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

Roland Davis

Roland Davis, PhD

Learn more about our Executive Director of Undergraduate Advising and Student Success!

Roland Davis, PhD

Executive Director of Undergraduate Advising and Student Success

  • BA History and Sociology, Bates College
  • MSW Clinical Practice, Boston College
  • PhD in Education, University of New Hampshire 

Roland has been in the field of higher education for over twenty years in various areas. He began his career working in undergraduate admissions before earning his MSW and working as a counselor in a university health center. From there, Roland went on to become the Assistant Dean of a college directing an academic support program. He then went on to be the sophomore class dean at his alma mater, Bates College, and eventually became an Associate Dean of Students at Bates overseeing all of the College’s diversity programs. Somewhere in his career, Roland managed to earn a PhD in Education and became an expert in understanding the experience of students of color at predominantly white schools and colleges, with particular focus on the transition from high school to college among these students. He knows a great deal about things like stereotype threat, implicit racial bias, aversive racism and other psychosocial phenomena that can impede academic performance among students of color. In addition to his work at Simmons, he also works with high school and college faculty on these issues to increase awareness and offer greater insight into the experiences of their students. Roland loves working with undergraduates and helping them to navigate their way through the college experience. He could not be more thrilled to be working at Simmons. Roland has two children--a daughter in high school and a son in middle school. His family also has a very hyper and unruly Boston Terrier named Priscilla, who is only calm when sitting on Roland's lap while he is drinking his morning coffee. 

Talia Abrahams Hirsh, MA

Talia Abrahamson HirshAcademic Advisor

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

Talia came to Simmons College 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 dog, Gadget!

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 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 inexploring their passions through academics and co-curricular activities. She's worked in campus leadership and activities, student affairs and academic advising at various institutions-- Rollins College, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, Northeastern University, Boston University and Simmons. Jaclyn has been at Simmons for 4 years.  She served as an academic advisor for 10 years and is now a part-time program assistant for the PLAN program and Undergraduate Advising. She enjoys playing with her two kids, teaching outdoor play classes for toddlers/preschoolers, and hitting up local farmer’s markets. With her (very little) free time she enjoys reading, running and barre classes.

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.

Sara Squeglia, MA

Sara SquegliaAcademic Advisor

  • 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. Sara is thrilled to continue this career as an Academic Advisor at Simmons. 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.

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.

  • Leanne Doherty Interim Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Honors Program Director
  • Renee Bergland Professor and Hazel Dick Leonard Chair, English
  • Diane Grossman Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Women & Gender Studies