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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!

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.

James Dandrea

Graduate Assistant

Email: james.dandrea@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1096

James Dandrea is a second year graduate student in the School of Social Work Extended Program, with a school social work and adjustment counseling track. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, class or 2012. Over the past three years James has worked in Boston Public Schools at the elementary and middle school level. He enjoys using the Holmes fitness center, and is a huge New England sports fan. At Simmons James works with the Resident Life Coordinator to support Area 1 Resident Advising staff. Along with the RA support James works directly with residents who are challenged during there experience here at Simmons. He uses his experience in the mental health field and continuously developing interpersonal skills to understand and support Simmons College residents.

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.


Lauren Talbourdet

Graduate Assistant

Email: lauren.talbourdet@simmons.edu
Phone: (617) 521-1096

Lauren joined the Residence Life staff in August of 2015 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology. Lauren is currently in the dual master's program for Public Policy and Gender/Cultural Studies here at Simmons. She is very interested in research, and has served as both a graduate research assistant here on campus and was a research intern at the Institute for Womens Policy Research in Washington, DC during the summer of 2016. When Lauren is not on campus, she enjoys going to Red Sox games, checking out the new exhibits at the MFA, and decorating cupcakes or painting. As a Graduate Assistant, Lauren assists with several projects for Residence Life (mainly RA Selection and Department Assessment), helps to supervise a group of RAs, and helps to oversee four buildings on campus (Arnold, Evans, North and South).