Pangborn Hall Staff


Sr. Mary DonnellySr. Mary Donnelly, OP - Rector

I am a Dominican Sister~Grand Rapids, beginning my third year as Rector of Pangborn Hall.

I was born in New York and moved to Michigan when I was nine, leaving me without a New York accent! I am the second oldest of seven children, and the oldest girl. While I did not attend Notre Dame as an undergrad, I went to Aquinas College majoring in History with a minor in English, I love all things Notre Dame!

I love to walk, regardless of the weather, so don't be surprised if you see me wandering all over campus! I love to bake, read mysteries, and play guitar. I look forward to seeing you in August!


Ashley Cain - Assistant Rector

My name is Ashley and I will be one of your Assistant Rectors. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and I hope that this will be a great year! Notre Dame is an amazing place, and I’m sure you will all love it
To give you a bit of background info on me, I’m going into my second year of law school. I’m from Massachusetts and I went to undergrad at Providence College in Providence, RI, where I studied Social Science with a focus on Anthropology and a minor in French. I’m very passionate about social justice. I also enjoy ballroom dancing, knitting/crocheting, and going to the beach. I’m from a coastal town and I love clam boils, fried clams, and stuffed quahogs. I love watching movies when I get the chance, and some of my favorites include: Little Miss Sunshine, Clue, and My Fellow Americans.

     Notre Dame has definitely become a second home to me, and I hope it does for you too! Please know that I’m here to help make this happen, so if you ever need anything or just want to chat, feel free to stop by my apartment. I look forward to meeting you all, and welcome again to Pangborn!


EricaKempErica Kemp - Assistant Rector

I am so happy to welcome you to Pangborn Hall! This is my second year at Notre Dame, but I am new to Pangborn Hall.

I am from a small town in North East, Maryland. With 3 younger siblings, it was hard to leave home to go to college, but I had a great time at Villanova University. I was an English major there and studied abroad in the Czech Republic and Ireland.

After college, I went straight to law school, and I love it here at Notre Dame! I love reading, running, cooking, and watching movies. Stop by my room anytime to chat.

Looking forward to seeing you in August!


Stella Yoon - Basement RA

Hello Phoxes!
I absolutely love being a student here at Notre Dame and being a part of Pangborn Hall. My favorite thing about Pangborn is its warm, close knit community, like that of a family. So to let you know a little about your fellow phox, I was born in Buffalo Grove, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Both of my parents immigrated from South Korea so I grew up speaking konglish, eating kimchi and rice, absolutely loving Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, and going to the Shed Aquarium (it’s my favorite place in Chicago).

My major changed many times before I set my heart on Science Pre-professional major. I plan to attend medical school after taking a year off from college. One of my favorite times here at Notre Dame was when I studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico. The country has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes I have never seen, and the culture is just so rich and vibrant. I do hope to go back one day, and I hope all of you will also take the opportunity to study abroad! Although my major is in the sciences, I also have a love for Romance languages, and one of my lifetime goals is to become fluent in all Romance languages. I know it’s a lofty goal, but hey, I’ve got a lifetime to work for it! Besides that, I also love to eat, cook, run, watch movies and TV shows (my favorite TV show is Modern Family), laugh, have a good time, and so much more. 

Can you believe we’re already starting another school year? With time going by so fast, I can’t wait to make the best out of it by upholding Pangborn traditions while creating new memories with you all. It’s going to be a great year!

Much love,
Stella Yoon


Susan Esquivel - 1st Floor RA

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be your first floor RA this year for the best dorm ever! This is going to be a great year for all of us!

A few things about me: I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago (Mokena, IL) with my two brothers and my parents. I love being from the Midwest and being so close to a big city. I absolutely love watching movies, playing board games, drinking tea, reading, traveling, listening to music (all kinds!), and just hanging out with great friends. If you can’t find me in Pangborn you can usually find me at the CSC reading on one of their many comfy couches! I am a Political Science major and a Latino Studies minor. I am not entirely sure what I want to do after I graduate, but it will definitely involve more school, possibly law school or possibly grad school or possibly both!

I know that we are all going to have a great time this year, making memories keeping up traditions. I hope that you’ll stop by my room anytime for a chat, a movie, a board game, some music or a good study break. We are going to make the phirst phloor phabulously phoxy this year and I can’t wait to be a part of it!

In Phoxiness,
Susan Esquivel


Abigale Miller - 2A RA

Welcome to the phoxiest dorm on campus!

It’s good to see both the familiar and new faces! I am really excited to welcome you to Notre Dame and to create great memories with all of you. I am so happy to be your RA!

