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Staff

Name Title Contact
MaryJo Cavanaugh Director

Old Laundry Building, Room 124

Zachary Batchelder Assistant Director

Old Laundry Building, Room 122

Lynn Owen Office Specialist

Old Laundry Building, Room 125

Cynthia Ebbert Accessibility and Compliance Administrator

Old Laundry Building, Room 125

Julie O’Sullivan Moorhead Academic Coach

Old Laundry Building, Room 121

Jennifer Bruntil Moorhead Academic Coach

Old Laundry Building, Room 118

Zack Batchelder

Name: Zachary (Zack) Batchelder

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Position: Assistant Director
Contact Info: zbatchelder@vassar.edu, OLB 122 
Education: B.S. Psychology (Iowa State University), M.S. General Psychology (Iowa State University), Ph.D. Counseling Psychology (Iowa State University)
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Fun Facts:

  • Formally trained as an actor and was (briefly) a professional clown
  • Learned to fence on a dare and then fell in love with the sport
  • Did his graduate research in biomedical ethics
  • Completed a post-doctoral fellowship in juvenile forensic and psychoeducational assessment
  • Has two kids, two dogs, two cats, and zero idea how his wife talked him into most of that

Words of Wisdom:

“It will seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.” -Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings (Book of Earth/Ground)

Julie O'Sullivan

Name: Julie O’Sullivan (she/her)
Contact Info: jcosullivan@vassar.edu, OLB 121
Education: B.A. German and Linguistics (University of East Anglia, UK), M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (University of Reading, UK)

Hometown: London, UK

Fun facts:

  • I’m a 4H parent and spend my summers at llama and donkey shows.
  • I’ve lived most of my life living and working abroad (Austria, Germany, Japan, Spain, USA)
  • My family lived in Josselyn House as House Fellows for 5 years. 
  • I enjoy knitting, spinning fiber, and natural dyeing in my spare time.
  • I jumped out of an airplane in college

Words of Wisdom:

“All good ideas arrive by chance.” Max Ernst

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

Jen Bruntil

Name: Jen Bruntil (She/Her)
Contact Info: jbruntil@vassar.edu, OLB 118
Education/Certificates: M.S. & B.S. Education (SUNY New Paltz University) NYS Public Teacher Permanent Certification in Pre-K-6, Special Education Pre-K-12, Social Studies 7-12
Hometown: New Paltz, NY

Fun facts:

  • Has 1 husband, 2 teenage daughters, 6 chickens, and a dog named Daisy
  • Taught 6th grade science and social studies for many years
  • Has been to 4 continents and backpacked Europe 3 times
  • Swam on her college swim team
  • Loves walking, hiking, biking and swimming and thinks part of the key to staying happy is connecting with nature on some level

Words of Wisdom:

"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action.  You don't have to wait to be confident.  Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow." - Carrie Fisher 

"One day you'll look back and realize how hard it was, and just how well you did."  - Charlie Mackesy

Accessibility and Educational Opportunity

124 Raymond Avenue
Box 164
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0164
Old Laundry Building, Room 125
Vassar College Box 164

(845) 437-7584