Student Life

Our student community is just one factor that sets us apart from a regular city apartment.

Sure, we save you the hassle of working with a a broker and their pesky hidden fees, scouring the Internet for hours looking for the best deals on your move-in date, and dealing with an M.I.A super... but we also create a home for you and your peers. Our staff hosts a slew of activities at each of the residences as well as around town. That way you can make a friend or dozen, and experience all that the city has to offer without even having to try!

We at EHS beleive you should always feel safe and secure at home. That's why we provide you with 24-hour emergency on call services, and make sure our on-site residence directors are able to give guidance and medical referral if ever needed.

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  • Meet and Greet

    Learn about the student life staff and everything that NYC has to offer this spring.

  • Welcome to EHS! Meet and Greet!

    Come out to the EHS Meet and Greet and introduce youself to the new and current residents.

  • Neighborhood Tour

    Join us on our neighborhood tour to learn about your new home.

Student Life Staff

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    Christy Gaiti-Chatfield

    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.

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    Yolanda Cruz

    Director of Student Life

    Yolanda Cruz is in charge of all buildings and around 5,000+ residents. Yolanda is a native of Houston Texas, she received a BS in Psychology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and she has been with Educational Housing Services since May of 2006. Previously, she was the Residence Director at the St. George/Clark residences for two years, and the Residence Director at the 1760 Third Avenue Residence.  Yolanda also does a lot of 'behind the scenes' work that is vital to EHS. Before joining EHS Yolanda was a Residence Director at Marymount Manhattan College, as well as a Residence Manager at Boston University.

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    Maria Giraldo

    Coordinator of Student Life

    Maria Giraldo graduated from Baruch College in 2008 with a BBA in International Marketing and joined EHS in the summer 2007. Since then, she has been involved in every aspect of the Student Life Department. She works closely with everyone upgrading systems, planning activities for all residents, assisting students, and working very close with the Vice President of Student Life to provide support to all residences. Maria coordinates all aspects of the department from events to check-ins, and is the to go person in the department. While her office is in the Clark corporate office, you can find her at all of the EHS residences lending a hand.

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    James D. Wojtkiewicz

    Associate Director of Residence Life
    1760 Third Avenue

    James Wojtkiewicz joined the EHS New Yorker staff in August 2011.  As a New Jersey native, James received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Monmouth University where he began his career in student life as a Resident Assistant.  After graduating from Monmouth University, James began his professional career in student life at Drew University as a Complex Residence Director.  During his four and a half years, James obtained his Masters of Letters (Liberal Arts) degree, as well as completed his coursework for his Doctor of Letters (Liberal Arts) degree. James is also a certified teacher for Social Studies in NJ.  James has posted office hours and is part of a 24 hour on-call rotation with other staff members.  James works closely with all of the schools and companies to ensure your stay is a pleasant one. He, along with all the other Residence Directors, works to ensure that each student is living in a secure, successful, and thriving living environment.

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    Brian Harrington

    Administrative Assistant
    St.George Clark

    Brian graduated from Adelphi University in with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts Psychology. He joined EHS at the end of 2009 as an Administrative Assistant for the Student Life department and provided support to the St. George Residence assisting the residents of the buildings alongside the RAs and ADs with any issues or questions they may have. He also provided administrative/creative support to the corporate, Leasing and Finance offices. Outside of EHS he enjoys playing music in wedding and community orchestras, and teaching dance at small dance schools in the city.

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    Keri-ann Byers

    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. 

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    Lindy Emerson

    Associate Director of Student Life
    St.George Clark

    Lindy Emerson is one of the Residence Directors at the St. George in Brooklyn Heights. She is committed to providing quality programming that will foster community within the St.George while connecting students to the larger NYC community. Lindy is originally from Mt. Vernon, MO and she joined EHS in the summer of 2012. She comes to EHS with experience in residential life, mentoring, student development and event planning. She is a graduate of Rochester College in Rochester Hills Michigan. Her college highlight was the opportunity to spend three summers in East Africa working with youth and community development organizations. She loves to show others the hidden gems in all 5 boroughs of NYC!

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    William Robert Haynes

    Associate Director of Residence Life
    St.George Clark

    William Robert Haynes, originally from Charleston, AR, joined EHS in the summer of 2012. A graduate from Arkansas Tech University, he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Management and Marketing and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel. Robert is extremely passionate about the comfort and success of every student living in the EHS St. George residences and works hard to make sure the facilities are enjoyable and all students’ needs are met. Prior to joining EHS, Robert served as a Resident Director at both Union College in Schenectady, NY and William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading in Central Park, catching a show on Broadway, or hitting the tennis courts with friends.

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    Margaret Van-Ess

    Associate Director of Student Life
    1760 Third Avenue

    Margaret graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors of Arts in 2004  and a Masters of Arts in Africana Studies in 2012. She joined EHS in the Spring of 2013 as a Resident Director  for the Marymount summer Residence. In the Fall of 2013, Margaret will co –supervise the RAs at  the 1760 Third Ave residence. She prides herself in great customer service and community development in residence halls. Before joining EHS, Margaret worked as a Graduate Assistant for Residential Life where she supervised 8 paraprofessional staff members. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading, and eating out at new restaurants.

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    Alexis Ochoa

    Residence Coordinator
    55 John Street

    Alexis Ochoa studied  Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a native of Whittier, California. She doesn’t watch TV, but enjoys the movie Friday. Alexis enjoys lots of different kinds of music and has a special place in her iPod for “Whoop There It Is” by Tag Team (Song from the 90s). When dining out or in, she enjoys having her appetite appeased by Mexican or Peruvian cuisine and is a big fan of Doritos! Alexis loves to play soccer and going to concerts. Alexis is the oldest of her 17 cousins and her mom’s name is Pepsi. While in NYC Alexis says there are two things you must do…explore and eat!

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    Taylor Rogers

    Residence Director
    Marymount Manhattan

    Taylor Rogers is a Forensic Psychology major at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. Taylor enjoys watching Requiem for Dream and Workaholics while snacking on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but only after she’s had some Mac and Cheese. Taylor is a big fan of rap & hip hop music, sleeping, recreational reading, spending time outside, soccer, and listening to new music. She may seem like an introvert but she enjoys speaking to large groups of people. Taylor advises that you visit a New York City landmark, try as many kinds of food as you can, and make as many connections as possible.  “With EHS, you have a second family that is always there for you.”

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    Maurice A. Smith

    Associate Director of Student Life
    New Yorker Residence

    Maurice A. Smith has been an Resident Advisor and Director for many years before joining EHS in March of 2015. A native of Philadelphia PA, Maurice holds both a BFA and MBA degrees from Marymount Manhattan College. After spending several years in Los Angeles,CA, Maurice is excited to be back in NYC and is ready to ensure with the help of Keri-ann  Byers and the RAs, all of  the residents of  the New Yorker Residence are provided a world class experience.