Melissa Shafner, Director of Student Accessibility Services

Melissa Shafner

Director of Student Accessibility Services

Melissa Shafner joined Connecticut College on January 19, 2016, as the new Director of Student Accessibility Services.

Melissa earned her B.A. in psychology from Connecticut College, a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and an M.S. Ed. from the University of New Haven. Prior joining Connecticut College, Melissa worked for eight years in a college transition program for students with learning disabilities, where she served as a faculty member, academic adviser, and Director of Academics. She taught courses in humanities, writing, and executive functioning.

Prior to entering the education field, Melissa had careers as an attorney and a magazine editor. She currently serves on the Board of Directors as a past president at Solomon Schechter Academy of New London and chairs their education committee.

Lillian Liebenthal

Lillian Liebenthal

Student Accessibility Coordinator

Lillian has been employed at Connecticut College for a little more than ten years, the first seven years with the College Bookshop. In 2011, she returned to her primary vocation and true passion as an advocate and resource for people with disabilities, becoming the Student Accessibility Services Coordinator and continuing as part of the vibrant Connecticut College community. Prior to Connecticut College, Lillian worked in various residential, vocational and educational support services.

Alyssa Paquin, Learning and Accommodation Specialist

Alyssa Paquin

Learning and Accommodation Specialist

Alyssa Paquin joined Connecticut College in August 2017 as a Learning and Accommodation Specialist. Alyssa earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, and her master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She worked as a Strategic Learning Intern for both the Academic Resource Center and Student Accessibility Services in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Prior to joining Connecticut College, Alyssa worked in a variety of areas in higher education such as orientation, first year programs, and academic advising. Alyssa is passionate about working with students with disabilities and being an advocate for their academic, physical and psychosocial needs. Alyssa’s main focus is working with students with disabilities in the Academic Resource Center on time management and executive functioning, as well as providing reasonable accommodations to students in Student Accessibility Services.