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 

2015 Ruby Martinez Arjona - Gillenwater
Name: Ruby Arjona
Floor: First Floor
Major: Chemistry & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Forensics & Criminalistics
Hometown: Goodyear, AZ

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the beautiful campus and the friendly atmosphere that surrounds Flagstaff. The numerous hiking trails and incredible scenery found in and around Flagstaff suit my outdoor personality.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I love meeting new people and learning about their experiences and backgrounds. I want to be a positive role model to my residents and develop a sense of community within my hall.  

2015 Sierra Reyes - Gillenwater
Name: Sierra Reyes
Floor: Second Floor
Major: Special/Elementary Education
Hometown: Buckeye, AZ

Why I chose NAU: NAU is the perfect school for me, because Flagstaff has always been my ideal location in Arizona. The nature is accessible and can be admired, used as inspiration, as well as shared with friends and family. Flagstaff offers four distinct seasons, which is unique. Along with the beautiful climate, NAU fits my class style preference. Classes have a lower student to teacher ratios, unlike larger universities. Northern Arizona University and the town of Flagstaff provide a unique sense of community that I believe I would not find elsewhere; overall this campus and community is very welcoming and a pleasant place to live.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be a Resident Assistant, because this is a unique opportunity to build a strong relationship with residents within the Courtyards, but also, with students around campus. As an RA, I am looking forward to building community within the Courtyards by putting on various programs throughout the year. College is an exciting time in our lives, and I am thrilled to have the chance to be a mentor and friend to my residents as we experience this journey together. 

2015 Joseph Zodiacal - McDonald
Name: Joseph Zodiacal
Floor: First Floor, Outside
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Pago Pago, AS

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: 7500ft - the feeling of sitting on top of the world. Blue, green, brown, white, and red - the infamous complexion of Flagstaff. 

Why I'm excited to be an RA: Three R’s- Residents, Residents, and RESIDENTS!