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Jess Samuels


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 University. 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

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

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.

Vivian D'Andrade

Residence Life Coordinator

Phone: (617) 521-1103

Vivian D'Andrade joined the Office of Residence Life in August 2018 as a Residence Life Coordinator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her early career included civilian service as a Master Resiliency Trainer for the U.S. Army Reserves and coordinating youth leadership programs for non-profits (e.g. YMCA). Prior to joining Simmons, she served at the University of Utah as an Assistant Area Coordinator in Housing, a Student Advocate in the Women's Resource Center, and in various program support roles within the Office for Equity & Inclusion. Her commitment to youth and student services led her to earn her Masters in Educational Leadership & Policy and a Certificate in Fundraising & Grant Writing. Vivian is the RLC for North, South, and Mesick. Vivian will also lead Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and training within and on behalf of Residence Life. In her spare time Vivian enjoys spending time with her family, spinning, kick boxing, and storytelling/poetry slams.

Rocina Dalzell

Residence Life Coordinator

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.