Contact Us

The Residence Life team is here to help.

Jess Samuels

Director

Email: jess.samuels@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1101

Jess Samuels joined the Simmons Residence Life team in 2006. With many years in the field of Student Affairs, Jess has worked in a variety of residential communities. Before coming to Boston, Jess worked at Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg College in Ohio, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jess has a masters degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green state University and a masters degree in Communication Management from Simmons College. Her interests include LGBTQIA education and Technology. You will often see her around campus with her young son who loves hanging out with the Simmons students. Jess is responsible for residential operations and supervision of the Residence Life staff.


Amelia McConnell

Assistant Director

Email: amelia.mcconnell@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1102

Amelia McConnell joined the ORL staff in November of 2013 after working in Residence Life at Southern New Hampshire University and Brandeis University. A proud Jayhawk, Amelia graduated with an MS in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas where she worked in Student Housing and Undergraduate Academic Advising. At Simmons, Amelia oversees the office assistant staff and 2 Residence Life Coordinators, manages the office's operations (Housing Selection, FY room assignments to name a few), coordinates the Res Campus Conduct Process and is a Community Advocate for the Bias Response Team. In her spare time, Amelia loves exploring Boston, photography, cooking and cheering on local Boston teams and her KU Jayhawks!

Chantelle Polanco

Residence Life Coordinator

Email: chantelle.polanco@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1104

Chantelle Polanco joined the Office of Residence Life in July 2017 as a Residence Life Coordinator after working at Wheaton College as an Area Coordinator. Chantelle graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelors in psychology, where she also worked as the Late Night Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development. During her time at UMass Lowell, Chantelle fell in love with higher education and decided to pursue her M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education from Central Connecticut State University, which she completed in 2016. During her graduate program, Chantelle interned from Wesleyan University and University of Hartford. Chantelle is the RLC for Simmons Hall, Dix Hall and 1023 Beacon. In her spare time Chantelle enjoys spending time with family and her Yorkie, Rayden.

Amie Vallerie

Residence Life Coordinator

Email: amie.vallerie@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1103

Amie Vallerie joined the Residence Life staff at Simmons in October of 2014. She earned her M.S. in Education from Mansfield University and her B.A. in Art from Cedar Crest College, both in Pennsylvania. Amie has lived all over the country, but has always called Massachusetts home. She spends her time watching Red Sox games from her living room or Fenway Park, designing wedding invitations and stationery, and coming up with new recipes for sweet treats to bake for her staff. Aside from advising her staff and the residents of Arnold, Evans, North, and South, Amie is in charge of Resident Advisor recruitment and selection, as well as August RA training. She is also the unofficial graphic designer for the Office of Residence Life.

Rocina Dalzell

Residence Life Coordinator

Email: rocina.dalzell@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1105

Rocina Dalzell joined the Simmons Residence Life Office staff in August of 2015 after graduating with her M.A.T in Secondary School Education from Bryant University. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Bryant University as well. During her time in graduate school, Rocina worked at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she worked with survivors of domestic violence to help them regain financial independence, fight homelessness, and pursue higher education. In her spare time Rocina enjoys exploring new cities, trying new foods, and enjoying time spent with family and close friends. As a Residence Life Coordinator, Rocina supervises a team of Resident Advisors and a Graduate Assistant. She also serves as an advisor to the Mesick Hall Council and is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway Residence Life & Housing committee.

Alyson Gamble

Graduate Assistant

Email: alyson.gamble@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1096

Alyson Gamble joined the Simmons Residence Life staff Summer 2017.  She is a doctoral student in Library and Information Science at Simmons who moved to Boston from Sarasota, Florida after living in New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University, a Master of Liberal Arts from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Arts from Spring Hill College, and studied at King's College London. She worked as the science librarian at New College of Florida and Mote Marine Laboratory, and has held a variety of positions in other organizations. She is an avid runner, a voracious reader, and is passionate about holistic education.


Kanisha Louis Jean

Graduate Assistant

Email: kanisha.louisjean@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1096

Kanisha joined the Simmons College community Summer 2016 as a graduate assistant with the Office of Residence Life and a nursing student. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Health Sciences at UMass Amherst in 2011 and spent her time as a youth worker and sexual/reproductive health counselor since. Most recently, she worked with Cambridge Health Alliance at a school based health center in Everett High School. Kanisha loves to travel, read, journal, and spend time with family. As a graduate assistant with Reslife, Kanisha supports RAs with programming, conflict resolution, training, among other projects.


Elise Riley

Graduate Assistant

Email: elise.riley@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1096

Elise Riley joined the Simmons Residence Life staff Summer 2017.  She has spent the last year as a Fellow for Quaker Voluntary Service in Atlanta, GA. She spent the year living in intentional community and working with adults with disabilities in the Atlanta metro area. She graduated from Haverford College in 2016 with a BA in Linguistics. At Simmons College, she will be pursuing a dual master's degree in Library Science/History. In her free time Elise loves to knit, row, cook (Italian specialty), and of course read. So look out for offers of knitted wears and book suggestions! Originally from Philadelphia, she is very excited to be back in the northeast even if she's been instilled with a healthy fear for her first Boston winter.