Resident Advisors


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Resident advisors (RA) oversee approximately 35 students who live in their residence halls. As the eyes and ears of the Office of Residence Life, these peer leaders work hard to provide a safe and secure environment in the residence halls and build a positive social environment for students to live in.

Being a resident advisor is a difficult but rewarding job, and many RAs enjoy building a sense of community among their residents and working with diverse people—it’s a true learning experience.

Apply To Be an RA

To apply, you must submit the following items:

  • Application
  • Essays
  • RA Recommendation: This form is designed for a current RA to fill out and talk a little bit more about you as a candidate for the RA position.
  • Other Recommendations: This form is for members outside the Office of Residence Life to tell us more about your work and how you may or may not fit in the RA position. Please make sure to send this form to two people.

Who is Your RA?

Alyson Pinkelman

Alyson

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Alyson Pinkelman is a second-year student from Las Vegas, Nevada, where she attended Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. She is currently a double major in vocal performance and public health. She enjoys skating, hiking, eating, singing, and overall adventuring and is currently employed at Westminster's Dolores Doré Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center (HWAC).

Emily Riforgiate

Emily

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Emily Riforgiate is a second-year student from San Luis Obispo, California. She’s a nursing major and loves hiking, backpacking, swimming in the ocean, and almost all outdoor activities. She also enjoys running, exercising, painting, hanging out with friends, and meeting new people—and is always up for trying new things or a challenge.

Hazel Burnett

Hazel

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Hazel Burnett is starting her third year at Westminster, studying sociology and Spanish. She’s a member of the cross-country team and a Peace Corps Campus Ambassador, and is excited to start her first year as an RA.

Ali Elmen

Ali

Carleson 2
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ali is a junior at Westminster College in the nursing program. She loves to help people, loves her family and friends, and will try anything at least once. She also works in the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center as the program coordinator and has a miniature schnauzer named Shotzee.

Kate Wilson

Kate

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Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kate Wilson is a third year student from Mammoth Lakes, California studying English with minors in sociology and gender studies. She plans to pursue her MA in teaching and one day would like to lead a classroom. She is a poetry editor for Ellipsis… Literature and Art and is the founder and president of the Westminster Book Club. She currently serves as the treasurer for Westminster Slam, and in 2017, attended CUPSI, a collegiate poetry slam, in Chicago, Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies. Kate also has an Akbash puppy named Maybe.

Melissa Salguero

Melissa

Olwell 1
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Melissa Salguero is a junior pursuing her BFA in theatre performance and a degree in English. She is thrilled to be back on staff for another year as an RA, this time for Olwell Hall. She enjoys being an RA because it gives her an excuse for staying up until 2:00 a.m. (apparently Gilmore Girls isn’t sufficient). Her hobbies include slam poetry, activism, baking, and building communities. When not working in Giovale Library fixing computers, Melissa can be found in the pit of Jewett, making puns on Snapchat or belting Billie Holiday.

Nicole Rodriguez

Nicole

Olwell 2
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Nicole is a junior studying physics and math. She was born in Lima, Peru, and enjoys the opportunity of having an "abroad" college experience. On campus, Nicole works for the Office of Marketing and Communication and for the Office for Global Peace and Spirituality. She is an advocate for diversity in higher education, the vice president of Griffins for the Greater Good club, member of Westminster's Honors College, and president of the Indoor Soccer club. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, dancing, and learning new things when meeting people from around the world.

Alyssa Melmer

alyssa

Olwell 3
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Alyssa is a junior transfer student and biology major on the pre-med track. She is currently certified as an EMT and excited to pursue medicine. Alyssa was born and raised in Utah and loves spending time outside. She grew up skiing Snowbird and enjoys hiking and volleyball. She also play the viola and is involved in the orchestra on campus.

Michaela Prasad

Michaela

Behnken 3
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Michaela is a second-year student from Salt Lake City, studying nursing. She is the fourth and final person in her family to attend Westminster (Go Griffins!). Growing up in this area has shown her all the lovely things Utah has to offer and she cannot wait to share them with her floor. Michaela enjoys anything outdoors, going to concerts, studying in coffee shops, and consuming large amounts of ice cream. She looks forward to what this year has to offer and getting to meet all of you.

Luke Vayo

Luke

Behnken 1
Pronouns: he/him/his

My name is Luke Vayo. I’m a sophomore biology major here at Westminster. I am an RA for the first floor of Behnken. I’m also a Go Leader and a peer mentor for the Honors College. I’m planning on going to Physician Assistant school after undergrad. Some of my favorite things to do are seeing movies, being outside, and eating good food. I also enjoy acting in my spare time just for fun. You may have seen me on or around campus riding my motorcycle. I have a generally laidback personality but that can change if the need arises.

