Meet the Staff

The staff at Syracuse London work to provide the academic, programming, and operational support that students need to have a successful and enriching experience abroad.

We are as international as our students: the twenty staff members of Syracuse London have lived or worked in over two dozen countries, and half of us were born outside the UK.

Previous experiences have included curating at the Victoria & Albert Museum, working at The Royal London Hospital, and testifying at The United Nations. Our hobbies range from baking to biking, gaming to gardening.

We are also happy to have a large group of British students and Syracuse alumni who support our Arrivals & Orientation program as local guides, and regularly host work-study students during their semesters abroad. To learn more about opportunities to join the Syracuse London staff, please see our Vacancies page.

 

Learn more about who makes what happen around Faraday House by browsing the profiles below.

To get in touch with a member of staff, please see our Contact Us page.

 

 

Jovita Adom

Jovita Adom

Excellence & Inclusion
About
Meet Jovita

Jovita, our Academic Excellence & Inclusion Coordinator, joined us in October 2015. She graduated from Hult International Business School with a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Gender Studies. Born in Lithuania, she moved to Chicago at the age of 14, and has now been living in London for over 10 years.

Jovita is passionate about learning from all that this multicultural city has to offer, especially regarding diversity and inclusion. In her spare time you can often find her at various public talks around London. She also enjoys spending time outdoors; most weekends are spent escaping the city to hike and enjoy the beauty of Britain’s smaller towns and villages.

Meghan Callahan

Meghan Callahan

Teaching & Learning
About
Meet Dr Callahan

Dr Meghan Callahan is the Assistant Director for Teaching & Learning. A Syracuse alumna, she received an M.A. in Art History as a Florence Fellow at Syracuse Florence after earning a B.A. from Trinity University in Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers University. From 2006-2008, Dr Callahan was a Kress Curatorial Fellow on the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Her research interests are in the architectural and artistic patronage of the sixteenth-century mystic Sister Domenica da Paradiso, and Italian Renaissance sculpture. She has published in The Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance Studies, and The Burlington Magazine, as well as in various collections of essays; including the recent book dedicated to emeritus professor Gary Radke of Syracuse University.

Marius Ciobanu

Marius Ciobanu

Facilities Assistance
About
Meet Marius

Marius is our Facilities Assistant and has been working at Syracuse London since May 2015. Born in Romania, Marius attended art school and is also qualified as a wood carver and electrician. Marius runs a wide range of DIY tasks around Faraday House, and is a great go-to with questions about our London campus.

He enjoys playing tennis, running and kart racing.

Becca Farnum

Becca Farnum

Community Relations
About
Meet Becca

Becca is our Internship and Community Relations Manager. She began working at Syracuse London in September 2017 as she was finishing her PhD at King’s College London, where she explored environmental politics in the Middle East and North Africa. Originally from the US, Becca moved to the UK as a Marshall Scholar and has been passionate about student opportunities in Europe ever since.

Becca loves hiking mountains and deserts around the world, swimming in oceans and lakes, and baking cookies en masse.

Marco Figueiredo

Marco Figueiredo

IT & Operations
About
Meet Marco

Marco, our Assistant Director for IT & Operations, holds a BSc in Computing (Software Engineering Pathway) from the University of Westminster. Marco has previously worked in various IT roles, ranging from developer to team leader in the finance and education sectors.

Marco is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and in his free time, enjoys retro gaming, classic horror movies and music.

Eugenia Francis-Williams

Eugenia Francis-Williams

Student Records
About
Meet Eugenia

Eugenia Francis-Williams is the Registrar for Syracuse London. She has worked for Syracuse University since 1986, making her an incredible font of knowledge and memory about the program here in London.

Eugenia was born in Dominica, West Indies, but has been a resident of London for a long time. She is an expert of Strictly Come Dancing, as well as our class schedules!

Troy Gordon

Troy Gordon

Director
About
Meet Dr Gordon

Dr Troy Gordon is the Director and has been involved with Syracuse London since 2007, first as adjunct professor and since 2012 as Academic Director. He earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound, and an MA and PhD in English Language & Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001-2006 he lectured at UCLA, and from 2007-2012 he served as Head of the Media & Communications Department and later as Associate Dean at Hult International Business School in London.

Dr Gordon specializes in literature, film and gender studies, and also taught a course at SUL on James Bond and British Masculinity. In addition to editing his great-grandfather’s memoirs about growing up in 19th-century Liverpool, he regularly researches and presents on his other areas of interest: the study of unconventional male/female friendships in the modernist period in England, the visual and written representation of mass atrocities and conflict, and the changing nature of work and organisational life in the 21st century.

Stephen Halliday

Stephen Halliday

Programming
About
Meet Stephen

Stephen is our Programming Coordinator. He attended Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) for his undergraduate degree, where he completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Sport & Exercise Science). Stephen then continued his education at CCCU, obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with a specialisation in Business and Sport Science. Over the past six years, Stephen has been teaching and managing courses in secondary education.

At Syracuse London, Stephen brings his wealth of experience in both education and sport to build programming around London, the UK, and Europe for students abroad. His special interest in how field trips and independent experiences can complement formal academic learning led Stephen to create our flagship London Passport program, which gives students a way to reflect on and receive recognition for extra- and co-curricular activities and travel.

Stephen is a keen sportsman who plays competitive football (that’s soccer, for you Americans) and rugby.

