Residential Life Staff
- Central Staff
- Resident Director Staff
- Graduate Assistant Staff
- Support Staff
Office of Residential Programs – Central Staff
Associate Director of Residential Programs
(St. John's University- B.S. Paralegal Studies, St. John's University- M.S. Student Development Practice in Higher Education)
Amanda is originally from Long Island, New York. As an undergraduate student at St. John's University, New York, Amanda was involved in numerous activities on campus. She was a proud member of the first Resident Assistant staff at St. John's. Amanda continued at St. John's to pursue her Master's degree in Higher Education and gained experience in Student Activities and Greek Life.
After completing her degree, Amanda began her career as a Residence Life Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. In 2006, Amanda joined the Residential Programs staff at Hofstra University and is excited for another fun-filled year!
Jean Anne Smith
Associate Director of Residential Programs
After 8 years of working in banking and finance, in the metropolitan area Jean Anne decided to change her career path and began her university career at Hofstra, in 1991, as a clerk specialist in the Office of Residential Life. Over the next several years she increased her knowledge in the field of higher education by holding various administrative positions in the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra. After a decade of service at the university she accepted a new position at SUNY Maritime College as the Director of Residential Facilities in order to gain additional experience outside of the Hofstra Community. She returned to Hofstra 3 years later to assist in the budget management and with the upgrading of the university residential facilities.
During her time at Hofstra Jean Anne has not only worked in the Department of Residential Programs but also in the Department of Public Safety, the Office for Campus Operations and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Associate Director of Residential Programs
(Hofstra University - B.B.A. Management, Hofstra University - M.A. Foundations of Education)
Novia is originally from the island of Jamaica, in the West Indies. She started her college experience at Nassau Community College as an Accounting major. After receiving her Associates in Applied Science in Accounting, Novia attended Hofstra University where she started her career path in Student Affairs. She has been a member of the Residential Programs staff since June 2000 when she started out as the Housing Assignment Coordinator. Today she is the Associate Director of Residential Programs and her responsibilities include the assignment of all new students for the fall semester into housing. She coordinates the annual room selection process and is currently assisting with the creation of and upgrade to an automated assignment process for the office.Novia is looking forward to continuing to mold the lives of students she encounters within the division of student affairs.
Assistant Director of Residential Programs
(B.A. in Sociology; Keene State College - M.A. Higher Education Administration; New England College)
Jen is originally from Merrimack, NH. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Keene State College. She attended New England College to receive her Master's in Higher Education Administration in 2010. Although Jen has lived in NH most of her life, she is excited to be back in Long Island. Jen is passionate about student engagement and development and is looking forward to working with the first year learning communities and upper-class themed housing.
Assistant Director of Residential Programs
(Seton Hall University- B.A. Psychology; Hofstra University - M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology)
Monique Alexander is a native of Long Island, NY and has been working at Hofstra for the past five years. She has attained her B.A. in Psychology from Seton Hall University and her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University. During her time at Hofstra, Monique has been the Resident Director of Colonial Square and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Upper-class Housing Communities. Monique is truly excited for the future of the department and the University and looks forward to being a part of their continued success.
Operations Coordinator for Residential Programs
(Providence College- B.A.)
Scott began working at Hofstra University as a Graduate Assistant to Jean Anne Smith in the Residential Operations department while pursuing his Masters degree in education and curriculum. He is now a full-time member of the Residential Programs staff and looks forward to helping improve the quality of life for all on campus residents at Hofstra.
Resident Director Staff
Resident Director – Stuyvesant Hall
(Hofstra University- B.A. Psychology, Hofstra University, Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Edcuation [Anticipated May 2013])
Kerri was born and raised in East Setauket, New York. As an undergraduate student here at Hofstra, Kerri was a Resident Assistant for two years in Enterprise Hall. She was involved in Hall Council, was a member of the Psychology club, was on the Senior Class Challenge and worked in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs for four years. Kerri was the Assistant Resident Director in Colonial Square from August 2010-August 2011. She is very excited to be starting her professional career as the Resident Director of Stuyvesant Hall.
