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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

Assistant Director, 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

Linda Le

Linda Le

Manager of Communication and Community Relations
Email: Linda.Le@du.edu

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 Asian Studies, University of Denver
Graduate Business Certificate, University of Denver
M.S. in Information and Communications Technology, Univeristy of Denver (2018)

Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite place in the City: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Hobbies and Interests: Cooking, spending time with family and my 3 dogs (Kumo, Akina and Daft), international travel, music, and tv/film

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Mandy Whitehouse

Associate Director - 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 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 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

Efrain Madera

Efrain Madera

Graduate Assistant for Housing
Email: Efrain.Madera@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. in Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Northern Colorado 
M.A. in Higher Education, University of Denver (2018)
Hometown: Fort Morgan, Colorado
Favorite place in the City: My favorite place in the city is Wash Park. The park itself is always active, hosts many activities, and it is a great place to take a stroll to ease my mind for a bit. Oh, and let's not forget there are some good Pokemon to catch as well.
Hobbies and Interests: Dancing, spending time with my family, cooking, binge watching my favorite shows, and discovering and exploring new places

Centennial Towers

Shan Broom

Shanique Broom

Resident Director for Centennial Towers
Email: Shanique.Broom@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, 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

 

Caity Lee

Caity Lee

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Towers
Email: Caity.Lee@du.edu

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

Education: B.S. in Sociology, University of Utah
Hometown: Lehi, Utah
Favorite place in the City: The Buell Theater
Hobbies and Interests: Netflix, baking, and musical theater

Colie Hackett

Colie Hackett

Desk Manager for Centennial Towers
Email: Colie.Hackett@du.edu

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, 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

Centennial Halls

EB Yebuah

Ebenezer (EB) Yebuah

Resident Director for Centennial Halls, Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall, and Hilltop
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

Rob Masunga

Robert Zunzu Masunga

Graduate Resident Director for Centennial Halls
Email: Zunzu.Masunga@du.edu

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: AAS in Hospitality Management, Columbus State
B.S. in Communication, Ohio University
M.S. in Communication and Minor in Marketing, University of Northern Colorado
Hometown: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Columbus, Ohio
Favorite place in the City: View House
Hobbies and Interests: Passion for automotive industry, traveling, fitness, and cooking

Mahin Sandoval-Chavez

Mahin Sandoval-Chavez

Desk Manager for Centennial Halls
Email: Mahin.Sandoval-Chavez@du.edu

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

Education: B.S. in Human Development and Family Science, University of Wyoming
Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite place in the City: Denver Art Museum
Hobbies and Interests: Reading, music, event planning, and watching superhero movies and TV shows

Johnson-McFarlane 

Mikaila Harris

Mikaila Harris

Resident Director for Johnson-McFarlane
Email: Mikaila.Harris@du.edu

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

Education: B.S. in Psychology and Sociology, Central Michigan University
M.A. in Higher Education, University of Denver
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
Favorite place in the City: Nocturne and the Denver Art Museum
Hobbies and Interests: Yoga, live music, reading, and Netflixing

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

Andrea Berrocal

Andrea M. Berrocal 

Desk Manager for Johnson-McFarlane 
Email: Andrea.Berrocal@du.edu

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

Education: B.S.B.A. in Finance and Marketing, University of Denver
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
Favorite place in the City: Downtown Denver
Hobbies and Interests: Playing the piano, longboarding, spending time with family and friends, trying new things, capturing life through the lens of a camera, and attending concerts

Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop

EB Yebuah

Ebenezer (EB) Yebuah

Resident Director for Centennial Halls, Nagel Hall, Nelson Hall and Hilltop
Email: Ebenezer.N.Yebuah@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.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

Jillian Martinez

Jillian Martinez

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

Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and oversight of RAs for Nelson/Nagel/Hilltop community
  • Address resident concerns and issues in Nelson/Nagel/Hilltop community
  • Advise undergraduate Latinx Student Alliance
Biography

Education: B.A. in Journalism Studies/Minor in History, University of Denver
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Favorite place in the City: Historic Pearl Street
Hobbies and Interests: Drinking Kaladi lattes, binging the same three shows on Netflix, eating tacos, trying new restaurants, attending concerts, reading, and ice skating

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Samantha Martinez

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

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

Patrice Greene

Patrice Greene

Off-Campus Housing Fellow and Desk Manager for Nagel Hall
Email: Patrice.Greene@du.edu

Responsibilities
  • Oversee all front desk staff and operations
  • Address resident and parent concerns with mail and packages
  • Serve as point of contact for students and parents in communication of off-campus housing options
  • Create and organize an annual Off-Campus Housing Fair
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

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Joshua Mitson

Desk Manager for Nelson Hall 
Email: Joshua.Mitson@du.edu

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. Hons Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster (London, UK); University of Miami 
J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law (2018)
Hometown: Marlow, Buckinghamshire (UK)
Favorite place in the City: Not so much in the city, but Serenity Bowl, Peak 6, and Breckenridge
Hobbies and Interests: Restoring old typewriters, immigration defense, homeless advocacy, skiing, and football ("soccer")

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

Mike Roderique

Mike Roderique

Resident Director for the Apartments 
Email: Mike.Roderique@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 Studio Art, University of Wisconsin- Green Bay
M.A. in Higher Education, University of Denver
Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Favorite place in the City: Santa Fe Art District
Hobbies and Interests: Painting, podcasts, mentoring, teaching, and creating

Ali Moss

Ali Moss

Graduate Resident Director for the Apartments
Email: Ali.Moss@du.edu

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: 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

Jessica Bitter

Jessica Bitter

Desk Manager for the Apartments
Email: Jessica.Bitter@du.edu

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

Education: B.M. in Vocal Performance, Furman University 
M.L.I.S., University of Denver (2018)
Hometown: Ponte Vedra, Florida
Favorite place in the City: Pearl Street, although getting out to the mountains is my absolute favorite part of Colorado!
Hobbies and Interests: Rock climbing, backpacking, camping, hiking, snowboarding, reading (almost anything! Lots of fiction, fantasy, and adventure), discovering new and delicious recipes, and napping in every patch of sunshine I can find