About Us

We are dedicated to supporting all undergraduate, graduate, and professional residential students throughout their time at Cornell. We work together with our colleagues throughout Campus and Community Engagement, to support the student experience.

Meet the Residential Programs Staff

Lindsay Hansen

Director of Residential and New Student Programs
(607) 254-2252

Lindsay received her B.A. in Economics and French from Hamilton College, and her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.  Prior to coming to Cornell in 2012, Lindsay worked in residence life and student activities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

Lindsay is the Director of Residential and New Student Programs, overseeing major projects in both Residential Programs and New Student Programs. With the Director of New Student Programs, she works with the Orientation Steering Committee to plan and execute January and August Orientation. Prior to stepping into this role, Lindsay was the Director for Orientation Programs at Cornell. Lindsay also served as the Residence Hall Director of Low Rises 6 & 7 and the Residential Program Coordinator for Cornell Summer College.

Laura Davis

Associate Director
(607) 255-5302

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Vermont in 2003 and her Master of Science in Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University in 2005. Before coming to Ithaca in 2008, Laura worked as a Residence Director at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

Laura first joined Cornell as a Graduate Residence Manager working with on campus graduate and professional student communities. In her current role, Laura works closely with Residence Hall Directors to help promote engaging on campus residential communities for students. Laura also supports student conduct and student staff search processes in Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP).

Theoria Cason

Assistant Director
(607) 255-7653

Theoria received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 and her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois in 2010. She served as the Residence Hall Director of Ujamaa Residential College for five years.

Currently, Theoria is an Assistant Director for Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP). In this role she works to develop educational initiatives that focus on sexual violence prevention, and issues of gender equality and inclusiveness. She collaborates with campus partners to continue the efforts to establish a foundation of respect that stresses the intrinsic value and worth of all students.

Brandee Nicholson

Assistant Director
(607) 255-5922

Brandee received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Community Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

As the Assistant Director, with primary responsibility for summer residential programs, she works with Summer College, the Prefreshman Summer Program and Summer Sessions. She loves working with students from pre-college to graduate students. Brandee brings her passion for supporting students and their mental health to her everyday work and is very involved in campus initiatives as a facilitator for mental health trainings for first year students and student organizations.

Dennis J. Perkins, Jr.

Assistant Director
(607) 254-4893

Dennis received his B.A. in English from Indiana University and M.A.E. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Western Kentucky University.  Before coming to Cornell in the Summer of 2013, Dennis worked in Housing and Residence Life at Indiana University, Bloomington. 

In Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP), Dennis’ main area of responsibility is Student Staff Training, where he works with the Residence Hall Directors and Campus Partners to train both first year and returning Resident Advisors on the complex, outside the classroom, issues that our students face.

Charlotte Moore

Administrative Assistant
(607) 255-5533

Charlotte received an Associate’s Degree in Science, Liberal Arts, Sciences/General Studies from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in 2008. Prior to coming to Cornell in 1987, Charlotte worked in retail and for a privately owned newspaper. She has worked at Schuyler House and Myron Taylor Law Library. She moved to Cascadilla Hall, where she was the building “Secretary”, then to Sheldon Court, serving as the Central Office Secretary. In 1990, the department reorganized and became Campus Life. The new office became Residential Education. The name has changed numerous times: Community Development, Residential Programs, and to its current name, Residential and New Student Programs.

Charlotte assists with Student Staff Selection processes – Academic year Resident Advisor Selection, Prefreshman Summer Program, Summer Sessions, Summer College, and Graduate Community Advisor Selection. She also assisted with the North Campus Faculty in Residences, Faculty Fellows, and Dining Discussion Fellows Program before it was relocated to the Provost Office.


Marilou Slattery

Administrative Assistant
(607) 255-5533

Marilou received an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). She has been an administrative assistant in previous jobs and has been a teller at CFCU Credit Union.

At Cornell, Marilou started in a temporary position for the planning of President Skorton’s inauguration. She has now been in Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) as an administrative assistant since the fall of 2007.


