Residence Education Coordinators

About Our Work:

Residence Education Coordinators (RECs) are responsible for developing strong residential communities; forming relationships with individual students; coaching and supervising student staff; implementing area-specific residential curriculum plans, facilitating educational opportunities including student conduct meetings and student leadership experiences, communicating with parents and other stakeholders, and organizing opening and closing processes. Residence Education Coordinators create and promote a learning centered, nurturing residential community. Learn more about the position here.

Meet Our Team:

Timothy Williams
Timothy R. Williams

Bachelor’s degree in Communication, University of Arkansas (Go HOGS!) 
Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

I have a passion for student development. I really enjoy interacting with students and helping them become the best that they can be. I have experience in housing, disability services, and multicultural student life. My favorite part about Purdue is being one of the RECs for Cary Quad. Cary is the flagship residence hall of Purdue and there is so much history I have the opportunity to preserve and build upon.


Brian KocherBrian Dallas Kocher

Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, with a minor in Communication, Millikin University
Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University

I am very passionate about social justice education and activism; students who genuinely want to make social and systematic change really motivate me. I challenge myself to stay engaged and educated on various social issues and identities so I can best support all students. I really enjoy having such a large cohort of peer-level professionals within University Residences. There are many people to bounce ideas off of and look to for advice; which definitely helps when you are adjusting to a new institution.


Tyler AveradoTyler Alvarado

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Philosophy, Central Michigan University
Master’s Degree in Higher post-Secondary Education, Syracuse University

My favorite part about working at Purdue University is the people I get to work with. The student leaders are creative, motivating, and incredibly intelligent. My fellow professionals are diverse in prior experiences which enhances the contributions each of us brings to the table and allows us to better serve our students. From weekly chats to periodic lunches, I have been able to build relationships with other professionals as well as faculty.


Richard OkelloRichard Okello

Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies, Youngstown State University
Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

I am very passionate about the topics of social justice, authentic leadership, and college men and masculinities. In addition to Residential Life, I also have the pleasure of serving as a mentor for the Black Male Excellence Network (B-MEN), a board member for Leadership Lafayette.


Toni GordonToni Gordon

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology – Criminal Justice Focus, Hope College
Master’s Degree in Education, University of Pennsylvania

My favorite part about Purdue is that even though it is a very large institution, it doesn’t feel like I work at a massive institution. Purdue is large, but it feels so much like a family and people are willing to work with you in different ways. I have worked in many different departments, such as various multicultural departments and academic advising, and these gave me more lenses to see and help the students with. It makes me feel great about what I am doing for the students and what I am doing for the institution.

Richard SharpRichard Sharp 

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Business Administration, University of Missouri - Kansas City
Master's Degree in Higher Ed Administration - Student Affairs, University of Missouri - Kansas City 

My passions in higher education relate to student development and leadership. My favorite part about working at Purdue is the people. Residential Life has some of the most capable and passionate professionals that I have met in the higher education field. In addition to Residential Life, I am also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Slacklining Club in an advisory role and also serve on the Community Standards Board.  


Grant McCormackGrant K. McCormack

Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Evolution, Behavior (Art Minor), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Master’s Degree in Student Development in Higher Education, University of Maine

My favorite part about working at Purdue is being at a University that has a focus on academic rigor. The students here will do all they can to work hard and achieve their wildest dreams, and the best part about it is their capability to change the world in ways we haven’t imagined. I am very passionate about being able to challenge and connect to motivated students. For fun, I enjoy playing video games and writing. I absolutely love ballroom dancing, freestyle dancing and listening to all sorts of music.  

Marcia HatcherMarcia Hatcher

Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education, Wright State University
Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University

I am very passionate in building relationships with my students and providing support in their academics or personal concerns. I enjoy the ability to interact with many students from various cultural backgrounds and being able to learn their stories. The students here are always striving to be the best and at times are very hard on themselves. It gives me great joy to brighten their day with a laugh or encouraging words that they can and will do well in all of their future aspirations. 

Jared MorrisJared Morris

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Mississippi
Master’s Degree in Counselor Education, University of Mississippi

I’m very passionate about social justice and inclusion and authenticity.  My hope is that I can help students accept and celebrate who they are.  “Be who you needed when you were younger” is a quote that I try to live by.  Since being at Purdue, I have been honored to be the listening ear for students on their journey to self-acceptance.  I’m very proud of the social justice and inclusion series that I have created with my student staff and my Faculty Fellows.  One of my favorite parts about Purdue is the people that I get to call colleagues.  I get to work with a group of supportive, creative and inspiring individuals.

Joanna Rose-Gross
Joanna Rose-Gross

Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish, SUNY Geneseo
Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University

I am passionate about developing cultural competencies and helping others, both students and staff, develop theirs. I believe social justice work should be present in every office, not just those that work specifically with diversity and inclusion initiatives.


Laura Trombley
Laura Trombley

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Central Michigan University
Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University

I am passionate about reflection and growth, and bringing these themes into action to help people reflect on their identities and how they help us to write our life narratives. I’m especially interested in working with sexual violence prevention, education and advocacy, and promoting a culture of equity and wellness on campus for all.


Ashley McCray
Ashley McCray

Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a concentration in Hispanic Studies with a minor in business administration, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, Tennessee State University

My interests lie heavily in international education. I have studied abroad twice and it changed my perspective of the world. I am also passionate about student engagement and involvement. I enjoy building trustworthy and accountable relationships with students where I am able to help develop interests and plug them in to campus.


Sarah Solberg
Sarah Solberg

Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master’s Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Indiana State University

I have a passion working with students to assist in creating the experience they want while on campus and taking as much as possible from the experience. Learning about students’ passions and then figuring out how to integrate those passions into their lives post-graduation ins one of my goals.


Molli Keller
Molli Keller

Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication, University of Evansville
Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Indiana State University

My passions fall mostly within study abroad. I was given the opportunity to gain work experience abroad by completing a semester internship in England after graduate school. I also enjoy working with student leadership and continuing to help students develop their leadership skills. I really enjoy how welcoming and supporting the University Residences team is at Purdue. My days are often filled with smiles and support from my colleagues.

Kelly Kessler
Kelly Kessler

Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management, Johnson & Wales University
Master’s degree in Teaching, Johnson & Wales

I have always wanted to help others accomplish their goals and I accomplish this through teaching and training. I love helping student leaders develop their skills for wherever life takes them. My favorite part about Purdue is working with people who love what they do! Oh, and Starbucks too! One of the most meaningful parts of my job is attending different events around campus to help me to understand my students' passions.


Raymond Borrero
Raymond Borrero

Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration, Florida International University
Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Florida International University

I believe every single individual on campus plays a role in the experience of our students. My goal is for students to graduate from Purdue with more than just a degree. I believe every student should leave college with a sense of personal identity, prepared to take on the world as a well-rounded global citizen. The greatest accomplishment anyone can have in this field is knowing you’ve impacted a student’s life. Some of my proudest moments relate to students I have advised accomplishing a personal goal and thanking me for having influenced them in a positive way.