We invite you to get to know our team of Living & Learning support professionals who are not only experts in their fields, but deeply invested in our students’ success each and every day!

Colin Brady, Director of External Recruitment and Student Success

B.S., Secondary Education, University of Vermont

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

Colin’s varied academic and educational interests include learning differences (LD), history, sociology, geography and mindfulness.

Professional Presentations to LD communities, schools and the Independent Educational Consultants Association

  • “Transition to College”
  • “Accommodations at College”

Why Living & Learning at Mitchell?

“First, Thames at Mitchell is so unique. Its strong community fosters growth and a sense of belonging that empowers students to continue their education and work towards their goals. Its perfect balance – a highly supported transitional gap year program and inclusion of Thames students in the Mitchell College community – gives students unrivaled experiences. From living and dining to participating in clubs and activities on a college campus, Thames students benefit from these valuable opportunities.” 

Joys & Happiness

My joy is found in family, friends, and community. Also basketball, LOL. I like hip hop music, reading, sports, and spending time with my family.


Amanda Marino
Amanda Marino, M.A., Director of Admissions, Living & Learning Support Programs

B.S., Psychology, Sacred Heart University
M.A., Counseling Psychology,
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

Amanda’s interests inclue learning differences (LD), transition from high school to college, universal design in the classroom, removing barriers and guiding students to academic success

Professional Presentations

  • “Basic Services vs. Comprehensive Support Programs at the Post-Secondary Level” to the Learning Disability Association of America’s annual national conference;
  • “Navigating the College Process for Students with LD and ADHD,” “Learning Support Programs on a College Campus,” “College Transition for Special Education Students” to local professional organizations

Why Living & Learning at Mitchell?

“I believe that every student deserves access and support that is going to meet their specific academic and social needs. All of our Living & Learning Programs truly provide a unique experience to help assist students with strategic intervention and skillful instruction. Our students feel supported and connected within our programs to succeed here at Mitchell. The Mystic & Bentsen Learning Center programs are unparalleled in assisting our full-time students along their educational journeys. Our Thames Program provides great foundation that is flexible and customizable for each individual student needing a transitional year after high school. It is encouraging to hear the relief of both prospective students and families when they learn we have options with the varying levels of support we provide and how we can help them succeed.”

Joys & Happiness

Watching my 3-year-old son learn, grow and navigate the world around him! Spending time with my family, traveling, exercising (hikes, walks, Barre3), Disney World, New England Patriots, reading and continuing to always educate myself.


Beverly Scully, M.S., Director, Thames at Mitchell

B.S., Business Administration: Business Economics, Southern Connecticut State University
M.S., Education: Instructional Technology, Western Connecticut State University
Educational Leadership Sixth Year Certificate, Southern Connecticut State University

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

Beverly’s true passion is educating people about Autism – what is Autism and what strategies work best to assist students (and adults) to be successful in life and to be contributing members of society. She has trained Mitchell instructors and dining and campus safety staff in best practices for working with autistic students.

Professional Publication 

  • “Autism and Frustration, Anxiety and Anger” presented to the Mitchell College Office of Academic Affairs

Why Thames?

“To me, it is all about the students. Students motivate me and their personality gives me joy because our students have to work doubly hard to participate in their education and succeed! The best part about being at Thames is collaborating with the team to guide and support students academically, socially and emotionally. It is exciting to continue to align Thames with Mitchell College’s models for core courses, academic advisory, essential life skills and, most importantly, encouraging students’ strengths to let their true potentials shine through.”

Joys & Happiness

Family, including my new grandson. Reading and writing mysteries, gardening, and training my Portuguese water dog.


Ron Samul, M.F.A., Assistant Director, Thames at Mitchell

B.A., English, Eastern Connecticut State University
M.F.A., Creative and Professional Writing, Western Connecticut State University

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

Ron’s academic interests have been in delivery of writing instruction and mentoring students with learning disabilities. Finding innovative ways to structure the tools and skills around self-expression, he enjoys engaging students in learning and developing curriculum tailored to a variety of skills and learning differences. Highlights of past coursework include exploring graphic novels and designing a midterm based on a murder crime scene investigation, a collaboration with several college departments including performing arts and facilities.

