Virtual Hall was born from our many years of experience successfully coaching college students: residentially, non-residentially, and via online support options.
Although separate organizations, Virtual Hall shares a significant amount of DNA with Mansfield Hall, our residential support model for diverse learners, located in Burlington, VT, Madison, WI, and Eugene, OR.
Virtual Hall is a separate organization, meeting the needs of college students all across the country.
LEADERSHIP & TEAM MEMBERS
Erica Goldsmith, LCSW
Erica is a licensed social worker, and has worked as a therapist, clinical and program supervisor, and adjunct professor. Erica’s passion for activism and her commitment to compassion has led her to develop personal interests in human rights and social justice as well as community organizing.
Erica spends her free time with her husband, two children, and five cats tending their vegetable and flower gardens.
Nicole Weyer, MA
Nicole has spent over 20 years in education, during which time she served in a variety of roles including Resident Dean, Tutor, Advisor, Volleyball Coach, and Dean of Students. Nicole had the privilege to serve schools in Vermont, New Hampshire, Michigan, California and Virginia
Nicole enjoys time in the kitchen, on her yoga mat, traveling, hiking, and biking (pretty much anything that gets her outside).
Sophia Howard, MS
Sophia has her Masters and Licensure in Special Education, with an emphasis on transition services. Her passion for learning has led her to seek out professional opportunities to support individuals towards self-determination and lifelong purpose.
To recharge, Sophia often finds herself adventuring outside, devouring Thai food, playing scrabble, and snuggling with her quarantine kitten, Pickles.
Angela Turpin, EdM
Angela’s Masters in Education is in College Student Services Administration. Her area of specialization focused on leading and facilitating student learning, a process that she believes involves a whole community of support for students.
Angela loves to get outside and explore different hiking trails, take her pup to the beach, or spend time with family and friends.
Director of Program Integrations
Jasmine received her bachelor’s degree in English and social sciences from Norwich University. She holds a 500 hour certificate in mediation and conflict management. She is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a psycho-biological approach to healing stress and trauma. Jasmine loves to ponder the big unanswerable questions such as: What does it mean to be human? How does listening transform us? How do we foster community and connection in our lives? She also enjoys cooking, gardening, dancing, reading, jogging, and spending time with her family.
Kyle Reardon, Ph. D.
In addition to being a Virtual Hall Team Leader, Kyle is also the Site Director of Mansfield Hall-Eugene. Kyle received his Ph. D. in Education at the University of Oregon. Kyle’s scholarship emphasizes postsecondary accessibility for diverse learners and his work has been presented at numerous national and international conferences. He holds a B.A. in Music Education and an M.A. in Special Education, both from Northern Vermont University. Kyle previously served as the Assistant Director of Mansfield Hall-Burlington.
Casey Cox, M. A.
Director of Human Resources & Operations
Casey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, as well as a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Furthermore, Casey is currently completing his Ph.D. in Business Psychology. Casey’s professional experience includes leadership positions and work as a consultant for an internationally recognized math and reading organization. In his free time, Casey enjoys hiking, fishing, cycling, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Perry LaRoque, Ph. D.
President & Founder
Author, trainer, speaker, educational advocate, and serial problem-solver, Dr. LaRoque is the founder and president of both Virtual Hall, and its progenitor, Mansfield Hall. Dr. LaRoque received a Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught teachers in a variety of undergraduate and master-level courses. Dedicated to accessibility, inclusion, and improving the success rates of all learners, Dr. LaRoque has shared his many years of experience in his book, Taking Flight: College for Students with Disabilities, Diverse Learners and Their Families. Most importantly, Dr. LaRoque is happily married and a proud father to three wonderful children, who keep him on his toes.
Sean LaRoque, Ph. D.
VP, Co-Founder, Director of Research
With a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and his Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the University of Arizona, Dr. LaRoque has worked in both private practice and educational settings. Committed to utilizing data-driven decisions for better educational and life-goal outcomes, Dr. LaRoque is a published researcher in scholarly journals and text, served as a research associate in the Campus Health Center at the University of Arizona, was an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and oversees ongoing research at Mansfield Hall. Dr. LaRoque lives in Wisconsin, where he is raising three boys.
Jake Weld, M. Ed.
Co-Founder, Dir. of Enrollment & Outreach
Focused on empowering students to take increasingly active roles in their own experience, Jake believes in supporting students so that they can achieve their maximum potential. Jake holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Innovation from Western Governors University. In addition to his work with Virtual Hall, Jake also oversees Enrollment Management with Mansfield Hall, and volunteers his time as a Commissioner (Board Member) for The American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP). When not working, Jake can be found playing music, working on sailboats, enjoying friends and family, or traveling in pursuit of such opportunities.