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), Leadership, Academic Engagement, and Fraternity & Sorority Life (including Scholars in Residence, residential student organization advising,  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

TBD

Senior Director, Residential Life and Learning

The Director 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. The Director works closely with the four teams in the department (Residential Education, Leadership, Academic Engagement, & Fraternity/Sorority Life, 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 has lived in Somerville Massachusetts all her life. Dotty has been with Tufts for over 15 years. Dotty's favorite thing about Tufts is working for Residential Life. Dotty has met the most amazing people and she loves that she is able to support students, families, and others who call, email, or stop by our office. When Dotty can she loves to travel.

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

Tim Jordan

Associate Director for Residential Education

Tara Stanzione

Tim started at Tufts in Fall of 2019 as an Assistant Director and transitioned into the Associate Director role in Fall of 2021. Tim has a Bachelor's Degree from Ursinus College, a Master of Education from Clemson University, and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. In Tim’s work, he enjoys developing staff training opportunities and supporting students in their transition to Tufts. Tim’s favorite parts about Tufts are the team members he gets to work with in ORLL and the passion students have for positive change. In Tim’s free time, he loves to hike the northeast with his wife Chelsea and dog Watson.

Tim 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. Tim also coordinates ORLL's involvement in and leadership within New Student Orientation.

Tara Stanzione

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Tara Stanzione

Tara Stanzione (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director of Residential Education, overseeing first-year areas. Previously she has overseen first-year students at Salve Regina University, Providence College, and Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. She has an M.Ed. in Higher Education Counseling from Providence College and B.A in English Communication from Salve Regina University. Tara loves mentoring students, RAs, and professional staff members as well as implementing new initiatives as the chair of our Equity & Inclusion committee and continuously improving processes each year. Tara is passionate about working with first-year students through their transition and strives to make sure that students and colleagues feel welcomed and cared about. Some things Tara loves to do are play volleyball, sing in a choir, hang out with her partner Zach and dog Ellie, and be there for others!

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

Caroline Tyler

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Caroline Tyler

Caroline Tyler (she/her/hers) is thrilled to be serving in the role of Assistant Director for Residential Education, overseeing continuing student areas. Prior to joining the team at Tufts, Caroline worked as a Community Director in Residence Life at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She received her Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Maine and her Bachelor’s in Theatre and English from the University of Vermont. Caroline’s passion areas within student services include offering supervision to professional and student staff, supporting training and staff selection initiatives, and implementing initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Outside of work, Caroline enjoys singing in a local community choir, playing volleyball, taking OrangeTheory classes, and hanging out with her husband David and their Labradoodle puppy Comet!

Caroline 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, she supervises RLCs and ARLCs supporting approximately 2,100 continuing students on the Medford/Somerville campus. She is also responsible for student staff training processes for Resident Assistants (RAs). Caroline 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

Sarah Kazmierczak 

Hill Hall, West Hall, Beacon Street

RLC Sarah Kazmierczak

Sarah has a bachelor's degree in English from Norwich University and a certificate in Developing Healthy Communities from Tufts. Sarah is currently pursuing a master’s in Educational Studies through Tufts as well. In addition to Sarah’s role as RLC, she is also a pre-major advisor. Sarah enjoys working closely with her students to develop a strong support system as they navigate college life and providing guidance as they make choices for their future. One of Sarah’s favorite parts about Tufts is the campus and all its bunnies that make walks with her dog enjoyable for both of them. Sarah’s hobbies are reading, writing, baking, soaking up the sun whenever she can, playing volleyball, and exploring Boston.

 

Candice Belluscio

Hodgdon Hall, Metcalf Hall, Richardson House, Wilson House

RLC Sarah Kazmierczak

Candice received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Monmouth University. Candice is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in English from St. John’s University. Candice’s passion area within Higher Ed would have to be Student Affairs. Candice thoroughly loves being able to connect with and support students throughout their college journey. Candice’s favorite thing about Tufts is the magnetic energy on campus and the incredible community!

 

 

Christina Behr

Houston Hall and Miller Hall

RLC Christina Behr

Christina has a bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University. Christina takes a holistic approach when working with students on campus. Supporting and connecting students to resources that can help them with their physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Christina’s favorite part about Tufts is the energy that the campus has, it is warm and welcoming! A few more things about Christina is that she has two dogs (Chaplin and Teddy), Christina enjoys going for long walks and trying new restaurants in the area!

 

 

Matt Denison

Carmichael Hall, Bush Hall, Tilton Hall

RLC Matt Denison

Prior to joining Tufts in July 2021, Matt was a Graduate Hall Director at The University of Rhode Island. During his time at URI, Matt served in several professional roles. Primarily, Matt worked as a Hall Director for Housing and Residence Life; working to build an inclusive and engaging environment for the communities he oversaw. Matt also interned with Public Safety, assisting with Clery correspondence along with education and outreach efforts. In the Fall of 2020, Matt worked with Emergency Management to help facilitate daily operations surrounding the safety of the campus in response to COVID-19. In his final year, Matt completed a benchmarking project in which he benchmarked URI Police Department's mission of community policing. Prior to URI, Matt completed his B.A. in Political Science at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Matt hopes to continue a career in which he is able to utilize his crisis management experience in combination with student affairs responsibilities to help foster the mission of development and community engagement.

Phil Brown

Hyatt Place and Graduate Housing

RLC Phil Brown

Phil is from NY and he loves to play basketball ball and soccer. Phil is also a huge anime and star wars fan. Phil has a deep love for old music. Phil is currently in his third year of working as a higher education professional and pursuing a masters degree in Higher-education administration and leadership At Capella university. Phil loves working in residence life and helping students and plan to make a career out of it.

