Meet the Staff

The Office of Undergraduate Advising is available to assist with questions regarding all majors and programs. All first-year students will be assigned a PLAN Advisor. A complete list of all PLAN Advisors and their contact information can be found below. If you are unsure about who you've been assigned to for advising, please contact Undergraduate Advising at 617-521-2474 or stop by MCB E-108.

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 comes to Simmons College with over ten years of experience working in higher education. Cindy 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), Northeastern University and now Simmons College. Cindy is actively involved in NACADA-- the Global Community for Academic Advising. During down time, Cindy enjoys volunteering, spending time with family, trying new restaurants and traveling.

Talia Abrahams Hirsh, MA

Talia Abrahamson HirshAssociate Director

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

Talia came to Simmons College in 2015, with four years of experience working in higher education. Talia began her career working at Brandeis University where she helped to coordinate the advising office, peer advising program and transitional year program. Talia is thrilled to be working as an academic advisor at Simmons and is excited to return to Fenway area. Outside of Simmons, Talia can be found enjoying a good book, checking out all the different spin classes around, singing karaoke and spending time with her sweet baby girl and dog, Gadget!

Sara Squeglia, MA

Sara SquegliaAssociate Director

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

Sara 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.

Jaclyn Anderson, MA

Jaclyn AndersonPLAN Program Assistant

  • BS in Public Relations, University of Florida
  • MA in Educational Leadership, University of Central Florida

Jaclyn began her career in higher education as a student leader in volunteer programs at the University of Florida. Go Gators! Since then, she's been working with college students to guide them in exploring their passions through academics and co-curricular activities. She's worked in campus leadership and activities, student affairs and academic advising at various institutions in Florida & Massachusetts.  She's served as an academic advisor for over 11 years. She enjoys playing with her two kids, teaching a toddler/PreK outdoor play class, and leading a Girl Scout troop. With her free time she enjoys reading, crafts, running and barre.

Cayce Jones, MA

Cayce JonesAcademic Advisor

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

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Cayce 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.

Sara Purisky, MS

Sara PuriskyAcademic Advisor

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

A double Simmons alum, Sara 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 in 2017, with a focus on Principled Leadership. 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.

Amber Caplan, MA

Amber CaplanAdministrative Assistant

  • BA in Communication, Curry College
  • MA in Higher Education – Student Affairs, Merrimack College

Amber recently completed her Masters of Education in Higher Education from Merrimack College. Her thesis focused on providing additional academic support services for Graduate Students. While attending Merrimack, she worked in the Writing Center as a Graduate Fellow, marketing the center and consulting students in writing. There she discovered her passion for Academic Support. She has prior experience working in Admissions, Alumni Relations, and Library Services. There is so much to learn, but so little time to do it all. Amber is very delighted to start her career here at Simmons College. In her free time, she participates in community service, reads higher education related articles at her local library, jogs in her neighborhood, and spends time with her friends.

Dix Scholar Nursing Advising

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

Simmons PLAN Advisors

All first-year students will be assigned to a Simmons PLAN Advisor within their first year at Simmons. PLAN Advisors are 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 will 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.