Residential Life - Staff

The Office of Residential Life is staffed by a well-trained and knowledgeable team of professionals and paraprofessionals. The Residential Life staff consists of the director, the administrative assistant, five hall directors and 33 resident assistants. Each member of the Residential Life staff helps build community for residents in their own unique way.

Melanie Ebig Lawson

Melanie Ebig Lawson

Director of Residential Life

Originally from Michigan, Melanie returned to the Midwest after a decade in New England.  She earned both her BS in Women’s Studies and MA in Counseling/College Student Personnel from Eastern Michigan University and has worked in Residential Life at EMU, University of Illinois, University of Connecticut and Mount Holyoke College prior to joining the team at Manchester.  She enjoys spending time with her husband Rob, playing video games, crafting and gardening.

Hall Directors and Area Coordinator

What is an HD and AC?
A Hall Director is a full-time professional who lives and works in the residence hall to which they are assigned. The primary job function of a Hall Director is to build community within the hall, through mentoring students, advising a Hall Council and supervising their Resident Assistants, among other administrative tasks. Hall Directors are there to help students create a community with a comfortable living environment that offers opportunity for making friends, learning how to live in close quarters with others and academic success. HDs are also ultimately responsible for holding students accountable in following the guidelines outlined in their housing contract and student handbook, The Source, either informally or formally as part of the conduct process.

The Area Coordinator is similar to a Hall Director in job responsibilities, but is responsible for two residential areas instead of a single building. The Area Coordinator also takes on additional departmental responsibilities for conduct, training and facilities projects.

Cashmere J. Cozart

Cashmere J. Cozart 

Oakwood Hall Director

Cashmere is from the best city in the world: Chicago, IL! She graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign in 2017 with a BA in Political Science and African American Studies and two years of Residential Life experience. She spends her time free time reading, her favorite genres are Afro-futurism and romance. She is a huge Beyoncé fan and loves all displays of Black Girl Magic.  

Amy DiNovo

Amy DiNovo 

Schwalm, Helman and East Street Apartments Hall Director

Born and raised in Oak Lawn, IL outside of Chicago, Amy joins us from Central Michigan University. She graduated with a BA in Applied Arts as an Art/Art History major and with 3 years of residential life experience. She has found a passion for Residential Life and hopes to pursue a degree in Student Affairs. You can find her watching Netflix or working on a new art project with a smile on her face. 

McIntyre, Jordan

Jordan McIntyre

Garver Hall Director

Jordan was born and raised in Huntington, Indiana. He attended Grace College in Winona Lake, IN, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice (2016) and his Master of Science in Higher Education. Jordan has worked in a variety of fields, including youth ministry, social work, and higher education, most recently as an Academic Advisor/Disability Support Services at Ivy Tech Community College. Jordan is obsessed with the following things: Harry Potter, Ireland, Kesha, and the British royal family.

Royster, Khristian

Khristian Royster

East Hall Director

Khristian was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, Illinois aka Home of the Best Restaurants on the Planet. He attended Philander Smith College (Little Rock, Arkansas) with a B.S in Pre-Med Biology in 2014. He served as Life Science High School teacher before deciding to return to school. He received his Masters of Arts in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2018. In his spare time, Khristian enjoys swimming, playing board games, and binge-watching television shows on Netflix. 

Resident Assistants

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.