Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and Housing
Office: Hogan 122
After receiving his B.S. in sports medicine and M.S. in human services from Keene State College, Dean Coolbaugh entered the residence life field full time. He has served as a Resident Assistant, Assistant Resident Director, Family Manager, Hall Director, Area Coordinator, and recently completed four years as an Assistant Dean of Students at the College of Saint Elizabeth, before coming to Holy Cross. Dean Coolbaugh is an avid chef, a fervent marine reef aquarium enthusiast, a student of architecture, and loves sailing.
Senior Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing
Office: Hogan 122
Ryan joined Holy Cross during July of 2015 and has worked in Residence Life since becoming an RA as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English: Creative Writing and a minor in Psychology. While at Northeastern University, Ryan earned a Master of Science in College Student Development and Counseling. Ryan's career in Student Affairs has taken him across the country and to a variety of institutions including Simmons College, University of California Riverside, University of Rhode Island, and Walnut Hill School of the Arts. A proud Massachusetts native, Ryan is a huge fan of the B's, C's, Pats, and Sox. Ryan has dedicated time to fantasy sports, kayaking, sailing, and coaching the Holy Cross Men's Rugby Club.
Assistant Director of Residential Operations
Office: Hogan 122
Jessica joined the Residence Life & Housing staff during the summer of 2019 as the Assistant Director of Residential Operations. Before coming to College of the Holy Cross, Jessica worked as a Resident Director at Miami University of Ohio. Originally from Washington state, Jessica has a BA in History and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Walla Walla University. Jessica loves exploring new areas of the country, trying new restaurants, baking, and hanging out with her family, Kirk and Willow (the cat). Enthusiastic about iced coffee, Jessica misses Dutch Bros, a west coast staple, but is really enjoying Dunkin.
Raquel Lynn Whidbee
Office: Hogan 122
Raquel started at Holy Cross in February 2016 in Kimball Dining Hall as the on-call pasta person. In May 2016 she transitioned to an administrative floater and worked in various departments here at the College. In October 2018 she was hired full-time as the Admin. for Residence Life & Housing. She received a Bachelors of Science in Art and Interior Design from Atlantic Union College, a Seventh Day Adventist Liberal Arts School, in South Lancaster, MA. Raquel is an old soul. Her favorite time periods are from 1890-1940: The Gibson Girls of the 1890s, the Flappers of the 20s -30s and Pinups from the 40s. She loves black and white movies especially, Talking Precode, ones from 1929-1934. She enjoys all types of music but is drawn to anything Celtic. She likes to read, write, paint, draw and watch NFL/college football. Raquel will be taking her second semester of Acrylic Painting at the Worcester Art Museum in January 2018.
Area Coordinators (AC)
Before coming to Holy Cross in 2018, Richelle earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Communication from Villanova University. While at Villanova, she worked in Residence Life as an RA and as a Graduate Resident Director for first year residents, developed a passion for supporting and getting to know students, and became an avid fan of college basketball. Originally from Rhode Island, Richelle loves going to the beach, being outdoors (especially by the ocean!), reading, and keeping up with all the latest celebrity and entertainment news.
Clark Hall & Hanselman Hall
Maria earned a B.A. in Social Work from Providence College and an M.S. from the University of Rhode Island in College Student Personnel. While at the University of Rhode Island, Maria worked for Housing and Residential Life and served as a Graduate Hall Director overseeing a first year community. Maria is passionate about student development and diversity and inclusion in higher education. Maria was born in Venezuela, but grew up in Westwood, MA. In her free time, Maria loves to explore new places, try any kind of new food, and spend a lot of time by the ocean!
Meet your new AC for Brooks-Mulledy Hall! Originally, she’s from New Hampshire, but has spent the last two years in Miami, Florida for her graduate program. Thaline received her Masters degree from Florida International University in Higher Education Administration (with a graduate certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies). At FIU, she was one of the graduate assistants within the Center for Leadership and Service. There, Thaline developed a passion for coordinating programs focused on diversity and civic engagement. Previously, she received a B.A. in History from Granite State College. Some interesting facts includeshe studied Spanish for six years and French for four years. She currently doesn’t practice either. In addition, Thaline's favorite past time includes renovating houses on her Sims.
Gabby has worked at College of the Holy Cross for the past year, previously serving as the CDC for Clark Hall, and now as the Area Coordinator for the junior/senior areas. Gabby has a B.A. in Political Science from Ohio University, and a M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. During the school year, Gabby advises the Residence Hall Association on campus, and is involved in a range of professional associations outside of her role. Gabby is originally from Cleveland Ohio, and is an avid Cleveland sports fan. In her spare time Gabby throws pottery at Worcester Center for Crafts, and enjoys a variety of Netflix shows.