Housing and Residence Life

Our Staff

Abeer Mustafa

Abeer A. Mustafa
Director
mustafaaa@wssu.edu

Abeer Mustafa manages all aspects all of the Department of Housing and Residence Life with the number one goal of student success in mind. She has lead the department in the development of thematic housing, learning communities, and a faculty-in-residence program along with needed facilities improvements to various halls on campus. Under her leadership, the university opened Martin-Schexnider Hall in 2013 and is working to replace Dillard Hall with an exciting new building to break ground this summer. Abeer works tirelessly to provide for our students the very best experience in their halls.

Abeer joined WSSU in 2012, after serving as an Assistant Director at the University of Houston. Previously, she was at Rice University as a General Manager. Her career in multi-family housing started in 1994 and lead onto construction of multi-family development. Abeer has 21 years of progressive professional experience in student housing, property management, strategic planning, facilities, new construction, budget management, and team development, solution-oriented change agent for department, division and institutional reorganization.

When not working, Abeer is involved in the community, an avid reader, works out, and, of course, spends time volunteering with the Winston-Salem Junior League and Leadership Winston. She is willing to present on budget management, service leadership, long-range planning, “going from good to great, and being your personal best”.

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Peter Bluereich

Peter Blutreich
Associate Director
blutreichpe@wssu.edu

Pete Blutreich, earned undergraduate degrees from NCSU in History and Political Science, a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC), and is presently a PhD student at NC A and T University in Leadership Studies. His housing background began as an RA at NCSU, a graduate assistant at both UNC-Charlotte and Southern Illinois University Carbondale with internships at Georgia Tech and Tulane University. His first professional position as a Residence Coordinator at UNCW provided a great experience and allowed him to found a new student organization. As the Assistant Director at Austin Peay State University he continued to develop a new programming model and advise RHA. His next role was as the Director of Residence Life at Illinois College for six years managing all aspects of the program including instituting a new assignment process and student conduct program. Returning to NC as the Associate Director for Housing at Wake Forest University he later came to WSSU as the Assistant Director for Housing and now serves as the Associate Director for Housing and Residence. Pete is interested and willing to present on issues of goal setting, time management, value clarification, impact of residence life on academic success, leadership development, and the impact of new populations on higher education in NC. When not at WSSU Pete is most likely chasing one of four boys, doing some homework, or enjoying reading science fiction/fantasy or the occasional historical book.

 

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Mary Young Smith

Mary Young Smith
Student Services Specialist
smithmy@wssu.edu

Mary Young Smith has served in the Housing and Residence Life Department in capacities of Clerk Typist, Secretary to the Dean of Men, Administrative Assistant, Housing Coordinator, Interim Director of Residence Life, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life/Assignments and currently serves in the capacity of Student Services Specialist for Assignments.  She earned a Business Administration Comprehensive (B.A.) Degree at Winston-Salem State University in 1992 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has collaborated with both faculty and staff within the divisions on campus as well as mentored students.  She is currently in her twelfth year with the Corporate Volunteers Program of the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, which is a partnership with WSSU and the Elementary schools in the Winston-Salem vicinity where she spends time with kindergarten students that need special attention to improve their proficiencies within their age group for an hour per week. Mary enjoys interacting with residents who arrive new excited and eager to live and learn and then to experience their mature and holistic development as they successfully depart to serve gives her great pleasure to know that she has made an impact on some of them; ‘reach one teach one’. Mary is a lifetime committed member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

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Corry Colonna

Corry A. Colonna
Senior Coordinator of Housing & Residence Life
colonnaca@wssu.edu

Corry Colonna currently serves as our Senior Coordinator of Housing and Residence Life.  He is responsible for Academic Collaborations, the development of Living Learning and Theme Housing Initiatives, department marketing and communications, department assessments, and various other projects as assigned. Corry has literally written the book on WSSU’s First-Year Residential Experience Program (FYRE) and has been the host and organizer of our very successful academic collaboration program, Discernment Dinners.

