Professional Staff

kfortiKevin Forti
Director of Residence Life

Kevin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Western New England University and an M.Ed. from Springfield College. He has worked in Residence Life for over 15 years and has been at RISD since 2014. He provides departmental oversight and focus on planning and development, budgeting and resource management, goal setting, and cross functional strategic alignment.

Contact Kevin at or (401) 454-6651
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Contact Kevin or anyone on the staff with ideas for improving our residence halls and houses, our residential experience, or any general concepts related to housing and dining plans.

DMurphyDaniel Murphy
Associate Director for Residence Education

Dan is originally from a small town in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. He holds a B.S. in Education from Bucknell University, where he minored in studio art and concentrated on incorporating art into the K-6 curriculum, and a M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. In his spare time you can find Dan walking his dog or going for a run around Providence, exploring new coffee shops, and finding the best desserts in Rhode Island.

Contact Dan at or (401) 454-6654
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Contact Dan for community concerns, ideas for programming, questions about gender inclusive housing, or staff selection process.

ameschisenAnu Meschisen
Associate Director for Housing Operations

Anu was born in Bombay, India where she lived for a majority of her childhood. She completed her bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Providence College in 2010.  Anu began working at RISD in 2014 to make student housing processes more efficient and streamlined. Anu enjoys traveling, cleaning, gardening, and snuggling with her two cats.

Contact Anu at or (401) 709-8404
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Contact Anu for questions regarding housing policies, billing, or medical accommodations.

CTryensCarly Tryens
Housing Operations Coordinator

Carly is from Pennsylvania by way of New York where she received her degrees in Apparel Design and Illustration from The Fashion Institue of Technology. After a brief stint curating, she taught Maritime studies at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn before moving to New England in 2015 to sail professionally in Newport, RI. Carly is excited to be back in the arts community and enjoys supporting and working with young artists. When not at RISD, Carly enjoys yoga, thrifting, horseback riding and summer days in Newport.

Contact Carly at or (401) 277-4967
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Contact Carly regarding regarding housing processes such as: Room selection, summer housing, PreCollege housing, etc.

Brandon MorrisB. Morris
Administrative Coordinator

Brandon was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. He received his BS in Sports Management from Johnson & Wales University, where he is currently also pursuing his MS in Sports Leadership. He began working for RISD in October of 2018. During his free time, he loves to listen to music, watch sports, shop and read fashion blogs. He is also a big fan of the local coffee scene!

Contact Brandon at or (401) 427-6942
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Contact the Administrative Coordinator regarding general questions about Residence Life, work-study opportunities, parking permits, guest housing, off-campus housing, and medical accommodations.


Angel Madrigal
Resident Director for First Year Housing

Angel was born and raised in Chicago Illinois, and loves the city skyline especially at night with the moon’s light glimmering off the tall skyscrapers. He holds a B.A in Intercultural Studies, with a focus in Latin American Studies, which he received from Elmhurst College. Angel is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Leadership, with a focus in Social Justice and Equity Issues. In his free time you can find him either painting, reading a comic book, or binge watching Netflix. He identifies as a night owl, and has been known to fall deep into Youtube videos that either discuss conspiracy theories, or discovering new baking recipes.

Contact Angel at or (401) 709-8431
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St

Contact Angel for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes or conflicts in the first year area, and programming ideas.

MHeyingMelynda Heying
Area Coordinator for Hill Houses and Apartments

Melynda makes her way to RISD via Milton, MA from Minnesota with a B.A. in English and mass communications with a minor in editing and publishing along with an M.S. in Counseling and Student Affairs – both from Minnesota State University Moorhead (go Dragons!). She is excited to be supporting Residence Life at RISD in a myriad of ways, but is most eager to support students’ wellness and to be immersed in a highly diverse and forward-thinking community. Some of Melynda’s favorite things include forcing affection upon her cat, Sir Elliott McSquigglePants, drinking coffee at inappropriate times to drink coffee, and rating the quality of poutine at restaurants throughout Providence.

Contact Melynda at or (401) 454-6715
Office Location: Colonial Apartments, Office C03

Contact Melynda for programming ideas, roommate conflicts, general housing questions, internet and cable at Charles Landing, room changes, facilities issues, student staff training and selection, social justice and inclusion and other ways to be involved at RISD.

Manuela (Manny) VadisGraduate School Manny
Resident Director for Hill Houses & Apartments

Manuela (Manny) holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island, where she was a Division I athlete for the Women’s Track and Field Team, Peer advocate against sexual assault and violence, and Multicultural leader at the URI Multicultural Center. She will be attending URI in the fall for a Master’s in College Student Personnel and plans to utilize the knowledge to be able to further expand her passion in multicultural affairs, and social justice. In her free time, Manny enjoys poetry slams, traveling, and going to concert.

Contact Manny at or (401) 427-3441
Office Location: Colonial Apartments, Office C03

Contact Manny for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes, conflicts in the Hill House area,  and programming ideas.

ClogsdonCaley Logsdon
Area Coordinator for 15 West

Originally from Kentucky, Caley joined the RISD Residence Life team in 2017 as the Area Coordinator of 15 West.  Caley holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Popular Cultural Studies from Western Kentucky University as well as a master’s degree in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Caley most recently joined us from Arizona State University – Tempe, where she worked professionally in University Housing with Barrett, the Honors College.  Outside of work, you’ll usually find Caley hanging upside down on the aerial silks or trapeze, trying out new restaurants around Providence, enjoying WaterFire, or reading a good book.  Caley is excited to be a part of the RISD community and looks forward to advancing social justice and inclusion as well as artist mindfulness and well-being in her time here.

Contact Caley at or (401) 427-6914
Office Location: 15 West, First Floor RM 129

Contact Caley for 15 West specifics, room changes, roommate conflicts, facilities concerns, new building initiatives or ideas, student staff selection, and interest in programming in mental health.

TChenChen-Hong (Tony) Chen
Resident Director for 15 West

Tony holds a B.S in Criminal Justice- Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven where he was a Resident Assistant, Wellness Peer Educator, and Programming Assistant. He is currently attending URI for a Master’s in College Student Personnel and hopes to further expand his passion in social justice and diversity programming to the RISD community. In his free time, Tony enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and exploring new places.

Contact Tony at or (401) 709-8658
Office Location: 15 West, First Floor RM 129

Contact Tony for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes or roommate conflicts, and with ideas for community programming and for the 15 West Newsletter “The Vault”.

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