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.
Mike Bidinger, Area Coordinator
Oh, hey. I'm Mike, a Computer Animation student from the frozen state of Minnesota. I don't really have a favorite anything, but shorts are pretty nice. They're comfy and easy to wear. I think if this whole animation thing doesn't work out, I'll probably just go to the canadian wilderness and live out my days raising wolves or become an astronaut. If there's one thing the campus atmosphere has taught me, it's to "thaw out" and have a good time with your work. We're all here doing what we love- so enjoy the work, the friends, and the experience.
Sarah Kambara, Area Coordinator
Hello! Sarah Kambara has a rhyming name and wears all of her hair in curls to one side. So if you see her walking around you'll easily recognize her and have fun getting her attention! Sarah is the first Business of Art + Design RA EVER! She loves creative minds and helping others. Aside from academics, she enjoys going on bike rides to unexplored places, people watching, and loving the world.
Careth Arnold, RA The Cove
Hi, I'm Careth, pronounced like "I careth for you." I'm currently a nature loving, veggie eating student, studying Illustration. Drawing is one of my passions because it is the creation of new ideas and worlds. Very awesome. I was born and raised in Thailand, finished high school in LA, and now in Sarasota. Ringling has been an awesome challenge for me that has kept me growing in character, time management, knowledge, faith, creativity, leadership, and of course, drawing. My life is a daily adventure, which only gets more amazing. Amen.
Kelsey Bergman, RA Bayou Village
Kelsey Bergman is a third year Computer Animation major. When not animating, you can find her riding a pony, drinking coffee, and eating chocolate, sometimes all at once, as she is rather adept at multitasking. But in all seriousness, Ringling is a great place to grow into the artist you want to be, so take advantage of all the opportunities this school has to offer.
Krystal Boersen, RA Harmon Hall
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.
Andrea Caprotti, RA Student Center
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!
Marqin Cook, RA Family Housing
For some, going to college means trekking across the states to a new place, a new environment. I considered that opportunity to emerge into that new atmosphere, away from my town to meet new people and see new things, but I ended up traveling just an hour north to Ringling. I have to say, Ringling is a completely different world from other schools and I have loved it from the moment I walked on campus. This is my fourth year as an Illustration major and a Business of Art and Design minor, and I reside as an RA… and I love it. Getting to know these students and being there for them to adjust to this 24/7 art driven place, brings joy to me. Fun facts about Marqin: Very big fan of tear-jerker movies, though tears are rarely shed. Sunflowers are her ultimate favorite kind of flowers. Believes that baking cookies is overrated- the dough is clearly the best part. Proud of her giant Webster’s Dictionary of Quotations. Loves the color yellow and believes the Beetles were right on when they said, “all you need is love”.
Marisabel Fernandez, RA Palmer Quadrangle
I'm a sophomore motion design student from Venezuela. If there was one thing I could love more it would be...dancing! I'm not a big fan of spending hours in front of the computers, so I always try and find things to do outside of school work for a healthy balance. Even at times when it seems almost impossible, I try to at least work outside and enjoy the amazing weather in Sarasota. There's nothing like a good bike downtown on a sunny afternoon!
Amalia Fredericksen, RA Harmon Hall
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.
Alec Hanson, RA Goldstein Hall
Hello my name is Alec Hanson, born in Redwood, California and raised in Southlake, Texas. I’m a Game Art and Design major to-be minoring in Business of Art and Design. I’m the youngest of three with an older brother and an older sister. I have a beautiful darling back in Texas, with a beautiful heart; she’s kept her hand on my shoulder during my time at Ringling. My mother and my father are the greatest parents in the world, they raised me the best way they could, and I know I’m so lucky to have the family that I do that has been so blessed.
Josiah Haworth, RA Near Campus Houses
Hey everybody! My name is Josiah and I'm the RA for the houses. I love spending countless hours in front of a computer screen working on animation. Sunlight? The outdoors? Who needs them when I have Animation to work on! Balancing a Social Life and School work is tough but I think that finding that balance will help you grow as an artist and a person. When I do have some free time (which is not often) I love sketching and playing video games. My original interest in art sprang from both the Ninja Turtles and my favorite video game character Sonic the Hedgehog, both of which I still love to this day... a little too much. In my opinion the two best animated features ever made are easily The Incredibles, and The Iron Giant.
Jake Inferrera, RA Bayou Village
My name is Jake Inferrera, I was born in Rochester, New York and am a fourth year Advertising Design major. 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 advertising.
