Professional Staff

Ben Ellis, Assistant Director

I am happy to be starting my first semester as a Seawolf!  Originally from Ohio, I earned a B.S. in Physical Education and a M.A. in Counseling, Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University.  My desire and passion to work with students in residential life began while serving as a Resident Assistant during my undergraduate experience, leading to a career that has been very rewarding over the past 15 years.  Working primarily in student conduct for several years, I appreciate the opportunity to meet with students in order to evaluate choices and behaviors that impact educational and career goals.
In my free time I enjoy playing baseball and collecting memorabilia, painting, running, and spending time in the great outdoors.


(707) 664-3396

Stacey Murray, Associate Director

Hello Seawolves! I have been working here at Sonoma State University in the Office of Residential Life since 2007. I am originally from the East Coast but love living in Northern California. My love and passion for working in Residential Life started when I became a Resident Advisor in college. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with some really amazing students. I received my BA in Secondary Education from New England College and received my MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy Study from the University at Albany. When I came to Sonoma State, I started off as a Residential Life Coordinator for Cabernet Village. I am currently the Associate Director and work out of our main office. Some of my many job responsibilities are that I oversee the student staff that work in our department as well as I oversee the residential community Service Desks, located in Zinfandel and Tuscany Villages.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I am also a big sports fan and love watching hockey and soccer.  I have really enjoyed my time working at Sonoma State and I am happy that I have made this place my home.


(707) 664-4192

Tramaine Austin-Dillon | Residential Education Coordinator

Tramaine is from South Central Los Angeles and earned his B.A. in Communication with a minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Washington State University, and his M.A. from Michigan State University in Student Affairs Administration. This will be Tramaine’s 4th year at SSU. His professional background is centered on working to support college students as they transition to the college environment. His areas of interest include the first year student experience, personal development, and diversity and equity in higher education. As the Residential Education Coordinator, Tramaine works with the Area Coordinators, Faculty, and other Staff to develop the academic and themed community programs for the residential students living on campus. His hope is that every student leaves SSU ready to make a positive impact on their community. Tramaine always looks forward to meeting and engaging with students and encourages them to take the Seawolf Commitment! His office is located in Zinfandel Village. Stop by and say hello!


(707) 664-2534

Faculty in Residence

Glen Brassington | Academic and Career Exploration
Zinfandel Village

Dr. Brassington is a professor of psychology at Sonoma State University and a licensed clinical, health, and performance psychologist. His teaching, research, and consulting focus on the application of psychological theory and research to promote health, enhance performance, and foster innovation in biotechnology.  He takes every possible opportunity to learn about people, cultures, and languages from around the world. He loves playing sports and enjoying nature with his Mexican wife and 9 year old son.


(707) 664-2111




Residential Area Coordinators

Kailyn Doyle | Tuscany Village

Hi!  I am the Residential Area Coordinator of Tuscany Village. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from Sonoma State University in 2007. Go Seawolves! In 2012 I received a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. I am most recently returning to Sonoma State from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I was a Coordinator for Residence Life. I am originally from Fremont, California, but am grateful to have the opportunity to return back to beautiful Sonoma County!

I enjoy all things movie and am full of trivia knowledge that no one should ever need to know. I am a huge 49ers fan and have been since birth. I am dancer and love to move, especially 30 second dance parties. I love to spend time with friends and family, particularly over a great meal or coffee and out in the beautiful sunshine, which is great to do here in Sonoma County. I am located in Casentino and keep an open door policy, even if the door is closed. Just knock and we can talk!


(707) 664-3632

Julia Rose | Sauvignon Village West & Verdot Village

This will be Julia’s second year at Sonoma State working with the First Year Experience (FYE) community and the Themed Community program in Sauvignon Village, particularly the Wellness, Leadership, and Global Engagement themes. Previous experience includes Resident Director positions in Oregon and Washington State, where she oversaw first year communities focused on outdoor pursuits, gender inclusivity, and civic engagement. Other projects included developing alternative spring break programs and advising both RHA and NRHH chapters. Julia is an AmeriCorps State and VISTA alum and would welcome any questions about those programs. Current passions include sustainability as a campus culture and cultivating socially just residential communities. Julia holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University, and a Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis on Non-Profit Management from The Evergreen State College.


