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 a 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.
Siem Teusink is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. After following the physics track, he graduated in July 2019. He wrote his Bachelor’s thesis on the modelling of stem cell differentiation, for which he performed computer simulations at the research institute AMOLF at Science Park. During his time at AUC, he served as Committee Affairs Officer and Vice-Treasurer of the AUC Student Association and has organised several events for the Performing Arts committee. Siem joined AUC’s professional staff in August 2019.
Vivienne Wong is one of AUC’s Graduate Assistants. She graduated from AUC in July 2019 as a Humanities major. During her studies at AUC, she focused on the Literature, Culture and Art History track. She also worked closely with the Student Ambassadors team and was a buddy to both exchange students and Right2Education’s guest students. Her Bachelor's thesis was based on the moral implications of laugh tracks in the sitcom Friends.
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.
Cato Janssen is AUC’s Graduate Assistant to the Student Life Officer. She graduated from AUC in July 2019 as a Humanities major. During her studies, she mostly focused on the Culture track, but also explored the Social Sciences through the Cognition track. She wrote her Bachelor's thesis on the emotional and cognitive implications of remembering 11 September. During her time at AUC, Cato chaired the AUCSA Diversity Commission for a year after being a commissioner the year before.
Admissions & Registrar
Iris Effendi is the team leader of the Admissions & Registrar support staff. She joined AUC in 2020 after having worked for 16 years in the enrolment, admissions, operations and registrar teams supporting the online Master’s degree students of Laureate Online Education. Born in The Netherlands and raised in New Zealand she was trained as a teacher and has recently completed a postgraduate award Psychology with distinction in Coaching and Talent Management from the University of Liverpool. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and is a volunteer with 'Natuur je beste buur' to help maintain the nature surrounding Sportsparken Middenmeer.
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.
Adam is AUC's Administrative Assistant to the Admissions and Registrar Team. He started at AUC in September 2019. Adam comes from the US and moved to Amsterdam with his partner after having worked for six years as Assistant Director of Academic Services at NYU School of Law. He has studied English literature and filmmaking and worked in the film and television industries in Los Angeles and New York before entering higher education administration. Adam is also a writer, having recently finished a first draft of his first novel. He likes to read, travel, swim, and always welcomes the opportunity to improve his Dutch!
Malu Pierik is AUC’s SIS Local Coordinator. She has obtained her BA in Japanese Studies at Leiden University in 2012. She enjoys travelling, music and writing stories.
Jenny is AUC's Administrative Assistant to the Admissions and Registrar's team. She has worked for UvA (and briefly for HvA) for several years and in several positions. After obtaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in criminology (specialising in criminal careers and the developmental and psychological part of crime) she started working at the START appointments for international students. After that, she worked as an admissions officer, assistant programme manager, academic adviser and is now focusing on admissions as well as registrar tasks. Outside of work, she loves to bake cakes and treats and is the founder of the Baby en Kind Café IJburg.
Alumni and External Relations Officer
Gerylaine Campos is AUC’s Alumni and External Relations Officer. Originally from Aruba, Gerylaine has also lived in the US, London and South Africa before finally settling in the Netherlands. Gerylaine received her BA in Political Science from Earlham College and her MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She has a passion for working in higher education institutions and enjoys connecting communities through groups like UvA Pride. As an alumna of the United World College, Gerylaine appreciates working in an institution that champions diversity, excellence and sustainability.
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.
Rowena van Asselt
Rowena van Asselt joined AUC in September 2019 as Administrative Officer and Secretary to AUC’s Board of Studies. Originally from the UK, Rowena previously worked as an Intellectual Property Rights Officer at the University of Oxford and prior to that spent 13 years in scientific publishing, working in editorial and publisher positions at the Royal Society of Chemistry and Springer Nature. Rowena studied Zoology at the University of Bristol and has an enduring love of science, research and the natural world.
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.
Senior Tutor Assistant
Henry grew up mostly in Japan and the US prior to making the move to the Netherlands to study at AUC. Upon graduating as a Humanities major in 2019, Henry began his part time position as a Senior Tutor Assistant. Henry is an all-round creative with interests in music, drawing and filmmaking.
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. After her studies, she held several positions in the medical sector, mostly related to topics of e-learning.
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.