Professional Staff

Kevin Forti
Director of Residence Life

Office Phone: (401) 454-6651
Office: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Kevin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Western New England University and an M.Ed. from Springfield College. He has worked in Residence Life for over 20 years and has been at RISD since 2014. He provides departmental oversight and focus on planning and development, budgeting and resource management, goal setting, and cross functional strategic alignment.

Contact Kevin or anyone on the staff with ideas for improving our residence halls and houses, our residential experience, or any general concepts related to housing and dining plans.

Daniel Murphy
Associate Director for Residence Education

Office Phone: (401) 454-6654
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Dan is originally from a small town in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. He holds a B.S. in Education from Bucknell University, where he minored in studio art and concentrated on incorporating art into the K-6 curriculum, and a M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. In his spare time you can find Dan walking his dog or going for a run around Providence, exploring new coffee shops, and finding the best desserts in Rhode Island.

Dan directly oversees the living experience on campus and engagement opportunities in residence halls, working closely with professional live on staff and our student staff members. He also oversees communications, marketing, and social media for Residence Life.

Carly Tryens
Associate Director for Housing Operations

Office Phone: (401) 277-4967
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Carly is from Pennsylvania by way of New York where she received her degrees in Apparel Design and Illustration from The Fashion Institue of Technology. After a brief stint curating, she taught Maritime studies at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn before moving to New England in 2015 to sail professionally in Newport, RI. Carly is excited to be back in the arts community and enjoys supporting and working with young artists. When not at RISD, Carly enjoys yoga, thrifting, horseback riding and summer days in Newport.

Contact Carly regarding regarding housing processes such as: room selection, summer housing, room changes, Pre-College housing, room condition, etc.

Melynda Heying-Mcmahon
Assistant Director for Student Staff Selection and Training

Office Phone: (401) 454-6715
Office Location: ResLife Main Office at 30 Waterman St.

Melynda makes her way to RISD via Milton, MA from Minnesota with a B.A. in English and mass communications with a minor in editing and publishing along with an M.S. in Counseling and Student Affairs – both from Minnesota State University Moorhead (go Dragons!). She is excited to be supporting Residence Life at RISD in a myriad of ways, but is most eager to support students’ wellness and to be immersed in a highly diverse and forward-thinking community. Some of Melynda’s favorite things include forcing affection upon her cat, Sir Elliott McSquigglePants, drinking coffee at inappropriate times to drink coffee, and rating the quality of poutine at restaurants throughout Providence.

The Assistant Director lives on campus with students and serves in the 24/7 emergency on call rotation for on campus students.

Contact Melynda for community concerns, programming ideas, general housing questions, student staff training and selection, social justice and inclusion and other ways to be involved at RISD.

Community Coordinators:

Community Coordinators are professional live-in staff members who oversee all community development within the building. This includes: supervising Resident Advisors and Advocate for Inclusion in Residence, providing programming and resources to meet student needs, serving in 24/7 emergency on call rotation, addressing any facility or roommate concerns, mediating issues within the community, and providing any support students need while living on campus. Community Coordinators live in the residence halls with students.

Angel Madrigal
Community Coordinator, First Year Housing (Nickerson and North Halls)

Office Phone: (401) 709-8431
Office Location: South Hall

Angel was born and raised in Chicago Illinois, and loves the city skyline especially at night with the moon’s light glimmering off the tall skyscrapers. He holds a B.A in Intercultural Studies, with a focus in Latin American Studies, which he received from Elmhurst College. Angel is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Leadership, with a focus in Social Justice and Equity Issues. In his free time you can find him either painting, reading a comic book, or binge watching Netflix. He identifies as a night owl, and has been known to fall deep into Youtube videos that either discuss conspiracy theories, or discovering new baking recipes.

Contact Angel for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes or conflicts in the first year area, and programming ideas.

Brianna Demorcy
Community Coordinator, First Year Housing (East and Homer Halls) and South hall

Office Phone: 401-454-6650
Office Location: South Hall

Brianna was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Emmanuel College, where she minored in Psychology, and a M.A. in Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. During her free time, you can find Brianna exploring the area while looking for new places to eat and relax. She also loves to listen to music and binge watch netflix and youtube videos.

Contact Bri for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes or conflicts in the first year area, and programming ideas.

Becky Cole
Community Coordinator, 15 West

Office Phone: 401-454-6650
Office Location: 15 West, 1st Floor

Becky was born in New Hampshire and has always found beauty in New England’s nature. Becky went to Temple University in Philadelphia for her bachelors degree in Education and got her Masters in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University. She has worked in Residence Life for 5 years as a paraprofessional and is thrilled to be starting her professional career in Student Affairs at RISD. Becky enjoys supporting students around issues of justice, mental health, and identity development. In her free time Becky enjoys good food with friends, traveling, yoga, activism, hanging with cats, baking, sewing, and a nice cup of coffee. 

Contact Becky for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes or conflicts in 15 West, and programming ideas.

Gabriel Navarro
Community Coordinator, Hill Houses, Colonial, and Dwight Apartments

Office Phone: 401-454-6650
Office Location: Colonial C02

Gabriel was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He holds a B.S. in Information Technology from Pace University and recently earned his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. Gabriel is excited to be a part of the dynamic and engaging RISD team! In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, watching Survivor, and trying new desserts!

Contact Gabriel for general housing questions, resources at RISD and in Providence, room changes or conflicts in Colonial, Dwight, Charles Landing, or the Edge, and programming ideas.