Phillip Leslie, RA Goldstein Hall
Hey! My name’s Phillip, but you can call me Phil. I’m currently an Illustration major. I was born in Massachusetts but moved to Tampa when I was 10 years old. Growing up in Florida has been an awesome time, and most of it was spent at Disney World. It’s been my dream to come to Ringling since I was in 8th grade. I’m so excited to finally be here, and am loving the experience. There’s such a fun, creative atmosphere on campus, and Sarasota isn’t too shabby itself! I also love music, especially jazz and classic rock n roll. When I’m not drawing, I’m usually playing my guitar. If you ever want to talk about how awesome Jimi Hendrix is, come see me.
Philip Lofstedt, RA Cove
Hey! I’m Philip Löfstedt and I’m a second year advertising student. I happily reside in the cove, I do however miss the cold winters back home in Sweden – I like snowboarding which is a difficult hobby to maintain Sarasota. What I love about Ringling is that it’s a small, high tech, extremely creative & nourishing environment —it's really helped me grow as a designer! Hope to see you around!
Rosa Magnone, RA Student Center
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.
Greg Mako, RA Near Campus Houses
Greetings! My name is Greg Mako and I'm a third year Graphic and Interactive Communication major with a minor in Business of Art and Design. I have to say that one of the reasons that I decided to become an RA is because I am incredibly proud of my school and the opportunities it's offered me. It has changed my life in more ways than I could ever imagine and I can't wait to see how my leadership abilities grow. I'm originally from New Jersey but haven't had much chance to get back there between my commitments at school and working for Disney, but I do miss it and my family very much. I'm really passionate about things like theatre, film, pop culture, and anything that involves current topics. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the world for taking advantage of everything that is available to me here at Ringling.
Russell Mank, RA Goldstein Hall
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!
Shannon McClernan, RA Idelson Hall
Hey all! My name is Shannon McClernan and I'm a 3rd year Illustration major. I hail from a small town in south-central New Jersey, close to Philadelphia. While adjusting to Florida's weather was a bit rough at first (why… is it so… hot…), I've grown to call it a second home and love the community here at Ringling. When I'm not in my room working, you'll probably find me either at the piano or playing ukulele somewhere on campus. I love a good laugh, and I also enjoy running, singing, rollerblading, and meeting new people. Feel free to talk to me anytime!
Megan McShane, RA Keating Hall
Hello! My name is Megan, I'm a third year Computer Animation student from New York. What I love most about Ringling is the amazing people I have met who constantly inspire me to become a better artist and person. Every day here feels like a new adventure, whether you're constructing pillow fortresses, searching for lost treasure, or even sitting hunched over in front of a computer monitor in a cold, dark room all day (mostly that last one). But in all seriousness, I love living here; Ringling's campus is endless fun, and I can't imagine ever wanting to be anywhere else.
Charlie Parisi, RA Keating Hall
Hey! My name’s Parisi, and I come from the Sea….zee… I’m a CA student and it keeps me beesy. My main man’s Bob, with the sponge and the square, I spend my days drawing lines from the kush of my chair. I’m an RA for Keating where we’re fans of the shark, where our socks are ironed looking fresh like Stark. When you see me around, pop that hand, wave, say Hi- you’ll get a toothy smile, not a bite, from this guy.
Chris Resilard, RA Goldstein Hall
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”.
Ally Sage, RA Goldstein Hall
Hiya! My name is Ally Sage. I'm a sophomore that transferred into Computer Animation this year. When I first was looking at art colleges, I saw the name Ringling and thought it was a funny name and decided to send in an application. It was one of the best decision I've made! I immediately fell in love with the school the moment I arrived and have been enjoying my Ringling experience from the start. Everyday I'm learning more and more and having way too much fun while learning. I am half Korean and have a pet dragon who is full Korean and a pet dog back home who is a purebred Cocker-Spaniel. I love autumn and miss the chilly northern air. I'm a hardcore Ice hockey fan. I don't like chocolate--But if you want something you can bribe me with Oreos and I will eagerly accommodate your requests! I love Turtles!!!
Valerie Sattazahn, RA Goldstein Hall
Hey! My name is Valerie Sattazahn. I'm entering my second year as a Computer Animation student, and I live on the 5th floor of Goldstein Hall. I love art, music, acting, and volleyball. I found such a wonderful community when I came here to Ringling. The education and passionate, creative atmosphere is a constant reminder of why I love going here, and the people I've met are truly irreplaceable. In my free time I like to go outdoors or sing random songs with my friends. I'm always up for getting to know new people - so if you don't know me please don't be a stranger!
