Professional Staff

Meet the Residential Life Team! Our team manages several key functions of our residential community, including Residential Education (residential student and professional staff members within our halls, and community development initiatives), Residential Leadership and Programs (including Fraternity & Sorority Life and our Theme Housing Program), Residential Operations (logistics, keys, move in and move out, off campus housing), and Housing Services (housing assignments, lottery, and selection for all students). Our dedicated staff can assist with anything you might need, so please contact us!

Director’s Office

Joshua HartmanJosh Hartman

Senior Director, Residential Life and Learning

Josh is responsible for the overall management of the Office of Residential Life and Learning, supporting 4,000 residents on two campuses, over 1.5 million square feet of residential space, and supervision of over 160 student and professional staff. Josh works closely with the four teams in the department (Residential Education, Residential Leadership & Programs, Residential Operations, and Housing Services) to ensure a high level of student support, responsiveness, and inclusivity in the programs, events, initiatives, and procedures/policies of the department.

 

Dotty Payzant

Dotty Payzant

Staff Assistant

Dotty is responsible for the front office of the Office of Residential Life and Learning. She supports students, families, and others who call, email, or stop by the office, and can be a great resource to connect individuals to the best member of our team to assist with complex concerns. 

 

Residential Education

Nadia Vargas

Associate Director for Residential Education

Nadia is responsible for overall management of the Residential Education team, which includes residential staff (Assistant Directors, Residence Life Coordinators, ARLCs, and student Resident Assistants), the development of a cohesive community development model, support of students in conflict and crisis, and other aspects of residential living. Nadia also coordinates ORLL's involvement in and leadership within New Student Orientation.

Brendon SoltisBrendon Soltis

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Brendon is responsible for most first-year communities on both the Medford/Somerville campus as well as the SMFA campus. In this role, he supervises RLCs and ARLCs supporting over 1,800 students. Brendon is also responsible for student staff training processes for Resident Assistants (RAs). Brendon is a great resource for students and families seeking additional information, guidance, and support in navigating their first year experience at Tufts. 

Tim Jordan
Assistant Director of Residential Education

Tim is responsible for supporting most of the continuing student communities on campus (which includes any spaces not filled by first-year students). In this role, he supervises an RLCs and ARLCs supporting approximately 2,100 continuing students on the Medford/Somerville campusTim is also responsible for student staff selection processes for Resident Assistants (RAs). Tim is a great resource for students and families seeking additional information, guidance, and support in navigating their continuing student experience at Tufts. 

Residential Life Coordinators (RLCs)
 

The Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) is a full time professional staff member who lives on campus and has responsibility for fostering a strong sense of community in their assigned residential community. RLCs support residents in a variety of ways and supervises Resident Assistants (RAs) and, at times, Assistant Residential Life Coordinators (ARLCs). Additionally, RLCs assist in the advisement of Hall Councils, support programming and community development within the residential area, and support students individually. They are a great resource for students seeking support in managing conflict, resolving concerns, and for getting more involved in the residential community and at Tufts.

FIRST YEAR STUDENT COMMUNITIES

TBD, Residential Life Coordinator (Hill Hall, West Hall, Beacon Street)
Candice Belluscio, Residential Life Coordinator (Hodgdon Hall, Metcalf Hall, Richardson House, Wilson House)
Anna Ehrlich, Residential Life Coordinator (Miller Hall, Houston Hall)
Matthew Denison, Residential Life Coordinator (Carmichael Hall, Bush Hall, Tilton Hall)

CONTINUING STUDENT COMMUNITIES

Lena Schwallenberg, Residential Life Coordinator (Harleston Hall, CoHo, Sophia Gordon Hall, Latin Way Apartments, Hillside Apartments, 32 Dearborn, Graduate Housing)
Victoria Medeiros, Residential Life Coordinator (Wren, Haskell, Stratton, Lewis, Carpenter House, Blakeley)

THEME, SPECIAL INTEREST, FRATERNITY, & SORORITY COMMUNITIES

Erin Durigan, Residential Life Coordinator (Theme, Special Interest, and Fraternity & Sorority Housing)
 

Assistant Residential Life Coordinators

Assistant Residential Life Coordinators (ARLCs) are responsible for fostering a strong sense of community in their assigned area, supporting residents in a variety of ways through their transition to Tufts and to the residential community, supervising Resident Assistants (RAs), and advising Hall Councils. The ARLC is a great resource for students seeking support in managing conflict, resolving concerns, and for getting more involved in the residential community and at Tufts.

