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Residential Education Professional Staff

Mike Wooten -- Senior Assistant Dean of Residential Life and Director of Residential Education, Office: Robinson Hall., 3rd Floor (646-1491)

Mike came to Dartmouth from the University of Michigan in 2011, after more than 12 years in the field of residential education. At Michigan, which hosts a residential community of 11,000 students, Mike oversaw three living-learning programs, a residential college, two theme communities, and managed the opening of Michigan's first new residence hall in more than 40 years. He also taught in the University’s Program on Intergroup Relations and co-chaired the Student Affairs annual staff development conference for more than 1300 employees. Mike oversaw an external review of Residential Education programs after arriving at Dartmouth, and has partnered with Dean Johnson and Senior Associate Dean of the College Inge-Lise Ameer to prepare to implement President Hanlon’s vision for residential life at Dartmouth.

Jeff DeWitt -- Associate Director of Residential Education, Office: Robinson Hall., 3rd Floor (646-1491)

Hello! I'm Jeff DeWitt, Associate Director in the Residential Education part of ORL. I'm originally from the hot deserts of Tucson, Arizona, which is also where I completed my Master's degree in English at the University of Arizona. I worked for two years at the University of California, Davis, as a professional Resident Director, and then came to Dartmouth in 98'. My primary roles are to assist in managing the Residential Education program, supervise Community Directors, coordinate staff selection and generally support students in having a strong residential living experience. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, showshoeing, hiking and volunteering at a local natural science center where I work with birds of prey. I hope to meet you sometime.

Katharina Daub -- Assistant Director of Residential Education for Living Learning Programs and Academic Iniatives (646-0080)

Rame Hanna -- McLaughlin Cluster (Berry/Bildner/Byrne/Goldstein/Rauner/Thomas) Community Director, Office: 111 Goldstein (646-8554)

Hey Y'all! I am the Community Director for the McLaughlin Cluster. My name is Rame Hanna. I was born in Hollywood, California, and have lived there for the majority of my life. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Law at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and my Masters of Science in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program at Colorado State University (CSU). During my many years in higher education, I worked in a variety of unique roles from serving as an Assistant Director of Diversity and Outreach to becoming a Greek adviser for the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. My biggest passion outside of student affairs and law is music. I have been dancing hip-hop and teaching choreography for over 5 years and currently serve as the adviser to Dartmouth's very own XS Crew and SHEBA. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.

Josiah Proietti -- East Wheelock (Andres, McCulloch, Morton, and Zimmerman) Community Director
Office: 1 Brace Common (646-3041)

Josiah Proietti will be a Community Director for the 6th year at Dartmouth and the 3rd year at East Wheelock.  He is a native to the Upper Valley, but spent eight years in Boston getting his BS in music technology and working as a professional for a few years.  He recently graduated with his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth.  He is currently applying to Counseling Psychology programs for the Fall of 2013.  He loves to talk about gender theory, films, arm chair cosmology (universe talk for armatures).

Steven King -- Topliff, New Hampshire, Lodge, Living Learning Houses Community Director

Greetings! I'm Steve King, Community Director for the Living Learning Houses (Chinese Language House | Foley House | La Casa | Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies House | Native American House |Sustainable Living Center | Triangle House | Shabazz Center for Intellectual Inquiry), Lodge, New Hampshire, and Topliff. I'm originally from northern New York and enjoy camping, hiking, and kayaking. I have a Bachelor's degree in classical voice from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University (NYU). Most recently, I worked in Residential Life at NYU for the past four and a half years with the previous two and a half years in Career Development. I look forward to working with the dynamic student population here at Dartmouth to develop engaging living learning communities.

Echelle Avelar -- River Cluster Community Director, Office: Judge 1st Floor (646-7098)

Hello! My name is Echelle Avelar and I am proud to be the Community Director for the River Cluster (Judge, French, Maxwell & Channing). I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I completed my Bachelor of Science at the University of La Verne in Behavioral Science and my Masters of Science at Azusa Pacific University in College Counseling and Student Development. Previously, I have worked as the Assistant Director of New Student Programs, and in off campus housing. At Brown University I coordinated their summer programs as the Co-Curricular Activities Manager and at Azusa Pacific University I was the Program Coordinator for Diversity. I am excited to be in New England and even more excited to be working with the talented students at Dartmouth! My role is to empower students to grow, collaborate, and learn to make meaningful contributions in their college experience and beyond.

I would love to hear from you! Feel free to email, schedule a time for tea, or come by my office.

TBD -- Fayerweathers/Richardson/Wheeler/Ripley/Woodward/Smith Community Director
Office: Mid Fayer 1A (646-0978)

Dan Smith -- Choates Community Director, Office: 8 Choate Rd. (646-3286)

I am Dan Smith, Community Director for the Choates cluster. I am a New Hampshire native where I attended Southern New Hampshire University for my Bachelors in Graphic Design. I also spent some time in western New York while attending Canisius College in for my Masters in College Student Personnel Administration. My passion for this works lies in student interaction and being a part of the amazing creativity and drive that students bring to campus. Dartmouth has been a great place for me to grow as a professional and I am excited about the future. I welcome any questions, comments, and feedback so please do not hesitate to call, e-mail, or stop by my office!

Darby Wiggins -- Russell Sage Community Director, Office: E11 Fahey (646-8552)

Hello! My name is Darby Wiggins and I will be serving as the CD for the Russell Sage Cluster (Russell Sage, Butterfield, Fahey and McLane).  While originally from The Great Land of Alaska, I have spent the majority of my life in the Washington DC area.  Most recently, I worked at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) where I served in both graduate academic affairs/student services roles and in student conduct/student development roles.  My educational background is quite varied, with degrees in Government and Politics, Environmental Science and Higher Education Administration.  At Dartmouth, I am looking forward to both fostering working relationships between Academic Affairs and Residential Education, as well as working with students who are involved in student conduct/judicial affairs cases.  In my spare time I enjoy anything the outdoors, exploring the Upper-Valley, rowing, furniture restoration/repurposing and volunteering.  I look forward to not only working with faculty, staff and students, but the cold and snowy winters.

Christina Colasanto -- Mass Row/Gold Coast/Hitchcock Community Director, Office: Gile (646-9064)

Last Updated: 1/15/15