Meet the Staff

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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.

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Teresa A. Gallishaw
Associate director of residence life

Teresa A. Gallishaw, born in Syracuse, NY, completed an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master's degree in student personnel administration at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently, Teresa serves as the associate director in residence life here at Salem State University. When she is not working, she loves spending time giving back to the community with her sorority sisters, the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.  She also loves reading and shopping.

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Daymyen Tyler Layne
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.  

Billy Dunn
Assistant director, residence life

Billy Dunn, originally from Virginia Beach, VA and raised in Wilson, NC. After completing an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication at Campbell University, Billy worked for a member of Congress for a couple of years, before moving to New England to attend The University of Connecticut, where he received a masters degree in education. Billy's favorite parts about working in residence life are working with student leaders, developing new professionals, and the opportunity to help students find solutions to unexpected challenges. When he is not working, you can often find him at Gassett Fitness Center, picking things up and putting them down.

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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
Accountant III

Kathy Van Riper, known as KVR, has been working in residence life for 16 years. Kathy started out part time in the Salem State, then College, 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 has obtained a masters 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 Revere Pizza house.

Resident director, Marsh Hall

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Tom Durkee

Assistant resident director, Marsh 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 assistant resident director for Marsh Hall on Central Campus. A fun fact about Tom is that he is a huge tech guru. Tom especially loves Apple and their iStuff!

Alex Brown
Resident director, Bowditch Hall

Hi y’all! I’m Alex Brown, the resident director for Bowditch Hall. I hail from Virginia Beach, Virginia and received my BS in psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Go Hokies!). I received my MS in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!). If I couldn't work with college students, I would be a professional karaoke singer!

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Kris Nolan
Resident director, Peabody Hall

Kris Nolan grew up on a farm in White Creek, New York. Completing an undergraduate degree in world literature from the Castleton State College in 2012, Kris then worked at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire working in residential life. While pursuing her master's degree in higher education in student at Salem State, Kris serves as the resident director of our brand new residence hall, Viking Hall, and is looking forward to having an amazing year! Spare time activities include playing the ukulele, baking, running, and writing poetry. 

Assistant resident director, Peabody Hall

Lu Ferrell
Resident director, Atlantic Hall

Lu Ferrell, originally from Chittenden, Vermont, and landed in Salem by way of New York City. Lu completed both their degrees in Burlington, Vermont, where they attended Champlain College for a bachelor's of science in multimedia and graphic design and the University of Vermont for a master's of education in higher education and student affairs administration. Within residence life, Lu is currently the resident director of Atlantic Hall and works on several projects including residential curriculum, gender inclusive housing, and professional staff training. Outside of the department at Salem State Lu serves on the President's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Affirmative Action, Equity and Social Justice, LGBTQ Task-Force, advises The Alliance, and co-advises the Campus Educators on Sexual Assault. Outside of work Lu likes to hike, kayak and generally be outside while going on adventures! 

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Skyler Boeding
Assistant resident director, Atlantic Hall

Skyler Boeding was born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in Orlando, Florida. He completed an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado but is currently working through a master's degree in counseling here at Salem State. Skyler is currently the assistant resident director of Atlantic Hall and is looking forward to this new year! In his spare time Skyler enjoys exploring New England and playing any sport he can find.


Resident director, Bates Complex

Marina Casto
Assistant resident director, Bates Complex