RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION STAFF
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.
Central Office Staff
Assistant Dean of Students and 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 coordinates the Personal Empowerment Institute in the Reader’s College at HWS. Brandon also serves on the Housing Assignments committee with ACUHO-I, the NASPA Region 2 GLBT Knowledge Community, and writes for the ACUHO-I publication, Talking Stick. He is currently an organizational leadership doctoral candidate at Northeastern University and, for his current dissertation research, was named NASPA's 2015 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 served as the President of the Board of Directors at the Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center, chaired Geneva’s 2010 Relay for Life, and served as 2015 Relay for Life Ceremonies Co-chair.
Associate Director of Residential Education
Shelle serves as the Associate Director of Residential Education. Her position includes recruitment, selection, training and development of the student staff members (Resident Assistants and House Managers). Shelle is also responsible for the recruitment, selection, development and supervision of the Area Coordinators on-campus. Shelle manages the residential curriculum and overall programming efforts for the department while working with different offices and faculty on-campus to facilitate outreach to students. Shelle also serves as a facilitator for the Personal Empowerment Course at the Colleges.
Shelle graduated from Niagara University with a bachelor degree in French and Romance languages and a master’s degree in secondary education. In her free time, Shelle enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog, Molly.
Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention
Brittany is responsible for education and prevention efforts on campus regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. This includes meeting with students who have violated student conduct, as well as presenting prevention focused programming in the residence halls and elsewhere on campus.
In addition, Brittany teaches Intro to Psychology at St. John Fisher College and is both a certified personal trainer and running coach. Brittany began a “running streak” on January 1, 2013 and has yet to miss a single day logging miles out on the road.
Brittany graduated from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a master’s degree in mental health counseling. She is a licensed mental health counselor, nationally certified counselor, as well as a CASAC.
Assistant Director for Housing Operations
Renee supervises and coordinates housing selection and assignment processes for current and incoming students. This includes working with the area coordinators on facilitating all room change requests. She also oversees all meal plan changes, damage billing, and assists with coordination of OneCard.
Renee graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey in business & public policy and is completing her master’s degree from Rowan University in higher education administration. Renee has worked professionally in residence life and housing for five years.
Renee loves cooking, spending time with her family, and binge watching her favorite shows.
Karen Vanderlinde P'18
Residential Education Coordinator
Karen is the residential education coordinator in the Office of Residential Education. She oversees the daily operations of the office, including answering frequently asked questions and providing service to students as the first point of contact. She manages the lock change process as well as the office's business operations.
As Karen previously worked for many years with the Hobart College Deans' Office, students know her for her friendly voice and her caring and outgoing nature. She serves as an excellent resource to students for all college-wide questions they may have.
Karen lives with her husband and two children, who are both in college. She enjoys time with her family, playing with and training her dogs, and loves cooking and baking.
Residential Area Staff
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.
Office of Residential Education
101 St. Clair Street,
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880
Fax: (315) 781-4026