Starting in 2012, Corry brings with him to Winston-Salem State University experience from three other institutions of varying size and type. A graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, Corry started his career teaching 8th grade English on the edge of Appalachia in Western Pennsylvania. After earning his Master’s degree in Literature at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Corry returned to his alma mater and served as a Residence Hall Director at Saint Vincent College. He also taught freshmen writing and literature courses. He continued teaching first-year students as he pursued his PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After completing coursework, he took the position of Residence Hall Rector at the University of Notre Dame. In this capacity, he worked to develop a strong community of men dedicated to service and brotherhood at Notre Dame. He was also involved in Student Life Council, Staff Development Initiatives and the Integration of Student Life with Academia. In 2012, he joined the staff at WSSU as the Area Coordinator of First Year Halls and has since taken on new responsibilities. In his free time, you may see him biking the trails near campus or out at the farmer’s market, his favorite place in the Triad.  He is interested and willing to present on issues of Masculinity, Men in Transition, Faith and Spirituality, Strategic planning, Staff Development, Leadership, and the Integration of a Holistic Experience for college-aged students.

 

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 Fatou Mbye

Fatou Mbye
Area Coordinator
First-Year Residence Halls
mbyefb@wssu.edu

Fatou Mbye is joining the WSSU family as the Area Coordinator for First Year Halls. Fatou received her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University. While at K-State she was highly involved on campus serving as a Resident Assistant, Multicultural Ambassador, Orientation Leader, and member of Mortar Board Honor Society. Having found a love for working with students, Fatou went on to earn her Master's degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in College Student Personnel, during which time she served as a Graduate Hall Director. She started her professional career as a Community Director at The University of Arizona for three years and then an Area Director at Tulane University for a year. While at Tulane she was promoted to Associate Director for Residential Education, a role she served in for two years. Fatou is interested and willing to present on issues of leadership development, social justice education, and identity development. Originally from The Gambia, Fatou enjoys reading, painting, and traveling in her free time. She is an avid sports fan and can regularly be found cheering on her alma maters and the Green Bay Packers.

 

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Jeremi Cheeks

Jeremi Cheeks
Area Coordinator
Upper Class Residence Halls
cheeksjj@wssu.edu 

Jeremi Cheeks is proud alumni of the University of Central Florida we here he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Legal Studies and a Masters of Public Administration.  He joins the WSSU family as the Area Coordinator of Upper Class Halls.  Previous to WSSU, Mr. Cheeks has served as a Hall Director at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Community Coordinator at Arizona State University.  Jeremi is rewarded by assisting students as they grow personally and professionally. His professional interest include leadership development and organizational management. He is excited about working with WSSU faculty and staff and looks forward to the continual growth and develop of our housing and residence life program.

Hall Directors

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown
Hall Director
Atkins Hall
brownml@wssu.edu

Melissa Brown serves as the Hall Director of Atkins Hall. She has worked in residence life for three and a half years before coming to WSSU at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.  Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Biology from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   She joined WSSU as the leader of Atkins Hall in 2012. At Winston-Salem State University Melissa founded and advises Women Involved In Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.), a thematic living community out of Atkins Hall. She initiated the “Atkins Hall Celebrates Creativity” Signature Program and advocates for the students of Atkins Hall.  

Jalisha Lancaster

Jalisha Lancaster
Hall Director
Brown Hall
lancasterjd@wssu.edu

Jalisha Lancaster joined the WSSU community as Hall Director of Brown Hall in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio Dominican University and a Masters of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Prior to arriving at WSSU, Jalisha held a dual position as a Residence Coordinator and Academic Support Graduate Intern at Heidelberg University. Jalisha brings with her a multitude of experiences that shape her approach to student affairs, including traveling to South Africa to study the higher education system. She is committed to enhancing the experiences of first-year students at WSSU by creating a community that promotes academic success, an appreciation of difference, a culture of learning, and a commitment to service.

Theodis A. chunn, Jr.

Theo Chunn
Hall Director
Foundation Heights Hall
chunnta@wssu.edu

Theodis (Theo) A. Chunn, Jr., has served as a Hall Director since August 2012, returning to his alma mater from his most recent position as a Resident Director at High Point University. Chunn holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). He earned a M.S. in Higher Education at Walden University where he is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership.  Chunn lives with the passion to encourage, unite and educationally and socially motivate young men and women to be successful and productive. When Theo is not fulfilling his duties as a Hall Director, he enjoys spending time running, reading, or working through a non-profit called TCJ Motivations, Inc.

