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

Robert King

Director of Residential and New Student Programs
(607) 255-5533

In August 2018, Robert King joined our staff as the Director of Residential and New Student Programs. He previously worked at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he served as the Senior Assistant Director for Family and Graduate Housing. In his role at the University of Illinois, he demonstrated a strong commitment to staff development and implementation of policies, programs, and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion. Robert is experienced in the collection and analysis of departmental analytics and assessment data which he used to develop programs, policies, and procedures to promote inclusive community engagement for his area.

Devan Carrington

Assistant Director
(607) 255-5533

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 2017 and served as the Area Coordinator for the South Campus community which includes Cascadilla Hall, Sheldon Court, 112 Edgemoor Lane, Schuyler House & 2 Forest Park Lane. Devan also served as the advisor for the Residential Student Congress (RSC) and the NAtional Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). In 2018, Devan moved into the role of Assistant Director within the department.


Brandee Nicholson

Assistant Director
(607) 255-5533

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.

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.


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.

Lammi Adem

RHD/Donlon Hall
(607) 255-0520

Lammi is from Denver, CO where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Denver in 2013. Following her Bachelor's degree, Lammi worked for AmeriCorps programs focused on remedial math education in turnaround schools in Denver. From there, she went on to get her Master's in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University in 2017. Prior to coming to Cornell University, Lammi was a Residence Life Coordinator at University of California Merced.

Lammi is currently the Residence Hall Director for Mary Donlon Hall.

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.

Taylor Bouraad

RHD/Mews Hall
(607) 254-2363

Taylor received her B.S. in Marine Vertebrate Biology with a  minor in Environmental Studies and M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. Prior to joining the Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) team in 2018, she worked in a number of areas in higher education, including: first year experience programs, residence life, peer academic tutoring and weekend life/major programming.

Taylor is the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Mews Hall.

Margit Chamberlain

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

Margit received her B.S in Hospitality Administration from The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 2011. Prior to joining Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) at Cornell, Margit served in the Peace Corps as a Health Education Volunteer in Guinea (2016-17) and a Community Organization and Economic Development Volunteer in El Salvador (2014-2016).

Margit is currently the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Jameson & High Rise #5.

Perdita Das-Humphrey

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.

Jallissa Elias

RHD/Ujamaa Residential College
(607) 255-4922

Jallissa received her A.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in science from Northeastern Junior College. Then received her B.A. in Africana Studies and Psychology and M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to coming to Cornell, Jallissa worked in cultural services as the program coordinator for the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center. Jallissa's passion is developing and creating ways for students who hold marginalized identities to have positive experiences in higher education through access, retention, and policy.

Jallissa is the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for Ujamaa, a Program House on Cornell's North Campus. As the RHD, Jallissa is responsible for the long range planning as well as the day-to-day operations of the building.  Jallissa supervises the 4 Resident Advisors (RA).

Amadou Fofana

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

Amadou Fofana is a graduate of the Leadership in Student Affairs Master’s program at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Amadou is a first generation undocumented Black college alumni and received his BS in Nursing and minor in Psychology from Edgewood College in Madison, WI. After reflecting on his undergraduate experience, he realized his calling was in higher education/student affairs and there was not enough representation of professionals with his identities. Amadou transitioned careers and found himself working at various higher education institutions ranging in functional areas from financial aid, housing and orientation and serving as a coordinator for student scholar programs.

Amadou is committed to critical conversations across difference, social justice in higher education, identity development, and intersectionality of identities. Amadou will serve as the Residence Hall Director for Court-Kay-Bauer residential community.


Jairo Leon

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

Jairo Leon is the Residence Hall Director for the Latino Living Center. He is dedicated to amplifying the Latinx experience at Cornell, and sharing the richness of Latinx culture with the campus community. Before joining Residential Life at Cornell, Jairo was an Assistant Director at the UCLA Alumni Association. He received his B.A. in Literature and Writing from California State University San Marcos, and his M.Ed. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA.

Vernon Miller

(607) 255-0652

Vernon Miller received his B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska and will receive his M.S. in Counseling & Student Development from Kansas State University.  Prior to joining Housing & Residential Life at Cornell, Vernon was a High School Business Teacher, recently served as the Omaha Tribal Chairman, and President of the Omaha Nation Public Schools Board of Education, on the Omaha Indian Reservation.  Vernon also served as a National Racial Equity & Healing Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassador, and a Fellow with the New Leader’s Council: Omaha Chapter.  Vernon was a Head Resident for Cornell’s Summer College in 2018.


Vernon is excited to work with the Akwe:kon community and to provide support for students, staff, and faculty within AIISP and Housing & Residential Life at Cornell.

Bethany Runsten

(607) 255-5299

Bethany received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of the Pacific and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy with an Emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Utah. She has worked and served in multiple areas of higher education, including multicultural/diversity and inclusion, LGBTQIA+ student services, conference services, residential life, and student leadership.

Bethany currently serves as the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for the Holland International Living Center, a program house dedicated to building a global community of international and non-international students interested in global cultures and issues.


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.

Scott Voss

RHD/Townhouse Community

Scott is originally from Ohio. He received his B.A. in History with a minor in Geography in 2008 and M. A. in College Student Personnel in 2015 from Bowling Green State University. Prior to coming to Cornell, Scott worked professionally in various areas of Student Affairs/Residential Life at several institutions including: student conduct, housing, and tutoring support.

Scott is currently the Residence Hall Director for the Townhouse Community and joined the staff in September 2019. He is passionate about making the best experience for all students through intentional interactions that support the student's growth.