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Residential Education Staff

The Residential Education staff is comprised of undergraduate Resident Assistants, two professional (non-student) live-in Area Coordinators, the Assistant Director and the Director.

To contact any member of the Res Ed team, please reach out to them directly or email us at

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who work as part of the Residential Education team to know students, create positive communities, and provide opportunities for student learning.

In this role, RAs are a resource to their residents as they navigate their on-campus living experiences. They are knowledgeable about Colby-Sawyer College and campus resources, and can help to resolve room and floor issues.

Resident assistants are selected each spring for the following academic year. Students who wish to become RAs must be committed to providing students with the tools they need to experience personal growth and to create a sense of community with fellow students. Most importantly, they must be able to take an individual interest in each student with whom they work.

For more information about becoming an RA or applying for a position, please contact Assistant Director of Residential Education Karin Berthiaume.

Area Coordinators

The area coordinator (AC) is a live-in professional who plays a critical role in the lives of students in the residence halls. The AC is a member of the Student Development team who reports directly to the director of residential education.

In addition to collaborating with staff, faculty and students, the AC works with the RAs to provide a challenging and supportive environment where students can live and learn.

Area Coordinator Anna Masters is responsible for Burpee, Danforth, Rooke and Shepard halls and the College Houses.

A second area coordinator Haley Besaw is responsible for Abbey, Best, Colby, Lawson, and McKean.

Assistant Director of Residential Education

Assistant Director Karin Berthiaume assists in the overall management of the Residential Education program. In this role, the Assistant Director coordinates room changes, key distribution, temporary housing, RA selection, and summer housing.

Director of Residential Education

Director Dave Zamansky is responsible for all aspects of residence hall management and for the evolution of a developmental residential program. In this role, the Director supervises the Area Coordinators and provides leadership for residential programming, crisis management, housing assignments, facilities management and responsiveness to students.