Meet your Gabaldon staff

Get to know your Gabaldon staff. 

Gabaldon Residence Hall Director

Dana Gant
Name: Dana Gant
Phone: 928-523-2799


  • Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs – Northern Illinois University, 2012
  • Bachelors of Science in Chemistry – University of Central Missouri, 2010.


About Dana: I am very excited to be the RHD of Gabaldon Hall and look forward to meeting its many residents! I enjoy working with students and believe that the residence halls provide a great environment for learning and having fun. My hope is that I am able to help NAU students make the most out of their time on campus and have successful college experiences. Go Lumberjacks!

Gabaldon Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director

Lawrence Hammer 
Name: Lawrence Hammer
Phone: 928-523-2733


  • Bachelors in Marketing – St. Ambrose University, 2013


About Lawrence: Originally from Hanna City Illinois, Lawrence spent his undergrad time in Davenport Iowa at St. Ambrose University. There he was in Residence Life for nearly three years and also involved in various student groups including campus Greenlife, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Student Music Organization/Band Council and the Marketing Club. He enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, video gaming, cooking and graphic design as hobbies in his free time and he is excited to start a new chapter halfway across the country. He will be serving as the GARHD in Gabaldon and will be pursuing a masters degree in the Counseling- Student Affairs program here at NAU.

Gabaldon Resident Assistants

2013 Taylor_Freedman_RA
Name: Taylor Freedman
Floor: Aspen 2nd floor
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Redlands, CA 

Why I chose NAU: The great sense of community.

What I'm excited for this year: Getting to truly know who my residents are as people.  

2013 Areina_Contreras_RA
Name: Areina Contreras
Floor: Cedar 4th floor
Major: Public Relations; minor Sociology
Hometown: Barstow, CA

Why I chose NAU: NAU has always been a school that I dreamed of going to. I researched the campus and found that NAU had everything and more of what I wanted out of my college experience.

What I'm excited for this year: This upcoming year I am so excited to meet the residents that will be on my floor and I am excited for the new events NAU will be offering for the year. 

2013 Daniel_Conely_RA
Name: Daniel Conley
Floor: Cedar 1st floor
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Payson, AZ 

Why I chose NAU: I got a scholarship to my choice of any of the state universities. In choosing between the three universities I chose NAU for it's location, size, and degrees. I love Flagstaff, the small town feel, the San Francisco Peaks in our back yard, the snow in the winter, and the wealth of outdoor opportunities. I also didn't want to go to a huge university, and NAU is the smallest school of the three universities. When I graduated high school I was looking to pursue a career as a high school math teacher and I really liked NAU's education program, which helped bring me here. Now I'm glad to be here and indulge in their environmental programs. 

Why I’m excited for this year: I am excited for this year because for me it's the turning of a new page. I changed my major this summer and  am looking forward to pursuing this new degree. There is also an excitement that builds at the coming of each new school year, especially as an RA. We anticipate a whole new floor of residents, new names and faces, people with different interests, and their own stories.  

2013 David_Longley_RA
Name: David Longley
Floor: Birch 3rd floor
Major: Chemistry - emphasis on Biochemistry
Hometown: Peoria, AZ

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU for the weather, the small class sizes, and to get away from my hometown so I could be on my own.

Why I'm excited for this year: I am excited for spending more time doing fun activities and not being a worrier.

2013 Patrick_Ryan_RA
Name: Patrick Ryan
Floor: Aspen 4th floor
Major: English Secondary Education
Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Why I chose NAU: I didn't like ASU and UofA.

Why I’m excited for this year: I'm one year closer to graduating.  

2013 David_Beckett_RA
Name: David Beckett
Floor: Birch 1st floor
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown:  Phoenix, AZ

Why I chose NAU: The amazing weather and friendly people!!!

Why I'm excited for this year: To meet a lot of new people and try to build a community! 

2013 Briana_Bohannon_RA 
Name: Briana Bohannon
Floor: Birch 2nd floor
Major: Interior Design
Hometown: Anthem, AZ

Why I chose NAU: I love the community both of NAU and Flagstaff. Everyone is really friendly and has a good attitude. I have made so many friends and connections here I can’t imagine going to another school.

Why I’m excited for this year: This is my first year as an RA so I’m excited to take on this new part of my life.  With interesting residents and a great staff, I’m sure this year will be filled with fun memories and stories. 

2013 Chaelee_Chavez_RA
Name: Chae Chavez
Floor: Aspen 5th floor
Major: Psychology/Sociology
Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the welcoming attitude of everyone on campus. There was also a lot of resources avaliable to me in my transition to college that NAU felt like home.

Why I’m excited for this year: I am excited for this year because I look forward to making a postive impact on my community as the Gender Inclusive Housing RA. I can't wait to make a postive influence on NAU before I graduate in May. 

2013 Tyler_Hill_RA
Name: Tyler Hill
Floor: Cedar 2nd floor
Major: Chemistry, minor in Biology
Hometown: Glendale, AZ

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU for the beautiful campus and the small class sizes! Also, the atmosphere of NAU and Flagstaff made it an easy choice.

Why I'm excited for this year: I am excited for this year because I get to be back in Flagstaff! I am looking forward to being an RA and progressing towards my degree with all of my classes. I cannot wait to help my residents feel at home in Gabaldon and to start building relationships with each and every one of them! 

2013 Kyle_Howewood_RA
Name: Kyle Howewood
Floor: Cedar 3rd floor
Major: Vocal Performance
Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: The fantastic location! The weather is great and skiing is so close.

Why I’m Excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be living in a new community. Also, this is my last year and I'm ready to go out with a bang. 

2013 Morgan_Jensen_RA
Name: Morgan Jensen
Floor: Aspen 3rd floor
Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Why I chose NAU: The beautiful location and the comfortably sized campus!

Why I’m excited for this year: Half of my classes will focus on art and I love how much creativity will be involved!