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Meet the HRE Staff

meet the Housing and residential education staff

Admin and Operations
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Dr.Carrie Ponikvar

Executive Director for Housing and Residential Education
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities

As the Executive Director of Housing and Residential Education (HRE) I am responsible for the comprehensive leadership, vision and management of the entire HRE team. I have oversight of all programmatic, crisis management and operational functions that our amazing team carries out each day.

Biography

Education: B.A. in Psychology/Minor in Law from the University of Northern Colorado
M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University
Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
Favorite place in the City: Pearl St in Denver
Hobbies and Interests: International Travel, Reading and Watching the Premier League

Khouri Markos

Khouri Markos

Director of Residential Education
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Manage GlobalRes and All Gender Theme Communities
  • Oversee Resident Assistant (RA), Graduate Resident Director (GRD), and Resident Director (RD) hiring, training, and development
Biography

Education: B.A. in Sociology, Spanish, Minnesota State University, Mankato
M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University
Hometown: La Crescent, MN/La Crosse, WI
Favorite place in the City: My neighborhood, Five Points
Hobbies and Interests: International travel, spending time with my partner and cat (Queen Mochi), working out, learning new things, and trying new coffee shops and restaurants in Denver

EB Yebuah

Ebenezer (EB) Yebuah

Associate Director of Residential Education

Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Supervise HRE's Resident Directors
  • Oversee Resident Assistant (RA), Graduate Resident Director (GRD), and Resident Director (RD) hiring, training, and development
Biography

Education: B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Hometown: Accra, Ghana and Denver, CO 
Favorite place in the City: Nocturne Jazz
Hobbies and Interests: Songwriting, singing, producing music, movies, anything fitness, eating and sleeping

Manager of Communication

Lynzi Patton

Manager of Communications and Community Relations 
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Manage communication to HRE residents, parents, and general campus community
  • Oversee the HRE central office front desk staff and operations
  • Maintain the HRE website, including content creation and updates
Biography

Education: B.A. in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies, Spanish, University of Denver

Hometown: Milan, MI
Favorite place in the City: Coors Field or anywhere in the LoDo/Ballpark Districts
Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, finding new brunch spots, hiking, and anything Harry Potter or Disney-related

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Mandy Whitehouse

Director of Housing Operations
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the Housing Operations team and processes
  • Forecast and participate in large scale renovations and projects within our on-campus housing accommodations
Biography

Education: B.A. in Sociology, Arizona State University
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite place in the City: Red Rocks Amphitheater
Hobbies and Interests: spending time with my partner and 3 year old and newborn baby, traveling to visit family and friends, good music and great food

John Ganzar

John Ganzar

Assistant Director of Housing Operations
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Occupancy
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Contract Releases
Biography

Education: B.A. in History, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. in Education, Ashford University
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Favorite place in the City: Any bike path
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, drinking coffee, biking

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Sheldon McDonnell

Assistant Director of Housing Operations
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Assist in daily housing facility operations throughout residence halls and apartments 
  • Assist in planning of facility improvements, vendor scheduling, and daily maintenance needs
Biography

Education:B.S. in Business Administration - Management, University of Northern Colorado
M.A. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration, Oklahoma State University
Hometown: Englewood, CO
Favorite place in the City: Union Station
Hobbies and Interests: Working on home renovations/construction projects, home automation and technology, and spending time outside

Ryan Huntington

Ryan Huntington

Graduate Assistant for Housing
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Supervise Desk Managers of front desks residence hall communities
  • Assist with security and building clearances
  • Troubleshoot issues with front desk operations
Biography

Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Montana State University

Hometown: Billings, MT
Favorite place in the City: TBD
Hobbies and Interests: Listening to music, reading, traveling, brunch, watching movies/TV

Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor

Off-Campus Housing Fellow
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Facilitating workshops and hosting Off-Campus housing fairs for students to prepare for off-campus living
  • Update and maintain off-campus platform for DU students and community members
  • Supporting students and families with community resources in regards to finding housing in Denver
Biography

Education: B.A. in History, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite place in the City: Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Hobbies and Interests: Concerts, reading, traveling, history, iced coffee

