Residence Life & Housing Staff

All residence halls have student and/or full-time staff members living in them. Staff members are responsible for helping establish and maintain an environment which is supportive of the academic mission of the college and which encourages the development of all students.

What is an Assistant Director (AD)? 

Assistant Directors are full-time professional, live-in staff members responsible for the overall operation of the residence halls. They have graduate degrees in student development or a related field and have had previous experience working with college students and student groups. 

What is a Resident Advisor (RA)?

A Resident Advisor is an undergraduate student serving on the residence life staff who is responsible for a number of residents. The RA assists in the social, educational, cultural, and community development of students on the floor and in the residence hall. The RA serves as a resource for campus services, community builders, programmers, and administrators and helps promote our mission to provide students with safe and comfortable living environment. The RA spends a significant amount of time getting to know residents as individuals and generating enthusiasm in bringing students together to create floor and hall communities.

What is a Head Resident Advisor (HRA)?

A Head Resident Advisor does everything a RA does; but has additional responsibilities like advising Neighborhood Council and assisting the ADs in all their work. 

What is an Apartment Manager (AM)?

The apartment manager (AM) assists in social, educational, cultural development of students living in one of the apartment complex. An Apartment Manager (AM) is an undergraduate staff member who is directly responsible for the operation of the apartment complexes in regard to room inventories, damages, roster reconciliation and physical plant/housekeeping needs.

What is a Greek Resident Manager (GRM)?

The GRM assists in social, educational, cultural development of greek students. A Greek Resident Manager (GRM) is an undergraduate staff member who is directly responsible for the operation of the fraternity and sorority areas in regard to room inventories, damages, roster reconciliation and physical plant/housekeeping needs.

Meet the Professional Staff

Mr. Jimmy R. Whited
Director of Residence Life & Housing

Ms. Katie Musar
Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing

This position oversees Elizabeth Campus which is comprised of Elizabeth Hall, Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Lambda Phi, and Sigma Chi. Katie joins us after spending 8 years at James Madison University as Assistant Director for University Housing. 

Growing up in Baltimore, Katie left the land of steamed crabs to attend college in New Jersey at Rider University.  After 5 years in the pharmaceutical industry that took her to San Diego, Katie returned to Rider to earn a Master of Arts in Community Counseling.  While in graduate school, Katie was a Hall Director and discovered that she really loved working with college students.   After graduation, Katie had the chance to see the country while working as Hall Director at the University of Washington in Seattle, the New School in New York City, and Stony Brook University on Long Island.   

Katie is a huge animal lover and is looking forward to getting involved with local rescue organizations.  While she self identifies as a cat person, she will stop to pet any dog that crosses her path.  Katie is happiest when she is at concerts of her favorite bands like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters.   Katie loves to read, and her motto in life is "always carry reading material."   When she's not with a book, she may be listening to a podcast or watching a documentary on Netflix.  One of the best things about working at a college is that people are always learning; and according to Katie, she still has a lot left to learn! .

Ms. Dalny Ruel
Assistant Director

Dalny oversees the Southside Neighborhood consisting of Bartlett, Smith, Crawford, Chalmers, and Marion Halls. Before joining the team at Roanoke, Dalny earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies at Florida International University where she was a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, Sorority member, and Cross Country runner. After graduation, Dalny obtained her Master's degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi while holding a Graduate Assistantship as a Graduate Community Director for Student Housing. Her hobbies include running obstacle course races, traveling, playing the ukelele, and meeting new people. Dalny was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is excited to be working at Roanoke College!

Ms. Rachael Clark
Assistant Director

Rachael oversees the Westside Neighborhood consisting of the Wortmann Complex (Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, and Tabor), Chesapeake, Catawba, and the Afton Apartments. Prior to joining us at Roanoke, Rachael earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Flagler College in Florida and Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Indiana while holding a Graduate Assistantship in Student Center Programs. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys kayaking, visiting state parks, traveling, playing video games, and watching sports games. Rachael was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, but was raised in Jacksonville, Florida.

Mrs. Hannah Phillips
Assistant Director

Hannah oversees the Northside Neighborhood consisting of the CAR Complex (Caldwell, Allegheny, Ritter), New Hall, and Sections (Wells, Yonce, Fox). Hannah joins Roanoke from Lynchburg College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History while playing college field hockey and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Emphasis) while holding a Graduate Assistantship as a Hall Director in Residence Life and Housing. Her hobbies and passions include coaching field hockey and playing video games.  Hannah was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in a military family.

Mrs. Amanda Beard
Coordinator of Residence Life & Housing

Amanda oversees the front desk at the Residence Life & Housing Office and joins the team from Radford University.