Housing & Dining

Housing & Dining Staff

Central Staff

Erik Muurisepp, Associate Dean/Director of Housing and Residence Life

Alexandra (Alex) Dalton, Office Manager

Housing and Residence Life

Amanda Turnley, Senior Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life

Amanda was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology/women’s studies from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and a master’s degree in administration of higher education from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. As the Senior Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, Amanda oversees room changes and housing placement, manages housing databases, and coordinates residence hall openings and closings. Amanda loves all things Disney, and hopes to visit all the Disney theme parks in her lifetime.

Takara Larsen, Assistant Director of Housing Operations

Takara grew up in West Medford, Massachusetts. She has a bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College. In her spare time, Takara enjoys concert-going, Boston sports (especially the Boston Celtics), theater, traveling, and shopping.

Seth Grue, Associate Director of Residence Life

Seth, a native of Pelham, New Hampshire, has a master’s degree in higher education from University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Roger Williams University. He works closely with the professional and Resident Assistant staff to provide ongoing educational and community programming throughout the residence halls, including the Learning Communities. He coordinates the selection and training of all the Resident Assistant positions for the Boston campus. Seth studied abroad in Jamaica and went snorkeling every single day.

Anna Swenson, Residence Life Graduate Assistant

Residence Directors

The RDs are trained professional staff members who are responsible for the overall supervision of the Housing and Residence Life program in their hall. The RDs have training in counseling, mediation and conflict resolution, judicial affairs, programming, and other related disciplines. The RDs act as advisors, respond to emergency situations, administer judicial cases, mediate conflicts, advise hall council, and supervise the Resident Assistants (RAs) and mail/front desk operations. Make an effort to get to know your RD, as he/she is willing and able to enhance the quality of community living in your hall and encourage your growth and development as an individual.

Your RD maintains scheduled office hours within the residence hall and is available to talk to you about problems or concerns you may be experiencing. The RD is also available if your RA is unable to assist you in a matter.

Emily Long, Residence Director (Little Building, Uppers)

Emily, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has a bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and a master’s degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Emily serves as the Residence Director for the upper floors (8-12) of the Little Building, where she helps oversee the day-to-day operations of the building and supervises a total of 10 resident assistants. In her free time, she enjoys working out, downhill skiing, shopping, and exploring beautiful New England!

Brandon Bennett, Residence Director (Little Building, Lowers)

Brandon completed his B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies and Sociology from SUNY Plattsburgh. He continued at Plattsburgh where he earned his M.S. in Student Affairs Counseling. Within his role as a Residence Director at Emerson, Brandon facilitates the Little Building Hall Council, supervises 10 resident assistants, and oversees the digital culture learning community. In his free time, Brandon enjoys going to the movies and being outside.

Caitlin Courtney, Assistant Director for Residence Life Training/Residence Director (Colonial)

Caitlin comes from Southampton in the "Happy Valley" of Western Massachusetts. Caitlin has a master’s degree in educational leadership and inclusive education from Utica College and a BS in marketing and business from Roger Williams University. She serves as the Residence Director for the Colonial, managing the day-to-day operations of the building and supervises a total of 12 Resident Assistants. Caitlin instructs the first-year STAR course (Students Taking Active Roles), and advises the Wellness/Substance Free learning community. In her free time, she enjoys escaping to Cape Cod, spontaneous road trips, exploring Boston, coaching lacrosse, and playing sports.

Danielle Oldfield, Residence Director (Piano Row, Uppers)

Danielle completed her Master of Education Degree in College Student Personnel at Ohio University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Danielle is the Residence Director for the upper half of Piano Row (floors 9-14), supervising nine resident assistants as well as coordinating the Welcome Desk. She also oversees the Active Living and Writer’s Block Learning Commnunities. Outside of work, Danielle loves crafting, playing video games, ice hockey, and reading good books.

Jessica Hearne, Residence Director (Piano Row, Lowers)

Jess, a North Chicago native, is a proud alumna of Northern Illinois University where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology.  She then completed her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.  As a Residence Director, Jess supervises 9 resident assistants, helps manage daily operations of the building, advises Piano Row Hall Council, and oversees the Film Immersion and Living Green Learning Communities.  In her free time, Jess can be spotted working out, shopping, listening to show tunes, and exploring beautiful Boston.

Matthew Carney, Residence Director (Paramount)

Matt completed his MS in College Student Personnel Administration and Services at the University of Central Arkansas and his BS at Elmira College. Matt is the Residence Director for the Paramount Building, where he manages all operations of the building and supervises eight Resident Assistants. He oversees the Performing Cultures Learning Community as well as the Paramount Welcome Desk.