About the HRL Team

Living Housing HRL Team

Housing and Residence Life (HRL) manages all aspects of the university’s three-year undergraduate residency requirement. Residential programs are designed to build positive communities that value learning, create new opportunities for faculty engagement, and generate positive social connections. HRL, student residents, and others in the Duke community develop and maintain environments that support classroom learning and stir students to seek learning opportunities in the world around them. We promote opportunities for students to connect with others and develop a strong and enduring sense of belonging; and intentionally provide opportunities for students to grow and develop, especially as they wrestle with issues of identity, autonomy and responsibility. HRL programs are rooted in the concepts of mutual respect and civility, and recognize and celebrate the dignity and self-worth of all members.

HRL also manages the facilities operations of all university student residences, which comprise approximately 25 percent of all university space. These responsibilities include all long-range planning, renovations and major projects, managing housekeeping and maintenance efforts, and ensuring that all residence options are safe, secure, comfortable, and well-maintained.

Since 2019, HRL has collaborated with DuWell, CAPS, the Center for Muslim Life, the Neurodiversity Working Group, Duke Chapel, and Religious Life to gather information about the prayer, meditation, wellness, and sensory spaces on campus. While many of the spaces' hours and accessibility has been modified due to COVID-19, many are still available for students, staff, and faculty to use. You can view the interactive map here.

Our Team Members

Dean Deb oversees Housing and Residence Life, including both professional and student residential staff, Housing Assignments, our first-year and upperclass campus offices, as well as our connections to many residentially based academic programs. She has a B.A. in Health Education from Montclair State University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education with an emphasis in Counseling from the University of Georgia. Deb has a passion for equity and inclusion work and most recently was part of two research efforts; "The Duke Social Relationships Project" (DSRP) and the "You @ Duke" Resilience study. She helped create the residentially based Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) at Duke as a result of the data derived from the DSRP.

Deb is proud to be a first-generation college student, born to an immigrant who arrived to the US from Sicily in 1948. She enjoys being with family, gardening, woodworking, jewelry making, watching movies, traveling, and just relaxing with good friends and a bottle of wine.

East Campus, Swift, & Apartments

Residence Life - East Campus Housing Office & Apartments
108/109 HRL Office Southgate
1400 West Main Street
Box 90776
Phone: 919-684-5320
rlhs-east@duke.edu

Dr. Brandin Howard, Associate Dean for Residence Life, East Campus
brandin.howard@duke.edu
Phone: 919-684-5320

Ameshia Daniels, Staff Assistant
Phone: 919-684-5320
ameshia.daniels@duke.edu

Vacant, Staff Assistant

Swift Housing Office
300 Swift Ave
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-684-5908
rlhs-eastswift@duke.edu

Mark Benzick, Staff Assistant
Phone: 919-613-3787
mark.benzick@duke.edu

Brandin (he/him/his) manages the overall operation of East Campus, which encompasses all first-year traditional housing and apartment-style communities. Brandin’s responsibilities also include the supervision of the residential life staff, residential programmatic efforts, management of facilities and budgets, as well as serves as the liaison to the Faculty-in-Residence program. Originally from Durham, Brandin has a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Greensboro, an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Vermont. Brandin enjoys marvel movies, anything Star Trek, video games, and good meals at local restaurants.

Residence Coordinator: Adam Coshal
Phone: 919-684-5320
adam.coshal@duke.ed

Born and raised in the Northeast, Adam Coshal (They / them & He / him) is excited for this new adventure in North Caroline as a member of the Duke community and HRL staff. He recently completed his Master's degree in Higher Postsecondary Education at Syracuse University, where he also completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Intercollegiate Athletics Advising and Support. For his Bachelor's degree, Adam attended the College of the Holy Cross where he earned his B.A. as a double-major in English and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. In their free time, Adam loves enjoying the ambiance of a cute coffee shop, de-stresses with paper crafts like scrapbooking, and binge-watches the latest Netflix hit "Heartstopper."

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Giles and Wilson: Adrienne Jones
Phone: 919-668-1083
adrienne.jones@duke.edu

Adrienne Jones (she/her) serves as the Assistant Residence Coordinator for Giles and Wilson houses and is a 5th year PhD candidate in Public Policy and Sociology. Adrienne holds a BA in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford School at Duke University. Prior to becoming an ARC, Adrienne also served as an undergraduate RA, Resident Advisor Mentor, and Graduate Resident. On the rare occasion Adrienne is not working on her dissertation, she can be found exploring Durham by bike or snuggling with her rescue pup, Killian Jones. 

