Team Members

Residence Hall Director (RHD) Jess Cherry

Jess has been working in Cornell Housing & Residential Life since July 2021. She has her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. Jess moved to Ithaca from Brockport, NY and enjoys all of the hiking and camping that this area has to offer!

You can visit Jess in her office at the Equity & Engagement Community (room 109, in the library). You can also contact her via email at or via office phone at 607-254-1296.

Senior Resident Advisor (SRA) Valeria Valencia - 109 McGraw

Hey, I'm Valeria! I am from Los Angeles, CA and I am a senior studying Industrial and Labor Relations. In the future, I hope to study law and become an attorney. On campus, I am involved in the Student Assembly, ALANA Intercultural Board and the Mexican Students Association. In my free time, I love to hang out with friends and watch movies! Feel free to stop by 109 McGraw to say hi! I'm a super friendly person!

Resident Advisor (RA) Melanie Gao - 109 McGraw

Hello my name is Melanie, currently a sophomore in the college of Arts and Sciences. Besides studying, I am an outdoor enthusiast and I especially like rock climbing. I would love to get to know you all!

Resident Advisor (RA) Mateo Franco - Aguirre - Equity & Engagement Community (EEC)

Hey hey! My name is Mateo Franco and I am from a small town in Westchester NY called Ossining. I am a junior studying Industrial and Labor Relations, hoping to pursue minors in business and law & society. My dream is to use the knowledge I have gained here to propel my academic career as I plan to go to law school. On campus, I serve as a statistics tutor and a peer mentor, while also being a mentee myself. If you see me around the EEC, feel free to reach out, I love to talk and meet others!

Resident Advisor (RA) Nicholas French - Equity & Engagement Community (EEC)

Hello! My name is Nicholas French, and I am a rising senior studying Human Development in the College of Human Ecology. I am also working towards a Creative Writing and Law and Society minor. I am passionate about educational and housing policy, as well as investigating the various intersections between law, psychology, and racial-equity. I am an ardent storyteller, and am always happy to share and listen to a good story wherever it can be found. If you have a story to tell, remember that I'm all ears! I am also a life-long scholar of Black history and literature. I'm always excited to learn more about the African diaspora and discover new aspects of my community's history. I'm excited to be an RA this upcoming semester, and always feel free to reach out.

Resident Advisor (RA) Biagio Iannace - 118 McGraw

Hi, my name is Biagio Iannace! I am a Junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from Westchester, NY and am majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior on the pre-med track. I am also planning to pursue minors in Psychology and Business for Life Sciences. I enjoy spending my free time gaming, drawing, playing piano and ukulele, skateboarding, and playing soccer and tennis. I am currently a member of the Cornell eSports team and plan to join more clubs focused on science, writing, and charity. I am excited to return as an RA in 118 McGraw for another semester!"

Resident Advisor (RA) Marley Levy - 118 McGraw Place

Marley Levy (she/her) is a rising junior studying Fashion Design & Management in the College of Human Ecology. She transferred from Community College last year to continue her educational journey within the department of Human Centered Design. She is originally from Southern California, but has spent the last couple years residing in Massachusetts. Marley is looking forward to connecting with residents and always open to chat about music, food, and fashion!

Resident Advisor (RA) Delia Ferry - 122 McGraw Place

Hi! My name is Delia and I'm an RA for 122 McGraw. I'm from Mount Airy, NC and am in the class of '25 in the College of Arts & Sciences. I'm intending on double-majoring in music and psychology. In my free time, I love to crochet and do jigsaw puzzles. I'm also an avid reader and love classical music!

Resident Advisor (RA) Diana Aguilar - 122 McGraw Place

Hello! My name is Diana Aguilar and I’m a rising sophomore in CALS studying Communication. I’m from the Bronx, New York but my parents are both from Mexico :) I enjoy photography, listening to true crime podcasts and coffee! I’m super excited to meet you all and share a wonderful year together.

Resident Advisor (RA) Andy Shin - Veteran's House

Andy is a junior at Cornell University and he is currently majoring in Environment & Sustainability with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Governance (EPG). He is motivated to build a way of life where our society radically cares for our environment and places marginalized people at the forefront of our climate crisis. He is currently serving as an enlisted member of the U.S. Army Reserve and enjoys hiking around Ithaca!