Senior Staff within the Office for Residential Education are comprised of Residential College/Community Coordinators (RCCs) and Graduate Residential College/Community Coordinators (GRCCs). RCCs are full-time, professional staff who have received their Master’s degree in College Student Affairs or a related field. GRCCs are graduate students from varying Master’s programs, who work part-time for the Office for Residential Education.
Residential College Coordinators
Erin Ash, Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges
Erin Ash is the Residential College Coordinator for the Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges. She received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a Masters in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has absolutely loved her experience working with such high caliber, passionate and dedicated students at USC and enjoys that each day brings with it new challenges and opportunities to both teach and learn from her students. She takes a lot of pride in being a resource, mentor, advocate, and sounding board for the residents and Resident Assistant staff in the department. Her passion areas include supervision, leadership development, wellness promotion, sexual assault prevention and marketing/communications. She works to ensure that every member of the community transitions seamlessly, makes the most of their college experience both inside and outside of the classroom, feels a sense of belonging on campus, and learns the value of living with authenticity, resilience, passion and empathy. She loves exploring LA, hiking, photography, farmers markets, evening runs, live music, bonfires, documentaries and all things Wisconsin (Go Pack Go)!
Sally Behpoornia, McCarthy Honors Residential College
Sally Behpoornia is the Residential College Coordinator for McCarthy Honors Residential College in the USC Village. She was born and raised in Southern California. Sally has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. She will be starting the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program at USC in Fall 2017. She was a graduate assistant in Residential Education for two years before joining the department full time in 2015. As a graduate student, Sally grew to love the Trojan Family and the amazing experience that comes with being a part of the Family. She is committed to providing an incredible residential experience to our students, and wants to help students navigate a successful transition to college. Some of her passion areas outside of work include exploring different parts of Los Angeles, attending sporting events, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Tyler Benateigha, Bohnett & Nemirovsky Residential Colleges
Tyler Benateigha is the Residential College Coordinator for the Bohnett and Nemirovsky Residential Colleges. Tyler grew up in Longmont, Colorado, and went to Colorado State University for undergrad where he studied History. He recently finished up his master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut. While in grad school Tyler completed a NODA internship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Tyler is thrilled to be working in Residential Education full time and helping create communities where residents feel they belong and can be successful. In his free time, Tyler enjoys spending time with his partner and his dog – both of whom will be living at USC! Tyler’s favorite sport to play is volleyball, but also digs football and ultimate frisbee. Tyler enjoys many a TV series including Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Sense 8, Parks and Rec, and more! His other passions include puns, pizza, guacamole (one of the few things I’m good at making), secret handshakes, dancing, reading, and video games.
Tim Bethune, Parkside International Residential College
Timothy Bethune is the Residential College Coordinator for the Parkside International Residential College. He is involved in ACPA and CCPA (California College Personnel Association) serving on their leadership team. His professional passions are in program development and alcohol and other drug alternative programming. This is his 2nd year at USC, but Tim has also worked at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a Coordinator of Student Development in their Sophomore Success and Living Learning Programs. Prior to that, he was a graduate student at San Diego State University working on his Masters in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership and his BA in Public Administration. Personally, Tim is a huge fan of Disneyland, amusement parks and board games.
Tiffany De Leon, Cale & Irani Residential Colleges
Tiffany De Leon is the Residential College Coordinator for Cale & Irani Residential Colleges. Born and raised in the neighborhood surrounding USC, attending the school was a dream. That dream came true when she attended USC for her graduate work earning a Master of Education degree from the Rossier School of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. It was at USC where she began her experience in residential education by doing a graduate assistantship in the department. Before coming to USC for graduate school, Tiffany attended the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Sociology and Latin American Studies. After her undergraduate experience she became and admission representative for her alma mater. Most recently Tiffany joins us from California State University, Fullerton where she worked in their Housing and Residence Life department as a Community Coordinator. Tiffany is passionate about the development of student leaders such as the resident assistants. As a first generation student, she is also passionate about issues of access and retention surrounding that student group. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Marin Fuhrmann, South Residential College
Marin Fuhrmann is one of the Residential College Coordinators for South Residential College and is responsible for Marks Tower and Trojan Hall. As a member of a military family, Marin moved several times but lived the longest in Utah, and most recently moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia where she worked as a Resident Director for three years. During that time, Marin was also the Assistant Director of Alcohol Education through which she was able to plan and implement late night programming and work in partnership with the Haven (housing for students in recovery from substance abuse). Prior to that, Marin earned degrees in English and Communication at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona to teach sixth grade language arts through Teach For America. While there, she also earned her M.Ed from Arizona State University. Marin loves traveling, running, reading, cats (she has a cow-colored cat named Otto who resides with her), and watching Netflix- sometimes a little too much.
