Our professional staff generally hold master's degrees in student personnel, higher education, counseling or a related field. Responsibilities include supervision of Resident Assistants; campus emergency response; safety, security, and facility issues for their area; staff selection, training and development; advising on personal matters; referrals to appropriate on-campus offices; adjudication of disciplinary matters; oversight of residence hall and campus-wide programming; and advising of student groups.

As a staff, we also oversee all aspects of housing of students each year in our variety of houses and halls. In addition, our staff also serves on a variety of campus committees such as community relations, orientation and dining services as we aim to help the Colleges meet the needs of all of our students.

Central Office Staff

Stacey Pierce

Associate Dean of Students
Phone: (315) 781-3880

Stacey is responsible for the overall supervision and operation of the department. She coordinates many of the day-to-day responsibilities with the assistant directors and area coordinators in order to fulfill these responsibilities.

Stacey is a graduate of Rowan University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She went on to complete a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology at the University of New Haven, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Maryland University College. Stacey has previously worked in residence life and housing at several institutions including Monroe Community College, Texas Tech University, New Haven, and Rowan.

Stacey enjoys scuba diving, playing softball, spinning, and just about anything that will afford her the opportunity for a hearty laugh.

Kristen Tobey

Associate Director of Residential Education
Phone: (315) 781-3880

Kristen oversees resident assistant recruitment, selection, and training. She coordinates the theme house community and works with house managers to create programs to raise awareness about their theme and get the HWS and Geneva community involved in their efforts. She coordinates the student leader recognition program (Leader of the Month) and created the Co-Curricular Transcript.

She supervises two area coordinators and adjudicates judicial cases for students, including off-campus students. Kristen serves on the orientation planning committee, alcohol advisory committee, as well as several other committees.

Kristen oversees the office assistants and the student lock out workers. She graduated from Marywood University with a bachelor's degree in special education and elementary education, and earned a master's degree in school leadership, focusing on higher education administration.

In the local community, she serves as a Board Member for the Geneva Junior Panther Football program. Kristen enjoys playing softball in a local league, spending time with family and friends, and bringing her golden retriever puppy, Kinley, for a swim at the lake.

Brandon Barile

Associate Director of Residential Education
Phone: (315) 781-3880

Brandon supervises and coordinates housing selection and assignment processes for current and incoming students. This includes working with area coordinators to ensure successful resolutions to roommate conflicts and facilitating room change requests. He also oversees all meal plan changes and damage billing. In addition to coordination of on-campus housing, Brandon supervises the Assistant Director of Residential Education and an area coordinator, advises department committees, and is a Personal Empowerment course instructor. Brandon also enjoys implementing technology to make processes more efficient, and serves on the Information Technology and Housing Assignments committees with ACUHO-I. Brandon graduated from Keuka College with a bachelor's degree in English and Binghamton University with a master's degree in student affairs and diversity; he is currently a doctoral student at Northeastern University, studying emotional intelligence in college populations. He has held positions at Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, and Keuka College.

In the local community, he serves as the vice president of the Board of Directors at the Geneva Lakefront Childcare Center and has chaired local Relay for Life events.

Residential Area Staff

Darnell Pierce

Assistant Director of Residential Education & Club Sports
Office: Comstock Pondview 038
Phone: (315) 781-3869

As Assistant Director, Darnell supervises the William Smith Hill and Odell's 25-48. He also coordinates professional staff training and development. He is a graduate of The College at Brockport where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise physiology. He also has a master's degree in athletic administration. In addition to his responsibilities in Residential Education, he also coordinates the Colleges’ club sports program within Student Activities.

In his spare time, Darnell can be found working out, playing tennis, planning a program or eating at a new restaurant.

Shelle Basilio

Area Coordinator
Office: Sherrill 021
Phone: (315) 781-3828

Shelle is the area coordinator for the Small Houses, Theme Houses, and 380 South Main. She earned her bachelor's degree from Niagara University in French and romance languages. She continued her education at Niagara University, earning a master's degree in secondary education.

In her spare time, Shelle enjoys cooking, spending time her family, traveling and walking her dog, Molly. Shelle is excited about joining the Hobart and William Smith community and getting to know the students!

Peter Fiannaca

Area Coordinator
Office: Rees 111
Phone: (315) 781-3680

Pete oversees the day-to-day operations of the residences Jackson, Potter, Rees and Sherrill Halls. He received his graduate education through Capella University and currently holds a master's degree in leadership for higher education. Pete is an alumnus of The State University of New York at Fredonia, where he received a B.S. in public relations.

As a founding fraternity brother at SUNY Fredonia, Pete is an advocate for the growth and continued development of Greek letter organizations everywhere. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Coast, and wife, Sarah. Peter enjoys listening to folk music, making beer and wine, cooking, and expanding his Christian faith.

Chad Freeman

Area Coordinator
Office: Geneva 002
Phone: (315) 781-4511

Chad is the area coordinator for Hale, Bartlett, Durfee, Geneva, Medbery halls. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology & anthropology, with a minor in women's & gender studies. He went on to Louisiana State University to complete a master's degree in higher education administration, concentrating in student affairs.

Chad is a native of Atlanta, Ga. He spends his spare time traveling, watching the latest movies and spending time with his golden retriever, Sadie.

Mollie Ross

Residential Education Coordinator
Phone: 315-781-3880

Mollie serves as the initial contact/resource person for Residential Education. With her affable personality, she answers telephone inquiries, assists student and parent communication and is responsible for resident hall lock/key replacement requests.

Mollie is an avid cook and gardener, enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and Keuka Lake for summer and winter fun.



Office of Residential Education
101 St. Clair Street,
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880
Fax: (315) 781-4026
Email: resed@hws.edu

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