Purpose & Staff

Our Vision

With compassion, we meet students where they are and encourage them to do their best.

Our Mission

The Office of Residence Life brings students and housing together in a safe and comfortable living environment.  Our staff provide services and learning experiences beyond the classroom to promote educational, social, and personal growth, as well as manage the judicial affairs for residential and commuter students.

Our Core Values

Direct Communication:  We encourage everyone to respectfully dial-direct.
Emotional Intelligence:  Increasing self-efficacy through learning opportunities based on empathy, self-awareness, motivation, social skills, and self-regulation.
Resource Referral:  We’re generalists who refer students to appropriate experts to fulfill their purpose.
Personal Relationships:  We get to know each other, and we care.
Diversity and Inclusion:  Celebrating the wide-range of differences in the human experience, such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, religion, and thought. We emphasize civil discourse in a community where all must be able to feel they belong.
Leadership:  Robust opportunities to strengthen skills, get involved, and be in service to others.

Our Staff

In addition to the professional staff listed below, 26 current undergraduate students serve as resident assistants to carry out the office's purpose.

Remi OpuniEmail: opuni@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3627
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 227

Areas responsible for: Meyran Hall and Coblentz Hall
Kori PayneEmail: kpayne@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3627
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 227

Areas responsible for: Shriner Hall and Smith Hall
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Kori Payne is fairly new to the leadership role within the residence life community. However, after completing her undergraduate at Frederick Community College and Emmanuel College, she is very familiar with being a resident and the responsibilities of the residential community. After earning an Associates degree in General Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, she wanted to continue to further her education. As a result, Kori is a current graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hood College. She plans on serving the residence life community as a resource, mentor, and hall director. Her main goal is to create a positive environment where every student, resident, and faculty / staff member feels welcomed. Some of Kori’s hobbies include lacrosse, volleyball, playing bass clarinet, hiking, working out, and going to the movies. She enjoys poetry, art, and fine dining.  


  • B.S., Emmanuel College
  • A.A., Frederick Community College
Amy Donald

Email: adonald@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3966
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 221

Areas responsible for: 7th Street Duplexes and College Houses
Pronouns: she/her/hers

LaShawn TaylorEmail: taylor@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3936 
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 228 

Areas responsible for: Blazer Hall and Memorial Hall
Pronouns: he/him/his


LaShawn Taylor was heavily involved as a student leader during his undergraduate years at Shepherd University. After completing his bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing concentration and a minor in communications and new media, LaShawn entered the College Student Development and Administration master’s program at Shepherd University. He served there as a hall director, mentoring and being a resource for residents and student leaders.  During LaShawn’s time at Hood, he works to help students reach their full potential so that they can be successful in reaching their goals. Some of LaShawn’s hobbies include playing with his dog Tinker, writing, painting, and pretending to sing. He is also a huge fan of the Washington Football Team and enjoys acting.


  • M.A., Shepherd University
  • B.A., Shepherd University
Dawan WorsleyEmail: worsley@hood.edu
Phone: 301-696-3577
Office: Whitaker Campus Center, Student Life Suite, Room 221


  • M.A., Salisbury University
  • B.A., William Paterson University of New Jersey