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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: Carrie.Ponikvar@studentlife.du.edu

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: Khouri.Markos@du.edu

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

Manager of Communication

Manager of Communication and Community Relations 
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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
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Mandy Whitehouse

Director of Housing Operations
Email: Mandy.Whitehouse@du.edu

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: John.Ganzar@du.edu

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: Sheldon.McDonnell@du.edu

Responsibilities
  • Assist in daily housing operations throughout residence halls and apartments
  • Help facilitate the housing assignment and application process
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

Patrice Greene

Patrice Greene

Graduate Assistant for Housing
Email: Patrice.Greene@du.edu

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.A., Texas Christian University
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Favorite place in the City: Black American West Museum
Hobbies and Interests: reading, writing, concerts, watching How to Get Away with Murder, and finding good restaurants

Centennial Towers

Samantha Martinez

Samantha Martinez

Resident Director for Centennial Towers
Email: Samantha.Martinez@du.edu

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

 

Kelsey Anders

Kelsey Anders

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Towers
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Responsibilities
  •  Provide leadership and oversight of RAs for Centennial Towers 
  •  Address resident concerns and issues in Centennial Towers 
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Cheyanne Miller

Cheyanne Miller

Desk Manager for Centennial Towers
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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

EB Yebuah

Ebenezer (EB) Yebuah

Resident Director for Centennial Halls
Email: Ebenezer.N.Yebuah@du.edu

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.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, Colorado
Favorite place in the City: Nocturne Jazz
Hobbies and Interests: Songwriting, singing, producing, movies, and sleeping

Christy Martinez-Saucedo

Christy Martinez-Saucedo

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Halls
Email: Christy.Martinez-Saucedo@du.edu

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

Education: B.S. in Human Services -Concentration in Mental Health, California State University, Fullerton
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place in the City: RiNo Art District
Hobbies and Interests: Binge watching shows/documentaries/Disney movies, dancing, shopping, and exploring new restaurants/foods

Meagan Dizon

Meagan Dizon

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Halls
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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

Alyssa Bekerman

Desk Manager for Centennial Halls
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Responsibilities
  • Oversee all front desk staff and operations
  • Address resident and parent concerns with mail and packages
Biography

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Johnson-McFarlane 

Rajhon White

Rajhon White

Resident Director for Johnson-McFarlane
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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

Brandon Bishop

Graduate Resident Director for Johnson-McFarlane
Email: Khouri.Markos@du.edu

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

Education: B.S. in Political Science, Arizona State University
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite place in the City: Washington Park
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking/Exploring Colorado, traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching Netflix

Stephanie Renteria-Perez

Stephanie Renteria-Perez

Desk Manager for Johnson-McFarlane 
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Responsibilities
  • Oversee all front desk staff and operations
  • Address resident and parent concerns with mail and packages
Biography

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Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop

Christa Gloster

Christa Gloster

Resident Director for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
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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
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Ali Moss

Ali Moss

Graduate Resident Director for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
Email: Ali.Moss@du.edu

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 Communication Studies/Human Relations/Leadership Studies
Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa
Favorite place in the City: LoHi
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, watching Iowa sports & the Chicago cubs, graphic design, boating, and spending time with family

Leticia Mosqueda

Leticia Mosqueda

Graduate Resident Director for Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
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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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Colie Hackett

Colie Hackett

Desk Manager for Nagel Hall
Email: Colie.Hackett@du.edu

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

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University 
Ed.S in School Psychology, University of Denver (2019)
Hometown: Folsom, California
Favorite place in the City: Avanti and Wash Park
Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, reading, learning, eating amazing food, and traveling

Adam Irvine

Adam Irvine

Desk Manager for Nelson Hall and Hilltop
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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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Kelly Hill

Kelly Hill

GlobalRes Graduate Coordinator
Email: Kelly.Hill@du.edu

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 English Literature from Florida State University
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Favorite place in the City: Outside of the city in the mountains
Hobbies and Interests: Travel, food (cooking and eating it), the great outdoors, writing, and dogs

Apartments

Shan Broom

Shanique Broom

Resident Director for the Apartments
Email: Shanique.Broom@du.edu 

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.A. in Psychology, Central Michigan University
M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Central Michigan University
Certificate of College Teaching, Central Michigan University
Hometown: Detroit, MI / Roseville, MI
Favorite place in the City: My home, and occasionally outside looking at the night sky!
Hobbies and Interests: Binge watching television shows, freelance photography, cooking, listening and creating music

Cody Riggs

Cody Riggs

Graduate Resident Director for the Apartments
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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
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Devon Yach

Devon Yach

Desk Manager for the Apartments
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Responsibilities
  • Oversee front desk staff
  • Manage mail and keys of apartments community residents
  • Address resident concerns and issues
Biography

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