Meet The Staff
Director of Candid & Community Initiatives
Ginger joined the Pres House staff in July of 2012 as the apartments’ first Director of Residential Community. As Director of Candid & Community Initiatives, Ginger leads Candid, the Pres House student wellness initiative. She also works to build partnerships and funding that support the scholarships and programs at Pres House Apartments. She focuses on how to promote wellness in the context of community and to envision how Pres House Apartments can best serve residents through an environment of welcome, growth, and connection. She facilitates the Future Focus and Next Step programs, and works alongside the Coordinator of Residential Programs to support Pres House Apartment community.
Over the course of her career, Ginger has served as a chaplain and a college administrator, focusing much of her work on mental health, spiritual care and college student development. Ginger holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Denver University & Iliff School of Theology. In addition to enjoying her work with college students, Ginger likes to read biographies, fantasy and mystery fiction, to play disc golf and board games, garden, and has been known to cook for up to 100 people! Ginger attends the Madison Friends (Quaker) Meeting, her kids’ swim meets, and many many music performances.
Ginger is available to any resident living at Pres House Apartments. Email Ginger to set up a time to talk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit her in her 6th floor office.
Associate Director of Residential Community
Manato moved to the United States from Japan in 2015 and earned his B.A. in Sociology at Calvin University and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He has served as an interfaith chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MIT, and Emerson College. Manato also served in ministry at Old Cambridge Baptist Church.
Manato comes to Pres House Apartments having worked in residential life at Harvard College as a dorm proctor for first-year students. He continues to find joy serving in spaces where residential life, student support, and caregiving come together. In his spare time, Manato enjoys slow mornings with his cat Homer, exploring maps and all things cartography, learning languages, and playing the guitar, trombone, handbells, and organ when he gets the chance. Tokyo, West Michigan, and Boston are all pieces of home to Manato, and he looks forward to Madison growing into that family of homes.
Manato oversees the Pres House Apartments Scholars and CEO programs, Micro-Communities, and co-leads FACETS, and various building-wide events throughout the year.
Manato is happy to get to know residents through 1-on-1 meetings, afternoon tea, community dinners, or folks stopping in to say hi. His office (2nd floor, end of the hall) is open to all residents whenever he is in, usually 9 – 5 on weekdays. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Note: during COVID-19, Ginger, Terry, and Manato may have reduced on-site hours at Pres House Apartments. If we are not in our offices, we are still reachable by email! Thank you for understanding.
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