Tallya Lewell

Tallya

Behnken 2
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tallya is a second-year student from right here in Salt Lake City. She is a nursing major and is excited to enter the program this coming January. Outside of her RA duties and school, she spends her time either coaching or doing cheerleading. She, also, loves to do yoga, bake, and explore new places. Even though she started late she can't wait to have a great year as your RA.

Dallas DeGan

Dallas

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Dallas is a fourth-year student from Loomis, California, studying physics with a chemistry minor. He loves his family and trying new things. He plays soccer and has tried many other sports: wrestling, baseball, cross country, and more. He loves being active and outside, but also loves watching Netflix and eating ice cream just as much. Always eager to learn and see what the world has to offer, he is looking forward to being your RA.

Diwas Poudel

Diwas

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Diwas is a junior majoring in computer science and minoring in data science. He works as the web and interaction designer for the Office of Marketing and Communication; web developer for Westminster’s academic journal, the Myriad; and research assistant for Intro to CS POGIL. He spent his summer working for Salesforce as a software engineering intern. In addition, Diwas serves as a presidential ambassador for the Office of the President, is a member of Griffin Quest, and has been involved with ASW as a first-year senator. In his spare time, he likes to travel so he can meet and talk to new people, or spend time on his computer when nobody else is around.

Katy Molinari

Katy

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Katy was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but moved to Utah her sophomore year of high school. She is currently a third-year Honors College student studying public health. She hopes to pursue a career in health education and promotion. She found her love for education by teaching sex-ed through Students for Choice at Westminster. She enjoys dance cardio, spending time with friends and family, binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, and playing with one of her six pets. Katy is excited to return as a resident advisor because she wants to ensure that all students have a wonderful experience living on campus as she did throughout her time here at Westminster.

Kelsey Laramie

Kelsey

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A lifelong Sandy resident, Kelsey graduated from Jordan High School in 2015. She traded her basketball shoes in for climbing shoes after her outdoor orientation at Westminster left her loving the climbing culture she found here. She is grateful for all the opportunities Westminster has had to offer her the past three years, including giving her a job on campus in the Office of Institutional Advancement; selecting her as a presidential ambassador to work closely with former president Steve Morgan and President Beth Dobkin; granting her the presidency for Residence Hall Association (RHA) in 2017–18; guiding her on a 2018 May Term trip to Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland; and supporting her pursuit of a double major in psychology and sociology. Kelsey is interested in health, fitness, and the outdoors. She also loves all animals and would consider her spirit animal to be an owl.

Diana Khosrovi

Diana

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An aspiring human rights lawyer, Diana is a junior majoring in public health, minoring in philosophy, and pursuing an Honors degree with the Honors College. She recently returned from a semester abroad at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea—an amazing experience that she could talk endlessly about. An active member on campus, she participates in clubs like Mock Trial and Ethics Bowl and founded Asian American Student Association Westminster and Griffins Taekwondo Club (she’s a Taekwondo black belt herself). Diana finds that the best way to ward off the stress of a busy schedule is to play some volleyball, binge-watch The Office (with the theme music blasting of course), enjoy a good read, and simply relax—even better with friends thrown into the mix!

Lauren Drake

Lauren

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Lauren Drake is an upcoming junior at Westminster who was born and raised in Moab, Utah—and she loves to talk about her hometown whenever she can. She’s currently working as a CNA and studying to become a registered nurse. Lauren loves Westminster and is excited to get to know the new students each year.

Charchit Dahal

Charchit

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Charchit is a third-year student from Kathmandu, Nepal. He is majoring in computer science and minoring in entrepreneurship because he likes the blend of technology and innovation. On campus, he works as an office lead for the Disability and Testing Center, a free resource for students, and participates as the junior senator for the Associated Students of Westminster senate branch. In his free time, Charchit likes to watch Manchester United matches, play soccer with his friends, and plan for future adventures.

Sydnie Schwarzwalder

Sydnie

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Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sydnie Schwarzwalder is a second-year currently studying theatre and seeking to double major. She enjoys exercising, traveling, camping, and food. She loves coffee and is always open to talk over coffee (or in general, but why not talk while enjoying a delicious beverage). Sydnie loves helping out in any way she can, so don't be shy! She’s super stoked to be an RA this year and looks forward to getting to know you all.

Residence Life Professional Staff

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