Residential Life Staff

Rachel Alldis

Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life

Rachel Alldis

Rachel Alldis joined Mount Holyoke College in July 2015.  She is thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life.  Rachel earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, where she also served as a peer educator and Resident Assistant.  This is where her love of Residence Life and Student Affairs began.  Rachel pursued that love by getting her Master's Degree at Miami University in Oxford, OH in College Student Personnel.

Rachel has since worked in Residence Life at Syracuse University, Emerson College, and New York University.  She most recently served as the Director of Residence Life at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  At these institutions she was able to develop her passion for community development and positive psychology.

Rachel is an active member of the Associate of College and University Housing Officers, International (ACUHO-I) where she sits on the program committee and will serve as the chair for 2016-2017.  Rachel was born in California, raised in Colorado and loves to travel, read, watch movies, and hang out with friends in her free time.  She is so happy to be part of the Mount Holyoke Community.

The Director of Residential Life oversees all aspects of residential life on campus, including training and supervision of Residential Life staff, housing assignments, hall programming, and long-range planning. The Director also coordinates work with Housekeeping, Facilities Management, Campus Police, Dining Services, academic deans, and faculty and works closely with the Dean of Students office. In addition, the Director works with violations of the honor code and college policy.

Melanie Ebig Lawson

Associate Director of Residential Life

Melanie Ebig Lawson

Melanie (she/her/hers) joined the Mount Holyoke community in August of 2011.  Prior to her arrival, Melanie worked for Residential Life departments at the University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Michigan University.  She earned both a Bachelor's degree in Women’s Studies and a Master's degree in Counseling/College Student Personnel from Eastern Michigan University.  Melanie’s professional interests include technology and social media, women's education, feminism, body image and the geek subculture.  Melanie is a Midwestern expat who wandered into New England and decided to stay, but is very proud of her Midwestern roots.  In her free time, Melanie is a devoted crafter who knits, crochets, paints and sews and is a self-professed geek that loves playing video and board games, watching Doctor Who and gardening.

The Associate Director assists the Director with the overall operation of the Residential Life office. In addition, the Associate Director manages the first-year assignment process, room change requests, general room changes, off-campus housing, and the annual housing lottery. Projects such as residence hall fire safety and other collaborations with Facilities Management, along with serving as a Student Conduct Officer, assessment of programs, website and social media maintenance and marketing for the office are coordinated by the Associate Director.

Area Coordinators

The Area Coordinators (ACs) are professional, full-time, live-in staff. These staff members are responsible for overseeing six to seven residence halls and advising and supervising the hall student staff members who work in their respective halls. The ACs promote and create educational and social programs for residence halls in several areas, such as diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, and living and learning. They adjudicate violations of campus policy and participate in the Professional Staff On-Call rotation. Please refer to the In Hall Staff listing to identify the students each Area Coordinator supervises.

Jenna Caputo

Jenna Caputo '14

Area Coordinator for North Campus - Ham, MacGregor, Pearsons, Pearsons Annex, Prospect, Torrey and Off Campus Apartments

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.  Since then Jenna has loved connecting with and learning from her students and colleagues.  As a student at Mount Holyoke Jenna was actively involved in class board all four years, and was very passionate about her work in Residential Life. Jenna was a CA in Wilder, then Abbey, and finally the SCA of Creighton.  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 was born and raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  In her free time Jenna loves to visit friends and family, and serves in several leadership roles in Destination Imagination, a program she participated in growing up.

Nashalie Vazquez

Nashalie Vazquez

Area Coordinator for South Campus - Abbey, Buckland, North and South Creighton, North and South Mandelle and 1837

Nashalie Vazquez (she/her/hers), hails from Puerto Rico but grew up in the Pioneer Valley. Nashalie began working at Mount Holyoke in 2015. Prior to her arrival here she has held various positions in Residential Life including program coordinator, resident assistant, assistant resident director, leadership graduate assistant and residence director. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Feminist Gender & Sexuality Studies from Cornell University and a Masters from UMass Amherst in Higher Education Administration. Between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Nashalie worked in Cornell’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. In her free time, Nashalie enjoys bowling, learning about other cultures through literature and film and visiting family of origin and choice.

TearNee Barker

TearNee Barker

Area Coordinator for Campus Green - Brigham, Dickinson, Mead, Porter, North and South Rockefeller, Safford and Wilder

TearNee Barker (she/her/hers) has lived all over New England and is proud to call Mount Holyoke College her home since Fall 2015, most recently emigrating from Vermont. TearNee has previously worked in the field of Higher Education with students with Learning Disabilities, in residential life, outdoor education, women's leadership, sexual education and sexual assault prevention. She has also worked and volunteered in mental health, at sexual assault crisis centers, in alcohol & drug prevention and treatment, and in outdoor education. TearNee earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Alcohol and Drug Prevention from the University of Massachusetts Amherst after graduating high school at age 16. In her free time, she enjoys reading sci-fi novels, rock climbing, and spending time with her life partner and two wonderful step-children exploring the beauty of the campus and trying to find Jorge el ganso.

Administrative Assistant

Teresa Picard

The Administrative Assistant manages the Residential Life Office operations, provides customer students 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.

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.  

Senior Community Advisors

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

Community Advisors

The Community Advisors (CAs) are student staff who serve as peer mentors and coaches to the community living on their floor. There are three to nine CAs in each residence hall, generally one per floor.   CAs partner with the residents of each floor to develop a sense of community responsibility for the general welfare of the floor and developing the floor into a welcoming, inclusive and friendly community .  CAs get to know the residents of the floor and work to help them get to know each other.  CAs 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, CAs are knowledgeable about campus and resources and can provide resource and referral information. Most importantly, the CA is available to each member of the floor for peer support.  CAs are selected for their desire to work with other students and create a positive living experience for others.