Erin Foster Zsiga
Erin 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
Molly Newton, a member of the Bates Class of 2011, serves as the Associate 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.
Blake Reilly is an Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. He is responsible for creating an engaging first year experience beginning with First Year Orientation, which sets the foundation for students to be socially connected and well during their time at Bates. He also works collaboratively with Health Services and Sports Medicine to implement processes that support student care. Blake received his bachelor’s degree in American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry and Biochemistry from Connecticut College. Prior to pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health for Health Education and Communications, Blake worked at Bates from 2014 to 2018 in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education and the Department of Athletics. Blake returns to Bates after completing graduate coursework at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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. Jessie earned her bachelor’s degree from Westfield State College in Criminal Justice and History. After years of being a camp director, she went back to school in 2014 at Bridgewater State University to become a licensed secondary teacher in history and social studies.
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.
Eddie Szeman is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education, and works with members of the Bates community to create, implement, and evaluate Residence Life programs and initiatives. As Director of Residence Life, he also supports the functions of the Title IX Team by facilitating training opportunities related to campus resources and the sexual misconduct policy. Prior to Bates, Eddie worked in summer camp administration where he led accreditation, risk management, and crisis response efforts. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Winthrop University.
Brie Wilson, ’18
Brie Wilson, a member of the Bates Class of 2018, serves as the Post-Baccalaureate Civic Leadership Fellow through Americorps VISTA and Maine Campus Compact. She is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Education, and is responsible for developing programming through the Harward Center to increase youth aspirations in the Lewiston/Auburn community. She also works with student leaders on campus to increase civic engagement in their student groups.
Sadie James, ’17
Sadie James, a member of the Bates Class of 2017, serves as the Coordinator of Health Education. She is a live-in staff member for the Office of Residence Life and Health Education, and oversees campus-wide health education initiatives and programs. She works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create a safer and more respectful environment with a focus on sexual violence prevention. After graduating, Sadie received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Bulgaria as an English Teaching Assistant. She then returned to Bates as the Project Coordinator for a sexual violence prevention grant. Sadie received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies.
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.