About Us

Residence Life Team

Jessica Ryan (she/her/hers)
Director of Residence Life and Community Standards

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree​ in Fine Arts/Graphic Design from Westfield State and then working as a Residence Director at Becker College, Jess came to Nichols in 2009, serving our students as a live-in Resident Director.  She was then promoted to Community Standards in 2014, initially as the Coordinator and then as Director in 2018.  During her time at Nichols she has also completed her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.

Contact Jessica: 508-213-2027 | Jessica.Ryan@Nichols.edu
Office located in Fels 301


Adrienne Boertjens (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director of Residence Life

PDSO, International Student Services

Adrienne joined the Residence Life team in 2016 as an Area Coordinator, and has been serving as the Assistant Director since 2021. Adrienne earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She then went on to earn her MA in Higher Education Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University where she served as a Graduate Hall Director.

Contact Adrienne: 508-213-2009 | Adrienne.Boertjens@Nichols.edu
Office located in Fels 301



Diana Rocheleau (she/her/hers)
Area Coordinator

Diana joined the Nichols College Residence Life team in 2021 as an Area Coordinator.  Before coming to Nichols, she worked at Salem State University as a Graduate Assistant for Career Services while she completed her Masters of Education in Higher Education in Student Affairs.  She received this degree in 2021 and her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Keene State College in 2018.

Contact Diana: 508-213-2454 | Diana.Rocheleau@Nichols.edu
Office located in Copper Beech I


Sam Whitaker (he/him/his)
Area Coordinator

Sam joined the Nichols College Residence Life team in 2021 as an Area Coordinator. Sam previously worked at Amherst College and Bard College where he also served in similar roles. Sam completed his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Keene State College in 2018. Sam enjoys video games, dungeons and dragons, and animals of just about any kind.

Contact Sam: 508-213-2344 | Sam.Whitaker@Nichols.edu
Office located in Shamie Hall