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Jess Montecalvo

Director of Residential Life & Housing

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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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Amanda Cefaratti

Assistant Director of Residential Life & Housing for Housing Operations

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Amanda (she/her/hers) is new to Clark for the summer of 2022 and excited to join the community as an Assistant Director in RLH! Amanda provides leadership for strategic planning and budgeting, housing and operations, student conduct processes, assessment and departmental goal setting for the overall residential experience. Many of these goals involve working closely with Facilities Management, Information Technology Services, and Dining Services to create give Clarkies the best experience possible!

Originally from Newington, CT, Amanda made Worcester her second home when she attended Assumption University and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 2016 as a double major in Global Studies and History. Amanda went on to receive her Masters of Education from Merrimack College in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2017. After graduate school, Amanda accepted a position as an Assistant to the Director/Residence Hall Director at Eastern Connecticut State University where she remained for five years. Most recently, Amanda worked with graduate and international students during the end of 2021 and into 2022, but realized her true passion was in residence life and housing and decided to make the switch back (which is how she wound up at Clark!).

In her free time Amanda is a HUGE Boston sports fan, paints, runs an Etsy shop, and spends as much time with her huge Italian family as possible. Her niece, Ella, is the light of her life, along with the family dogs Gunner and Jaxon. When she isn’t working you can usually find Amanda by the beach, if possible, with her nose in a book, playing her Nintendo Switch, re-watching Sons of Anarchy, or online shopping for home decor.

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Logan Hennessy

Housing Operations Coordinator

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Logan joined the Clark University team in January 2022 as the Housing Operations Coordinator. As Housing Operations Coordinator, Logan is responsible for assisting with managing housing applications, move-in/move-out, overall housing occupancy, room changes, and facilities concerns.  

Before arriving to Clark, Logan worked at several institutions within residence life, student activities, and service-learning offices. Logan grew up on the island of Nantucket, MA, and received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA. Logan received his Masters of Education in Higher Education from Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

When Logan isn’t in the office, you can find him cooking, playing basketball or soccer, playing D&D, or hanging out with friends.

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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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Alexis “Dink” Dinkins

Community Director
Dana Hall, Hughes Hall, and Affinity House

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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, Johnson Sanford Center, and Main St. Houses

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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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Madden Schmauch

Community Director
Bullock and Wright Hall

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Madden joined the RLH team in June 2022 as the Community Director for Wright and Bullock halls. He hopes to create a safe and productive environment for first-year students to set themselves up for success throughout their time here at Clark. 

Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Madden went north to Potsdam State to earn a B.A. in mathematics. During his time at Potsdam, he worked as a resident assistant as well as a teaching assistant for a first-year success seminar. Afterwards, he pursued his M.S. in student affairs administration at Binghamton University while working as a Graduate Resident Director at Broome Community College.  

Madden likes to hike, listen to music and travel to places that he has never been to before. 

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