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 Coordinator 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.
Coordinator of Residence Life for Health Education
Christopher Castañeda serves as the AmeriCorps Vista Community Engagement Fellow for the Harward Center and works in tandem with the Office of Residence Life and Health Education to provide accessible community engagement opportunities for students based on community needs. Christopher also serves as a live-in staff member, supporting a team of Residence Life students. He graduated from Bates College, Class of 2020, with a degree in environmental studies and has since taken this post-baccalaureate position at his alma mater.
Ariel Lam serves as one of the Post-Baccalaureate Fellows for Residence Life and Testing. As a live-in staff member, she supports students in quarantine and isolation, as well as students residing in the Hampton Inn. She also supports the Testing Center to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 on campus. Ariel was a part of Bates College’s Class of 2020, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Sociology. She has since taken this post-baccalaureate position at her alma mater.
Max Gardner serves as one of the Post-Baccalaureate Fellows for Residence Life and Testing. He is a live-in staff member, supporting students in the Hampton Inn and at the Testing Center. Working in both Res Life and the Testing Center, Max supports the college’s broader COVID-19 mitigation strategy by helping students and employees manage the risks posed by the virus. Max earned a B.A. in Politics from Bates in the Spring of 2020, and he is excited to help make this year at Bates a positive one for the whole Bates community.
Eric Viera serves as one of the Post-Baccalaureate Fellows for Residence Life and Testing. As a live-in staff member, he is supporting students in quarantine and isolation, as well as helping students with the shift that comes with residing in the Hampton Inn. He also works on the Testing Center to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 on campus. Eric was a part of Bates College’s Class of 2020, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. He will be studying Biostatistics at Emory University, but wanted to do his part in helping the Bates community transition through these uncertain times.
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.