Mary Whittaker

Office Manager
(607) 255-5533

Mary completed a program in Secretarial Science at Corning Community College and has an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3).

Mary began employment at Cornell in 1975 as Department Secretary for the Science, Technology & Society Program/Clark Hall and then in 1979, joined the Department of Residence Life as an Administrative Assistant. She later became an Office Manager in Campus Life and continues in that role within Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP).



Eric J. Hunting

GRM/Hasbrouk and Thurston Court
(607) 255-3445

Eric was born and raised in Michigan and holds dual baccalaureate degrees in Sociology and in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. Eric also holds an M.A. in Counseling, Adult, and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, with a concentration in adult learning within global social movements. Prior to coming Cornell, Eric worked as a Health Educator for interpersonal violence prevention programs at Northern Illinois University’s Health Enhancement.

In his current role, Eric serves as the Graduate Residence Manager for Hasbrouck Community Apartments and Thurston Court. In this role he works with two graduate level housing communities for Cornell Graduate, PhD, and Post Doc. students. These communities not only house these students, but their spouses, children and family who may be unaffiliated with Cornell. Together with the Graduate Community Advisors, Eric focuses his efforts to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for approximately 730 graduate students and their families.

Eric also serves as the Advisor to the Committee for the Advancement of Muslim Life where he provides general oversight to the Muslim Center of Cornell. Eric is the direct point of contact for these students and the Cornell senior administration. He advises the student community by offering programming support, guidance, and serves as a resource to those interested in Islam and to those identifying as Muslim.

Candace Mingins

Youth & Family Program Coordinator
(607) 254-3385

Candace received her B.A. in Social Relations from Cornell (’70). Having come of age in the 1960’s, she and her husband settled into homesteading outside of Ithaca, where they raised much of their own food and 3 children.

Candace has taught in preschools, Headstart classrooms and private elementary schools.  She received an Arts in Education grant to teach poetry in a local school, and developed and taught creative writing classes for elementary kids.

Candace has worked (with great joy!) as the Youth & Family Program Coordinator for graduate student families at Hasbrouck for over 16 years.

Kimerly Cornish

Youth & Family Program Coordinator
(607) 254-3385

Kimerly (not Kimberly) received her B.A. in English with specialization in Creative Writing and a minor in Women’s Studies from Oberlin College. She spends her spare time pursuing her interest in art history and the history of the Underground Railroad in the central New York region, as well as her hometown Cambridge, Maryland.

Kimerly has recently become the Youth & Family Program Coordinator for graduate student families at Hasbrouck.

Imani Allen

RHD/Court-Kay- Bauer
(607) 254-2325

Imani received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law, with a minor in History from Binghamton University. She also completed her Masters of Social Science, with a concentration in Higher Education, from Binghamton, as well.

Imani started here at Cornell University in 2006 as the Residence Director for Cornell's Summer Sessions Program. She currently oversees Court-Kay-Bauer's first year community and the Cornell Summer Sessions Program. Some of her other responsibilities include being chair for the Student Staff Development and Training Committee, sitting on the Operations Committee and serving as the liaison between Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) and Greek Life.

Sam Benson

RHD/Ecology House
(607) 255-1094

Sam received her B.S. in Neurobiology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Kansas (the Jayhawks) then traveled to Southern Illinois University Carbondale (the Salukis) to earn an M.S.Ed. in College Student Personnel.  She was also an ACUHO-I intern at Sacramento State University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Throughout her time in higher education, she has worked for admissions, university relations, residence life, conferences, academic initiatives, recruitment and retention, orientation, family programs, and was even a college mascot.

As the RHD for the Ecology House, Sam has the wonderful opportunity to work with a passionate group of students working towards sustainability, animal welfare, and environmental justice, education, and stewardship.

Devan Carrington

RHD/Collegetown, Edgemoor and Schuyler House
(607) 255-5922

Devan received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State University in 2011 and his Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont in 2013. Prior to joining the Residential and New Student Programs at Cornell, Devan worked as the Assistant Director of Diversity Programs and Multicultural Affairs and Residence Life Coordinator for Diversity Programs at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA.