Residence Coordinator: Ashley Costantino
Phone: 919-684-5320
Ashley.costantino@duke.edu

Ashley is a Residence Coordinator overseeing Bassett, Brown, Pegram, and Alspaugh. She's a big believer in team building and authentic learning. She is originally from New York and pursued her undergraduate and masters degrees at SUNY schools in Education with a minor in Linguistics, and Higher Education, respectively.  Outside of work, you'll see Ashley walking her pup, Eddy, reading, or practicing yoga.

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Alspaugh and Brown: Alicia Wolverton
Phone: 919-668-1068
alicia.wolverton@duke.edu

Alicia Wolverton (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Residence Coordinator of Wilson and East House. She is currently a graduate student at Duke Divinity School. Alicia graduated with a BA in English from George Fox University and is from Newberg, Oregon. During undergrad, Alicia was a RA for two years and an Assistant Area Coordinator for one year, and this past year she was the Graduate Resident over Wilson. When not in classes, Alicia can often be found exploring the outdoors (hiking, running, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, you name it!), hunkered down in a coffee shop, or finding new breakfast spots in the Triangle area.

Residence Coordinator: Anaija Lapaix
Phone: 919-668-1096
anaija.lapaix@duke.edu

Originally from Miami, Florida, Anaija went to the University of Central Florida to pursue a B.A. in Psychology. Before joining the team, Anaija earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education and Student Personnel also at the University of Central Florida where she worked in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. When not helping students, Anaija enjoys watching movies, going to the beach, and cooking new recipes.

Residence Coordinator: Colin McLaughlin
Phone: 919-684-0484
colin.mclaughlin@duke.edu

Colin McLaughlin serves as the Residence Coordinator for Bell Tower and Trinity on East Campus.  Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Colin received his bachelor's degree in Communication and master's degree in Counselor Education from Saint Vincent College. Colin loves all things Disney, is a big Pittsburgh sports fan, enjoys hanging out with friends and traveling all over the world.

Residence Coordinator: Alex Rosenbery
Phone: 919-684-5320
alexis.rosenbery@duke.edu

Originally from Mahomet, IL, Alex attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and received a B.A. in Criminal Law and Justice, and Political Science with a concentration in Law and Courts, and a minor in Social Justice. After undergrad, Alex attended Clemson University and received a M.Ed in Counselor's Education with a focus in Student Affairs. Alex is passionate about creating safe spaces for students to show up as their most authentic selves, and enjoys hiking, true crime podcasts, and trips to Trader Joe's!

Residence Coordinator: Thomas Studnicky
Fax: 919-682-8453
thomas.studnicky@duke.edu

Thomas Studnicky (he/him/his) is so excited to have this opportunity to serve and get to know students at Duke as a Residence Coordinator. A proud first-generation college graduate, Thomas earned his Masters in Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in Political Science also from Appalachian State. While born in New Jersey, Thomas has lived in the Raleigh/Durham area for most of his life and loves North Carolina. Outside of work, Thomas enjoys sitting at coffeeshops, reading a good book, and spending time with his family.

West Campus

D110, House D, Craven Quad Archway
440 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-684-5486
upperclasscampus@duke.edu

Dani Harmston, Associate Dean for Residence Life, West Campus
Phone: 919-684-5486
dani.harmston@duke.edu

Meghan Flynn, Staff Assistant
919-684-5486
upperclasscampus@duke.edu

Judy Rigsbee, Staff Assistant
919-684-5486
upperclasscampus@duke.edu

Nicole Smith, Staff Assistant
919-684-5486
upperclasscampus@duke.edu

Dani (she/her/hers) manages the overall operation of West Campus including supervision of the residential staff, planning and facilitation of the Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) program, collaboration with our Academic Guides program, and management of facilities and budgets. She has a B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. Originally from Austin, TX, Dani has now happily made her home in North Carolina with her partner and family and is still on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. 

