Meet the Staff

The Mission of the Office of Student Life is to create a sense of community that empowers students with the confidence to succeed as learners.

Office of Student Life:
(401)-254-3042
Center for Student Development Suite 100
rwustudentlife@rwu.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                  

Staff

Dr. John J. King, Vice President of Student Life
Suite 100, Office 107 Center for Student Development
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2921
jjking@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3042
Fax: (401) 254-3863

John J. King joined the Roger Williams University community as Chief Student Life officer during the summer of 2004. John has worked within higher education as a student affairs professional since 1984.

Prior to 2004, John worked at Stonehill College, serving as Associate Vice President & Dean of Student Life, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.

Before his Stonehill experience John worked at Holy Cross for 6 years as an Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intramural Sports. A member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, he has served on the Region One advisory board, chaired a regional conference and served as co-coordinator of volunteers for a national conference.

He holds a B.S. in Administration of Law and Justice and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and his master's degree in Counselor Education from Plymouth State College in N.H. where he served as a Residence Director and Asst. Wrestling Coach.

Dr. King earned his doctorate from University of Massachusetts-Boston Higher Education & Leadership program, where his research was on social norms theory.

 

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Dr. Lisa Landreman, Assistant Vice President and Dean for Student Life
Suite 100, Office 104 Center for Student Development
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI  02809-2921
llandreman@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3161
Fax: (401)-254-3863

Dr. Lisa Landreman became the Assistant Vice President and Dean for Student Life in August 2016. Dr. Landreman provides leadership to the Division of Student Life, aimed at supporting students’ well-being and learning outside the classroom and specifically works with the Department of Residence Life and Housing, the Intercultural Center, Spiritual Life, Student Programs and Leadership, Health Education and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Landreman’s career in Higher Education spans 25 plus years, most recently as the Associate Dean of Students at Macalester College and an adjunct faculty in the Leadership, Policy & Education Program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul MN. Her love of higher education began as a student at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where she received her B.S. in social work, followed by her M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, where she served as a research assistant on projects that examined intercultural and liberal arts learning while also teaching courses in intergroup dialogue and Women’s Studies.

Dr. Landreman began her professional career in residence life at Michigan State University and continued at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also sailed on three voyages with the Semester at Sea study abroad program as the Assistant Executive Dean and the Dean of Students. Throughout her career Dr. Landreman has been an active educator on social justice issues in classrooms, in research and scholarship, and throughout student affairs. In 2013 she edited the book, The Art of Effective Facilitation: Reflections from Social Justice Educators. She has been an active member of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and recently completed her term on the Governing Board as the Director for Professional Development. In 2011 she was recognized as an ACPA Diamond Honoree for her significant contributions of leadership and scholarship to her institutions, to ACPA and to students. 

 

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Renee Vachon Danho, Director of Student and Family Assistance
Suite 100, Office 101 Center for Student Development
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2921
rdanho@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3009
Fax: (401) 254-3863

In her role as Roger Williams University’s inaugural director of the Office of Student & Family Assistance, Renee is responsible for developing lasting relationships with families beginning at pre-orientation, during times of distress or crisis, and throughout the college experience. She supports students’ overall academic success and well-being through organizing services, providing support, and communicating resources to RWU students and their family members. In consultation with the Division of Student Life, Advancement, Enrollment Management & Marketing, and Academic Affairs, Renee develops an array of programs and services to meet the evolving needs of Roger Williams families. By partnering with students and their families, Renee serves as an effective guide for students’ educational journeys.

Renee joined the Roger Williams University community in June 2014.  Prior to RWU, Renee served as the Associate Vice President of Professional & Continuing Studies at Rhode Island College, and Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, as well as Dean of Professional & Continuing Studies at Dean College.  In 2006, Renee transitioned from a classroom teacher in Franklin, MA to college administrator as the North Attleboro, MA Campus Director of Fisher College. 

Renee earned her BA in Economics and MA in Higher Education from Boston College, and her MAT in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College.  

 

Scott Yonan, Assistant to Vice President of Student Life & Director of Special Projects
Suite 100, Office 103 Center for Student Deveopment
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI  02809-2921
syonan@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3389
Fax: (401) 254-3863

After graduating from Roger Williams College in 1977 with a B.A. in Psychology and American Studies, Scott was off to North Texas State University where he served as the International Programs Specialist. He returned to Roger Williams in 1986 and worked as the International Student Adviser. He then created the college's English as a Second Language program and served as Director of the ESL/International Center for 15 years. In 2002 Scott became Special Assistant and Ombudsman to the Office of the President, and in the spring of 2009 began work as Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life and Director of Special Projects. Scott spends much of his time working on the coordination of the University's sustainability efforts.

