Residential Life Staff

The Office of Residential Life is staffed by a well-trained and knowledgeable team of professionals and paraprofessionals in administrative roles: as hall directors and as resident assistants. The Residential Life staff consists of the director, the administrative assistant, five hall directors, and 32 resident assistants. Each member of the Residential Life staff helps build community for residents in their own unique way.

Allen J. Thomas Machielson, Director of Residential Life and Associate Dean of Student Development

"Allen is in his sixth year at Manchester and has work professionally in Residential Life for 17 years. Originally from Chicago, he holds a B.F.A. from Calvin College and an M.A.T. from Sacred Heart University. Allen is a fan of the British T.V. show "Doctor Who," and in his free time, enjoys spending time with his 3 1/2-year-old daughter Elizabeth, 1 1/2 year old son Thomas and wife of 11 years Chrissy."

Favorite part of my job: "The great people and students that I work with."


Hall Directors

What is an HD?
The main focus of a hall director (HD) is to provide students with a comfortable living environment. This includes socialization, community building, sleeping, studying and a community free from harassment. HDs work with, train, develop and supervise the RAs. They work directly with RAs (resident assistants), DAs (desk assistants), student leaders and the students in their halls. HDs also advise their hall's Hall Council. HDs are responsible for day-to-day operation of the hall, as well as initial conduct hearings in their halls.


Letha Parrott,

East Hall Director

Letha is beginning her second year as a Hall Director. Originally from Chicago, IL she earned her BBA in Business Management from Baker College of Muskegon in June of 2013. Letha loves watching movies, traveling with her family, and spending time with the people that she loves.

Favorite part of my job: Working with college-age students from diverse backgrounds.


Shonda White,
Garver Hall Director

Shonda is a second year Hall Director in Garver Hall. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of Illinois Springfield. Shonda loves shows like The Office, New Girl, and The Mindy Project! In her free time she enjoys making shopping trips to Fort Wayne to indulge in Chipotle and FROYO.

Favorite part of my job: The wonderful people that I get to interact with on a daily basis.


Diane Hennan,

Helman Hall Director

Diane Hennan is in her fourth year as Helman’s Hall Director. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, she earned her degree in English with minors in Theology, Women’s Studies and Art History from St. Ambrose University. Diane loves vintage comedies, her favorite being, “Some Like it Hot” and loves to spend some of her free time at her new favorite hangout, Kenapocamocha.

Favorite part of my job: "I love helping people achieve their goals!”


Rachael Beamont,
Oakwood Hall Director

Rachael is in her second year as the Hall Director of Oakwood. Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in Theater History, Culture, and Society before going to University of Nebraska-Lincoln to earn her Masters in Educational Administration with a focus in Student Affairs. She is a fan of superhero movies and geek culture, and loves spending her free time watching movies and cooking.

Favorite part of my job: “Getting to work with a wonderful staff on continuing to improve student success.”


Jessica Sillaman,
Schwalm Hall Director

Jessica Sillaman is in her first year as a Hall Director and is originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in French at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA in May of 2014. Jess is nicknamed "Sillyman," loves Law and Order: SVU and enjoys traveling internationally.

What is an RA?
Resident assistants (RAs) are to develop ongoing relationships with residents on the floor and are committed to helping meet the needs of residents, as students and as responsible members of the campus community. "Assisting" incorporates many aspects including: programming counseling, being a friend, upholding University and residence hall policies, dispensing information, and being available on the floor. Each of these aspects is an appropriate way to meet the needs of the residents.

Each resident assistant is primarily committed to a floor/wing and its residents. In addition, a resident assistant will have many responsibilities involving the entire residence hall. RAs are responsible in the hall for: information, counsel, supervision of hall operations, and emergency response, whether it involves people or the physical facilities.


The Manchester University Department of Residential Life is committed to fostering a safe, comfortable living/learning environment which supports academic as well as social and community development. The department also supports growth and development through campus and hall involvement, celebrating diversity, and providing the opportunity for responsible decision making.

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