Division of Student Affairs

Housing & Residence Life

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Housing Office Staff
Assistants to the Director of Housing and Residence Life/Resident Directors
Office of Housing & Residence Life Student Leadership
Custodial and Maintenance Staff

Department of Housing & Residence Life

Phone: (203) 837-8531

Fax:      (203) 837-8529

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Director of Housing and Residence Life

Ron Mason




Director of Residential Programs & Staff

Maribeth Griffin


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Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life for Operations

Edward P. Mulvihill



Effie Masse


Assistants to the Director of Housing and Residence Life/ Resident Directors


The Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time, live in administrative professional staff at Western Connecticut State University.  They oversee students living in the halls, as well as activities and facilities. RDs provide advisement, counseling, and supervision for individuals, roommates, and other student groups.  RDs work with the student staff of the building – Resident Assistants (RAs), Academic Resource Mentors (ARMs) and Information Desk staff – to create an environment that supports students academically, socially, and culturally.  

Resident Directors also serve in a variety of roles in the operation of the department, specifically in terms of the selection and training of RA and ARM staff, room assignments, and occupancy.  RDs serve an on-call rotation so that a professional staff member is always available, even when offices are closed.  Your resident director usually has office hours from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Each has an office in his or her building where the bulk of these hours are spent, although they may from time to time be in meetings elsewhere on campus. 

Listed below is contact information for each building’s RD and RA/ARM staff.



Resident Director Ryan FarrellFairfield Hall – Ryan Cooke

  Tel: 203.837.8537

  Email: cooker@wscu.edu

 Fairfield Hall – Information Desk

  Tel: 203.837.9236



Student Community Assistant Elijah LewisElijah Lewis, Student Community Assistant


Fairfield Hall RA/ARM Staff
Kelly Pulla RA Rm. 211 Ashley Hart RA Rm. 217
Sean O’Neil RA Rm. 223 Faizah Karim RA Rm. 301
James Bavolacco RA Rm. 316

Resident Director Ryan FarrellLitchfield Hall – Ryan Farrell

Tel: 203.837.9060

Email: farrellr@wcsu.edu

Litchfield Hall – Information Desk

Tel: 203.837.9733

Litchfield Hall RA/ARM Staff
Diana Benz RA Rm. 118 Myckland Cothias RA Rm. 308
Jacob Rock RA Rm. 208 Malanie Young RA Rm. 327
Destiny Barnum RA Rm. 227 Drew Worden RA Rm. 342
Alejandro Velasquez RA Rm. 242 Purvi Dudhedia RA Rm. 360
Lauren Cesar RA Rm. 260 Tamia Scott ARM Rm. 332

Resident Director Andrea PereiraNewbury Hall – Andrea Pereira

  Tel. 203.837.8534 

  Email: pereiraa@wcsu.edu

  Newbury Hall – Information Desk

  Tel: 203.837.9237

Newbury Hall RA/ARM Staff
Donavon Lighty RA Rm. 209 Harrison Tagnidoung RA Rm. 221
Tionne Arroy RA Rm. 309 Mikalah Knight RA Rm. 321
Charla Beauvais RA Rm. 409 Aidan Tobia RA Rm. 521
Tom Cherisme RA Rm. 509 Sara Slaiby ARM Rm. 301


Resident Director Kevin BrenzelCentennial Hall – Kevin Brenzel

Tel: 203.837.8850 

  Email: brenzelk@wcsu.edu

Centennial Hall – Information Desk

  Tel: 203.837.9240

 Centennial Hall RA/ARM Staff
Nydianna Torres RA Rm. W101A Shaedshat Miranda RA Rm. E211A
Briana Sailor RA Rm. E311A Kimani Campbell RA Rm. E411A
Anthony Fiorenza RA Rm. N210A Makenzie Counts RA Rm. N301A
Anusha Atique RA Rm. N401A Brittany McNally RA Rm. E111A
Anna Adebambo RA Rm. W306A Bakhtawar Izzat RA Rm. W406A
Michael Newman ARM Rm. N102A Maggie Walsh ARM Rm. W206A

