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The Saint Rose Office of Residence Life Staff consists of both professional staff and student resident assistants (RAs) staff. Our professional staff include: a director, assistant director, four area coordinators, an administrative secretary, and graduate assistant. The director has overall responsibility for the Office of Residence Life while each member of the professional staff has individual and specific tasks that assist in supporting the Residence Life Program. The director supervises other members of the professional staff. The assistant director is mainly responsible for all facilities and operational pieces within Residence Life.

The area coordinators supervise a staff of approximately eleven to twelve RAs and are on-call for crisis intervention on campus year-round (there is an area coordinator on-call at all times). They act as Saint Rose student conduct officers and serve on a variety of campus-wide committees as well as work on special projects for the Office of Residence Life.

Meet our Professional Staff

Phylicia Coley, Director of Residence Life
Phylicia graduated from University at Albany with a dual degree, BA in Biology and a BA in Women’s Studies. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy. While pursuing her degree, Phylicia worked as an Assistant Apartment Coordinator at the University at Albany and transitioned into her role as Assistant Director of Residence Life at The Sage Colleges. In 2017, Phylicia served as the Director of Residence Life at SUNY Adirondack where she worked to provide a residential space where first generation students felt supported. At the core of her work, Phylicia strives to create a supportive environment and opportunities for students facing adversities. Prior to joining the Saint Rose family in March of 2020 Phylicia served as the Associate Dean for Off Campus Commons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is excited to be a part of a college that actively works to create a HOME environment for their students!

Myles Clendenin ’13, Assistant Director, Housing Operations
Myles started his career in Residence Life in 2011 as an RA. Myles graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Childhood Education/Special Education and a Master’s degree in Education Technology in 2015. He worked as a Hall Director at SUNY Oswego for 3 years before coming back Saint Rose in July 2018. He has always considered Saint Rose as his 2nd home and he a more than excited to be back.

Theresa Belfance ’20, Interim Area Coordinator
Theresa graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2019 with a BS in Childhood Education/Special Education. She joined the Residence Life staff in 2016 as a Resident Assistant. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education at St. Rose and will complete her studies in December 2020. In her role as an AC, Theresa wants to be a support to all students on campus. Her goal is to help RAs foster communities and be a support to their residents to ensure a positive experience while living on campus. She is very excited to start her new role at her 2nd HOME.

John Johnson

John Johnson, Area Coordinator
John is a First-generation college student from Brooklyn, New York coming from a family of eight. He graduated from Russell Sage College in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Having accomplished a number of goals throughout his college career, some that he is most proud of include being an Alumni of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), serving as the Student Government President, and travelling to Africa for a 2-month community service project. John aims to motivate and empower all students while enhancing the campus community as a whole. He is very excited to begin his professional career at Saint Rose through the office of Residence Life.

Mackenzie Wright ’19, Area Coordinator
Mackenzie graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 2019 with a BA in Communications. She joined the Residence Life family in 2018 as a Resident Assistant, and has been in the Area Coordinator role since January 2020. In addition to this, she is currently pursuing her MBA at Saint Rose. Throughout her time here, Mackenzie has been an involved member of the campus community, participating in various clubs, committees, and leadership roles. Saint Rose is Mackenzie’s home away from home, and she is incredibly grateful to be at such a welcoming and wonderful place.

In her role as an Area Coordinator, Mackenzie hopes to make Saint Rose HOME to all of its students, promote inclusive and supportive communities, and provide students with the best possible collegiate experience.

Sandy Garcia, Administrative Secretary
Sandy joined our team in February 2018.  She is originally from the Caribbean island Barbados, where she completed her Education.  She decided to migrate to the US 20 years ago and upon doing so, grew to love Albany and decided to call it home. Sandy enjoys meeting and interacting with people from different walks of life.