FIRST YEAR STUDENT COMMUNITIES
Hailey Pister, Carmichael, Bush, & Tilton
Shivi Thakur, Beacon Street, Hill, West

CONTINUING STUDENT COMMUNITIES
Lauren McGowan, 
Independent Living
Amreen Nasreen, Lewis, Stratton, Wren, Haskell, Carpenter, Blakeley
Liana Kabins, Theme & Special Interest Housing
Wabei Saboi, Fraternity & Sorority Housing

 

Residential Leadership and Programs
TBD (position currently posted)
Associate Director for Leadership, Academic Engagement, and Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Associate Director is responsible for supporting Tufts University's vibrant theme housing and fraternity and sorority community which includes advising individual students and chapters/organizations, supporting leadership development within the community, and providing advisement for the Inter Greek Council (IGC). They work closely with students, alumni, faculty, and staff to create positive experiences through values-based organizations such as fraternities and sororities. Additionally, the Associate Director manages academic engagement initiatives including oversight of the Scholars in Residence Program. The Associate Director is responsible for creating, implementing, and developing a comprehensive leadership framework for the Office of Residential Life and Learning for all student leadership positions and organizations within the department.

Erin Durigan

Residential Life Coordinator for the Theme, Special Interest, and Fraternity/Sorority Area

The Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) is a staff member who lives on campus and has responsibility for fostering a strong sense of community in the theme, special interest, and fraternity/sorority houses. Erin, as RLC for theme, special interest, and fraternity/sorority housing, supports residents in a variety of ways and supervises Resident Assistants (RAs) and an Assistant Residential Life Coordinator (ARLC). Additionally, she assists in the advisement of both theme/special interest housing and fraternity/sorority organizations. Erin is a great resource for students seeking support in managing conflict, resolving concerns, and for getting more involved in the residential community and at Tufts.

Liana Kabins & Wabei Saboi

Assistant Residential Life Coordinators 

Assistant Residential Life Coordinators (ARLCs) are responsible for fostering a strong sense of community in their assigned area, supporting residents in a variety of ways through their transition to Tufts and to the residential community, supervising Resident Assistants (RAs), and advising individual theme communities, chapters, and councils. The ARLC is a great resource for students seeking support in managing conflict, resolving concerns, and for getting more involved in the residential community and at Tufts.

Residential Operations

Angelic X. Sosa

Angy Sosa

Associate Director for Residential Operations

Angy is responsible for all operational aspects of the Office of Residential Life and Learning, including Housing Services (assignments and room selection), move in and move out, break and transition periods, management of keys, and supervision of ORLL student office staff members. She is also the primary point of contact with all of our affiliated vendors including OCM and MicroChill. Angy represents ORLL on the Event Management Committee and is responsible for space reservations within the residential community. Angy is also an excellent resource for students seeking assistance with off-campus housing opportunities and for navigating the complexities of living off campus.

Jennifer Raichle, EMT, PMP

Isolation & Quarantine Operations Coordinator

Jen is responsible for managing operational and logistical elements to the COVID isolation and quarantine processes including developing and enhancing relationships with vendors, working closely with campus partners, and continually improving protocol and process in alignment with health guidance and University policy. She oversees the occupancy and ensures cleanliness and facilities responsiveness in the modular housing area (The Mods) and Blakeley Hall. In addition to her specifically COVID-related responsibilities, Jen works closely with our opening, closing, break housing, and health and safety protocols to ensure alignment with health needs. 

John Gearin

Isolation & Quarantine Coordinator

John works closely with the other Isolation & Quarantine Coordinators to support students transitioning in and out of quarantine and isolation status. He is responsible for supporting operational and logistical elements to the COVID isolation and quarantine processes including fostering relationships with vendors, working closely with campus partners, and continually improving protocol and process in alignment with health guidance and University policy. He also serves as a case manager for students in isolation and quarantine as needed. John works with campus colleagues and university departments on tangible and active support for students in The Mods (our isolation housing units). 

 

Housing Services

David Watts

Assistant Director for Housing Services

David manages all housing assignments (for incoming/new students and for continuing students), oversees housing selection and lottery, and is responsible for room changes, billing, and assignment-related issues. He oversees our housing management software, works closely with campus partners to ensure proper access to buildings, and supports summer and graduate housing assignments. David is a great resource for students and families seeking additional information on housing options, the assignments process, and for any questions related to our physical housing spaces.