2019-2020 STEERING BOARD
STEERING BOARD BIOS
Ryan Anderson, President
Ryan currently serves as Director of Housing and Residential Education at Berklee College of Music. Ryan received both his bachelor’s degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Indiana University. Prior to working at Berklee Ryan served as Assistant Director for Residential Life at Northeastern University, Assistant Director for Learning Communities and Assessment at American University in Washington, DC and as a Coordinator of Student Development at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Jim Wildason, President-Elect
Jim Wildason is an Assistant Director at Regis College. Prior to Regis, Jim has worked in Residence Life at the University of Hartford, Mount Ida College, and Sacred Heart University. Jim received his BA in Criminology from Merrimack College, a MA in Criminal Justice from Sacred Heart University, and a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing video games, watching plays/musicals, and taking walks with his dog. Jim previously was a Co-Chair for the New England Student Affairs Placement Conference, which aims to help new and seasoned professionals connect with perspective employers in the New England area. He currently serves as the President Elect.
Kendra Stokes, Past-President
Kendra has been involved in BACHA since 2006. She has served on many sub- committees within the organization and has held multiple steering board positions. Kendra works as the Assistant Director of Housing Operations at Emerson College in downtown Boston. Prior to Emerson, she has worked in Residence Life at UMass Dartmouth and Curry College. Kendra received her BA in Psychology and Counseling from UMass Dartmouth and is pursuing her MBA from Curry College. Kendra considers herself a proud New Englander and grew up locally south of Boston. When Kendra isn’t organizing spreadsheets and room assignments she enjoys spending time with her mini labradoodle and her family most likely mapping out their next food adventure or watching Boston sports!
Chris Faulkner, Treasurer
Chris Faulkner serves as the Treasurer of BACHA and currently works as an Area Coordinator at MCPHS University, Boston. He is in his 7th year as a residence life professional including positions at SUNY Cobleskill, Lasell College, Babson College, and now MCPHS University. He received his B.S. in Biology from UMass Amherst and completed his M.A. in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. Chris brings interests and strengths community development, assessment, and systems management to his work in student affairs. Outside of work, Chris enjoys playing trivia and outdoor activities.
Bess Tracey, Secretary
Bess currently works as a Resident Director at Berklee College of Music. Bess earned her B.A. in History and Secondary Education from the Catholic University America in 2015. In 2017, Bess earned her M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education from the University of Maine. Professionally, Bess is passionate about supporting students in transition and leadership development. In her spare time, Bess enjoys arts and crafts, drinking coffee, and playing board games.
Brendon Soltis, Membership Coordinator
Brendon Soltis is the Assistant Director of Residential Education at Tufts University, working with first year communities on campus. Prior to his current role, he served as an Area Coordinator in Residential Life and a Program Coordinator in the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Brendon graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and a M.A. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. In his professional practice, Brendon is interested in creating spaces that support dialogical opportunities for students to engage across difference and researching and implementing policy and practice to support multiracial students in higher education. Outside of the office, Brendon enjoys a good book, playing board games, cooking, and cheering on the San Jose Sharks.
Alanna Gaffny, Technology Coordinator
Alanna Gaffny currently serves as the Associate Director of Residential Housing Operations at Berklee College of Music. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a degree in History/Art History and a degree in Higher Education Administration. Alanna is passionate about finding creative solutions for educational growth of students. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and hiking.
Desiree Bradford, RA Conference Co-Chair
Desiree Bradford is a Residence Director at Emerson College, located in the heart of Boston. She earned her B.A. from UMass Dartmouth in Crime and Justice studies in 2015. In 2016, Desiree went on to receive her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College.
Professionally, Desiree is passionate about supporting first-year students and students in transition. She especially enjoys working with these students through instructing First-Year Experience. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Belle, and finding new places to explore in Boston. Desiree is excited to start in her role as co-chair for the RA Conference!
Corrine Condon, RA Conference Co-Chair
Corrine Condon is an Area Coordinator at MCPHS University, located in the Fenway area. She earned her B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in Communications and Leadership studies in 2013. Corrine then dedicated herself to a year of service with AmeriCorps State/National in Austin, Texas. In 2014, Corrine went on to receive her M.A. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Boston College.
Professionally, Corrine is passionate about supporting student leaders in leadership development in addition to, civic engagement and service-learning. She especially enjoys creating intentional opportunities for student leaders to connect, give back to the community, and develop. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking on the Charles and finding new places to dine in Boston. Corrine is excited to start in her role as co-chair for the RA Conference!
Marcie Dineen, Professional Development Co-Chair
Marcie is currently an Area Director at Framingham State University. Marcie originally graduated from Bentley University, where she received a BS in Marketing. She went on to pursue a Masters of Science in Higher Education at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2016. Marcie enjoys creating community in the residence hall she supervises, in addition to working on RA selection and training committees and even managing to advise the Dance Team on campus! In her free time, Marcie enjoys running, cheering on the Buffalo Bills and raving about Wegmans (born and raised in Rochester, NY!) She is excited to be joining the BACHA team as one of the Professional Development co-chairs.
Nicholas Cubita, Professional Development Co-Chair
Nick is currently an Area Coordinator for Residential Life at Northeastern University. Prior to this he served as the Coordinator for New Student Connections at the University of South Florida. Nick graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts (Concentration: Studio Art) from Loyola University Maryland and an M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Nick is currently completing his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. His professional passion areas include student leadership development, social justice and equity, and new student transitions.
Rhea Richards, NESAPC Co-Chair
Rhea Richards is a Resident Director at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Rhea earned her MBA from UMass Lowell in 2018, an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University in 2014, and a B.S. in Psychology, Sociology, and Human Services from Black Hills State University in 2012. Rhea is passionate about student development and personal growth. Rhea enjoys reading and learning new things, and is always looking for new book recommendations. In her spare time Rhea enjoys cheering on the UMass Lowell Hockey team, attending Broadway shows, and cooking!
Stephen Rotondi, NESAPC Co-Chair
Stephen Rotondi is currently a Resident Director at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in History with a minor in Psychology in 2014. Upon graduation, Stephen stayed at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to pursue his M. Ed. in Higher Education Administration. He has a passion for working with first-year students and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming community in the first-year area he oversees.
Stephen’s first involvement with BACHA was in 2011 when he attended the RA Conference, and he has been hooked ever since. Stephen has served on both the RA Conference Committee and the New England Student Affairs Placement Conference Committee. His passion and dedication to the BACHA organization led to Stephen being awarded the BACHA award for Outstanding Service in 2018. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys devoting time to the theatre by attending shows in New York City and creating the lighting design for handfuls of productions closer to home. He also enjoys spending time watching movies, camping, and watching the Bruins and the Patriots! Stephen is excited to serve at the Co-Chair for the New England Student Affairs Placement Conference.
Brianna Burk, New Professionals Co-Chair
Brianna Burk is currently a Residence Director at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. Brianna’s journey into Student Affairs began at Merrimack College where she received a degree in Political Science and Jewish, Christian, Muslim relations and continued on to Suffolk University where she earned a Masters in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs. Professionally, Brianna is interested in diversity and inclusion advocacy, Higher Education accessibility, and promoting student health and wellness. Outside of work Brianna enjoys spinning, running, and photography.
Katie Schmitt, New Professionals Co-Chair
Katie works as an Area Coordinator at Berklee College of Music, where she has been since 2015. She earned her bachelor's degree in Women's Studies from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her master's degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Outside of work, she enjoys playing videogames, cooking, antiquing, admiring her cat Josephine, and taking day trips around New England with her partner.