Why Thames?

“I really value the growth and learning that comes from our program. Watching a student grow from a college-able student to a college-ready student is significant. I see confidence, use of study skills and their connection with friends and their cohort – this is what motivates me. I know it works, but it takes time and trust that they will, in their own vision of education, move forward. And that trust and collaboration with the student is important.”

Joys & Happiness

Spending time with my family and spending time under the sea. As a certified advanced scuba diver, I enjoy wreck diving and being around the ocean. I also love good books, playing my violin, hanging out on the beach with my family, and good conversations about books and writing.



Alice Murallo, M.S., Assistant Director, Bentsen Learning Center

B.A., Elementary Eduction, Simmons College
M.S., Communication Disorders, Emerson College

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

What drives Alice is working with students with learning differences and their families and determining how the BLC can help them achieve their academic goals and reach their potential. In addition, she enjoys continually improving and expanding program offerings to meet the needs of Mitchell’s ever-changing student population and times.

Why the Bentsen Learning Center?

I cherish the personal connections the Learning Specialists and I cultivate with our students. These connections are essential in helping students discover their strengths and develop the skills to be successful in college and beyond. It brings me great joy when students share their successes or have an “aha moment,” knowing that our program helped them achieve their potential. The collective dedication and commitment of the staff fuels the mission of the department, which contributes to the collaborative relationships that support the work we do. We always have the students’ best interests at heart and work together to provide students with the best learning experience possible.” 

Joys & Happiness

My husband. Spending time with friends and my family, especially with my two grandchildren and three great nieces, watching as they each reach new milestones and achievements. Summer. Traveling, especially to places known for surf and sun, such as the Caribbean and Hawaii. Additionally, I enjoy being a lifelong learner, constantly challenging myself both personally and professionally. Watching and attending sporting events like the NFL and WNBA. Sweets — particularly dark chocolate and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Going out to eat, anything from a lobster roll to fine dining. Reading, shopping, and watching medical dramas on TV.


Katrina Feyerherm, M.S., Director, Residence Life & the Mystic Program

B.S., Psychology, Rhode Island College
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, Rhode Island College

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

Katrina’s interests include co-curricular programming in residential settings, learning differences (LD), building resilience in adolescence, mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction, neuroscience and multi-modal approaches to therapy for students with LD.

What motivates me?

“I enjoy serving students to support their autonomy, independence and success and believe every student has the potential to change, grow and accomplish their goals. The greatest part of this work is supporting and bearing witness to a student’s goal achievement and helping them step outside their comfort zone. It is also fun to get to know students and learn about their lives, perspectives and views.” 

Joys & Happiness

My joy is found in strong relationships with friends and family. I enjoy gardening, meditation, attending silent retreats, word games, live music, politics and traveling both abroad and within the U.S. One of my more recent joys was researching my family genealogy, which led to locating and meeting my relatives while traveling in Sweden.



Antaya Lee, M.S., Accessibility Services Coordinator

B.A., History and Social Science, Eastern Connecticut State University
B.A., Elementary Education,
Eastern Connecticut State University
M.S., Counselor Education with Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education,
Central Connecticut State University

Areas of Academic/Professional Interest

Furthering women in higher education, Antaya has been on the executive board of the ACE Women’s Network of Connecticut since 2017 and has served on committees for the organization since 2015. https://www.ctacewomensnetwork.org/

Additionally, she is always working to keep up-to-date on the latest advances in assistive technology that are relevant to student accessibility as well as other areas that pertain to access on college campuses.

Professional Presentation

  • “Adaptable Teaching in Uncertain Times”, June 2020, Mitchell College

What motivates you in your work?

“Seeing students succeed and find independence always motivates my work with my students.” 

Joys & Happiness

Things that bring me joy are spending time with family and friends, being a parent to my two children, and my two cats. I also enjoy trips to the beach and reading a great book, in addition to polka dots, pineapples (you should see my office!), and the color turquoise.