Residence Director - VanderPoel and Enterprise
(Southeast Missouri State University – B.A. Communication Studies, Southeast Missouri State University – M.A. Higher Education Administration)
Danielle is originally from St. Louis, MO. At Southeast Missouri State University she received her B.A. in Communication Studies with a double minor in video production and writing. As an undergraduate she was heavily involved as an Orientation Leader, Student Ambassador, and President of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. She continued her education at Southeast and received her M.A. in Higher Education Administration. While continuing her education she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Conduct as well as advising several student centered groups on campus such as Association of Black Collegians and two NPHC organizations. After completing her education, Danielle worked as a resident director at Fisk University and began her journey into the world of Residence Life.
Danielle is very passionate about continuing her work in the field of student affairs and is extremely excited to be joining the Hofstra University community.
Resident Director – Nassau/Suffolk (Roger Williams University – B.S. Legal Studies & Anthropology/Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania – M.A. Student Affairs in Higher Education)
Dan is originally from Hamden, CT. Dan received his Bachelor's degree in legal studies and anthropology/sociology at Roger Williams University. At RWU, Dan was a Resident Assistant and Orientation Advisor for three years, and Student Admissions Assistant/Tour Guide for four years. He also was the campus mascot for a year. After graduating, Dan worked as a full-time Residence Director at St. Bonaventure University for a year before pursuing his Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At IUP, Dan worked as a Graduate Residence Director then Assistant Residence Director. Dan is looking forward to continuing his passion for working with students in Nassau/Suffolk and the greater campus community at Hofstra University.
Resident Director- Constitution and Estabrook Halls
(University of South Carolina - B.A. International Studies, University of Maryland M.A. Education and Leadership Policy Studies)
Michael is originally from Hatboro, Pennsylvania. At South Carolina, he received a B.A. in International Studies and minored in Business Administration. While at South Carolina, Michael was a Resident Mentor for three years. After graduation, Michael attended the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Michael received a Masters in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, was a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Resident Life, and joined the local volunteer fire department serving as a Firefighter and EMT.
Resident Director-Liberty and Republic Halls
(University of Dayton - B.A. History, M.S.E. Teacher Education)
Originally from Bayside, Queens, Anthony received his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Dayton. While at the University of Dayton, Anthony was active in service programs, retreats, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, and worked as an RA for three years. After graduation, Anthony remained at the University of Dayton and completed a Master's degree in Education while continuing work in Residence Life as a graduate Residence Coordinator. Anthony is very excited to be working at Hofstra!
Resident Director- Netherlands Complex
(Radford University – B.S. Music, Vocal Performance; Old Dominion University—M.S. in Education, International Leadership)
Nichole was originally born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Radford, Virginia. While attending Radford University where she pursued her Bachelor of Science in Music degree she was highly involved in orientation and admissions tours along with the music department and numerous concerts, recitals, and performances. After Radford, Nichole moved on to study International Leadership in Higher Education at Old Dominion University and worked in the Office of Housing and Residential Education as a Graduate Assistant. During her time at ODU she was fortunate to study abroad in Munich, Zurich, Paris, Brussels, and then Edinburgh, Dublin, London and Cambridge.
After finishing her Master's degree from ODU, she worked as a Resident Director for 3 years at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth overseeing both upper-class apartment buildings and first year living learning communities. Nichole is extremely excited to be joining the Hofstra community and working with the amazing residential program family!
Resident Director-Colonial Square
(Pace University-B.A. Communication Studies, Pace University-M.S.T. Childhood Education)
Raised in NJ, Jeunelle is a "Jersey Girl" at heart. This is her 8th year working in student affairs. She attended Penn State University where she was a Resident Assistant for a year and then transferred to Pace University in NYC. At Pace Jeunelle graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Studies and a Masters in Education. While obtaining her degrees she continued to work as an RA for 3 more years and then a Residence Director during her graduate work.
For the past two years Jeunelle has lived in Daytona Beach, FL where she worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at a HBCU, Bethune-Cookman University. Jeunelle is extremely passionate about Student Affairs and promotes a student centered environment. She is excited to be part of the Hofstra community and looks forward to learning and creating opportunities for student success.
Resident Director – Alliance and Bill of Rights
(Fairfield University - B.A. Communication, Boston University - M.A. Education)
Originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, Justin received his Bachelor's degree in Communication from Fairfield University. At Fairfield, Justin was heavily involved in Student Activities as Vice President of his class, and in New Student Programs as the Freshman Orientation Co-Chair. After Fairfield, Justin accepted an opportunity with Teach for America where he was a teacher and advisor at Health and Human Services High School in Lawrence, MA. During this time, he earned his Master's in Education from Boston University. Justin is extremely excited to become a part of the Hofstra community, and he is looking forward to being a resource to help further the development of students at Hofstra.
