Meet Our Team

Events Team

Our Coordinators assist you and cover all the details as they guide you through the process of planning an event with us.

Antaya Alvarest​

Antaya Alvarest​
Event Coordinator

Laura Collins

Laura Collins​
Event Coordinator

Operations Team

These incredible spaces demand the very best, and our facilities operations team delivers by providing operational and event services support.

Ben Coppola

Ben Coppola
Operations Coordinator

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Chris Kessler
Facilities Coordinator

Tyree Long

Tyree Long
Facilities Coordinator

Chris Mateo

Chris Mateo
Assistant Manager

Barthel Akins
Event Services Operations Associate

Dashawn Jackson

Dashawn Jackson
Event Services Operations Associate

Julian Lawrence

Julian Lawrence
Event Services Operations Associate

Laron Overby
Event Services Operations Associate

Catering and Audio Visual Services

From processing reservations to communications, multimedia to hospitality, our team of event producers can help you create and control your next event with ease.

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Rebecca Alexander
Director, Catering

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Marvin Moore
Executive Catering Chef

Dawn Blandford

Dawn Blandford
Director, Client Services
Visual Sound at Penn

Michael Romano

Michael Romano
Director, Visual Sound
Visual Sound at Penn

Finance and Administration Team

Sarah Lam

Sarah Lam
Financial Coordinator

CORA BRIGHT

Cora Bright
PSA Financial Assistant

Rhonda Kirlew

Rhonda Kirlew
Administrative Assistant

University Life Space & Events Leadership Team

Our leadership team guides the direction and management of University Life Space and Events.

Saleem Curry

Saleem Curry
Director, University Life Space and Events

Saleem serves as the principal advisor for all of University Life Space and Events. His core competencies include operations and logistics, organizational development and effectiveness, and talent management and team engagement.

Alexis Celotto

Alexis Celotto
Interim Associate Director, Scheduling & Events​

Alexis oversees the reservation, scheduling, and event planning processes with her team. She promotes the use of the Student Center @ Houston Hall, and other facilities within the Space and Events portfolio.

Patrick Faulk

Patrick Faulk
Associate Director, Operations

Patrick oversees the operations team, which includes the execution of events, management of the information desks, and overall facilities maintenance and upkeep.

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Kelly Hartman
Associate Director, Finance & Administration

Kelly oversees the financial and administrative functions of University Life Space and Events and Penn Student Agencies. She previously worked as a consultant in public accounting/risk advisory services and holds an economics degree from Rutgers University.

Pete Morgan

Pete Morgans
Senior Manager, University Life Facilities

In his role as Senior Manager for University Life Facilities, Pete monitors and facilitates the day-to-day maintenance of central pool classrooms, facilitates the various space needs of University Life buildings, and consults on complex building maintenance/projects within Perelman Quadrangle.