Residence Life

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a unique student-run organization that exists to improve the quality of life of Hofstra residential students by offering social and educational programs based on students' interests, as well as promoting a safe, supportive, and welcoming community. Part of the RHA mission statement is to aid the Office of Residence Life in maintaining and improving living conditions for all residential students. With this in mind, the Residence Hall Association is a body that the University looks to for input on important policy matters relating to the residence halls.


Within the past year, RHA hosted Wiener Welcome, Hofstra Halloweentown, Big Bucks Bingo, Siblings Day, Silent Disco, Roll with RHA, and a few other events in addition to tabling in the Student Center. Each building also has its own Residence Council, which plans programs for their respective halls geared towards their specific population.

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2020-2021 Executive Board Members:

Tatiana Nolen is the Advisor for RHA. Tatiana is also the Resident Director of Stuyvesant Hall. She received her associate's degree at Indian River State University before attending the State University of New York at Cortland for her bachelor's degree in Sports Coaching. Tatiana is very excited to be working with first-year students as the Assistant Resident Director of the Netherlands Complex, while also studying for her master's in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. She is passionate about cultivating positive, supportive, and inclusive communities for residents to learn and grow.

Gina Ferrara is the President of RHA. She is currently a senior enrolled in the dual degree program – pursuing both a BA in Accounting and an MS in Taxation –  and is from Seymour, Connecticut. This will be her third year serving on the executive board for RHA overall and her first as president! She also serves as the co-chair for the Zarb School of Business Undergraduate Leadership Council, vice president for the Accounting Society, and has a taxation internship with Grassi & Co. here in Jericho, Long Island. Gina is dedicated to making the most of this new virtual atmosphere regarding programming and advocacy and will strive to continue to provide engaging experiences for Hofstra's residents during this new normal.

Jessica Long is the Vice President of Finance for RHA. She is from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. She is currently studying biology. Jessica joined RHA at the end of the 2019 academic year and was treasurer last academic year. Jessica can't wait to be treasurer again this year. She hopes to stay very involved in the student community and create amazing memories for herself and the student body. She looks forward to listening to the thoughts of the students and improving her leadership skills through educational and entertaining programs. 

Jillian Salis is the Vice President of Marketing for RHA. She is from Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently pursuing a BA in Philosophy, with minors in Psychology, Community Health, and Sustainability Studies. Jillian joined RHA in the fall semester of the 2019 academic year. She is beyond excited to be involved in such an amazing organization on campus and cannot wait to make amazing memories! She also cannot wait to grow her leadership skills this upcoming academic year alongside many other incredible leaders.

Josette Vail is the Vice President of Advocacy for RHA. She is from North Bend, Washington. Josette is currently majoring in Dance and minoring in Entrepreneurship. This is her first year serving as Vice President of Advocacy for RHA and her second year as events coordinator for Hofstra Rock Climbing. Josette hopes to provide a voice for all residents on campus so they can enjoy and make memories throughout their time at Hofstra.

Jake Lepore is the Vice President of Recognition. He is from Sparta, New Jersey. Jake is in senior year majoring in Business Economics. Jake joined RHA in the fall of 2019 and it is his first year serving as VP of Recognition. Jake’s goals for this semester are to continuously find ways to enhance the RHA experience and to recognize both the RHA general body and the residents on the Hofstra campus.

Madison Snuffer is the National Communications Coordinator for RHA. Madison is a sophomore Biochemistry major from Beckley, West Virginia. Madison served as the Title IX liaison for RHA during the 2019-2020 school year, and is excited to step into the executive board position of an NCC. Madison worked as a Welcome Week coordinator this past summer, and also works as a Chemistry Department stockroom assistant. Madison is very excited to further RHA's connections with the thousands of other RHAs across the United States!