Baylor & Beyond Program Director 

Leia Duncan

I was born in London and have lived in various locations throughout the UK, Cyprus, and the United States.  I have also travelled extensively and have developed a passion for learning about culture and community.

I received my BA (hons) in English Literature from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate from the Institute of Education in London, and my MA in Youth and Family Ministry in Tennessee. After teaching in Europe for many years, I moved to the US with my husband in 2007 and began working in higher education shortly after. Together, we joined the Baylor family in 2012, where I worked in Campus Living and Learning for several years. My passion for global communities partnered with my commitment to education led me to the role of Program Director at Baylor & Beyond LLC in May 2019. I strive to create a real home and community for the North Russell residents and I love meeting students from all over the country and the world. In addition to travelling, I like to read, cook, bake, and watch movies, TV shows, and plays. 

North Russell Residence Hall Director

Hayley Thomas

I attended Mississippi State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology. While attending Mississippi State University, I became very involved in many student organizations, often serving in a leadership role. I fell in love with serving and advocating for students. As a result, I looked to serve in a professional capacity which led me to attending the University of Central Arkansas and receiving my master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration.

Now that I am here at Baylor, my hope is that I can aid in creating an environment in which students can thrive and grow as their authentic selves with the support needed to be successful in their endeavors. I value learning about other cultures and creating communities where we can all celebrate and learn from one another. I love hearing about students’ unique experiences and love it when students drop by my office to chat! In my spare time, I love to read, cook, and Netflix.

Baylor & Beyond Faculty Director

Rosalie Barrera

As the faculty director, my primary job in the hall is to coordinate our neighborhood program, mentor our neighborhood leaders, and make connections between our student groups and academic/co-curricular units on Baylor’s campus. Aside from this, I teach first- and second-year Spanish. I am also the faculty advisor for Baylor’s Gymnastics Club and Gamma Alpha Omega, a multi-cultural sorority. I was born and raised in a small Texas border town called San Juan. I left San Juan to attend Williams College in Massachusetts where I majored in English and Spanish. I speak both pretty proficiently! I received my MA in Spanish literature and linguists from Baylor. On my spare time, I like hiking, kayaking and yoga—preferably in locations abroad. My office is in Old Main 380 if ever you would like to chat. 


Baylor & Beyond LLC

Baylor & Beyond Living Learning Center
One Bear Place #97391
Waco, TX 76798-7391

(254) 710-4124