LLC Staff Members

Dr. Barreneche

Gabriel Barreneche


Associate Professor, Modern Languages

Faculty Director of Living Learning Communities

This year's Director of the Living Learning Community Program is Gabriel Barreneche, associate professor of Spanish. As Faculty-In-Residence, Barreneche will be the LLC's "Academic Cruise Director," coordinating a variety of engaging activities throughout the year. Dr. Barreneche, his wife Ileana, and their 3.5 pound canine fuzz ball Marco live in Ward Hall, and look forward to getting to know all of the residents of Ward.  Barreneche and Ileana enjoy the simple things: coffee and a newspaper, long walks with Marco, and they are both secretly hooked on "American Idol." Dr. Barreneche teaches intermediate and advanced level Spanish language, culture, and literature courses, and will be the Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program in the fall as well. Finally, he claims to make the best Cuban "cafecito" this side of Little Havana.



Whitney McDonald

Whitney McDonald

Assistant Director, Residential Life

Coordinator of the Living Learning Communities

Whitney is a self described life long learner.  After received her bachelors degree in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University in 2006, she went on to receive her MBA from Rollins in 2009 and her Master's in Educational Leadership, Higher Education/Student Personnel Services in 2011.  In her free time, she can be found training for her next half marathon, exploring everything Orlando has to offer, and spending time with friends and family.  Whitney is passionate about creating meaningful experiences for first year students and helping them transition smoothly into their lives here at Rollins!  Go Tars!




Megan Turnage

Hall Director, Residential Life

Graduate Assistant for the Living Learning Communities