People

Liz ThurstonLiz Thurston, Director

Liz is in her 10th year as Director of Student Affairs, and prior to coming to HGSE in 2006, she was the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill.  For a good part of Liz’s many years in higher education, she was the Dean of Students at two private institutions working with undergraduates before moving into graduate student affairs.  A native North Carolinian, Liz earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky, and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from North Carolina State University.  

Liz enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs, being outdoors, and most sports!  A big Red Sox fan!



Kevin BoehmKevin Boehm, Associate Director

Kevin Boehm is a 2007 HGSE graduate in the Learning and Teaching Program.  His career in Student Affairs was launched when he did a FEP (Field Experience Placement) in the Office of Student Affairs in the spring 2007 semester.  Kevin never left!  He now serves as the Associate Director of Student Affairs.  His main points of focus in OSA include Orientation, student organizations, Title IX programming, community activities, and general student support.  When not in the office, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters at their home in Watertown.  Kevin met his wife, Laura, while he was a student at HGSE and she was in the Language & Literacy program!

Eileen BergerEileen Berger, Assistant Director, Access and Disability Services

Eileen Connell Berger is committed to the complex issues of equal access, equal opportunity and social justice in Higher Education and has been the Assistant Director for Access and Disability Services for 14 years. Her office welcomes and engages students and faculty in inclusive programming, access technology services, mentoring, and advising. Before coming to HGSE Eileen was Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at Salem State University and Bunker Hill Community College. She worked as a certified speech, language and hearing specialist, educator, administrator, and grant writer in public and private education in NY and MA. She holds a MS Ed, EdD(ABD), New York and Massachusetts teacher certifications, and certification in Assistive Technology. Eileen presents with professional colleagues annually at NASPA & AHEAD. She shares her personal life in an interfaith marriage with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Tracie JonesTracie Jones, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion

Tracie Jones is the Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion Programs.  She joined the Office of Student Affairs in 2011. Prior to coming to HGSE she was the vessel operations coordinator for Amistad America, tracing the slave trade across the Atlantic Ocean on a tall ship. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion was forged on that journey while working with the Sankofa study abroad program, engaging college students on facilitating conversations on race, equity, and inclusion.  Tracie holds an M.Ed from Northeastern University, and is a current doctoral student in Higher Education, also at Northeastern.  Tracie also has many years of experience in the corporate world as well.

When she is not at HGSE Tracie is working with Adventure Girlz her non-profit organization whose mission is to guide at risk adolescent Black girls out of the school to prison pipeline; introducing them to social justice campaigns and adventures such as surfing, zip-lining and sailing.



Alex GalindoAlex Andres Galindo, Office Administrator

Alex, originally from Colombia, moved to Boston in 2003. He has been a member of the HGSE community since 2008 when he managed the school’s café. He joined the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in 2009 as the Office’s Staff Assistant. He later became the Office Administrator in 2011.

Alex obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Harvard Extension School in 2014. He is a very friendly and customer service focused individual. He is skillful in project management, event budgeting, planning, logistics, and execution.

Alex is very passionate about health and wellness, and work-life-balance. He is an avid indoor rock-climber and loves talking (and promoting) to students about all the great Harvard benefits and perks!