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Richard Gatteau
Vice President and Dean of Students

Dr. Richard Gatteau is in his 26th year working in the higher education field.  In addition to being Vice President and Dean of Students, he serves as the Faculty Director of the Higher Education Administration program. 

Dr. Gatteau earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University and his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont.  He completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration at Fordham University.  His doctoral dissertation research focused on female presidential leadership at selective higher education institutions. 

Dr. Gatteau's career includes working in residential life and academic advising capacities.  He worked as a Hall Director at the University of Vermont and as Assistant Director and Director of Residential Life at Iona College before transitioning to academic advising.  Dr. Gatteau was the Senior Dean of Columbia University's sophomore advising center before coming to Stony Brook University in 2002 as Director of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising.  In 2011, he became the Assistant Provost, and in 2014 became the Associate Provost  for Academic Success in the Division of Undergraduate Education. 

As the Associate Provost, he was responsible for supporting the University's retention and graduation efforts, and worked closely with new student orientation, academic advising, tutoring, and other offices that support students' academic success.  As part of the Higher Education Administration master's program, Dr. Gatteau teaches Foundations of Higher Education Administration, Advising and Counseling in Higher Education, and Project Seminar.

Jeff Barnett

Jeffrey A. Barnett
Interim Associate Dean of Students

Jeff Barnett is a longtime member and proud alum of the Stony Brook community.   He has served in several positions throughout Student Affairs, Enrollment & Retention Management and the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University, and currently oversees several areas related to student life and community development. This includes direct oversight of the Student Activities Center and Facilities, Student Engagement & Activities, WUSB 90.1FM, Commuter Student Services and Off-Campus Living  and Athletic Bands in addition to the administrative, personnel and budget actions of the Office of the Dean of Students. 

His professional background reaches across both Student & Academic Affairs and includes experience with academic and organizational advising, orientation, first-year student issues, large-scale programming, student learning outcomes assessment, learning communities programs, student success initiatives, community building, risk management, leadership, student life programming and student and staff development. He serves as adjunct professor for the Master's Program in Higher Education Administration teaching Research & Assessment, Practicum and Student Affairs Administration. Jeff has published and presented at national and regional conferences on a variety of these topics. He has received grants from the Newman's Own Foundation State University of New York and SBU President's Office to support innovative programming. Jeff is the recipient of Distinguished Service Awards in the areas of Student Development, Systems Innovations, and Research & Assessment for his work.  Jeff earned his B.S. in psychology from Stony Brook University Honors College, and his graduate degree in Higher & Post-Secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently A.B.D in Social Research and Policy Analysis (School of Social Welfare) at Stony Brook University. 

Cheryl Chambers

Cheryl Chambers
Associate Dean & Director of Multicultural Affairs

In her role as Associate Dean and Director for Multicultural Affairs,  Cheryl focuses on promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion throughout the Stony Brook community.  For nearly 24 years, s he also has worked in the areas of campus activities, student leadership development, multicultural programming, budgeting and human resources, and facilities management.  Cheryl coordinates several campus initiatives, including the SBU Chapter of the Student African American Brotherhood National Organization (SAAB) and the Multicultural Women’s Alliance (MWA).  

She is a proud Stony Brook University alumnus who earned a Master's degree in Human Resource Management, an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from the NYS Department of Education and the Harriman School of Management at Stony Brook.  She also has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University.  Cheryl is currently pursuing a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Education.  She enjoys Stony Brook’s campus traditions, including the opening of school, the Festival of Lights, and Diversity Day/Strawberry Festival, among many others.

Ellen Driscoll

Ellen F. Driscoll LMSW
Interim Associate Dean of Students

In 1995, Ellen joined the Student Health Service Staff as the first full time Substance Abuse Counselor at Stony Brook University. After fifteen years, she moved to the Dean of Students suite in 2011. She  oversees the coordination and planning of student recognition awards, events and community outreach and is responsible for responding to student issues and assist in the development of outreach and response plans.  

Ellen can often be found in the crowd of many athletic contests cheering on the Seawolves. When asked what she likes most about her job, she talks about times spent with students - if it is training the new Red Watch Band Members, assisting a student with a personal struggle, working special events with peer educators or just chatting with students on campus to catch up on what's new. Too many great moments to count, yet a truly special time shared with students was when Ellen accompanied 50 students from the Alternative Spring Break Organization (ASBO) to Galveston, Texas to assist in community clean up after Hurricane Ike destroyed much of the town. Life at SBU is fast moving and ever-changing, yet Ellen tries to slow it down, freeze time with her camera and find gratitude one day at a time.

Jarvis M. Watson

Dr. Jarvis M. Watson
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs

In his role as Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Jarvis M. Watson has served as an advocate of multiculturalism, inclusion, and diversity. Dr. Watson is a proud alumnus of Stony Brook University, where he earned his BA in English from Stony Brook University. After earning his degree, Dr. Watson earned a MA in Counselor Education (Community/Agency) from Kean University; and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology from Dowling College, Oakdale. Dr. Watson comes to the Office of Multicultural Affairs with over 14 years of working in both Student and Academic Affairs. As a former Senior Counselor and Assistant Director with the Educational Opportunity Program, Dr. Watson has been successful in serving the needs of students in the areas of counseling, advising, training, supervising, enrollment, and retention. He has also has extensive experience in the areas of administration, budgeting, alumni relations, fund raising, programming, advocacy, and community outreach.

