Our professional staff generally hold master's degrees in student personnel, higher education, counseling or a related field. Responsibilities include supervision of Resident Assistants; campus emergency response; safety, security, and facility issues for their area; staff selection, training and development; advising on personal matters; referrals to appropriate on-campus offices; adjudication of disciplinary matters; oversight of residence hall and campus-wide programming; and advising of student groups.
As a staff, we also oversee all aspects of housing of students each year in our variety of houses and halls. In addition, our staff also serves on a variety of campus committees such as community relations, orientation and dining services as we aim to help the Colleges meet the needs of all of our students.
Director of Residential Education
Brandon is responsible for ensuring the campus residence halls, apartments, and small/theme houses are safe, well-maintained, and provide an engaging, co-curricular experience which connects residents to HWS and the Geneva community. Brandon coordinates and supervises many of the day-to-day responsibilities with the assistant director team, professional area coordinator staff, and paraprofessional (resident assistant and house manager) students. In addition to traditional office hours and communication, Brandon holds open, drop-in office hours every Tuesday from 12pm to 2pm for students, faculty, staff, and parents.
In addition to his Residential Education responsibilities, Brandon has taught a Personal Empowerment course in the Reader’s College at HWS for three years and currently serves on the Culture of Respect Steering Committee. Brandon also serves on the Housing Assignments committee with ACUHO-I and the NASPA Region 2 GLBT Knowledge Community. He is currently an organizational leadership doctoral student at Northeastern University and, for his planned dissertation research, was named NASPA's 2014 GLBT Issues Scholar.
Brandon graduated from Keuka College with a bachelor's degree in English and Binghamton University with a master's degree in student affairs and diversity. He has held positions at Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, and Keuka College.
In the local community, he serves as the President of the Board of Directors at the Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center, chaired Geneva’s 2010 Relay for Life, and currently serves as the 2014 Relay for Life Ceremonies Co-chair.
Associate Director of Residential Education
Shelle supervises and coordinates housing selection and assignment processes for current and incoming students. This includes working with area coordinators to ensure successful resolutions to roommate conflicts and facilitating room change requests. She also oversees all meal plan changes, damage billing, and assists with coordination of OneCard. She earned her bachelor's degree from Niagara University in French and romance languages and a master's degree in secondary education.
In her spare time, Shelle enjoys cooking, spending time her family, traveling and walking her dog, Molly.
Residential Education Coordinator
Mollie serves as the initial contact/resource person for Residential Education. With her affable personality, she answers telephone inquiries, assists student and parent communication and is responsible for resident hall lock/key replacement requests.
Mollie is an avid cook and gardener, enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and Keuka Lake for summer and winter fun.
Area Coordinator- Emerson Hill
Caitlin is the area coordinator for Caird, Emerson, deCordova, McCormick and non-themed small houses. She received her B.A. in communication from New England College. She also earned a master's degree in college student personnel administration from Canisius College.
Caitlin is very passionate about international education and loves to spend her spare time traveling and learning about different cultures.
Area Coordinator - Theme Houses and 380 South Main
Pete oversees the residences the theme house program and 380 South Main. He received his graduate education through Capella University and currently holds a master's degree in leadership for higher education. Pete is an alumnus of The State University of New York at Fredonia, where he received a B.S. in public relations.
As a founding fraternity brother at SUNY Fredonia, Pete is an advocate for the growth and continued development of Greek letter organizations everywhere. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Coast, and wife, Sarah. Peter enjoys listening to folk music, making beer and wine, cooking, and expanding his Christian faith.
Area Coordinator - MiniQuad and Sherrill Halls
Joshua is the area coordinator for Hale, Bartlett, Durfee, Geneva, Medbery, and Sherrill hall. He is a graduate of The University of West Florida where he earned a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Hospitality and Psychology. He went on to The University of South Florida to complete a master’s degree in College Student Affairs, concentrating in curriculum and instruction.
Joshua is Nigerian but calls Florida home. He is very passionate about international education and travels whenever he gets the chance. When he is not travelling he loves to cook, dance, act, make videos and listen to music.
Area Coordinator- JPR
Sarah is the Area Coordinator for Jackson, Potter and Rees Halls. She holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Merrimack College. She is also a graduate of Bridgewater State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Sarah grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts and enjoys watching the Bruins and Red Sox. She also likes spending time listening to music, being outdoors and seeing family and friends.
Area Coordinator - William Smith Hill & Odells
Jenn Pedersen is the area coordinator for The Hill, which includes Blackwell House, Miller House, Comstock House, and Hirshson House, as well as the Village at Odells. She graduated from The State University of New York at Cortland where she earned a degree in new media design, with a minor in art history. She is currently attending the University of Rochester, Warner School Of Education for her masters degree in higher education administration with a concentration in student affairs.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, listening to music and being outdoors.