‘Cats in Charge



Allyse Gruslin


Hey ‘Cats! Most of you know by now that my name is Allyse. I grew up in Pawtucket, RI, a town with huge baseball culture. Pawtucket is home to the farm team for the Red Sox (the PawSox), so I’m a big Red Sox fan but don’t ask me about stats or standings. I also played baseball for an all girls town baseball league when I was little. Rhode Island is the “Ocean State” because we have lots of coastline per square mile so I love all things ocean/coastal. Growing up I was a competitive cheerleader which I credit for my consistent upbeat attitude and inability to stop smiling. Old habits die hard. My parents and my older sister still live out east and they call me “the one who moved away.” I am very close with my family and was especially close with my grandma or “Memere.” I was born on her birthday (so obvi I was her favorite :). In high school I did everything I could to be involved: volleyball, swimming, student government and campus ministry. Singing is probably my favorite thing to do. I didn’t make my Confirmation in high school like most Catholics do because I wasn’t sure I wanted to be Catholic. I explored by faith through high school and college and eventually made my Confirmation after discovering a deep love for the Eucharist. I studied Philosophy and Business at Assumption College in Worcester, MA (Brian Kelly’s alma mater)! After Assumption I did a year of service at a youth retreat center followed by four years on Long Island at a campus minister at Holy Trinity High School as well as a partner for a traveling retreat business. I came to Notre Dame’s Master of Divinity program in the fall of 2013. During the program I met my now fiance, Chris, who you will likely see around the hall on Waffle Wednesdays. He has a corgi named Topper who will hopefully provide comfort to the women of Ryan Hall during high stress periods like midterms and finals. I am so excited to be here in Ryan as your new rector. It is an honor and a privilege. Know that I pray for you every day and my door is always open (maybe not literally but definitely in my heart).

Assistant Rectors: 

Meredith Holland



Hello, friends!

My name is Meredith and I am so excited to serve as one of your Assistant Rectors in Ryan Hall! I am originally from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey and studied Economics and Theology as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. I moved to Boston following graduation (I’m a New England girl at heart!) and then returned to Notre Dame for Law School last Fall.

When I’m not in the law school, you can usually find me cooking, baking, knitting, practicing yoga, singing or at Starbucks. I love C.S. Lewis and the West Wing and have been counting down the days until the Gilmore Girls reunion since the show ended.

Please feel free to come by Room 219 and reach out to me at mhollan4@nd.edu at any time – I cannot wait to welcome you all to Ryan Hall! Go Wildcats!

Sara Thoms

Sara Thoms

Hello to the great women of Ryan hall!

My name is Sara and I am absolutely thrilled to be one of your Assistant Rectors this year. I am a second year graduate student in the Master of Divinity program, earning a theology and ministry degree. I hope to be a pastoral presence in our hall and get to know the amazing women of Ryan as we share life together.

I am from Rochester, Michigan (where I was a Wildcat through middle school) and graduated from Villanova University (go Wildcats again!) with a degree in Humanities and Theology. I was actively involved in Campus Ministry, our Orientation program, and Admissions tours in college. In my free time I enjoy reading, drinking tea, and having long life chats.

Please stop by my room, 300, any time for any reason. You can email me at sthoms@nd.edu. I’d love to see or hear from you!


Anna Bourbonnais 1A

Rooms 100-132


Hey Wildcats! My name is Anna Bourbonnais, and I am seriously pumped to have the opportunity to serve as your 1A RA this year! I’m originally from Atlanta, GA and transferred to Notre Dame my sophomore year after attending Furman University in Greenville, SC, while I do miss my sunny south I absolutely love Notre Dame and feel blessed to call it and Ryan Hall home. Don’t worry, I only complain about the cold on a daily basis.

I am a Visual Communications Design and English double major and am so excited to serve as an ACE teacher upon graduation. If you have any questions about ACE, hit me up, I can literally talk about it forever! Around campus I work in the Notre Dame Vision office and play in as many intramurals as possible. I love a good trip to the Grotto and am always down to pray, chat, go for a run around the lakes, or play a board game (warning: as the youngest of four, I’ve been known to get a little competitive). Please stop by my room anytime or shoot me a message at abourbon@nd.edu. I am so excited to get to know you all this year and am excited to make some amazing Ryan memories!

Cathy Baxter 1B

Rooms 135-163


Hey hey hey Wildcats! My name is Cathy Baxter and I am seriously amped to be the RA in 1B this year! I am from Grand Rapids in the Purest state of Michigan (I promise I’m not too obnoxious about it). I transferred from Saint Mary’s the fall of my sophomore year, and I am so blessed by my time as a Belle. Upon transferring to ND, I quickly found my awesome home in Ryan Hall, where the food is stellar and the people are even better. I am a Political Science major, with a minor in Constitutional Studies—can you tell I love the Constitution? I interned in Dublin this summer, and hope to work in business for a couple of years before going to Law School. While at ND I have loved being a part of the Ryan flag football and lacrosse interhall teams, the Club Lacrosse team, and I have been blessed to take advantage of programs like the SSLP (Summer Service Learning Program) and Irish Internship Programme. I never miss baking with FJ on Tuesdays, if you do not yet know what this is, you soon will, and I love participating in anything Ryan Hall. I’m seriously always down for a great chat, movie watch, or chowing on pretty much anything. When I’m not in Ryan you can typically find me lounging in my hammock on McGlinn Fields, long boarding, playing lax somewhere, or on the phone trying to convince my parents to bring my dog to campus for some various events.