Brianna Gomez, Century Apartments
The Residential Community Coordinator for Century Apartments is Brianna Gomez, but she usually goes by “Bri.” She is originally from Henderson, NV and completed her M.Ed. in Counseling-Student Affairs at Northern Arizona University, where she fell in love with working in higher education and Residential Education! She has worked very closely with building government and Residential Student Government at the campus, regional, and national level, so she has a strong passion for student leadership development and initiatives. She has a dog, Arizona, who she adores and lives in Birnkrant with her. She also loves living in LA – exploring new places, spending days at the beach, checking out Angels games, visiting Disneyland, soaking up the sunshine and cheering on the Trojans! Fight On!
Jasmine King, Graduate and Family Housing
Jasmine King serves as the Residential Community Coordinator for Graduate and Family Housing East. She is originally from the Chicagoland area. Jasmine received a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication and a Master of Education in Adult & Higher Education from Northern Illinois University (NIU). After her undergraduate experience she became a Graduate Hall Director at her alma mater, where she completed her Master’s degree. Most recently, Jasmine joins us from Santa Monica Community College, where she worked in the African American and Latino Center. Prior to that, she served as a Community Coordinator at California State University, Fullerton. Her passion areas include authenticity, leadership development, and supervision. In her free time she enjoys hanging out at the dog park with her husband and Shih Tzu/Maltese mix, DIY crafting, sewing, and traveling.
Jasmine Knighten, South Residential College
Jasmine Knighten is one of the Residential College Coordinators for South Residential College and is responsible for Pardee Tower and Marks Hall. Jasmine completed her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Organizational Leadership at University of the Pacific where she also served as a Residence Director. While there she worked with the men’s basketball team as an athletic mentor and served as the advisor for NUFP. Jasmine received a B.A in Business from Cal State Fullerton (CSUF). At CSUF she served as a Resident Advisor, Peer Mentor, NUFP, Campus Tour Guide and Recruitment Ambassador. Through NUFP, Jasmine was able to see all that student affairs had to offer as a field and helped solidify her love for helping students as well as supporting students throughout their leadership journey. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys traveling anywhere and everywhere. She would love to go to every continent and every state. Jasmine also enjoys taking pictures of scenery and monuments, hanging out with friends and family, listening to music, and hosting game nights.
Gabriel Loredo, West Residential College
Gabriel Loredo currently serves as the Residential College Coordinator for Fluor Tower Residential College. Gabriel received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Gabriel has previously worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Loyola University Chicago, and San Diego State University. Gabriel has also done internships at Seattle University and Northwestern University. As a first-generation college student, Gabriel wants to make sure that each and every student is able to find their belonging at USC and successfully navigate the transition of their first-year experience. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys exploring the different neighborhoods of LA and its hidden gems.
Corey Lueker, New North Residential College
Corey Lueker is the Residential College Coordinator for New North Residential College. Corey was raised in Arizona and studied Journalism and English Literature at The University of Arizona, where he also spent three years as a Resident Assistant. Corey is a first-generation college student, and recognized the value of having mentors and student affairs staff members available for students in transition, therefore he decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. UCONN brought many great experiences, including watching the basketball team win three NCAA national championships, but Corey decided to move back home to the Southwest and has spent two years as a Trojan at USC. His favorite aspects of living in Los Angeles are the natural environment and the weather, as he is a huge outdoors activity enthusiast. Corey is also a geek culture fanatic and has interests in comic books, super heroes, science fiction, and popular culture. During his free time, Corey is a blog writer and enjoys writing fictional stories. He also has a strong interest in Social Justice and Inclusion education, and has spent the last few years focusing on research related to Gender Role Conflict and gender performance.
Patty Lyczkowski, Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College
Patty is the Residential College Coordinator for Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College. Originally from New Jersey, she attended Rutgers University- New Brunswick and earned her B.A. in Psychology. While at Rutgers, Patty found and developed her passion for working with college students through new student orientation, residential life, first-year seminar, and academic tutoring. After graduation, Patty transitioned into her graduate program in Student Affairs at Ball State University in Indiana with an assistantship in Housing and Residence Life. Over the two year master’s program, she also gained experience in admissions, international student services, community college affairs, and collegiate lobbying at state levels. At the University of Southern California, Patty has the fantastic opportunity to work with students of Arts and Humanities, including thematic floors such as Performing and Creative Arts and Arts and Architecture. She enjoys various components of her position including advising building government, resident assistant supervision and development, program planning, providing mentorship and guidance to residents, faculty collaboration and more. In her free time, Patty enjoys going to the beach, hiking, reading, watching hours of Netflix at a time, and spending time with her pup, Rory.
