Meet Our Team

REHS consists of a committed team of professional and student staff.

Student Resident Advisors (RAs) live in the residence halls. These upper-division students are attending Oxy and have training to support their peers. The Resident Advisors are supervised by full-time, professional Resident Directors. Resident Directors have a master’s degree in higher education or a related field and live on campus. In the event of an emergency, there is always an REHS professional staff member on call that collaborates with Campus Safety officers to ensure student safety.

Meet Our Professional Staff


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Isaiah J. Thomas, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean of Students; Director of Residential Education, Housing Services and Student Conduct
Isaiah has worked in higher education for more than a decade and brings a deep passion and commitment to the liberal arts. As both a first-generation college student and person of color, Isaiah...
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Elizabeth Braxton

Associate Director of Residential Education and Housing Services
Elizabeth began her work at Oxy in December 2016. A New Jersey native, Elizabeth received her BA in Communication Studies from Montclair State University in 2010. In undergrad, she pursued...
Monique Hankerson

Monique Hankerson

Associate Director of Housing Services
Monique began her work at Oxy in October of 2016. A New Jersey native, Monique received her BA in Women and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey and an MS in Community Leadership from...
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Joan Brewer

Office Manager
Joan has been working at Oxy since 2004. Born and raised in the Highland Park/Eagle Rock area, Occidental College has always felt like home to her. She is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High...
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Amanda Dohse

Assistant Director of Residential Education and Housing Services
Amanda came to Oxy in April 2019. She supervises the Resident Directors and supports the programmatic efforts within REHS. Originally from Iowa, Amanda found her love for student affairs as an...

Arielle Valdez

Resident Director for First Year Communities
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Francisco Perez

Resident Director for Upperclass Communities
Devon Dobbs

Devon Dobbs

Resident Director for Themed Living
Devon has been at Oxy since July 2019 and enjoys living in Los Angeles. She is proudly from Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!). Devon graduated with her BA in Gender & Women's Studies and...