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Meet the Student Affairs Team

Student Affairs Staff Listed Alphabetically

Michele DeSeve
Project Coordinator, Student Affairs

Michele helps to coordinate Orientation for incoming School of Medicine students, the Careers in Medicine series, White Coat Ceremony, Match Day, Awards Ceremony, Commencement, as well as other events and student actvities for the School of Medicine. She finds great joy and reward in supporting the needs of our students and helping them achieve their goals. Michele is your first point of contact for scheduling student appointments with the ADSA.  Michele has a passion for writing, formatting and proofreading, so if you need an extra pair of eyes or help “dressing things up,” Michele would be delighted to help with that too!

Michele loves spending time with her family and adorable black Labrador Retriever, Winnie, or heading to a concert or the Adirondacks. Please feel free to reach out to Michele or visit any time, even if it is just for a warm welcome and smile!


Michael Ennis, MD
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs/Advising

Dr. Ennis has a strong interest in medical student career development. He is also the 2017 Recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Mentoring! Dr. Ennis is one of the founders of learning communities at UMass and he continues to serve as Co-Director of the Learning Communities Program. Mike has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards and was honored with Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. He also serves as the faculty advisor to the UMass Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.


Maria Garcia, MD
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs/Diversity

Dr. Garcia has a strong interest in working with medical students in the roles of advocacy, academic advancement and wellness.  She works closely as faculty advisor with medical school student groups from diverse backgrounds.  She also has an interest in diversity and inclusion programming for students partnering with the Diversity and Inclusion Office in these efforts. 


Anne Garrison, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs,
T.H. Chan School of Medicine

Dr. Garrison joined the Student Affairs team in January 2021 as Assistant Dean for Professional Development. In March 2021, Anne was named Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and was formally named Associate Dean for Student Affairs in October 2021. She is practicing OB/GYN physician at UMass.


Debra Leger
Project Coordinator, Student Affairs/Advising

As a member of the Student Affairs team, Deb oversees advancement and promotion processes for all students. She ensures that your academic record is up to date with regard to enrollment status, collaborating closely with the Registrar’s Office and IT. Deb will help keep your schedule up to date in Peoplesoft, especially in years 3 and 4, adding/dropping electives, adding Away electives or Student Designed electives to your schedule.  Your 4th year will be very busy, and Deb will help you with graduation tracking for enrollment requirements, ready your MSPE for upload to the AAMC, and certify you for Match Day.

In her spare time, Deb enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and riding her horses.


Ben Smith
Project Coordinator, Student Affairs

Ben joined the Student Affairs team in 2019 and is the campus resource for the Visiting Student Application Process, Background Investigations, Drug Screening and the annual regulatory compliance processes. Ben is also our team member in charge of the 3rd and 4th year lottery and site assignments for required rotations.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Ben enjoys exploring the splendor of what he affectionately refers to as “the natural playground that is Central MA”. On days when the weather isn’t cooperating, you might find Ben in his home kitchen, creating culinary delights.


Office of Student Affairs 
Main (508) 856-2285
Fax (774) 455-6640