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Elda Ceribashi

Budget and Grant Administrator

e.ceribashi@northeastern.edu / ext: 2729

Elda Ceribashi works as Budget and Grant Administrator in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. She oversees sponsored research administration for the School and the Dukakis Center, general financial operations, and student employment. Elda’s main areas of expertise include grants management, pre- and post-award. She has more than 15 years of experience in finance, auditing and research administration in both academic and non-profit sectors. Elda earned her MBA degree from the University of Tirana and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to English, she is fluent in Albanian and German.

Ryan Gosser

External Engagement Coordinator

r.gosser@northeastern.edu / ext: 8900

Ryan Gosser has been working at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs since January 2015. He is also a freelance event planner, and he often works with the catering team at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he oversees private events. He is an avid gardener and very actively involved in community gardens. Ryan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts from New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.

Heather Seligman Trayner

Associate Director, Administration and Finance, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy

h.seligman@northeastern.edu / ext: 3645

Heather began her tenure at the Dukakis Center in the fall of 2000. As our Associate Director of Administration and Finance, she is currently fiscally responsible for all grant, university supported, and gift funds, totaling over $2.5 million annually. Additionally, she oversees the Dukakis Center operations, responsible for human resources, project management, and payroll systems. She works closely with Barry Bluestone on strategic planning and development for the Center. She also assists with marketing, communication, and development initiatives. Heather also serves as the budget manager for the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Similar to her role for the Dukakis Center, she functions in the same capacity, managing operations and projects for the School. In May 2008, Heather earned her Masters in Business Administration. During the course of her academic experience, she discovered her interests lie in entrepreneurship, management, and planning.

Natalia Stone

Program Coordinator, Human Services Program

n.stone@northeastern.edu / ext: 2624

Natalia is a “Triple Husky,” having earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northeastern and having worked for the Human Services Program for more than a decade. She is a champion of the Human Services Program and has a rich knowledge of the university and the surrounding community. Her work reflects a commitment to students and the program she serves. She strives to be a true ambassador of the high impact work of the program. She is student-centered and is always available to help students. She has a wide set of talents that range from budgeting to public relations, from academic planning and evaluation to event planning. Natalia supports the programs’ Dialogue of Civilizations, which are project-based service-learning capacity building programs with nonprofits in Benin, Costa Rica, India, London, Mexico, and Zambia. Natalia provides administrative support to The Social Impact Lab housed within the Human Services Program, which includes Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), an experiential philanthropy education program. She helps advise the Human Services Organization, the student club whose mission is to maximize student impact in the community.

Julie Switkes

Graduate Student Coordinator

j.switkes@northeastern.edu / ext: 2891

Julie Switkes works as a Graduate Student Coordinator in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She oversees the Master of Arts in International Affairs, Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy, Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Public Policy, Masters in Urban Informatics, PhD in Public Policy, and the Urban Studies and Law and Public Policy minors. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Minor in History. Prior to joining the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, she worked as a Program Coordinator in Northeastern University's School of Engineering. She is a recent transplant from Dallas, Texas, who relocated to Boston to be closer to her family.

Lisa Worsh

Co-op Coordinator, Human Services Program

l.worsh@northeastern.edu / ext: 4773

Lisa has supported human services majors (as well as cultural anthropology and sociology) with co-op since 2003. She has over 15 years of experience working with experiential learning in higher education, has a bachelor's degree in sociology, and a masters of education in counseling. She is dedicated to helping prepare students for the world of work. She has more than doubled the number of employers, and therefore, offers our students excellent co-op opportunities. Lisa has a vast knowledge of universities and colleges and has worked both locally at Bridgewater State College and Massachusetts Bay Community College as well as across the country at Beloit College (in Wisconsin) and Portland State University (in Oregon). In her former positions, she worked with students, organizations, and corporations from various university offices of student activities. She has worked in both private and public institutions, with traditional and non-traditional college populations, graduate students, and large international populations. Lisa’s diverse background and high energy has been translated into a drive to create innovative jobs and personal relationships with students, companies, and the Human Services Program. This is illustrated in the recognition of Lisa as the Outstanding Co-op Faculty Coordinator in 2010.