First off, let me give you all a little information about myself. I am from South Bend, Indiana and have grown up with the dome in my backyard. I have been bleeding blue and gold since I was born! I am a sociology major with a supplemental pre-professional major. I am hoping to apply and survive interviews and applications for dental schools in the near future.

I LOVE Disney movies and all Disney princesses (especially Snow White) so any impromptu movie watches are welcome and expected! Last summer I went on an amazing trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to help provide dental assistance to those in need. While there I zip-lined right by an active volcano and ran into over 20 Iguana’s casually hanging out in trees outside a restaurant. I am president of both the pre-dental society and Downs Time, which helps raise awareness for Down syndrome.

Notre Dame has given me so many opportunities and Pangborn has been my home since the beginning. I’m so excited to watch and help all of you guys make your own memories at Notre Dame and Pangborn. Remember, my door is always open for anything, especially if you want to come watch a Disney movie!

I hope we are all ready for a fantastic year! It sure will be an exciting one, especially since we are all so amazing. Remember my door is always open for anything!

See all your phoxy phaces around!
Abigale Miller         


Katie Meaney - 2B RA kmeaney

You can tell a lot about a person by how they eat their ice cream, I’ve noticed. This is how it works: the drippers are too busy with other things to pay attention to the ice cream, the biters are enthusiastic, but lack appreciation for savoring, the napkin and spoon people don’t actually like ice cream that much, but, rather, prefer other treats (another issue all together), and the bowl people have lost touch with their inner child.  Or so this is my theory, anyway.

When I have ice cream, I like a cone-the bigger, the better. I prefer richer flavors such as dark chocolate & coffee & I like additives like almonds & coconut. If dipping is available, then a cone dipped in chocolate adds to the delight. Rotating the cone around counter clockwise, I apply upward pressure, so that there are no drips, until I get kind of a mountain on top, & then I press all of the ice cream deeper into the cone so that there are more ice cream + cone bites. I take ice cream + cone nibbles until I feel that I am in danger of splitting the cone, & then take a small bite off the bottom of the cone & use the cone as a funnel to drain the rest of the ice cream. Then I eat what is left of the cone.

I can’t pass a dog or a baby on the street without smiling, cooing and/or petting it. I’m from Georgia, & I am a southern girl through & through. I love sundresses & hot tea, but am also equally fond of camping, rock climbing & motorcycles. I am a yoga teacher, & also, but not necessarily as a consequence of this, an on-and-off vegetarian. If you haven’t heard of Chacos before, I am going to try & convert you, & when I look really happy to see you all the time this year, it is because I am actually, genuinely, happy to see you.

This first year of college is going to be jammed packed with new experiences, challenges, and, certainly, mistakes. I know. In three years I’ve had more experiences, tougher challenges & made more mistakes of my own than I’d ever have thought possible. My GPA is far from perfect, my heart has been broken, & I still don’t know what I am going to do next year, much less for the rest of my life. Yet, somehow, I’ve learned how to be deeply happy, healthy & good at the things I choose to do. I have chosen to be an RA, & that means I want to be really good at my job. My door will (metaphorically speaking) be open at any hour, & I vow to (if you want me to) help each of you rejoice when something awesome happens, be there when you are hurt & work as a partner to solve & grow from issues when they arise.  

Katie Meaney


Becca Amata - 3rd Floor RA

After living in the heart of Ohio State Buckeye-land for the majority of my life, I was happy to escape to Notre Dame where my love of Notre Dame football (for better or worse) is shared.  Truthfully, Columbus, Ohio was a great place to grow up, despite my mom, dad, brother, and I being the only Notre Dame fans on our block.  We proudly wave a flag on football weekends from the gazebo my dad and I built a few years ago.

At every stage of college, there’s always a key question that everyone seems to be asking.  After the initial question of where you’re going to school, people move to asking about what you’re studying, and before you’re given another breath, they ask what you’re planning to do with that degree.  So here’s my attempt to knock out all three: Obviously I’m at Notre Dame, and I’m studying Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies and aiming to go to law school after graduation.  (And no, I’m not sure what type of law I’d like to pursue yet!)  Phew!  Outside of the academic world, I enjoy laughing with friends, dancing at random times, cooking crème brulee, woodworking with my dad, and playing soccer.

 I’m so excited for another fantastic year in the Pang.  I love the familial and fun-loving spirit of all the girls in the dorm and am looking forward to getting to know everyone a little bit more.  Stop by my room anytime!  I’ll always make time to chitchat, watch trash TV, and listen to a new song.  See you around the Pang!