Carnegie Mellon University

Office of Residential Education

Mandy Best

Mandy Best
Coordinator of Residential Education & Housefellow

Email
412-268-2142

In addition to her role as housefellow in the Office of Residential Education, Mandy spearheads spirituality and interfaith initiatives for the campus community, including advising INSPIRE (Interfaith and Spirituality Embassy), a student group focused on advancing interfaith cooperation and spiritual well-being on campus. In her free time, Mandy enjoys making quilts and spending time outdoors with her husband, Ty, their son, Jack, and their dog, Murray. 
Lenny Chan

Lenny Chan
Director of the Office of Community Standards & Integrity & Housefellow

Email
412-268-3910

 

A member of Carnegie Mellon since 2005, Lenny has been a housefellow for many house communities throughout his tenure in Greek Life, the Office of Community Standards and Integrity, and Residential Education. In his spare time, Lenny enjoys reading nonfiction, watching Ted Talks, and sampling all that Pittsburgh has to offer. A native of western PA, Lenny lives in the South Hills with his wife Jennifer and their rescue dog Finn.
David Chickering

David Chickering
Associate Director of Residential Education & Housefellow

Email
412-268-9510

With 15 plus years of experience in residential education and part of the CMU community since 2005, David serves as the college liaison for the Schools of Music and Art and CFA transitional. His favorite part of his job is hearing residents’ stories and supporting them through their CMU journey. With a background in creative writing and theatre and a Master’s degree in higher education administration, he infuses his work with humor, humanity, and humility. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, riding and repairing vintage scooters, listening to baseball games, and sharing all that happens at CMU with his wife, two kids, and dog. 

Grace Choi

Grace Choi
Assistant to Community Standards & Integrity

Email
412-268-2140

Grace serves as the assistant to the Community Standards and Integrity office. She currently supports both the academic integrity and community standards side of things within the university. Originally born in San Francisco, she grew up in Pittsburgh and now considers the city to be her home. In her free time, she is usually chasing her toddler Teddy and is excitedly preparing for her second shortly.  She is also involved within her church serving as a deacon.

John Hannon

John Hannon
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Community Life

Email
412-268-2139

John joined Carnegie Mellon in 1994. He provides leadership to the departments in Student Affairs that are focused on creating safe, supportive and engaging living environments on campus, including Housing Services, Residential Education, Parent and Family Engagement, First Year Orientation, Conference and Events Services, and Pre-College. Additionally, he provides direction for the division’s role in campus incident management and emergency response, while also serving as the university’s ombudsperson for town-gown relations with campus neighbors. A native of Western New York, John possesses a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Counselor Education from the Pennsylvania State University.  

Kristine Kengor

Kristine Kengor
Assistant Director of Residential Education & Housefellow

Email
412-268-2142

Kristine Kengor is a Housefellow for Stever House and also coordinates Community Advisor (CA) selection and training initiatives for the Office of Residential Education. Kristine is passionate about community service and civic engagement and is always looking for ways to incorporate this into her work with residence hall communities. You can often see Kristine at the Paws to Relax events in the Mindfullness room with her retired racing greyhound, Copper, who is a certified therapy dog through Animal Friends. 

Bryan Koval

Bryan Koval
Director of Student Support Resources & Housefellow

Email
412-268-2142

Bryan has been working with residential students at Carnegie Mellon since 2010. Part of the Office of the Dean of Students, he leads a team that is focused on student support services within the Division of Student Affairs. He is also a housefellow. Bryan completed his undergraduate studies and his master’s in higher education from Penn State University, and his doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. Out of the office, he is likely training for a half-marathon, listening to podcasts, or walking his Samoyed with his spouse, Laura.

Tera Monroe

Tera Monroe
Associate Dean & Director of Residential Education

Email
412-268-2142

Thomas Rainey

Thomas Rainey
Coordinator of Residential Education & Housefellow

Email
412-268-9510

Thomas is a housefellow and a coordinator in the Office of Residential Education. As a housefellow, he is charged with building meaningful and dynamic relationships with all of his residents. Part of the CMU community since 2008, Thomas thoroughly enjoys the opportunity that CMU provides to engage with such passionate and talented students.
Josh Schaldenbrand

Josh Schaldenbrand
Coordinator of Residential Education & Housefellow

Email
412-268-2142

A native Pittsburgher and housefellow, Josh's passion for the residential experience at Carnegie Mellon can be seen in his work and programmatic initiatives that encourage residents to explore the city. Josh also works in the Office of Residential Education where he coordinates Resident Assistant selection and training initiatives. Much of his free time is spent as a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Daniela Somaroo
Coordinator of Community Standards & Integrity & Housefellow

Email
412-268-2142

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Daniela comes to Carnegie Mellon from The University of Toledo, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After working as a field service engineer for a couple of years, Daniela returned to Toledo to pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration. Aside from her role as a Housefellow, Daniela serves as a liaison for academic integrity violations in the College of Engineering, a process advisor for the University Disciplinary Committee. Growing up in a family of musicians, Daniela is constantly listening to music, and if she’s not singing along, she’s dancing to it!

Sam Waltemeyer

Sam Waltemeyer
Assistant Director of SLICE

Email
412-268-6635

Sam advises the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Council and a smattering of fraternity and sorority chapters. He also helps provide leadership opportunities and risk management education within the office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Civic Engagement. Sam can often be found hiking, thrift store hunting and listening to podcasts in his spare time.