OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Meet the Team

Resident Directors

Residential Education staff: Front row, from left: Claudia Gonzalez (Halsell Hall and Finley Hall RD), Summer Prejean (Former RD), Claudia Ramirez Islas (Hawley-Buxton Hall RD), Jill Childress (Assistant Director), Katie Doran (Student Program Assistant for Conduct). Second row: Dave Akana (Former Assistant Director), Brandi Douglas (Former RD), Lea Griess (Academic Success GTA), Heather Holton (Callahan Hall RD), Alfred Garcia (Cauthorn and Poling Hall RD), Sherrie Butler (Exectutive Director's office). Back row: Ben Medieros (Assistant Director), Dave Craig (UHDS Associate Director for Assessment; Former Assistant Director), Drew Satter (Weatherford Hall and Sackett Hall RD), Ann Marie Klotz (Former Director of Residential Education), Logan Denney (Tebeau Hall RD), Alex Matiash (McNary Hall RD). Not pictured: Shelley Griffiths (West all RD), Anthony Sclafani (International Living-Learning Center RD), Jesus Ramirez (Wilson Hall RD).

 

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Hendrix College, Bachelor of Psychology; University of Central Arkansas, Masters Community Counseling with empahsis on Community Services

What do you like about Oregon State?

I am impressed with the quality of students that attend OSU. I love working with all of them in their first year of college and being a part of their growth and development. All my colleagues are excellent professionals and are committed to providing incredible service to students.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I have been a Resident Director for twenty-three years and have loved every day of it working with amazing students. They have taught and given me so much more than I have ever imagined. The journey has been incredible and life changing.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I love the small town feeling and the many opportunities it provides, despite its size. I love all the special events in the city and being able to be outside on a summer day in Corvallis is amazing. The downtown area is true downtown, with so many great shops, boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, and night life. The river front boardwalk is also a great place to take a walk, run, or bike ride, and is also a part of downtown.

What does your professional development plan look like?

I am very interested in working with students with various disabilities, and I have been involved organizations on campus to do so. One of my future goals is to go into student activities or advising, and had have many opportunities to do this, such as co-advising the OSU RHA (Residence Hall Association) and NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary). The professional development opportunities at OSU and endless, no matter what your interest or passion is!

 

Heather Holton

Oregon State University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, 2007; Oregon State University, Master of Education in College Student Services Administration with an area of specialization in Accessible Education

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What do you like about Oregon State?

I love OSU as an employee and alum. The campus is beautiful in the fall when all the leaves turn.

There is just a great energy among the students. Whether it’s going to a football game or a Battle of the Bands, people are excited about getting involved.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I really enjoy the students that I get to work with, especially when they are excited about what they are learning.  Honestly, you would be surprised what you learn in a conversation that started out as a one on one or conduct meeting.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Having grown up in a small town, I like the smaller town feeling that I get in Corvallis. That being said, there are some great things that go on like Fall Festival and DaVinci Days that really showcase what the community has to offer. I also like that Corvallis is less than a two hour drive from anything you want; skiing in Bend, running on the sand in Newport, shopping in Eugene, or seeing a show in Portland.

What does your professional development plan look like?

I’m looking to get more involved regionally, presenting at and attending conferences. I am also interested in learning more about accessibility on campus and how we can best set up all students for access and success.

 

Drew Satter

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Eastern Washington University, Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre-Medicine, 2009; Northern Arizona University, Master of Education in Counseling, Student Affairs, 2011

What do you like about Oregon State?

In the job search process, you may hear this quite a bit, but I would definitely say the people.  I think we have a group of passionate and talented resident directors.  We all bring our own style and flavor, yet we all support each other in OSU’s very collaborative environment.  That was a big draw for me to Oregon State when I came.  I’m also finding that resident director opinions truly matter and we actually have the chance to have in person conversations with our vice provost for example.  Being a sports enthusiast and previously holding an internship in an athletic department, I enjoy the Pac-12 atmosphere and the school spirit.  We are also implementing Oregon State’s First Year Experience which has been a lot of fun and hard work to make resident living here at OSU even better!

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I love working with the students and there is a lot of intentionality setting up the resident directors for success in that area.  I also feel the RDs are given the freedom to run the hall and make decisions without being micromanaged.  I feel like we are striving for excellence and aren’t afraid of change.  There is quite a bit of support for professional development as well!

