Meet the Staff

Interim Director

Kris Bergbom

As Director, Kris serves as the general advisor to all student organizations on campus, especially media organizations, and through this role facilitates the planning of a diverse offering of social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities. Kris supervises the overall student co-curricular program and represents student issues and concerns to other administrators, and has the good fortune to supervise an excellent team of four professional staffers.

Kris is also responsible for the oversight of Blanchard Campus Center and Chapin Auditorium, working with several departments across campus to program and maintain these signature venues.

With the Assistant Director for Leadership, the Director advises the four Class Boards, and with the Student Programs Event Coordinator the non-credit January Intersession Program.  Kris also founded and directs the Dean of Students TABOO dialog series. 

The recipient of the 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Serviceand the ACPA Outstanding Social Justice Educator, Trainer or Mentor (March 2011), Kris also served on the Multicultural Community and College Life Committee (MCCL) from 2005 through 2010, and currently serves on the Campus Crisis Intervention Team.

The Student Programs Director also advises the Network Programming Board, MHNews, Outing Club, and the student run Art Gallery. Additionally Kris has served as the advisor to OUTreach (LGBTQQIA Student Organization), and the Doing It Live student group bringing live indie bands to campus. 

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

Jaime DeCaro Birk

The Administrative Assistant 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

Our Student Event & Special Programs Coordinator 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, our Special Programs Coordinator 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

Responsible for the Production Management of events in the Blanchard Campus Center and Chapin Auditorium, acting as the liaison between student organizations, performers, agents, and college departments in planning campus events and supervising the student Stage Crew who provide for  technical needs and staffing of these events, and others around campus.

Tim also serves as the Chief Operator and advisor to WMHC.