Meet Your Resident Fellow

Five Resident Fellows (RFs) work hard to make your stay in Gewirz safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. RFs act as liaisons between administration and students, helping to enforce administrative policies, and conveying student concerns to administrators. RFs also work to develop a supportive community at Gewirz by creating and coordinating social events and programs for the community. At least one RF is always on call during evenings and weekends in the event of an emergency. Here are your RFs for the 2017-2018 academic year:

Kara Schoonover Portrait

Kara Schoonover – Floors 2 & 4 (Apt 404)

I’ve been a little bit of everywhere in the Midwest: born in Chicago, raised in Dallas, and went to undergrad in Missouri. I graduated from Saint Louis University in 2016 majoring in Health Management and Administration. During my time at SLU, I was actively involved in housing and residence life from hall council to resident advisor, along with several other organizations and honoraries.

I spent my summer in Kansas City, MO working with the U.S. Attorney’s office in their civil division. I am a rising 2L currently involved in Women’s Legal Alliance and a Student Ambassador. My favorite study places on campus is Sports & Fitness and off campus is the Botanical Gardens. When I’m not studying, you can find me running at the gym or people watching on a patio!

Donalene Roberts - Floors 5 & 6 (Apt. 504)Donalene Roberts Portrait

Donalene grew up in St. Kitts (in the Caribbean) and moved to the US to pursue higher learning. She graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a degree in French and Political Science. There, she was involved in Residence Life, International Community Advisory Board and French Week. Donalene, currently a 2L, serves as the Community Service Chair of BLSA, a section 3 Peer Advisor, and of course, a Gewirz Resident Fellow. Outside of classes, she loves traveling and reading dystopian novels. Welcome to Georgetown - here's to a wonderful year! 


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Chris Ceresa - Floors 6 & 7 (Apt 704)

Hi, I'm Chris. I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, where I learned martial arts and my first job was movie theater usher. I earned Classics and Entrepreneurship degrees from the University of Florida, where I was involved in various student organizations, conducted policy research, and learned (then forgot) Latin. After graduating, I worked for a startup in the management consulting space, where I collaborated with clients to solve their problems and became a Jeopardy! fan. Then I came to Georgetown, where I experienced snow for the first time, and the summer before my second year, this year, I was a judicial intern. Extracurricularly, I try to stay active, follow the Pittsburgh Steelers, and find a way to include levity in my everyday life. My pro-tip for living in Gewirz is that it's possible to fit in a guided tour at the museums on the National Mall in-between classes. I'm happy to help you any way I can—welcome to Georgetown!

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Samantha Novack - Floors 8 & 9 (Apt. 904)

Samantha grew up in Danielsville, Pennsylvania. She graduated in May of 2011 with a B.S. in Crime, Law and Justice from The Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as a Resident Assistant from freshman through senior year. Throughout undergrad, Samantha was a member of Omega Phi Alpha and answered crisis hotlines. 

After graduation, Samantha lived in Enterprise, Alabama and Raeford, North Carolina. She has experience working as an Executive Team Leader over Human Resources and a Public Safety Call Taker. 

Samantha is currently a 3L at Georgetown Law. She is an active member of PLAID, NOLA, and various other organizations on and off campus. Samantha interned with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission while simultaneously serving as a Research Assistant for Georgetown’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure. She aspires to be a public defender.

When Samantha is not attending school, she enjoys running, long distance hiking, traveling, and kayaking. She looks forward to meeting you all!


Carlton Tarpley Portrait

Carlton Tarpley - Floors 10 & 11 (Apt. 1004)

Carlton Tarpley grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated in May of 2015 with a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the University of Alabama, where she also served as a Resident Advisor her sophomore and junior years. During college, Carlton was involved in Alabama's Mock Trial program and triathlon team. 

Carlton is currently a 3L at Georgetown Law and is an active member of the Federalist Society and Women’s Legal Alliance. She was an active competitor in Georgetown’s Moot Court team and a member of the Environmental Law Review last year.When she is not studying, Carlton loves to run around D.C., cheer on The Crimson Tide, and watch Netflix. She can't wait to meet you all!



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