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.
Erin Foster Zsiga
Erin Foster Zsiga, Senior Associate Dean of Students at Bates College, specializes in management of institutional support structures for student wellness. With a background in psychology and counseling/addiction work (Merrimack College and University of New England), Erin has extensive experience at supporting students through transitions and professional teams through structural changes. Currently overseeing a diverse team of professional staff members with responsibilities including Residence Life, Health Education, Health Services, Title IX, Title IX Student Support, and Orientation, Erin is an experienced supervisor of new and emerging professionals. Tasked with managing the transition from a campus-based to community partner based health care model, Erin works closely with local health care officials to ensure high-quality care and integration of medical services within the academic environment. Erin’s work focuses on student-centered approaches to resource management with a focus on social justice.
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.
Jessie Williams serves as the Assistant Director of Residential Operations and is responsible for all aspects of the College’s housing processes: first-year housing, spring room selection, roommate matching, and placement processes. As a live-in staff member, Jessie also supports a team of Residence Life students. As a first-generation college student, she received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and History from Westfield State College. Completing a post-baccalaureate in Education from Bridgewater State University, Jessie is also to a licensed secondary teacher in history and social studies. After years of working with college students in non-profits, she ran the pre-college summer program at Northwestern University before arriving at Bates in 2017.
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.
Anna Brown serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life for First-Year Experience. Anna grew up in Freeport, Maine and received her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Policy with a minor in Business Administration from Plymouth State University. In addition, she received her Master’s in Organizational Communication from Murray State University. Anna’s passion areas are: supervising and training staff, helping first year students transition into college, and food insecurity / homelessness awareness. Anna loves to travel, play with dogs, and try out new coffee shops everywhere she travels.
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.
Markiyah Bullard serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life. As a live-in staff member, she is responsible for supporting a team of Residence Life students. In addition, she works in supporting residents in accountability practices, policy enforcement, and connecting students to necessary support services. Markiyah received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Framingham State University. She has previously worked in the non-profit sector serving as a college advisor and a diversity and inclusion manager.
Sarah Garijo-Garde (she/they) serves as the Coordinator of Residence Life for Health Education. As a live-in staff member, she is responsible for supporting student leaders within Residential Life. Sarah also supports health education and violence prevention programming on campus. Sarah comes to Bates by way of Vassar College, where she graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior with a minor in Film Studies and then worked with the First Year Experience program and COVID education initiatives. Sarah is passionate about health equity and is looking forward to providing holistic support to Bates students.
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.
Shae Gwydir serves as the Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Residence Life and Testing. As a live-in staff member, she is supporting students in quarantine and isolation, as well as helping students with the shift that comes with residing in the Hampton Inn. She also works in the Testing Center to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 on campus. Shae was a part of Bates College’s Class of 2020, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Dance. She is very excited to return to campus to help make this year a positive one for the whole Bates community, and to broaden her understanding of what a career in higher education entails.
Austin Dumont serves as the AmeriCorps VISTA/Civic Leadership Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year. With responsibilities at both the Harward Center and in Residence Life, he is responsible for organizing and promoting community engagement opportunities for Bates students. He is a 2021 Bates grad, where he majored in Politics and minored in Education. He grew up just across the bridge in Auburn, and is passionate about creating partnerships between Bates and Lewiston/Auburn.
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.