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Meet the HRE Staff

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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, movies, 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

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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
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Rachel Taylor

Off-Campus Housing Fellow
Email: [email protected]

Responsibilities
  • Put on Housing fairs and Off-Campus 101 Workshops
  • Maintain off-campus platform
  • Meet with students to discuss off-campus housing options
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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

 

Kels Anders

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 
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Cheyanne Miller

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
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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
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Alyssa Bekerman

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
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Johnson-McFarlane 
Rajhon White

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
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Brandon Bishop

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 
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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
Christa Gloster

Christa Gloster

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.A. in Psychology, University of South Florida

M.S. in College Student Personnel, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL 
Favorite place in the City: My bed and anywhere near a body of water 
Hobbies and Interests: Sleeping, naps, exercising, watching movies/TV, eating ice cream, listening to music, reading

Ali Moss

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: Anywhere outside!
Hobbies and Interests: Spending time with family & 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
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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
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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 
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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
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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

Cody Riggs

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, trying new restaurants, and planting/gardening

Devon Yach

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
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