About Us

Residence Life Team

Amanda Desai (she/her/hers)
Director of Residence Life

Amanda began at Nichols in 2011 as a Residence Director in Shamie Hall and has been serving as the Director of Residence Life since 2018. Amanda received her Bachelor of Technology, Agricultural Business Management from SUNY Cobleskill and later fell in love with higher education, and received her MA of Higher Education Administrative Services at McKendree University in 2012. 

What is your favorite thing about Nichols College?

Nichols is bursting with Bison Pride and I love being a part of that community! Our small community feel and nurturing environment is why I enjoy working here.

What do you like to do outside of work? 

Outside of work I love spending time with my husband Bhavin and my son, Dev. You can always find me either out in the garden or in the kitchen trying out a new recipe!

What stands out to you most about Nichols students?

Nichols students are dedicated, hardworking, and truly look out for one another. They make connections and work together to build a strong community on campus.

Contact Amanda: 508-213-2480 | Amanda.Desai@Nichols.edu
Office located in Fels 301

Adrienne Boertjens (she/her/hers)
Area Coordinator

Adrienne joined the Residence Life team in 2016 as an Area Coordinator. She oversees Remillard, North, Center, and Budleigh Halls with a staff of 11 Resident Assistants (RAs). Adrienne earned her Bachelor of the Arts in International Relations and Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She then went on to earn her MA in Higher education and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University where she served as a Graduate Hall Director.

What is your favorite thing about Nichols College?

I most appreciate the sense of community that comes from working with such a tight-knit group of students and fellow staff members! Getting to know students on a personal level and playing such a direct role in their transformative growth is extremely rewarding.

What do you like to do outside of work? 

I enjoy the beautiful things in life! I like to do a lot of arts and crafts in my spare time, as well as spending time on the beach soaking up the sun!

What stands out to you most about Nichols students?

Nichols students are very driven, and demonstrate eager participation in their own learning experience.  They’re often willing to take on new challenges and seek opportunities for their own personal and professional growth, and are very committed to advancing the Nichols Community as a whole.  They truly embody the “herd” mentality of looking out for one another.

Contact Adrienne: 508-213-2009 | Adrienne.Boertjens@Nichols.edu
Office located in Remillard Hall

Ryan Morong (he/him/his)
Area Coordinator

Ryan began his journey at Nichols College in 2020 as an Area Coordinator. He oversees Kuppenheimer Hall, Olsen Hall, Winston Hall, and the Copper Beeches with a staff of 7 RAs. Prior to joining Nichols Ryan was a Resident Manager at SUNY Oneonta, in Oneonta NY. He earned his Bachelor of Science, Social Science from Plymouth State University where he discovered his passion for Higher Education.

What are you most looking forward to in your new chapter at Nichols College?

I look forward to working and living in a smaller campus community while being close to my family and friends in New England.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to be outdoors! My favorite things to do are going to the beach and going on runs.

What is your favorite thing about working in Higher Education?

My favorite thing about working in Higher Education is working with student staff and witnessing their development as individuals and as a team.

Contact Ryan: 508-213-2480 |Ryan.Morong@Nichols.edu
Office located in Copper Beech One