Staff

John Lawler
John Lawler
Dean of Student Living and Learning

Pronouns: he/him/his
E-mail: lawlej4@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284

Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor
Area of Responsibility for Fall 2021: Blitman Residential Commons

John Lawler began serving in his role as the Dean of Student Living and Learning in 2019 and is responsible for oversight of the Residential, Fraternity and Sorority, and Off-Campus Commons at Rensselaer. He and his staff implement a range of programs and services designed to create an impactful student living-learning experience for students throughout their time at the university. Before joining the Rensselaer community, John served as the Director of Student Life at the University of Maine and, prior to that, a series of roles at Indiana University. John graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, and completed his master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University. Outside of work, John and his wife, Katie, have two children and two dogs to keep them busy.

Kris Nolan-Parker
Kris Nolan-Parker
Associate Dean of Residential Commons

Pronouns: they/them/their
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-mail: nolank@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284

Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor
Area of Responsibility for Fall 2021: Polytechnic Apartments, City Station South, City Station West, North, E-Complex, Quad

Kris “knp” Nolan-Parker began serving in their role at Rensselaer in 2017 where they provide oversight for Student Living and Learning’s personnel, as well as enhancing the student experience through the selection and training processes. Kris also oversees special projects to enhance students’ sense of belonging such as residence hall programming and promoting conversations between RAs and their residents. Kris is known for leading with rigorous empathy and utilizing radical candor to engage in meaningful discussion to promote inclusive change. Kris graduated with their bachelor’s degree from Castleton University and their master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University. In their time away outside of work, Kris enjoys playing basketball, hiking, spending time with their family, long walks with their Akita, and adventuring in the great outdoors.

Shelby Robinson
Shelby Robinson
Associate Dean of Residential Commons

Pronouns: she/her/hers
E-mail: robins12@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284
Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor
Area of Responsibility for Fall 2021: BARH, Bray, Bryckwyck, Crockett, RAHP A, Stacwyck

Shelby has been dedicated to helping students become their authentic selves since beginning her Higher Education career in 2016. Since then, this path has led her from Illinois to Colorado, and now here to Troy, NY to be at Rensselaer. When not walking around campus with her cat, Shelby loves to travel to new places with her friends, go shopping at one of the awesome malls in the area, or is fueling her K-Pop obsession.

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Ethan M. Stubbs
Associate Dean Fraternity & Sorority Commons

Pronouns: he/him/his
E-mail: stubbe@rpi.edu
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor

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Aaron Youmans
Aaron Youmans
Assistant Dean of Residential Commons

Pronouns: he/him/his
E-mail: youmaa2@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284
Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office (Hall Hall Annex)
Area of Responsibility for Fall 2021: Barton,Cary, Davison, Hall, Nason, Sharp, and Warren

Aaron has had the pleasure of working with students at Rensselaer since the summer of 2016. Aaron is passionate about fostering leadership and mentorship among the Resident Assistant staffs that he oversees as well as ensuring that residents develop and grow into the leaders of tomorrow. Originally from Virginia, Aaron loves living in the capital region of New York. While not on-campus, Aaron enjoys hiking, disc golf, exploring the farmers market, and checking out local restaurants.

Michael Sitterley
Michael Sitterley
Director of Housing Operations

Pronouns: he/him/his
E-mail: sittem@rpi.edu
Phone: 518
-276-6284
Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor

Beth Pasinella
Operations Manager

Pronouns: she/her/hers
E-mail: pasine@rpi.edu
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor

Sue Valenti
Operations Specialist

Pronouns: she/her/hers
E-mail: valens@rpi.edu
Phone: 518-276-6284
Office Location: Student Living and Learning Office, Commons first floor

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