 

 

CONTINUING STUDENT COMMUNITIES

Nikquania Gamble

Harleston Hall, Community Housing (CoHo), Sophia Gordon Hall, Latin Way Apartments, Hillside Apartments, 32 Dearborn

RLC Nikquania Gamble

Nikquania has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts- Sociology/Political Science from University of Massachusetts Lowell. Nikquania enjoys supporting student staff and actively engaging in their growth and personal discovery, getting students connected with campus resources and helping students find clubs/organizations that get themselves out of their comfort zone, and supporting the overall experience of students on campus! One of Nikquania’s favorite parts about Tufts is the city view you can catch amazing shots of! Some of Nikquania’s hobbies are taking pictures of nature and architecture, bowling, and grabbing some Dunks!

 

Victoria Medeiros

Wren Hall, Haskell Hall, Stratton Hall, Lewis Hall, Carpenter House, Blakely Hall

RLC Victoria Medeiros

Victoria has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication from Bridgewater State University and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel from University of Central Florida. Victoria enjoys getting students connected with campus resources and helping students find clubs/organizations that get themselves out of their comfort zone. One of Victoria’s favorite parts about Tufts is the beautiful views from the library roof! Victoria is also an Assistant Coach for the Tufts Cheerleading Team. Victoria’s hobbies are going to the beach, finding new shows on Netflix to watch, and going to Disney!

 

THEME, SPECIAL INTEREST, FRATERNITY, & SORORITY COMMUNITIES

Tomilola Morakinyo

Theme, Special Interest, and Fraternity & Sorority Housing

RLC Tomilola Morakinyo

Tomilola is the RLC for the Special Interest, Theme, and Fraternity/Sorority Housing Area. Tomilola graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors degree in Biology and minor in English. Tomilola is currently pursuing a master's degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland. At Stony Brook, Tomilola became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated - Theta Kappa Chapter in Spring 2018 and since then Tomilola’s passion for student engagement has taken off. Working with students at Tufts who are members of these special interest and Greek life communities is Tomilola’s favorite thing about working at Tufts. These students have so much pride and passion for what they believe in and it truly drives their personal success and the success of the area and department. In Tomilola’s spare time, she enjoys therapeutic arts and crafts, painting, playing piano, and listening to music. Working out with the team is Tomilola’s personal favorite.

Tomi, 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. Tomi 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.

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
Edita Danielyan, Lewis, Stratton, Wren, Haskell, Carpenter, Blakeley
Liana Kabins, Theme & Special Interest Housing
Wabei Saboi, Fraternity & Sorority Housing

 

Leadership, Academic Engagement, and Fraternity & Sorority Life

TBD
Associate Director for Leadership, Academic Engagement, and Fraternity & Sorority Life

The Associate Director for Leadership, Academic Engagement, and Fraternity & Sorority Life 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 works 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. They are 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.

Tomilola Morakinyo

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

RLC Tomilola Morakinyo

Tomilola is the Residential Life Coordinator for the Special Interest, Theme, and Fraternity/Sorority Housing Area. Tomilola graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors degree in Biology and minor in English. Tomilola is currently pursuing a master's degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland. At Stony Brook, Tomilola became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated - Theta Kappa Chapter in Spring 2018 and since then Tomilola’s passion for student engagement has taken off. Working with students at Tufts who are members of these special interest and Greek life communities is Tomilola’s favorite thing about working at Tufts. These students have so much pride and passion for what they believe in and it truly drives their personal success and the success of the area and department. In Tomilola’s spare time, she enjoys therapeutic arts and crafts, painting, playing piano, and listening to music. Working out with the team is Tomilola’s personal favorite. 

Tomi, 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. Tomi 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 has a BA from Vassar College in Film Theory, an MFA from Academy of Art University in Motion Pictures & Television and has just accepted entry to Tufts’ Master of Public Policy (MPP) program in Urban and Environmental Planning. Go Jumbos! Angy has been involved in Residence Life since her undergraduate days, working with the Alumni House on annual reunions. Though Angy planned to obtain a PhD in Cinema Studies, she has found a love for helping students and families grow during such a transformative period in their lives. Angy enjoys working with Tufts students, getting to know them outside of her work in residence life, which she does as a Pre-Major Advisor and coach for the Tufts Cheerleading Team. Angy’s hobbies include crafting, woodwork, and puppies!

Angy is responsible for strategic management of all operational aspects of the Office of Residential Life and Learning, including Housing Services (assignments and room selection) and Residential Operations (relationship with residential facilities partners, keys, move in, move out). 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.

Perry Doherty

Assistant Director of Residential Operations

Perry has a BA in German language and literature and English from Tulane University and a M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. Perry enjoys getting to know students and watch them learn and grow during their time at Tufts. When Perry is on campus, she loves walking through our beautiful academic quad. When Perry is not on campus she enjoys hanging out with her dog, Chicago, embroidering, knitting, and planning her next meal.

Perry is responsible for operational processes such as move in, move out, break and holiday transition, and summer housing. She also supervise our Residential Life Assistants, student workers responsible for managing lockouts and operational checks of residential buildings. She also oversees operational elements of COVID isolation and quarantine logistics.

Jennifer Raichle, EMT, PMP

Isolation & Quarantine Operations Coordinator (P/T)

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. 

 

Housing Services

David Watts

Assistant Director for Housing Services

David attended Florida International University and holds degrees in English Literature and Asian Studies. Additionally, David holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In his free time, he enjoys reading.

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.