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/Community Coordinators
Brianna Gomez, Birnkrant Residential College
The Residential College Coordinator for Birnkrant 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!
Corey Lueker, South Residential College (Pardee Tower)
Corey Lueker is the Residential College Coordinator for Trojan-Marks within the South 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.
Erin Martinez, Cardinal Gardens
Erin Martinez is the Residential College 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.
Erin Ash, Parkside International Residential College
Erin Ash is the Residential College Coordinator for Parkside International Residential College. 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 Parkside 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)!
Patty Lyczkowski, Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College
Patty is the Residential College Coordinator for Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College. She recently graduated from Ball State University with her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University. She has graduate experience working with housing, leadership development, international education, First-Year Experience, and admissions.
Gabriel Loredo, West Residential College (Fluor Tower)
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.
Jennifer Ellingwood, New North Residential College
Jennifer Ellingwood, who goes by Jenn, serves as the Residential College Coordinator for New North Residential College. Jenn is originally from Orange County, California and completed her undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She got her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at New York University while serving as a graduate assistant in their Office of Residence Life and Housing Services in Palladium Hall. Before coming to USC, she worked professionally as a Residence Life Coordinator at the University of California, Merced. She has experience working with Orientation, Greek Life and Admissions. In her free time, she enjoys enjoying the Southern California weather by exploring the outdoors, visiting Disneyland, and going to the beach. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and trying something new. She can’t wait to welcome all the new residents in New North Residential College!
Tiffany De Leon, Community
Kevin Cleland, Century Apartments
Originally from Chico, CA, Kevin did his undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis studying Education Policy, Germanic & Scandinavian Language and Sculpture. Kevin earned his Master of Education in International Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. Kevin’s academic research focuses on international comparative higher education and technological educational interventions in reformed and developing education systems. Prior to coming to the University of Southern California to serve as the Residential Community Coordinator for Century Apartments, Kevin worked at Washington University in St. Louis in Judicial Programs and at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Residence Life. For the past 4 years, Kevin has been playing rugby on city teams and likes to stay active playing other community sports like kickball and volleyball. He loves learning new languages and spends a lot of time working to acquire new language skills and traveling.
Sally Behpoornia, Troy Complex
Sally is the Residential Community Coordinator for Troy Complex in our North University Park Campus. She was born and raised in southern California. Sally has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barabara and a Master’s Degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. 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 incredible student experience that comes with being a part of the Family. She is committed to providing an incredible residential experience to our students. While working as a graduate student, she was involved with our first-year residence halls and oversaw our Somerville Place, Latino Floor, and Great Outdoors special interest communities. Sally is now focused on sophomore success and in providing our continuing students with a positive residential experience. Some of her passion areas outside of work include exploring different parts of Los Angeles, attending sporting events, watching movies, and photography.
Tim Bethune, Graduate and Family Housing
Timothy Bethune is the Residential Community Coordinator for Graduate and Family Housing. 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.
Graduate Residential College/Community Coordinators
Brandon Johnson, Parkside International Residential College (Parkside Apartments)
Brandon Johnson serves as the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for Parkside Apartments and is a graduate student in the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program. He is originally from Riverside, California, but he graduated from UC Santa Barbara with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation, Brandon worked in the housing department there full-time for two years before making the move here to USC. He really enjoys working in the residential setting on college campuses, so it is a pleasure to be here in Residential Education working and learning with everyone. Brandon has hundreds of hobbies, but his biggest one is probably playing basketball. He also really likes to paint, craft things, write creatively (i.e. poetry, short stories, etc.), eating, and even coding. Feel free to chat with him about them if you see him around!
Donte Miller, Community
Donté Miller is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Community- a residential area comprised of several apartment buildings for upper division and graduate students. He hails from Rialto, CA which is just an hour outside of LA. He recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (Go Bruins!), as a Sociology Major and Education Studies Minor. In the summer of 2014, Donté received a certificate as a Public Policy and International Affairs Program Fellow at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. He is currently a Master’s student in the Rossier School of Education studying Educational Counseling. He will be applying to Doctoral programs in Higher Education and Policy in the fall and continuing his passion around Black male access and retention. When Donté does find time to practice self-care, he enjoys hanging with his fraternity (06), playing & coaching basketball, emceeing events, some video games, and listening to hip-hop, R&B, and Gospel. He is an ENFP so he cannot wait to meet you! 3 John 1:2
Jeanmarie Levy, West Residential College (Webb Tower)
Jeanmarie Levy serves as the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for Webb Tower. She is currently pursuing her Master in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs here at USC Rossier. She is originally from Los Angeles where she grew up selling girl scout cookies for 13 years! Jeanmarie attended UC Santa Barbara where she was involved in Greek Life and served as a Resident Assistant for two years. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, she worked professionally at UC Santa Barbara as an Assistant Resident Director. Jeanmarie is passionate about access and retention of first generation college students and works earnestly to provide these students with the tools they need for success. When she is not in class or working, I enjoy playing tennis, running, and spending her weekends reading at coffee shops.
