Director of Housing and Residence Life
Hello! We are excited to have you as part of the Marshall University family. I hope you enjoy your time living on campus with us. I joined the team in September 2016 as the Director of Housing and Residence Life. Before arriving at Marshall, I was in North Carolina, most recently at Western Carolina University (WCU) as the Director of Residence Life. While I may be new to Marshall, I am not new to the area. I grew up two hours away in Little Hocking, Ohio (near Parkersburg). After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology at Ohio University, I moved to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where I earned a Master’s in Public Administration.
Greetings! As the Associate Director of Residence Life it is my pleasure to work with and supervise the student and professional staff who work directly with you; the resident. It is our goal that you are able to thrive and live in an environment that provides experiences and educational opportunities that lead you to grow as an informed student, an active resident, and an independent and contributing member of our society. I came to Marshall in 1998 from Parkersburg, WV (GO BIG REDS) and began working for the Department of Housing and Residence Life in 1999. In my time with the department I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. I have steadily climbed the proverbial ladder of Residence Life with beginnings as a Student Security Assistant. I proudly stayed on campus my entire collegiate and part of my professional career and the memories that has left me with I will cherish my entire life.
Associate Director of Housing Operations
Hello! My name is Sybil Lockard. I’m the Associate Director of Housing Operations in Housing and Residence Life. I have been with the department since June 2002. I was born and raised in this area and I am a graduate of Marshall University. I am married, with 2 stepdaughters, and 1 granddaughter.
Welcome to Marshall University! My name is Miriah Young and I am the Business Manager here in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. I am a graduate of Marshall, and am currently attending Graduate School here as well. I guess you could just say that I bleed green through and through! GO HERD! When I am not here at Marshall I keep busy playing with my daughter and helping my husband with the children’s programs at our church.
Fairfield Landing – Property Manager
Welcome to Marshall University! I work with the students and staff to ensure they have a safe, clean, and welcoming community to live in. I am blessed to work with amazing students and staff.I have been a Proud Daughter of the Marshall community since 2001 and in that time I have obtained a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Masters Degree in Leadership Studies- Higher Education and Human Resource Management.I am from the small town of White Sulphur Springs, WV (Spa City). In my spare time I enjoy relaxing, going to campus events, working out at Orange Theory Fitness(OTF), and exploring Huntington . I hope everyone has a memorable experience at Marshall University and in the residence halls and please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns you may have. GO HERD!
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Hello everyone! I am Karen Sommers and I am thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director of Residence Life here at Marshall University. I am originally from St. Clairsville, OH, but I attended college and started my professional career at West Virginia University. My role here on campus is multifaceted and ranges from overseeing residence hall conduct to making sure the Residence Life staff in on campus are well trained. However, the most important responsibility I have is to serve the diverse and dynamic students that live here on campus. I am and will always strive to make the best better!
Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives
Hey y’all! My name is Sarah-Frances Lyon and I am the Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives. My job in housing is to help students to be academically successful as well as planning the programs and events that take place in our department.I went to undergrad at Marshall and earned my Bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice. I was a Resident Advisor in the First Year Residence Halls as well as an Orientation Leader and loved these both so much I made a career out of it! I graduated with my Masters in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University (LSU). I worked at several large named schools but none of them compared to the one-on-one attention and energy that I received as a student at Marshall, so in 2018 I returned to give back to the University that built me. I am so excited for you to start your journey here! If you need anything feel free to reach out! #IAmBecauseWeAre
Coordinator of Housing Operations
Hello, my name is Howard Young and I am the Coordinator of Housing Operations for the Department of Housing and Residence Life.I am a high school graduate of Buffalo High School (Putnam County), and have my IT Associates degree through the Marshall Community and Technical College. I am currently working on my Bachelors at Marshall University. If you need any help with computer issues please feel free to email or ask me when you see me in the halls, I will be more than glad to give you an answer.
Assistant Director, Physical Plant I
Administrative Assistant, Sr./Office Manager
Hello, my name is Sharon Booth and I am the Assistant to the Director of Housing and Residence Life and Office Administrator. I have been employed at Marshall since 1997. I am responsible for personnel in the department. I am available to staff and students to assist in any way I can and want you to know that you may come by my office at any time. I am married and I am from the Huntington area. Please feel free to stop by my office in Holderby Hall if you have any questions.