 

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Donna Darmody, Director of Health Education & Alcohol/Drug Prevention Coordinator 
Suite 100, Office 108 Center for Student Development
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2921
ddarmody@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3413
Fax: (401) 254-3863

Donna Lynn Darmody, M.S. C.W.P. is the Director of Health Education/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coordinator at Roger Williams University . She holds a M.S. in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is a Certified Wellness Professional with the National Wellness Institute and holds a Certification in Chemical Dependency from Roger Williams University. With over 30 years experience in higher education, she supervises RWU student peer educators and interns who do university wide health education and prevention programs.  She possesses expertise in the use of Motivational Interviewing in brief interventions and trains students and other staff.                                                                                                

She was the site coordinator for Brown University’s Medical School of Addictions research grant “Project Assist” on stepped care for alcohol interventions with college students, a smoking cessation coach with the “Pathways to Change Research Study” under Dr. James Prochaska at the University of Rhode Island and was also  a  part time Clinical Research Interventionist  with  Project ReDIAL (Revisiting Decreasing Injuries from Alcohol) with Lifespan’s Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island and Miriam Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Trained in basic MI in 2006 (15 hours) by MINT trainer Stephen Berg Smith at the National Wellness Conference in Wisconsin she then attended the Health Education and Training Institute’s (HETI) Basic and Advanced MI Training in 2009 (22hrs) with MINT trainer Stephen Andrew and was trained in MITI 3.1 (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Coding System)  (15 hours) with Ali Hall, J.D. in 2010. Besides providing individualized feedback sessions on alcohol to RWU students she is also a coder for HEITI Health Education Training Institute in Portland, Maine.

 

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Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain & Director of Spiritual Life 
Suite 100, Office 105B Center for Student Development
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2921
nsoukup@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3433
Fax: (401) 254-3863

The Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup is the University Multifaith Chaplain and Director of the Office of Spiritual Life at Roger Williams University. She has been working in campus ministry for over a decade, first at Brown University and now at RWU. Overall, Rev. Soukup has three decades of experience in higher education. Her areas of expertise include pastoral care, liturgy and worship, social justice, and both modern secular and religious history. Since coming to RWU, she has been responsible for the support of student spiritual care primarily but also offers the same to faculty, staff, and alumni. Furthermore, she seeks places where multifaith dialogue can be nurtured on campus. Rev. Soukup has a M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School and M.A. in modern European history from Boston College (human rights history). She will complete her D.Min. in the fall of 2017 at Andover Newton Theological School, writing about the role religious groups play in modern refugee crises.

 

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Sue Benevides, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life 
Suite 100, Office 109 Center for Student Development
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, Rhode Island 02809-2921
sbenevides@rwu.edu
Phone: (401) 254-3550
Fax: (401) 254-3863

Sue joined the Roger Williams University School of Law in November of 2003, in the Office of Financial Aid. She moved to the Office of Student Finance and Records in October 2005 where she remained until December 2013. In December 2013, Sue accepted a position in the undergraduate Registrar’s Office. Prior to RWU, Sue’s work experience was in the healthcare area. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from RWU.  

Administration

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Vice President for Student Life - Dr. John J. King 

Assistant Vice President & Dean for Student Life - Dr. Lisa Landreman

Associate Dean of Student Life & Director of Housing & Residence Life - Tony Montefusco

Title IX Coordinator Associate Dean - Dr. Jennifer Stanley

Director of Spiritual Life Office - Rev. Nancy Soukup

Director of Public Safety - Steve Melaragno

Interim Director of the Counseling Center- Dr. Christopher Bailey

Director of Health Services- Anne Mitchell, FNP

Director of Student Programs & Leadership - Carol Sacchetti

Director of the Intercultural Center- Don Mays

Director of the Office of Student & Family Assistance - Renee Vachon Danho 

Director of Dining Sevices & Bon Appetit General Manager - James Gubata

Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution - Diana Proto

Director of Health Education & Alcohol/Drug Prevention Coordinator - Donna Darmody

Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation - Kristin Jacobs