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
Dr. Thomas (Isaiah) joined the wonderful Oxy community in February 2020.  He has worked in higher education for more than a decade and brings a deep passion and commitment to the liberal arts. ...
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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Martha "M.D." Matlock

Associate Director of Student Conduct & Restorative Practices
Martha "M.D." started at Oxy in her role in Fall 2021, and is a native of Stamps, Arkansas, home of the late Maya Angelou. As a first-generation college student, non-traditional college student...
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Asya Cook

Assistant Director of Residential Education
Asya Cook began her role with Oxy in Spring 2022. She is a native of the Bronx but has called Los Angeles home since 2018. Asya graduated with her BA in Political Science from the University of...
Joan Brewer

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...
Arielle Valdez

Arielle Valdez

Resident Director for First Year Communities

Keana Staton-Woods

Resident Director for Upperclass Communities
Born and raised in New Jersey, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Kean University and her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University. Professionally, she...
Devon Dobbs

Devon Dobbs

Resident Director for Themed Living Communities
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...
Francisco Perez

Francisco Perez

Resident Director for Housing Services