Meet the Staff in FYRE

There are a number of staff in FYRE who are available to answer your questions, assist you with navigating college resources, and to help provide an enjoyable first-year experience.

Assistant Director for Residential Education
The Assistant Director for Residential Education is a full-time staff member who works in the Residential Life Central Office (East Tower) and provides leadership for the entire FYRE Program.

Resident Assistants (RAs)
You will find an RA on every floor/wing in the FYRE Program.  RAs are returning student leaders who are available to answer your questions and point you in the direction of important campus resources.  RAs sponsor a variety of social activities to help promote a strong community.

Residence Director (RD)
The RD is a full-time professional staff member who lives in the residence halls and supervises the RA staff team. The RD is a resource who is available for your questions and personal/academic support.

FYRE Associate
FYRE Associates are Ithaca College Faculty or Staff members who are selected to work with students as part of the First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE).  FYRE Associates are responsible for a cohort of first-year students based on Residence Hall cluster and theme; there are 50 FYRE Associates working with first-year students living in FYRE buildings this academic year.

As part of the Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC), there are six ICC themes that a FYRE Associate might lead: (1) Identities (TIDE); (2) Inquiry, Imagination, & Innovation (TIII); (3) Mind, Body, Spirit (TMBS); (4) Quest for a Sustainable Future (TQSF); (5) A World of Systems (TWOS); and, (6) Power and Justice (TPJ).  Each FYRE Associate works within these themes to plan at least six programs a year and hosts learning opportunities within the Residence Halls for students in their group.  FYRE Associates are integral players to FYRE’s Academic Connections program; they provide complimentary learning to the theme exploration that occurs in a student’s Ithaca Seminar class.
Here is a list of this year's FYRE Associates:

2nd & 3rd Floors -- Lis Chabot,
4th & 5th Floors -- Sarah Grunberg,
6th & 7th Floors -- Laura Campbell,
8th & 9th Floors -- Sam Stafford,
10th & 11th Floors -- Jessye Cohen-Filipic,
12th & 13th Floors -- Leslie D'Arcy,

2nd & 3rd Floors -- Andrew Kosinuk,
4th & 5th Floors -- Derek Adams,
10th & 11th Floors -- Valerie Foster Githinji,
12th & 13th Floors -- Ron Trunzo,

Boothroyd 1st Floor -- Paula Perna,
Boothroyd 2nd Floor -- Theresa Radley,
Rowland Basement -- Sean Reilley,
Tallcott 1st Floor -- Maura Donovan,
Tallcott 2nd Floor -- Brendan Murday,
Tallcott 3rd Floor -- Annette Levine,

Hood 1st Floor -- Brad Buchanan,
Hood 2nd Floor -- Claudia Ayers,
Hood 3rd Floor -- Te-Wen Lo,
Hilliard 1st Floor -- Sarah DiNardo,
Hilliard 2nd Floor -- Dawn Kline,
Hilliard 3rd Floor -- Jennifer Muller,
Holmes 1st Floor -- Sybil Conrad,
Holmes 2nd Floor -- Evgenia Ilieva,
Holmes 3rd Floor -- Deb King,

Landon Basement -- Dave Prunty,
Landon 1st Floor -- John Fracchia,
Landon 2nd Floor -- Dave Gondek,
Bogart Basement & 1st Floor -- Radio Cremata,
Bogart 2nd Floor -- Brian Delaney,
Bogart 3rd Floor -- Ryan DeLany,
Clarke 1st Floor -- Lynne Pierce,
Clarke 2nd Floor -- Randy DeVett-McKeon,
Clarke 3rd Floor -- Tatiana Patrone,

Eastman 1st Floor -- Emily Hess,
Eastman 2nd Floor -- Ozge Girit Heck,
Eastman 3rd Floor -- Nancy Menning,
Lyon 1st Floor -- Bob Sullivan,
Lyon 2nd Floor -- Christopher House,
Lyon 3rd Floor -- Michael Smith,

Terrace 1, 3rd Floor -- Rachel Kaufman,
TBD -- Leah Richards,

If you are interested in becoming a FYRE Associate, are a first-year student with questions about your FYRE Associate, or have other questions about this topic, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Robilotta, Assistant Director for Residential Education, at

If you have more questions about the First-Year Residential Experience program, you may contact us at, or through one of the following staff members.  You may reach our office at 607-274-3141.