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Briarcliff Residence Halls

Dow Hall: Christine Laurentiev (

Christine Laurentiev, from Hyde Park, NY, graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Communications. While at Marist, Christine was an RA for three years and loved being involved in college activities. Following her time at Marist, Christine became a Residence Hall Director at C.W. Post of Long Island University before moving to Albany, NY to complete her Masters at The College of Saint Rose. Christine recently graduated with an M.S. Ed. in College Student Services Administration from Saint Rose and is excited to now be a part of Pace University’s Residential Life team!


Hillside House and Howard Johnson Hall: Samantha Bassford(

Samantha Bassford is from New Jersey and a graduate of Pace University's New York City campus class of 2012.  Samantha obtained her B.A. with a Communications Studies major and a minor in Dance.  During her time as an undergraduate, Samantha held many leadership positions including Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, POPTv, Orientation Leader and Resident Advisor.  Samantha is excited for a new experience on the Pleasantville campus and continuing her education at Pace. 


New Dorm: Tatiana Rugel (

Though Tatiana has lived in a few states, Rhode Island will always be called home for her. Tatiana grew up in Newport, RI surrounded by the ocean. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Slow to get involved, Tatiana found herself becoming involved in the Residence Hall Association, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and becoming a Resident Assistant. Upon receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Legal Studies,  Tatiana decided to continue in student affairs at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Tatiana worked as an Assistant Community Director, advised the hall council, and advised the campus' chapter of NRHH.   She received her Master's Degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from ASU and decided that it was time to come back to the east coast.  Tatiana is very excited to be joining Pace University as the new Area Director for Community Development and working with the New Dorm Community.


Valley House: Lauren Pizzolla (

Lauren Pizzolla is from Thornwood, New York and recently completed a B.S. from SUNY Cortland with a major in Adolescence Education Mathematics (7-12).  Lauren is very excited to start working at Pace University as a Residence Director while going for her Master’s in Educational Technology.  During her time as an undergraduate, Lauren was very active in residential life including being a Resident Assistant for two years, the National Communications Coordinator for RHA and served as an intern in the Housing office.  Lauren is excited to start the next chapter of her career at Pace University.


Pleasantville Residence Halls

Martin Hall: Vincent "Vinnie" Birkenmeyer (

Vinnie Birkenmeyer is from Poughkeepsie, New York and recently completed a B.A. from Pace University- Pleasantville with a major in History and minors in Pre-Law Studies and Political Science.  Vinnie is excited to be back at Pace working on his Masters in Public Administration within the government track.  Vinnie also hopes to one day attend law school. Vinnie is a brother of Alpha Phi Delta fraternity and member of the Men’s Division II Tennis team, and served in many leadership positions as an undergraduate.


North Hall: Jennifer "Jen" Crespo (

Jen Crespo began her journey at Pace University 10 years ago when she started college on the Pleasantville campus.  Jen was a former Resident Assistant in Martin Hall and the Town Houses, and continued to work at University Special Events after she graduated in 2006.  She truly loves Pace and is finishing her Master's in Counseling. 


Townhouse: Matthew Landau (

Matthew Landau was born in Kingston, NY and split his childhood in New York and the suburbs of Philadelphia. He attended Binghamton University, attaining a B.A. in Political Science. At Binghamton he served as Student Association President, earning him accolades through the years, including but not limited to, the Paul J. Battaglia Student Organization Leader of the Year.  Matthew has a Masters of Science in Teaching and a Masters in Public Administration.  Matt spent the last two years as a Residence Director at Pace and is very excited to begin his new position as an Area Director while continuing to work with the Town House Community!