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Preston Residential College contacts

The Preston Leadership Team is comprised of full- and part-time professional staff and graduate students who can answer questions and offer resources for just about anything!

Dr. Lara Lomicka Anderson, Faculty Principal

Dr. Lara Lomicka Anderson
Preston Residential College Faculty Principal
Phone: 803-777-1600

 Dr. Lara Lomicka Anderson – who answers to “Dr. Lomicka”,“Dr. L” or “Doc Lo”—is a professor of French and Applied Linguistics. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania, where she spent her first 30 years. Majoring in French and International Business at a small liberal arts school (Grove City College), Dr. Lomicka lived on campus for 4 years. She then completed a Masters in French at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), a second Masters at the Université François Rabelais (Tours, France), and then earned a PhD from Penn State (Second Language Acquisition and French).  She arrived at the University of South Carolina in 2001, and previously served as a Preston Associate for many years.

Dr. Lomicka is a frequent traveler and likes to share her knowledge of technology and language learning at conferences, doing keynotes, and conducting workshops with teachers around the world. Her research focuses on language and social media, study abroad, teacher education, and reflection. Her husband Andy (“Mr.Anderson” – think The Matrix, when you say it), and daughters Maleah (11) and Ashlyn (9) plus three kitties (Mouchette, Grayson and Maggie) live in Preston Residential College.

Doc Lo's responsibilities:

  • Set educational & academic goals and priorities
  • Guide long range strategic & financial planning
  • Set annual communication & marketing priorities
  • Guide plans for community service, civic engagement, and leadership development
  • Serve as Liaison to Provost Office, Vice Presidents, & Academic Deans
  • Lead the Preston Associates program
  • Advise Preston Government
Sarah Morgan Kelly, Assistant Principal

Sarah Morgan Kelly
Assistant Principal
Phone: 803-777-2415

Sarah Morgan Kelly is delighted to serve as Preston's Assistant Principal since 2011! She is the former Program Advisor for Carolina Productions and Carolina After Dark, and has been at USC since 2008. Prior to Carolina, she served as the Assistant Director for Student Activities at Whittier College, just outside Los Angeles. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tampa and her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.

When she's not at work (which seems quite rare!), Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, live music and painting. Even though she's originally from Florida, everyone around here insists that "Florida isn't really the south," so you can decide for yourself if she counts as "Southern!"

Sarah's responsibilities:

  • Manage daily administrative operations
  • Serve as Faculty Principal’s liaison to Preston Leadership Team
  • Coordinate all blueprint and assessment projects
  • Coordinate Preston-specific courses with appropriate academic units
  • Partnerships across campus
  • Represent Preston at Admissions events
  • Website updates
  • Alumni communication / Reunions
  • Graduate Assistant Recruitment Process (GARP)
  • New Associates Orientation
Anita Poole, Business Manager

Anita Poole
Business Manager
Phone: 803-777-1674

Anita Poole is excited to serve as the Business Manager for Preston.  She was born in London, England and moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her family when she was in high school. She came to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina and Columbia became home to her.  She completed her B.S. in Criminal Justice and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina.  

Anita has worked in an education related area for many years.  Her experiences include working as an undergraduate and graduate assistant in the College of Criminal Justice providing support to the faculty advisors; serving as a trainer in the education area for a company specializing in billing software for insurance companies; and working on the administrative side with children and teachers in an early childhood setting.  She is thrilled to be returning "home" to USC and is looking forward to working with the wonderful Preston community.

Anita her husband Ryan have three children; Aaron, Jenna (currently a USC student), and Nicholas.  Anita and her family love spending time together and joking about who spoils Dixie (the dog) the most!  

Anita's responsibilties:

  • Budget management & account reconciliation
  • Provide administrative support for Principal & Assistant Principal
  • Calendar & space scheduling for Seminar/JCR
  • Communication with Preston Dining regarding menu updates
Ryan Lloyd, Area Coordinator

Ryan Lloyd
Area Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-1588

Ryan Lloyd serves as the Area Coordinator for Preston Residential College, South Tower, and the Carolina Men's Community at McBryde. He completed his B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics at American University and his M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.

Ryan has worked in four different residence life departments at institutions ranging from Marshall University to Loyola University New Orleans as well as in international roles with the Spanish Federal Council of the European Movement.

You can often find Ryan reminiscing about his time living abroad in Madrid, Spain, traveling the world, debating about politics, or cheering on his favorite soccer (fútbol) team La Furia Roja.

Ryan's responsibilties:

  • Overall supervision of residents and physical structure
  • Supervise Resident Mentors
  • Coordinate Graduate Mentor program
  • Lead the Community Education Team (CET)
  • Advise Preston Government
  • Address facilities issues regarding resident rooms and common spaces
  • Accept and compile all applications for residency
  • Hire, supervise and schedule Desk Assistants
  • Designate students to sit on application committee
  • Serve as a Student Conduct Hearing Officer
Bri Sirota, Graduate Assistant

Bri Sirota
Graduate Assistant

Bri Sirota is very excited to join the Preston Team while working towards her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs here at USC! She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT! While she was there, Bri worked as the College of Business Experiential Education Assistant, the Student Assistant for the Office of the Provost, and was also a Foundation for Success Mentor for the First-Year Success Center! Her favorite memory from undergrad is being able to plan one of the biggest charity events on campus for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Bri has a passion for philanthropy and loves to give back to the community anyway she can. She also loves the beach, music, and Dunkin Donuts iced coffee! Bri is ready to be part of the Preston Community! 

Visit Bri about:

  • The Literary Society
  • The PresTones
  • The Preston Times weekly newsletter
  • Posting something to social media
  • Designing custom items for your organization
Laura Sullivan, Graduate Assistant

Laura Sulivan
Graduate Assistant

Laura Sullivan is excited to be serving in Preston while pursuing her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at USC. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Laura graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a B.A. in English. During her undergraduate career, Laura was involved in many co-curricular activities; she served as both new member educator and vice president of her sorority, the Student Diplomat Coordinator for Rollins’ Office of Admission, the president of an academic honor society, and president of the Greek Week Executive Board. Some of her favorite memories include studying abroad in Germany, participating in service learning trips, completing an undergraduate research project with her academic advisor, and taking frequent trips to Disney with her friends. Laura spends her free time reading (her favorite author is Neil Gaiman), cooking, and hanging out with friends. She is so excited to work with the Preston community!

Laura is here to talk about:

  • Hall Government
  • Green Team
  • The Preston Mentor program
Sarah Vaughan, Graduate Assistant

Sarah Vaughan
Graduate Assistant

Sarah Vaughan is very excited to be working in Preston while pursuing her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at USC! She is originally from Memphis, TN, and received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish at Elon University in North Carolina. During her time at Elon, Sarah was an Orientation Leader and served as the student Coordinator for Orientation, worked in Admissions as a Tour Guide, and planned programs for transfer students. Some of her most memorable experiences include her undergraduate research project, her study abroad experience in Istanbul, Turkey, and her trip to Nicaragua to participate in a medical brigade. In her spare time (as minimal as it may be), you can catch Sarah reading, exercising, trying new recipes, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends. Sarah is eager to work with all of the wonderful people in the Preston community!

Sarah can help you with:

  • The Preston Ambassadors
  • Y-IMPACT and service projects
  • Annual Leadership Seminars
  • Coordinating tours on Open House days