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Office of Residence Life and Housing

Meet The Staff

Leadership Team

Douglas F. Gwynn, Ph.D., Director The Office of Residence Life & Housing
Dr. Gwynn is responsible for the overall administration of ORL&H. These responsibilities include staff recruitment, training and supervision, the maintenance of all facilities, development, and implementation of operational and strategic plans, and programming initiatives.
Contact Information: (443) 885-3217 or

NaKisha McLaurin, MSPM, Associate Director of Operations
Ms. McLaurin is responsible for monitoring and rectifying the day-to-day situations that pose health, safety, and security risks to students who reside in our student housing facilities. Ms. McLaurin is charged with overseeing the residence hall environment, specifically in the areas of maintenance, housekeeping, safety, and security.
Contact Information: (443) 885-3386 or

Renee Bowen, M.S., Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment Program
Ms. Bowen is responsible for overseeing the academic support services of the department. Ms. Bowen is charged with supervising student tutors and AEP coordinators, ensuring that our living-learning communities (LLCs) are providing a quality experience, and facilitating academic programming.

Contact Information: (443) 885-3388 or

Justin Hall, M.A., Assistant Director of Student Life
Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing the staff and student development component of the department. Mr. Hall is charged with supervising the residence hall staff, ensuring successful implementation of staff training, staff discipline, hall government and leadership development, and overseeing student programming areas.
Contact Information: (443) 885-3982 or

Administrative Support Staff

Maiyaesha Spratley, Manager of Assignments

Sarah Colbert, Room Assignment Coordinator

Christina Jones, Coordinator of Web & Technology Services

Bisoye Otuyelu, Fiscal Manager

Tarrin Morgan, M.A, M.A.S., Director of Marketing & Digital Engagement

Taya Gaskins-Scott, Administrative Assistant to the Director

Live-In Residential Staff

The live-in residential staff consists of Resident Director, Assistant Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, and Desk Attendants. They are committed to the ideals and missions of both the University and Residence Life. These individuals are your primary contacts when you have problems or concerns.

Resident Director (RD): Resident Directors are full-time professional staff members who reside in the residence halls. Each individual is responsible for their area or building. The RD assumes responsibility for the management, administration, programming, and student development areas within the residence hall/complex. The RD supervises additional staff persons assigned to the hall/complex.

Baldwin Hall: Brittanie Thomas, M.Ed, MS, Resident Director

Blount Towers: Kayleah Woods, MBA, Resident Director

Cummings House: Brittanie Thomas, M.Ed, MS, Resident Director

Harper-Tubman House: Daquan Moore, Resident Director

Marble Hall Gardens Apartment: Lawrence Lockett, Jr., MA, Resident Director

O'Connell Hall: Walter Kennedy, Resident Director

Rawlings Hall: Gregory Dendy, Jr., MDiv, Resident Director

Thurgood Marshall Apartment Complex: Desmond Adams, Resident Director

HH Midtown: LaKeesha Jackson, M.A. Ed, Senior Resident Director

Resident Assistant (RA): Resident Assistants are undergraduates who live on the floors with the students. Their overall responsibility is to provide leadership, lend assistance and support to the students in the halls, and enforce University and ORL health and safety policies. RAs work with the students on their floor to plan and implement social, recreational, and cultural activities throughout the semester.

Desk Attendant (DA): Desk Attendants are students whom ORL&H hires to work the front desk area of the residence halls throughout the week and weekends from 8:00 to midnight. They are available to assist students and visitors with their needs and to monitor the events occurring in the buildings and the individuals entering the buildings to ensure the safety of the students.