Designing Sustainable Communities for Living and Learning

Meet the University Housing Staff - Residence Life

Thurmond BellThurmond Bell
Administrative Assistant, Leadership and Staff Development
Residence Life

Thurmond was born and raised in Springfield, SC.  It’s a small town in middle of everything but close to nothing in Orangeburg County.  He attended South Carolina State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Sciences/Business. He is a graduate of class 2000. 

He began his career with the University of South Carolina in June 2001 with the Department of School of Medicine.  In April 2005, he made the decision to take on his next challenge and become a member of the Housing family.  He serves as the Office Manager and the Purchasing Coordinator for Resident Student Learning.  Currently, he is pursuing his master’s in Human Resources.  During his down time, he enjoys playing spades and watching sports.  He must admit that he is also beginning to enjoy reality tv shows as well.

No Photo AvailableJoslyn Brown
Residence Life Coordinator, Bates House
Residence Life

Daniel ColascioneDaniel Colascione
Residence Life Coordinator, South Tower
Residence Life

Dan joined the Residence Life professional staff in July 2012. Dan supervises South Tower which is comprised of 17 undergraduate staff members and over 400 residents. Dan received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. While at Sacred Heart, he worked with Residence Life for three years as a Resident Assistant and Office Assistant. In May 2012, Dan received his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership specializing in Higher Education from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. During his two year tenure at Lynchburg College, Dan worked as the Hall Director of Tate Hall, where he managed the day-to-day activities of a residence hall comprised of 350 first-year students. In between Dan’s two years at Lynchburg College, he completed an internship at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, working with conference services.

Dan’s professional interests include housing, campus wide programming, Greek life and Living Learning Community initiatives. His personal interests include exploring the wilderness, playing golf, watching baseball and playing with dogs.

Samantha DaughtrySamantha Daughtry
Residence Life Coordinator, East Quad
Residence Life

No Photo AvailableGay DeBarbieris
Associate Director
Residence Life

Gay came to the University in August 2000 as the Assistant Director for Residence Life in  South Campus.  After several years in that position she was promoted to her current position.  As the Associate Director she works closely with all areas of residence life; including the writing and implementing standard operating procedures and management of Family and Graduate Housing.  Other areas of responsibility include staff selection and training for all levels of staff and overseeing the Residence Hall Student Association.  In addition she represents University Housing on a number of University Committees including: The Behavioral Intervention Team; The Division of Student Affairs and The Department of Academic Support Professional Development and the Graduate Assistant Recruitment Process.

She earned her bachelor degree from Loyola University, her Master’s degree from the University of Florida and has over 20+ years experience in Student Affairs.  She lives in Cayce with her husband Jay.

Sherrigan FeasterSherrigan Feaster
Assistant Director, Central Campus
Residence Life

Sherrigan Feaster has served the students of the University of South Carolina and University Housing for over six years. During this time, she has served as a Resident Advisor, Residence Life Coordinator and most recently Assistant Director for Residence Life.
Currently serving as an Assistant Director for Residence Life, Ms. Feaster is responsible for the leadership and supervision of area professional staff, graduate staff, budgets, facilities management and area offices, along with the alignment of all programs and services for the Central Campus area of University Housing. As the Assistant Director for Central Campus, she serves 1,800 students in six primarily first year residence halls.

Ms. Feaster has instructed freshman seminar courses for two years and has taught an Educational Leadership course to first year resident mentors for three years.

Professionally, Ms. Feaster has dedicated her time to working with first generation college students and finding successful strategies geared toward the development of these students. In addition, she currently serves as an “I. AM” mentor for African American students at the University of South Carolina, as well as an advisor for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Ms. Feaster has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. She earned a Master’s Degree in College Counseling and Student Development from Radford University.

Fran GarrisFran Garris
Administrative Assistant, South Campus
Residence Life

Anne-Marie HantmanAnne-Marie Hantman
Residence Life Coordinator, Honors Residence
Residence Life

Leena HoltLeena Holt
Assistant Director, South Campus
Residence Life

Amy KautzAmy Kautz
Assistant Director, Leadership and Staff Development
Residence Life

Amy Kautz has served students of the University of South Carolina and University Housing since Fall 2004. During this time, Ms. Kautz has supervised staff members in LaBorde and Douglas Halls (2004-2006) and Columbia Hall (2006 to 2007). As the Coordinator of Selection and Staff Development (2007 to 2010)and as the Assistant Director of Leadership and Staff Development (2010 to present), Ms. Kautz is responsible for coordinating training for graduate and undergraduate staff within Residence Life, Selection process for Resident Mentors and advises executive officers in the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), as well as managing the Resource Room. Each fall semester she teaches a section of University 101, a freshman seminar course and coordinates and teaches the residence life student staff class for new staff members.
Ms. Kautz received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minored in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She earned her Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia in Athens. While attending UGA she worked as a graduate student at The Georgia Institute of Technology in Greek Affairs.

Ms. Kautz was the 2007 President of the South Carolina Housing Officers Association (SCHOA) and served as a member of the Awards and Recognition Committee for the South Eastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) from 2005-2007. Published in August 2010, Amy is a contributing author to Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students: Facilitation and Activity Guide by Marcy L. Shankman, Scott J. Allen, ISBN: 978-0-470-61575-1

Ashley LemmonsAshley Lemmons
Assistant Director, North Campus
Residence Life

Ashley joined the USC team as Assistant Director of North Campus in July 2010. In this role, she provides vision and direction for student learning in the North area of campus which encompasses Capstone, Columbia Hall, the Historic Horseshoe, the International House at Maxcy College and Preston Residential College. Each of these remarkable buildings house multiple living and learning communities which seek to provide a seamless integration of the academic and residential environments. Communities in the North area include Capstone Scholars, Common Courses, Healthy Carolina Wellness Community, the International House including both the French and Spanish Houses, the Moore School of Business Experience, Music, Psychology and Service-Learning and Preston Residential College.

