Staff Overview

Douglas F. Gwynn, Ph.D., Director The Office of Residence Life & Housing  

Dr. Gwynn is responsible for the overall administration of ORL&H. These responsibilities include staff recruitment, training and supervision, the maintenance of all facilities, development and implementation of operational and strategic plans, and programming initiatives.

Contact Information: (443) 885-3217 or  


NaKisha McLaurin, MSPM, Associate Director of Operations

Ms. McLaurin is responsible for monitoring and rectifying the day-to-day situations that pose health, safety, and security risks to students who reside in our student housing facilities. Ms. McLaurin is charged with overseeing the residence hall environment, specifically in the areas of maintenance, housekeeping, safety and security.

Contact Information: (443) 885-3386 or


Renee Bowen, Assistant Director of Academic Enrichment Program


Contact Information: (443) 885-3388 or



Justin Hall, M.A., Assistant Director of Student Life

Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing the staff and student development component of the department. Mr. Hall is charged with supervising the residence hall staff, ensuring successful implementation of staff training, staff discipline, hall government and leadership development and overseeing student programming areas.

Contact Information: (443) 885-3982 or




The live-in residential staff consists of Resident Director, Assistant Resident Directors, Resident Assistants and Desk Attendants. They are committed to the ideals and missions of both the University and Residence Life. These individuals are your primary contacts when you have problems or concerns.


Resident Director (RD): Resident Directors are full-time professional staff members who reside in the residence halls. Each individual is responsible for his/her own are/building. The RD assumes responsibility for the management, administration, programming and student development areas within the residence hall/complex. The RD supervises additional staff persons assigned to the hall/complex.


Baldwin Hall: Kayleah Woods,  Resident Director

Blount Towers: Taya Gaskins-Scott, Resident Director

Cummings House: Kayleah Woods, Resident Director

Harper-Tubman House: , Resident Director

Marble Hall Gardens Apartments: Juana Socorro, Resident Director

O’Connell Hall: Eric Williams Sr., Resident Director

Rawlings Hall: Chad Williams-Bey, Resident Director

Thurgood Marshall Apartments: Christopher Coleman, Resident Director



Resident Assistant (RA): Resident Assistants are undergraduates who live on the floors with the students. Their overall responsibility is to provide leadership, lend assistance and support to eh students in the halls and enforce University and ORL policies regarding the safety and health of the students. RAs work with the students on their floor to plan and implement social, recreational and cultural activities throughout the semester.



Desk Attendant (DA): Desk Attendants are students whom ORL&H hires to work the front desk area of the residence halls throughout the week and weekends from 8:00 to midnight. They are available to assist students and visitors with their needs and to monitor the events occurring in the buildings and the individuals entering the buildings to ensure the safety of the students.