Employment

Meet The Residential Life Staff


Patricia A. R. Martinez

Director for Residential Communities

M.S. Education, Eastern Illinois University

B.A. Psychology & Human Development, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Former Positions: Associate Director of Residence Life and New Student Programs: Miami University, Oxford, OH; Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life for Student Development: Ball State University, Muncie, IN; Associate Dean for Student Services: Albright College, Reading, PA; Complex Director: Eastern Illinois University; Hall Director: Eastern Illinois University

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: We have a dedicated staff committed to the success of our residential students. They work as a team to design welcoming and inclusive environments for students as well as colleagues. The staff takes great pride in what they do. I am proud to be working in a diverse community filled with opportunities to accompany the students and staff on their journey.

Mary Beth Henning

Holly Holliday-Jones

Assistant Director for Residential Communities - Staff Development, Neptune, Lincoln, and Douglas

M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Iowa

B.A. Interdepartmental Studies with an emphasis in African American, Native American, Women's and GLBT Studies, University of Iowa.

Former Positions: Hall Director, University of Iowa; Admissions, Purdue University; Financial Aid, Purdue University; Hall Director, University of Colorado-Boulder; Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Diversity at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: The way I felt welcomed to the community the day I began working here.

Mary Beth Henning

Mark Canaday

Assistant Director for Residential Community Standards

M.C.J. (Criminal Justice)

B.S. Administration of Justice

Kristi Patenaude

Angela Branson

Director of Residential Student Learning & Leadership Development

M.S. Counseling, Missouri State University

B.A. K-12 Physical Education, Coaching and Health, Graceland University

Former Positions: Assistant Hall Director, Missouri State University; Apartments Director, Missouri State University; Apartments Director, Wichita State University; Area Director for Campus and Residence Life, University of St. Thomas; Associate Director of Student and Staff Development, Southeast Missouri State University;Director of Residential Life, Northern Illinois University

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: I enjoy working closely with smart, talented, student-centered professionals within the department and across the NIU campus. I also appreciate that our department is growing and changing. The staff are supportive and make it a safe place to both learn and pursue your interests.

Jackie Garret

Kevon Christian

Complex Coordinator, Grant M.S. Human Resource, Indiana State University

B.S. Managerial Communication, Indiana State University

Former Positions: Assistant Hall Director at Indiana State University and Full-Time Hall Director at Bowling Green State University Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: I love the autonomy I have in my job.

Lori Czerwionka

Debbie Gettemy

Complex Coordinator, Neptune M.S. Educational Leadership, University of North Dakota

B.A. Communication, University of Arizona

Former Positions: Hall Director at the University of North Dakota; Area Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay; and Assistant Director of Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity at the University of Minnesota.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: My favorite thing about working at NIU are the people I interact with. It's great to be able to work with and learn from such wonderful professionals!

Jen Beshansky

Charlie Johnston

Complex Coordinator, Stevenson Towers

M.S. Counseling and Student Personnel in College Student Affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

B.A. Sociology/Criminology, Kansas State University

Former Positions: Assistant Complex Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Residence Hall Director at Missouri State University. Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: I enjoy working in a department where my ideas, thoughts and opinions are valued and I am able to implement new ideas to enhance the NIU experience for our residents and staff.

Andrew Zeiger

Karissa Patefield

Complex Coordinator, Lincoln Hall

M.S. College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University, Certificate of Advance Graduate Study in Educational Leadership, Plymouth State University

B.A. Comprehensive Social Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Former Positions: Associate Residence Director at Eastern Illinois University and Resident Director at Plymouth State University.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: As a new staff member at NIU, I enjoy the variety of students and staff that I get to work with. I love the shared school spirit that all of the students show, and the amazing, energetic student staff members I get to work with as well as the graduate students.

Deborah Brandt

Connie Storey

Complex Coordinator, Douglas Hall

M.S.Ed. Education, NIU B.S. Business, NIU

M.S.Ed. Adult and Higher Education-Student Affairs, NIU; B.S. Business Management-Human Resources, NIU

Former Positions: Graduate Hall Director at NIU and Resident Director at Eastern Illinois University.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: NIU is my home, I just cannot stay away. I love the campus community and all the amenities that NIU has to offer. We have great school spirit and pride and you don ' t see that everywhere. I think we have a great location, great faculty, and a beautiful campus.

Andrea Dreher

Jennifer Christian

Community Director, Northern View Community

M.S. Human Resource Development with an emphasis in Student Affairs, Indiana State University

B.A. in Communications and Radio, TV, Film

Former Positions: Assistant Hall Director at Indiana State University, Residential Coordinator at the University of Evansville, and Residence Hall Coordinator Franklin College.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: My favorite thing about working at NIU is working at Northern View Community. I love the people I work with and most importantly the residents who live here! I like having kids come and hang out in our office and color pictures or come by to get a sucker! I love the students out here also! They are truly an inspiration!

Jason DaCosta

Shane Schellpfeffer

Hall Director, Douglas Hall C and D wings

Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education, University of South Dakota (expected in December 2009)

B.A. Mathematics, Augustana College, Sioux Fall M.S.Ed. Secondary Education, Texas Christian University

Former Positions: Graduate Assistant for the Dean of Students Office at the University of South Dakota.

Shane

Zachary Roberts

Hall Director, Douglas Hall A and B wings

Former Positions:

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU:

Kyleen Ammerman

Graduate Hall Director, Stevenson Towers

Currently pursuing an M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education

B.S. Communication Studies

Former Positions: Resident Assistant at Ball State, Director at Indiana Residence Hall Organization

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: The spirit of community of all the staff members encouraging each member to grow and learn.

Emily Peloquin

Shanna Casperson

Graduate Hall Director, Neptune North

Currently pursuing an M.S.Ed in Adult and Higher Education

B.A. Studio Art

Former Positions: VW Green Bay Residence Life as Residence Assistance and Community Advisor

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: All the new and exciting experiences and people.

Shana

Sarah Meaney

Graduate Hall Director, Stevenson Towers

Currently pursuing an M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education

B.S. Business Management

Former Positions: Third year RA at North Central College, Hall Government, two year RA/dorm parent at Galena Interior Learning Academy.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: Everyone is willing to help!

Erica Paczkowski

Taylor Palmer

Graduate Assistant Community Director, Northern View Community B.S. Business Management, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Former Positions: Sales Recruiter for Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Sales.

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: My favorite thing about working here at NIU is the diversity I encounter on a daily basis, not only with the people I work with, but with the students that we serve. It is a great feeling working for a school that understands just how important diversity is!

Erica Paczkowski

Iva Angelova

FYRE Graduate

Currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Counseling, Adult and Higher Education

Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: There are great on-campus resources and opportunities, as well as support system available to everyone.

Iva Angelova

Bianca McGraw

Resource Center Graduate Assistant

B.A. Studio Arts and Graphic Design

Former Positions: For the last five years, I have served as the Graduate Assistant for Programming and Resources for the Housing & Dining Department. Favorite Thing About Working at NIU: The opportunity to encourage students to explore NIU's multicultural environment through diverse and empowering programs.