The Residence Hall Association represents students that live on campus. Our campus-wide programs, resident recognition, and administrative advocacy further self-determination and our sense of community.
The best way to explain RHA is to look at it as the hall council of hall councils. Each hall elects two representatives on their behalf, but we welcome more! To get involved, please contact your hall council, stop by our Landrum office, or attend our Thursday meetings in Blow 332 at 6:30 pm. For specific questions about RHA, feel free to contact any member of the Executive Board through their email provided below:
2016-2017 Executive Board
Director: Marianna Stepniak '17
Marianna is a senior at the College and in her second term as RHA's Director! A GSWS and English double major, she loves working in residence life, both through RHA and in Lemon Hall, where she is a third-year RA. Like many other W&M students, Marianna chose this school because of the community, and RHA, for her, is one outlet (of many!) to foster a positive, welcoming community on campus. She is also involved in the Choir, Circle K International, NRHH, and Triota
*Vice- Director: Jasmin Cruz '17
Treasurer: Lucas Wratschko '17
Lucas Wratschko is a Senior at the College of William & Mary. He is a Finance and Economics double major. He is the HR for the Bryan Complex this year. He also competes for the Tribe on the Track and Field team as a pole vaulter. In his free time, Lucas enjoys doing fun things such as hiking, scuba diving, playing table tennis, and skydiving.
Secretary: Kate Hathaway '18
Kate is a junior at the college. She is a double major in accounting and government, and is the secretary for RHA. Along with her secretarial duties Kate is also an RA for the Botetourt Complex. Kate is heavily involved other campus organizations such as: Essence Women of Color, Span Peer Mentoring Program, and Knot Your Granny's Yarn Club. Kate enjoys being a part of residence life and hopes to help residents make W&M into their home by working with RHA this year as the secretary.
NCC: Christen Jackson '18
Christen is a junior at the college majoring in Biology and Secondary Education. This year, she is serving as the NCC Representative, whose job is to represent the college at regional and national conferences. When not at RHA, Christen is an RA in the Botetourt Complex. She is also involved in Greek life and the Women's Rugby Team. Christen's favorite thing to do outside of school is work at summer camp.
NCCIT: Noah Petersen '20
Noah is a first-year student here at William & Mary. Going forward, he is hoping to major in English to later pursue a career in journalism. For now though, he is active in a number of programs across campus such as Aim 4, CPK, The Flat Hat, and in intramural soccer. As NCCit, he is looking forward to learning as much as he can and being ready to take on a mentorship role next year.
Administrative Advocacy Chair: John Hollander '18
Initiative Chair: Marilyn Ampudu '17
Marilyn is a senior at William and Mary majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Sociology. Along with RHA, Marilyn is also an RA in Reves and a member of CKI. As chair of the Initiative Committee, Marilyn hopes to lead in the planning and implementation of events that will engage the campus community as a whole and also showcase the work of RHA on campus.
Public Relations Chair: Shahida Mizan '17
Shahida Mizan is a senior at the College and is a Neuroscience Major on the Pre-Med Track. On campus, Shahida is part of a rural community development organization based in Bangladesh called BRIC and has been a resident of the Mosaic House for two years. Having participated in Hall Councils since freshman year, Shahida by pure chance ended up in RHA last year and has been in love with all that RHA stands for since day one. She is looking forward to spreading the words and actions of RHA throughout campus as the Public Relations Chair and really giving back to the community that has become her home away from home. A fun fact about Shahida is that she can actually speak five languages.
Advisor: Billie Jo Wood
Billie Jo has been at the college since 2014 in the role of Area Director in the Office of Residence Life. After serving in various roles in Residence Life through her undergraduate and graduate school careers, Billie Jo realized that working with students has a special place in her heart. That passion has led her to take on the role of Advisor with RHA, which she deeply enjoys. While Billie Jo is heavily involved in her role on campus, she also loves spending time with her family and binge reading the ever growing pile of books she has acquired. Billie Jo is excited about the opportunity to add real, meaningful connections through RHA and empowering this group to do that for others as well!
To see a list of representatives, visit the Hall Council Directory.
To learn more about RHA, read our constitution: RHA Constitution
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