Meet SANet

We are dedicated. We are knowledgeable. We are empowering. We are SANet.

The SANet hotline is staffed by members of the BC community whom you already know and trust. You can feel confident reaching out for help because you know who is on the other end of the line. Below, you can read more about some of the advocates who serve on our hotline.

Amanda Schar

Amanda Schar

Amanda (she/hers) is the Admissions Assistant at the School of Theology and Ministry as well as completing the dual master's program in theology and ministry and social work. She graduated from Augustana College in 2019 with a bachelor's in psychology and Scandinavian Studies. Prior to coming to BC she completed a year of service with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in Philadelphia. In her free time Amanda watches too much Netflix, loves to bake, and enjoys singing loudly while doing the dishes.

SANet Advocates

The Sexual Assault Network (SANet) is designed to provide listening, support, and advocacy for those who have been affected by sexual misconduct and/or violence in the Boston College community.  The services provided by SANet Advocates include:

  • 24-hour crisis response during the academic year, with hotline advocates on call during weeklong shifts with a mobile crisis phone and resource backpack.

  • Accompaniment to resources including the hospital for medical tests, evidence collection, judicial proceedings, police, community-based resources, or meetings with other support services.

  • Referrals to campus and community-based supports

Aurelia Campbell

Aurelia Campbell

Aurelia Campbell is an Associate Professor of Asian Art History in Boston College’s department of Art, Art History, and Film. She teaches a wide range of classes on the art and architecture of East Asia, including Buddhist Arts of Asia, Gender and the Body in Chinese Art, and Architecture of China and Japan. Her research specialty is Chinese architectural history, especially of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). This was the subject of her first book, What the Emperor Built: Architecture and Empire in the Early Ming, published in 2020. She is currently working on a second book of Ming dynasty tombs and mortuary culture. Her most recent hobby, gardening, occupies most of her time outside work. A native of California, her goal is to grow her favorite West Coast plants (including fig, persimmon, passionfruit, bamboo, and succulents) in the much colder New England climate.

Aurelia Campbell

Madeline Cortes

Madeline Cortes is a full-time Career Advisor in the Carroll School of Management and a Mental Health Counseling graduate student in the Lynch School. Her main area of interest in the mental health field is working with adolescent populations. Her latest hobby is honing her baking skills, which has been a treat for her friends and coworkers.

Kim Humphrey

Kim Humphrey

Kim Humphrey is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence, where her primary work involves supporting instructors in the creation of more equitable and inclusive courses and learning environments. Kim is also a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology and is exploring the intersections of sin, shame, and anti-Black racism in the U.S. Catholic Church. Kim is passionate about figuring out how to design environments that enable and support trust, honesty, and humor. When not reading or writing, Kim enjoys baking bread, exploring book stores and breweries, and taking long walks along the river.

 Paula Mathieu

 Paula Mathieu

Paula Mathieu is a writer and teacher. She has worked at Boston College since 2001 where she is Associate Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing. She teaches courses in writing as social action, first-year writing, mindful storytelling, creative nonfiction, and rhetoric. She began her writing career writing about mutual funds, then freelance journalism, then community writing, then academic work. Her first published academic article was about the language of Starbucks. She has published one book and co-edited three more and many academic essays. In the past two years, she published two creative nonfiction essays rooted in aspects of her life: “Still Christmas,” and “Hand in Glove.” She lives in Lexington with her husband, and daughter who is a high school freshman. They share their home with two dogs—Percy and Marv. 

Teniesea Russell

Teniesea Russell

Teniesea Russell is currently a second year Master's student studying Mental Health Counseling. She was originally born in the Cayman Islands but moved to New York City at the ripe age of 5. Teniesea resided there for the next 19 years and received her Bachelor's in Psychology from New York University, before landing here in Massachusetts to attend Boston College. Prior to her arrival at BC, she had the opportunity to be a College Counselor for 9-12th grade students where she assisted in providing these individuals with resources towards receiving a post-secondary education. She enjoyed catering her strengths to each student and advocated for those who felt as though they did not have a voice. Through this work and previous others, she is interested in Social Justice and Advocacy especially for those within marginalized identities namely BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks and feels excited to extend this passion here at Boston College. She loves to exercise, ice skate, paint, unwind with her cat, socialize with friends, and crack a joke or two every now and again.

