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Professional Staff

Central Office Staff

 Edwin Coolbaugh

Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life and Housing 
email: ecoolbau@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-2411

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.

 Ryan Grant

Senior Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing
email: rgrant@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-2411

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. 

Caitlin MacNeil

Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing
email: cemacnei@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-2411

Caitlin is a proud alum of the Holy Cross Class of 2013. During her undergraduate years, Caitlin spent three years as a Resident Assistant while earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, concentrations in Creative Writing and Peace and Conflict Studies. Caitlin then continued her interest in Higher Education and Student Affairs while earning her Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration at Springfield College. Prior to returning to Holy Cross, Caitlin spent six years working in Residential Life at Assumption University in Worcester. She is proud to call Worcester home, spending lots of time exploring new restaurants in the city and local trails to walk with her Goldendoodle Finnegan. 

 Raquel Lynn Whidbee

Administrative Assistant
email: rwhidbee@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-2411

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 (ACs)

Hanna Christ

Area Coordinator
Email: hchrist@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-2411

Hanna (she/her) joined Holy Cross in June 2021. She is a New Yorker at heart, having grown up on Long Island before moving to the south coast of Massachusetts. Hanna was an active student leader throughout her undergraduate career at Westfield State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art before taking on professional roles in orientation and residential life. Hanna moved onto a graduate fellowship at Merrimack College, where she worked in the Office of Student Involvement on orientation and leadership development while earning her Master of Education in Higher Education. It is Hanna's belief that students are most successful when they feel connected to their institution, and that connection can be easily built by faculty and staff who are committed to mentoring students. To Hanna, residence life feels like the most impactful way she can connect with students, cheer them on, and guide them as they navigate college and beyond. When she's not working, Hanna enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, painting and practicing calligraphy, and hanging out with her cat, Tony Pajamas. 
 

 Wesley Rodgers

Area Coordinator - sophomore residence halls
email: wrodgers@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-3015

Wesley joined Holy Cross in December 2020 and has worked in Residence Life since becoming a Resident Assistant at Crown College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Wesley has gone on to earn a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University and has worked professionally in Residence Life in both Washington State and Ohio prior to coming to Holy Cross. Having lived in 7 states and 2 countries, Wesley loves to travel and explore the world around him, especially through the mediums of food and film. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Emily, and their dog Ladybird. 

 Jess Montecalvo

Area Coordinator - first-year residence halls
email: jmonteca@holycross.edu
Office: Hogan 122
508-793-3786

Jess (pronouns: they/them or he/him) joined the Holy Cross team in December 2020. A native New Englander, Jess grew up in Rhode Island before making his way to Western Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies from Smith College. Further pursuing his passion for student-centered support, Jess earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus on sexual violence prevention from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jess has worked in residence life at several institutions over the last six years, focusing on curriculum development, access and accessibility, and addressing systems of oppression in higher education. In his spare time, you can find Jess trying not to kill his house plants, hunting down the best food MA has to offer, and catering to the whims of his two dogs.