Central Office Staff
|Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Executive Director for Residential Education|
Romando earned his J.D. with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency Law from Santa Clara University. Other earned degrees include a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology from Santa Clara University. He began his professional career as a Resident Director and Project Manager for the Center for Multicultural Learning at Santa Clara University. Upon realizing that Student Affairs continued to be of interest to him he decided to seek out positions that would allow him to build and lead a department in a more supervisory role. This led him to Seattle University where he became the Associate Director for Housing and Residence Life, before being promoted to the Director for Residential Learning Communities and soon thereafter the Director for Housing and Residence Life. After spending seven years at Seattle University, he was recruited to join the Division of Student Development at Loyola University Chicago as the Director for Residence Life. At Loyola University Chicago, he also chaired the Division’s Professional Development and Assessment committees.
With over 14 years of experience in residential life management and other Student Affairs functional areas, he has immersed himself in the Student Affairs profession. The recipient of various awards and recognition, he was recently recognized as the Outstanding Experienced Professional for 2011-2012 by the ACPA Commission for Housing and Residential Life. Romando stays active in several professional associations and currently serves as the Inclusion and Equity Review Coordinator for the program committee for ACUHO-I and as a faculty member for ACUHO-I’s STARS College. Additionally, he has presented numerous professional presentations related to housing and student affairs, and teaches graduate classes on legal issues in higher education. Some of his emphasis and research areas include: Higher Education Law, Multicultural Affairs, Supervision, Organizational Management, Leadership Development, Mentoring, First Generation Students, Professional Development and Training, Assessment, Judicial Affairs, Construction and Renovation, and Strategic Planning.
|Director for Residential Education - |
|Assistant Director for Student Development and Leadership|
Viktor T. Kerney is the Assistant Director of Residential Education overseeing Student Development and Leadership. Viktor is responsible for the Faculty/Staff Mentor (FSM) program, advises the Residential Student Government (RSG) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) for the residence halls. Viktor has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Master’s degree Business and Public Affairs from Murray State University. Throughout Viktor’s career, he has worked as Community Director at Arizona State University, a Residence Hall Director at Cornell University and a Hall Director at Georgia Southern University.
Responsible for: Student Development and Leadership, which includes Residential Student Government (RSG)
|Assistant Director for Staff Development and Diversity|
Grant Burlew has a BS in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. Born and raised in southern California, Grant is no stranger to the sunshine and earthquakes as well as the beaches and mountains. Prior to working at USC, he worked in Residence Life at UCSB and as a Student Affairs fellow back in 2005 during the inaugural year of UC Merced. During his last position as a Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara, he gained significant experience with judicial hearings, working with large staff teams, as well as running RA Selection and RA Training. Grant is passionate about hiring the right people for the right positions and making sure that everyone has the resources they need to succeed in their positions. Some of his interests outside of the work setting include hiking, watching movies, anything associated with dogs, and exploring different restaurants and eateries in the surrounding area.
Responsible for: Staff Development and Diversity, which include areas such as RA selection and training, graduate staff selection and training, and diversity education.
Assistant Directors by Residential Area
|Assistant Director for North Residential Colleges|
Responsible for: New Residential College, North Residential College, and the University Residential College @ Birnkrant
|Assistant Director for South Residential Colleges|
Kristo Gobin is the Assistant Director for the South Area Residential College (consisting of Marks Tower, Pardee Tower and Marks and Trojan Halls). Prior to his assuming this position in 2012, Kristo worked in residential life professionally at UCLA, San Jose State, and UC Riverside. In addition, he had been a part-time instructor in the College of Communication at Loyola Marymount University. Kristo's degrees are in Communication Studies, with the Masters coming from San Jose State and the Bachelors from Cal State Northridge.
Kristo has a fervent theoretical foundation in critical race theory and feminist queer theory. He has developed an extensive body of work that examines issues specifically resonant in urban educational settings that span four major California institutions. His goal as a practitioner in higher education is to infuse concepts of privilege, power, and social justice into as many aspects of his work with students as possible. This requires continually staying abreast of trends and issues, especially as this applies to understanding and communication.
Responsible for: Marks Hall, Marks Tower, Pardee Tower, and Trojan Hall.
| Assistant Director for Parkside Residential Colleges|
Responsible for: Parkside International Residential College, Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College, and the Parkside Apartments.
|Assistant Director for West Residential Colleges and Apartments|
Responsible for: Cardinal Gardens, Webb Tower, Century & Fluor Tower.
Assistant Director for the East Area
Emily Sandoval has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from UC Riverside and a Master’s Degree in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to working at USC, she was at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 5 years as a Learning Community Coordinator for the Sophomore Success Program. While there her work focused on sophomore retention and she oversaw all of student staff recruitment, training and development. She was also involved in the Cal Poly Chicano/Latino Faculty Staff Association. Before that, she worked for 4 years as a Resident Director at UC Riverside where she implemented the inaugural year of gender-neutral housing. Emily took a break from a traditional campus during the Fall 2012 semester and sailed with Semester at Sea as a Resident Director traveling to 11 different countries and 14 different cities. Emily is highly involved in the Western Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers having served on the executive board for two years and chaired several committees over the past ten years. One of her passion areas is pop-culture, specifically the geek/sci-fi genre. Combining this passion with higher education and her work in residential life, Emily has presented at San Diego Comic-Con International three times with colleagues from across the nation focusing on how to build community through geek culture on college campuses as well as use it as an education tool in trainings and discussions in and outside of the classroom.
Responsible for: Troy/Troy East, Pacific Apartments (O.T.), Seven Gables, Annenberg House, Stardust Apartments, Cardinal 'n Gold, Vista (O.T. House), Founders Apartments, Belaire/Regent Sunset Family Apartments, Hillview Apartments, Fairmont/Twin Palms, Honors House, Helena Apartments, Max Kade House, Portland Street House, Manor Apartments, Regal Trojan Apartments, Severance Street House, Senator/Windsor Family Apartments, Sierra Apartments, Terrace Apartments, Troyland Apartments, University Regent Apartments, Seaver Residence Hall, Hoover Street Residences & LaSorbonne Apartments.