Ashley received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shorter College and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. After graduating from Auburn, she worked in Residence Life at the University of Georgia, as well as the University of Miami.

Ashley's professional interests include leadership development, spiritual growth, servant leadership, staff training and development and outdoor recreation. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Sonny, their 3-year-old son, Malakai and their dog, Maggie. They enjoy visiting local coffee shops, playing at the park, spending time with family and friends and talking about and doing stuff that matters. She encourages you to stop by the North Campus Office in Pinckney/Legare to say hello!

Chris LewandowskiChris Lewandowski
Residence Life Coordinator, Columbia Hall
Residence Life

Chris joined the USC team in June 2012 as the Residence Life Coordinator for Columbia Hall. In this role Chris supervises the Resident Mentors, Desk Assistants and Gym Assistants within Columbia Hall and serves as a leader of the leaders within the building. Columbia Hall is a remarkable building which houses four distinct Living and Learning Communities: The Moore Experience – a Business Community for First-Year Students, the Healthy Carolina Wellness Community, the Psychology and Service-Learning Community and multiple floors of Common Courses communities. Each of these communities bring a vibrancy to the building as a whole and help create new experiences for each of the residents of Columbia Hall.

Chris began his collegiate career at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and eventually transferred to John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Boler School of Business. Chris then left for SEC country where he earned his Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration while working as a Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director at the University of Mississippi, or as you may know it, Ole Miss.

Chris’s professional interests include leadership development, career and academic counseling, sexual assault prevention and education through quality interactions. When he is not working, Chris enjoys collegiate sports and is proud to have a new team to add to his arsenal, the USC Gamecocks, as well as intramurals and golfing with his colleagues. If you have any questions please feel free to stop by the first floor of Columbia Hall and if his office door is open, come on in!

Hilary L. LichtermanHilary L. Lichterman
Associate Director, Residential Learning Initiatives
Residence Life

Hilary joined the USC family in July 2010.  She previously worked at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a residence hall coordinator from 2004 to 2007 and as an area coordinator from 2007 to June 2010.  Hilary earned her bachelor’s degrees in Spanish for the Professions and Psychology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  During Summer 2003, Hilary served as an ACUHO-I intern in Accommodation Services at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. 

As the Associate Director of Residential Learning Initiatives, Hilary provides vision and leadership to promote and foster student learning and academic success within our vibrant living and learning communities.  She works collaboratively with academic, department and division colleagues.  

Hilary’s professional interests include learning communities and creative student learning opportunities, emergency preparedness, orientation, staff training and development and graduate preparation programs.  Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, cooking and reading.

Matt LindenbergMatt Lindenberg
Residence Life Coordinator, Green Quad
Residence Life

Erin LongErin Long
Residence Life Coordinator, Bates West
Residence Life

Erin came to USC in July of 2011 to serve as the RLC of Bates West. Originally from Ohio, Erin first came to South Carolina as an undergraduate at Winthrop University, where she received her BA in history and political science. Erin then earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Delaware with a concentration in nonprofit management. While she was earning her MA in history from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Erin held a variety of graduate positions in housing including Coordinator for the Make a Difference House and ACRL for Moore-Strong Residence Hall. After graduating, Erin worked at Presbyterian College in Residence Life as an Assistant Director and Interim Director. Erin's professional interests include training, advising, staff selection and assessment. Personally, Erin loves reading, volunteer work and spending time with friends and family.  

Jacob MerittJacob Meritt
Residence Life Coordinator, South Quad
Residence Life

Pam MirabelliPam Mirabelli
Residence Life Coordinator, Horseshoe
Residence Life

Elena MoralesElena Morales
Administrative Assistant, North Campus
Residence Life

No Photo AvailableJason Steinas
Assistant Director, Residential Curricular Initiatives
Residence Life

Jason Steinas joined the USC team in September 2013 to serve as the Assistant Director of Residential Curricular Initiatives. Previously, he worked as an Area Coordinator at Vanderbilt University for three years with a focus on living learning communities. Jason also serves as a Posse Mentor to ten amazing scholars from New York City. He completed his master’s degree in college student personnel administration at Canisius College and studied history and adolescence education at the State University of New York College at Cortland. Jason has also worked at North Carolina Wesleyan College and St. John’s University, all within residence life. He is passionate about multicultural education and inclusion, residential learning initiatives, as well as leadership activities within higher education. When he is not working, Jason enjoys playing music, reading, personal health and wellness and travel.

Nathalie TurenneNathalie Turenne
Residence Life Coordinator, Capstone
Residence Life

LaQuenta L. WeldonLaQuenta L. Weldon
Administrative Assistant, Central Campus
Residence Life

LaQuenta Weldon has worked with University Housing since January 2006 when she began as a Resident Advisor and Office Assistant for University Housing Central Area.  In January 2010, she accepted the position as the administrative assistant for Central Campus Housing.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina in May 2009.  She has plans to go back to school to obtain a Masters in Public Health.