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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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.  

 

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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.  

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

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

Assistant Dean/Director of  Residence Life & Housing - Abbas Hill

Title IX Coordinator Associate Dean - Dr. Jennifer Stanley

Director of Public Safety - Steve Melaragno

Interim Director of the Counseling Center- Dr. Christopher Bailey

Director of Health Services- Anne Mitchell, FNP

Assistant Dean of Student Programs & Leadership - Carol Sacchetti

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