President and CEO
Mr. Lynford brings extensive not-for-profit, higher- education, business, real estate, and civic experience to the EHS leadership position. Currently, he holds three gubernatorial appointments as a Commissioner of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a Member of the New York State Council on the Arts and a Trustee of the Trust for Governors Island. In addition, he serves on the board of New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, where he is its Deputy Chair. Previously he was a member of the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Vice Chair of the Global Heritage Fund, and a trustee or director of various not-for-profit organizations including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Citizens Budget Commission, and the Caramoor International Center for Music and the Arts.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Ariel M. Dybner joined EHS in September 2013 as the first to hold the new role of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Dybner brings more than fifteen years of experience to the position, including time recently as a Partner at leading law firms Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Mayer Brown LLP. Mr. Dybner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Amherst College, a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. Mr. Dybner is also a member of Congregation B’nai Israel’s Youth Committee. A member of the New York bar, Mr. Dybner is an Attorney Affiliate Member of the National Association of Development Companies.
Senior Vice President of Student Life
Christy Gaiti-Chatfield leads EHS's efforts to help residents maximize their New York City experience. Along with her staff Christy designs the countless recreational programs and opportunities for residents to meet one another and explore the wonders of New York safely, conveniently and affordably. Prior to arriving at EHS, Christy was responsible for the Residence Life department and eventually became the Dean of Students at Marymount Manhattan College. She has a Masters Degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from New York University and Bachelor Degrees in both Psychology and Social Work from Widener University.
Controller and Treasurer
Joe LaVacca has over 20 years of accounting experience and has been with EHS for nine of those years. His past work experience including roles as Assistant Controller for the Parish of Trinity Church, Accounting Manager at Graham & James, LLP, Controller at Sanus Health Plans of NY, and Assistant Controller at Reid & Priest, LLP. He is also a Notary Public State of New York.
Associate Director of Residence Life
New Yorker Residence
Keri-ann Byers has been with EHS since May of 2008, and was an Resident Advisor for two years with EHS before becoming an Residence Director in the summer of 2010. She grew up in Middletown, NJ, and graduated from Pace University with a BA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Keri-ann co-supervises and mentors the RAs at the New Yorker and assists residents around the clock. Keri-ann resides in the New Yorker and is always available to the residents.
Senior Vice President of Leasing & Marketing
Faye Bean has over 20 years of experience in business, customer service and creative marketing. She joined EHS in 1998 where she used her prior talent in the hospitality and marketing industries to set new standards within the company. Her expertise combines a decade of designing creative marketing campaigns, developing effective methodologies and processes for their execution and delighting as well as exceeding the expectations of her clients. Faye attended SUNY Brockport while working towards her bachelor's degree in liberal arts.
Vice President of Facilities and Property Management
Kevin has been with EHS since July of 2005, and has 12 years of experience in educational property management. At EHS Kevin directs and monitors the daily and long-term projects throughout EHS’s property portfolio. Along with his staff he ensures the seamless upkeep of all aspects of building maintenance, repairs and capital improvements. He holds a Masters degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University, and attended Columbia University. Kevin previously worked for ARAMARK Education.
Letter from the EHS Staff
Dear Future Resident,
If you are visiting our website then that means you are on your way to making your dreams come true in the Big Apple -- congratulations! EHS is ready to help every step of the way. We have provided our top-notch housing services to thousands of students and interns from around the globe for 25+ years, and are thrilled to grow and continue this proud tradition with you.
EHS staff members specialize in helping make your transition into college or intern life go as smoothly as possible. Our Student Life Team consists of staffers who work on-site in each building, ready to answer any questions you may have and lend any help they can. We will also provide you with some tremendous opportunities to meet your neighbors and explore NYC with events ranging from movie nights in the building to seeing a Yankees game. You are about to join your fellow EHS residents in experiencing life in one of the world's greatest hubs of culture and creativity, leading to lasting memories and friendships.
Educational Housing Services believes in providing nothing less than a safe and exciting living environment for you to enjoy. We want you to feel at home and happy, and we will do the best job possible to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. We will work our hardest to make sure you get the absolute most from your time staying with us in NYC, and can't wait to see you soon.