Residence Life Staff and Responsibilities

The Office of Residence Life is staffed by the Director of Residence Life, three Assistant Directors, 24 Resident Assistants, an Administrative Assistant, and Work Study Students.

The Director of Residence Life

The Director of Residence Life oversees the department including the Residence Centers. In collaboration with other campus departments, the director supervises the day-to-day management of the department as well as larger projects to grow the department and services we offer. The Director of Residence Life resides on campus.

Ryan O’Gorman, Director of Residence Life
Phone: (845) 848-7600


Ryan O’Gorman began his career in higher education when he joined Dominican College in August of 2004 as one of the Assistant Directors of Residence Life after just graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B. S. in Psychology. Over the course of his time at Dominican, as an Assistant Director of Residence Life, he held several part time positions which included Assistant Director of Evening and Special Sessions, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, and a Freshman Seminar Instructor.

In July of 2010, Ryan was promoted to Director of Residence Life and is responsible for the oversight of four full time professional staff, two part time staff, 29 Resident Assistants, and the resident population. In 2006, Ryan was a recipient of Rockland County’s Annual 40 Under 40 Program and in 2009 graduated from Leadership Rockland. After a couple of years of not teaching Freshman Seminar, Ryan was thrilled to be back in the classroom as an instructor again. Ryan is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

In his very limited spare time, Ryan is a Big Brother mentor to his 13 year old “Little”, a member of the Pearl River Rotary Club, and is the Metro NY District Coordinator of Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO).

When not working and volunteering, Ryan loves to travel for food and has been to Maine for lobster, Boston for clam chowder, Chicago for deep dish pizza, and Maryland for crab cakes.

Residence Life Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant is an integral part of the Residence Life Department and manages all clerical aspects of the office. This includes all paperwork, housing registration, incoming freshmen paperwork, all general phone calls, and scheduling for department administrators.

Kathie Boylan, Residence Life Administrative Assistant
Phone: (845) 848-7601


Kathie Boylan joined the Residence Life Staff in 2007 after holding several management positions at local Bergen County non-profits. Her responsibilities in Residence Life have allowed her to participate in the new challenges facing the office with the addition of new residence halls, growth and development of new professional staff, and of course — the enthusiastic resident students.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ramapo College and a Masters of Science in counseling. In addition, she is a freelance dance professional; teaching, coaching choreographing, performing and creating special programs and classes.

Assistant Directors of Residence Life

The Assistants Directors (ADs) are responsible for Student Conduct, Housing and Operations, and Programming and Leadership Development. In addition, they are each responsible for overseeing a specific Residence Center and the staff of Resident Assistants and Work Studies  employed in that building. The ADs participate on a rotating 24 hour-a-day schedule to address any emergency situations that may take place after their office hours. Because of the nature of their work, ADs live and work in their Residence Center.

Debra Ferguson, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Programming and Leadership Development
Phone: (845) 848-7602
Hertel Hall

Before becoming an Assistant Director (AD) in Residence Life in 2013, Debra worked as a Student Account Representative in the Bursar’s Office for five years along with being a Housing Professional. In May of 2013 she received her B.S. in Accounting from the college. Prior to joining the College’s family, she worked at the Corporate Headquarters of Loehmann’s in the Bronx.

In addition to being an AD, Debra is the Advisor to the DC Dance Team. On her off time she likes to go bargain shopping. When she is not shopping, she us usually spending her time her mother and sister Bronx going to craft shows and learning about different do it yourself projects. Every opportunity she gets, Debra takes classes for the enjoyment of learning new things. Currently she is taking an online embroidery class with her mother. In the past she has taken kickboxing, hip-hop jazz, Reggae Dancehall classes. If there is a something that she is passionate about, she will learn as much on the subject matter as she can. Debra feels that you are never too old to learn.

Richard Manu, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Conduct
Phone: (845) 848-5000
Rosary Hall

Born and raised in New York, Rich moved to Rockland County and joined the Dominican College Residence Life staff as an Assistant Director of Residence Life in Hertel Hall overseeing Student Conduct in February 2010.

He holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University at Albany. Rich began his Residential Life experience in 2002 as a Residence Hall Director at the University at Albany, shortly after receiving his Master’s degree. He spent the next few years, growing personally and professionally, while serving as Senior Residence Director and Director of Summer Conference Housing at the University at Albany.

Before arriving at Dominican College, Rich lived in Massachusetts and worked as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at Bentley University. Rich is currently the Assistant Director of Rosary Hall and he enjoys reading, watching and playing various sports, and is a huge movie fan.

Melissa Leigh Tetler-Grau, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing and Operations
Phone: (845) 848- 7420
Guzman Hall

Melissa began at Dominican College in August 2010. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations from Mount Saint Mary College while enjoying three minors in English, Art, and Music Theater. Melissa got her feet wet in higher education as a Resident Director at Centenary College and before her current position, worked in the Psychology field at Four Winds Hospital.

She was recently recognized with Rockland County’s 40 Under 40 award and loves presenting annually for the Teen Leadership Rockland program. Melissa is involved on many committees on campus including the sustainability committee, Senior Year Experience Committee, Operations Committee as well as advising GLAM*R, the campus Gay/Straight Alliance and the campus culture club U.S.C.

Volunteering is close to Melissa’s heart. She sits on the board of Penguin Repertory Theatre, a non-profit organization in Rockland County, and every Thursday she loves delivering for Rockland’s Meals-on-Wheels program.

Melissa’s residents and staff often ask her, “What’s for dinner?” as her passion for cooking lingers into the hallway a few nights a week.

Resident Assistants

These students are the most visible and active members of the Residence Life team. Each module/ hallway in our Residence Centers are assigned with one of these campus leaders who are extensively trained to promote community and safety across campus. This includes working with their AD to develop a community atmosphere designed to assist with academic success and social growth through responsibility. They do this through programming events, being present in the building, and staying attune to their residents personal, social, and emotional needs all while maintaining their own academics.

The Resident Assistants participate on a nightly and 24-hour weekend schedule every night the semester is in session. You can reach the RA on duty Monday-Thursday from 5 p.m. until 9 a.m. and there is 24 hour coverage from Friday at 5 p.m. until Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Residents Assistants also maintain office hours every night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. To contact the RA on duty, students should call the RA duty phone for their respective building or report to the security desk to have them contacted.

Work Study Students

Every Residence Center employs Work Study Students through the Financial Aid office. These positions are overseen and filled at the beginning of every semester by the ADs of the Residence Centers. Responsibilities of these student workers include a variety of clerical tasks, delivering items to other departments, and overseeing student lounges.