Resident Directors 2016

 

Shelley Griffiths and Wylde

Shelley Griffiths

Bachelor of Psychology, Hendrix College

Masters Community Counseling with emphasis on Community Services, University of Central Arkansas

What do you like about Oregon State?

I am impressed with the quality of students that attend OSU. I love working with all of them in their first year of college and being a part of their growth and development. All my colleagues are excellent professionals and are committed to providing incredible service to students.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I have been a Resident Director for twenty-three years and have loved every day of it working with amazing students. They have taught and given me so much more than I have ever imagined. The journey has been incredible and life changing.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I love the small town feeling and the many opportunities it provides, despite its size. I love all the special events in the city and being able to be outside on a summer day in Corvallis is amazing. The downtown area is true downtown, with so many great shops, boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, and night life. The river front boardwalk is also a great place to take a walk, run, or bike ride, and is also a part of downtown.

 What does your professional development plan look like?

I am very interested in working with students with various disabilities, and I have been involved organizations on campus to do so. One of my future goals is to go into student activities or advising, and had have many opportunities to do this, such as co-advising the OSU RHA (Residence Hall Association) and NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary). The professional development opportunities at OSU and endless, no matter what your interest or passion is!

 

Heather Holton

Heather Holton

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, Oregon State University 2007

Master of Education in College Student Services Administration with an area of specialization in Accessible Education, Oregon State University 2011

What do you like about Oregon State?

I love OSU as an employee and alum. The campus is beautiful in the fall when all the leaves turn.

There is just a great energy among the students. Whether it’s going to a football game or a Battle of the Bands, people are excited about getting involved.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I really enjoy the students that I get to work with, especially when they are excited about what they are learning.  Honestly, you would be surprised what you learn in a conversation that started out as a one on one or conduct meeting.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Having grown up in a small town, I like the smaller town feeling that I get in Corvallis. That being said, there are some great things that go on like Fall Festival and the farmer’s market that really showcase what the community has to offer. I also like that Corvallis is a two-hour drive from anything you want; skiing in Bend, running on the sand in Newport, shopping in Eugene, or seeing a show in Portland.

What does your professional development plan look like?

I’m looking to get more involved regionally, presenting at and attending conferences. I am also interested in learning more about accessibility on campus and how we can best set up all students for access and success.

 

 

Logan Denney

Logan Denney

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an Education Minor, Simpson University 2011

Masters of Arts in Higher Education & Student Development, Taylor University 2013

What do you like about Oregon State?

I have two things: our intentional community and our Beaver Spirit. I appreciate the intentional community Oregon State offers. Coming from smaller institutions, I thought it would be a different transition to a large public institution, but I have felt fully welcomed by my colleagues here in residential education, as well as across the University. I also appreciate the school spirit. I love that students wear orange, black, and other Beaver Swag around campus or tweet #GoBeavs. The athletic events here are exciting and the students make cheering for the Beavers extremely fun. When you come to campus prepare to become a fan, regardless of your Alma Mater, Go Beavs!

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I appreciate the opportunities I have to work in several different areas of residential education and housing. Whether it is sitting on committee regarding community standards board or the first year experience, or working with my resident assistants and hall council to program events within my hall, I feel valued as a stakeholder within our residential education program and feel my work matters. Another component I appreciate specifically about being a Resident Director in a Living Learning Community (LLC) is that I collaborate with academic partners and other stakeholders to promote the LLC’s mission within my hall and advance the goals of our living learning experience.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I love Oregonian living. Corvallis is an awesome community and has a lot to offer. Being originally from Northern California and also living in the Midwest for a few years for graduate school, I have found many similar cities that Corvallis reminds me of: Bloomington, IN; Redding, CA; Chico, CA. For those of you who may not know those cities, I would describe Corvallis as a small university town with plenty to do and see from the Farmers Market downtown, to the fun local events around the areas, to the fact that you are an hour or so from the beach (Newport) or the Slopes (Bend, OR) or the city (Portland, OR). Also, for those of you who are religious or spiritual there are several places of worship around the greater Corvallis area. For those of you who are runners/hikers Corvallis is definitely the community for you, lots of trials and running area. You will fall in love with Corvallis, I can say my wife and I call it “home” now.

