Meet with an Advisor

Group Photo of Undergraduate Academic Advisors

Meeting with an Advisor

To schedule an appointment with an advisor in Undergraduate Advising, please call 617-521-2474 or email, at least one business day in advance. Appointments are most productive when both the advisor and the student are prepared for the appointment.

Canceling appointments:

  • If you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason, please call to cancel and/or re-schedule. If you are running late, please call to notify the advising staff. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you may be required to re-schedule your appointment.
  • The academic advisors are involved in many activities at Simmons, in addition to their advising responsibilities. Because of this, you may not be able to meet with your advisor on short notice or receive an immediate email or phone reply. Your advisor will get back to you as soon as possible.

Undergraduate Advising Team

Cindy Firestein, M.Ed., GCDF

Cindy FiresteinDirector

  • B.A. in Communications, University of Tampa
  • M.Ed. in Student Affairs Counseling, Bridgewater State University
  • Global Career Development Facilitator Certified
  • Career and Education Advisor Certified
Cindy Firestein comes to Simmons with over ten years of experience working in higher education. She began her professional career working at Bridgewater State University (BSU) within the office of Residence Life and Housing for several years before obtaining an Academic Counselor position within the Academic Advising Office at BSU. Since leaving BSU, Cindy has worked in academic and career advising positions at such institutions as Wheaton College, University of North Florida, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) and Northeastern University. Cindy is actively involved in NACADA-- the Global Community for Academic Advising, as the NACADA Region 1 - UnConference Co-Chair. During down time, she enjoys volunteering, spending time with family, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Talia Hirsh, M.A.

Talia Abrahamson HirshAssociate Director

  • BA in Psychology, Boston University
  • MA in Sociology, Brandeis University

Talia Hirsh came to Simmons in 2015 as an academic advisor. In 2012, Talia began her career in advising at Brandeis University, where she helped to coordinate the peer advising program and transitional year program. Talia piloted the Simmons Academic Mentor (SAMs) program at Simmons and is especially passionate about peer advising. She has a Masters Degree in Sociology from Brandeis University. Outside of Simmons, Talia enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband and dog, Gadget! If time provides, she also loves enjoying a good book and catching a Broadway show!

Sara Squeglia, M.A.

Sara SquegliaAssociate Director

  • BA in Sociology & BA in Women’s Studies, Providence College
  • MA in Higher Education – Student Affairs, Boston College

Sara Squeglia began her career in higher education as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at the University of New Haven, where she found a true passion for working with and for all students. During her graduate study, Sara explored the field of advising through various positions including Pre-Health Advising at Brandeis University, the Academic Advising Center at Boston College, and the Sexual Assault Network (SANet) at Boston College. She came to Simmons in 2016. When she is not on campus, Sara is usually exploring hidden neighborhoods in Boston, scouting out delicious restaurants and taking photos of every single morsel, or driving all over New England in search of the perfect beach.

Amanda Chapman, M.Ed.

Amanda ChapmanAcademic Advisor

  • B.S. in Psychology, UMass Amherst
  • M.Ed in Higher Education Administration, Boston University 

Amanda Chapman joined Simmons in June 2018 and is so excited to be working as an academic advisor with a focus in supporting our student-athletes. She became passionate about advising during her time at UMass Amherst where she held many advising roles. Outside of work, Amanda enjoys baking cupcakes, trying out new recipes, going to the beach and teaching Kick It By Eliza!

Cayce Jones, M.A.

Cayce JonesAcademic Advisor

  • B.A. in English, Boston College
  • M.A. in Higher Education, Boston College

Cayce Jones is passionate about supporting students at all levels, and is excited to work with the nursing program at Simmons. He is a patient, active-listener, first and foremost. Cayce is an advocate and ally for all students. He's particularly passionate about issues related to gender in higher education, autism awareness and mental health. He rowed for Boston College Men's Crew for four fantastic years. Cayce has worked with student mentors and financial literacy programs. He most recently was a high school mathematics and life skills teacher. His spirit animal is a seahorse, according to multiple online quizzes.  His Myers-Briggs type is INFJ.

Sara Purisky, M.S.

Sara PuriskyAcademic Advisor

  • B.S.B.A in Finance and Psychology, Simmons University
  • M.S. in Management, Simmons University

A double Simmons alum, Sara Purisky is thrilled to continue serving her alma mater! She joins the Undergraduate Advising team after working two years in Undergraduate Admission at Simmons. During her undergraduate career, Sara developed a passion for higher education, serving as a Campus Ambassador and Admission Fellow. Since then, she's served as the Campus Visit Coordinator, ensuring that prospective students and families have the opportunity to learn what makes the Simmons Community special. Sara graduated with her Masters in Management from Simmons.  Outside of Simmons, Sara can be found learning a new musical theater piece in her voice lessons or making friends with every dog on the streets of Boston.

Emma Nelson

Emma NelsonAdministrative Assistant

  • B.A. in English, Boston University

Emma Nelson joined Simmons University in 2019. A passionate lover of stories and storytelling, Emma is looking forward to offering Simmons' students support as they open exciting new chapters in their lives. Emma loved her time pursuing her BA in English just across the Fens at Boston University and is excited to assist Simmons' students in navigating their own undergraduate studies. When she doesn't have her nose buried in a fantasy novel, Emma enjoys walking and photographing flowers at the Arnold Arboretum, listening to too many podcasts, writing, and hosting board game nights.

Dix Scholar Nursing Advising

Incoming and current Dix Scholar Nursing students receive advising from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Simmons PLAN Advisors (2018-2019)

First-year students are assigned to a Simmons PLAN Advisor for their first year at Simmons. PLAN Advisors are a mix of faculty and professional advisors who are trained on PLAN requirements and are well-versed on all majors and programs offered at Simmons. First-year students receive an email from their PLAN advisor before June Orientation.


First-year students enrolled in the Honors program will be assigned to a PLAN Advisor who is well-versed on the Honors-specific curriculum. First-year students enrolled in both the Honors program and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences will be assigned a PLAN Advisor who is also well-versed on specific SNHS program requirements.