Katey Shelton, RA Bayou Village
Hello! My name is Katey-Kat. A little about me, I enjoy long walks on the beach, spending time with my 11 cats (my kids) and being quirky. What can I say? I'm just a hopeless romantic! I need to warn you, I can be a little obsessive at times. I sometimes stare through windows, follow you wherever you go and repeatedly refresh your Facebook to see if there has been any updates. Your mother and I WILL BE best friends. But hey, its all in the name of love! So remember, get your elbows flexin' and your arms a t-rexin' and do the creep. If you think we would be a good match, just message me. Hot cheetoh’s and Taki’s. Katey out.
Joon Shik Song, RA Bayou Village
Hi, I'm Joon, junior Computer Animator. My favorite color is blue. I like pony rides and Klondike bars. Without question, the best flavor of ice cream is vanilla...especially when enveloped by chocolate (See above).
Joon Soo Song, RA Student Center
Hi, My name is Joon SOO Song, not to be confused with another Joon Song. I’m currently a senior Computer Animation student. When I’m not somehow involved in art, I love playing soccer and practicing the martial arts. I’m a huge movie lover and enjoy playing any type of video game. What I love about Ringling is that it has accommodated all my needs with such a diverse group of people and friendly atmosphere. I’ve recently taken up beach volleyball, so let me know if you want to play!
Monique Steele, RA Bayou Village Apartments
Hi! I’m Monique or Momo or Mo, whatever suits your fancy really. I’m a junior illustrator here at Ringling and loving every minute of it. I’m originally from Jamaica, but at the moment Miami is my second home. If you’re ever wanting to test out your Jamaican accent or watch “Cool Runnings” five times in a row, call me ‘cause I can do that. No seriously, I would definitely watch that movie five times in a row, don’t test it, I would. When I’m not correcting people’s Jamaican accents or dancing around my room, I’m more than likely watching really awful television and really bad movies, they’re great for a laugh. Also I enjoy references to the 90s, and if you ever happen to have a spare ticket to a Beyonce concert that you just happen to no longer have use for, I’d be willing to hold on to that for you.
Marysol Stepanof, RA Keating Hall
My name is Marysol Stepanof. I am a Motion Design major here at Ringling College of Art and Design. I am from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The reason I chose Ringling was chiefly because of the student work that I saw on their site. I saw the quality of the projects they were working on and said to myself that’s where I one day want to be. After I visited the campus and met the different professors, faculty and staff, it finally hit me, there is a vast amount of opportunities here at Ringling and that I had made the right choice. Ringling has been a gateway to foment my skills and knowledge as well as provide opportunities to meet people and companies I would never dream of meeting. Ringling is just what a college should be but at the same time so much more. A person can’t ask anything more from life apart from doing what you love and I’m doing exactly that.
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.
Gabriella Thompson, RA Student Center
Hola! I'm Gabriella, Gab, Gaby, or any other nickname you can come up with. I'm originally from Panama, and now live in Kansas City. What I love the most about Ringling is the diversity of majors, ages, ethnicities, and interests, and the fact that we can all be inspired by each others' differences. I love biking, cooking and learning languages, and believe that happiness is found in selflessness and compassion. I really want to have a pet manatee someday. Have you ever seen them eat lettuce? It's adorable! I am a third year Graphic + Interactive Communication major with a Business minor, and am a RA, where I occasionally hang out with my girl Mary the ghost. If you ever have food that needs a home (especially chocolate or cupcakes) please find me!
Shan Wu, RA Palmer Quadrangle
Yo! I am Shan and I come from the little red dot on the map known as Singapore. I am currently a Computer Animation senior, and my main passions are the visually pleasing movements of shapes, forms & colors, and Chinese martial arts (wushu). I am so grateful and it is an honor to be here among so many inspiring artists from all over the world!
Huen Sin (Susan) Yung, RA Bayou Village
I’m Susan and I’m a senior Computer Animation major. I’m from Hong Kong, which is a 20+ hours plane ride to Ringling. I love to smile all the time. I feel that happiness is the key to enjoying life so I love spreading happiness among the people around me. I love to sing and dance, and I play 3 instruments, too. I also love to watch films and to analyze the visuals. I am also known as the cookie monster therefore making my ultimate happiness food are cookies. I think llamas are beautiful. Oh and don’t forget to live, love and laugh everyday!