Residence Life Staff


Mary Oakes
Director of Residence Life
Mary earned her Masters Degree in College Student Personnel from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has served the Residence Life Department here at Columbia for 10 years, but has worked in Residence Life for a total of 20 years professionally and on a student staff level. She enjoys supporting and challenging students while they live on campus and experience their transition into College life.
Kelli Collins
Associate Director of Residence Life
Kelli earned a Masters of Education with a concentration in community counseling. She has served in the Residence Life Department at Columbia for 10 years, but has worked in Residence Life for a total of 20 years professionally and on a student staff level. Kelli's professional philosophy is that there is a great deal of learning that can take place outside of the classroom, and that is what she likes to promote with the students living on campus. She strives to provide an experience that will help students she comes into contact with to be a better person for their interaction with her.
Christine DePilla
Coordinator of Residence Life & Adjudication
Christine is new to the Residence Life department at Columbia College this year (2011). Prior to joining the Columbia College staff, Christine worked at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana for two years. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of West Florida and a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida. Originally from the Chicago area, Christine is excited about this new opportunity at Columbia and is looking forward to exploring the windy city!
Orterio Villa
Coordinator of Residence Life & Training & Communication
Orterio has a Masters of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. After completing his degree, he served in the dual role of Hall Director and Academic Adviser in his three years working at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Now, at Columbia College Chicago, Orterio is excited to take part in educating the artistically talented students of this institution as they develop, both creatively and personally.
Liz Velez
Coordinator of Assignments & Operations
Liz brings over ten years of administrative and contract management experience to Columbia College. She has provided technical support to residents since 2006, but officially joined Residence Life in September 2008. She feels privileged to be in a position where she can be a resourceful staff member to the residents and looks forward to seeing all of them grow into mature, successful adults. Liz enjoys spending time with her family and also takes pleasure in playing and watching sports.
Jessica Martinez
Project Coordinator
Jessica earned a B.A. in Interactive Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago, then joined the Residence Life department in 2008. Whether at work or at home, Jessica likes to immerse herself in web development, photo editing, and photo manipulation. If by chance she's not in front of a computer, she's probably traveling or getting lost somewhere in the city.