emmanuel College since November 2013, first as the Office Manager/Student Worker Coordinator for the Cardinal Cushing Library and then as a Benefits Specialist for Human Resources. Maryellen received her Masters of Science in Management at Emmanuel in May 2018.

Prior to her career in Office Management, Maryellen taught Junior High for the Archdiocese of Boston from 1985 through 1999. She is the mother of two grown sons.

Marc Taney
Director of Student Involvement and Commuter Engagement

Marc Taney joins the Emmanuel College community after two years as Director of Sports and Recreation with the College of Fenway and several years at Newbury College as an integral member of athletics and student affairs, serving primarily as Director of Basketball Operations/Head Women's Basketball Coach and Coordinator of Community Standards. He is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University (B.S.) and Springfield College (M.S.). Marc is passionate about student success and is dedicated to building positive student experiences by establishing relationships across campus and appropriately advocating for student's needs.

Kristen Zapata
Director of Operations

Kristen ZapataKristen Zapata has spent her professional career in operational and project management-focused roles at Emmanuel College and currently serves as Director of Operations. Kristen is a graduate of Boston College and currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management.

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