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About the HRL Team

Home Living Housing HRL Team

Our Team Members

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.

HRL collaborates 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. You can view the interactive map here.

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 - First-Year

Residence Life - East Campus Housing Office
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
Phone: 919-684-5320
brandin.howard@duke.edu

DeAngelo Hopkins, Staff Assistant
Phone: 919-684-5320
deangelo.hopkins@duke.edu

Sherina Dunn, Staff Assistant
Phone: 919-684-5320
sherina.dunn@duke.edu

Meghan Flynn, Administrative Assistant for Deb LoBiondo and Ali Harrison
Phone: 919-684 1792
meghan.flynn@duke.edu

Swift & West Campuses - Upperclass

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

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

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

Mark Benzick, Staff Assistant
Phone: 919-613-3787
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: Paige Pennebaker
paige.pennebaker@duke.edu

 

Paige was raised in Eden, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature where the RA role led Paige to fall in love with Student Affairs. With an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration, Paige approaches student affairs and higher education with a passionate blend of advocacy, identity development, and community formation through a folkloric lens. In Paige's free time, you'll often find that crafting, reading, or exploring the surrounding area.

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): Laura Duffany
lxd2@duke.edu

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Crowell Quad (H,DD, EE): Leah Benn Miller
leah.benn@duke.edu

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: Brianna Small (she/her)
brianna.e.small@duke.edu

Brianna "Bri" Small (she/her/hers) serves as the Residence Coordinator for the Hollows. Originally from Maryland but having grown up in North Carolina, Brianna attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree where she pursued a B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Environmental Studies (Sustainability Track) with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Upon graduation, Brianna worked for two years at Hillside High School as a College Advisor through the Carolina College Advising Corps (CCAC). After her Americorps service term as an advisor, she traveled to Colorado to attend Colorado State University in order to pursue her Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Impact of the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profit) and a concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. Outside of work, Brianna enjoys most true (or fictional) crime shows, dancing, laughing with friends, or being near water.

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.

Residence Coordinator: Thomas Studnicky (he/him)
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.

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: Brian Fox (he/him)
Phone: 919-684-5320
brian.fox@duke.edu

Brian (He/Him) is a Residence Coordinator overseeing Bassett, Brown, Pegram, and Alspaugh. Brian was born and raised in Lenoir, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He has an undergraduate degree in English Education from NC State University, and an M. Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs from Western Carolina University. Outside of work, he enjoys horror movies/literature, writing music, and powerlifting.

Assistant Residence Coordinator, Bassett and Pegram: Kayla Wood
Phone: 919-668-1068
kayla.wood@duke.edu.

Residence Coordinator: Anaija Lapaix (she/her)
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: Thea Scott (she/her)
thea.scott@duke.edu

Thea Scott  (She/Her/Hers) serves as the new Residence Coordinator for Bell Tower & Trinity. Holding a Master's in Education from the University of West Florida, Thea is embarking on a new adventure actively seeking fresh opportunities for personal and professional growth. Firm in her belief that Duke University is the optimal setting to lead and guide her towards achieving her career objectives, Thea is enthusiastic about her role in Housing and Residence Life. Thea derives immense satisfaction from working with students, finding joy in assisting them as they uncover their needs and unleashing their potential in a holistic manner. With a passion for education and a commitment to fostering student success, she is eager to contribute her expertise and make a meaningful impact in the dynamic realm of Housing and Residence Life at Duke.

Residence Coordinator: Dane Wagner (he/him)
Phone: 919-613-1529
dane.wagner@duke.edu

Dane Wagner (He/Him) is Residence Coordinator overseeing the Gilbert-Addoms and Southgate communities. He spent most of his life in North Carolina and earned a BS in Health Communication and a BA in Spanish from Western Carolina University, as well as a MA in Spanish from NC State University. A project that he is particularly proud of is his research that he conducted surrounding inclusive language in Spanish for his graduate studies. Dane loves video games, particularly Nintendo games, enjoys Marvel content, and is a big fan of martial arts.

Assistant Residence Coordinator, East House & Epworth: Jade Marcum
jade.marcum@duke.edu

Residence Coordinator: Adam Coshal (they/them) (he/him)
Phone: 919-684-5320
adam.coshal@duke.edu

Born and raised in the northeast, Adam Coshal (pronouns: They / them & He / him) serves as the Residence Coordinator for First-Year Programming. They supervise three residence halls (Giles, Wilson, and West House), the late-night weekend programming series Devils After Dark, and co-advise the East Campus Council with Associate Dean Brandin Howard. Adam earned their B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and they earned their M.S. from Syracuse University in Higher Postsecondary Education with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Intercollegiate Athletics Advising and Support. In their spare time, Adam loves their house plants, papercrafts, a good coffee shop, thrifting, and/or a cute book.

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: Dane Wagner (he/him)
Phone: 919-613-1529
dane.wagner@duke.edu

Dane Wagner (He/Him) is Residence Coordinator overseeing the Gilbert-Addoms and Southgate communities. He spent most of his life in North Carolina and earned a BS in Health Communication and a BA in Spanish from Western Carolina University, as well as a MA in Spanish from NC State University. A project that he is particularly proud of is his research that he conducted surrounding inclusive language in Spanish for his graduate studies. Dane loves video games, particularly Nintendo games, enjoys Marvel content, and is a big fan of martial arts.

Housing Assignments

300 Swift Ave
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-684-4304
housing@duke.edu

MJ Williams, Director
Phone: 919-684-4304
mj.williams@duke.edu

Krista Jones, Associate Director
Phone: 919-684-4304
krista.jones@duke.edu

Emily Thomas, Business Systems Analyst
Phone: 919-684-4304
s.emily.thomas@duke.edu

Nicole R. Mitchell, Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-684-4304
nicole.r.mitchell@duke.edu

Sherri McBurrows, Staff Specialist
Phone: 919-684-4304
sherri.mcburrows@duke.edu

MJ (she/her/hers) provides leadership, management, and direction for Housing Assignments and the planning function of Housing and Residence Life (HRL).  MJ has a BA in sociology and a BS in psychology for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.Ed. in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina, and a MBA from Averett University. Originally from rural Pennsylvania, MJ and her partner, Brian, who also works at Duke, have called Durham home for 15+ years. Surrounded by two beagles and two cats, MJ enjoys reading, gardening, fishing, and outdoor activities.

Krista (she/her/hers) oversees the Housing Assignments front line communications and manages the larger assignment processes including first year assignments and the upperclass application and room selection processes. Krista received a BS in Psychology from Western Illinois University and a MBA from Southern Oregon University. Krista enjoys hiking, gardening, camping and cooking with her daughter.

Nicole (she/her/hers) develops the written and digital Housing Assignments communications and assists with smaller assignment processes including summer housing and early arrival assignments. Nicole received a BA in Communication Studies from UNC Charlotte and came to Duke from being an elementary school teacher. Nicole enjoys reading, food adventures, and all things Disney!