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!

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.