Meet the Staff

Neil Andrito

Neil Andrito
Director of residence life

Neil Andrito, born and raised in Oakland, NJ, completed his undergraduate education at Stonehill College with a degree in biology and psychology. Neil completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Centenary College in New Jersey. As the director of residence life, Neil feels that the best part about working in residence life is being able to interact with students and help them discover their new home, Salem State University.


Cassie Kao
Associated director of community standards and residence life


Daymyen Lane

Daymyen Tyler Lane
Assistant director, housing operations 

Daymyen Tyler Layne, hailing from the Bronx, NY, received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. Here at Salem State University, he currently serves as the assistant director of housing operations, which includes all campus assignment operations during the academic year, as well as summer housing and conferences. Daymyen's favorite part of working here in residence life is the ability to connect with, and mentor, the undergraduate demographic. This connection to the ever-changing body of students helps to keep him progressive as a practitioner in the field of student affairs.  

Zachary Gholston
Assistant resident director, housing Operations





Carmen Aponte

Carmen Aponte
Administrative assistant

Carmen Aponte, from Lynn, MA, received an associate's degree in secretarial sciences from Marian Court College in Swampscott, MA. Prior to joining Salem State, Carmen worked in key positions in different industries, particularly the hospitality industry where she worked for over ten years in sales and catering. This experience has allowed Carmen to expand and excel at her customer service and event planning skills. At Salem State’s residence life office, she currently serves as the administrative assistant/office manager. 

Kathy Van Riper


Kathy Van Riper
Accountant V

Kathy Van Riper, known as KVR, has been working in residence life for 18 years. Kathy started out part time at Salem State, then College, working part time in the registrar’s office and then obtained a full time position in the social work department. She is currently the accountant for residence life and also doubles as the house mom for many students. Kathy obtained her master’s degree in Counseling and psychological services and works part time, doing work that she loves, as a therapist with the demographic adolescent teenagers. KVR wears many hats in the office such as travel coordinator, counselor, advisor, and purchaser. A fun fact about KVR is that she did stand-up comedy for three years in the early 1990’s playing at places like Comedy Central in Boston and the Chase House which is now Finz in downtown Salem.


Travis Flemming

Travis Fleming
Area coordinator, Marsh Hall and Viking Hall

I am Travis Fleming (he/him/his) and am the AC for Marsh and Viking Hall. I am originally from New York City. I love volunteering and social justice. My hobbies include traveling, bowling, eating, and motorcycling. I am an "ets" fan. (New York Jets, New York Mets, and Brooklyn Nets). My favorite color is orange and favorite city is Barcelona. I look forward to learning more about Salem and the New England way of life.

Tom Durkee


Tom Durkee
Resident Director, Viking Hall

Tom Durkee, originally from Springfield, MA, holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Westfield State University. Tom is currently a graduate student at Salem State University in the higher education in student affairs program. Tom currently serves as the Resident Director for Viking Hall on Central Campus. A fun fact about Tom is that he is a huge tech guru. Tom especially loves Apple and their iStuff!




Emily Buchan,

Assistant Resident Director, Bowditch Hall

Emily Buchan, originally from Milford, MA holds a bachelor’s degree in family studies from the University of New Hampshire.  Emily is currently a graduate student at Salem State University in the social work program.  Emily is the current assistant resident director for Bowditch Hall and is also a part of the Vikings CARE committee.  A fun fact about Emily is that she served with AmeriCorps for two years!  In her free time, Emily enjoys volunteering, running, live music, and cooking.

Laura May
Assistant resident director, Peabody Hall


Alyssa Lamberton

Alyssa Lamberton
Assistant resident director, Atlantic Hall 

Alyssa Lamberton, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is currently in her second year of the higher education in student affairs (HESA) master’s program at Salem State and is the assistant resident director for Atlantic Hall. Alyssa enjoys getting to know the residents around campus and hopes to work in residence life or admissions in the future.


Cindy Miller

Cindy Miller
Area coordinator, Bowditch Hall and Peabody Hall

Cindy Miller, grew up in Warwick, RI and is truly an east coast girl. She completed her bachelors of science in advertising and masters of  education in administration of higher education at Suffolk University in downtown Boston. She began at Salem State University in July of 2015, after relocating from Stillwater, OK where she spent a year and a half working for Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!). Cindy loves traveling and getting to know the residents in her building. She is also the current faculty advisor for Theta Phi Alpha.


Jazmin Ramirez
Assistant resident director, Viking Hall





Hakim Hill
Area coordinator, Atlantic Hall and Bates Complex

My name is Hakim Hill (he/him/his). I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts; specifically in Roxbury. I received my bachelors from Bridgewater State University in English (I like to write things down and say them out loud). I spent the last few years in Connecticut and recently graduated with a master's from the University of Bridgeport. In my free time, I like to read, write books and stuff, perform poems with my poet friends and connect with the brothers of my fraternity (Sigma Phi Rho).

Marina Casto
Assistant Resident Director, Bates Complex

My name is Marina Casto (she/her/hers). I am the assistant resident director for Bates Complex at Salem State where I will be working to obtain my master's degree in higher education and student affairs. I am originally from Ohio, but attended school in South Carolina where I earned my bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies at Coastal Carolina University. I loved living in the south where I could go to the beach almost anytime I wanted! I love feeling the sand between my toes. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and my family, and doing things that make others smile.