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

My partner and I enjoy how green it is in Corvallis with all of the vegetation on-campus and the surrounding area.  I also enjoy how safe Corvallis and the campus feel.  In just over a year, we have built some great relationships with my colleagues and people in the community.

What does your professional development plan look like?

Professional development is encouraged quite a bit here.  I’ve had the chance to go to NWACUHO the past two years and I plan to do the same this year while submitting a few presentation proposals.  I am currently the chair of the New Professional Taskforce within NWACUHO which provides outreach and valuable information to new professionals in the region.  I am also on the Programming Committee this year for NWACUHO.  I am proud to be on UHDS’s diversity committee which is very intentional in the work that we do.  I am planning on being a part of the Residential Leadership Team’s duty rotation this year to gain experience for crisis management at the assistant director level.  I have previously held a subscription to the SportsBusiness Journal to further my understanding of athletics and to help our student-athletes.  I attended TPE and NASPA last year, which was a blast, so I plan on being at TPE again recruiting and interviewing for OSU!

Around Oregon State University, I’ve tried to take advantage of local professional development, including attending a diversity summit, a sexual misconduct seminar, and two separate inter-dialogue groups around social justice.  During each term, I co-instruct a B-Engaged class which is a meld of business, college, and life skills.  I have taught student staff instructional class and became an instructor for Building Inclusive Communities.

I feel like Oregon State and UHDS do a tremendous job of providing opportunities for us to grow in our current position and to be ready for whatever the next step is!

Claudia González

Claudia Gonzalez

University of Texas at El Paso, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies, 2008; University of Central Missouri, Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration, 2011

What do you like about Oregon State?

Oregon State is a great institution that is actively finding ways to the best serve and enrich the experiences of students, faculty & staff, and the community. The pride of this university is unique and immense. The students have an amazing dedication to the university that is contagious and inspirational. I feel that Oregon State excels in its commitment to aid in the development of students as whole people.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I have so many favorites about being a Resident Director. I love my staff and the residents of Poling Hall, home of the honey badgers. The passion that the Poling Hall staff has is the key ingredient to having a successful community. I love getting to know the staff and the residents that I serve. I love how supported I am by my RD colleagues and by our unit leadership team. This position has ample of opportunities to continuously develop as a professional and individual. If I have to choose a favorite amongst my favorites I would have to choose being able to interact with college students every day. I love when residents share and allow me to celebrate their accomplishments with them.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

The state of Oregon is beautiful. There are so many hidden treasures in the state and in Corvallis. First of all, Corvallis is near the coast, Portland, and to beautiful parks. The summers in Oregon are gorgeous and if I ever miss the busy feeling of the city Portland is a hour away from Corvallis. I personally enjoy that Corvallis has a great appreciation and genuine love for Oregon State. I love the downtown area in Corvallis. There are great restaurants in the area and downtown is a short walk from campus. I love that almost everything I need is a walk away. In particular, I adore that Corvallis has an Einstein Brothers. I know, this is a minimal thing but allow me to share with you that this place has amazing vanilla hazelnut coffee. This coffee will change your life. Although you can find this coffee in almost every Einstein Brothers in the states this place is one of my favorite in Corvallis. I guess what I am trying to share is that Corvallis has all you need from doggy daycare to a coffee/bagel place with life changing coffee. Corvallis does a great job of reminding you of great past memories and creating new wonderful memories.

What does your professional development plan look like?

This year my professional development plan was designed with the objective to guide me in becoming a better supervisor and Resident Director for my community. This year I have the great privilege to supervise CAMP scholar interns throughout the academic year in two different committees. I am chairing the Student Staff Class/Training committee and I am part of the Student Staff Search & Selection committee. I also am in the advisory board for the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. 

 

Alex Matiash

Alex Matiash

The College at Brockport – State University of New York, Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Psychology, 2010; University of Connecticut, Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2012

What do you like about Oregon State?

Oregon State is the perfect fit for me both personally and professionally.  University Housing and Dining Services has a professional yet laid back feel to it that helps me operate at peak efficiency.  Our campus partners respect the job that Resident Directors do.  Our supervisors trust us to make decisions that will benefit our communities and allow us the autonomy to run our residence halls as we see fit.  The division of student affairs at Oregon State may appear large, but we are a very close group of individuals where relationships are strong between departments.  There are clear collaborations that make our work feel like it’s being done at a smaller school, yet with the resources of a large research institution.  Between the trust, the autonomy and the relationships, Oregon State was already a great fit for me.  Then, I met the students that attend this institution.  I have never worked with students who are so invested in their education.  The commitment they show to their academics and extracurricular activities are far beyond what I have ever seen.  At the same time they are curious about their own personal development.  They show interest in social justice, alcohol awareness and mental health wellness programs above and beyond what I would ever expect.  Oregon State provides all of this, which makes it a great fit for me, because although our work can be difficult, the structure, the trust and the students make my work more rewarding than I could have ever imagined while I was interviewing.   