Amanda Sanderson

Amanda Sanderson

Amanda is a second-year graduate student in the Lynch Higher Education program and currently serves as a Graduate Resident Director in the CLXF community through the Office of Residential Life. As an undergraduate, Amanda pursued a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies from Saint Michaels College in Vermont. Post-grad, Amanda spent four years in Birmingham, AL where she served two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer and spent two years as the program manager for a debate initiative for middle and high school students in Birmingham City schools. After her time in Birmingham, Amanda moved to Boston and worked with an education non-profit managing a team of AmeriCorps volunteers in a Boston Public School. Amanda is passionate about education equity and supporting holistic student growth. In her free time, Amanda can be found reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, listening to NPR podcasts, and traveling to Vermont to see family, friends, and her six-year-old pit-mix, Ruby.

Sara Schabe

Sara Schabe

Sara Schabe (she/hers) serves as the Resident Director for the Hardey-Cushing community on the Newton Campus. She is originally from Long Island, NY, where she also attended Stony Brook University, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Journalism. She completed her Master's degree in Higher Education from Boston College. During her graduate studies, Sara served as the graduate assistant for off-campus student living and later the graduate resident director for the CLXF community on Upper Campus. During her free time, Sara loves baking, cooking, being a plant mom and going to farmers markets.

Amanda Schar

Amanda Schar

Amanda (she/hers) is the Admissions Assistant at the School of Theology and Ministry as well as completing the dual master's program in theology and ministry and social work. She graduated from Augustana College in 2019 with a bachelor's in psychology and Scandinavian Studies. Prior to coming to BC she completed a year of service with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in Philadelphia. In her free time Amanda watches too much Netflix, loves to bake, and enjoys singing loudly while doing the dishes.

Howard Thrasher

Howard Thrasher

Howard Thrasher (He/Him/His) is an Assistant Director for Career Education at the Career Center. Howard is originally from Austin, TX. He majored in Political Science and Communications at Auburn University and received his Masters in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. In Howard's spare time he enjoys doing amateur Graphic Design projects, practicing Krav Maga, and spending time with his partner.

Shannon Pope Zaruba

Shannon Poppe Zaruba

Shannon Poppe Zaruba (she/hers) serves as the Resident Director for Vanderslice and 90 St. Thomas More Halls at Boston College. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and majored in Business Management and Human Resource Management from John Carroll University. She completed her Masters in Higher Education from Boston College and is currently working on her MBA! In her spare time, Shannon likes to hike, take spin classes, and crochet!

SANet Advisors

The Sexual Assault Network (SANet) is designed to provide listening, support, and advocacy for those who have been affected by sexual misconduct and/or violence in the Boston College community.  The services provided by SANet Advisors include:

  • Accompaniment to resources including the hospital for medical tests, evidence collection, judicial proceedings, police, off-campus resources, or meetings with other support services.

  • Providing a presence on campus to validate and support students with connections to additional SANet resources, at campus-wide education and outreach activities (e.g. presentations and trainings, residence hall meetings, CARE week, and other awareness-raising events).

Virachi Chaudhary

Virachi Chaudhary

Virachi Chaudhary (she/her/hers) is a first-year international graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling program at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Honors from Christ (Deemed to be University) in 2020 and since then has been contributing to the field of Psychology and Mental Health with her work at an addiction rehabilitation center, an online-counseling platform, and a non-governmental organization focusing on youth mental health, all in India, her home country. Working as a SANet Advisor resonates with her passions, motivations, and intentions to serve and advocate for survivors of gender-based violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and domestic violence. In her role, she sees herself adopting a trauma-informed, feminist, and social justice approach. More often than not, you would find Virachi strolling on the beautiful suburban roads around Boston College or trying out different cafes until she finds her go-to cup of coffee in Boston.

Victoria Costa

VIctoria Costa

Victoria Costa is a second year graduate student at the School of Theology and Ministry. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology & Ministry and works at the Roche Center as a Graduate Assistant. Most recently, Victoria worked in her hometown in San Jose, California as a City Year Americorps member, assisting a 5th grade classroom. She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Italian with a Classics minor from Tulane University in New Orleans. A fun fact about Victoria - she is an identical twin!

Miranda Chen

Miranda Chen

Miranda Chen is a final year graduate student at Boston College School of Social Work. She’s an international student from Mainland China and speaks Mandarin. She gained much insight into the complexity of domestic violence among Asian immigrants in America during her internship at Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence, and is working at Tufts Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatry as a clinical social worker providing individual therapy this school year. She enjoys working out, dragon boating, watching documentaries, reading about therapy modalities, and having deep conversations.

Anna Daher

Anna Daher

Anna is a graduate student in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She is working as a graduate assistant at the Women’s Center and at the Learning to Learn Office. She graduated from Boston University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education, on the Student Affairs track. Anna is passionate about being a resource for all students and providing support for them to feel safe and empowered on campus. In her free time, she likes to go on walks, practice cooking Lebanese dishes, and spend time with her family and friends.

Kristie Dickinson

Kristie Dickinson

Kristie joins the SANet team with a passion for healing and mental health.

