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
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.
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.
Patty Lyczkowski, Parkside International Residential College
Patty is the Residential College Coordinator for Parkside International 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.
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, Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges
Morgan Vinson is the Residential College Coordinator for Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges 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.