Erin Foster Zsiga

150415_DoS_Reshoot_0036Erin Foster Zsiga is a Senior Associate Dean, responsible for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education and serves as the Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drug Counselor. Erin is the direct supervisor for the Residence Life Program and oversees training, retention, and selection of the Residence Life Staff.


Molly Newton, ’11

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, a member of the Bates Class of 2011, serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life and Health Education. She is responsible for the Residence Life Program, creating a health and wellness program, and coordinating the Green Dot bystander intervention initiative. Molly received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geology. After graduating, she worked as a residence director and office manager for student affairs at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She has also worked at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and at Lasell College, providing counseling and psychotherapy services to their populations. Molly completed her master’s in social work at Smith College in the summer of 2015.

Carrie Murphey, ’06

Carrie Murphey, a member of the Bates Class of 2006, serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for the First-Year Experience and Housing. She is responsible for programming for first-year students, including orientation and oversees all housing processes.

Carrie received a bachelor’s degree in American cultural studies from Bates. She taught middle school and worked in summer camp administration before returning to Bates from 2009 to 2011 as the Housing Coordinator and Residence Life Assistant. Carrie went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education administration and policy at Northwestern, and served as the Assistant Director of Class Programs in the University of Chicago’s College Programming Office before returning to Bates in 2015.

Blake Reilly

Blake Reilly is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. As the Director of Residence Life, he is responsible for programmatic oversight in residential buildings, student staff selection, student staff training, and supporting our student staff members: Junior Advisors and Residence Coordinators. Blake additionally assists with housing and health education.  Blake coordinates the implementation and strategy of Green Dot, the Bystander Intervention program on campus, creating a safe Bates community where Bobcats look out for one another. Blake started at Bates in August 2014.


Jessie Williams

Jessie Williams is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. As Coordinator of Housing and Residence Director, she is responsible for all aspects of the College’s housing processes: first-year housing, summer placement, winter break housing, winter placement, and room selection.  As Residence Director Jessie also supports a staff of JAs and RCs.


Kelly Gorman

Kelly Gorman is the Coordinator of Health Promotion and the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA). She is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education, and works with students, faculty, and staff to plan, implement, and evaluate various health and wellness programs and initiatives. As the SAVA, she serves as a confidential resource and advocate for students who have been affected by sexual violence. Prior to Bates, Kelly earned her Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and her BS in Psychology from William & Mary. Her ultimate goal is to support and empower students to succeed and thrive.

Brenna Callahan ’15

Brenna Callahan, a member of the Bates Class of 2015, serves as the Civic Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Fellow AmeriCorps VISTA out of the Harward Center and the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. Brenna mobilizes student clubs, varsity athletic teams, and residential centers to develop and coordinate collaborative community engaged programming for their groups and the Lewiston-Auburn communities. She also oversees youth college aspirations programming in the local community. Brenna received her bachelor’s degree in Education and Race, and French and Francophone Studies. After graduation, she taught 6th grade English and 4th grade in western Massachusetts.



If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact any of us via email or by calling the Office of Residence Life and Health Education at (207) 786-6215.