Centennial Towers
Samantha Martinez

Samantha Martinez

Resident Director for Centennial Towers
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RA and GRD for Centennial Towers
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Centennial Towers
  • Oversee booking and room reservations for Centennial Towers Ballroom
Biography

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Siena College 
M.A. in Higher Education, University of Denver (2018)
Hometown: Middletown, CT
Favorite place in the City: It's a tie between LoDo and Wash Park
Hobbies and Interests: Going somewhere new each week, spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, napping and binge watching my favorite shows

 

Lance Shuey

Lance Shuey

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Towers
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RAs for Centennial Towers 
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Centennial Towers 
Biography

Education: B.S. in Computer Science, University of Denver
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Favorite place in the City: Snowlab on Evans
Hobbies and Interests: Golf, hiking, drums, web development, traveling, naps, and meeting every dog

Savanna Morrison

Savanna Morrison

Desk Manager for Centennial Towers
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Supervise front desk staff of Centennial Towers
  • Oversee operations at the front desk 
  • Manage mail and key systems in Centennial Towers
Biography

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies, University of Denver (2020)
Hometown: Northfield, MN
Favorite place in the City: Pearl Street
Hobbies and Interests: Anything music or book related

Centennial Halls
Rajhon White

Rajhon White

Resident Director for Centennial Halls
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the Resident Assistant (RA) and Graduate Resident Director team for Centennial Halls
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Centennial Halls
Biography

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Montclair State University

M.S.E in Education Development, UW-Whitewater
Hometown: Buena, NJ
Favorite place in the City: Union Station
Hobbies and Interests: Exploring any brunch spots or places that serve milkshakes, binge worthy television, indoor cycling

Meagan Dizon

Meagan Dizon

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Halls
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RAs for Centennial Halls
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Centennial Halls
Biography

Education: B.A. in Psychology and Communication, University of Denver
Hometown: Queens, NY
Favorite place in the City: 16th Street Mall
Hobbies and Interests: Softball, dancing, and reading

Meagan Dizon

Amy Kelley

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Halls
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Develop and implemen guidelines that improve culture or solve problems of RAs for Centennial Halls 
  • Foster knowledge with techniques such as consulting
  • Proudly serve DU students and parents on residential community matters
Biography

Education: B.S in Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Hometown: Westford, MA
Favorite place in the City: Union Station
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, biking, hiking, watching football, creating and listening to playlists, taking naps and taking public transportation

Marissa Sulmeisters

Marissa Sulmeisters

Desk Manager for Centennial Halls
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Oversee all front desk staff and operations
  • Address resident and parent concerns with mail and packages
Biography

Education: B.A. in Criminology and Communications, minor in Spanish, University of Denver (2020)
Hometown: Centennial, CO
Favorite place in the City: Pearl Street
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, exploring new coffee shops, running, and reading

Johnson-McFarlane 
Roo Hiremath

Roo Hiremath

Resident Director for Johnson-McFarlane
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RA and GRD team for Johnson-McFarlane 
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Johnson-McFarlane
Biography

Education: B.A. in Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

M.S. in Higher Education, Florida State University 

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Favorite place in the City: Still exploring but anywhere I can see the mountains or relax outside
Hobbies and Interests: Ballroom dancing, reading, traveling, finding new restaurants, attempting to hike

David Aguiar

David Aguiar

Graduate Resident Director for Johnson-McFarlane
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RAs for Johnson-McFarlane 
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Johnson-McFarlane 
Biography

Education: B.A. in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Hometown: Fall River, MA
Favorite place in the City: Little Man Ice Cream
Hobbies and Interests: Exploring new cities, music, painting, dancing, hiking, corgis, and watching RuPaul's Drag Race or HGTV

Steph Renteria-Perez

Alyssa Bekerman

Desk Manager for Johnson-McFarlane 
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Oversee all front desk staff and operations
  • Address resident and parent concerns with mail and packages
Biography

Education: B.A. in Integrated Sciences, University of Denver
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Favorite place in the City: Kokoro (Japanese food) & Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
Hobbies and Interests: Traveling, photography, human biology, the ocean, learning, and Grey's Anatomy

Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
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Resident Director for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
Email:

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the Resident Assistant (RA) and Graduate Resident Director team for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Nagel, Nelson and Hilltop
Biography

Education: 

