Meet Your RHA Executive Officers!


There are six RHA Executive Officers (Exec's) elected each year to serve in the the roles of President, Administration and Finance Officer (AFO), National Communications Coordinator (NCC), Social Justice Activities Coordinator (SJAC), Leadership Development Activities Coordinator (LDAC), and the Media and Social Activities Coordinator (MSAC) - we really love our acronyms by the way. These officers are compensated with room and board, and work the following year to maintain and improve the organization by being the first line of Communication to UHDS Administration, supporting the Area Councils, and hosting events for residents.


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Nathan Schmidt (he/him)

Hello! I’m Nathan Schmidt, the President of the Residence Hall Association for Oregon State University. I’m the Presiding officer of the General Assembly and Executive Council and serve as the Liason between UHDS and various other campus groups to RHA.

I work to make sure student voices are heard throughout UHDS and the on-campus community and help residents create the on-campus community that works best for them.
I’m a Pre-Law major here at Oregon State and really enjoy snowboarding and hiking.

Will Garrison (he/him)
Administration and Finance Officer

Hey all, my name is Will Garrison and I'm currently serving as the Administration and Financial Officer for RHA. My duties include creating budgets and keeping track of expenses for the group; keeping our documents clean and organized, and acting as the representative when it comes to organizational documents or financial matters.

I am a third year computer science major, and I also serve officer positions at a few other organizations around campus: the Karate Club, the Engineering Student Council, the General Engineering Club, the Video Game Development Club, and the Linux Users Group. In my copious amounts of spare time, I like to tinker with software, go biking or go for a hike.

Lauren Ely (she/her)
National Communications Coordinator 

Hello! My name is Lauren, and I am the National Communications Coordinator for RHA. Within my role, I chair the South Side area council and organize our OSU delegations for local, regional and national residence hall conferences. 
I am in my last year at OSU, double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In my free time, I love to surf, snowboard, go dancing and visit the OSU craft center.

Jessica Rojas Olivera (she/her)
Media and Social Activities Coordinator

Hi, I am Jessica. I am the Media and Social Activities Coordinator (MSAC) for RHA.  I am a second year studying Political Science and Animal Science.  I am a jokester so I am very approachable.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to me in person, social media and email as well.

Jacob Scranton (he/they)
Social Justice Activities Coordinator

Hi y'all! My name is Jacob Scranton and I'm a 3rd year Architectural Engineering Major, and I'm gonna be the SJAC (Social Justice Areas Coordinator) for this year, and I plan on bringing events to campus, while also helping to lead the East Side Area Council. I'm also from Los Angeles, CA, and I love listening to music and collecting records!

Cassidy Ochoa (she/her)
Leadership Development Activities Coordinator

Hey there! My name is Cassidy Ochoa, and I’m your Leadership Development and Activities Coordinator (LDAC)! Some of my responsibilities include recruiting members for the Residence Hall Association, running the West Side Area Council, coordinating leadership retreats, and creating fun and interactive leadership programming for our residents! This is my second year serving as the LDAC, so I’m super to be returning to the role with some fresh ideas and plenty of enthusiasm! 

I am a third year within both the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, as well as the Honors College, and am majoring in Climate Science and minoring in Writing. I’m also Vice President of the Dancesport Club, a past URSA Engage participant, a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Intern this past summer and am currently an Art-Sci Fellow through the Spring Creek Project. I’ve also been published in the University of Nevada: Las Vegas Honors College’s 2023 edition of From the Brush! 

Some of my life passions are poetry, short story, and script writing, as well as swimming, entomology, astronomy, Mexican cuisine, ballroom dance, and digital art! After a busy day, I love to unwind with a good cup of tea, a book, and an animated movie or tv show.


The advisors support RHA and the Area Councils. In addition to their daily jobs within UHDS, they support our work for you!

Christopher Hughbanks 
Supervisor for Student Leadership

I serve as the Supervisor for Student Leadership. I oversee student involvement, programming, and social engagement in our residential facilities. This includes serving as an advisor for our area councils, NRHH and RHA along with the implementation and assessment of our residential curricular initiatives. I’m from the great state of Michigan and love a great book, great movie, great tv show, and great lake! 

Danielle Terrell 
RHA/ Area Council Advisor

I serve as the Area Director of Engagement. I advise the RHA and NRHH and oversee the Area Council Program which provides campus wide events and leadership opportunities for residents! I grew up in Washington State and truly love all things PNW; coffee, rain, and hikes! I enjoy singing, video games, and learning new things!