Central Office Staff
Chris McKenzie Willenbrock. M.S.
Director for Residential Life
Chris McKenzie Willenbrock (She, her, hers) received a B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and her M.S. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Memphis. Chris began her career in higher education over 20 years ago and has worked in a variety of positions within student affairs and human resources. Throughout her career, Chris has had the pleasure of working at Rhodes College, UMass Amherst, Colorado State University, Western New England University, and most recently Westfield State University, where she currently serves as the Director of Residential Life.
John Zocco, M.Ed
Associate Director of Residential Life
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 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.
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
Sydney Maiden, M.S.
Area Coordinator of Apartment Complex/Dickinson Hall
Sydney comes to Westfield from sunny (and quite hot) 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 and recently recieved her masters in Biomedical Sciences. 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 and sneaker fan, so you can always catch her watching a game!
Area Coordinator of Davis Hall
Mark Mankus B.A.
Area Coordinator of University Hall
Mark graduated from Westfield State in 2018 majoring in Special Education. Mark also had the great opportunity to work for the Student Conduct Office at Westfield State. He was an active member during his undergrad time and served on various committees. He was elected President of University Hall and held a seat in Student Government. Mark grew up outside of Boston for most of his life and is originally from the Philippines. Before coming back to Westfield, he worked as a retail manager for a decade and oversaw many locations in Massachusetts. He also worked for an early college and held a duel role of Community Director and oversaw Student Conduct. In his free time, Mark enjoys traveling to South America during the winter and also enjoys going on road trips when he is able to.
Assistant Residence Director of Courtney Hall
Victor graduated from Westfield State University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. He comes to Westfield from a very busy and diverse City, Queens NY. Victor’s roots originate from Puerto Rico and Peru and is extremely passionate in spreading his cultures. He is devoted to learning and educating the larger community on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. In his free time, Victor enjoys sharing his cultural dishes and music with his family and friends, appreciates the arts, and thoroughly enjoys building rapport and seeing the outcomes from those connections.
Assistant Residence Director of New Hall
Sam graduated from Westfield State in 2021 double-majoring in Music and Political Science. During his time here, Sam played an active role in shaping the campus community. His senior year, he was elected President of the Student Government Association. As a Massachusetts native, Sam is moving back to Westfield from Taunton, MA. Before returning to the nest, Sam became a published research assistant with the EOS Foundation, in addition to working with one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. In his free time, Sam loves to longboard, sing, play video games, and is a professional pool player.