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Who are the LEEP Center advisers? They are award-winning instructors and advisers who are experts in the fields of academic advising and student development. Here, you’ll find dedicated professionals with advanced degrees and years of experience (not to mention a former basketball star and hall of famer, and an award-winning poet).

Staff Directory

Alissa Kramer

Alissa Kramer

Director of Study Abroad and Away Programs
1-508-793-7534
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LEEP Center Adviser for Language, Literature and Culture and Asian Studies majors

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As director of Study Abroad, Alissa manages the operations for Clark’s Study Abroad and Away programs. She provides holistic support to students throughout the pre-departure, on-site and the re-entry phases of their experience.

Prior to joining Clark, Alissa served as resident director for the Boston University Brussels Internship Program and program manager for Boston University programs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America.

Alissa has a master’s degree in Intercultural Relations and International Higher Education from Lesley University and a double bachelor’s degree in Social Thought and Political Economy and Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She studied abroad at the Eberhard Karls Universitat in Tubingen, Germany, at El Paraiso Spanish School in Bocas del Toro, Panama and in Montanita, Ecuador and speaks German (and some Spanish). She has presented at international education conferences around the globe on student learning outcomes and students with disabilities in study abroad and is a member of NAFSA, FORUM and CIEE international education organizations.

Alissa was also featured in the following article:  9 Clark Students Receive Scholarships to Study Abroad This Spring

Andrea Tymeson

Andrea Tymeson

Office Manager for the LEEP Center
1-508-798-4327
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Andrea is the office manager. In this role, she oversees the general operation of the Center and supervises the work-study students. She also provides support and assistance for all events.

Previously, she worked as a desktop publishing technician for 13 years, working on several weekly magazines. She also worked as the office manager for Atlantic Union College’s Thayer Performing Arts Center and the Music Department.

She holds an office management degree from Burdett School in Boston.

Ben Gardner

Ben Gardner

Assistant Director of Community Engagement
1-508-793-8815
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Ben works closely with students involved in service outside the classroom. In this capacity, he manages Clark’s community work-study program, serves as an adviser for service-oriented student groups, oversees the Community Engagement Office’s alternative spring break programming, and develops service-leadership programming.

Ben holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark University.

Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson

Associate Director of Study Abroad and Away Programs
1-508-793-7587
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Evan advises students throughout the study abroad process by providing support during the application, pre-departure, on-site and campus re-entry phases of study abroad.

Previously, Evan was involved in program coordination and student advising in educational programs and study abroad. He served as the travel seminar and internship coordinator at the Center for Global Education and Experience program in Windhoek, Namibia. Most recently, he coordinated programs for a public health organization involving youth in health promotion and served as a classroom teacher in public elementary schools.

Evan holds a bachelor’s degree in international development and social change and a master’s degree. in community development and planning from Clark University, as well as a master’s in education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Jennifer Plante

Jennifer Plante

Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program
1-508-793-7469
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Jennifer has been at Clark full time since 2007 when she became the director of the Writing Center and Writing Program. During her time at the University, Jennifer has taught a variety of courses, including Expository Writing, Introduction to Literature, Writing: The Beats, Difficult Dialogue courses for the Higgins School of Humanities, and has taught continuing education courses in both literature and film.

Jennifer comes to the position with a lengthy history in the Worcester area. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in humanities. After working as a technical writer in the area, Jennifer pursued a master’s degree in English from Clark University. In 2016, she was selected as one of the 10 Emerging Leaders for 2016-18 in the NACADA Emerging Leaders Program.

5/24/16 “Changing the Culture of Advising on Campus: a Three-Pronged Approach” NACADA’ s e-publication, Academic Advising Today

  • Co-authored article with Michelle Bata about Clark’s implementation of the LEEP model and how academic advising has been rebranded through this cultural shift.

Along with Michelle Bata, received the Excellence in Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region 1, 2014

Jessica Bane Robert

Jessica Bane Robert

Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships
1-508-793-7392
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Jessica is the new Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships. She specializes in helping students craft personal statements for graduate school and competitive proposals for grants and fellowships. She previously worked as the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and has taught for the English and Interdisciplinary departments, as well as for the Higgins School of Humanities since 2007 with course offerings including Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Sense of Place: Writings of Place and Nature, and Mindful Choices.

Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and have won prizes such as the Rita Dove International Poetry Prize and the International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review. Her first chap book of poems, “Scarred Seasons,” was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press and was nominated for a Mass Book Award and  Pen New England Literary Award.

Jessica owns the Barred Owl Retreat: A Center for Writing and Learning in Leicester, Massachusetts, which provides individual and group retreats for artists, educators and students.

Jessica was also featured in the following article: