Residence Hall Directors

Each residence hall has a professional Residence Hall Director with a special interest and training in residence education. The Residence Hall Director oversees the general day-to-day operations of the hall, supervises the Community Advisors (CAs), works closely with residents within the hall and Hall Forums to plan programs and activities for the hall, and is available for help with personal problems that may arise throughout the year. The Residence Hall Director lives in the apartment on the main floor of each of the halls in order to be accessible and available. Residence Hall Directors also serve the university in another capacity outside their halls, working in collateral assignments in a number of student-focused departments.

2019-2020 Residence Hall Directors

Nadir Carlson
Colman Hall and Brokaw Hall
(920) 832-7478
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Nadir is happy to be in his third year as hall director at Lawrence. He also serves as the Student Activities Coordinator. Prior to being at Lawrence, Nadir  volunteered for a year through AmeriCorps in a Seattle elementary school. He graduated in 2016 from Beloit College with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. For fun, Nadir was previously very involved in student government and eventually became the president. Nadir loves chocolate and a good root beer. He has just discovered the joys of Netflix.

Doniell Ericksen
Ormsby Hall and Plantz Hall
(920) 832-7672
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Doniell is a third year Hall Director at Lawrence. She is excited to be working for her alma mater as the Hall Director of Plantz and Orsmby and the Volunteer Program Coordinator. At Lawrence she studied Anthropology and Biology and graduated in 2017. If you want to get Doniell excited mention food, infectious diseases, and murder mysteries.

Bonny Sucherman
Hiett Hall
(920) 993-6327
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Bonny joined the Lawrence University staff in August 2017 and has really enjoyed her time so far as the Hiett RHD. She graduated from Beloit College in 2013 where she earned her B.A. in Education & Youth Studies and Rhetoric & Discourse. Bonny has since completed her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from Western Michigan University. Bonny is passionate about social justice and environmentalism, but also gets excited about cats, movies, cooking, and theater.

Cassie Wessing
Kohler Hall and Sage Hall
(920) 832-7590
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Cassie is excited to begin her first year as a Hall Director at Lawrence, as well as taking on the role of Wellness Programs Assistant. She graduated from Marquette University in 2019 with a B.A. in English and Public Relations. At Marquette, she was involved in a variety of clubs and leadership positions, spent four months studying in Italy, and volunteered with veterans throughout the Milwaukee area. She loves traveling, hiking, film, trivia, and challenging anyone in a friendly game of Jeopardy.

Jordyn Plieseis
Trever Hall and the Executive Houses
(920) 832-7382

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Jordyn is very excited to be starting her first year as a hall director at Lawrence. Not only is she working for her Alma mater as the director of Trevor and the Execs, Jordyn is also excited to be working with the Diversity and Intercultural Center team as the Coordinator of Student Support and Engagement. As a student, Jordyn studied anthropology, and participated in many activities around campus, including being the Class of 2019 Vice President, and a member of LUNA. Jordyn is passionate about creating equal opportunities for all students to succeed, but is also passionate about spirituality, DIY projects, and food.

Who We Are

The residence hall staff is comprised of student Community Advisors (CAs) and professional Residence Hall Directors (RHDs), who are all here to make sure your college experience is the best it can be.

Community Advisors are selected and trained upper class students living in the residence halls who have demonstrated leadership capabilities. CAs are probably the first Lawrentians you will meet, and they will assist you in getting to know other students and help you begin the adjustment to college life.

CAs strive to create a positive residential community by assisting fellow students with their academic, social, and emotional needs. A resource to residents, CAs work to help you establish friendships, feel at home, and find your niche on campus. Through programming and positive role modeling, the CAs work to foster a safe, comfortable, and welcoming community.

Residence Hall Directors are full-time professional staff members, with college degrees, who manage the overall operation of the halls and serve as valuable resource people. RHDs are responsible for programming and activity planning and are the direct supervisors for student desk staff and CAs. While working closely with the CA team to make sure the student community is running smoothly, RHDs also provide on-going general counseling support and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.

Residence hall services range from tangible things such as laundry and movie check-outs to activities designed to enhance your college experience. Each of the seven main residence halls has its own Hall Council, which is responsible for governance of the community and serving as a resource and sounding board for residents, while also planning social activities. Each Hall Council is funded through the hall activity fee and advised by the building RHD. Typical Hall Council activities include trips to the grocery store, barbecues, trips to a variety of restaurants/shops/ice cream parlors, and Timber Rattlers (Appleton's minor league baseball team) games.