Residence Halls: Staff

    Residence Halls Staff

    Upperclass student Resident Assistants (RAs) live in residence and work together to create the most comfortable, supportive, and responsive living environment possible.  Please feel free to turn to them for any needs you might have after your arrival.

    Patricia Pete, RA Goldstein Hall

    Hi, I'm Patricia Pete and I am a sophomore Digital Film major and I was born and raised right here in Sarasota, FL!  As a native, I am familiar with the unique language and mannerisms of Sarasotians, but also conversationally fluent in the language of the Ringling artist.  Need a translator?  A tour guide?  A good will peace ambassador as you learn more about this strange land of Sarasota?  No worries, when I'm not out conquering the world, I'm quite easy to get a hold of via messenger bird and have a quick response time of 3-5 days, depending on how soon the bird reaches me.  But in all seriousness, Ringling is a wonderful place where I get to learn and do more of what I love. 


    Amalia Fredericksen, Head RA

    I’m an excited, slow-to-act, little girl, who has found the many things that make this life worth living. Sometimes I feel like a super hero to my friends and the cutest Nebraskan at Ringling, but instead I know I’m a little between the everyday human with her imperfections and the adventurer set out to plan my voyage. I’m a second year Graphic & Interactive Communication major with simple tastes. As a designer, I’m hardworking—staying with each project until it’s finished, obsessing over the details, and remaining positive. As a person, I love the beauty of natural things and am eager for new experiences, and this year will be the best one yet!  I’m not sure what it will hold, but I’ve got courage in my heart, knowledge in my head, and the greatest crew to set sail with. 


    Jeremy Puttkammer, RA Idelson Hall

    Hey! I'm Jeremy! I'm a junior Motion Design major from Illinois. I am part of the Ringling Quidditch Team; however, my favorite sport to play is ultimate Frisbee and/or Frisbee Golf. I'm a bit of a goofball sometime, but don't let that stop you from coming up and saying hey. Did I mention that I am a huge fan of cartoon shows? The classic 90's cartoon are my favorite, but I'll still watch any cartoon show there is. Can't wait to see you guys!!

    Krystal Boersen, RA Student Center

    I’m Krystal Boersen, first year Motion Design with a short attention span and a raucous laugh, so if you happen to hear cackling in the commons or around campus, it might just be me making myself look like a loony again. My favorite condiment is peanut butter. I can have peanut butter on anything!— pizza, waffles, fruit, ice-cream. When I’m not running around making movies, I’m usually pouring over a computer or reading Batman Comics. If I could offer advice to any student, I would tell them to be themselves. Unless you can be Batman— always be Batman.


    Courtney Brenek, RA Keating

    Heya!  I'm Courtney, a 3rd year Computer Animation major and a Pennsylvanian mountain girl hailing from a small town in the Poconos.  I'm super-stoked to be here at Ringling, studying alongside so many passionate and inspiring individuals. During my free time, I enjoy cooking Filipino food, watching silly cat videos and playing JRPGs rife with cliche plot twists.  I also have an addiction to coffee and tea, and I like collecting mugs for said coffee and tea.  Come to Keating Hall sometime hang out with me and my homie Mary the Ghost, yeah!?

    Madelyn Cordeiro, RA Goldstein Hall

    Hey, my name is Madelyn Cordeiro but I'm more commonly referred to as Madé. I'm an illustration major and RA for the second floor of Goldstein. In my spare time I like to sleep and watch my favorite movie Moulin Rouge. I also enjoy rabbits and a variety of dairy products. My dream is to one day be the favorite child and educate people on the dangers of cultural appropriation.

    Karen De Los Santos, RA Goldstein Hall

    Hola! My name is Andrea and I am a junior Computer Animation major from the small island of Puerto Rico, otherwise known as the land of piña coladas and Ricky Martin.  Although I was born and raised there, my parents are originally from Brazil and Italy, so growing up things would get really intense at the household whenever a soccer match was on.  People say I own too many cardigans, but I don't think that there's such a thing as too many cardigans.  I love listening to music, traveling, learning interesting facts and pretending to be able to play the ukulele.  I love Japanese food, and anything mint chocolate flavored.  I own a pretty awesome record collection and love old movies.  My favorite part about Ringling is being able to work among amazing, talented artists and sharing ideas with them-- it really gets you inspired! 


    Elizabeth Fox, RA Appleton Hall

    Hey there! My name is Elizabeth Fox and I’m from the far away land of Tampa, Florida. I’m a second year Interior Design major and I’m always swooning over color, patterns and good design. I’m a self-proclaimed workaholic, but I’m talking and laughing all the time. I’m a bit of a goofball and I love having fun and being around people. My first year at Ringling was the best and most challenging time I’ve gone through so far, and life has never looked more beautiful after being at such an amazing and inspiring art school.

