Housing & Residence Life Team


Sirena Cantrell
Director of Housing & Residence Life

Sirena is a native of Caledonia, Mississippi. She received an associate’s degree in Behavioral Science from East Mississippi Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Millsaps College. Sirena also received her master’s degree in counseling from Mississippi State University. Sirena was recently a residence hall director for six years at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater before joining Mississippi University for Women in the spring of 2008. Sirena is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs at Mississippi State University 


NakikkeNakikke Wallace-Johnson
Assistant Director for Housing Services

Nakikke Wallace-Johnson is a native of Baldwyn, MS. She received an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with a minor in English from Delta State University. Nakikke obtained her Master’s degree in Secondary Education and an additional bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.    




DantePhillip Dante Hampton
Residence Director for Kincannon Hall

Phillip is a native of Starkville, MS. He received his Bachelor's degree of Science in Kinesiology (Clinical Exercise) from Mississippi State University. He also received his Master's degree in Public Policy & Administration from Mississippi State University. Phillip joined Mississippi University for Women in the Summer of 2011.




Jennifer Kay
Residence Hall Director for North Campus

Jennifer is a native of Sterling Heights, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's of Arts and Science degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Western Michigan University. Jennifer graduated from Mississippi State University, where she also worked as a Residence Director for two years. She spent a year at the University of Southern Mississippi as a Residence Life Coordinator before joining Mississippi University of Women as Residence Director.



Dayla Raths
Residence Director for Jones Hall

Dayla is from Pomfret, MD. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Spanish from Roanoke College in Salem, VA. While studying at Roanoke College she worked as a Resident Advisor and also within Student Activities in Event Planning. Dayla joined Mississippi University for Women in 2014.




SimmonsWilliam Simmons
International Student Services

William "Billy" Simmons is a native of New Berlin, Wisconsin. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2011. While at UW-Whitewater, William was an active campus leader participating in a wide array of organizations and committees. In his free time, William can be found cheering for all teams in Wisconsin, particularly the Green Bay Packers. His office is located in 407 Cochran Hall, please feel free to come by and "Hi!"




Margaret Barry
Administrative Assistant

Margaret joined the Office of Housing & Residence Life staff in the summer of 2005 and has been employed in Student Services since 2000. She is a graduate of The W and works on departmental budgets and maintains the front office in the Office of Housing & Residence Life.







Rachel Clair Franklin

Rachel Clair is a native of Madison, Mississippi. She is a graduate of MUW where she received her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology. Rachel Clair also received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Mississippi State University. She is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors to practice as a Nationally Certified Counselor.




Craig Watson

Craig is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mississippi State University. Craig's clinical experience has allowed him to provide mental health services to individuals of various cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Craig strives to assist individuals in understanding themselves and empower them to find the resources within themselves to live a healthy and balanced life.


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