Meet the Staff

Assistant Dean of Students and Director

Alicia Erwin

In her role, Alicia serves to support the breath of opportunities, programs, and resources provided by the Office of Student Programs. She supervises the four full-time staff members in Student Programs, and as an Assistant Dean represents student feedback, concerns, and ideas to the Student Life Deans. She advises the Class Boards and works closely with Mount Holyoke News, The Network, and the Outing Club while also serving as a general advisor to registered student organizations. She manages and stewards the Blanchard Campus Center and Chapin Auditorium, working with multiple offices to maintain the buildings and program in the spaces. With the rest of the staff, she also works to implement large-scale campus-wide programming such as January's Intercession.

Alicia comes to Mount Holyoke from New York University's School of Engineering, where she served as the Director of Student Activities and Resource Center. Before that she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as Assistant Director for Student Activities and Leadership. She has experience with advising student organizations and student government, facilitating leadership development, community service and engagement initiatives, planning and executing campus-wide events, working with diverse communities, and much more.

Assistant Director for Leadership

Erin Mosher O'Brien

Erin serves as the advisor to the SGA and First and Second Year Class Boards. She supports all established student organizations needing org development guidance, as well as individual students seeking to start a new organization on campus. In addition to Advising SGA Committees such as Ways & Means, All Campus Elections, and the Appointing Board; she also supervises the SGA Business Office. She is available to assist in group organization, leadership training, conflict resolution, and more.

Erin works directly with the Family and Friends Weekend Committee, Office Social Media oversight, and  the Commuter Student Lounge. She collaborates with her staff team in the production and promotion of major campus events sponsored by The Student Programs Office and coordinates with offices across campus such as the Weissman Center for Leadership, Career Development Center, and the rest of her Department of Student Life team to implement leadership development opportunities available to all students, such as LeaderShops.

Erin joined Student Programs after working as an Area Coordinator for the Residential Life Department at Mount Holyoke College since September 2012. Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke Community, she worked in Residential Life for five years.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Technology in Business at Virgina Tech and her Master's Degree in Business with a focus on Hospitality  and Tourism Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Fun Facts:

Erin got married in Ireland over the summer of 2015

Plays for 3 local softball teams in the summer and 2 volleyball teams in the winter

Lives for good food, great friends, and travelling.

Loves the Student Programs Staff Team tremendously!!!


Senior Administrative Assistant and Office Manager

Jaime DeCaro Birk

Jaime manages the daily operations and services of the office, including the hiring, supervision and ongoing training of the student employee Office and Blanchard Information Desk staff.

Jaime is also responsible for office purchasing and record keeping, maintaining office and Student Organization databases, office communications such as the weekly Word Out! e-newsletter, managing the Campus Center vendor program, and maintaining the office Web site. Jaime is also a core member of the Family and Friends Weekend Committee, helping to plan, coordinate and staff weekend programs. Additionally, Jaime serves on the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Committee, the Student Employment Advisory Committee, and is a former Staff Council member.

Jaime joined the Mount Holyoke College community in August 2009. Prior to her arrival, she worked in the corporate world doing marketing for two engineering firms. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Community Studies (Anthropology) from UMass Boston. When not working, Jaime can usually be found playing with her rambunctious four year-old daughter; when she actually has "free time", she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with friends, and assorted geekery - including but not limited to: fantasy & sci fi movies, TV, books, and all manner of gaming.

Student Event & Special Programs Coordinator

Riley Fickett

Riley mentors student event hosts in the details of event staffing and serves on our team as an on-site supervisor for some large student events. Additionally, she is responsible for key planning and implementation of several of our signature all-campus events including:  No Study Zone, and January Intersession social events, our Student Org Fair, the Late Night Music Sing Along,  and Pangy Day. 

Technical Director / Production Manager

Tim Dietrick

As Technical Director, Tim oversees the operation and function of the two largest venues on campus: Blanchard Campus Center and Chapin Auditorium. He is also the Chief Operator of WMHC, managing the needs of the college's historic radio station. Tim works in tandem with the rest of the Student Programs office to advise and focus student ideas into reality-based events of any size.  

Tim provides technical guidance in the necessary areas of production to help create experiences for the campus. He supervises the student Stage Crew, staffing and supporting the various events in the community. He is often the liaison between different areas of the campus, and the point of contact for outside vendors and artists coming to college.