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Residential Life Staff

Residential Life Entrance

Central Office Staff

Dr. Jon Conlogue
Executive Director of Residential Services and Campus Life

Telephone: (413) 572-5572 ; Email:

Dr. Jon Conlogue
Dr. Jon Conlogue

Jon has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut; where he was began his residential life career as an R.A. He then served as a Graduate Assistant at Fairfield University in Connecticut while getting his Master of Arts in Communications. Following three years at Ohio University as a residence hall Area Director and Assistant Coordinator, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh as Assistant Director of Residential Life. While there, he worked with the University’s Staff Association Council as Affirmative Action Chair and Vice President, served on the committee to select a new Chancellor, and earned his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration.

Jon has been at Westfield State since 1993, currently serving as the Executive Director for Residential Services and Campus Life. In this position, he manages a $20 million budget, supervises the department’s central office staff, and oversees housing, residence education, food services and new student orientation. He is also involved with campus enrollment management efforts and campus dining and residence hall capital projects. Jon has been involved with NEACUHO since 1994, chairing many committees and serving as Treasurer and the organization’s 51st President. Jon also enjoys teaching Communication Department courses in his “spare time.”

A native Mainer, Jon has been married since 1984 to Donna. They have three children (Thomas, 24; Emily, 20; and Garrett, 16) and a scheming border collie named Jet. They currently live in Springfield, MA.

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

Telephone: (413) 572-8120 ; Email:

Jen Gould
Jennifer 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 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.


June Tanski
Administrative Assistant

Telephone: (413) 572-8120 ; Email:

June Tanski
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 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

Allison Gagne, M.Ed.
Area Coordinator of Apartment Complex / Interim Residence Dore

Telephone: (413) 572-5453 ; Email:

Allison Gagne
Allison Gagne


Allison is in her 6th year as a Residence Director at Westfield State University, and her fourth year in University Hall. She is excited to continue building a strong sense of community in the campus’ newest residence hall. Allison received her B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Rivier College in NH, and then moved to Houston, TX where she spent three years volunteering at a foster care agency. Just prior to her time at WSU, Allison served as an Assistant Residence Director and earned her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Allison is an avid Red Sox fan and loves baking and decorating cakes.

Jamie D'Amaral, B.A
Area Coordinator of New Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-8470 ; Email:

Jamie D'Amaral
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 & Lammers Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-8373 ; Email:

John Zocco
John Zocco


John is in his 6th year as a Residence Director at Westfield State University and his second as the Housing Coordinator. He is excited to keep working in the downtown community and to find ways to connect the surrounding community and residents. 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


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 and has a small, sweet dachshund mix named Daisy.  

Ryan Begin, B.A.
Residence Director of Davis Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5503 ; Email:

Ryan Begin
Ryan Begin


Ryan began working at Westfield State University in 2015. He grew up in Naugatuck, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University. Ryan worked at Saint Anselm College in 2014 as a Residence Director before making the move to Westfield State. Throughout his college career Ryan was an RA for five semesters and was very involved in Residence Life. He enjoys the watching baseball, especially the New York Yankees, he is very committed to the New England lifestyle taking advantage of all the season especially biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.  

Katie Wahls, M.A.
Residence Director of Dickinson Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5518 ; Email:

Katie Wahls
Katie Wahls


Katie began working with Westfield State University in 2015. Although originally from Rochester New York, Katie spent the her time as a student in Central Pennsylvania. She attended Bucknell University as a Track and Field student athlete, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics with minors in Spanish and education. Throughout her undergraduate education, she served as an RA and worked in housing services. Katie then attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania to complete the Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education degree in 2015. During that time, Katie held the Assistant Residence Life Coordinator position at The Pennsylvania State University Altoona Campus.  Katie loves taking time to read, bake, and watch hockey. She looks forward to camping, fishing, and exploring the outdoors in the Westfield area. 

Carlos Taveras
Assistant Residence Director of Lammers Hall

Telephone: (413) 572-5533; Email:


Michael Brett, B.A
Assistant Residence Director of Lansdowne Place

Telephone: (413) 875-5943; Email:

Mike Brett
Michael Brett


Originally from Hanson, MA, Mike came to Westfield State University in 2011 to begin his undergraduate career. During that time, he worked as a Resident Assistant for three years and an Orientation Leader for two. In May 2015, he graduated from Westfield with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic and Gender Studies and Communication with a concentration in Communication and Culture. Mike has worked at Berklee College of Music as a Summer Program Assistant Residence Director for the summer programs that stay in the residence halls. From 2015-2017, he was the Special Projects Manager for Staff Development where he coordinated staff trainings and selection processes. The 2017/2018 academic year will be his first in Lansdowne.

When not working, Mike enjoys going hiking, trying new restaurants, gaming, working out, and catching up on his Netflix queue!