Meet Our Staff

Student Life Staff

Dawn Ellinwood
Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students
Alliot Student Center 215
Box 267
802.654.2566
dellinwood@smcvt.edu


Megan E. Ohler
Senior Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Operations & Systems
Alliot Student Center 103
Box 267
802.654.2566
mohler@smcvt.edu


Sarah M. Childs
Associate Dean of Students / Director of The Center for Student Diversity, Empowerment, and Community (DEC)
Alliot Student Center 223
Box 267
802.654.2663
schilds@smcvt.edu


Kerri Leach
Associate Dean of Students / Director of Student Activities
Dion Family Student Center 203
Box 267
802.654.2568
kleach@smcvt.edu


Brian Lee
Associate Dean of Students / Director of Housing Operations
Alliot Student Center 103
Box 267
802.654.2566
blee@smcvt.edu


Jeff Vincent
Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Life and Community Standards
Alliot Student Center 103
Box 267
802.654.2754
jvincent@smcvt.edu


Catherine Welch

Catherine Welch
Associate Dean of Students / Coordinator of Title IX
Alliot Student Center 208
Box 267
802.654.2271
cwelch2@smcvt.edu


Choeden P. Lama
Assistant Dean of Students / Assistant Director of The Center for Student Diversity, Empowerment, and Community (DEC)
Alliot Student Center 223B
Box 267
802.654.3236
clama@smcvt.edu

Resident Directors

Resident Directors

James Baker
Alumni Hall & Aubin Hall
Christian Dowd
Cashman Hall (GEAR Housing); Pontigny Hall; Canterbury Hall (GREAT/Honors/LGBTQIA+ Housing)
Nicole Noce
Townhouses; Cronogue Hall; Hodson Hall / Center for Women & Gender
Kate O’Sullivan
Townhouses; Cronogue Hall; Hodson Hall
Kaitlyn Root
Lyons Hall
Kelly Zimmer
Cashman Hall (GEAR Housing); Pontigny Hall; Canterbury Hall (GREAT/Honors/LGBTQIA+ Housing)

Resident Assistants

Alumni Hall / Aubin Hall:

Chris Kombo (Alumni 1st)
Porsha Reynolds (Alumni 2nd)
Ainsley Cook (Alumni 3rd)
Christine Dossou (Alumni 4South)
Kaltumo Ibrahim (Alumni 4North)
Jeremy Ceballos (Aubin 2nd)
Abby Farrington (Aubin 3rd)
Lydia Clapp (Aubin 1st and 4th)

Lyons Hall:

Alan Brzezinski (Lyons 1South)
Lesley Rivera (Lyons 1North)
Meagan Gallo (Lyons 2South)
Kaitlyn Folsom (Lyons 2North)
Will Loomis (Lyons 3South)
Wilson Zehyoue (Lyons 3North)
Alessandro Pescina (Lyons 4South)
Willow Morin (Lyons 4North)

Suites:

Olivier Niyonshuti (Cashman 1st)
Swapnil Jhajharia (Cashman 2nd)
McKenzie Rowbotham (Cashman 3rd)
Chicha Romain (Canterbury 1st)
Christianna Bostley (Canterbury 2nd)
Jenna Gagne (Canterbury 3rd)
Yaniris Figueroa (Pontigny 1st)
Amos Schramm (Pontigny 2nd)
Isabelle Martin (Pontigny 3rd)

Cronogue Hall / Hodson Hall / Townhouses:

Taylor Galgay (Cronogue)
Madison Eastman (Cronogue)
Willow Schaefer (Cronogue)
Jeson Li (Hodson/100s/400s)Li
Omar Alers Rivers (200s)
Olivia Stebbins (200s)
Ward Pierson (300s)
Gabe Gagnon (300s)

Position Descriptions

Resident Assistants

Each residential area is staffed by Resident Assistants (RAs). RAs are undergraduate student staff members who have primary supervisory responsibilities for a wing, floor, or residential area. RAs participate in an extensive interview process. They also participate in a week of training prior to the beginning of the school year and attend various trainings throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to get to know their RA as “first line” contacts for assistance, information, support, referrals and, in many cases, friendship. RAs are supervised by a Resident Director.