Hello, I name is Shay McComas and I am the Administrative Assistant for the Associate Directors of Housing and Residence Life as well as assisting students in any way that I can. I was born in Pensacola, Florida but I have spent most of my life in the Huntington area. I am married with two children and a Marshall University graduate. My door is always open so please feel free to stop by or call at any time.
Program Assistant I
Hello there,and welcome to the Herd! My name is Erin Adkins and I am the a Program Assistant. As the face behind the emails and the voice behind the phone calls, I will do my very best to help you get the answers you need!
I am a proud alumni of Marshall University with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and and minor in Psychology. My proclivity for Housing and Residence life started early as a Resident Advisor. The adjective used most often to describe me is “quirky”, and quite honestly that is my favorite.
I am so glad you have decided to join us this year and I look forward to talking with you in the future.
Director of Operations, First Year Residence Halls
Hello, my name is Ryan Rosevelt, and I am the Director of Operations for the First Year Residence Halls. This is my eighth year working in the First Year Halls, where, in the past, I have held the positions of Assistant Director of Residence Life, Residence Director as well as Assistant Residence Director. I received my Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Marshall in May of 2014. My bachelor’s degree is from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. During my time at Kutztown, I served as a Resident Assistant and as a Freshmen Orientation Facilitator. I hope everyone has an enjoyable and successful year! Take care and GO HERD!
Assistant Director of Operations, First Year Residence Halls
Hello! I have a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University. I’ve worked in various customer service positions for 10+ years and really like helping people find answers and solutions. In the First Year Residence Halls, I handle room assignments, room changes, desk staff, and lots of other things. I’m happy to answer questions when I can, so feel free to stop by my office whenever my door is open!Outside of work, I am the proud mother of a beautiful little girl, and spend most of my free time with her. We like to bake together, take trips out of town whenever we get a chance, and of course, play!
Assistant Director of Maintenance, First Year Residence Halls
Hello, I am the Maintenance Supervisor for the First Year Residence Halls. I have worked in the First Year Residence Halls since they opened in 2008. My responsibilities include managing the cleaning staff, working with outside vendors that maintain some of our building systems and taking care of all the maintenance needs of the buildings.I have a universal certification in Refrigeration and my Associates Degree in HVAC with a third year advanced course.
Freshman North & South Area Coordinator
Office: Freshman North 1149
Hello, my name is Derek Genco, and I am the Area Coordinator for the First Year Residence Halls. I am going into my sixth year at Marshall University and I have loved every minute of it. Before I arrived at Marshall; I worked as a graduate Residence Director at Murray State University. That was also where I earned my Master’s degree in Human Development and Leadership with a concentration in College Student Personnel. Residence Life is my passion and it’s my goal to make sure all the residents in the First Year Halls have the greatest and most memorable year possible! If you have any questions feel free to contact me or stop by my office, my door is always open! Best of luck this year and GO HERD!!
Twin Towers East & Marshall Commons Area Coordinator
Office: Behind the front desk in Twin Towers East
Hello! My name is Tyler Ferraino and I am the Area Coordinator for Twin Towers East and Marshall Commons. I am extremely excited to be working here at Marshall and to be able to assist our students in any way possible. I am originally from the Pittsburgh area and received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Penn State University in Erie and then received my Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Higher Education Management. As a professional, I am fully committed to serving my students to the best of my ability and strive to provide them with an experience that they will enjoy while also learning and growing to help them become successful individuals.
Twin Towers East Assistant Area Coordinator
Office: Lobby of Twin Towers East across from the elevators
Hello everyone! My name is Jesse Hawks, I am the Assistant Area Coordinator for Twin Towers East. I’m from a little town called Vinton, Ohio. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History from Shawnee State and now pursuing a Masters in Leadership Studies here at Marshall. My role here is assisting the residents of not only Twin Towers East, but also helping anyone who asks. I’m extremely excited to begin my life here at Marshall, and even more excited to meet you!