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

The 290+ students that I get to interact with on a daily basis.  I love having a medium sized hall on a large campus.  It helps our students feel less like a number and more like people care about them here.  The conversations I have can range from a typical conduct case, to the Kardashians, to how to jump a car.  I never know what I’m going to get from a day and that motivates me to work my hardest.  The best part is most of the surprises are welcome surprises, a student excited that they got an A on a mid-term, a discussion about the Amazing Race, or an RA winning an award at PACURH.  I feel like this job is more fun than anything else.   

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

This region of the country provides many opportunities to get involved in different outdoor activities.  I am a hiking enthusiast and there is a hill within a five minute drive of the campus.  If you have a whole afternoon, you can hike to the hill, climb it, and make it back.  There are a few other local hikes like Mary’s peak, and also some larger hikes within a day’s drive like Silver Creek Falls and Crater Lake.  Oregonians are what one of my RAs would call “super laid back.”  You can feel it as soon as you get here.  The downtown feel to Corvallis is all about taking it easy and enjoying yourself.  It’s a great atmosphere to live in.  Portland is about an hour and a half’s drive to the North, Eugene is about 40 minutes to the South, there is some excellent snowboarding a couple hours to the east and the coast is about an hour to the west.  Corvallis is literally in the middle of so much to do.  If you’re into professional sports (like I am), the Trailblazers (basketball) and Timbers (soccer) are in Portland, and if you’re willing to drive a bit, the Seahawks (football), Mariners (baseball), Storm (WNBA) and Sounders (soccer) are in Seattle.  That’s what I like, but trust me there is something for everyone around here.   

What does your professional development plan look like?

Constantly changing.  Not in drastic ways, but I like that our professional development plans are always a work in progress.  Our careers are a work in progress and I like that the Residential Education Leadership Team understand that things can change for us.  This year, my goals include developing relationships with different offices on campus that I’m interested in, such as the Alcohol and Other Drug office and our Student Conduct and Community Standards office.  I have also been getting involved in initiatives at Oregon State in regards to students who identify as being in recovery from alcohol.  I have been continuing my work with ACPA’s Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals and will be attending the national convention in Las Vegas this year.  I am also looking to get involved in ASCA as I make my next steps in the alcohol and conduct areas.  As different opportunities arise, there is always the option of altering my professional development plan, which can be very helpful when that random drive-in conference pops up.

 

Alfred Garcia

California State University - San Bernardino, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology, 2010; California State University - San Bernardino, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, 2011; University of Central Missouri, Masters of Science in College Student Personnel Administration, 2013

What do you like about Oregon State?

I truly enjoy the level of pride the OSU community portrays in everything we do! It’s inspiring to see so many Beavers representing the black and orange at sporting events, within the residence halls, or just walking around campus! I also enjoy the fact that there are so many places to eat on campus and a lot of them are opened pretty late! One more thing I really enjoy about OSU is the fact that students are so dedicated to accomplishing their goals.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I have found that my favorite part about being a Resident Director here at OSU is having so many opportunities to form one-on-one connections with my staff, student leaders, and residents. The conversations I have with each of these groups constantly reminds me of my own college experience. It has been a true joy to be able to assist each of them as they navigate college for the first time!

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I definitely enjoy Corvallis’ mix of urban and rural living. It is big enough to have the restaurants and department stores I need while at the same time small enough that I feel right at home. The state of Oregon is also amazing! The land around Corvallis is a plush green, the air is clear, and the coast is only an hour away! What’s not to like!?

What does your professional development plan look like?

The professional development opportunities I have been able to obtain since I have been here are extensive! I am currently serving on three committees: Student Staff Training, Student Staff Class, and NRHH Advising. I have also been selected to attend a First Year Experience Conference. I am also using my professional development funds to attend NWACUHO. I also plan on getting Safe Zone Training, being certified as a Search Committee Advocate for Diversity, and attending plenty of other trainings put on by departments across the university. 

 

Claudia Ramirez Islas

Lewis & Clark College, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a Mathematics Minor, 2011; San Diego State University, Masters of Arts in Postsecondary Education Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs Program, 2013

What do you like about Oregon State?