Hometown: 
Favorite place in the City: 
Hobbies and Interests: 

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Leticia Mosqueda

Graduate Resident Director for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the Resident Assistant (RA) and Graduate Resident Director team for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Nagel, Nelson and Hilltop
Biography

Education: B.S. in Business Administration, Central Michigan University
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite place in the City: Red Rocks
Hobbies and Interests: Exploring, hiking, and going to the gym

Leticia Mosqueda

Erick Basquez Reyes

Graduate Resident Director for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provides leadership and oversight of RAs for Nelson/Nagel/Hilltop community
  • Addresses resident concerns and issues in Nelson/Nagel/Hilltop community
Biography

Education: 
Hometown: 
Favorite place in the City: 
Hobbies and Interests: 

Chelsie Fincher

Chelsie Fincher

Desk Manager for Nagel Hall
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Oversee all front desk staff and operations
  • Address resident and parent concerns with mail and packages
Biography

Education: B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Emergent Digital Practices, University of Denver (2021) 
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Favorite place in the City: Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue
Hobbies and Interests: Digital art, sewing, and board games

Mathew Greenlee

Mathew Greenlee

Desk Manager for Nelson Hall and Hilltop
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Supervise the staff of the front desk of Nelson
  • Oversee operations at the front desk
  • Manage mail and key systems in the Nelson building for Nelson and Hilltop 
Biography

Education: B.A. in History and International Studies, Minors in Leadership Studies, Economics, Philosophy, and German, University of Denver (2020)

Hometown: Longmont, CO
Favorite place in the City: My favorite place in the city is a little place on campus where I feel like I can escape from the city, which is a deeply held secret
Hobbies and Interests: I spend most of my time reading and watching movies or TV shows, but I love woodworking and construction

Manda Wittebort

Manda Wittebort

GlobalRes Graduate Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provides intercultural and international enrichment and education opportunities for residents of GlobalRes
  • Meets one-on-one and in group settings with students to help them reach their goals of global awareness and engagement
Biography

Education: B.A. in Developmental Psychology, Rollins College
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Favorite place in the City: Red Rocks & Wash Park
Hobbies and Interests: Adventuring, anything in nature, cooking and drinking wine with loved ones, engaging in deep conversations, reading, creating, walking while podcasting

Manda Wittebort

Franklin Hughes

Graduate Coordinator for All Gender Community
Email: [email protected] 

Responsibilities
  • Provides all gender and gender-inclusive enrichment and education opportunities for residents of the All Gender community
  • Meets one-on-one and in group settings with students to help them reach their goals
Biography

Education: M.A. in International Studies, University of Denver
Hometown: San Bernardino, CA 
Favorite place in the City: The Dairy Block 
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking and metal working, listening to podcasts, and being obnoxiously philosophical

Apartments
Kyle Evans

Kyle Evans

Resident Director for the Apartments
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RA, HRE Liaison, and GRD team for University Place, University Lofts, University House, Vista, Lynn-Marie, Mesa, Summit, and Ridgeline Apartments
  • Address resident concerns and issues within the apartments community
Biography

Education: B.S. in Exercise Science, California Lutheran University
M.S. in Counseling and Student Development, Kansas State University
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Favorite place in the City: Union Station, or anywhere I can see the mountains
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, playing with my dog, watching sports, running, playing soccer, and driving

Kelsey Anders

Kelsey Anders

Graduate Resident Director for the Apartments
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the RAs for University Place, University Lofts, University House, Vista, Lynn-Marie, Mesa, Summit, and Ridgeline Apartments
  • Address resident concerns and issues within the apartments community
Biography

Education: BA. in English, University of North Florida
Hometown: Fairburn, GA
Favorite place in the City: Wash Park
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, listening to podcasts, baking, planting/gardening, and jigsaw puzzles

Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia

Sophia Gonzalez-Mayagoitia

Desk Manager for the Apartments
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Oversee front desk staff
  • Manage mail and keys of apartments community residents
  • Address resident concerns and issues
Biography

Education: B.A. in International Studies, Public Policy, University of Denver (2020) 
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Favorite place in the City: Washington Park at sunset
Hobbies and Interests: Arts and crafts, riding my bike, good rooftops to watch sunsets from