RHA 2016-2017 Executive Board



PresidentEmily Gallagher


Emily Gallagher

Hey everyone! I’m Emily Gallagher and I am the President of the Residence Hall Association here at Syracuse University! I am a junior triple major in Maxwell studying International Relations, History, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. My experience with residence life began my freshman year living at Day Hall in the International Relations Learning Community. My sophomore year I went abroad to Santiago de Chile, and then I lived in Haven Hall when I returned to campus in the spring. Before becoming President of RHA, I was the Vice President and later the President of DAYmocracy (the Day Hall RHA). In Haven Hall in the spring of 2016 I was RHA Representative/ Vice President. I have absolutely loved being a part of RHA, it has been an indispensable part of my experience here at Syracuse. I can’t wait to meet you all and hope to see at a general body meeting every Tuesday at 8pm in Hall of Languages 214!


Vice-President: Anthony Hersee


Anthony Hersee

My name is Anthony Hersee and I have been part of the Residence Hall Association for about two years now. I served last year as the Director of Advocacy and this year for some time as their Director of PR and Marketing before transitioning into the role of Vice President.
I cannot begin to tell you how much RHA has transformed my leadership skills on this campus and I welcome you to be part of this amazing organization. Even this past year we had our two previous Presidents, Nedda Sarshar and Malik Evans, become Remembrance Scholars and even one of them, Nedda, having been given the opportunity to represent the graduating class of 2017 as one of their marshals. Even Malik Evans has gone on to do great things as the Financial Officer for the Student Association (SA).
I have been part of the Marching Band and the Pep Band for the basketball games where I play my alto saxophone and I am even part of Phi Mu Alpha, the national men’s honorary fraternity in music. If you cannot find me in the RHA Office on Waverly you can either find me in the LGBT Resource Center participating in their discussion groups or grabbing boba. Nice to meet you and welcome to the Residence Hall Association.

Director of Administration and FinanceMackenzie Riley


Mackenzie Riley

Hi I’m Mackenzie, I am from Clifton Park, New York. I am a Biomedical Engineering major and I am minoring in Pre-Med. I lived in Shaw Hall in the Engineering and Computer Science Learning Community  my freshman year and I am now living on South Campus. I got involved in the Residence Hall Association my freshman year through Shaw Hall RHA and started attending Campus RHA General Body meetings and getting involved in the activities that I was able to. I am also part of Exelorators and am doing research under Dr. Gilbert on artificial hips. Outside of academics I love to workout and I love all kinds of sports. I’ve played field hockey, sprinted for the track team and, my favorite, played lacrosse for my school and elite travel teams in my area. Most recently I have been able to discover lifting which has become one of my best stress relievers and one of my favorite things to do. In my free time I watch Netflix and hang out with friends. My favorite football team (besides Syracuse) is the New England Patriots, and for lacrosse (again besides Syracuse) is the Boston Cannons and the Long Island Lizards. I love meeting new people although I am a little shy at first. After I get to know you all bets are off, so don’t be shy to come talk to me about RHA or anything else and I will do my best to help. And most importantly GO ‘CUSE!

Director of Leadership DevelopmentWhitney Ize-Iyamu


Whitney Ize-Iyamu

Hello my name is Whitney Ize-Iyamu. This year I am going to be the Director of Leadership Development for the Residence Hall Association. Last year I lived in BBB specifically Boland. I am double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Anthropology. I am currently also a tour guide for University 100, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity, and a mentee of Wellslink, a co-ed diversity group here on campus. Not only am I on the executive board for the Residence Hall Association but I am on the executive board for our sister group, the National Residence Honorary Hall which awards individuals for putting on programs and services that are beneficial to our campus and our residents. I from Los Angeles so the winters hurt my mind, body and soul. I love sweets so I usually always have candy on me so ask me and I will share. I hope we have a great year and make some fantastic leaders this year.