Devan joined the RNSP team in 2015 and currently serves as the Residence Hall Director for the Collegetown and Schuyler House communities which includes Cascadilla Hall, Sheldon Court, 112 Edgemoor Lane & Schuyler House. The Collegetown area is home to upper-level and transfer students.

Perdita Das

RHD/Balch Hall
(607) 255-5330

Perdita received both her B.S and M.B.A degrees in International Business from the University of Bridgeport (UB) in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Prior to joining the Residential and New Student Programs at Cornell, she served with the AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program exploring the roles of Higher Education in community engagement with the Campus Compact affiliates in Connecticut, North Carolina, and New York. Perdita is originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh and speaks fluent Bengali, Hindi and Urdu. She moved to the United States in 2008 with her family, who now resides in Chicago, Illinois. Her love for higher education stemmed from her experiences as a Resident Advisor, Senior Community Assistant, Graduate Assistant for Campus Activities, and other various student leader roles during her tenure as a student at UB.

Perdita joined the RNSP team in January 2017, and is currently the Residence Hall Director for Balch Hall, a residence for first-year women.

Jeannine Crouse Hagadorn

RHD/Mews Hall
(607) 254-2363

Jeannine received her B.S. in Speech Communication from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI and her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI where she served as an Assistant Hall Director.

Prior to becoming the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Mews, Jeannine served as the RHD for the Ecology House.

Jamie Hom

RHD/Dickson Hall & McLLU
(607) 255-5306

Jamie received her B.A. in Anthropology and Culture & Communication from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Jamie joined the RNSP team in 2016, and is currently the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Clara Dickson Hall, a first year community and one of Cornell’s Program Houses, the Multicultural Living-Learning Unit (McLLU). In addition, Jamie advises several student organizations and sits on several liaison committees through Cornell Health. 

Rebecca Adidi Etim-Hunting

RHD/Jameson Hall & High Rise #5
(607) 255-8645

Adidi received her B.A. in Photography and studied Arabic from Grand Valley State University and her M.Ed. in Counseling, Adult and Higher Education and studied American Sign Language at Northern Illinois University. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2010, Adidi worked in residential life at Northern Illinois University.

Adidi is the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for High Rise 5 and Jameson Hall, a first year community on Cornell's North Campus. As the RHD, Adidi is responsible for the long range planning as well as the day-to-day operations of the building.  Adidi supervises the 10 Resident Advisors (RA), the Assistant Resident Hall Director, and the High Rise Librarians that work in the community. She has also held positions with Cornell Summer College and the Judicial Administrator's Office. In addition, Adidi advises several student organizations, serves on multiple university committees and Presidential Councils, and Co-Chairs the university's Student and Academic Services Diversity Council.

Catherine Ramirez

RHD/Latino Living Center (LLC)
(607) 254-5111

Catherine received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey.  Prior to coming to Cornell in 2015, she worked at Rutgers University-Newark in the Office of Student Life. 

Catherine is currently the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for the Latino Living Center (LLC).

Marcus Scales

(607) 255-4922

Marcus received his B.S.B.A. in Marketing and his M.Ed. in Counseling and College Student Affairs from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Cornell, Marcus had work experience at Morgan State University, as well as internship experience at Bucknell University and East Stroudsburg University.

In his current role, Marcus serves as the Residence Hall Director (RHD) of Ujamaa Residential College.

Mark Schneider

RHD/Low Rises #6 & #7
(607) 255-6907

Mark received his B.A. in Philosophy from The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and his Masters of Education in Counseling from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2014, Mark worked in health education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Mark is currently the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for the Low Rises.

Blayne Stone

RHD/Donlon Hall
(607) 255-0520

Blayne Stone Jr. received his B.A. in Communications and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Blayne is the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Mary Donlon Hall. He also serves as the Program Director for the Cornell Summer College Program. He has taken on a new position within the Men of Color Council (MOCC), as the chairperson/president for the next two years. In addition, he also advises and coaches the Cornell Paint Ball Team.