Graduate Assistant Staff
Assistant Resident Director – The Netherlands
(Hofstra University – B.A. History & Secondary Education, Hofstra University M.S.Ed. Special Education [Anticipated May 2014])
Zach is from Syosset, New York. He spent his undergraduate career at Hofstra University majoring in History and Secondary Education, becoming a certified teacher. Zach spent his undergraduate years as a Resident Assistant in the Netherlands and then the Senior Resident Assistant of Estabrook Hall. He also was a Chairperson for the Relay For Life of Hofstra University as well as an active brother in Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Zach worked closely with the Resident Student Association for 4 years and was a committed member of the Senior Class Challenge Committee of 2012. He is very excited to return to the Netherlands Complex as the Assistant Resident Director.
Graduate Resident Director - Graduate Residence Hall
(Keene State College-B.A. Biology)
Originally from Long Island, Monica received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Keene State College. As an undergraduate, Monica was a Resident Assistant for a year and a half working in a First-Year hall and the Living Learning Communities. In her Senior year, Monica was awarded with the Community Developer of the Year award, was a member of Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and National Residence Hall Honorary. Some leadership roles that she has had include being president of Biology Club as well as being the Head Tutor of the Biology and Chemistry. While she interned for the KSC Owl Admissions Department, she was involved in many activities such as giving tours and working with admitted students. She is very excited to be back on Long Island working as a Graduate Resident Director and pursuing an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies.
Assistant Resident Director - Colonial Square
(SUNY Old Westbury - B.A. Psychology)
Amber is from Rockland County, NY. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY College at Old Westbury. As an undergrad, Amber was extremely involved. She was a Resident Assistant, SGA Senator, Orientation Leader, Center for Student Leadership Involvement Intern, Executive Board member of the Asian Club, along with serving on numerous campus committees. She also was awarded Ms. Old Westbury 2012.
In addition, she was a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow; an organization aiding those interested in student affairs as a profession. Through NASPA she was selected to attend the Dungy Leadership Institute 2013 which was hosted at Iowa State University. During Summer 2013, Amber was an intern for Residential Living and Learning at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Senior Accounts Clerk
Patricia started her career at Hofstra University in 2001, serving as a temp for the Office of Public Safety. She then worked in the bookstore for a short period of time prior to being recruited by the Office of Residential Programs as a temp in the receptionist position. She was hired shortly thereafter as the permanent receptionist.
In January 2007, Patricia replaced the Senior Accounts Clerk who retired. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to creating applications for new and returning students; she enjoys working closer with students and parents.
Senior Assistant for Residential Programs
Joan began working at Hofstra in September 2008 as a part time secretary in the Department of Drama and Dance. She joined the staff of Residential Programs full time in August 2011 where she directly supports the Director of Residential Programs. Joan is a native Long Islander who resides in South Hempstead with her husband, two children, Matthew and Kristen, and their maltipoo, Rigly.
Mary Prine Laurino
(NASD (National Association Security Dealers) sponsored Municipal Bond School - 1975 Certificate of Completion)
Proudly born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Mary began working for Ehrlich-Bober & Co. Inc., Municipal Underwriters upon Graduation from High School. Mary also started NASD School September, 1973 and remained at Ehrlich & Bober working as an Assistant Vice President /Assistant to Trader until "retirement" in 1985.
She served as member of New York State mandated Site Based Team for Shared Decision Making for Milburn Elementary School, Baldwin, NY, from 1991 through 1996. Mary has served Hofstra University since 1999 in the following areas:
1999/2003 - Part time, Axinn Library
2003/2004 - Plant Department
2004/2007 - Student Accounts, Repayment Office
January 2007 to present - Office of Residential Programs
Senior Assistant for Residential Programs
Carol was born and raised on Long Island. She has lived in Wantagh, Islip and currently resides in Bellmore, on the south shore. Carol joined the Hofstra family in 1985, originally working as the Clerk Supervisor for Financial Aid and Academic Records office. During her time in Financial Aid, Carol created and implemented the Competitive Scholarship Exam, which grants scholarships to high school juniors in the local community. Carol joined the Residential Programs Office in 1996. She is directly responsible for overseeing billing for housing and meal plans for our incoming First Year students.