(707) 664-3711

Becky Young | Zinfandel Village

Hello Everyone!  My Name is Becky Young. I have worked in Housing and Residence Life for 5 years now. I have a Master’s Degree in Students Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I have a passion for working with students and helping them with the many transitions that come during their time as a college student.  As a Sonoma State Alum I am very excited to be back. I am proud to be able to offer Sonoma State students the same support and kindness that I received here.  I love the SSU community and the wide variety of students that I get to serve. In my free time I enjoy cooking and baking; there is always a new recipe to try! I also really love to travel and take pictures. I find that our world has many things to offer and I want to be able to learn about as many as possible.  Hope to talk to you soon.


(707) 664-2646

Assistant Community Coordinators

Abigail Escate | Beaujolais Village West

My name is Abigail Escatel but I go by Aby. I have 7 years of experience in Residential Life Student Housing at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). I hold a bachelor's degree in Sociology, and minor in Gender Women's Studies. As well as, a master's degree in School Counseling with a focus in Clinical Counseling and a PPS credential. My BA, MS, and PPS are from CSUN.  I'm originally from Southern CA, specifically Pasadena, CA .During my free time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, Aztec dancing, and being an advocate for educational programs through forms of expression like hip-hop and poetry. I'm  excited to be a member of the Seawolf family and provide ongoing support to the University faculty, staff, students, and alumni. 


(707) 664-3327

Autumn Combs | Beaujolais Village East

Autumn Combs is the Assistant Community Coordinator for Beaujolais East. She is a Sonoma State Alumna and is extremely passionate about Higher Education and the student experience. She believes college is a unique and special time in a person’s life so she thrives to build a community where students feel comfortable enough to truly develop themselves. Autumn’s experience experience includes 3 years as a Community Services advisor, 4 years of Village Council experience, 3 years of National Residential Hall Honorary involvement, and 2.5 years of experience in Greek life. She is very passionate about community service, social justice and inclusivity, expressive arts, and programming! Happiness, fun, laughter, and hard work are some of her core values and she tries to live life to the fullest every single day! Autumn is grateful and excited for the opportunity to work at such an amazing university and an even better department!


(707) 664-3736

Linnea Huomo | Cabernet Village

Hello everyone! My name is Linnea Huomo and I am very excited to be joining the Sonoma State Residential Life staff this year! I am the Assistant Community Coordinator for Cabernet Village. I grew up nearby in Santa Rosa, and recently completed my B.A in English at Willamette University in Salem, OR. My next goal is to continue my education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education.

My background includes serving as a Community Mentor for Willamette’s Housing and Community Life department for two years as well as working as the Editor and Coordinator for Willamette’s Green Dot Do More Blog; a program that aims to prevent and reduce interpersonal violence nationwide. I am extremely excited to utilize the skills, knowledge, and passion I have gained from these positions and apply them to my new role here at Sonoma State. I will be working and living in one of SSU’s themed first year Wellness communities, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to partake in creating a healthy, connected, and involved community.

When I’m not at work I love to read poetry, travel, write, hike, spend time with friends and family, paint, and do karaoke. I am looking forward to meeting incoming and returning Seawolves!


(707) 664-3500

Ramy Abbady | Verdot Village

Hello Seawolves! My name is Ramy Abbady and I am the Assistant Community Coordinator (ACC) in Verdot Village, working with the Adventure Living program. I grew up on Long Island, in New York and attended Vassar College in upstate New York where I majored in Education with a minor in Physics. I am currently in my first year as a graduate student at the University of San Francisco in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. 

I have experience in residential programming and community development. During my undergrad at Vassar, I was heavily involved in student government and in multicultural student organizations. I am passionate about social justice in education and look forward to working to create inclusive and just communities at Sonoma State. In my free time, I enjoy fitness, cooking, and spending time with friends. 


(707) 664-3734