Erin Martinez, Cardinal Gardens
Erin Martinez is the Residential Community Coordinator for Cardinal Gardens. Erin was raised in Loma Linda, CA and then pursued her Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Cruz. At UCSC, Erin served as a RA for two years and the founder of RA Council to unite the Residential Assistants on campus. During her time at UCSC she developed her passion for social justice, inclusion and the power of change through programs. Erin received her Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University and worked in residential life and student conduct for six years before becoming a member of the Trojan family.
Angel Maxwell, Birnkrant Residential College
Angel Maxwell is the Residential College Coordinator for Birnkrant Residential College. He is originally from the Inland Empire in Southern California where he received his B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management and minor in Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. He had also received his M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership at Valdosta State University located in Valdosta, Georgia while also maintaining a graduate assistantship within their Housing & Residence Life Department as a Residence Hall Director. Through his experiences, Angel has worked closely with diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as on/off – campus programming that emphasizes both personal and professional development through community involvement and networking for both first year and upperclassmen students. His love and strong passion with being involved with student engagement and leadership development had stemmed from his undergraduate involvement where he worked for the Department of Housing & Residence Life as both a Resident Assistant and Hall Coordinator. On his downtime he enjoys going to museums, hikes, working out, attending concerts/ sporting events, video games and going to the beach. Angel is very proud to be a member of the Trojan family! FIGHT ON!
Kevin Villalta, Graduate and Family Housing
Kevin Villalta is the Residential Community Coordinator for the Graduate and Family Housing West. Kevin has worked for several years within the residential education programs at UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge. Kevin also has experience in the field of clinical social work having provided mental health therapy services for children, families, and adults from underserved communities in LA County. His passions within residential education include health promotion, first-generation student success, social justice education, and student leadership. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys attending live concerts, exploring art museums, traveling, bowling, and karaoke with friends and family.
Morgan Vinson, Priam Residential College
Morgan Vinson is the Residential College Coordinator for Priam Residential College in the USC Village. Morgan is from the East Bay Area in Northern California and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelors in Sociology with a Minor in Italian Studies. While Morgan was at UCSB she studied abroad for a full year in Florence and Bologna Italy; she speaks Italian near-fluently. After graduating, Morgan worked for two years as an Assistant Resident Director at UCSB in first-year communities. During her time as an ARD Morgan further developed a passion for advising, conduct, and social justice and diversity work. Morgan received her Masters of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles in Student Affairs Administration. Her research interests are based around a deep understanding of hegemonic masculinity and how it affects higher education and the development of women of color. While at UCLA she worked in the Dean of Students Office with assessments, surveys, and case files. In her free time Morgan enjoys making music, cooking, Core Power Yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Morgan considers herself a feminist.
Graduate Residential College Coordinators
Jose Cruz Berber, Century Apartments
Jose Cruz Berber is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Century Apartments. He grew up in Farmersville, a small town in the Central Valley of California and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his degree in Communication and Spanish. While at UCSB, Jose Cruz served as a Resident Assistant, a Student Manager at the university bookstore, a Research Assistant for the Department of Communication and was active in his fraternity. Upon graduation Jose Cruz worked full-time at UCSB for two years as an Assistant Resident Director. He enjoys working with students and developing intentional relationships where he can support their holistic success. Jose Cruz is pursuing a Master of Communication Management with a focus in Media and Entertainment Management at USC School of Annenberg. He is passionate about working with media content that serves a socially responsible purpose to both educate and entertain. Jose Cruz hopes to support the creation of media content that supports, uplifts and honors the lived experiences of marginalized identities. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new cities, eating Thai food, drinking coffee, exercising and spending time with loved ones.
Brielle Brack, Graduate and Family Housing
Brielle Brack is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Graduate and Family Housing East. She graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with degrees in psychology and public health. While at Rutgers, Brielle served as a Resident Assistant for two years, where she gained experience working with students of highly diverse backgrounds. There, she solidified her passion for mental health awareness and advocacy. Utilizing this involvement, she is currently a Master’s student studying social work pursuing a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families. To appreciate self-care, her free time is spent practicing yoga and Reiki, hiking, and adventuring of all sorts. Brielle enjoys traveling and experiencing local culture and cuisine. She considers herself a sushi connoisseur and Netflix enthusiast. Joining the Trojan family is a wonderful opportunity to satiate both the wanderlust and foodie within while maintaining her important relationship with Residential Education and student development. Let’s go Trojans!
