Our Staff

The ELN team is excited by the opportunity to work with incredible students, dynamic faculty and community partners in Buffalo and around the world. 

Portrait of Mara Huber.

Mara Huber, PhD

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning

Undergraduate Education


Experiential Learning Network

Since 2003, I have served UB in a number of leadership roles focused on cultivating and leveraging university engagement toward broader impacts. In addition to directing the ELN, I serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, working to build capacity for high-impact experiential learning across the university. Past leadership roles have included Founding Director of the UB Center for Educational Collaboration, Special Assistant to the President for Educational Initiatives and Director of the UB-Buffalo Schools Partnership. I hold a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology with a focus on language development and maintain an affiliation with the Department of Psychology. My current research and professional interests focus on high-impact experiential learning, digital badges, and collaboration with global NGOs. To learn more about my work, ideas, and projects—including my engagement with the Mara Region of Tanzania—visit my blog.

Portrait of Christina Heath.

Christina Heath

Administrative Director

Experiential Learning Network

Since 2013, I have served in various roles at the University at Buffalo through which I have helped students find meaningful, real-world learning opportunities. As co-designer of ELN’s Project Portal and corresponding digital badge series, I focus on cultivating projects for undergraduate students through strategic partnerships on and off campus. I oversee the digital badge series that guides students through all phases of their project experience from start to finish while ensuring they take the time to reflect on and leverage what they accomplish. Perhaps most importantly, I mentor students throughout the process and help them build the skills and experience needed to accomplish their academic and professional goals.        

Headshot of Kev Smith.

Kev Smith

Program Coordinator

Experiential Learning Network

I joined the UB Community in 2018 when I began my educational journey. Over the past four years I've held the positions of Student Assistant, Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor. Through each and every position, my passion for helping our students has only grown. As Program Coordinator, I seek to continue to make available opportunities to better all students academically and professionally. Whether it be through speaking in classes, organizing workshops or meeting with students in my office. I focus on supporting our students and working with our many departments on campus to build relationships and increase their engagement and knowledge of what the Experiential Learning Network provides.