Gokulna Joshi

Gokulna Joshi

IT Assistance
About
Meet Goks

Gokulna, our IT Assistant, joined Syracuse London in 2017. She started out in our Reception Team, with a vast background in front of house experience. A year later, she moved into her current tech role, where she specialises in making sure Faraday House is able to provide the tools our students need to make the most of their time abroad and excel in their academic work.

A plant enthusiast and committed vegan, Gokulna enjoys caring for her indoor garden, propagating succulents and occasionally growing vegetables. Goks also loves long walks, yoga and photography.

Sallie Kampf

Sallie Kampf

Reception
About
Meet Sally

Sallie joined the team as Receptionist in 2017. Originally from Australia, she moved over on a working holiday visa to explore more of Europe. Previously, Sallie has worked in pharmacy, but decided to pursue a different career while she was in England, and happily landed at Syracuse London.

Sallie plans on seeing as many countries as she can while living here. She’s visited twenty-five countries so far, and continues adding to the list thanks to our university-run field trips as well as her own holiday planning.

Omer-Sheriff Patel

Omer-Sheriff Patel

Reception
About
Meet Omer

Omer joined the team as Receptionist in 2017. Previously, Omer has worked in various customer and visitor services roles in companies as diverse as Hamley’s Toy Store, The Royal London Hospital, and The National Gallery.

Omer is a huge fan of Def Leppard, 80s cartoons, and the work of Steven Spielberg. The staff joke that he holds a ‘PhD by practice’ in film – Omer knows an incredible amount about cinematography and history, and can always be counted on for a critical review of recent releases or a good recommendation of what to watch on a rainy London day. He also enjoys running, working out at the gym and travelling.

Rohan Perera

Rohan Perera

Facilities
About
Meet Rohan

Rohan is our Facilities Manager, and joined Syracuse London in November 2015. He has over 25 years in facilities management experience, previously working in housing and banking as well as with local councils and the Serpentine Gallery. Rohan is a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management as well as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Beyond making sure everyone at Faraday House is safe and providing a comfortable and productive place for students to learn, Rohan enjoys Napoleonic re-enactments, English history and cycling into work.

Dan Pothecary-Smith

Dan Pothecary-Smith

Housing & Special Programs
About
Meet Dan

Dan is the Housing & Special Programs Coordinator and joined Syracuse London in April 2018. He has a BA from the University of Brighton in Education and English Literature and is currently working towards an MSc in Education, Power and Social Change at Birkbeck, University of London.

Dan has worked in the private education sector within the UK since graduating in 2014. He is very much interested in access to education within the UK and the imbalances within the UK state education sector.

In his spare time, Dan likes to go to the cinema, theatre and enjoys exploring Europe!

Julia Sheehan

Julia Sheehan

Human Resources
About
Meet Julia

Julia, our Human Resources Manager, graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a BSc in Geography. Since graduating, Julia has worked in recruitment and training operations and has completed her Level 5 CIPD Certificate in Human Resources Management.

Julia loves music – particularly live music and regularly attends concerts and gigs with her family and friends. She also enjoys art, fitness, baking and travelling. In 2016, Julia spent three months travelling across America.

Nada Silman

Nada Silman

Student Life
About
Meet Nada

Nada, our Assistant Director for Programming & Student Life, holds a BA and MA in International Relations from London’s Hult International Business School. Lebanese by heritage, Nada was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in California. She began university in Lebanon, but left during the 2006 war, moving to Dubai and eventually to London to complete her studies. Since then, Nada has worked in the higher education sector at three different universities. She is keenly interested in identity politics: the relationship between who we think we are and notions of nation, state, culture and tradition.

Nada also enjoys film, baking, photography and football (come on you Spurs!).

Fiona Slaven

Fiona Slaven

Finance
About
Meet Fiona

Fiona joined our team as Finance Manager in 2017. She comes to Syracuse with a background of 25 years in financial management. Originally from London, Fiona was educated in the Middle East and Africa before settling in Hampshire on her return to the UK.

In recent years, Fiona has worked at a fine art and antique auction house, several property management organisations, and an international boat sales company. Her role at Syracuse London returns her to the education field, from which she originally began her career. She loves working with students, which makes managing our accounts more fun!

Outside of work, Fiona follows a passion for music which includes playing in an Irish band, volunteers at a homeless charity, and enjoys sailing and powerboating around The Solent.

Lisa Watkins

Lisa Watkins

Health & Wellness
About
Meet Lisa

Lisa, our Health & Wellness Adviser, has a BSc (Hons) in Behavioral Science from the University of Glamorgan, an MA in Social Work from Cardiff University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy. She has worked within the specialist field of gender-based violence, supporting victims of sexual assault and rape in forensic settings.

As an educator, Lisa has delivered a wide range of educational health and social care courses throughout the UK. Her courses are meant to assist practitioners’ knowledge and practice of working within the social care sector. She is currently studying for her PhD at The Tavistock, questioning how her experiences building therapeutic responses to victims of sexual violence and working with American students abroad can better inform the psychological and social care fields.

A native Welshwoman, Lisa enjoys mountain biking, walking, and socializing in her spare time. And while she loves long weekends in the southwestern hills of her homeland…she also really enjoys London food!

Emily Wood

Emily Wood

Reception
About
Meet Emily

Emily joined us as Receptionist in 2017. She has recently completed a BA in English Literature and Language at King’s College London, and is now studying an MA in English at King’s. Emily has previously worked in hospitality and catering- she can make a burrito in 90 seconds!

In her spare time, Emily loves running, skiing and going to the theatre. She also loves travelling to new and exciting places: her most recent destinations include Vietnam, Romania, and Japan.