Residence Life Staff

What We Do

Director of Residence Life 

The Director of Residence Life is responsible for creating and managing a team of supportive Area Coordinators who in turn supervise student Peer Counselors (PCs ) to promote a positive residential experience for approximately 1,450 on-campus students. The Director coordinates all aspects of the hiring, selection, training, evaluation and program development of both professional and paraprofessional staff. The Director also contributes to the academic mission of the institution by enhancing the out-of-classroom experience for a diverse, thoughtful, and engaged student body. In addition, the Director is the liaison for the Feitler House co-op and residential Graduate Students who live in Robbins Addition, Brook House and Briggs House. This position reports to the Dean of Students.

Director of Housing

The Director of Housing provides overall departmental leadership and vision in order to create and maintain safe and secure residential living for on-campus students living in over fifty uniquely designed residence hall.  This position coordinates all aspects of the housing assignment process for both returning and newly admitted students and room changes, as needed. The Director oversees the facilities management by serving as the department’s liaison to the Buildings and Grounds and Environmental Services departments to ensure aspects pertaining to a student’s physical environment are attended to in a timely manner. This position reports to the Dean of Students.

Area Coordinators (ACs)

The Area Coordinators (ACs) play a significant role in maintaining a  residential community, which supports and promotes student individual growth, responsibility, and academic achievement while assisting with the day to day operations of the residence halls. There are four ACs who report to the Director of Residence Life. The ACs, in turn, supervise a staff of Peer Counselors(PCs) and assist in the development of community based programs that enhance the quality of life in the residence halls. ACs are full time professional staff who live on campus and maintain office hours to meet with students to discuss academic and non academic concerns. The ACs serve as a part of a 24 hour on-call rotation to address emergency situations working collaboratively with other campus resources and staff members.

Student Office Assistants

Our office employs 4-6 students during the academic year to lend additional office coverage and support. This position reports to the Director of Housing and the Area Coordinators.

Shea House Staff

Darnell Pierce (he/him/his)

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Director of Residence Life
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Darnell is originally from Syracuse, New York and now lives in Kingston. He attended The College at Brockport where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science, and his Master's degree in Athletic Administration. Darnell is currently a part-time doctoral student at Widener University where he is studying Higher Education Leadership. Prior to working at Bard, Darnell recently worked at City College of New York, Smith College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In his spare time, Darnell enjoys working out, playing and watching tennis, Netflix binge watching over a nice glass of white wine, and considers himself a foodie!


Nancy Smith (she/her/hers)

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Director of Housing 
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Nancy is a native of Brooklyn, New York but has strong ties to the Hudson Valley and Dutchess county having lived in this neck of the woods for most of her life. Married for 18 years, Nancy and her husband live in Poughkeepsie. Nancy earned her BA in Psychology from SUNY Purchase and then attended Springfield College earning an Ed.M concentrating in College Student Personnel. With nearly thirty years of student affairs work experience at various colleges in the Northeast, Nancy landed at Bard College over six years ago and has never looked back! Nancy enjoys cats, Feng Shui, flea marketing, classical music and travel to parts unknown. One of her most memorable trips was to Sicily to explore the beautiful island and visit the hill town where her maternal grandparents were born in the late 1800's.

Cicily Wilson (she/her/hers)

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Administrative Assistant
Shea House, Email: Phone: (845) 758-7455

Cicily, originally from Queens, NY, has lived in Kingston with her husband and 2 children for 15 years. She attended Colgate University earning a Bachelor's degree in Religion. Prior to working at Bard, Cicily's career centered in non-profit management with a focus on Public Relations and Development for many organizations including the Elie Wiesel Foundation and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Cicily spends most of her time enjoying the Hudson Valley with her family, volunteering, and training for and running road races. 


Area Coordinators:
Residential Area Staff

Paola Castillo (she/her/hers)

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Area Coordinator for North Campus
Satellite Office: Robbins 188
Phone: (845) 752-4002

Residence Halls: Hirsch, Tremblay, Manor Annex, Robbins, Robbins Addition, Ward Manor

Paola (pronounced Paa-ohh-laa) Castillo is originally from Brooklyn, New York and now lives at Bard College. She received her Bachelor's degree in English and minor in Public Administration from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Western Michigan University. Throughout, her undergraduate career she was extremely involved on campus, her most memorable experiences are studying abroad in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Ecuador, Greece and Brazil. In her free time, Paola enjoys traveling, eating and dancing. 

Patrick Clarkson (he/him/his)

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Area Coordinator for South Campus
Satellite Office: Shelov 101
Phone: (845) 752- 2392

Residence Halls: Bluecher, Bourne, Leonard, Obreshkove, Rovere, Rueger, Sands, Shafer, Shelov, Steinway, Tewksbury, Wolff

Patrick studied Interior Design at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York, where he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts.  He went on to complete a Master of Education in College Student Personnel at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, in April of 2017.  While originally from Bay Shore, New York, he and his family moved to Broad Creek, North Carolina.  In his spare time, Patrick can be found reinventing an old piece of furniture, listening to RuPaul’s podcast, or watching 30 Rock. 

Hannah Jaegers (she/her/hers)

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Area Coordinator for Cruger Village
Satellite Office: Cruger 117
Phone: (845) 752-4001

Residence Halls: Cruger Hall, Keen North & South, Maple House, Mulberry House, Oberholzer, Spruce House, Sycamore House, Bartlett

Hannah comes to Bard from North Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies and Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University. This is Hannah's second year at Bard as the Cruger Village Area Coordinator. She enjoys folk music, knitting and vinegar-based barbecue. When not in the office, you can find Hannah on campus enjoying kombucha from the Green Onion, supporting our teams and performers, or walking through the Tivoli Bays. 

Manuel Llano-Martinez (he/him/his)

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Area Coordinator for Central Campus
Manuel Martinez
Satellite Office: Resnick G 101
Phone: (845) 752-4003

Residence Halls: North & South Hoffman, McVickar, Potter, South Hall, McCausland, Brown, Resnick Commons A-L

Manny was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and he's originally from Waterbury,Connecticut. He attended Southern Connecticut State University where he received a liberal arts degree in Human Performance, Nutrition, and School of Education. Manny then attended Central Connecticut State University where he received his Master's in Student Development in Higher Education. Prior to working at Bard, Manny worked at Eastern Connecticut State University as a Hall Director. In his spare time, Manny enjoys going on hikes, playing sports, working out and exploring nearby towns.

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Contact Us

Office of Residence Life & Housing
Location: Shea House
1438 Annandale Road
Phone: 845-758-7455

Important Dates

Download the latest schedule of breaks and residence hall closings below.