Marshall Commons Assistant Area Coordinator
Office: Gibson Hall E101
Hi and welcome to Marshall! My name is Austin McClanahan, and I am from Nitro, West Virginia. I was a Resident Advisor for three years, and I graduated from Marshall with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Psychology; I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling. I hope to work within the school system, so I can shape young minds and guide them towards success. I love working with students and helping them find their direction in life, which is why I’m very excited to be the Assistant Area Coordinator for Marshall Commons. Here, I have the opportunity to work closely with students and Resident Advisors to further their educational and social experiences on campus, as well as providing support in any way. I am very excited for this new chapter in my life, and to continue to serve the Marshall community! I love meeting new people, so if you have any questions about Marshall or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out to me!
Buskirk & Twin Towers West Area Coordinator
Office: Behind the front desk in Twin Towers West
Hello there! I’m Michaela Bishop, the Area Coordinator of Twin Towers West and Buskirk residence halls. Originally from South Carolina, I began my housing career in 2013 at Winthrop University, where I earned my B.A. in Mass Communication (2016). I then went on to earn my M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs (2018) at Western Carolina University(WCU). During my years in residence life, I have served as a Resident Assistant, a Resident Director for Georgia Southern University’s summer program, a Graduate Community Coordinator at WCU for both a Greek and a first-year student community and I now have the privilege to work as an Area Coordinator here at Marshall University. I am passionate about housing and residence life because I know the power a strong community can make in a college student’s life. Students learn outside of the nine to five time frame, and I seek to meet students where they are at in their journey to help them keep moving forward in a positive and constructive way. My calling is student development; my platform is housing; my passion is residence life.
Buskirk Assistant Area Coordinator
Office: Behind the front desk in Buskirk Hall
Greetings! My name is Sidney Stover, and I am excited to assume my new role as Assistant Area Coordinator of Buskirk Hall. I grew up in Cross Lanes/Nitro, West Virginia. I am a proud Daughter of Marshall, where I received my Bachelor of Science after pursuing a double major in statistics and psychology. Now, I will be joining Marshall’s Psy.D. program in order to receive my Doctoral Degree in Psychology. I was a Desk Assistant for HRL for two years prior to this position, so I am excited to continue my time with the department! I am proud to be one of The Herd, and of course WE ARE… MARSHALL!
Twin Towers West Assistant Area Coordinator
Office: Lobby of Twin Towers West across from the elevators
Hey, y’all! My name is Eli and I am the Assistant Area Coordinator (AAC) for Twin Towers West. I’m from a small town called Birch River in the heart of Nicholas County, WV. I went to undergrad at Marshall University and received a bachelors degree in Psychology and am currently working on my Masters in psychology as well. I was a Resident Advisor (RA) for three years prior to being hired as the Assistant Area Coordinator of West, and I am extremely excited to continue working with Marshall Housing and Residence Life.
Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership
Office: Wellman Hall S101
Salutations! My name is Vincent Limon and I absolutely thrilled to be apart of the Marshall University family as the first Graduate Assistant for Housing and Residence Life Student Leadership. In this role, I serve as the primary advisor for two on campus student organizations within the Department, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). I attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA for my undergraduate degree and I graduated with a B.S in Sport and Recreation Management. While at Temple University, I was also lucky enough to serve as a Resident Assistant for two years! Currently, I am a first year Graduate student pursuing a M.S. in Sport Administration within the Marshall College of Health Professions.If you ever need help with anything related to Student Leadership, do not hesitate to reach out to me. GO HERD!
Counselor in Residence
Office: Check in at the Twin Towers East desk
My name is Darrioun Webb and I’m in my 3rd year of the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) program here at Marshall. I completed my undergrad (B.A. Psychology) at WVU, and have lived in WV for most of my life. Working in mental health is an amazing opportunity that is incredibly important to me. In my experience, minority individuals from rural communities do not have a lot of experience with mental health, thus it is an incredible opportunity to bring my perspective to the table. Outside of my professional role I have many hobbies including gaming, playing and listening to music, cooking, and working on my Focus ST. I look forward to providing students with my services and working with other campus resources to support the Herd community.