What does your professional development plan look like?

My professional development has been an awesome opportunity and something I appreciate about OSU. We are encouraged to further our learning within the areas we feel will be important for our professional practice and go over that plan with our supervisor (who are super supportive). My plan currently consists of attending three conferences: one for living learning communities, one a regional conference, and one a national. Along with conferences, I have also looked into different readings in regards to living learning communities, student conduct, as well as student leadership development. Overall, when you come to OSU you will be challenged and supported to grow as a professional; however, it is up to you to figure out what it is you would like to learn and develop. Good Luck in your search!

 

 

Jesús Ramirez

Jesús Ramirez

 Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University 
Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University

What do you like about Oregon State?

What I absolutely love about OSU is that it offers students a myriad of opportunities to thrive and succeed. I find it refreshing to return to a campus where students, administrators, faculty, and staff are collaborating to provide high quality programs, services, and resources to help students feel welcomed and supported.  Also, one of the most unique qualities of OSU is that it is the only public university to have the land, sea, space, and sun grant designations. Therefore, OSU adequately prepares and equips its students to be critical problem solvers and leaders of the world. This means that at any given time here at OSU, students and faculty are working together to investigate the latest issues on things like sustainability, biofuels, and nanotechnology.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

Building relationships with my residents and student staff. Whether it's a one-on-one with a Resident Assistant, Hall Council President, or a casual conversation with a resident about getting an internship, I always learn something new from the brilliant minds of students here at OSU. Also, I really enjoy connecting with my staff on a professional and personal level and getting to know them well.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis is definitely a city that revolves around Oregon State University. Anywhere you go, there is Beaver pride so it's got that college town feel. Although Oregon State is a large public research institution, it has a strong sense of community. The people here really make an effort to reach out to one another for support. My favorite city in Oregon is Portland and it's only about an hour and a half north of Corvallis. Portland is a mid-sized city with the Willamette River that runs right through the metropolitan area. There are lots of areas to shop, dine, and explore. One of my favorite places to go to in Portland is Multnomah Falls. I love the scenic view and the stunning 620-foot waterfall that is gorgeous during the summer time.

What does your professional development plan look like? (What do you want to do in the immediate and/ or distant future in regards to your career?)

My professional development plan is always changing. In addition to always wanting to learn and improve as a Resident Director, my professional goal is to advise the Residence Hall Association (RHA) in accomplishing the mission and goals of their organization, our department, and the institutional strategic plan. As an alumnus of a Greek organization, I understand the value of student organizations in building leadership skills and providing students with a social network. Another professional goal is to be actively involved in professional associations such as NWACUHO and NASPA. Thanks to my department, I was able to attend the 2015 New Professionals Institute in Oakland, CA. That institute reminded me of why I love what I do. I’m looking forward to joining a Knowledge Community, I just have to figure out which one to join given that I have multiple intersecting identities. Additionally, I am on the Professional Development Task Force for NWACUHO working with a group of people to create and implement a needs assessment tool for professionals in the region. Our goal is to create an online form that professionals of any functional area and experience level could complete and use that information to create professional development opportunities for professionals in our region.

 

 

Melissa Greff

Melissa Greff

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Missouri State University in May 2014
Master of Education in College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University expected June 2016

What do you like about Oregon State?

I love the dynamic between OSU’s extensive history and its innovations in a lot of different fields. There are some really cool things that our students and faculty are doing, like really science-y stuff, and I get to hear about some of it in my student meetings! There’s also just so much history here because the University has been around for a long time, and I enjoy aesthetic of our facilities and grounds, plus all the stories that are everywhere.

