Office Team

  • Heather M. Brooke

    Special Assistant to the President

    hbrooke@wesleyan.edu

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    The special assistant to the president provides operational and administrative support to the president. In addition to managing the president’s calendar and correspondence, the executive assistant staffs the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees and works closely with the chair of the Board of Trustees, the president, and the president’s cabinet to plan and facilitate Board of Trustee meetings.

    Biography
    Prior to joining Wesleyan and the Office of the President in 2012, Heather Brooke worked for the Yale-China Association, BIC, and White Mountains Re. She began her college education at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and recently returned to her studies at Wesleyan through the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.
  • Dina Burghardt

    Office Assistant

    dburghardt@wesleyan.edu

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    The office assistant provides administrative support to the Office of the President, including support for classes taught by the president and coordinating the financial reporting and budgeting for the office.

    Biography
    Prior to beginning her career at Wesleyan in 2019, Dina Burghardt worked in veterinary medicine for 13 years, acting as a technician for eight years and as a front desk manager and office assistant for five years. Dina graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
  • Lisa A. Prokop

    Executive Assistant to the President

    llaplant@wesleyan.edu

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    The executive assistant to the president provides administrative support to the president and chief of staff including organizing meetings and preparing office correspondence. The assistant coordinates logistics for all president's office events including Board of Trustees meetings. 

    Biography
    Lisa Prokop joined the Office of the President in 2008 after working in the Registrar's Office for 12 years. Prior to beginning her career at Wesleyan, she worked at Weekly Reader Corporation for seven years. Lisa graduated from Middlesex Community College in 1989 with an associate's degree in business administration, legal.
  • Charles G. Salas MA '85

    University Editor

    csalas@wesleyan.edu

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    The university editor serves as a resource to the president and senior staff in editing and preparing documents and correspondence as well as advising on issues of strategic importance.

    Biography
    Charles Salas received his BA from UC Berkeley, MA from Wesleyan (history), and PhD in history from the Claremont Graduate University. An intellectual historian with a focus on the cultural and political legacies of the classical period, he has published in a wide variety of areas, including precalculus mathematics, the history of science, the philosophy of history, cultural history, historiography, and the history of art. Prior coming to Wesleyan, he worked at the Getty in Los Angeles where he was head of research and education at the Getty Research Institute.