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Office of Residence Life Staff

Lisa Gonsisko  Director of Residence Life: Responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Residence Life department. The Director is the Coordinator of the On Call Administrators and Emergency On Call Counselors. The Director is the liaison for Residence Life with Public Safety, Student Affairs, ITS, AOD, Facilities, and the Office of Student Conduct. The Director coordinates the Summer Conferences program, including the supervision of conferences staff.

Stephanie L. Barlow – Associate Director of Housing Operations: Responsible for all housing operations which involves placement of incoming students, Spring Intent process, and the Housing Selection process. She is also the main Banner contact for Residence Life. Stephanie represents Residence Life at all Open Houses and is responsible for any housing marketing materials. Stephanie serves as the liaison with the Office of Student Accounts, E.O.F., Athletics, and Dining Services.

Support Staff

Michael La Porta, Business Analyst is responsible for monitoring the Residence Life Budget, including all expenditures and purchasing. He processes purchase orders and payments to vendors. This individual coordinates the New York Times digital subscription for students and the Zipcar program. Michael also supervises the main Residence Life mail room and is responsible for the direct supervision, including hiring and training of the student aides. Michael responds to the meal plan (mealplan@ramapo.edu) and the Ramapo Dollars (ramapodollars@ramapo.edu) e-mail address on a regular basis and is responsible for inputting all meal plan information into Banner.

Lynne Koerner, Assistant for Housing Operations is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Main Office of Residence Life. This individual responds to the Residence Life email account, reslife@ramapo.edu and assists with student and parent inquiries. He or she is responsible for the coordination of the ORL Duty Schedule, processing of student withdrawals and weekly roster reporting to Public Safety and campus Administrators.

Residence Directors and Area Directors

Residence Directors (RD) and Area Directors (AD) have graduated with both their Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree.  Residence Directors are live-in staff who directly supervise the student staff and maintain the daily operations of the traditional style residence hall they are responsible for.  Area Directors are also live-in staff and directly supervise Graduate Residence Directors (GRD) while maintaining the daily operations of an apartment style complex.

  • Bischoff and Mackin Area – Kevin McDaniel, Area Director
  • College Park Apartments – Kamisha Sykes, Area Director
  • Laurel Hall – Catherine Santander, Residence Director
  • Pine and Linden Area – Sarah Dwyer, Area Director
  • The Overlook – Asal Salah, Residence Director
  • The Village – John Atti, Area Director

Area Directors (ADs):  ADs are Professional Staff members responsible for apartment areas or more than one residence building. They report directly to the Associate Director of Residence Life and are responsible for the overall management of their assigned residence area. They live in the area and supervise one Graduate Residence Director.  Area Directors are responsible for such areas as programming, crisis intervention, discipline conferences, budgeting, facilities supervision, and occupancy management for their apartment style areas.  In addition ADs are responsible for coordinating several departmental projects.

Residence Directors (RDs): RDs are Professional Staff members responsible for individual residence areas. They report directly to the Associate Director of Residence Life and are responsible for the overall management of their assigned residence hall.  They live in the building and supervise the Resident Assistant staff directly. The Residence Director is responsible for such areas as programming, crisis intervention, discipline conferences, budgeting, facilities supervision, and occupancy management for their particular residence hall. In addition RDs are responsible for coordinating several departmental projects.

Graduate Residence Directors

Graduate Residence Directors have graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and are pursuing their Master’s degree.  They are live-in staff who directly supervise the student staff and maintain the daily operations of the residence areas.

  • Bischoff and Mackin Area – Dayra Cerda
  • College Park Apartments – TBA
  • Pine and Linden Area – Amery Thompson
  • Village Area – Eugene Brady

 

Student Staff

Student Assistant Residence Directors (SARDs): SARDs are student staff members that are responsible for assisting the GRD and Area/Residence Director with all Facilities related matters. The SARD is concerned with the physical operations of the residence hall including the opening and closing of the residence hall, room inventory, damage reporting and office operations. SARDs live and work in their assigned residence halls or areas. They are also concerned with the physical and programming operations of the residence hall/area including the oversight of RA programming efforts, room inspections, and scheduling maintenance.

Resident Assistants (RAs): RAs are typically upper-class students who have been hired based on their skills and interests in serving the resident community. They are trained to help their peers deal with roommate conflict, lead floor, building, and area activities, and to provide educational, social, cultural, and community building programs. They are also there to help residents stay within the guidelines of acceptable behavior as well as perform various other administrative tasks. Resident/Community Assistants are available from their respective hall offices. They are available to distribute recreation equipment, respond to roommate conflicts, answer questions, assist with lockouts, and provide general assistance for resident students. Residence Hall Office hours can be found posted at each hall office.

A Resident Assistant’s primary goal is to establish a relationship with the residents of his or her area. Resident Assistants and Community Assistants are valuable resources for all residents who need referrals throughout the campus. An RA is the first person with whom residents should talk whenever they have a question or concern. RAs are directly supervised by a Graduate Residence Director or a Residence Director.

Desk Attendants (DAs): Desk Attendants are located at the entrance of all traditional residence halls. They are student-staff who help the Office of Residence Life maintain communication, security, and a friendly environment in the Residence Halls. The main tasks of Desk Attendants are to assist students and guests of students gain appropriate access to the Residence Halls as well as ensure that all records of persons entering the halls are accurate and up-to date. Student Desk Attendant Managers assist the Coordinators of the Student Desk Attendant Program in training and supervising the student staff throughout the academic year.

OTHER RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF
Additional student staff members who work in the department of Residence Life include Student Mail Clerks and Student Office Assistants. Students who are interested in any one of these positions should consult the Residence Life Intranet Website for the availability of open positions and more information on how to apply.

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