Resident Director Ryan CookeGrasso Hall – Ryan Cooke

  Tel: 203.837.8548

  Email: cooker@wcsu.edu

  Grasso Hall – Information Desk


Grasso Hall RA/ARM Staff
Johanna Augustin RA Rm. 117A   Jackie Bonomo RA Rm. 412A
Sean Young RA Rm. 204A   Erin Vawter RA Rm. 320A
Jazmin Giles RA Rm. 309A   Nadya Yablonski RA Rm.403A
Asantewaa Gordon RA Rm. 212A   Caitlyn Barry ARM Rm. 216A

Resident Director Lafayette GerstPinney Hall –  Lafayette Gerst

  Tel: 203.837.8535   

  Email: gerstl@wcsu.edu

Pinney Hall – Information Desk

  Tel: 203.837.8655

 Pinney Hall RA/ARM Staff
Christina Szachon RA Rm. C66B   Claire Green RA Rm. B61B
Madelyn Aug RA Rm. D32B   Shane Louis         Jeune RA Rm. A33B
Diamond Smith RA Rm. C23B   Kaylee Serra RA Rm. A54B
Malik Roc RA Rm. D52B   Fangyao (Fia) Su RA Rm.C16B
Tiffany Owen RA Rm. B42B   Muna Hayajneh RA Rm. C43B
Audrey Redpath ARM Rm. C52B   Angela Nicastro ARM Rm. C31B


Office of Housing & Residence Life – 

Resident Assistants (R.A.)

Resident Assistants at WCSU are trained in helping skills and interpersonal relations. They serve as facilitators for the floor councils of each residence hall. They are also in charge of conducting floor/section meetings in addition to meeting with residents as needed on a one to one basis. The meetings could be related to academic, social, or personal progress as related to college. As always, RA’s will be available to assist residents with maintenance issues, to act as sounding boards during roommate issues, and to be a general resource to residents regarding the University community, policy and procedures.




2019-20 ARM StaffAcademic Resource Mentors (A.R.M.)

Academic resource mentors are student peers who play an integral role in the establishment of an academic environment in the residence halls. They are an essential component of the CULTURE program for the Department of Housing and Residence Life. In addition to providing programming in the residence halls, ARM’s are available to residents as an academic resource, assisting them in obtaining information, and providing resources about majors and academic programs at the University. The ARM’s also guide residents through any issues they may have academically, providing them with a wealth of information on study skills or people that can help them. Finally, the ARM’s also work with Peer Academic Support System members to make sure the residents get the help that they need to succeed at WestConn.Login


Student Administrative Assistant (S.A.A.)

The Student Administrative Assistant is involved in wide array of activities in the residence halls. There is one S.A.A. per residence hall, and they are responsible for recruiting desk staff, training, supervising, and conducting desk meetings, creating, and editing schedules, working at the desk when necessary, and assisting the Resident Director of their building in a variety of office related tasks and assignments. Some of these tasks include following up with residents on maintenance issues and entering priority points into the central database.


Information Desk Personnel

Information desk personnel are an integral part of each residence hall. Workers are responsible for monitoring residents entering and exiting the buildings. They also sign all guests into the building and answer the many day to day questions that residents may have. Desk staff workers are supervised by the Student Administrative Assistant and the Resident Director of their residence hall.


Student Office Assistants

Student Office Assistants help in completing a wide variety of tasks such as the assistance in the operation of the Housing Office. They answer telephones, respond to e-mails, answer student and parental questions regarding housing, and assist the Housing Office Staff as needed. They are integral team members on our Housing and Residence Life team.

Custodial and Maintenance Staff Custodians

Each building has a hard-working custodial staff that cleans the bathrooms, lounges and other public areas of the buildings. They work Monday to Friday from 7am-3pm and on Saturdays a custodian replenishes bathroom paper supplies. The custodians do not clean resident rooms, pick up garbage bags left outside doors or store any furniture. Custodians report to the Supervising Custodian.



Maintainers are responsible for minor repairs in the residence halls. The maintainers are busy people, charged with caring for all resident rooms, as well as public bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, and all the furnishings contained in the above mentioned areas. Please have patience when submitting Maintenance Request Forms and know that your issue will be handled in a timely fashion.