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Alerie Tirsch
Director of Residential Life & Housing

Alerie joins us from LIU Post where she was Director of Student Life and Leadership Development for seven years. She has eight years of significant experience in housing during her time at Stony Brook University. While at Stony Brook University, Alerie helped to build the undergraduate colleges, a program that integrates first year students into the university, within the residence halls. In addition to her work with the undergraduate colleges, she taught two peer education classes and chaired several divisional and campus-wide committees demonstrating her commitment to teamwork and leadership. While working on Long Island, Alerie was an active member of the Long Island College and Student Personnel Association helping to coordinate their annual conference. Alerie has a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Education from Stony Brook University. She is thrilled to be a part of the Pace Community and looks forward to building further partnerships with administrators, faculty, and students as we add more academic initiatives in the halls to improve on student success

Shari Crandall
Associate Director - Training & Development

Shari Crandall serves our department as the Associate Director for Training and Development. In this role, she directly supervises the staff who live within each residence hall, co-advises the Residence Hall Association, and oversees the department’s training and assessment efforts. Prior to coming to Pace, Shari gained experience in supervision, crisis response, advising student groups, and community development while working in residence life at the University of West Georgia, Semester at Sea, Florida International University, and Southern Methodist University. She also has experience in a variety of student affairs functional areas, such as the Center for Leadership & Service and LGBT Affairs at the University of Florida (UF). Shari earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from UNC Charlotte and a master’s degree in Higher Education from The Florida State University. Currently, she is a PhD student in Higher Education at the UF, where her research focuses on how former foster youth adapt to college.

Nilam Kotadia
Associate Director -  Housing Operations

Nilam joins us from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was the Manager of Housing Assignments for almost five years. She was responsible for housing lotteries, assignments and processes, management of the housing system and liaising with Student Financial Services for student billing and accounts. While at MIT, Nilam helped implement a housing management system, streamlined housing processes, collaborated with other departments to help the student housing experience and worked with the student room assignment chairs to improve the undergraduate housing assignment process. In addition to her work in housing, Nilam was involved in division-wide initiatives such as the Staff Engagement Advisory Board’s Professional Development Committee. Nilam was a member of the NASPA Region I Mid-Level Institute Planning Committee and presented at the CBORD User Groups Conference for the past three years. Prior to MIT, Nilam worked as a Residence Hall Director at SUNY Delhi. Nilam has a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology with a minor in Chemistry from Montclair State University. She is excited to be a part of the Pace Community, to get to know the students and to help improve the student experience.

Vincent Birkenmeyer, MPA
Assistant Director - Community Development

Vinnie Birkenmeyer is a proud alumnus of Pace University, excited to be working in the field he loves at the university he has called home since 2007. Vinnie graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts as a Trustee's Award winner and accomplished student leader in academics, Greek life, Athletics and student government. He became a residence director in 2011 while working on his master’s degree in public administration which he completed in 2013. Vinnie is currently the assistant director for community development, working closely with our first- year interest groups, programming and upperclassmen initiatives. Vinnie's professional interests include working with transfer students, advising student groups, and leadership development.

Erin McNamara
Office Manager

A lifelong resident of Westchester County, Erin began her career working for Pace University in the spring of 2008. Prior to joining the Residential Life staff, Erin was the personal assistant to the president of Oceana Publications Inc. which was later bought out by Oxford University Press. From 1985-1997, Erin spent her time as the personal assistant to the CEO of Carrafiello – Diehl and Associates Inc. of Irvington, New York. They were the largest advertising agency in Westchester County representing companies such as Phizer, Block Drug, American Cyanamids, and Tambrands to name a few. When Erin is not working on campus or attending Paces sporting events, she is busy as a licensed real estate agent for the Coldwell Banker branch in Pleasantville, NY.

Dr. Robert Mundy

Dr. Mundy is a graduate of Stony Brook University and St. John’s University. As an Assistant Professor in the English and Modern Languages Department, he teaches both composition and gender studies courses. His research focuses on composition theory/pedagogy, writing center theory/practice, and gender/masculinity studies.  Dr. Mundy’s classroom is one that is driven by student voices—the stories of uncertainty and narratives of successes that we all know and want to share, but are not often afforded the space or support to do so.  Whether in a physical or digital sense, the classroom is one of interaction, valuing sustainable writing and embodying what Mary Louise Pratt has coined as a “contact zone,” a space where culture is negotiated through experience and interaction.   Dr. Mundy’s approach to his position as Faculty-in-Residence follows a similar pedagogical script to his classroom, as he oversees the Pace University Writing Center’s satellite campus on Sunday evenings.  In this space, he has the opportunity to both work with students one-on-one and in larger group workshops, developing a true, organic writing community—one that extends beyond the classroom to support the entire campus.

Dr. Michael Finewood

Michael Finewood is a human geographer and political ecologist with research and teaching interests in environmental governance, water, climate change, and urban sustainability, with explicit attention to critical geographies and justice. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Geography from the University of South Carolina, where he trained as a social scientist who works on human/environmental issues. Over his career Dr. Finewood’s interests have focused on environmental perception, expertise, and decision-making, with a concentration on water and society. He has conducted research on the social and ecological impacts of coastal development in South Carolina, resource extraction in Pennsylvania, and sea level rise in Virginia. His current work centers on urban stormwater governance and the relationship between food production and climate change.

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