Our Staff

Activating the promise of project-based collaboration.

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

ELN Staff

Mara Huber

Portrait of Mara Huber.

Director

I am truly excited to join the ELN as Interim Administrative Director. Since 2003, I have served the UB community in a number of leadership roles focused on fostering student and faculty engagement, designing strategic programming, and leveraging partnerships toward broader impacts. In addition to my new role with the ELN, I will continue my responsibilities as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, working to build capacity for high-impact experiential learning. 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. However, my current research and professional interests focus on models of university engagement and experiential learning. To learn more about my work, ideas, and projects — including the Buffalo Tanzania Education Project (BTEP) and associated winter study abroad course- visit my blog at http://marabhuber.com

Christina Heath

Portrait of Christina Heath.

Assistant Director

It is an honor to be a part of the University at Buffalo Community and a privilege to be working with such wonderful ELN students. My interest in working with college students was initially sparked by my own study abroad experience in Spain as an undergraduate student at Daemen College. Through this experience, I not only learned about Spanish history, culture, and language, but I learned a lot about myself and my personal views and beliefs. This was a significant growing experience for me as a young adult and I wanted to choose a career path that would enable me to help others grow, realize and achieve their goals. This led me to pursue a master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College. Over the past few years I have gained experience in programming, academic advising, orientation, assessment, and community-based learning.

Charlie Baxter

Charlie Baxter portrait.

Program Coordinator

I am thrilled to join the ELN as the Program Coordinator and take part in this wonderful community of passionate and engaged students! My passion for learning and engagement stems from my personal undergraduate experience, which ultimately led me to pursue a master's degree in Higher Education Administration at the University at Buffalo. While pursuing this degree, I served the UB community as an Assistant Hall Director in Campus Living, and have enjoyed the relationships I have forged with students, faculty, and staff from all across the university along the way. Through these experiences, my desire to support college students in building connections in their learning, leveraging their talents, and developing as individuals has only grown stronger—and I hope to continue this work with the ELN for years to come!

Courtlin Byrd

Graduate Assistant

I am happy to join the ELN team as the Communications Graduate Assistant. A brand-new PhD student in Media Study, I am looking forward to being a part of a greater network of university students, scholars, and friends. I have always found it incredibly rewarding, renewing, and invaluable in my own education/life to engage in new and different experiences with new and different people, so am all for what we are trying to do in the experiential learning field here at UB. I am excited to help and to learn from others who are finding their diverse ways in the world. With a background in film & video production and a variety of media, I am looking forward to engaging with students and sharing their stories in dynamic and compelling ways.  

Erin Maier

Graduate Assistant

I am very excited to be a part of the ELN team as the Living Learning Communities Graduate Assistant! In my undergraduate experience at the University at Buffalo, I enjoyed taking advantage of hands-on learning experiences, developing my leadership skills and engaging with the UB community. Through these experiences, I discovered my passion for working with students outside of the classroom, which led to my decision to pursue a career in School Counseling. I am currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling after receiving my Master’s degree in May 2019. I truly enjoy working with UB’s diverse, hard-working undergraduate students who are eager to take advantage of high-impact experiential learning opportunities, especially those who join our Living Learning Community!

Maggie Balles

Graduate Assistant

After serving for a year as the CURCA Graduate Assistant, I am so excited to continue to provide hands-on learning experiences for students with the ELN team! During my senior year at SUNY Potsdam in 2018, I was able to work as an admissions representative for incoming college students. This experience allowed me to discover my passion for working with students, and led me to pursue my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the University at Buffalo. Along with finishing up my graduate studies this year, I am looking forward to helping students discover their passions through experiential learning, just like I did in as an undergraduate!