Assistant Director of Residential Life, Residential Life
*BA from Assumption College in Worcester, MA in Biology with a minor in Spanish. As
an undergraduate, was an RA, involved in Hall Council and Student Activities/Campus
Programming - Met my husband as an RA
*M.Ed from Springfield College in Springfield, MA in Counseling and Psychological Services with a concentration in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education.
*Professionally have worked as a Resident Director and Area Coordinator at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, a Resident Director at Westfield State University in Massachusetts and back at Western New England University as an Area Coordinator.
*Assistant Director of Residential Life here at Binghamton for 16 years and in that time have been the AD of Hinman for 5 years, Newing for 4 years (including seeing Newing through demolition, building and opening of new newing) and the Apartments for 7 years. This year I'm overseeing both the Apartments and Mountainview. I also teach UNIV classes here at BU, am the AD that oversees RA Selection, have developed the transfer initiative in the Apartments, developed and taught an online course for parents of first-year students, conceived of the Career Consultant in Residence positions between Res Life and Fleishman and was the AD who started Hinman theme week. Beyond Residential Life, my other areas of professional interest are parent/family relations and K-12 to Higher Education transition and access.
*Personally, my husband and I live locally in Endicott and have two daughters. Autumn, my oldest, just transferred to Binghamton from Broome, lives on campus (but is very excited to be living off-campus in her own apartment next year!) and is a junior music major, who is hoping to minor in education and pursue a career as a middle school music teacher. My youngest daughter Abbie is a freshman in High School who plays both soccer and lacrosse. Some of my hobbies and interests are reading, trip planning and watching my youngest play soccer and lax and my oldest daughter perform. I love cats, because they're sassy balls of fur and my guilty pleasure is sci-fi fantasy books and tv/movies.
*Biggest Challenges as a first gen student - Definitely financial - the bulk of my education for both undergraduate and graduate education at two private liberal arts colleges, was through financial aid and student loans. I'm still paying on these loans almost 25 years later.
*Biggest Successes - being part of a dual career family and raising two wonderfully strong daughters. Also, being able to receive my Master's degree and using my experience and now knowledge of higher education to help students of today.