Rebecca Calvillo, McCarthy Honors Residential College
Becca Calvillo is the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for McCarthy Honors Residential College. Becca is pursuing her Masters of Education in Post-Secondary Administration Student Affairs at USC Rossier. Becca is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago and has her Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Classical Civilization from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. During her undergraduate experience, Becca was involved in student alumni ambassadors for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and student theater. After finishing her degree, Becca worked professionally in residential education as a Resident Counselor and Area Coordinator at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a residential high school for gifted and talented students in STEM. Through her work at IMSA, Becca has developed a passion for working with students in leadership education and service learning. Becca is committed to providing educational opportunities for under-represented populations. Becca is so excited to be rid of Midwestern winters and can’t wait to explore the LA entertainment, food, and scenic views!
Jordan Carmona, Parkside International Residential College (Parkside Apartments)
Jordan Carmona is the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for the Parkside Apartments within the Parkside International Residential College. He is a second year graduate student in the Post-secondary Administration & Student Affairs (PASA) program at the Rossier School of Education. Jordan has experience working with students in residential life and housing, Greek life, leadership development, honors societies, and student activities.
Jonatas da Silva, Cardinal Gardens
Jonatas is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Cardinal Gardens. Originally from Brazil, Jonatas holds a Bachelor degree in Cinema & Television Production with a Minor in Business from Regent University. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Film Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, focusing in Producing & Directing. His favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones, Veep, House of Cards, and LOST. Jonatas’ favorite movies are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beasts of No Nation, Mommy by Xavier Dolan, The Revenant, and The Big Short. He loves documentaries and VRs, but his true dream is to direct narrative fictions in the future. He loves to help residents feel at home at USC, so he is fortunate to work with such a phenomenal team in the ResEd department. This will be his third year serving as a Graduate Residential Community Coordinator. If you have any suggestions for amazing restaurants he should check out, or if you want to talk about VR, movies, travel, or TV shows, hit him up!
Oluwatobiloba Ishola, Cale & Irani Residential Colleges
My name is Oluwatobiloba Ishola, but I go by Tobi. I will be serving as the Graduate Residential Coordinator for Cale and Irani Residential Colleges for the 2017-2018 school year. This school year I will be undergoing my second year as a graduate student in the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs program at the Rossier School of Education. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, recreating Pinterest art, hiking, debating and spending time with my family and friends.
Alexa Layne, New North Residential College
My name is Alexa and I am the GRCC for New North Residential College. I recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Humanities and here at USC I am in my first year in the Rossier School of Education’s Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs master’s program. Reading is one of my favorite things to do when I get lucky enough to have some free time, so I seem to always be in the middle of a book or on my way to get a new one. If I’m not reading then I’m probably on the hunt for my next favorite coffee shop or outside soaking up the sun. I’m also a huge dessert fan and new to the LA area, so I’ll probably be exploring all the trendy food items LA has to offer as well!
Gustavo Orellana, West Residential College (Webb Tower)
My name is Gustavo Orellana and I am the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for West Residential College and responsible for Webb Tower. I am entering my second year as a graduate student in the Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs program of the Rossier School of Education.
Lauren Sherwin, Graduate and Family Housing
Lauren is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Graduate and Family Housing West. Originally from Orange County, California, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she worked for the housing department as a Community Mentor for two years. She enjoys working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and being a familiar first-resource for them as they get acclimated to life as a college student. More recently, Lauren spent the last year serving with City Year, an AmeriCorps organization, where she was a tutor, mentor, and role model for at-risk students in South Central Los Angeles. Through her work with City Year, she discovered her passion for working in high-poverty communities and hopes to continue serving in these areas as a therapist. She’s excited to start her new adventure as a Trojan as she works to complete a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Families and Children. Lauren enjoys tea, Disney, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and anything food related. If you have a good restaurant suggestion make sure to pass it along! Fight on!
Who are you? …well I am Selina Smith. I am 24 years old. I am a curly haired scholar. I am Mexican. I am black and I am proud. I am also extremely excited to serve as the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for the Cowlings and Ilium Residential Colleges and to start pursuing my Master of Arts in Strategic Public Relations! I recently graduated from California State University East Bay, with a major in Communication and minors in Recreation and African American Studies. During my time at East Bay, I was heavily involved in Greek life and had the pleasure of working as a Resident Assistant for three years. I enjoy working with Trapxart and Run The World Clothing, two bay area startups. When I have time to myself, I enjoy hanging out with my sorority sisters, binge watching Netflix, getting pedicures, working out, and vibing out. I am originally from San Bernardino, CA and interested to find what southern california has in store for me after being in the bay for six years!