I also really appreciate the University’s work in social justice and supporting student voices. No one’s perfect, and it can be really hard for institutions to interact with student activism appropriately, but from my experience, the faculty and staff here are supportive of student voices and experiences, and are genuinely invested in affecting positive change.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

One of my favorite things about being an RD is the work I get to do with diversity and social justice in the residence halls. Understanding my own privilege and how I show up in spaces is really integral to how I work with students, and I feel very supported in exploring this area of identity with my colleagues and students. I also get to co-supervise a student staff position that helps with development of inclusive communities in the halls. There’s a lot of room here at OSU for identity development of everyone- students, student staff, professional staff, and even the President of the institution, and I find that to be very exciting.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis is like the perfect in-between setting for everything. We have most of the stores you would need, there’s a lot of nature stuff in the surrounding area too, and everything is so close in town! We’re also a nice drive away from Portland, Eugene, and Bend, so if you need to get away for a weekend, that’s totally manageable. When it comes to Oregon, I have really enjoyed all the different kinds of geology we have here. Oregon has a little bit of everything: ocean, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and deserts. I haven’t gotten to see everything yet, but it’s all beautiful and amazing so far!

What does your professional development plan look like? (what do you want to do in the immediate and/ or distant future in regards to your career)

In the immediate future, I enjoy attending conferences and networking with peers, as well as reading up on my positional areas (e.g. best practices in conduct, advising, program development). I’d like to continue being an RD for at least a few more years, and I’d like to stay in housing and residence life. I also really enjoy advising the Residence Hall Association and working with student leadership and advising, so I could see that being a path I take in the future. That’s one of the things I enjoy about working with UHDS- the advising opportunities that are beyond Hall Council.

 

 

Thomas Staffileno

Thomas Staffileno

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Management, Montana State University Billings

Master of Education in College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University expected June 2017

What do you like about Oregon State?

I think students, staff, and faculty alike all feel very valued at Oregon State.  It is a wonderful and welcoming community that fosters individual contribution and growth, while seeing oneself as a part of the bigger picture.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

My favorite part is the students!  I love Residence Life because I get to see residents in multiple aspects of their lives.  I feel so grateful that I get to have conversations with students about more than just their academics.  It doesn’t even feel like work because I’m constantly learning and growing alongside the students.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis is in an absolutely perfect location.  Not only is there so much to do on campus that’s fun and educational, but there’s also many community events and outdoors activity options that ensure one will never be bored!  Oregon is a beautiful state.

What does your professional development plan look like? (what do you want to do in the immediate and/ or distant future in regards to your career)

Although I’m partial to Res Life, there are so many other amazing functional areas I could also see myself working in.  After another year of graduate school, I’ll apply for jobs on campus and in the Northwest region and take it one step at a time.

 

 

 

Michael Roelhk

Michael Roelhk

Bachelor of Arts in History, California Lutheran University
Masters of Science in Counseling, California State University, Fresno

What do you like about Oregon State?
The campus is beautiful and everyone is very nice.   

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I enjoy being able to see students grow on their journey.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon? Corvallis?

There are a lot of great places to eat. Oregon – it is always green here and when its warmer it’s great to be outside; I enjoy Surfing and Kayaking so I’m often at the Oregon Coast when it’s warmer. 

What does your professional development plan look like?

I’m planning on starting another master’s degree and eventually a PhD, I’m interested in some of the more business/operations end of the profession so those are areas I always look to find development in. 

 

 

 

 

Scott Azorr

Scott Azorr

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis in New Media Communications, Oregon State University 2010
Masters of Education in Counselor Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs, Clemson University 2015

What do you like about Oregon State?

What I like most about Oregon State are the students.  The students that I have had a chance to work with are passionate about their studies and their extra-curricular activities.  It has been a pleasure to build relationships with them. Additionally, I have found the work environment to be very supportive.  I feel very lucky to have colleagues who have been so helpful and caring throughout my transition to Oregon State at the beginning of the year.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

Here are a few things that I really like about my job –

  • I supervise and work with a really fun and energetic group of student staff members.
  • I have regular contact with our residents where I am able to develop relationships, build community, and foster development – all of which are very rewarding.
  • I face new challenges every day. This usually requires a lot of teamwork and collaboration in order to resolve, which keeps everyday fun and interesting.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I’ve found Corvallis to be a really family friendly city.  Most places in town are easy to get to and we’re relatively close to bigger cities such as Eugene, Salem or Portland.  From campus I am able to walk downtown, where there is access to many restaurants and shops.  There are a lot of place nearby to hike or walk our dogs.  Overall, Oregon is one of the most beautiful states that I’ve ever been to.