“Stop worrying about what can go wrong, and get excited about what can go right” – Anonymous

Director of Public Relations and Marketing: Dylan Williams


Dylan Williams

Hello everyone, my name is Dylan Williams. I am a Freshman from Manalapan, New Jersey. I am majoring in Forensic Science with a concentration in Biology. I currently live in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Community in Shaw Hall. Along with being on the RHA Executive Board I am also a National Residence Hall Honorary. I am a legacy student with both my parents and Aunt attending Syracuse. I am a very big supporter of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Even though I grew up in New Jersey, my mom grew up in New Hampshire, so I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon. I, of course, always support Syracuse sports, especially basketball. Feel free to contact me anytime or come visit me at the Office of Residence Life.

My e-mail is dywillia@syr.edu.

“Starve the ego, feed the soul”

“There is beauty in the struggle”

Go ‘Cuse

Director of Civic Engagement: BreeAnna Poshek


BreeAnna Poshek

Hello! My name is BreeAnna Poshek. I am from Superior, Wisconsin. I am a sophomore at SU, studying English Textual Studies and Secondary Education. I actually started at SU in Newhouse as a NOJ major, though, and they always have a piece of my heart. I have lived in Sadler Hall and Walnut Hall. On campus, I am apart of Literacy Corps, The Daily Orange, Kappa Delta Pi, and now RHA! I joined RHA last semester as the hall representative for H2W (Haven, Walnut, Washington Arms) and quickly moved onto E-board when the opportunity arose to run for Civic Engagement. Civic Engagement is an extremely important part of my life. I have been working at the Northside Learning Center in North Syracuse for almost two years now and my time there has been such an important part of my development as a person. It inspired me to change my major to education, introduced me to my best friend here in Syracuse, and taught me so much about the Muslim refugee community. I wanted to re-create that amazing opportunity for the rest of the Syracuse University campus. We often live in our own bubble on campus and I wanted to encourage students to get out and use their time to volunteer in this beautiful city. We have rebranded “Impact Week” and defined a new variation of the project, “Spring Into Action” which will provide opportunities throughout the entire semester to work on bigger service opportunities. Keep on the lookout for these opportunities at www.facebook.com/springintoactionsu. And, don’t forget – Think Global, Act Local!

Director of ProgrammingKathleen Dempsey


Kathleen Dempsey

Hello everyone! My name is Kathleen Dempsey and I am the Director of Programming for RHA. I am a Freshman here at Syracuse from Lansdale, PA. I’m currently a triple major in Policy Studies, CCE, and International Relations from Maxwell with a minor in Management from Whitman. I live in Lawrinson Hall in the Maxwell Learning Community. I first got involved with RHA at the beginning of last semester at Condom Casino and fell in love with the organization. This club has brought me so much joy and friendship, I couldn’t imagine Syracuse without it.
Go Orange!

Co-National Communications Coordinator: Hanna Nichols


Hanna Nichols

Hello everyone! My name is Hanna Nichols, and I am excited to serve as your Co-NCC for the Spring Semester.  I am a Freshman from Albany, New York and I am a Policy Studies and Citizenship & Civic Engagement Major in the Maxwell School of Public Affairs.  This year, I am in the Maxwell School Learning Community in Lawrinson Hall. During my time in Lawrinson, I have served as the Vice President of Community Outreach during the Fall Semester.  It has been such a pleasure to start off my college experience involved in such a fantastic organization.  Beyond RHA, I am involved in Literacy Corps and UNICEF Club.  I look forward to serving you all as the Co-National Communications Coordinator, and hope you to see you all at our general body meetings every Tuesday!

Co-National Communications Coordinator: Lily Verbeck


Lily Verbeck

Hi everyone! My name is Lily Verbeck and I am the co-NCC along with Hanna Nichols of the Residence Hall Association. I am a freshman studying Economics and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. I live in the Maxwell Learning Community on the 8th floor of Lawrinson along with two RHA e-board greats Hanna and Kathleen.   Along with RHA, I am a DJ at the campus radio station Z89, an entrepreneur at the Couri Hatchery Business Incubator in Whitman, and have a job at the Syracuse Law School as a Dean’s Office Assistant.

Outside of school, I like to maintain a healthy Spotify feed/profile, obsess over reality TV shows, and get frustrated about Buffalo sports teams like the loyal Buffalonian I am. Lastly feel free to hit up my email or office hours, especially if you bring food.

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