 

 

 

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Michael Fountain
Hall Director
Wilson Hall
fountainmw@wssu.edu

Michael Fountain earned both a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and a Master of Education in Higher Education with a concentration in Administration from Georgia Southern University. Prior to entering Georgia Southern for his degree in Higher Education, Michael served as a police officer with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.  His interests include higher education law, student conduct and new student orientation. Michael is passionate about restorative justice and working with diverse populations of students.

 

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Bridgette Holmes 

Bridgette Holmes
Program Manager
First Year Residential Experience (FYRE)
holmesbr@wssu.edu

Bridgette L. Holmes is originally from Fort Washington, Maryland. Holmes recently completed her Master of Education in Higher Education at The University of Toledo. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from North Carolina Central University.  Holmes began her career in Higher Education as a Graduate advisor for TRiO Student Support Services, where she served low income, first-generation and disabled college students. Bridgette has a passion for promoting student success by equipping students with the tools needed to navigate campus life. Holmes believes empowering students through academic planning, leadership development and student involvement will enable them to become active members of a global society. She joins the Winston-Salem State University staff as the First-Year Residential Experience Program Manager.

 

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 Lerone Joseph

Lerone Joseph
Hall Director
Martin-Schexnider
josephlh@wssu.edu

Lerone Joseph, originally from the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts, has spent most of his adult life in New York. He graduated from the University at Albany where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  While at the University at Albany, he began his career in student affairs by holding multiple positions in the Department of Residence Life including serving as a Resident Assistant, Housing Manager, and Orientation Assistant.  After graduation, Lerone completed two years at the University of New Haven (UNH) in Connecticut where he served as a Graduate Residence Hall Director for three apartment complexes. He also secured his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and completed the certificate program in Public Administration.  Lerone has a passion for working with students and developing student leaders. Central to his philosophy for student development is that college is an opportunity to develop an identity and personal values. Outside of his Hall Director role he enjoys watching and playing sports and hopes to one-day coach on some level.

 

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Tajuan Sellars
Hall Director
Gleason-Hairston Terrace Hall
sellersto@wssu.edu

Tajuan Sellars, a native of Burlington, NC, graduated from Hugh M. Cummings High School in 2003 and earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).  While at UNCG, Tajuan served as a community advisor (RA) his sophomore and junior years and as head resident his senior year.  In addition, he served on the executive board of the Residence Hall Association, attending numerous state, regional, and national conferences.  During his time as a head resident, Tajuan served as the hall council advisor for an area comprising of seven of the university’s residence halls.  Tajuan was also a University Ambassador during his freshman, sophomore, and junior years at UNCG.

Tajuan earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Louisville in Higher Education Administration.  While working on his graduate degree, he worked with the University’s Office of Student Involvement to promote the organization’s civic engagement, leadership, and service programs.

Tajuan’s interests are in student success and retention; and, he is extremely passionate about providing excellent customer service.  Tajuan joins the Winston-Salem State University family with hopes of bringing a high-level of student involvement in the residence halls, campus, and local communities.

 

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 Shemika Withers

Shemika Withers
Hall Director
Rams Common Hall
witherssc@wssu.edu

Shemika Withers joins WSSU from High Point, North Carolina.  In 2007, she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Elon University, and in 2009 she earned a master’s in Organizational Psychology from Walden University. She worked previously at High Point University.  Withers is excited to be a part of Winston-Salem State University! The overwhelming pride and school spirit at WSSU drew her to working here. Her passions include helping others through leadership and service. She volunteers for the Salvation Army and the United Way and serves as part of a mentor program at her local church.

 

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 Central Office Staff Members

Carmen Berrier

Carmen Berrier
Executive Assistant

Adrienne Varner

Adrienne Varner
Purchasing Specialist



Housing Craft

Todd Knight

Todd Knight
Housing Craft Supervisor

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones
Housing Craft Technician

Marcus Melvin

Marcus Melton
Housing Craft Technician



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FAX: (336) 750-3377 

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