Housing and Residential Experience


Michelle Hunter-LancasterMichelle Hunter-Lancaster

Director of Housing & Residential Experience

Whitney WoodsonWhitney Woodson

Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Experience 
Building Oversight: The Arc

Whitney is a Chicago native who earned her Master of Science degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Northern Illinois University in 2017. She has worked in residence life for over 10 years in a variety of capacities both as a student and full-time professional.

After working at Marquette University for four years, Whitney returned home to Chicago and joined the Office of Residence Life here at Columbia in 2021. Whitney’s work here at Columbia is primarily in intentional student learning and development inside of the residence halls, including educational programming and living learning communities.

attachment-1.jpegThomas Allen

Assistant Director of Operations for Housing & Residential Experience

Thomas, a two-time Morgan State University graduate, began his journey in Campus Life over two decades ago as a Resident Assistant. A rich background in housing operations, he has extensive experience in Third Party managed/owned assets and has worked directly with leading institutions. Past affiliations with Drake University, and the University of Illinois - Chicago, where he served on the Central Office team, as Housing Administrator - managing over 3000 bed spaces.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Vocal Performance from Morgan State University, as well as a Master of Music in Music Theatre Vocal Pedagogy from Carthage College.  
With his dual role, as a professor and administrator, he comprehends the unique needs of Fine Arts students.

Dre ParkerDre Parker

Housing and Residential Experience Coordinator
Building Oversight: 30 East & The Flats

A two-time graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Dre earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Science in Higher Education. He has worked at various top tier institutions, serving as a student affairs practitioner in leadership roles such as residence life, student activities, orientation, advising, and student conduct.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and embarking on new adventures.  

Abby HarderAbby Harder

Housing and Residential Experience Coordinator

Building oversight: The Dwight 

Victoria VillanuevaVictoria Villanueva

Housing and Residential Experience Coordinator 


Ling LoLing Lo

Administrative Assistant

Ling joined the HRE team in February 2021. She brings with her over 20 years of customer service experience. Ling is deeply committed to customer satisfaction; if Ling doesn't know the answer - she is determined to find it for you. A self-proclamied foodie, Ling is also smitten about her Bernadoodle dog, Bao.