House Staff

Senior Staff

Riepe House Dean - Dr. Marilynne Diggs Thompson


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Dr. Marilynne Diggs Thompson
Riepe House Dean

Faculty Master - Prof.Dr. Dennis DeTurck


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Prof.Dr. Dennis DeTurck
Faculty Master

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences


College House Fellow - Prof. Dr.Ralph Rosen


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Prof. Dr.Ralph Rosen
College House Fellow

Professor of Classical Studies, School of Arts and Sciences
 
 
Ralph Rosen is Rose Family Endowed Term Professor in the Department of Classical Studies. He has spent his entire professional career at Penn, having arrived in 1983 fresh from graduate school. He was an undergraduate for his first two years at Bowdoin College and finished his BA at Swarthmore College. He went to Harvard for his graduate work, where he received the PhD in Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Roman languages and literature). He teaches a variety of courses on ancient Greco-Roman culture, from literature and philosophy to ancient aesthetics and Greek medicine. Dr. Rosen lives with his wife, associate faculty fellow Ellen, who has had a varied professional career in law and banking. They have two children, Ben (25), a classical composer and rock bassist (he can be heard on recordings by the band "The Chairman Dances") and Charlotte (22), a recent graduate from St. Olaf College with a degree in History. The Rosens hold open houses at their apartment on alternate Sunday afternoons, which feature spectacular espresso drinks and squeeze-your-own orange juice, among other delicacies. Once a month they also hold dinners for small groups of Riepe students to meet interesting dinner guests. They love music of all kinds and collect art, and love to share their various passions with Riepe residents.           
 


College House Fellow - Prof. Dr. Betsy Rymes


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Prof. Dr. Betsy Rymes
College House Fellow

Betsy Rymes is Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.  She was an English Major at Swarthmore College and then, after several years of teaching in Los Angeles, attended graduate school at UCLA, where she earned her PhD. in Applied Linguistics.  Before coming to Penn she was a professor of Language Education and Linguistics at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.  She is happy to be back in the Northeast!  In addition to directing the Riepe Mentors, Dr. Rymes holds weekly “Paper Doctor” office hours in her apartment where she will help you polish your prose, or, if you haven’t gotten that far yet, brainstorm an idea.  Dr. Rymes also loves to go on early morning runs, and to the movies on Sunday afternoons. She lives in Riepe with her two children, Charlie, 14, and Anya, 6. They can be spotted cruising through the halls of Riepe on skateboards and scooters (unless Dean Diggs spots then first!).


Associate Fellow - Ellen Rosen


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Ellen Rosen
Associate Fellow

 
Ellen Rosen is Associate Faculty Fellow by virtue of being married to Ralph Rosen. She was a sociology major at Oberlin College and obtained her law degree from Villanova University of Law.  She has held both business and legal roles at various financial services companies.  Ellen loves living in Riepe where she and Ralph host coffee hours every other Sunday and dinners with interesting people once a month.  Ralph and Ellen have two children – Ben, who just received his masters in music composition and is working in Special Collections at the Penn library, and Charlotte, who just graduated from St. Olaf College and has an internship in Berkeley, CA.  They also have a cat Zoe who sometimes comes out from under the bed during house events.
 


House Coordinator - Hayley Tintle


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Hayley Tintle
House Coordinator

Resident Advisors and Graduate Associates

Roksolana Starodub - Graduate Associate


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 Roksolana is a PhD candidate doing research in post-cardiac arrest care and teaching with simulation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Roksolana received her Bachelor’s degree from Chatham University and her Master’s degree with an Acute Care Nurse-Practitioner track from the University of Pennsylvania. Roksolana is a returning GA and you will most likely find her at Riepe's Mask and Wig or helping out on Tuesdays with mac and cheese nights. Roksolana loves coffee with sweets and is always looking for some coffee enthusiasts to explore Philadelphia’s best cafés.


Anne Stack - Resident Advisor

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David Lai - Resident Advisor

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Evangeline Kho - Resident Advisor

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Amanda Lee - Resident Advisor

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Patrick Ball - Graduate Associate

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Erica Ligenza - Resident Advisor

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William Jackson - Graduate Associate

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Alaina Bailey - Resident Advisor

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Jordi Rivera Prince - Resident Advisor


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Meet Jordi! Jordi is a senior in the College studying Biological Anthropology. Originally from Holland, Michigan, she’s really excited to call Riepe her home this year. She has a strong interest in human osteology, and you can often find her at the Penn Museum's Physical Anthropology section with her advisor working on her research projects. Jordi is passionate about music and traveling, and she loves using bagels as a means by which to eat cream cheese. She’s a brunch addict who will literally walk miles, yes, miles, to find a good cup of coffee, and she has strong bargaining skills, which she uses to strike good deals on Peruvian jerseys and alpaca blankets. Jordi also transcends social norms by being one of the few women brave enough to venture onto the second floor of Pottruck. A big believer in lifting heavy, she can probably definitely squat more than most guys you know. Despite her superhero strength, Jordi is still in fact human and therefore susceptible to stress. To blow off steam, Jordi loves to bake (especially cupcakes!). If you’re looking to explore Philly or just want someone to chill with, Jordi’s your girl. Get ready for an awesome year ahead!


Joshua Jayasinghe - Resident Advisor

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Peter Aun - Resident Advisor

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William Svitko - Resident Advisor

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Spencer Stubbs - Graduate Associate

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Persephone Tan - Graduate Associate

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Kimberly Walters - Graduate Associate

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Jaron Ma - Resident Advisor

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Jacob Abraham - Graduate Associate

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Gaurav Shukla - Graduate Associate

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Aastha Jain - Resident Advisor

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Shaanan Cohney - Graduate Associate


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Shaanan is a second year PhD student in Cyber Security from Australia.

He is a keen musician, primarily interested in religious music of different cultures, broadway and cabaret.

After completing his undergraduate with a B.S in Physics/Computer Science and a Diploma of Music in Singing from Melbourne University/Conservatorium respectively, he came directly to Penn to study under Prof. Nadia Heninger. His focus is currently on cryptograhpy (the study of codes and ciphers) and systems security.

 


Mary Ibrahim - Graduate Associate

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