Residential Life Team

The Residential Life professional staff serve as a support TEAM working closely with residents to create a hall environment in which optimal student learning and personal development can be achieved.    

Michelle Hobby-Mears, Director of Residential Life and Student Activities
949-480-4134
mhobby-mears@soka.edu 

The Assistant Director of Student Programs works closely with the Residential Life staff on co-curriculum programming for the residential community.

Julian Velarde, Assistant Director of Student Programs
949-480-4250  
jvelarde@soka.edu    

The Assistant Director of Residential Operations and Planning lives on campus and manages the operational issues associated with the entire residential community in coordination with the Facilities Department. The AD also focuses on residential community development and planning and works closely with the staff to support residents.

Lisa Deiser, Assistant Director of Residential Operations and Planning
949-480-4149  
ldeiser@soka.edu

The Residence Hall Coordinators (RHC) provide leadership and supervision. As live on staff, their responsibilities include supporting residents' needs, supervising the RAs, managing hall facilities, coordinating co-curricular programs, and advising the Residence Hall Association. The RHCs are available to assist in all matters.

Andy Lyum, Residence Hall Coordinator
949-480-4212  
landy@soka.edu

Ruby Nagashima, Residence Hall Coordinator
949-480-4190  
rnagashima@soka.edu

Jaime Dance, Residence Hall Coordinator
949-480-4138  
jdance@soka.edu

Jason Howie, Residence Hall Coordinator
949-480-4016  
jhowie@soka.edu

Resident Advisors (RAs) have a unique opportunity to positively impact our residence halls by working with residents and the Residential Life staff members. RAs function as community guardian, a resource, programmer, supporter and friend. RAs operate the front office during evening office hours assisting residents with checkout, maintenance or service requests and in any other area of need. RAs organize educational hall programs for the benefit of the student community as well as assist the staff when conflicts or crisis arise within the community.

Brandon Lim - RA serving Sunrise Hall 300

Suzanna Stockey  - RA serving Sunrise Hall 300

Julie Jackson - RA serving Abeona Hall 305

Miranda Almeida - RA serving Aurora Hall 310

Erika Lim - RA serving Horizon Hall 315

Eliot Goldstein - RA serving Umoja Hall 370

Joseph Winkler - RA serving Minuteman Hall 375

Aaron Aubrey - RA serving Sunset Hall 380

Tamires Da Silva - RA serving Sunset Hall 380

Wai-ki Fong - RA serving Somnus Hall 385

The Faculty in Residence Program is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know faculty outside of the traditional classroom environment. The Faculty Resident (FIR) lives in the residence halls to support the students whether in their adjustment to campus life or assistance with their studies.

Peter Burns, Faculty Resident 2015-2016
Professor of Political Science