So pumped to be your RA this year, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at cbaxter@nd.eduanytime!! Ryan Go Bragh!!!!

Shawn Hall 2A

Rooms 200-232

Hello Wildcats!! First and foremost, WELCOME HOME! Not only are you lucky enough to call Notre Dame home, you have the honor of living in the best dorm on campus! I’m Shawn Hall and I am originally from Rochester, NY. I will be serving as the RA in section 2A this year, and I could not be more excited. A few of my favorite things include my dog, Macie, binge watching Friends or The Office, and eating ice cream.

One of my favorite parts about Notre Dame is the amazing community life formed by the residence halls and the endless opportunities to get involved! In Ryan Hall, I have had the pleasure of serving as the athletic commissioner for the past 2 years, and have participated in everything from Flag Football to Soccer to Tug of War and anything in between. On Tuesday nights, you can usually find me baking cookies in FJ’s room (or being a taste tester). Last year I was a member of Junior Class Council and I am excited to continue on this year as a member of Senior Class Council. My favorite activity that I am involved in at Notre Dame is tutoring at the Robinson Community Learning Center; the kids there are amazing and it is a highlight of my week. When I finally manage to squeeze in some studying, I major in Science-Business and Psychology. I am hoping to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant!

This past spring, I returned to the homeland to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland, and it was the most amazing 4 months of my life. I got to hold a baby lamb so what more could I ask for?

I hope that you all are having a fantastic summer and you are getting excited for the upcoming year! I am looking forward to getting to know you all and I know we will have a great year together. Please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or just to say hello! (shall5@nd.edu)

Ryan Go Bragh!

Katie Arndorfer 2B

Rooms 235-263


Greetings, friends! My name is Katie Arndorfer, and it is my privilege 2B serving as Ryan Hall’s 2B Resident Assistant this fall. I am from Portland, Oregon, where I live with my two parents, two younger brothers, and two pet tortoises (the number two thing goes way back). Some of my favorite activities at Jesuit High School were running cross country and track, playing basketball, and getting involved in anything and everything Campus Ministry.

At Notre Dame, I am a senior English and Theology double major pursuing a minor in Business Economics. Post-graduation, I would love to teach! I have truly found a home here in Ryan, where I have been particularly involved in spiritual life, student government, and freshman Welcome Weekend and have been a loyal resident of the second floor for four years. I love singing in the Notre Dame Folk Choir and I served as a student blogger for our Campus Ministry office for two years. Around campus, you can find me running, reading, writing, laughing, praying, and sharing great conversation over warm drinks (you are always welcome in my room for tea!). I am also very grateful for the spring semester of my junior year spent studying abroad in London, England. There are so many wonderful activities and opportunities available to Notre Dame students, and I hope you utilize me as a resource to help you take advantage of everything ND has to offer!

I am so looking forward to getting to know beautiful you this upcoming year. I’m excited to share in chatting, praying, eating, laughing, crying, dreaming, and everything in between. Life in Ryan Hall is so, so good; the Wildcat family is a very special one. Welcome, welcome, welcome! We are glad you are here. Please contact me for ANYTHING at karndorf@nd.edu.

Lexi Doyle 3A

Rooms 300-332

Alexis Doyle

Hello wildcats! My name is Lexi Doyle, and I am so excited to have the honor of serving as the Section 3A Resident Assistant in Ryan Hall this coming year! I am originally from sunny Los Altos, California, and grew up with two younger brothers. Some of my favorite pastimes are hula-hooping and playing board games, both of which I still love to do today!

I am majoring in Biology and Peace Studies with a minor in Public Service, and this past year, I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Puebla, Mexico. Around campus, I do research in the Healthy Places ND lab in the School of Architecture and have been a tutor for math and chemistry classes. In Ryan Hall, I have been the Service Commissioner and the Center for Social Concerns liaison for the dorm. Some of the things I like to do for fun include: spending time outside, laughing, long-distance running (or walking), listening to NPR, spending time with friends, or doing any combination of those activities at the same time. If any of these bring you joy, I would love your company!

My dream is to be a doctor involved in public health work, and am excited to hear about your own passions and aspirations this coming year! If you have any questions about Ryan Hall, Notre Dame, about college in general, or just want to chat, please do not hesitate to email me (adoyle7@nd.edu). I am here for you. I hope that summer is rejuvenating, fulfilling, and fun, and I am so excited to see everyone in Ryan at the end of August!