Meet the Staff

Feel free to contact us using the avenues below:

Contact Phone Email
General Office 973-720-2714 athome@wpunj.edu
Joe Caffarelli 973-720-2714 caffarellij@wpunj.edu
Patricia Whiteman 973-720-2712 whitemanp@wpunj.edu
Nick DiMinni 973-720-2713 diminnin@wpunj.edu
Rebecca Baird 973-720-2713 bairdr3@wpunj.edu

 

Director of Residence Life

Mr. Joseph Caffarelli serves as the chief administrator for Residence Life. In his capacity as director, he is responsible for the ultimate supervision of the Residence Life Department and developing and implementing policies and procedures regarding the residence halls. In addition, he coordinates, monitors, and prepares the Residence Life budget, as well as oversees the student discipline process. 


Associate Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations

Mrs. Patricia Whiteman is responsible for multiple programs within the department, including marketing of the program and new student recruitment into the Residence Life program. She also oversees the logistics of housing new students during Summer Orientation, the new student assignment process, billing, residential record keeping, and reassignment of continuing resident students through the spring Room Selection process. In addition, as the Associate Director, she is responsible for student billing, residentital software systems, and long-range facilities management within the department. 


Associate Director of Residence Life for Staff Recruitment, Development and Training

Mrs. Rebecca Baird supervises the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of the professional and paraprofessional staff. She also oversees the staff in the administration of the summer conference programs, designs the Residence Life Handbook, and serves on various student development committees.  She seeks to create, provide, and distribute programming, educational, and leadership resources and opportunities to the paraprofessional staff and students in the residence halls. 


Assistant Director of Facilities Management

Mr. Nick DiMinni is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and renovations of the residence halls; purchasing furniture and other hall equipment; inventory of furniture; public area damage assessment and common area damage billing; key control management; and managing summer conference programs. In addition, he acts as a liaison to other University offices and support services in matters involving both daily and long-term management/care and upkeep of the residential facilities.  

Assistant Director of Student Success and Engagement

Mrs. Leslie Kropa is responsible for the overall programming for the  residence life staff. She provides assistance to college and campus-wide programs designed to improve student academic success. In addition she is responsible for student outreach to help address transition issues, specifically with the purpose of increasing retention of students in the residence halls. . This includes the development and implementation of the University Connections program, Seven Weeks to Success Programming Model to assist with student transition issues.


Resident Directors

The residence halls have area hall offices which serve as the communications centers for each of the buildings. The hall administrators (Resident Directors) are full-time, live-in professionals who have completed their Master’s degrees in Student Personnel/Counseling or a related field. They are responsible for overseeing the daily functioning of the facilities and the programs within the residence halls. They conduct judicial hearings when University Policy is violated, see to the well-being of all residents, and supervise staffs of Resident Assistants and Desk Assistants who are undergraduate students. The hall administrators live on campus in order to respond to the needs of the students in emergency situations. Each administrator has extensive training in student services and residential issues, and serves as a resource person for the students and the Residence Life staff.


Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants are undergraduate students specifically selected and trained to deal with a variety of situations. These staff members enforce policy and develop programs in order to create an environment conducive to living and learning. They create and implement educational and social programs, enforce policy, and complete administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the hall.


Desk Assistants

Desk Assistant staff members are undergraduate students responsible for enforcing the security and visitation policy within the residence halls by verifying the identity of residents entering the hall using our University ID card access machines. These individuals are especially selected and trained to act as resources for visitors. 


Peer Academic Leaders

Peer Academic Leaders are students with an academic focus who are hired to help resident students successfully make the academic transition into college. They are responsible for tutoring, programming, and community building within the residence halls. PALs hold 10 office hours per week in the residence halls in order to help students who may need assistance with academics, their transition to residence hall living, and/or getting involved with Campus Life.