2020-2021 STEERING BOARD
STEERING BOARD BIOS
Jim Wildason, President
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.
Sam Gordon, President-Elect
Samantha, or Sam, is the Assistant Director for Residential Leadership and Learning at Boston College. After growing up in Los Angeles, California, Sam attended Brandeis University where she received her undergraduate degrees in Theatre and Sociology. Following graduation, Sam attended Boston College to pursue a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration. She was a Resident Director at BC for 4 years and has been in her current role since March 2019. In her free time, Sam enjoys taking improv classes, discovering new coffee shops and reading. Sam is a cast member at ImprovBoston and she produces a weekly show there. Sam is so excited to be back on the BACHA team this year as the President-Elect.
Ryan Anderson, Past-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.
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.
Marcie Dineen, Secretary
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.
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.
Andrew Manchino, Technology Coordinator
Andrew currently serves as an Area Director at Babson College. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Westfield State University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Merrimack College. Andrew joined the Babson ResEd team in October of 2019 and has been impressed by the high level of passion students have for their growth as successful entrepreneurs and as inclusive leaders. Andrew looks forward to continuing to support students while at Babson and building connections with them throughout their journey.
Alanna Gaffny, RA Conference Co-Chair
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.
Katie Schmitt, RA Conference 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.
Bess Tracey, Professional Development Co-Chair
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.
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.
Stanley Onyeneho, New Professionals Co-Chair
Stanley is a Residence Director at Regis College. Stanley received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Counseling Psychology at Regis College. Prior to working at Regis Stanley worked as an Outreach Specialist at Youth Villages. Stanley is passionate about uplifting his community through dancing with his team.
Britt Locklin, New Professionals Co-Chair
Britt currently serves as a Residence Director at Emerson College. She received a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Advertising from Salem State University and an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. In 2018, she became a certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. Britt is passionate about equity and access, especially in the areas of disability, anti-racism, and sizeism within the field of higher education. Britt finds joy in her daily life through comedy, dance, poetry, and spoiling her bulldog, Coco.