Dr. Watson has served on University Presidential committees related to diversity, outreach, and inclusion. Dr. Watson has received honors and awards for his service and dedication to the campus and larger Stony Brook University Community. As a former SBU student athlete, Dr. Watson enjoys giving back to the campus community by participating in and attending athletic competitions, multicultural events, and traditional school spirit events.


Howard Gunston

Howard Gunston, MFA
Director of SAC Facilities Operations

Howard Gunston is the Director of Facilities Operations for the Student Activities Center (SAC), a building that rocks nearly 10,000 events annually, half of which are designed for students, by students. The department provides building oversight, audio/visual services, risk management, and event services for faculty, staff, students, and guests. One of those events happens to be Howard's favorite campus tradition: Strawberry Fest, because strawberries are healthy even if they're covered in chocolate, right?


Howard is a two-time alumnus of Stony Brook University, having earned a Master of Arts in English ('06) and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Literature ('17) from the same campus he used to attend science fiction conventions at as a kid. Howard's experience in risk management includes six years as a NYS certified emergency medical technician for eastern Long Island and four years as basic life support (BLS) faculty for the American Heart Association training center at Stony Brook Medicine; he currently serves as a campus safety warden and co-chairs the university's Student Event Risk Management Committee (EMC). Howard received the Student Affairs Distinguished Service Award, the Dean of Students Beyond the Call Award, and the Frederick Preston Partnership Award, though perhaps his proudest accomplishment was driving cross-country, sans GPS, without getting lost as he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English & Communications from Dakota Wesleyan University. In fairness, his father did most of the driving.




Cathrine Duffy

Cathrine Duffy
Associate Director
of Student Support

Cathrine Duffy provides support and outreach to students as well as programming support to the office and the Dean of Students. She is Staff Liaison to Stony Brook's Elect Her: Campus Women Win program and works to collaborate with faculty and staff on women's leadership development on campus. She teaches a freshman seminar in the College of Leadership and Service and is an advisor to several student organizations, including Alternative Spring Break Outreach, the High Cs and StandUp Against Bullying.

Cathrine was a founding faculty member of Stony Brook's School of Journalism and lectured there for six years. In addition to teaching, Cathrine provided academic advising to journalism students and administered alumni and recruitment outreach. Cathrine also serves as co-coordinator of the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, a residential high school journalism workshop. Cathrine previously worked at Newsday in various capacities including news editor, copy editor and deputy Long Island editor. She is a two-time alumnus of Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in journalism and a Master of Arts in Public Policy. Her most memorable moment at Stony Brook is walking into her 2010 grad school graduation in a packed LaValle Stadium while bubbles filled the air.


Student Employees


Yark Beyan
Yark Beyan is a senior studying Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs and a minor in Sustainability Studies. Originally from Staten Island, New York, she serves as the Team Leader for the Center for Civic Justice at Stony Brook University. In addition, Yark is a recipient of the JFEW-SUNY Scholars Program in International Relations and Global Affairs, a Student Ambassador and a member of the President's Council of Student Advisors. Yark is passionate about global affairs and is the founder of African Grow n' Glow, a social enterprise that seeks to address deficiencies in the beauty industry for people of color. In her free time, Yark likes to read, work out, and, most importantly, sleep!

Brenda Garrido
Brenda Garrido is a junior studying Business Management in hopes to one day be a crucial part of a team that aims to make a change in society. Brenda's hobbies include reading, writing, bullet journaling, volleyball/working out and anything arts related; whether its painting or poetry. Brenda enjoys talking to others and getting to learn about the characteristics that make us all different. 

Jonathan Marcelin
Jonathan Marcelin is a senior majoring in Chemical and Molecular Engineering, and minoring in Computer Science. He recently started the MBA fast track program here at SBU. Jonathan transferred in after his freshman year.  His favorite SBU tradition is the reading day that he wishes could become a reading week (before the final exams).  He also works as a Resident Assistant and a monitor at the campus recreation center. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers' executive board and Brothers and Sisters in Christ. He is a big fan of sports, especially soccer, volleyball, table tennis and ping pong. 

Allan Prinstil
Allan Prinstil is a sophomore majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in studio art. His hobbies and passions include sports, music, fine arts and sightseeing. He is a member of the club volleyball team, the Veterans Student Organization and also a reservist in the United States Marine Corps.  

Alyssa Thomas
Alyssa Thomas is a senior majoring in English and Sociology. Her favorite SBU tradition would be  Midnight  Scream, when the entire student body lets out their stress and frustration the night before finals week by screaming together (not at each other). Alyssa is an active member of the campus community, including serving as president of the Residence Hall Association.







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