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Residence Life Staff

Amelia McConnell

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Resident Director, North and South Halls

Amelia McConnell joined our staff in November of 2013. Prior to her tenure at Simmons, Amelia has worked  for the past 5 years within Residence Life at Southern New Hampshire University and Brandeis University. While a graduate student at the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks!), Amelia served as a Scholarship Hall Director and Academic Advisor. In higher education, she is very passionate about mentorship, training and development of staff, school spirit/pride, and multiculturalism. In her free time, Amelia enjoys athletics, photography, traveling, karaoke, being crafty and any summer time activity.  She is thrilled to be a new member of the Simmons community!

Jess Samuels

Director of Residence Life

Jess Samuels joined the Simmons College community in 2008. 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, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her interests include women's studies, LGBT education, and diversity training. When she is not working you may find Jessica biking down the Charles River Esplanade or kayaking.

Amie Vallerie

Residence Life Coordinator
Resident Director, Simmons Hall

Amie is originally from Massachusetts, but grew up all over the country.  She attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA as an undergraduate for her degree in art and Mansfield University in Pennsylvania for her masters in education. Her higher education interests include multiculturalism/inclusion, sexual violence/rape culture education, and staff training and development.  When she's not watching too much BBC, reading, or painting she likes to go on quests for coffee, used book stores, and watching a lot of Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins games.

Cheryl Kimber

Resident Director, Mesick Hall

Cheryl is from upstate New York and moved to Boston to pursue graduate school.
She attended the University of Rochester as an undergraduate and majored in Public Health and Biomedical Ethics. Two subjects that she hold near and dear. In her free time she likes to read, play trivia, and watch cheesy horror movies on Netflix.

Jeannine Leach

Administrative Assistant, Office of the Dean for Student Life

Kat Michael

Resident Director, Dix Hall

Kat Michael is a native Kentuckian and a recent transplant to the Northeast. She received her BA from Western Kentucky University and while at WKU began her focus in student housing and student programing by working for the campus' Housing and Residence Life Department as an Assistant Housing Director. She also served on a number of boards and student groups which focused on queer, trans, and minority issues. After leaving WKU, Kat joined Sullivan University as their Housing and Residence Life Graduate Assistant, filling in numerous positions while also working with the on campus LGBTQ group. Kat has recently began work on her masters through Simmons College and their Gender and Cultural program. She enjoys reading, writing, geek culture, video games, coffee, and is excited to join the Simmons community.

Corey Zohlman

Assistant Director, Office of Student Leadership and Activities & Resident Director, Arnold & North Hall

Corey Zohlman joined the Simmons staff in July of 2012 and is in his 3rd year at Simmons as the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. Prior to joining the Simmons staff, Corey worked at Princeton University as the Assistant Director of the Frist Campus Center. He has also worked at Wesleyan University in both Student Activities and Campus Center Operations. Corey attended Central Connecticut State University where he earned his B.A. in Psychology and his M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Student Development in Higher Education. In his free time he loves to indulge in trying different coffee shops around Boston, explore the city, watch too much E! Network, attend car shows and take random trips to explore New England. 

Edward Byrne

Resident Director, South, Evans, & Smith Halls

Edward Byrne joined the Simmons Residence Life staff in August of 2012. His previous professional experience includes serving as the Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs for grades 9-12 in the Cambridge Public Schools, where he developed diversity initiatives and multicultural programming, and advised school, district, and city leaders on culturally competent curriculum, instruction, and school climate practices. He continues to teach a seminar on race and culture for high school juniors and seniors every year. Additionally, he was Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth, an independent state agency that provides oversight and sets policy on supporting GLBT youth across the state. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and is a native of Methuen, MA.

Adam Gray

Residence Director, Morse Hall

Adam graduated from Western New England University where he received his B.A. in History and Spanish. While at Western New England University he worked as a Resident Advisor for three years and in the Office of Learning Beyond the Classroom for four years. Adam was also a part of multiple organizations such as National Residence Hall Honorary, Gay-Straight Alliance, and 4-H. He enjoys riding his horses and spending time with friends when he is not working or studying. He will be attending Northeastern University this year as a part of the Masters program in College Student Development and Counseling.