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

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) 255-3784

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.

Karli Buday

Assistant Director, Community Education and Class Pride
(607) 255-3346

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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/Townhouse Community
(607) 255-9607

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 the Townhouse Community, a first-year community 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 8 Resident Advisors (RA), the Senior Resident Advisor (SRA).

Stacy Groce

RHD/Holland International Living Center (HILC)
(607) 255-5299

Stacy received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University in 2016 and her Master of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. Prior to joining Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) at Cornell, Stacy worked in the International Education Office and Office of Residential Life at UCLA.

Stacy joined RNSP in 2017 and currently serves as the Residence Hall Director for the Holland International Living Center (HILC).

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. 

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).

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.

Kyle Schillace

RHD/Just About Music (JAM)
(607) 255-4645

Kyle received his B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in Geneseo, NY and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2017 as a Residence Hall Director (RHD) for the Just About Music (JAM) program house, Kyle served as a Residence 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.

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. Currently, he is a graduate student in the College of Human Ecology.  In addition, he also advises and coaches the Cornell Paint Ball Team.


Evan Walsh

RHD/Risley Residential College
(607) 255-9520

Evan received his B.S in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2015, and a M.A in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2017 (Go Bucks!). Prior to joining Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) at Cornell, Evan served as an Assistant Hall Director at Ohio State for two years and completed a summer ACUHO-i internship at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University). His love for higher education and student affairs stemmed from his experiences as a Resident Advisor, Peer Tutor, Orientation Counselor, and Hall Government President during his undergrad years. Evan has particular interests in LGBTQ+ experiences in higher education and education access, retention, and policy.

Evan joined the RNSP team in July 2017 and is currently the Residence Hall Director for Risley Hall, the creative and performing arts program house.