Jonatas daSilva, Troy Complex
Jonatas is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Troy Complex. His parents are from Brazil but he was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa. Jonatas has a Bachelors in Cinema-Television 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. This next year he will be producing a documentary on veterans, sponsored and financed by the school, while beginning preparations to write his first feature. His favorite thing to do is try new restaurants with friends, or chill and drink coffee with them while laughing about nothing. He recently attended a Virtual Reality conference and has become fascinated by the world of possibilities with VR, so that might become his new hobby. His favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones, Veep, House of Cards, and LOST. Jonatas’s favorite movies are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beasts of No Nation, Mommy by Xavier Dolan, The Revenant, and The Big Short. 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 second 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!
Kelsey Shook, Cardinal Gardens
Kelsey Shook is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Cardinal Gardens for the 2015-2016 school year. She grew up in Orange Park, Florida and attended college at the University of South Florida in Tampa with a major in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies. It became her passion to work with and support college students in discovering their passion. Kelsey graduated from USF in December 2014 and finished her third year working at the Campus Recreation Center in the spring before moving from the east coast to the west coast. At USC, she is pursuing a Master’s of Education degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. Kelsey grew up a golfer, she loves photography, and being on or near the water. Disney, tv shows, and movies are important things in her life. She is a sucker for amazing landscapes and beautiful sunsets. Kelsey loves going on small and large adventures, whether it be exploring museums, going on a drive without a GPS, or searching for a good coffee/tea/boba place. Kelsey is so happy to have travelled from the Sunshine State to the Golden State, and so far her new adventure has been unforgettable!
Gustavo Orellana, South Residential College (Trojan Hall & Marks Hall)
Gustavo Orellana will be serving as a Graduate Residential College Coordinator for South Residential College. He is pursuing his Masters in Education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC Rossier. He is originally from Concord, California located in Northern California, and he attended UC Santa Barbara where he was a Resident Assistant for two years. After graduating with a degree in Chicano Studies, he worked professionally as an Assistant Resident Director for three years and as a Resident Director for the Academy of Art University for a year and a half. He is passionate about educational policy and the effects it has on access and retention of first generation college students like himself. When not submerged in academics, he enjoys being active at the gym, playing futbol and spending time outdoors.
Amanda (AJ) Volk, South Residential College (Marks Tower)
Amanda “AJ” Volk is serving as a Graduate Residential College Coordinator for the South Residential College and is pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at USC. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She completed her post-secondary education at Saint Joseph’s College (Go Pumas) in Indiana while pursuing her passion for soccer. This past year AJ graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Minors in Chemistry and Health Therapy. She also worked as an RA for two years in addition to serving as the Secretary of the Student Association. This will be AJ’s first year as a GRCC and she is very excited to be working with freshmen and helping them transition into college life as a Trojan. AJ is a West Coast girl at heart and loves anything to do with the beautiful Pacific Ocean and Disneyland. She loves soccer, country music, hiking, anything Starbucks, Grey’s Anatomy and watching hockey eh! AJ is ready to be back on the West Coast exploring the wonders of California and is looking forward to meeting you all!
Carlos Velez, Graduate & Family Housing
Carlos Velez is a Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Graduate and Family Housing. He comes from Ontario, CA (often confused for Canada – just one hour outside of LA). Carlos graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a major in Latin American Studies. Before joining the GRCC team, Carlos was a Resident Assistant for graduate and family housing and enjoys working with graduate students from different backgrounds. Carlos is currently a dual degree master student with the School of Social Work and Keck School of Medicine studying Social Work and Public Health. Additionally, Carlos is currently a fellow with the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and is conducting a Photovoice intervention, or documentary photography to address healthcare disparities amongst LGBTQ youth in underserved communities in Los Angeles. On his free time, Carlos enjoys attending music festivals, hiking, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with his friends and family.
Jordan Carmona is the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for New North Residential College. He is a first year graduate student in the Post-secondary Administration & Student Affairs (PASA) program at the Rossier School of Education. Originally from a small town in Northern California, Jordan went on to graduate from the University of the Pacific where he majored in Business Management and minored in Film Studies. Having worked as a Resident Assistant for 1 year and an Assistant Residence Director for 2 years, Jordan is excited to see what new experiences he will come across at USC. During his undergraduate experience, Jordan was involved in several clubs and organizations including his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, in which he even served as chapter president. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys exploring new places in Southern California, hiking and other outdoor activities, spending time with friends, and occasionally binge watching new shows on Netflix.
Lauren Sherwin, Century Apartments
Lauren is the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for Century Apartments. 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!