Rulers of the Castle

Residence Hall Director: 

The Residence Hall Director is a full-time professional staff member who oversees the day-to-day operations, safety, and security of the community, theater, and shops. More specifically, the Residence Hall Director with support from the Assistant Hall Director and Resident Advisors: 

  • Provides community and program development, administrative management, and general counseling for their respective communities. 
  • Supports enforcement of university policies and house rules.
  • Facilities and supports faculty-student interactions and student development for their respective communities. 
  • Selects, supervises, trains, and evaluates staff members.
  • Participates in department and university committees and initiatives.

Meet your Residence Hall Director Evan!

This is Evan's first year at Cornell and as a Residence Hall Director in Risley. Originally from a small town in Connecticut, Evan has always had a passion for the arts taking multiple arts classes during his undergraduate career and attending acting school in New York City in his youth. Evan performed in plays and variety shows during his youth, his most notable being the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz". Evan is thrilled to be apart of the Risley community and works hard to ensure the success of every Risleyite!  

 Education: B.S. Communications, Eastern Connecticut State University & M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University.


Phone: (607) 255-9520

Meet your Assistant Residence Hall Director Kelvin!

Hi everyone! My name is Kelvin Polanco and I was born and raised in New York City in the Manhattan’s gem of a neighborhood, Washington Heights. I graduated from Cornell in 2015 with a B.S. in Biology and Society and I’m back on campus pursuing my Master’s in Healthcare Administration. As far as hobbies go, I love taking photos, I coach Little League Baseball and I can sit down and watch basketball for hours. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories so feel free to swing by if you ever want to chat. It’s a pleasure to live and share this space with you all! 

Resident Advisors

Resident Advisors are integral to the success of the residential community. They are strong undergraduate leaders who:

  • Serve as a peer counselor, community builder, academic resource, programmer and administrator.
  • Create floor and hall community.
  • Responsible for their residents and are sensitive to the needs of their community.
  • Encourage and foster resident involvement, respect, and engagement.
  • Enforce university policies and house rules. 

Meet your Resident Advisors! (2017-2018)

Lydia Caroe

"I am from Las Cruces, New Mexico and I am the seventh of eight kids in my family. I attended a performing arts high school where I studied traditional Flamenco dance. I am currently a Sophomore studying Hotel Administration in the hopes of opening an Inn on P.E.I, Canada.  When I am not in my room studying or binging Netflix, you can find me at Statler or grabbing the greatest ice cream in America at the Dairy Bar. In addition to various hotel clubs, I am also a Community Group leader for Cru Student Ministries. I love plants, puppies, hiking, peanut butter, coffee, and the slap happy laughter of late nights. Most of all, I love the arts and whether a genuine thespian or a creativity novice, I look forward to the opportunity to grow with others in a community that values self-discovery and artistic expression."

Jacob Kuhn

"Hello! My name is Jacob Kuhn and I am a senior studying Landscape Architecture in CALS. When I'm not crying over my desk at studio, I can be found reading books or binging Netflix in my room, working on a production in Risley Theater, and/or attempting to smash the patriarchy, heteronormativity, and social injustice. If you have a concern you'd like to address, or you just want to hang out with little ol' me, swing by my room (450) for some tea/coffee and conversation! Hope to see everyone soon and hear about all the fantastic things you're up to! Welcome to Risley!"

Matthew Lin

"My name is Matthew Lin, and people also call me Matt, Matthew, or MattLin. I am a junior in CALS, majoring in biology, concentrating in general biology, and minoring in music, and education. In my free time I enjoy running around the various trails of the area, and tutoring down at Ithaca High School. Last year as the Arts RA, I mainly worked with The Shops and led the Arts Subcommittee. I learned a lot during my first year, but there's still plenty more to do! I hope to make all building spaces the best they can be, host several educational programs, and implement a few sustainability ideas. I'm usually in common spaces, the RA Office, or in my room with the door open.

I look forward to working with you all!"

Tricia Mawn-Mahlau 

"Tricia is senior in City and Regional Planning. This is her third year as a RA in Risley. In addition to her RA position, Tricia is the secretary for T-Sub and the Advocacy Director for Residential Student Congress. In her free time, Tricia enjoys acting, reading, and planning board games."

Carolyn Todd 

"My name is Carolyn Todd,I am a junior human development major in the college of Human Ecology, and I am so excited for my first year as an RA in Risley. Some of my interests include sports(I am a die-hard Yankees and Steelers fan), spoken word poetry, and musical theatre. I am also an inspirational quote fiend, so whenever you need a pick-me-up quote feel free to come to me :). On campus, I am involved in Greek life, the club field hockey team, a pre-health club called PATCH, and a volunteer in a research lab. I absolutely love getting to know new people and look forward to making this year the best one yet!"