Meet the Staff!
Sara C. Alexanderson, Director of Housing & Residence Life
Sara came to Daemen in 2001 as the Assistant Director of Residence Life. After leaving Daemen in 2003 for volunteering in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, she returned as an International Admissions counselor. Sara has been in her current position as the Director of Residence Life since 2006. Sara graduated with her BA in Psychology from Wittenberg University and her MS in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College.
Sara oversees campus housing and the entire Residence Life program at Daemen College. The best part of her job according to her is getting to know students and working closely with all the resident assistants on campus. In addition to her responsibilities in Residence Life, Sara also actively serves on the Retention Committee, Woodhull Selection Committee and the Veterans Affairs Council. Sara is also involved with the Diversity Plan at Daemen College and helps with Orientation and the LEADS Leadership Workshop series.
In her free time, Sara likes to run (past participant of Team in Training), ski, hike and go camping, travel, attend local festivals and concerts, boating, and reading.
Jill Cole, Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life
Jill first came to Daemen College in 2012 as the Resident Coordinator for Residence Life. Now, Jill has stepped into the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life role. Prior to working at Daemen, she graduated with her BS in Environmental Economics from SUNY Cortland and is pursuing her M. Ed in Higher Education Administration at Post University.
As Assistant Director, Jill will assist with the coordination of room assignments and housing functions as well as in the selection, training and supervision of the paraprofessional staff. She also serves as a hearing officer in student judicial cases. As Resident Coordinator, she was responsible for creating the Resident Assistant programming model that has been used in Daemen College's residence halls since Fall 2013. Her involvement in the greater Daemen community has included presentation of LEADs Leadership Workshops, assisting with Orientation and club moderator of the PRIDE Alliance.She has also presented at several Residence Life Conferences in New York State and has mentored several Daemen RAs as conference presenters.
In her free time, Jill enjoys being active in the Buffalo community and spending time with her family, friends and cat Billy.
Andrew Kij, Resident Coordinator of Housing and Operations
Andrew came to Daemen in May of 2013 as a Resident Coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residence Life. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. In the fall of 2013 he will begin his work towards his MS in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs, also at the University at Buffalo. Andrew is an integral part of campus housing. He loves being able to work closely with all types of students and professionals on campus.
In his free time, he likes to attend music and art festivals, both locally and otherwise. His favorite activities are those that take place outdoors, including camping, swimming, hiking, white water rafting, and biking. He also loves to travel and would love to one day visit every country in Europe.
Hayley Rosario, Resident Coordinator of Residence Life
Hayley came to Daemen in July of 2013 as a Resident Coordinator for the Office of Housing and Residence Life. She graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa with a BA in History and a minor in Sociology. In the fall of 2013 she will begin to work towards her MS in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius. Hayley loves being able to work closely with all types of students and professionals in the campus community.
In her free time, she likes to attend cultural events around Buffalo, read and listen to new music. Her favorite activities are crafting, painting, and hanging out with her friends and family. She hopes to one day be able to travel around the world and get her PhD in higher education.
Resident Assistants (RAs) are responsible for establishing a comfortable rapport with each student in the hall or on the floor. This includes being aware of the personal and academic needs of each individual student. Through programming and community development, the RAs promote an atmosphere conducive to studying and personal growth. In addition the RAs are a main resource for students at Daemen. As a resource, RAs assist both residents and parents in acclimating to Daemen's campus, answer questions on a wide variety of topics, and refer students to other departments as needed.