About Us: Staff Members
To arrange a time to talk with one of our deans, please call (617) 253-4861.
David Randall, PhD~ Associate Dean, Student Support Services: David has been at MIT since 2005 and oversees Student Support Services. David was trained at Penn State and Brown University in clinical psychology where his PhD research focused on homesickness in college students. David is an avid sports fan and during his free time can be found on a basketball court, coaching a variety of little league teams, or cheering for his beloved New York Yankees. David lives with his wife, three boys, and his sock-eating dog, Addie.
James Collins ~ Assistant Dean: James has been providing support to MIT students since 1997. He has a deep respect for the process of growth and learning that comes with facing the things that challenge us. His own journey is filled with twists and turns that brought him from an undergraduate degree in Computer Science to a Master's degree in Mental Health and Counseling from Suffolk University.
Arnold Henderson, Jr. ~ Associate Dean, Strategic and Special Initiatives: Arnold is committed to assisting and supporting students during their challenging years at MIT. He came to S3 from Brandeis University where he was a class dean. He has taught English and history at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and was a counselor for first generation college students at Salem State College. In 2009 he received the MIT Excellence Award for Diversity. He has a longstanding interest in jazz and enjoys collecting recordings, especially bebop and hard bop.
Nicholas Kaempf ~ Administrative Assistant: Nick joined the team in 2011. He provides administrative support to the Deans and Staff Associate, and his welcoming face is the first thing you see when you come to S3. Before coming to MIT, he spent a year teaching English in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and led alternative spring break trips to New Orleans while he was a student at UMass Amherst. Nick enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and rooting for all Boston sports teams.
Laura Maxim ~ Staff Associate: Laura has been supporting students at MIT since 2011. She coordinates the readmission process for students hoping to return to MIT after a withdrawal, and then provides ongoing support for readmitted students. Prior to MIT, Laura worked in college admissions and received her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. When she is not hanging out with her friend and colleague, Tim the Beaver, she enjoys traveling, witty puns, and cooking for her friends and family.
Ayida Mthembu ~ Associate Dean: Ayida has been at MIT in S3 since 1989. She is also an Associate Housemaster. She holds degrees in Political Science, Screen Writing, and Comparative Culture. She enjoys supporting MIT students who are experiencing academic difficulties, especially those who are from culturally diverse backgrounds. She has produced numerous MIT programs and events that address issues of race, gender, and cultural diversity and inclusion. She is also a writer and a musician.
Miri Skolnik, PsyD ~ Assistant Dean: Miri began working as an Assistant Dean at MIT in 2008. Miri was trained at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and worked in community mental health prior to arriving at MIT. Miri is also the administrative advisor for MIT's First Generation Project. Personally, Miri finds it helpful to approach life with a sense of humor, humility, and a strong cup of coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going out for brunch, and other sedentary activities.