    Benjamin Girdwood, RA Bayou Village

    My name is Ben Girdwood, I was born in the streets of London during the industrial revolution.  I and am an Illustration major and I am proud to attend Ringling College because I know everything I learn here will help me get where I want in life.  I have given myself a tremendous opportunity by going here and I am very satisfied with where I am in my life right now.  I love Illustration.  God save the Queen.


    Andy Lang, RA Goldstein Hall

    Born in the alleyways of Rio, raised on plantains and fish bones- I came to America in 1974 on a soccer scholarship with the hopes of one day learning the art of photography.  I first started with a disposable camera, taking pictures of old people, and followed that dusty trail to Sarasota.  I have made my new home here, and became an RA to share my love of red hair with my peers.


    Kyle Lopez, RA Student Center

    Heyo!  My name is Kyle and I’m a second year student hailing from both Wisconsin and Chicago.  After years and varieties of trials, I finally claimed my place in Ringling’s Computer Animation program.  I love cookies, voice-impressions, and value true blue, open-mindedness.  I think I might be kind of a spacey guy, but please say hey anytime!

    Russell Mank, RA Palmer Quadrangle

    I’m Russell, a 2nd year Graphic and Interactive Communications major.  I’m from Lakeland, Florida and I love bonfires, beaches, boating, and country music.  My first experience with Ringling was on a field trip in my freshman year of high school.  From there, I attended PreCollege and the rest is history!  We do a lot of work here at Ringling but there is always room for fun too.  I like to spend my free time in the gym, on the beach, or playing Super Smash in the common rooms (it gets very competitive).  Living on campus is a great experience!


    Alekhya Polina, RA Harmon Hall

    Hi! My name is Alekhya or you can call me Lakes, either one.  I am a second year Motion Design student.  I was born in India but I have in lived in Columbus, Ohio for most of my life.  I love to talk and find it quite difficult to stop, so come find me anytime if want to chat.  I love meeting new people, Facetiming my puppy, and going on morning jogs.  I love winter and miss the snow and chilly northern air.  My experience at Ringling has been amazing so far and I hope to make yours amazing too!


    Jonathan Randazzo, RA Bayou Village


    I'm Jon and I'm from Pennsylvania.  I came to Sarasota to try and learn how to pay bills by making pictures.  I like strawberries, peaches, and walks on the beach.  I'm also a fan of napping, eating, arguing, sci-fi, theoretical and/or quantum physics, crude drawings done in crayon, H.P. Lovecraft, sad movies, portraiture, magic, giant monsters, mediocre photography, giant robots, dogs, being reminded we're all insignificant by the vast reaches of space and sand castles.  I'm not a fan of double-parked cars, spoiled food, spilled milk (makes me cry), stuffed animals, killing bugs, and being beaten up by girls.  If you like the things I like, that's cool.  We can talk about that.

    Chris Resilard, RA Bayou Villages

    Fear not, fellow residents, for I- The Great Resilard shall save you from the oppression that is homework.  I am a second year student studying Illustration.  Join me in my fortress of Goldstein, as we regale about our past victories and prepare for the war on time- stealing back those precious hours of sleep that are rightfully “hours”. 


    Brittany Shively, RA Idelson Hall

    Hey, I’m Brittany! I’m a Game Art and Design major, and absolutely love it here at Ringling.  I was born in Indiana, but moved to Florida when I was about 2 years old and have lived here ever since.  I've had an amazing time studying and meeting the people here, and I couldn't imagine going to college anywhere else. My friends usually describe me as a contradiction because I was a cheerleader who competed in body building competitions and loves video games! So if you ever want to talk, work out, or have an epic video gaming battle (in which you will get owned) feel free to come hang out!

    Sofia Wang, RA Goldstein Hall

    Hi, I'm Sofia Keqian Wang, majoring Computer Animation.  I'm originally from Wenzhou, a southern coastal city in China.  I moved a lot.  I used to live in Beijing for 4 years and Canada for 1 year.  I now reside in Florida!  I am a big fan of Totoro.  I dream of owning a glasshouse where I can plant tropical flowers and keep a Totoro!  Hope to see you around!


    Kevin Whitmeyer, RA Student Center

    What’s up, guys! I’m Kevin, a Game Art and Design major here at Ringling!  I’m from Washington D.C. and am loving the weather down here in Florida.  I love working out at the gym, running, and all kinds of fitness.  I’m also a total dork when it comes to comic books and video games, so if any of you are down to lift or challenge me to a shootout in Call of Duty, bring you’re “A” game! 


    Michelle Yi, RA Goldstein Hall

    Greetings!  My name is Michelle.  I am currently a second year Computer Animation major.  I am from the state of Texas, near the Dallas area.  I enjoy eating delicious foods.  A few examples of these delicious foods include Korean food, steak, pasta, tonkatsu, tiramisu, chocolate strawberries and sushi.  I also enjoy watching various TV shows and cartoons.  My current favorite shows are Adventure Time and Game Of Thrones.  I find horror movies involving supernatural elements and mystery an entertaining genre.  I hope to have many adventures this year and make numerous fond memories!