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Informational interviews to discuss details of the program and questions about the application process are available by pre-arranged appointment by calling or emailing our office.
Meet our Team: Irene Rodríguez-Martin | Valerie Nguyễn Hooper | Sarah Duey | Lorelei Erisis | Karissa Raynor
Irene Rodríguez-Martin is the daughter of immigrants and a first generation college graduate. For the past 20 years she has dedicated her career to issues of access, support and retention for students, especially for students of color. She has taught in the Research Sequence at Smith and serves as an adviser to the Council for Students of Color. While her professional efforts have focused on graduate education, she is also a long-time volunteer within the community on a range of social justice issues. Rodríguez-Martin is a past President and Fundador of the Latino Scholarship Association; a charter member of the Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice; a former trustee of the Western Massachusetts Community Foundation and the CARE Center; and a member of the Board of Directors at Baystate Medical Center.
Valerie Nguyễn Hooper is a proud first-generation college (and graduate school) graduate with origins in Western New York and Saigon, Vietnam. As a former educator in the private and public school sectors, Hooper is committed to education access and is particularly interested in research topics pertaining to first-generation college and graduate school attendees, Asian Americans and multiracial folks in higher education settings and the experiences of professional women in higher education.
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Hooper has been a long-time resident of the Pioneer Valley where she lives with her partner and college sweetheart, Tara, and their kids.
Sarah Duey works to make the application system as inclusive and user-friendly as possible. They support the more technical aspects of our many recruitment programs, as well as the application review process. They are also an Admission Counselor for many master’s and all doctoral applicants.
Duey grew up in a suburb of Hartford, CT and moved to the beautiful Pioneer Valley to attend UMass Amherst. They thoroughly enjoy the many community events that spring up throughout the year, particularly the Tuesday Market which takes place right in downtown Northampton during the warmer months.
Lorelei Erisis is dedicated to making the application process more personal and stress-free for prospective M.S.W. students. Originally trained as an actor, Erisis performed improv and comedy for a number of years at The Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles. A proud queer, trans woman, Erisis has applied her theatrical training applications to the pursuit of activism and advocacy for LGBTQ equality specifically, and human rights generally.
Erisis is heavily involved in helping secure protections for LGBTQ folks at the state and national level, including the full suite of transgender civil rights laws enjoyed in Massachusetts. For the last decade, she has written the popular newspaper column, “Ask A Trans Woman” for The Rainbow Times.
Karissa Raynor brings nearly 10 years of SSW knowledge and expertise to her work as assistant director of admission. Raynor serves as a critical first touchpoint for prospective students and thrives on connecting with applicants to learn about their academic interests and career goals. She helps ensure that each person is thoughtfully guided and supported from the very start of the admission process. As a resident of Northampton, Raynor is an active member of the community and finds the city lively, welcoming and culturally stimulating.
When she’s not meeting new students, Raynor enjoys Northampton’s many internationally inspired restaurants as well as traveling and going to concerts. She’s seen Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Elton John, Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Jack Johnson, Brian Wilson and Graham Nash--just to name a few!