‘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

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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 third year graduate student in the Master of Divinity program, earning a theology and ministry degree. I can’t wait for another great year in Ryan as we share life together in the best community on campus!

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 involved in Campus Ministry, our Orientation program, Special Olympics, and our Admissions office in college. My love languages are going on walks and having long life chats.

Around Ryan, you can find me in room 300 where we like to eat ice cream, drink tea, chat, color, and have spontaneous dance parties.

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


Brennah Toomey- 1A

Rooms 100-132

BT.pngHi ‘cats! My name is Brennah Toomey, and I am so, SO excited & grateful to be serving as the 1A Resident Assistant this year! I was born and raised just outside of Tampa, Florida (go bolts ϟ) and truly feel like Ryan is my home away from home! I am a Marketing major with minors in both Constitutional Studies & Peace Studies with the hopes of attending law school after graduation. On campus, I serve on Senior Class Council as the merchandise commissioner, designing apparel for the class of 2018. I also work as the student marketing lead for the Women’s Basketball team, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about anything Fighting Irish athletics!

In Ryan, you can find me at almost any event! It’s safe to say I am obsessed with our home, and I especially love designing apparel, chasing after Topper (Ryan Hall’s official corgi), and baking every week with FJ. Some of my other hobbies include watching any and every show on Netflix, drinking too many lattes from Starbucks, cooking for friends and family, and having long chats about anything! I am so excited to laugh, chat, cheer on our Irish, commiserate through the coldest days, and celebrate joy with all of you next year! Please know that my door is always open to you for a quick hello or a long chat! I’m looking forward to being a part of your Notre Dame journey – as both a resource and as a friend. If you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to email me at btoomey@nd.edu or text me at (727) 742-0667 any time!

Isabel Muench- 1B

Rooms 135-163

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My name is Isabel Muench and I am SO excited to serve as your RA next year! Also known as Isa, I am majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies with a minor in sustainability, and am currently studying abroad in London. I’m hoping to be fluent in English by the end of the semester. Not to brag, but things are looking pretty good at this point. As much fun as I’m having here, though, I can’t wait to come back to you all in Ryan and your beautiful souls.

I am from the drizzly city of Portland, Oregon, and I often talk about how it doesn’t rain enough in South Bend. In Ryan, I’ve been involved as Sustainability Commissioner, dorm rep for the Bald and Beautiful, and as a Hall Steward. If you ever saw someone sitting at the front desk attempting to let people in but often just making things a lot more complicated than necessary, there’s a solid chance that was me (my bad, guys. I tried).

Around campus, I play the viola and am a member of the ND Symphony Orchestra. I have played on various intramural sports teams around campus, including curling. My team made it to our league finals last spring! It was like a more talented version of “Miracle on Ice” except with a lot more at stake. I also love spending time outside (I worked on a farm last summer!) and you can often find me walking around the lakes or, more likely, sitting by the lakes watching other people run.

All jokes aside, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be an RA in the greatest dorm on campus, and for the chance to grow alongside each of you next year. Please feel free to reach out to me at any point if you have any questions, want to chat, or just want to say hi, I would really love to talk to you about literally anything.

You can get in touch at imuench@nd.edu or 503-702-4284 at any time!

Megan McAdoo- 2A

Rooms 200-232

MMHey ‘Cats! My name is Megan McAdoo and I’m beyond excited to be serving as an RA next year! I’m from Pittsburgh, PA, which is the best city in America and possibly the world, but I’ve been lucky enough to call Ryan home since coming to Notre Dame. It’s a great community, and I can’t wait to get to know more of the finest ladies on campus.

