Meet the Gillenwater Hall Staff

Get to know your Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants.

Residence Hall Director

2015 Hillary Fanelli - courtyards
Name: Hillary Fanelli 
Phone: 928-523-2941


  • Bachelor of Science, Counseling and Human Services - University of Scranton
  • Master of Arts, Counseling with a conc. in Student Affairs & Higher Education - Montclair State University

Why I chose NAU? I chose NAU because I feel that it is a place where professionals and students are completely free and comfortable to be who they truly are, and I love that. The NAU community is filled with wonderfully genuine individuals who truly care for others and seek to create positive change on a daily basis. In addition, I chose NAU as a personal challenge for myself to step outside of my East Coast comfort zone and explore all that Flagstaff and the surrounding areas have to offer. I know NAU will make a mighty fine home away from home for this Jersey Girl!

Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director

2015 Nick O'Neal Courtyards
Name: Nick O'Neal 
Phone: 928-523-4461


  • Bachelor of Science, Communicative Sciences and Disorders - University of Montana

Why I chose NAU: I was drawn to Flagstaff and NAU because of the connection to the great outdoors and the emphasis on diversity among the students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the supportive, student focused environment, NAU offers the opportunity to learn and grow as a new professional in the Student Affairs field. Flagstaff has quickly become my new home and base for new life adventures to come!

Resident Assistants 

2016 - Courtyards - Ashley Charlton

Name: Ashley Charlton
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: San Dimas, CA
Why I chose NAU: Due to their great engineering program and beautiful outdoors.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: To be able to help people and help them make new connections.

Name: Blayne Hoe
Major: Sociology and Communication Studies
Hometown: Punalu’u, HI
Why I chose NAU: Being from Hawaii, Flagstaff was definitely a huge change (I know, I'm crazy for leaving right?). But as soon as I saw the beautiful scenery we get to take advantage of and after meeting the amazing people here, I instantly fell in love with everything Flagstaff and NAU has to offer
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because it gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of new and interesting people. I hope to use my time as an RA to connect with people I wouldn’t come in contact with otherwise.

Name: Randy Brierley
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Safford, AZ
Why I chose NAU: The mountains!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I look forward to meeting new people, helping fellow students be comfortable and happy in their NAU home, and building a fun community.