Residence Coordinator: Kerstin (Kas) Bryant
kerstin.bryant@duke.edu

 

Kas Bryant (she/her/hers) serves as the Residence Coordinator of Craven Quad. Kas completed her MFA at the University of Florida in Art and Technology where she developed her passion for student affairs. Kas also completed a post-graduate certificate in International Migration Studies from Georgetown and has a passion for equity and inclusion.

Residence Coordinator: Carson Flynn
carson.flynn@duke.edu

Carson Flynn (He/Him/His) manages the overall operations of Kilgo Quad and supports the operations of Crowell Quad. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota where he spent most of his energy serving as an RA and traveling competing in collegiate disc golf tournaments. He also spent time at Texas Christian University where he received an M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership and developed a love for BBQ cuisine. In his spare time, you'll likely find him at the climbing wall, the nearest food truck, or exploring North Carolina. 

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Crowell Quad (G,BB,CC): Brittany Long
brittany.long@duke.edu

Brittany Long (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Residence Coordinator for Crowell Quad East (G, BB and CC) and is a graduate student at both the Duke Divinity School and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Brittany graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Romance Languages (Spanish). Brittany also currently serves with the US Army reserve. Brittany has a passion for mental health, nutrition, cooking, social justice, and reconciliation work. In her spare time, you will find Brittany walking her dog, at the gym, trying a new recipe or immersed in a book.

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Crowell Quad (H,DD, EE): Katie Distefano
kathryn.distefano@duke.edu

Katie Distefano (she/her/hers) serves as the Assistant Residence Coordinator of Crowell Quad West (H, DD & EE). She is a graduate student at Duke Divinity School and previously served as the Assistant Residence Coordinator of Kilgo Quad and the Graduate Resident of Wannamaker Quad. Katie is from Clayton, NC. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in both Dramatic Art and Linguistics. In her spare time, Katie enjoys all things theatre, including watching plays as well as performing in them. She loves to be with people and will never turn down an opportunity to eat together!

Residence Coordinator: Jordan Buie
jordan.buie@duke.edu

Jordan Buie (she/her/hers) is the Residence Coordinator for Edens Quad. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland she has a B.A in Communication from the University of Maryland: College Park and an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. Jordan loves going for morning walks, working out, traveling to visit family, and reading classic romantic comedy books.

Residence Coordinator: Zari Wilson 
zari.wilson@duke.edu

*Sophomore Class Council Advisor*

Zari Wilson (she/her/her) serves as the Residence Coordinator of Few Quad and the advisor to the Sophomore Class Council. She was raised in Duluth, GA and graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts. Zari has a passion for empowering the next generation and advocating for racial reconciliation. Her experiences include planning award-winning social justice events and women's conferences. She has an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and served as a Graduate Resident for Edens Quad from 2019-2021. In her free time, Zari enjoys pouring into her faith community, going on occasional hikes, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Residence Coordinator: Jessica Sharpe
jessica.sharpe@duke.edu

Jessica (she/her/hers) manages the overall operations of Hollows Quad. She has a B.S. in Social Work from East Carolina University and an M.S. in Counselor Education with a focus in Student Affairs and College Counseling from East Carolina University. Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. 

Residence Coordinator: Jill Solomon
jillian.solomon@duke.edu

Jill Solomon (she/her/hers) serves as the Residence Coordinator over Keohane Quad. Jill completed her undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Delaware where she found her love for Student Affairs and Residence life through serving as an RA and a Graduate Hall Director. Studying Adolescent Youth Development and Advocacy within her graduate program Jill has a passion for social justice, youth advocacy and identity development. In her spare time you will most likely find her playing  softball, cooking or finding the next best place to eat. 

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Wannamaker Quad: Luke Mears
lucas.mears@duke.edu

Lucas Mears (he/him/his) is the Assistant Residence Coordinator for Wannamaker Quad and a graduate student at Duke University's School of Law.  Lucas graduated Boston University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Statistics.  During his time at Boston University, Lucas was heavily involved with Residence Life, serving as a Resident Assistant for Boston University's West Campus for two years, President of BU's West Campus Residence Hall Council, and later as an advisor to the same Residence Hall Council.  Lucas is excited to foster a close and welcoming community in Wannamaker, and in his free time enjoys fantasy football, watching the Patriots, playing soccer, cooking, and traveling.