About Us

Residence Life Team

Jessica Ryan (she/her/hers)
Assistant Dean of Student Life

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


Brittany Watson (she/her/hers)
Area Coordinator

Brittany joined the Nichols College Residence life team in 2022 as an Area coordinator. Brittany previously worked at Assumption University as a Covid-19 Contact Tracer and completed her bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Worcester State University. Brittany enjoys Disney and the Marvel Universe.

Contact Brittany: 508-213-2454 | Brittany.Watson@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 Remillard Hall


Kevin Donahue (he/him/his)
Area Coordinator

Kevin joined the Nichols College Res Life Team in 2022 after serving as an Assistant Coach for the Men’s Basketball Team in 2021. He previously worked in a similar role at Northfield Mount Hermon School from 2019-2021. Kevin completed his Bachelors in History in 2012 and his MBA at Assumption University in 2015. Kevin enjoys sports and playing piano.

Contact Kevin: 508-213-2380 | Kevin.Donahue@Nichols.edu
Office located in Shamie Hall