What does your professional development plan look like?

Since starting with UHDS at the beginning of the year I have gotten a very well rounded experience working in Residence Life.  I plan to continue working as a Resident Director for the immediate future to keep gaining experience in Housing and Residence Life.

 

 

Ainsley Wilson

Ainsley Wilson

Bachelors in Women’s Studies and Global Studies, Appalachian State University

Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Iowa

What do you like about Oregon State?

What I like best at OSU is the students. When I walk across campus, many students smile or say hello. All of the students in my area know my dog and refer to he and I by name. I enjoy seeing what students are focused on: school, sustainability, and being involved on campus. It is also great to see that OSU supports students in these areas. I have loved seeing projects come to life that students have initiated or that meet their needs.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

My fellow RDs and supervisors. I have never felt as much support as I do here in Residence Education. The RDs are a great team who hang out, support each other, and have fun. We like to organize dinners or grab lunch before meetings, and someone is always willing to help you out if you need it. The same goes for the Assistant Directors and Director! There have been times when I have dealt with a big situation, and everyone checked in with me to offer support. Even if I don’t need it, it is so nice to know that I have a great team supporting me and willing to help me if I need it.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I am loving Corvallis and Oregon. I have lived across the country, and this has to be my favorite place. The weather is mild, the people are great, and there is so much to do outside! Even if you are not ready to scale a mountain, there are gentle hikes, beaches to visit, and gardens or zoos to explore. Corvallis is a quiet town, but Portland is a quick trip away if you like the city life. I love the culture of Oregon, especially the focus on sustainability. I have quickly picked up on the need to be outside (even if it is raining). Just put on your raincoat and you are good to go!

What does your professional development plan look like?

My current professional development plan is to increase my knowledge of learning in the residence halls and building a residential curriculum. I have been able to explore this by working with my LLCs in my building and through conversations with my supervisor. My hope is to attend conferences and continue improving my skills so that I can continue to support structured student learning in the residence halls. I also have a love of career advising and have been looking for opportunities to explore the relationship between career development and student learning in the residence halls. Again, LLCs are a great place to explore connections between your different personal interests.

 

 

Rebecca Schaffeld

Rebecca Schaffeld

Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, double minor in Spanish and Women Studies, Oregon State University

Masters of Education in College Student Services and Administration, Area of Specialization: Transitioning Students, Oregon State University

What do you like about Oregon State?

I have been an OSU community member since 2007 when I started my undergraduate degree. I have always felt privileged to call such a beautiful campus my home. The community at OSU is welcoming and I believe everyone truly cares about the well-being of their students. The people at Oregon State University have contributed so much to my own personal development and I feel so lucky to give back to the university now as a professional.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

My favorite thing about being a Resident Director is assisting students who are in crisis or conflict. I enjoy being the person that students can come to when they need assistance and being able to help them find the support they need. I also enjoy seeing students grow so much from these experiences.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I am a native Oregonian, but I am from the east side of the state. The two sides of the state differ so much and I have a great appreciation for the unique qualities of both. Corvallis is a beautiful little town that is green all year long and has a unique culture inspired by the university. I appreciate the diverse range of restaurants that Corvallis is able to provide, while still maintaining a small town feel. In addition, there are many opportunities to explore the outdoors with hiking trails all over town and the mountains and beach within 60 miles.

What does your professional development plan look like?

As a new professional, I want to spend some time learning and growing in my position as a Resident Director. In the future, I hope to continue to be able to work with college students and provide them with opportunities for growth and learning.

 

 

Wiliama Sanchez

Wiliama Sanchez

Bachelors in Psychology and Music, Whittier College

Masters of Science in Higher Education, California State University Fullerton

What do you like about Oregon State?

