The Residence Life and Health Education professional staff team is committed to fostering residential communities that support our students’ personal growth through critical thinking, and social and intellectual engagement beyond the classroom. Professional staff members support our student staff of Junior Advisors, Residence Coordinators, and Team Leaders in creating environments where students can thrive, whether in a large residential hall setting, or a small house setting. Our staff work to support students and their families around various aspect of life at Bates, including housing, health promotion, residential community engagement, and the first-year experience.
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 to implement processes that support student care. Blake received his bachelor’s degree in American Chemical Society Certified Chemistry and Biochemistry from Connecticut College. Blake worked at Bates from 2014 to 2018 in the Office of Residence Life and Health Education and the Department of Athletics. Blake returned to Bates in 2019 after receiving his Master of Science in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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 Assistant 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.
Andee Bucciarelli serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life for Health Education, as well as the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA). As a live-in staff member, she is responsible for supporting a team of Residence Life students. She also supports the Title IX office by facilitating sexual violence prevention trainings. Andee received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hamilton College. After graduating, she worked in social policy research, as well as sexual violence prevention. Andee comes to Bates after receiving her Master of Public Health degree at Boston University School of Public Health.
Zach Brown-Cross serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life & Office Manager. He is responsible for supporting student leaders within Residence Life and all functions of the Residence Life & Health Education Office. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation from UMass Amherst, he has spent time working in the fields of zookeeping, outdoor education, and most recently outdoor recreation. He completed his Master’s in Kinesiology while working for Miami University’s Outdoor Pursuit Center and then spent a few years managing the indoor rock climbing program at Penn State University.
Matt Nguyen serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life for Housing. Prior to working for Bates, Matt has worked as a LGBTQ Center Graduate Assistant at the University of Cincinnati where he also earned his Master’s in Higher Education Administration. Matt also has worked at residential summer camps for over ten years. Matt is also a licensed Early Childhood Educator and taught preschool for three years prior to arriving at Bates.
Assistant Director of Residential Operations
Coordinator of Residence Life
Coordinator of First-Year Experience
Coordinator of Health Education
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.