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
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.
Karli is the Assistant Director for Community Education and Class Pride and works collaboratively on programs across all units in Campus and Community Engagement (CCE). Karli’s work focuses on promoting and nurturing student learning, social responsibility, and community membership through experiential learning and student involvement.
Prior to entering her role, Karli was the Program Coordinator for the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. Karli also served as the Residential Hall Director of the Townhouses, Interim Assistant Director of Orientation, and Interim Residential Hall Director of Risley Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts, supported the Office of the Judicial Administrator and the Residential Program Coordinator for Cornell Summer College.
Karli received her B.A. in Studio Art, her B.S. in Environmental Science from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in Ceramics at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
In her free time she is the Tompkins and Cortland Area Coordinator for the local Special Olympics program and works closely with the Tompkins and Cornell United Way efforts.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 (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.
Elijah received his B.S. in Psychology from Kent State University in 2016 and his M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University in 2018. Prior to his arrival at Cornell in 2018, Elijah served as an Assistant Community Director at Michigan State University. Elijah has a variety of interests in higher education and loves working with students.
Elijah is the Residence Hall Director (RHD) for the Townhouse Community.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan, Santino Palazzolo received his Bachelors in Broadcast and Journalism from Central Michigan University in 2011 and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Argosy University in 2013. Santino has worked in multiple states in various industries including: education, student affairs, entertainment media, hospitality, and mental health.
These opportunities have influenced an open-mind and diverse perspective, as Santino passionately strives to contribute towards the understanding and progress of civil rights and social justice in his work. Santino prides himself in his genuine efforts to create meaningful connections, ensure the well-being and comfort of others, to inspire a consistent structure for healthy habits, and to uplift others to reinforce value and purpose in the human experience.
Starting Fall 2018 as the Residence Hall Director for Risley Residential College, Santino has the opportunity to diligently work with passionate, dedicated residents that continue to invest in defining and representing the ideal standards of a united, inclusive, diverse, thought-provoking, safe, collaborative, and engaged community. In his time at Cornell, Santino aspires to be an active role model in initiating and cultivating lasting learning experiences that transcend students' potential throughout their collegiate journey and beyond.
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.
Kyle is the Area Coordinator for the Collegetown/South Campus Community, which includes: Cascadilla Hall, Sheldon Court, 112 Edgemoor Lane, Schuyler House, and 2 Forest Park Lane. The South Campus area is home to upper-level and transfer students.
Prior to his current role, Kyle served as a Residence Hall Director (RHD) for the Just About Music (JAM) program house at Cornell, a Resident Director at Tompkins Cortland Community College, a Head Resident for Cornell Summer College '16, and as an outreach coordinator for the Canisius College Counseling Center.
Kyle received his B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, NY and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in in Buffalo, NY.