In her professional life, Kristie most recently worked for Apple, where she led efforts for Apple Watch apps worldwide, with a particular focus on Health & Wellness experiences. 

She came back to Boston College in 2019, where she now serves as an Adjunct Professor of Design Thinking in the Carroll School of Management, and an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Shea Center.

Kristie graduated from BC in 2014 with a B.S. in Marketing, and a minor in International Studies for Management.  She loves to explore different healing techniques from all over the world, and is particularly interested in the intersection of Eastern and Western wellness practices. Kristie is a 150-hour certified yoga teacher, and has studied Reiki Levels I - IV.  She loves to play board games, write songs at the piano, and pretend she can play ukulele.

Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes is the Campus Minister for Retreats at Boston College. She received her B.A. in psychology from Providence College in 2011, and her M.A. from Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry in 2014. She also earned a certificate in Spiritual Formation from the School of Theology and Ministry in 2021. Her experience in college campus ministry includes small-group faith sharing and community building, pastoral care for youth and young adults, leadership formation, and spiritual discernment. Whether planning a retreat or having a conversation, Kelly remains committed to supporting the multifaceted needs of college students, with particular emphasis on the care and integration of the whole person. Kelly is currently working towards an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College's Lynch School of Education and Human Development, and in her free time, enjoys walking around Jamaica Pond, spinning, picnicking with friends, and finding the perfect Spotify playlist for any occasion.

Regan Schutt

Regan Schutt

Regan Schutt is a first year master’s student in the School of Social Work, with a clinical specialized practice focusing on children, youth, and families. She is a 2021 Syracuse University graduate, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Philosophy and Human Development & Family Science. In her professional life, Regan most recently worked as a Registered Behavior Technician with children and young adults with autism, and she will carry out play therapy with children with trauma during her first year at BC. She is passionate about preventing domestic violence and helping those heal who have been afflicted by it. In her free time, she can be found experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, listening to and watching crime podcasts and shows, and spending time with her friends and family. Regan is extremely excited to play an active role in educating and protecting all students at BC! 

Mary La Vigne

Mary LaVigne

Mary is a graduate student pursuing a dual degree Master of Social Work and M.A. in Theology and Ministry. She works in Residential Life as a Graduate Minister for the Upper Class Area. Most recently, Mary served as a Jesuit Volunteer at a community resource center in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2020 with a B.A. in Spanish and Global Studies, focused in Conflict, Justice and Human Rights. Mary is excited for the opportunity to accompany, advocate and grow alongside other members of the BC community. In her free time, she loves practicing yoga, trying new coffee shops with friends and getting outside.

CARE Team

Just like the SANet hotline team, the SANet CARE team is staffed by members of the BC community whom you already know and trust. You can feel confident coming in for walk-in hours or reaching out to schedule an appointment because you know who you'll be meeting. Below, you can read more about our specially-trained CARE team.

Anna Daher

Anna Daher

Anna is the Graduate Assistant for the Thrive mentor program. She graduated from Boston University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education, with a concentration in Student Affairs in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Anna is passionate about women’s rights, mental health, and social justice. She looks forward to providing support and guidance for students to feel comfortable academically, emotionally, and mentally on campus. In her free time, she likes to go on walks, learn Lebanese recipes, and spend time with family and friends. Anna is very excited to be joining the Women’s Center and be part of a place that ensures a safe space for all BC students!

Yanna Garcia

Yanna Garcia

Yanna is the Graduate Assistant for the Bystander Intervention Education Program. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. Yanna is currently in the process of completing her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. It is her dream to further improve mental health accessibility in her home country, the Philippines - while creating programs that are more culturally relevant for future generations of Filipinos. Yanna is looking forward to working in the Women’s Center because she feels very strongly about creating safe spaces within communities. She believes that it is important to encourage conversations about difficult topics, as she trusts that it is through these conversations that progress and growth individually and as a society really happen. Yanna hopes to become a safe space for members of the community. In her free time, she enjoys going on long walks, trying out new cafes, and immersing herself in Hallyu-related media.

Caitlyn Spuckes

Caitlyn Spuckes

Caitlyn is a final year master's student in the School of Social Work. She has called Boston home for the last 4 years, graduating this past May with a degree in Applied Psychology & Human Development, and Women and Gender Studies. She is excited to serve as the Graduate Assistant for SANet and the Women's Summit. Caitlyn is passionate about survivor advocacy, reproductive health access, and human rights. Outside of the WC and McGuinn, Caitlyn enjoys Sunday night family dinners at her grandparent's house, throwing/attending themed parties with her pals, and walking the Res daily (always treating herself to a coffee at the end of her stroll).