What I love about OSU is the pride and traditions associated with the institution. Students, faculty, staff, and community members gather together to support not only the institution, but each and every beaver that passes through this institution. The pride is infectious in the Beaver Nation.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

Being a Resident Director, I have the opportunity to engage with students from various walks a life and support them through various situations. It is NEVER a dull moment working in housing. Each day is a new opportunity for me to enrich a students’ experience in ways beyond the classroom experience could fulfill. Being able to meet students’ where they are at in their life and finding ways to help them thrive at OSU has been a worthwhile experience.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Growing up in Hawai’i all of my life, Oregon was a major change. Minus the fact that Corvallis has this new thing for me called “seasons,” the vibe is similar to life back home in Hawai’i – laid back and open mentality. Moving from LA where I studied, Corvallis was literally a breath of fresh air. It was a cultural shift for me, but I appreciate the enormous support I have received from colleagues and the community. I’m even (slowly) getting use to the weather!

What does your professional development plan look like?

At the end of any given work day, I want to be able to say “I was able to impact a student’s life.” Whether that means engaging with a student in a one-on-one setting as a coordinator or developing policies that impact a large student population to be successful in their higher education journey as a Vice Provost for Student Affairs, I would be happy.

I want to continue to work with residents in my current position with the Engineering Living Learning Community. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career, I had the opportunity to learn and engage with the concepts of Living Learning Communities (LLC). LLC’s have the potential to become an effective conduit for student success; complementing the curricular experience. Working with underrepresented students within the academic world has become a passion of mine as well. I want to continue to develop and cultivate programs and initiatives that support students’ abilities inside and outside of the classroom.

 

 

Tony Au

Tony Au

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, University of Washington

What do you like about Oregon State?

Oregon State University has such a beautiful campus with everything you need in fairly close proximity. I haven't quite gotten used to the orange and black yet (feels like Halloween year-round). Nevertheless, I'm happy to be here and be a part of Beaver Nation, working with such great people on a daily basis!

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

My favorite thing about being a Resident Director is who I get to work with. Whether it's colleagues, my student staff, or my residents, I get to engage with so many different people on a daily basis, who are doing great things. It definitely makes work fun, and it's amazing to see the work put in day in and day out by our staff. It's a good feeling to know that you're actually making a positive difference and supporting the educational experience of residents living in our halls.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I love that Oregon doesn't have sales tax. Aside from that, there's still so much for me to explore. Yay!

What does your professional development plan look like?
Housing is such a unique and interesting experience. I love what I do, and I can see myself doing this for a while. As a former RA, I remember wanting to be in housing forever. Down the line, I'd like to work with programs to serve underrepresented students gain access to higher education.

 

 

 

 

Alex Matiash

Alex Matiash

Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Psychology, The College at Brockport – State University of New York 2010

Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Connecticut 2012

What do you like about Oregon State?

Oregon State has been an incredible place to start my career.  The focus on relationship building and collaboration among units demonstrates the commitment we have to student success and holistic student development.  We have a focus on assessment that is moving to new heights in that our division assesses attendance at events centrally so we understand where our students are engaging with us outside of the classroom.  I also enjoy the focus on well-being that Oregon State has.  Work-life balance and health are part of the culture here and it shows in how much people enjoy working here.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

The Resident Director role at OSU allows to interact with all facets of a housing operation.  We have a robust residential education framework that allows us to do everything from leadership development to facilities maintenance to crisis response and back to student conduct.  There are so many positive learning experiences in this role that make it an incredible way to start one’s career in Student Affairs.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

While I am originally from the east coast, I was made for Oregon.  My favorite part of Corvallis is that it has all of the things I need to stay happy and fit off campus.  For me being able to be off campus is a huge part of my work-life balance and being able to participate in two sports leagues a week makes that possible.  Additionally, there are countless hiking trails in Corvallis and throughout the state of Oregon so I have countless adventures at my fingertips.  My dog Remi (yes, Resident Directors can have dogs at OSU) and I do at least two full day hikes (and in the summer several backpacking trips) every month.  The ability to get away from the community and connect with the natural environment really helps me succeed. 

What does your professional development plan look like? (what do you want to do in the immediate and/ or distant future in regards to your career)

I am finishing up my fourth year as a Resident Director so I am casually perusing to see if there are any opportunities for me to advance.  The team here at OSU is thoroughly committed to my ability to succeed and advance in the field.  I have had several conversations with my supervisor about what professional conferences/training institutes would be best given where I’m at with my career.  It’s always been a conversation about care and moving forward with my career, which I find to be very motivating as I pursue my career goals. 

 

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