Resident Assistant Job Description 

Resident Directors

Resident Directors (RDs) are graduate student staff members who live within the area that they oversee. Their responsibilities include developing their resident communities, supervising the RA staff in their area, and articulating and enforcing policies. RDs attend training workshops prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and throughout the year. RDs are, in turn, supervised by an Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Life & Community Standards.

Assistant/Associate /Senior Associate Deans of Students

The Assistant/Associate Deans of Students (ADs) are full-time staff members who have received Masters level degrees or higher within such areas as college student development, counseling psychology, and education. ADs have responsibilities within Student Affairs such as Residential Operations & Systems; Residential Life; Housing Operations; Student Activities; Title IX; and Student Diversity, Empowerment, and Community.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

All of Student Affairs falls under the leadership of the Vice President of Student Affairs / Dean of Students.  The entire Student Affairs staff works in conjunction with other members of the campus to better meet the needs of the student community.

RA Selection Process

Student Staff Selection Process

The RA selection process has been designed to allow each candidate the opportunity to be evaluated on both an individual and a group basis; the candidate will be involved in two interviews plus a group process night. After each, an evaluation will be completed and added to your application file. At the end of the process, all files will be reviewed before final decisions are made.

Qualifications
All candidates must be full-time undergraduate students at Saint Michael’s College with an overall grade point average of 2.2. Grade point averages are verified as part of the selection process.

Period of Employment
Staff members are employed for a nine-month period beginning with a workshop prior to fall opening and ending with the closing of the halls in the spring. Some summer employment will be available. New staff members may be asked to attend some staff meetings and in-services prior to the end of the spring semester.

Remuneration
In exchange for their services, Resident Assistants receive a single room and a stipend (paid in installments throughout the year). Returning Resident Assistants will receive an additional amount for increased responsibilities.

It is important to note that if you receive Work-Study as part of your financial aid, the RA position will replace your Work-Study position.

Application Process

To apply for a Resident Assistant Position, please apply online through Human Resources located on the Human Resources web page.

Questions?

If you have any questions about RA positions or have questions during the selection process, feel free to call Jeff Vincent, Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Life & Community Standards 802.654.2754.

Student Life Staff

Dawn Ellinwood
Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students
Alliot Student Center 215
Box 267
802.654.2566
dellinwood@smcvt.edu


Megan E. Ohler
Senior Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Operations & Systems
Alliot Student Center 103
Box 267
802.654.2566
mohler@smcvt.edu


Sarah M. Childs
Associate Dean of Students / Director of The Center for Student Diversity, Empowerment, and Community (DEC)
Alliot Student Center 223
Box 267
802.654.2663
schilds@smcvt.edu


Kerri Leach
Associate Dean of Students / Director of Student Activities
Dion Family Student Center 203
Box 267
802.654.2568
kleach@smcvt.edu


Brian Lee
Associate Dean of Students / Director of Housing Operations
Alliot Student Center 103
Box 267
802.654.2566
blee@smcvt.edu


Jeff Vincent
Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Life and Community Standards
Alliot Student Center 103
Box 267
802.654.2754
jvincent@smcvt.edu


Catherine Welch

Catherine Welch
Associate Dean of Students / Coordinator of Title IX
Alliot Student Center 208
Box 267
802.654.2271
cwelch2@smcvt.edu


Choeden P. Lama
Assistant Dean of Students / Assistant Director of The Center for Student Diversity, Empowerment, and Community (DEC)
Alliot Student Center 223B
Box 267
802.654.3236
clama@smcvt.edu

Resident Directors

Resident Directors

James Baker
Alumni Hall & Aubin Hall
Christian Dowd
Cashman Hall (GEAR Housing); Pontigny Hall; Canterbury Hall (GREAT/Honors/LGBTQIA+ Housing)
Nicole Noce
Townhouses; Cronogue Hall; Hodson Hall / Center for Women & Gender
Kate O’Sullivan
Townhouses; Cronogue Hall; Hodson Hall
Kaitlyn Root
Lyons Hall
Kelly Zimmer
Cashman Hall (GEAR Housing); Pontigny Hall; Canterbury Hall (GREAT/Honors/LGBTQIA+ Housing)

Resident Assistants

Alumni Hall / Aubin Hall:

