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Residential Life Staff

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The Residential Life staff is committed to fostering an atmosphere in the halls and houses that makes sure you are safe, welcome, and supported in the Lasell community. We aim to promote student growth, promote personal and social responsibility, and be inclusive of Lasell's diverse student population.

The staff in the residence buildings consists of Area Coordinators (ACs) and Resident Assistants (RAs).  Every resident student has an RA on their floor, wing, or house.  Area Coordinators are professional staff members who live on campus in residential buildings. The ACs are responsible for supervising the RAs, and working with them to create a healthy, supportive, and educational environment in the residential communities.

Elisa Scarsella-BayiatesElisa Scarsella
Manager of Housing Operations

E-mail | (P) 617-243-2040

Elisa Scarsella-Bayiates joined the Lasell community in 1999. Elisa manages the operations of all student residence halls. She is responsible for coordinating both returning and incoming student assignments including the annual room selection process and break housing. During her time at Lasell, Elisa has served as the advisor to the dance team, staff representative on the food committee and was previously on the Sustainability Committee to help promote sustainability practices across campus. She is currently on the Parking Committee and serves on the Risk Management Committee.  In 2012, Elisa was awarded the SGA de Witt Spirit Award, which recognizes a faculty or staff person who embodies the love and spirit of Lasell University. Elisa received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Curry College in Milton, MA and her graduate degree in Integrated Marketing from Lasell University. When not hard at work Elisa enjoys Zumba, traveling, spending time with her family and friends and spoiling her dog, Cruiser.

Amanda SmolenskiAmanda Smolenski
Area Coordinator for Forest Hall, Gardner House, McClelland Hall, Rockwell Hall and Van Winkle Hall

E-mail | (P) 617-243-2015

Amanda started working at Lasell in March of 2019 and oversees Forest, McClelland, Rockwell and Van Winkle Halls. Before coming to Lasell, Amanda worked as a Graduate Resident Director at Newbury College. Amanda earned her Bachelor's in Art from Westfield State University and is currently completing her Master's in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University. In her free time, Amanda enjoys going to pop-punk concerts, doing escape rooms, and making art.

Kevin CastiglioniKevin Castiglioni  
Area Coordinator for Carpenter House, Case House, East Hall, Haskell House, Spence House, West Hall and Woodland Hall

E-mail | (P) 617-243-2129

Kevin uses He/Him/His pronouns and hails from the lovely town of Milford, MA. Kevin joined the Lasell University team as an Area Coordinator in August of 2019. Kevin earned his Master's degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey and his Bachelor's degree at UMass Amherst. Kevin oversees East, West and Woodland Halls. Kevin is passionate about social justice issues, particularly issues impacting queer communities. In Kevin's free time he likes to cook, make pottery, and enjoy the smaller things in life.

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) at Lasell University are integral members of the Residential Life staff. At this time, we have 40 RAs on campus, broken up into staffs, consisting of 10 RAs, and led by one of our Area Coordinators. RAs promote and support a safe and healthy residential environment that is supportive of students' personal and academic growth. RAs act as community developers, supporters of the academic and departmental mission statement, community standards educators, peer advisors, role models, team members, housing and facilities liaisons, and administrators, while remaining in good academic standing at Lasell University.

Residential Life Diversity Statement

The Office of Residential Life at Lasell University works to foster a diverse and inclusive environment that respects, acknowledges and celebrates all differences for members of our community. Through intentional educational efforts, we commit ourselves to provide not only a safe and secure living environment but also one in which each individual feels comfortable and appreciated for what makes them who they are. We support this mission through ongoing initiatives such as:

  • Supporting Connected Learning through diversity programming;
  • Providing gender inclusive housing options;
  • Developing and facilitating Ally Training for Residential Life Staff; and
  • Collaborating with campus partners to create inclusive events.

Residential Life Resources

Residential Life Policies

MyHousing@Lasell (MyLasell login)

Resident Assistant Application (MyLasell login)