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Residential Life Staff

Residential Life Entrance

Central Office Staff

Executive Director of Residential Services and Campus Life

Telephone: (413) 572-5572 ; Email:



Jennifer Gould, M.B.A.
Associate Director of Residential Life

Telephone: (413) 572-8120 ; Email:

Jen Gould












Jen is the Associate Director of Residential Life at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA. Jen has been at WSU since 2005 when she started as a Residence Director.  In her current roll, she supervises the Residence Director staff, coordinates all student staff and professional staff selection, training and evaluation processes and works on a slew of other Departmental projects and initiatives.

Jen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, then was hired on as a Graduate Assistant at Salem State University where she held the positions of Community Development Specialist and Assistant Resident Director while earning the degree of Master of Business Administration.

Joshua Hettrick, Ed.D.
Associate Director for Housing

Telephone: (413) 572-5649 ; Email:

Dr. Joshua Hettrick












Joshua joined Westfield State as the Assistant Director for Housing in July 2008 and is now the Associate Director for Housing. Prior to his current role, Joshua was at Springfield College as the Assistant Director of Residence Life for four years. He initially arrived at Springfield College in 2002 where he served as a Resident Director for two years while he earned his Master of Psychology degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. He began his career in residence life while a student at Stonehill College where he served as a resident assistant for three years and earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication and Computer Information Systems. Joshua completed his doctoral degree program at Johnson & Wales University in May 2012.

When he is not at work, Joshua enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife Sabrina, their 7 year-old son Aidan, and their 3 year-old daughter Kaylee.  His favorite activities include bowling, golf, video games, wearing the color orange, and not working on his dissertation anymore.

Ryan Begin, M.P.A

Residence Education Coordinator

Telephone: (413) 572-8373; Email:

Ryan began working at Westfield State University in 2015. Ryan graduated from Central Connecticut State Univerisity and majored in Economics in 2014. He worked as a Residence Director at Saint Anselm College for a year before coming to Westfield. Ryan was the Residence Director of Davis Hall for three years before transitioning into his new position as Residence Education Coordinator. Ryan has also recently graduated with his masters in Public Administration in May of 2018. 


Kevin Brenzel

Housing Assignments Coordinator

Telephone: (413) 572-8177; Email:

Kevin recently joined the residential life team in June 2018 as the Housing Assignments Coordinator.  Prior to arriving to Westfield State, he was a Resident Director at Western Connecticut State University.  He was also an Area Coordinator at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction Colorado and a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Cortland.  Kevin earned his bachelors in Health Science from SUNY Cortland and a Masters in Applied Psychology in Higher Education and Student Personnel Administration from William James College formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Kevin was born and raised in New York.  When not working Kevin enjoys traveling and watching sports.  He’s been to England, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany and Canada. 

June Tanski
Administrative Assistant

Telephone: (413) 572-5402 ; Email:

June Tanski







June came to Westfield State University in the fall of 2012 from Gateway Regional High School/ School Based Health Center, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant/ Office Manager.  June enjoys meeting and help the students, families, and staff here at Westfield State.  Each day brings a new and welcoming challenge.  When not at work, June enjoys spending time with her husband of 29 years and their four children, quilting, painting and camping in Maine.

Dawn Whitehill, B.A.

Telephone: (413) 572-5663 ; Email:

Dawn Whitehill








Dawn has been with Residential Life for ten years and handles the day to day financial operations for the department. She enjoys the interaction with students on a daily basis and takes pride in her work and admires the campus community. She believes that “If you love what you do, you will not work a day in your life!"

Residential Life Staff

Jamie D'Amaral, B.A

Area Coordinator of New Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-8470 ; Email:

Jamie D'Amaral











This is Jamie’s fourth year at Westfield State University where he is currently serving the role of Area Coordinator. Jamie started at Westfield State University as a Residence Director in Scanlon Hall. Prior to coming to Westfield State, Jamie was an Assistant Residence Director at Endicott College. Before moving into the field of Student Affairs, Jamie worked in the mental health field, specifically with at risk youth. Jamie was born in Somerville Massachusetts but grew up in Phoenix Arizona. He is a graduate of Endicott College where he studied Psychology with a consummate interest in social psychology. When not working, Jamie enjoys traveling, especially internationally. Jamie has backpacked Europe three times and has been to over fifteen countries. He also enjoys all things outdoors such as hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking, snowboarding, and golfing. 


