Residential Life Staff

About CCA's Residential Life Staff

The Office of Residential Life strives to provide a safe and secure living environment that encourages the personal and artistic growth of all residents. Offering our students such an experience takes the hard work and dedication of many professional and student staff members.

The Residential Life team consists of six professional staff members, a graduate assistant (GA), and an undergraduate student staff.

Professional Staff

Jeannine Szamreta, Director of Residential Life
Welcome. I began my work at CCA in 2008 and have enjoyed every moment working with CCA students, staff, and faculty. Previous to working at CCA, I was a first-year experience specialist at the University of the Massachusetts Amherst. I received my bachelor’s degree in media studies from Sacred Heart University and my master’s in educational policy and research administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have been working in the field of higher education since 2001.

My responsibility as director of Residential Life is to ensure that our residential students receive the challenge and support needed to grow as people and as artists. I oversee all operations and supervision of staff working within the Office of Residential Life. In addition to having a passion for working with college students, I consider myself an ally to all students—regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, and ability.

Please feel free to contact me at, or visit my office on the ground floor of Clifton residence hall in Oakland.

Janeece Hayes, Assistant Director of Residential Life for Housing Administration
I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the residence hall communities, which includes the supervision of the Office Manager during the academic year as well as the Pre-College interns and resident advisor staff during the summer. I have been at CCA since 2007. If you have any questions, please contact me at

Alicia Bell, Residential Life Coordinator for the First Year Experience
I can be reached at

Eric Samuels, Residential Life Coordinator for the Oakland Continuing Student Community
I can be reached at

Carlos Perez, Residential Life Coordinator for SF Continuing Student Communities
I can be reached at

Ashley Sousa, Residential Life Office Manager
I can be reached at

Student Staff