Recovery Task Force

The Simmons University COVID-19 Recovery Task Force has been assembled to evaluate all the possible scenarios for re-opening Simmons, including implications for facilities, living and learning, staff returning to work, financial impacts, and overall health and safety. The input from this team, along with the guidance we will continue to receive from public health officials, the Mayor, and the Governor, will inform our decision about when we can open and how we can reopen.

Task Force Subcommittees

The seven subcommittees of faculty, staff and administration leaders have been hard at work evaluating a variety of scenarios and requirements related to when and how we can re-open campus this fall. 

The Steering Committee

Vice President of University Real Estate and Facilities Management Laura Brink Pisinski leads the nine-member Steering Committee: Susan Antonelli, Mike Barone, Laura Brink, Joan Martinez Cuerva, Suzie Murphy, Debra Perez, Russ Pinizzotto, and Kathy Rodgers and Janet Walzer.


Interim Provost Russ Pinizzotto leads the 18-person Academic sub-committee: Susan Antonelli, Stephanie Berzin, Justin Cole, Marie desJardins, Diane Grossman, Justin Jones, Sarah Leonard, Cathie Mercier, Brian Norman, Catherine Paden, Ray Pfeiffer, Gretchen Ralston, Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, Roslyn Taylor, Geoff Turner, Richard Voos, and Laura Wareck.

Campus Infrastructure

Assistant Vice President of University Real Estate Development and Facilities Management Joan Martinez Cuerva leads the 16-person Campus Infrastructure sub-committee: Matt Berens, Dave Bruce, Jenna Canfield, Richard Cody, Brendan Hughes, Ali Kantor, Mike Malmberg, Mike McNeil, Lauren Murray, Helen Popinchalk, Charlotte Russell, Liz Scott, Kelly Williams, Joe Wilson and Jason Wood.

Faculty and Staff

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Suzie Murphy and Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity Debra Perez lead the 14-person Faculty and Staff sub-committee: Danny Barker, Carly Burton, Sharron Credle, Erin DeCurtis, Sam Fox, Andrew Kiritsy, Aaron Morrison, Brian Norman, Kim O’Neil, Nikki Vanderpol, Janet Walzer and Christina Webber.


Dean of Students Susan Antonelli leads the 13-person Student sub-committee: Danny Barker, Kerri Brophy, Marybeth Davis, Sherri Ettinger, Lisa Hussey, Miriam Ismail, Jennifer Knodle, Paul Lombardo, Amelia McConnell, Pat Rissmiller, Sara Simberg, Leah Tennen and Corey Zohlman.

Financial and Legal

Interim CFO Mike Barone and Senior Vice President/General Counsel Kathy Rodgers lead the seven-person Financial and Legal sub-committee: Teresa Fung, Diane Grossman, David Hollinden, Kim O’Neil and Amy Staffer. 


Associate Vice President for University Communications Janet Walzer and Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity Debra Perez lead the seven-person Communications sub-committee: Sharron Credle, Lisa Hussey, Allie Morgan, Bryana Wall and Laura Wareck.