John Zocco, M.Ed
Area Coordinator of University Hall

Telephone: (413) 579-3275 ; Email:

John Zocco











John started as a Residence Director at Westfield State University in 2011 and was promoted to Area Coordinator in 2017. John comes to Westfield after spending three years as an Area Coordinator at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME.

John earned his Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration from Springfield College where he worked in the Residence Life Office at Springfield College. Before Springfield College he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Marketing from Assumption College. In his free time John enjoys working with and learning about new technology and his photography hobby. He also serves as a Leadership Instructor for the Student Leadership Training Program.

Nick Cream, M.A.
Residence Director of Courtney Hall 

Telephone: (413) 572-5589 ; Email:

Nicholas Cream












Nicholas Cream was born and raised in Princeton Junction, NJ.  He attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY graduating with a double major in History and Philosophy.  Upon graduation Nicholas moved to Japan where he taught English and skiing and lived for a total of a year and a half.  After returning to the US, he moved to Cambridge, MA and worked for Education First (EF).  From EF, Nick attended graduate school at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT.  At SIT, Nick studied Sustainable Development with a Concentration in Community Development and Social Action.  He completed his practicum at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC working in their Multicultural Education Department.  He then moved back to Massachusetts and took a job split between Residential Life and the Multicultural Resource Center at Amherst College.  He loves hiking, reading, skiing, great conversations and fighting against systems of oppression.  Poetry is very inspirational to Nicholas, and he has started writing over the past 3 years.  He is very passionate about social justice issues especially understanding and dismantling white privilege (this was largely the topic of his research in graduate school).  He loves dogs 

Imani Bryant

Residence Director of Scanlon Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5547; Email:

Imani Bryant has rejoined the Residence Life Team the summer of 2018. She was a graduate from Westfield State University in 2017, in which she had majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Post graduation she had served one year as a Residence Director at American International College. At her time, at AIC, she had taught three educational courses and created/hosted programs on topics such as Diversity and Social Equity. She is super excited to be back Home. Go Owls! Aside from work, Imani is a Poet. She has been writing for almost eleven years. In addition to poetry, Imani loves to be surrounded by great company in which she can Smile in Style.


Residence Director of Apartment Complex / Dickinson Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5453 ; Email: 

Hanna Christ

Assistant Residence Director of Lammers Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5533 ; Email:

Hanna recently graduated from Westfield State University in May 2018 with her B.A. in Art with a minor in Psychology. Throughout her undergrad, Hanna became passionate about higher education and becoming a resource and advocate for students. She was incredibly involved in student leadership, serving on the Student Government Association and various music, theatre, and activities executive boards, as well as working for New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader and Student Coordinator. She is thrilled to be back home at Westfield State to help to continue developing a positive, diverse, and inclusive campus community!

In her free time, Hanna enjoys drawing, painting, and practicing calligraphy. She loves reading, playing her guitar Vera, singing entire musicals in the car, and continuing to educate herself on matters of feminism and social justice.

Orion O'Neill
Assistant Residence Director of Davis Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5503; Email:

Orion started at Westfield State University in 2018. Prior to arriving at Westfield State University, Orion was an Assistant Resident Director at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Orion received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was born and raised near San Francisco, California. Orion spent two years as a Resident Assistant while simultaneously working for UCSB’s Orientation Programs & Parent Services. When not working, Orion enjoys learning productivity hacks, reading, writing, and learning new skills.

Amity Leary, B.A
Assistant Residence Director of Lansdowne Place

Telephone: (413) 875-5943; Email:

Amity graduated from Westfield State University in 2017 with her B.A. in Theater Arts with a concentration in Design/Technology. Before she transitioned into the ARD position, she worked within Residential Life as Special Projects Manager for Residence Education. During her time at Westfield State as a student, Amity worked as a tour guide, resident assistant, and Orientation office assistant, in addition to working on over a dozen student and academic theatre productions.

Outside of Residence Life, Amity also works on campus as the Assistant Coordinator of New Student Orientation in Ely Campus Center. At home, she likes talking with her houseplants, watching as many shows, movies, and plays as she can, practicing her baking skills, and visiting friends and family all over the country!