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Kamaro Abubakar

Associate Dean of Students, Community Living
Director of Residential Life & Housing

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Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Kamaro joined the Dean of Student Affairs Office in June after holding positions as the Assistant Dean of Students, Assistant Director of campus life, Residence Coordinator, Leadership Educator, and Assistant Resident Director. Kamaro earned his BS at the University of Vermont, his MEd at Loyola University in Chicago, and MBA from Clark University. He holds a certificate as a diversity trainer from the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI, 2015).
Kamaro currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students. He supervises and provides strategic direction and leadership for a comprehensive residential system. Kamaro is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social justice. He is committed to ensuring that all students find community and meaningful connection at Clark University.

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Drew Melendez

Associate Director of Residential Life & Housing,
Housing Operations

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Drew Melendez joined the Clark University team in February of 2019 as a Hall Director. They began working in their current role of Associate Director of Residential Life & Housing for Housing Operations in March of 2021. Drew’s current role focuses on managing housing applications, move-in/move-out, overall housing occupancy, room changes, and facilities concerns. 

Drew grew up in northern New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from William Paterson University of New Jersey. They completed their M.S. in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in January 2020. When they’re not at work, you can find them drinking iced coffees at one of the various coffee spots in Worcester or hanging out with their cat, Frankie. 

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Jess Montecalvo

Associate Director of Residential Life & Housing,
Residential Education

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Jess joined the Clark community in August of 2021 and currently serves as the Associate Director of Residential Life & Housing for Residential Education. Jess’s primary role centers around supporting and engaging students in a robust scaffolded residential curriculum. In addition to creating engagement opportunities in our residence halls, Jess supervises the Community Directors and oversees the Resident Adviser program.  

Before finding their way to Clark, Jess has worked in residence life at several institutions over the last six years, focusing on curriculum development, accessibility, and addressing barriers in Title IX and conduct processes. Jess earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies from Smith College. Further pursuing his passion for student-centered support, Jess earned a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus on sexual violence prevention from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Originally from Rhode Island, Jess is thrilled to call Massachusetts home. In his spare time, you can find Jess trying not to kill his house plants, hunting down the best food MA has to offer, and catering to the whims of his two dogs. 

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Callie Rumbut

Office Manager

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Callie (she/her/hers) has worked at Clark since January 2019, first serving in the Facilities department. Having joined RLH in November 2020, as the Office Manager Callie assists the RLH staff by ensuring the smooth running of an office on a day-to-day basis, including purchasing, lock changes, and responding to emails in the departmental email account. Callie also loves to supervise the student staff of office assistants who serve as receptionists. 

Callie has over 5 years experience in higher education working in a variety of institutions in residential life and housing. Former roles include Resident Director, Community Director, and Program Manager with responsibilities including hall management, occupancy, and serving as a student conduct officer. She graduated from Ball State University with a Master’s in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, and before that earned a Bachelor’s in History from Framingham State College. 

Originally from western Massachusetts, outside of work, Callie enjoys superhero movies (both marvel and dc), watching football (and playing fantasy), traveling, reading, carving pumpkins, and spending time with her husband! 

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Mollie Kate “MK” Campbell

Community Director
Bullock Hall and Graduate Houses

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MK joined the Clark University team in July 2021 as one of five Community Directors. As a Community Director, MK is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and supervising the student staff for both Bullock Hall and Graduate Housing.  

MK previously graduated from Clark with a B.A. in Community, Youth & Education Studies, and is working on her Master’s in Public Administration at Clark. She formerly served as an RA during undergrad, and then Graduate Hall Director at Clark prior to her current position. MK is a proud Clarkie and excited to be able to provide student support in this new role. 

Originally from Northern NJ, outside of work, MK enjoys following ice hockey, reading, homesteading/gardening projects, and spending time with her fiancée and their dog Boo! 

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Alexis “Dink” Dinkins

Community Director
Dana and Hughes Halls

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Dink joined the Clark University team in August 2021 as the Community Director for Hughes and Dana Halls. She also works with the other four Community Directors and the Resident Advisor staff to establish and support an inclusive campus community 

Dink is originally from New Haven, Connecticut. In 2020 Dink earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Clark University and is currently in pursuit of her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New England College. Before returning to Clark, Dink was a Graduate Hall Director at New England College. 

Dink loves coffee, literature and her pet chicken, Blanche!  

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Cheryl M. Goodney

Community Director
Dodd Hall and Johnson Sanford Center

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Cheryl M. Goodney (she/her/hers) joined the RLH team in July 2021 as one of five Community Directors here at Clark University. In her role as a Community Director, Cheryl oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of both Dodd Hall and Johnson Sanford Center. Additionally, Cheryl oversees a team of student staff whom she works alongside to help establish community and determine the wants and needs of their residents.

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, as well as her M. Ed in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University in Salem, MA. In 2017, Cheryl worked at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as a Graduate Assistant for Residential Education. From there, Cheryl spent a year and a half as a Site Coordinator for the American Red Cross North Shore Donor Center in Danvers, MA.

A Main South, Worcester native, Cheryl attended University Park Campus School (UPCS) for high school, and easily finds nostalgia around every corner! When not in the office Cheryl can be found spending time with her partner and their dog Mia, playing board games with friends, watching Food Network, and looking for the perfect breakfast spot!

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Mae Hunt

Community Director
Wright Hall and Main Street Houses

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Mae joined the RLH team in August 2020 as a Community Director. As a Community Director, Mae is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and development of Wright Hall and the Main Street Houses.

Originally from Massachusetts, Mae graduated with an M.A. in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to that, she served with the AmeriCorps program City Year Los Angeles and graduated with a BA in English from Saint Anselm College. Mae is happy to return to Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with family and friends and exploring the city of Worcester.

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