Chris Kombo (Alumni 1st)
Porsha Reynolds (Alumni 2nd)
Ainsley Cook (Alumni 3rd)
Christine Dossou (Alumni 4South)
Kaltumo Ibrahim (Alumni 4North)
Jeremy Ceballos (Aubin 2nd)
Abby Farrington (Aubin 3rd)
Lydia Clapp (Aubin 1st and 4th)

Lyons Hall:

Alan Brzezinski (Lyons 1South)
Lesley Rivera (Lyons 1North)
Meagan Gallo (Lyons 2South)
Kaitlyn Folsom (Lyons 2North)
Will Loomis (Lyons 3South)
Wilson Zehyoue (Lyons 3North)
Alessandro Pescina (Lyons 4South)
Willow Morin (Lyons 4North)

Suites:

Olivier Niyonshuti (Cashman 1st)
Swapnil Jhajharia (Cashman 2nd)
McKenzie Rowbotham (Cashman 3rd)
Chicha Romain (Canterbury 1st)
Christianna Bostley (Canterbury 2nd)
Jenna Gagne (Canterbury 3rd)
Yaniris Figueroa (Pontigny 1st)
Amos Schramm (Pontigny 2nd)
Isabelle Martin (Pontigny 3rd)

Cronogue Hall / Hodson Hall / Townhouses:

Taylor Galgay (Cronogue)
Madison Eastman (Cronogue)
Willow Schaefer (Cronogue)
Jeson Li (Hodson/100s/400s)Li
Omar Alers Rivers (200s)
Olivia Stebbins (200s)
Ward Pierson (300s)
Gabe Gagnon (300s)

Position Descriptions

Resident Assistants

Each residential area is staffed by Resident Assistants (RAs). RAs are undergraduate student staff members who have primary supervisory responsibilities for a wing, floor, or residential area. RAs participate in an extensive interview process. They also participate in a week of training prior to the beginning of the school year and attend various trainings throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to get to know their RA as “first line” contacts for assistance, information, support, referrals and, in many cases, friendship. RAs are supervised by a Resident Director.

Resident Assistant Job Description 

Resident Directors

Resident Directors (RDs) are graduate student staff members who live within the area that they oversee. Their responsibilities include developing their resident communities, supervising the RA staff in their area, and articulating and enforcing policies. RDs attend training workshops prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and throughout the year. RDs are, in turn, supervised by an Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Life & Community Standards.

Assistant/Associate /Senior Associate Deans of Students

The Assistant/Associate Deans of Students (ADs) are full-time staff members who have received Masters level degrees or higher within such areas as college student development, counseling psychology, and education. ADs have responsibilities within Student Affairs such as Residential Operations & Systems; Residential Life; Housing Operations; Student Activities; Title IX; and Student Diversity, Empowerment, and Community.

Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

All of Student Affairs falls under the leadership of the Vice President of Student Affairs / Dean of Students.  The entire Student Affairs staff works in conjunction with other members of the campus to better meet the needs of the student community.

RA Selection Process

Student Staff Selection Process

The RA selection process has been designed to allow each candidate the opportunity to be evaluated on both an individual and a group basis; the candidate will be involved in two interviews plus a group process night. After each, an evaluation will be completed and added to your application file. At the end of the process, all files will be reviewed before final decisions are made.

Qualifications
All candidates must be full-time undergraduate students at Saint Michael’s College with an overall grade point average of 2.2. Grade point averages are verified as part of the selection process.

Period of Employment
Staff members are employed for a nine-month period beginning with a workshop prior to fall opening and ending with the closing of the halls in the spring. Some summer employment will be available. New staff members may be asked to attend some staff meetings and in-services prior to the end of the spring semester.

Remuneration
In exchange for their services, Resident Assistants receive a single room and a stipend (paid in installments throughout the year). Returning Resident Assistants will receive an additional amount for increased responsibilities.

It is important to note that if you receive Work-Study as part of your financial aid, the RA position will replace your Work-Study position.

Application Process

To apply for a Resident Assistant Position, please apply online through Human Resources located on the Human Resources web page.

Questions?

If you have any questions about RA positions or have questions during the selection process, feel free to call Jeff Vincent, Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residential Life & Community Standards 802.654.2754.