I love working at Oregon State because it’s a place where I have community. As a beaver I am encouraged to voice my opinion. Here at Oregon State I know that I am part of something bigger, I am part of an organization built upon change agents and leaders reminding me every day that I matter. At Oregon State University people genuinely want to know who you are, what your goals are and how they can support you in fulfilling your purpose. Every day I am challenged to grow as a professional and individual through the unconditional support of my friends and colleagues.

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

My favorite part about being a Resident Director is that I get to promote a diverse and enriched learning environment with every interaction that I have with students and colleagues. As a Resident Director I am frequently reminded that the best lesson learned have come from the students whom I lead on a daily basis. Every day I get to show up to work and have my life enriched by the talent that surrounds this university. As a Resident Director I get to work alongside individuals who are just as passionate and motivated as I am in serving students and making an impact in their lives. 

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

My favorite part about living in Oregon is watching the season change. Oregon has an abundance of trees and beautiful sceneries. In the fall the leaves turn all sort of vibrant warm colors and in the spring you are found with a canvas of different colored greens. Corvallis is a great town for hiking and outdoor activities. If you drive a few miles up north from Corvallis you can find some fabulous art galleries and night life in Portland.

What does your professional development plan look like?

I have many goals that I would like to accomplish in these next few years as a Resident Director at Oregon State University.  Therefore a lot of my professional development plans revolve around attending conferences and becoming more actively engaged in professional associations like NASPA. This year I am serving on two committees: 1) RD Selection and 2) Assessment for our First Year Experience Program at Oregon State University. Currently I am working on implementing a diversity program utilizing art as a form of education and exploration.  In the next year or so I am planning to submit work to the NASPA Journal and present at the next NASPA Annual Conference. As NASPA Undergraduate Fellow (NUFP) alum I am also looking into mentoring some of the up and coming NUFP fellows and serving at the regional level. 

 

Logan Denney

Simpson University, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Education Minor, 2011; Taylor University, Masters of Arts in Higher Education & Student Development, 2013

What do you like about Oregon State?

I have two things: our intentional community and our Beaver Spirit. I appreciate the intentional community Oregon State offers. Coming from smaller institutions, I thought it would be a different transition to a large public institution, but I have felt fully welcomed by my colleagues here in residential education, as well as across the University. I also appreciate the school spirit. I love that students wear orange, black, and other Beaver Swag around campus or tweet #GoBeavs. The athletic events here are exciting and the students make cheering for the Beavers extremely fun. When you come to campus prepare to become a fan, regardless of your Alma Mater, Go Beavs!

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

I appreciate the opportunities I have to work in several different areas of residential education and housing. Whether it is sitting on committee regarding community standards board or the first year experience, or working with my resident assistants and hall council to program events within my hall, I feel valued as a stakeholder within our residential education program and feel my work matters. Another component I appreciate specifically about being a Resident Director in an Living Learning Community (LLC) is that I collaborate with academic partners and other stakeholders to promote the LLC’s mission within my hall and advance the goals of our living learning experience.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

I love Oregonian living. Corvallis is an awesome community and has a lot to offer. Being originally from Northern California and also living in the Midwest for a few years for graduate school, I have found many similar cities that Corvallis reminds me of: Bloomington, IN; Redding, CA; Chico, CA. For those of you who may not know those cities, I would describe Corvallis as a small university town with plenty to do and see from the Farmers Market downtown, to the fun local events around the areas, to the fact that you are an hour or so from the beach (Newport) or the Slopes (Bend, OR) or the city (Portland, OR). Also, for those of you who are religious or spiritual there are several places of worship around the greater Corvallis area. For those of you who are runners/hikers Corvallis is definitely the community for you, lots of trials and running area. You will fall in love with Corvallis, I can say my wife and I call it “home” now.

What does your professional development plan look like?

My professional development has been an awesome opportunity and something I appreciate about OSU. We are encouraged to further our learning within the areas we feel will be important for our professional practice and go over that plan with our supervisor (who are super supportive). My plan currently consists of attending three conferences: one for living learning communities, one a regional conference, and one a national. Along with conferences, I have also looked into different readings in regards to living learning communities, student conduct, as well as student leadership development. Overall, when you come to OSU you will be challenged and supported to grow as a professional; however, it is up to you to figure out what it is you would like to learn and develop. Good Luck in your search!

