AUC's professional staff
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Services & Communications
Marcus Smit is team leader of the Services & Communications support staff, and AUC's internationalisation officer. Marcus was employed as a Student Exchange Adviser at the central international office of the UvA before coming to work full-time at AUC in 2014. Originally trained as a sociologist, Marcus has always had great interest in themes surrounding diversity, education, global migration and integration.
Benjamin Garstka is one of AUC's Communications Officers. Originally from the US, Ben moved to the Netherlands for his Master’s degree at Utrecht University, interned for the Prince Claus Fund, worked as an editor and learned Dutch. Ben joined AUC's communications team in January 2015.
Nora McLeese is one of AUC's Communications Assistants. Half-Dutch and Half-American, she holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from London College of Communications and a Master’s degree in New Media and Digital Culture from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, she worked for several tech startups in London, focusing on content management and social media. Nora joined AUC’s communications team in February 2016.
Marliene Stolker is one of AUC’s Internationalisation Officers and the Administrative Coordinator for Community Projects and Internships. After having obtained her BA in Museum Studies at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, she completed her RMA in Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University, focusing mainly on memory and trauma studies, animal studies and the South African writer J.M. Coetzee. During her Master's studies, Marliene went on exchange to the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to joining AUC in November 2018, Marliene worked as a Liaison Officer for incoming and outgoing exchange students at the UvA central international office.
Berend is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. After following the mathematics and information tracks, he graduated in July 2018. He wrote his Bachelor’s thesis on the immutability guarantees of blockchains. During his time at AUC, he served as Committee Affairs Officer and Vice-Treasurer of the Student Association, as well as Event Manager of the student-run café. Berend joined AUC’s professional staff in August 2018, working with the communications team as well as aiding in developing new projects and maintaining contact with the wider community, alumni and a variety of AUC’s stakeholders.
Sophia Worth is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. She graduated from AUC in July 2018 as a Sciences major and took courses mainly in health, biomedicine and philosophy. She wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on disease categorisation and multimorbidity. During her final year at AUC, she was a member of the Board of Studies, who are a group of four staff and four students that are consulted about matters related to academic standards. She has also worked in the kitchen at Maslow, a café on Science Park, for two years.
Student Life Officer
Aino Kekkonen is AUC’s Student Life Officer. Originally from Finland, Aino received her BA in Psychology from the University of Glasgow and her MSc in Clinical Psychology from Leiden University in 2017. Prior to joining AUC, she worked in the Learning Support Department at the British School in the Netherlands supporting students with additional needs. In the past, she also completed internships in counselling and worked in support organisations for people with disabilities.
Claudia Dictus is a Graduate Assistant to the Student Life Officer. After completing her Bachelor's thesis on the reevaluation of game-based interventions for mental health, for which she was awarded a thesis of distinction, she obtained her degree in liberal arts and sciences majoring in health and well-being. As co-founder and chair of the student initiative Anti-Sexual Assault Program (ASAP) of AUC, she completed an internship at the Help Center for Sexual Violence and has conducted numerous workshops and events on the subject of sexual violence prevention and student culture.
Anya Doshi is the Graduate Assistant to the Student Life Officer focused on Health and Well-Being at AUC. She graduated from AUC in July 2018 as a Humanities major and wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on minority group representation and socio-political debate by luxury brands in the fashion industry. During her time at AUC, she focused on Media and Communications and Art History, and served as chairperson of the Art Board. She joined the AUC team in August 2018, working closely with the Student Life Officer to assist in the organisation and development of projects and policies related to the health and well-being of the AUC student body.
Admissions & Registrar
Lisette Hakkers is the team leader of the Admissions & Registrar support staff. She joined AUC after having worked for 12 years at the University of Amsterdam's Administrative Center, most recently as Head of Accounts Payable. She studied English Language and Literature with a special interest in Early Modern Theatre and Plays at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She likes reading, music and running in the dunes of Kennemerland National Park and also competes in recreational runs such as the Dam to Dam run and the Half Marathon of Haarlem.
Bob Kardolus is AUC's Management Assistant, working in admissions and student administration. With a varied professional background in human resources, immigration and relocation, administration, translating and interpreting (Japanese-English-Dutch), language training and clog dancing, Bob has always worked with a combination of languages, legislation, procedures, communication and practical matters. Previously, he has worked at the Japanese School of Amsterdam and Kyocera Mita Europe, among others. He joined AUC in January 2010.
Cheryl joined AUC as the secretary of the Board of Examiners in February 2018. Cheryl has a varied international background having worked in Ireland, Australia and the US working for banks, shops, restaurants and with (wild) dolphins. She started working at the UvA in 2012 at the FNWI Board secretariat, and then went on to work as an Appeals Officer as part of the Central Student Administration team.
Marlies van Daalen
Marlies van Daalen started at AUC in April 2016 as Admissions Assistant, after having worked in translation/editing and student finance. She became AUC’s Admissions Officer in December 2017 and in that position is responsible for ensuring that the admissions and selection procedures run smoothly. Marlies completed her MA in English Language and Literature at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focusing on the use of metaphors.
Joost Berenbroek is the local SIS Coordinator at AUC.
Janey Niemeijer joined AUC as College Secretary in September 2018. She was born in Enkhuizen in the Netherlands to a British mother and a Dutch father. After having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the UvA, Janey went on to complete her Master’s degree at Leiden University in European Union Studies. Janey then went on to work as the Private Secretary to the British Ambassador at the British Embassy in The Hague and at the Trimbos Institute in Utrecht. She now works as AUC’s College Secretary while also teaching social studies at the Horizon College in Alkmaar.
HRM, AUC Scholarship Fund and Finance
Archana Ramdihal is AUC's Human Resources (HR) Assistant. Until 2015, Archana worked at AUC in the Registrar's Office, was the Secretary for the Board of Examiners and the SIS local coordinator. She obtained her BA in Educational Studies (PABO) at the Hogeschool Rotterdam in 2008. After completing her BA, she studied at the University of Leiden where she completed her BA and MA in Educational Studies, with a concentration in Learning in Professional Contexts. After working as a teacher at a primary school, Archana joined AUC in 2011.
Wiebe Stuive is the Financial Officer for AUC and the ASF Scholarship Fund. Prior to AUC, he worked at the UvA/HvA Administration Centre, where he was a part of the project administration team. His experience includes years of working in a financial role for various companies in the Netherlands and Spain, playing guitar in a rock band and clowning. He joined AUC’s support staff in March 2017.
Ernst Jonker is AUC's Financial Controller, and works at the UvA's Administrative Centre.
Sandra Timmerman is AUC's Quality Officer Institutional Research. She joined AUC in February 2019. Sandra graduated as an Educational Scientist from Utrecht University in 2013. Besides her work at AUC, she also works part-time at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam as a Policy Officer at the Department of Student and Educational Affairs (Student en Onderwijszaken).
Jaap Boertje, Rina Sommer-Rekers and Martin Versteeg are AUC’s Facilities Housemasters. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Academic Building.