Residential Life Staff

Office Assistants

Office Assistants (OAs) are student employees who work in the main Residential Life office during business hours to offer administrative support.  Their primary job responsibilities are greeting and directing students and other people who come to the office, answering the phone, providing information to students, filing, informal research and other administrative tasks.

Residential Fellows

The Residential Fellows (RFs) are student staff members who serve as mentors, role models, and community builders in the residence halls. RFs are typically in their junior or senior year, have previously served as a Resident Advisor, and have the community of the entire residence hall as their focus. As members of the Residential Life staff, RFs serve on department or campus committees, coordinate hall meetings, advise and mentor Resident Advisors, and assist in the initiating of programs and activities in the residence halls. RFs work closely with the Resident Advisors to address hall and individual student concerns such as hallmate conflicts, personal crisis or academic issues. Each RF has participated in significant training each year, and can provide resource and referral information to all students in the hall. 

Resident Advisors

The Resident Advisors (RAs) are student staff who serve as peer mentors and coaches to the community. RAs partner with the residents of each floor to develop a sense of community responsibility for the general welfare of the floor and develop the floor into a welcoming, inclusive and friendly community. RAs get to know the residents of the floor and work to help them get to know each other. RAs are typically sophomores and juniors, and are trained as a peer mentors in community development, conflict management and resolution, programming, academic support, health-related issues, and interpersonal skills. Along with these skills, RAs are knowledgeable about campus and resources and can provide resource and referral information. Most importantly, the RA is available to each member of the community for peer support. RAs are selected for their desire to work with other students and create a positive living experience for others.

Directors

Rachel Alldis

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life
Rachel Alldis

Nashalie Vazquez

Director of Community Standards & Housing Operations

The Director of Community Standards and Housing Operations is responsible for the leadership, strategic planning, objectives and goal setting of our housing operations system.  They will coordinate with staff to manage Living Learning Community applications and placements.  The Director develops, oversees, and implements practices for the handling of Residence Life discipline/conduct and crisis response cases and will advise the Honor Code Council.

Nashalie Vazquez

Staff

Kelly Bernatzky

Area Coordinator, Student Involvement

Kelly (she/her/hers) is thrilled to join the Mount Holyoke Residential Life team as an Area Coordinator. Originally from Amherst, Kelly is no stranger to the Pioneer Valley. Kelly holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College, with minors in Education and Greek & Roman Studies. After graduating, Kelly was the Program Manager for an afterschool enrichment program in the Poughkeepsie region and later worked at the Maria Mitchell Association, a non-profit dedicated to scientific learning.

Kelly Bernatzky

Jenna Caputo ’14

Area Coordinator, Be Well

Jenna (she/her/hers) graduated from Mount Holyoke in 2014 and was delighted to come back as an Area Coordinator just a few months later.  As a student at Mount Holyoke Jenna was actively involved in class board, and was very passionate about her work in Residential Life. She majored in Psychology and Education, getting her elementary teaching license and planning to pursue a teaching job after graduation, but ultimately she felt compelled to continue pursuing her passion for Residential Life.  Jenna fell in love with Mount Holyoke within five minutes of stepping on campus and enjoys working with residents and staff to support them in creating an experience as enriching as her own.

Jenna Caputo

Mishka Murad ’07

Area Coordinator, Community and Belonging

Mishka (she/her/hers) graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2007 with a degree in Gender Studies. She went on to get a Masters in Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin and has worked as a lecturer and mentor in Pakistan, Thailand, and Mexico. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in International Education from UMASS Amherst. She returns to MHC and brings with her an international perspective, empathy and compassion, and a desire to learn from students, while also hopefully contributing in ways that allow them to start seeing Mount Holyoke College as MoHOME.

Mishka Murad ’07

Teresa Picard

Administrative Assistant

Teresa Picard manages the Residential Life Office operations, provides customer service and support to student and professional staff, coordinates keys and housing logistics, works with the director on budget management, and assists with the coordination of housing lottery.