Anthony Sclafani

University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Minor – LGBT Studies, 2006; The Pennsylvania State University, Master of Education in College Student Affairs, 2008

tony sclafaniWhat do you like about Oregon State?  

There are a great many things I like about Oregon State. I like the mission and purpose of land-grant universities, and I feel fortunate to be able to work for such a great one as OSU. I enjoy OSU’s proximity to the Coast and Portland. And, Corvallis is an awesome place to work and play. Of course, the outstanding students and student leaders are a huge draw for me, and I am excited about the myriad opportunities to work closely with them!

What is your favorite thing about being a Resident Director?

There is no “usual day”, and I really appreciate that. I thrive on interactions with others and navigating curve balls inherent to life. Working as a Resident Director is an excellent fit for me because there is always something happening that is new and challenging, and also rewarding.

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

While I am an “East Coaster”, I have spent time on the West Coast (at the southernmost US end, at San Diego State University) and it seems to be a better fit for me. I appreciate Oregon’s fresh air, commitments to healthy lifestyles, and Tillamook (I really, really love cheese). Corvallis is a charming place and, as I mentioned previously, it’s a quick trip to Portland, one of my favorite US cities.

What does your professional development plan look like?

I have prior professional experience in Residential Education, and am considering advancing professionally within Residential Education, perhaps with emphases on personnel and training, or student conduct. Other professional student affairs interests include assessment and evaluation, LGBTQ student services, and educational equity services. I intend on earning my PhD, and can see myself as a chief student affairs officer. I enjoy helping others be their best selves and hope to do consulting work for colleges and universities, with a strong emphasis on social justice commitments and aligning practices with intended educational and organizational outcomes.

Jesús Ramírez

Oregon State University, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences, Human Services, 2010; Azusa Pacific University, Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development, 2013

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What do you like about Oregon State?

What I absolutely love about Oregon State University is that it offers students a myriad of opportunities to thrive and succeed. As part of its institutional strategic plan, OSU is currently implementing the First Year Experience as a campus-wide initiative. I find it refreshing to return to a campus where students, administrators, faculty, and staff are collaborating to provide high quality programs, services, and resources to help incoming students feel welcomed and successfully transition from their first year to their second year in college, and every year thereafter until they reach graduation.  Also, one of the most unique qualities of OSU is that it is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have the land, sea, space, and sun grant designations. Therefore, OSU adequately prepares and equips its students to be industrious and economic leaders of the world. This means that at any given time here at OSU, students and faculty are working together to investigate the latest issues on sustainability, biofuels, or nanotechnology. Lucky for me, I get to encourage students to take advantage of the various research and professional internship opportunities available to them in any field or discipline here at Oregon State University.Getting to know my residents and student staff. Whether it's a one-on-one with a Resident Assistant, Hall Council President, or a casual conversation with a resident, I always learn something new from the brilliant minds of students here at OSU. Also, I really enjoy connecting with my staff on a personal level and getting to know them well. I've only been in RD for Wilson Hall for a month but I totally feel like I'm part of the Wilson Wolfpack (AWWOOOOO!!!).

What do you like about Corvallis? About Oregon?

Corvallis is definitely a city that revolves around Oregon State University. Anywhere you go, there is Beaver pride so it's got that collegetown feel. Although Oregon State is a large public research institution, it has a strong sense of community. The people here really make an effort to reach out to one another to for support. My favorite city in Oregon is Portland and it's only about an hour north of Corvallis. Portland is a mid-sized city with the Willamette River that runs right through the metropolitan area. There are lots of areas to shop, dine, and explore. One of my favorite places to go to in Portland is Multnomah Falls. I love the scenic view and the stunning 620 foot waterfall that is gorgeous during the summer or winter time.

What does your professional development plan look like?

My professional development plan is always changing. Currently, my primary professional goal is to excel in the basic responsibilities of my role as an RD. More specifically, I want to establish and maintain positive team dynamics within my staff, manage facility and maintenance issues to provide quality housing for my residents, serve as an advocate and coach to hall council, adjudicate student conduct cases in a way that brings about restorative justice, and provide consistent communication to unit leaders, professional staff, campus partners, student staff, and residents regarding my community. Also, I'm very excited to inaugurate the new Arts and Social Justice Living Learning Community here at Oregon State. I can't wait to see what that community will look like and how learning will take place. I'm really looking forward to working with the most amazing colleagues and honing my skills through the development sessions that our department offers as well as through different conferences and institutes offered through the field of student affairs in higher education.

 

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