A little bit about me—I’m an English and Pre-Health major, and I want to go to med school after leaving Notre Dame to become a pediatrician and fulfill my passion for hanging out with cute babies all day. I’m especially interested in public health and social justice, so I hope to bring those interests to my future career. Around campus, I’m a Stats TA and work with College Mentors for Kids, an organization that pairs kids from the community with mentors and brings them to campus. It’s one of the best parts of my week. For fun, I like to spend time with my friends, talk with my sister, eat oatmeal raisin cookies or anything with peanut butter in/on it, read, spend time outside, and watch The Office. If you love kids or have good book recommendations or have recently baked cookies, come talk to me!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be an RA in the best dorm on campus. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m so happy to be a part of the Ryan community, and I can’t wait to spend my senior year living with you awesome, ambitious, amazing women. (And that’s just the “a”s.)

If you have any questions or just want to chat, you can reach me any time at mmcadoo@nd.edu or 412-334-8371!

Vanessa Acosta- 2B

Rooms 235-263

VA.pngHey there ‘Cats! If we haven’t met yet, I’m Vanessa and I can’t wait to serve my home away from home as an RA! I am from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and like all good Massachusetts natives, I run on Dunkin’. Although coffee was my first love, some of my other passions include: Ed Sheeran, food, and my family. I’m currently an intern for the President’s Office as well as the Institute for Latino Studies. I love attending Spanish mass, so if you ever want to join or need help with Spanish homework let me know!

I’m a Psychology major, with minors in Latino Studies and Business Economics. Figuring out my major/minors was a process, but I absolutely love where I ended up and would gladly be there if you ever feel like you need help with discerning a major.
Ryan Hall quickly became my home when I arrived to Notre Dame my Freshman year, and though I have found many friendships and welcoming communities around campus, Ryan has always remained home for me. I love our beautiful dorm, but beyond that, I love all the Wildcats who make it a wonderful place to live! Please feel free to stop by my room at any time – I love to talk! Ryan Go Bragh!

Feel free to reach out any time at vacosta@nd.edu or 978-382-1992!

Claire Kramer- 3A

Rooms 300-332

CK.pngHi friends! My name is Claire Kramer, and I’m not sure I can express how honored, excited, and blessed I am to serve as an RA in Ryan Hall. I’m originally from Kansas City, but my family (I live with my wonderful parents and my awesome younger sister) recently relocated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I absolutely love my hometown, and will talk your ear off about KC if you let me, especially our wonderful sports teams (Go ‘Yals!).

I’m an American Studies major, with minors in Theology and Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy (JED). In Ryan, I’ve been involved with Spiritual Life, and on campus, I dance with TransPose Dance Collective. I also work for the Notre Dame Athletic Department in the Media Relations office, and I always love getting involved with Campus Ministry. In my free time, I love to dance, play golf, write, listen to country music, and watch The West Wing. In the future, I’m considering going into sports journalism, PR, teaching, or ministry. Additionally, I’d love to fulfill my dream of becoming a high school dance team coach.

This spring, I’m abroad in Rome, Italy. It’s an amazing experience, full of so much Catholic history, amazing architecture and culture, and food that is out of this world. However, it made me miss Notre Dame, and my home in Ryan, so much more.
I’m so excited to walk with the wonderful women of Ryan next year, and share everything I love about Notre Dame. Know that you will be in my prayers, and that I am always here if you need anything. Know that I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the place I call home.

Feel free to contact me at ckramer@nd.edu if you ever need anything or just want to chat!

Madeleine Donohue- 3B

Rooms 335-363

Hi Ladies!

MD.pngI’m Madeleine Donohue and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as your RA in Ryan next year! I am from Hamden, Connecticut and I am majoring in architecture. I come from a big Notre Dame family; my mom and two sisters are also Domers, and I have loved every second I have spent here.

Many of you probably don’t know me because I am currently studying in Rome for the year. It has been an absolutely amazing experience to live here in Italy, but of course I miss Notre Dame, Ryan Hall and SDH. If you have any questions about study abroad, I’m your girl. I love drawing, watching netflix, spending time outside, traveling, and eating gelato. While I spend a lot of time in Bond Hall, Ryan Hall is my home at Notre Dame and, not to mention, the best dorm on campus. Go Wildcats!

Contact me any time at mdonohu3@nd.edu if you have any questions or just want to chat!