Our Staff

Emily Balcom

Emily Balcom

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5645
ebalcom@wpi.edu

Emily Balcom

  • Assistant Dean and Director of Residential Services

As the Assistant Dean and Director of Residential Services, I oversee Residential Services, Dining Services, and ID Card Services. I bring almost two decades of student affairs experience at a variety of institutions to WPI, and enjoy engaging with the faculty, staff, and students.  I have chosen to work in the student services field because I firmly believe that fostering a positive student experience outside the classroom is integral to supporting success in the classroom.  Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two children. They are true "campus kids", so keep an eye out for us and say hello!

Amy Beth Laythe

Amy Beth Laythe

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5130
alaythe@wpi.edu

Amy Beth Laythe

  • Associate Director of Operations

As the Associate Director for Operations, I oversee residential occupancy, liaise with facilities, and supervise the campus ID card office.  I love the logic and straight forward communication style that WPI students bring to every situation and the feedback they give. I enjoy feeling like I help to create the “home away from home” for them to enjoy! In my personal time, I am an avid Boston sports fan and attend games whenever I have the chance. I also love to bowl and am a big fan of trivia.

Casey Wall

Casey Wall

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5608
Cwall@wpi.edu

Casey Wall

  • Associate Director of Residential Education

As the Associate Director of Residential Education my number one goal is to ensure that our residential students are being given opportunities to grow and develop as a result of living in our residence halls. I truly enjoy my job, as I am able to assist students in preparing for life after WPI while they live with us during their college career.  I love athletics, playing softball in college on scholarship and then coaching at the University of Rhode Island during my time there, as well as currently working with the WPI Softball program.  I run half marathons, cycle in century ride events (100 miles in a day), play golf, love camping, building with Legos, and spending time with my family and close friends. 

Mike Hamilton

Mike Hamilton

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5615
mjham@wpi.edu

Mike Hamilton

  • Assistant Director

I love working with the students of WPI. In my role over the past few years, I've met many fascinating students who do amazing things. Supervising and advising students gives me the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of students every day. My role helps me find valuable learning and teaching opportunities for my students outside of the classroom. It is from these moments that I find the most satisfaction and enjoyment in my job.

Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-4941
mfoster@wpi.edu

Matthew Foster

  • Complex Coordinator

As a Complex Coordinator, I oversee several of the residence halls here on campus and supervise the para-professional Resident Advisors assigned to those halls.  Through programming, presence, and policy enforcement, my student staff and I are able to create a living-learning environment conducive to the true WPI experience.  My past few years of work in the field of higher education have sparked my passion for residential services and the entire out of classroom experiences that the residence halls have to offer our students.  My experiences thus far at WPI have shown me how important these experiences are and how much they impact the overall development of our students.

Ashley Merchant

Ashley Merchant

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5645
amerchant@wpi.edu

Ashley Merchant

  • Complex Coordinator

I was born and raised in New Jersey.  I come to WPI by way of upstate New York.  Residential Services has been an interest of mine since my junior year of college.  I experienced an amazing transformation during my two years as an RA.  I love working with college students and watching development happen.  My passion for students has motivated me to get my master’s in higher education administration.  WPI is the type of place that you are always learning something new.  I absolutely love everything that I have learned from my students and my RAs.  The student leaders on this campus truly make me love working at WPI.  More specifically, the commitment that the RAs portray every day is what keeps me coming back.

Jenna Peterson-Magnuski

Jenna Peterson-Magnuski

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5114
jmpetersonmagnus@wpi.edu

Jenna Peterson-Magnuski

  • Complex Coordinator

Since joining the WPI staff, I have learned to really enjoy the level of intensity and commitment that everyone in the community holds. Whether it’s related to their profession/major or a side hobby, everyone has something that, once you discover, they are near-fanatical about. Whether it’s comics, sailing, or engineering – once you find it, they will talk about it for as long as you’ll let them! I love that, as a Complex Coordinator, I get to connect with lots of people, hear their stories, and find out what they’re geeky about. I use this understanding of our community to shape a rich WPI experience in my work with Resident Advisors, students, and other community members.

Ryan Worsman

Ryan Worsman

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5645
rworsman89@wpi.edu

Ryan Worsman

  • Graduate Assistant

I am a civil engineer and have been involved with WPI since 2008 in a series of different roles. I have served as a Staff Member, a Research Assistant, a Teaching Assistant, a Student, and a Residential Assistant. Through my time helping students adjust to the next phase in their life I developed a passion for mentoring and teaching. I have had the privilege of working with many talented staff and faculty members that have helped to coach my style of teaching. I enjoy being a part of the WPI community because it is lively, dedicated, and flexible. WPI’s focus on the future and improving the community we are a part of helps drive me to always do they best I can. To recharge when away from academia my hobbies include, hiking, hunting, camping, repairing vehicles, and helping others. These help me to take a step back and keep a focus on the big picture.

Carol Contis

Carol Contis

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5645
ccontis@wpi.edu

Carol Contis

  • Administrative Assistant

I enjoy working with our students and I enjoy the contacts I make during the day with parents, facilities, etc. Outside of work, being the grandmother of six keeps me busy. During the summer months my grandchildren stay at my home at Cape Cod and we all go to the beach together. When time permits, I enjoy taking watercolor classes at the Falmouth Artist Guild— the Cape offers many beautiful scenic spots to paint.

Nancy Kozlowski

Nancy Kozlowski

Contact Information

East Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-5645
nkozlows@wpi.edu

Nancy Kozlowski

  • Administrative Assistant

I have worked in the office of Residential Services for fourteen years. I've stayed so long because I love working with the students. Since the Resident Advisor mailbox is in my office, there are always students dropping by and we get to know them very well. Even after they graduate some of them correspond with us on Facebook. I have two girls of my own and one of my daughters graduated from WPI, so when a parent calls with questions about the school or problems they might encounter, I can share my own experiences with them. My hobbies are visiting the ocean, spending time with my grandchildren, and spending time at my home in Florida, where two of my grandchildren live.

 
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