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Rick LaRosa 
Director of Residence Life

Rick came to Gwynedd Mercy University in March 2005. Originally from Waltham, Massachusetts, Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Master of Science in Education from Alfred University in New York.  Rick has served in the field of Residence Life at Alfred State College, West Chester University, Villanova University and Temple University. Rick is married and has three sons. During his spare time, Rick enjoys creating ‘new ideas and innovations’ and cheering on his beloved Boston Red Sox!


Lori Davis
Administrative Assistant

Lori began working in the Office of Residence Life in April, 2003.  She shifted to the Academic side of the University in 2008 and worked as the Administrative Assistant for undergraduate students in the School of Education for nearly two years.  Lori returned to Residence Life in June of 2010 and is excited to be back working closely with our resident students.  Lori is a local girl who graduated from North Penn High School and attended Temple University.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, granddaughters and three cats!  Lori would welcome you to stop in to her office and check out her interesting collection of bobble heads and fruit and veggie people!

Keisha Johnson
Associate Director of Residence Life
Judicial, Staff Development and Training
215-646-7300 ext. 174

Keisha Johnson joined the Residence Life staff in fall 2008. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Keisha attended Hartford Public High School and The Greater Hartford Academy for the Performing Arts. Keisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Master of Education, in Counseling Psychology from Temple University.  Prior to joining the Gwynedd Mercy Residence Life team, Keisha was a Resident Director at Temple University.  She has also worked as the Assistant Director of Hartford’s Camp Courant (the largest free day camp in the nation that serves children five – 12 years of age who reside in the City of Hartford).  Keisha has a passion for student development.  She appreciates and welcomes any opportunity she has to assist students in realizing and/or uncovering their potential.


John Verdi
Associate Director of Residence Life
Assignments, Facilities and Conferences
215-646-7300 ext.460

John began working for the Office of Residence Life as the Resident Director for Loyola and Alexandria Hall in July 2005. Originally from Morton, PA, John attended Cardinal O’Hara High School. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Cabrini College where he served as a Resident Assistant for two years. John also earned his Master of Education degree in Post-Secondary Education from Salisbury University, MD., where he served as a graduate Resident Director. Besides being the Associate Director of Residence Life, you may also find John teaching a First-Year Experience class in the fall semester. In his free time, John enjoys visiting family and friends, going to the beach, traveling, reading and singing.

Michelle Murray
Resident Director
Alexandria Hall
215-646-7300 ext.205


Michelle joined the Gwynedd Mercy University Residence Life team in July 2010. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Michelle attended Catonsville High School. Michelle moved to the Philadelphia area in 2001 for college and earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Graphic Design and Studio Art from Cabrini College. During her time at Cabrini, Michelle was a Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, PEER Educator and a member of Campus Activities Programming Board. Prior to coming to Gwynedd Mercy University Michelle spent three years at Eastern Kentucky University as a Residence Hall Coordinator. In her spare time Michelle likes to go to the movies with friends, spend time with family, travel, crochet, read, listen to music, and play Xbox. Michelle supervises the nine Resident Assistants in Alexandria Hall. Her office is located on the first floor of Alexandria Hall.


Jennifer Fransen
Resident Director
Loyola, St. Brigid and Siena Halls
215-646-7300 ext.173

Jen joined the Gwynedd Mercy University Residence Life team in January 2012.  Originally from Los Angeles, California, Jen moved to Florida and attended Plantation High School in South Florida where she also attended college.   Jen earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Administration from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and a Master’s of Science in Administration of Higher Education.  In the summer of 2007, Jen participated in the ACUHO-I (Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers -International) Housing Internship program where she worked with the Residence Hall Association and Orientation at the University of California-Riverside campus.  Jen then moved to Philadelphia in 2008, where she spent three and a half years as Resident Director at Temple University. Jen has a passion for service learning and Latin culture.  In her spare time, Jen enjoys traveling, spending time with family & friends, kickboxing, listening to music, and doing outdoor activities.