Residential Life Staff

Important

Please call (413) 572-5402 or email housing@westfield.ma.edu with any questions.

Central Office Staff

Vacant
Director for Residential Life

 

John Zocco, M.Ed
Assistant Director

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. 

June Tanski
Administrative Assistant

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 and their four children, quilting, painting and camping in Maine.

 

Dawn Whitehill, B.A.
Accountant

Dawn has been at Westfield State University since 2001. Dawn is a lifelong resident of Westfield and  an alum of Westfield State University. Dawn handles all of the day-to-day financial operations for both Residential Engagement and Housing Operations. She enjoys the daily interactions with the students and admires the campus community. Dawn is a firm believer that "If you love what you do, you will not work a day in your life!" In her spare time, Dawn is an active member of the Westfield business community

Residential Life Hall Staff


Residence Director of Apartment Complex

 

Sydney Maiden, B.A.
Residence Director of Davis Hall 

Sydney comes to Westfield from sunny (and quite hot) Bakersfield, California. She did her undergraduate work at San Diego State University, receiving her Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Biology, Nutrition, and Africana Studies. Sydney has worked in various roles of Residential Life, most recently serving as the Assistant Residence Director at Elms College.   When she is off the clock, Sydney enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking/baking  and listening to music. She is also an avid basketball fan, so you can always catch her watching a game! 

Vacant
Residence Director of Lammers Hall

 

Izzy Malvezzi, B.A.
Courtney Hall

Izzy is native to the Western Mass area and graduated from Westfield State in 2021 with a B.A. in History with a minor in English. During her time as an undergraduate student she worked as a Tour Guide, Resident Assistant, and worked in the Office of New Student Orientation as both an Orientation Leader and Assistant Office Manager. Outside of her work as a RD, Izzy is working towards her Masters of Library and Information Sciences through the University of Southern Mississippi with a focus on Youth Services. In her down time she enjoys reading, watching true crime documentaries, and anything related to theatre and musicals. Izzy is excited to continue helping students enjoy their time at Westfield State as much as she did!

Bentley Warren, B.A.
University Hall

Bentley comes to Westfield from Alton, New Hampshire, which is located on the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee. Bentley attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics. During his time at Saint Anselm, he became an active member of his community as a Resident Assistant, Assistant to the Deputy Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and the President of the True Equality and Dignity Alliance (Saint Anselm’s gender and sexuality alliance). Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, reading and watching the news, and adventuring in the great outdoors. Ben is also a die-hard STAR WARS fan, so you’ll probably see him sporting his favorite “Baby Yoda” mask around campus!