Hello, and welcome to the West Chester University web site for the Office of Residence Life and Housing Services! We are pleased to present this web site, as it is full of information related to the on-campus residential program. You will discover all that is included in the residence halls from programs and activities to staff, plus it is a vehicle for searching for policies that effect your every day life while a resident student.

Life in the residence halls implies far more than just a place where you sleep and pass the time between classes. You will find that you spend a great deal of time outside the classroom and the residence hall provides a great opportunity to begin new friendships, become involved in hall and campus activities, in addition to being a springboard to future positions of leadership on campus.

This web site will help point you in the direction of all the information you need to make informed decisions. Please do not hesitate to utilize this resource. I hope you have a great experience at West Chester University and that this web site supports your needs as it relates to your residential experience.

Dr. Gerald M. Martin
Assistant Vice President for Student Life / Dean of Students

Mission Statement

Adopted 2/99 - Revised 5/20

The Office of Residence Life and Housing Services provides an environment of learning which fosters ongoing holistic development for all community members by creating and sustaining inclusive communities rooted in ethical decision making and intentional and supportive connections. 


Central Office Staff

Name Title BIO
Mrs. Marion McKinney Senior Director of Residence Life and Housing Services BIO
Mr. Barry Hendler Associate Director for Residential Programming and Academic Initiatives BIO
Mr. Kent Guerin Coordinator of Technology Services BIO

Central Office Support Staff

Name Bio
Mrs. Stephanie Paulachok BIO

Central Staff Bios

Mrs. Marion McKinney
Director of Residence Life and Housing Services

In her role as the Director of Residence Life, Marion oversees all aspects, supervision, training and development, staff selection, and all developmental programming that takes place within our traditional residence halls on North Campus, our South Campus apartment complex, as well as our affiliated housing. Marion is currently the Faculty/Staff Advisor for Miss West Chester University. Marion is also a nationally certified Rape Aggression Defense Systems Instructor. Marion has a passion for serving students and having a profound impact on their lives everyday.

Prior to working at WCU, Marion was a property manager at the University of New Hampshire, she also served as a Resident Director at Old Dominion University as well as the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She received her BS in Criminal Justice and her MS in Higher Education Counseling from West Chester University. When not involved in activities on campus, she enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her husband and daughter and son as well at entertaining close friends at her home.

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Mr. Barry Hendler
Associate Director for Residential Programming & Academic Initiatives

In his role as the Associate Director for Residential Programming & Academic Initiatives, Barry oversees all day-to-day aspects of the residence life program. He joined West Chester University in July 2019 and has enjoyed working with the students, staff, and faculty to enhance the on-campus living experience for students.

Barry attended Arcadia University for his undergraduate degrees in Math and Spanish and Rutgers University-New Brunswick for his graduate degree in College Student Affairs. Barry has worked professionally at Penn State University and Rowan University.

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Mr. Kent Guerin
Coordinator of Technology Services

Kent has served as Coordinator of Technology Services since 2000. His main responsibility is as support for networking services, desktop applications and web development for Residence Life and Housing Services and the resident communities. He also handles any issues between WCU's telecommunications department / Comcast cable services, and the resident student body. He enjoys having the ability to help make the student experience a positive one.

After attending the University of Maryland and Widener University, Kent spent the next 10 years of his life on the road as a live event Production Manager for both Corporate and Entertainment clients. After settling down and getting married, he was a Video Production/Satellite Transmission Engineer for Suburban Cable's advertising services before coming to West Chester U.

Kent now lives in Malvern with his daughter, Samantha. His interests are classic jazz and old movies, and he is also a rabid Eagles fan.

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Mrs. Stephanie Paulachok
Administrative Assistant, Residence Life and Housing Services

Stephanie Paulachok has been employed by West Chester University and Residence Life and Housing Services since June, 2003. She earned a B.S. in Business Education from Shippensburg University and taught high school students before having children. Once her children were in school, Stephanie worked part-time for 11 years at the Boy Scouts of America before taking the full-time position with Residence Life. She really enjoys meeting the WCU students and helping them and their parents adjust to college life away from home.

Stephanie is married and has a son who recently graduated from the University of Delaware and a married daughter who graduated from WCU in May 2004. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and interior decorating.

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Position Vacant
Secretary, Residence Life and Housing Services

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Allegheny Hall 610-430-4040 Elpidio Guzman De La Cruz--Graduate Hall Director
Brandywine Hall 610-430-4030 Khadijah Morgan and Taylor Risley--Graduate Hall Directors
Commonwealth Hall 610-430-4020 Nadine Ewald and Chikayla Barriner--Graduate Hall Directors
Goshen Hall 610-436-2206 Cynthia Thorngate--Graduate Hall Director
Killinger Hall 610-436-2422 Cara Fordenbacher--Graduate Hall Director
Schmidt Hall 610-436-2291 Summie Bledsoe--Graduate Hall Director
Tyson Hall 610-436-2412 Cynthia Thorngate--Graduate Hall Director
University Hall 610-692-7391 Summie Bledsoe--Graduate Hall Director
College Arms Apartments 610-436-3307 Cara Fordenbacher--Graduate Hall Director
South Campus Apartment Complex 610-436-2777 Jaelynn Walker--Graduate Hall Director
The Village at WCU 610-436-2368 Jaelynn Walker--Graduate Hall Director
East Village at WCU 610-436-2368 Jaelynn Walker--Graduate Hall Director
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