Meet your McConnell staff

Get to know your McConnell Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants. 

McConnell Residence Hall Directors

Megan Kilfeather - McConnell
Name: Meghan Kilfeather
Phone: 928-523-5998
E-mail: meghan.kilfeather@nau.edu 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, English & Women’s Studies - State University of New York (SUNY) College at New Paltz
  • Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration - University at Buffalo

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: What’s not to love about NAU? The campus, the people you meet, the scenic views, and the campus traditions are only part of why I chose NAU. From the students to the staff to the faculty, it’s clear to see that NAU and Flagstaff are special and that everyone truly cares about this community, and I wanted to be a part of that. I am excited to work with first year students and watch them build their pride & love for NAU just like I have.

Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Directors 

James Psalidas - McConnell
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 James Psalidas
Phone: 928-523-7475
Email: james.psalidas@nau.edu 

Education:

  • Currently pursuing a master's degree in Counseling Student Affairs - NAU
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology with a Psychology minor - Oklahoma State University

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose Northern Arizona University because of the atmosphere on campus and the community as a whole. It is very inviting and friendly.


Name: Trina Trein – Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director
Phone: 928-523-1253
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Education:

  • Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling - Student Affairs – NAU
  • Bachelors of Arts in English Creative Writing - Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Why Jennifer chose Northern Arizona University: 
I was really excited to come to NAU for the graduate program but I was also really motivated by the gorgeous views of the mountains and the overwhelming lumberjack pride.

 

McConnell Resident Assistants

 

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Name: Daniel Parke
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Year/Major: Junior - Sociology Major
Hometown & High School: Phoenix, AZ - Chaparral High School

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I wanted to experience a different climate and a different learning atmosphere than what I had in Phoenix. 

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA mainly because I enjoy experiencing the immense diversity in personality and character that each resident exhibits.  


Name: Alexus Anderson
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Name: Myla Azofeifa
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Name: Stephanie Bosic
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Name: Taylor Payne
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Year/Major: Sophomore - Nursing
Hometown &High School: Flagstaff, AZ - Northland Preparatory Academy

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I absolutely love Flagstaff and the beautiful four seasons it has to offer. NAU also has a great nursing program and I love how friendly the campus and students are.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because College is an exciting time and I would love to help incoming Freshman with their transition. I am looking forward to having a leadership role on campus and meeting new people!

2013 Kelsey Landrum
Name: Kelsey Landrum
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Year/Major: Senior - Secondary History Education and Spanish, Latin American Studies Minor
Hometown &High School: Gilbert, AZ - Tempe High School

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I grew up in Tempe, and I wanted to attend school in an area that was completely different from what I was accustomed to. When I took a tour of NAU’s campus, I immediately fell in love with the people, the scenery, and the feel of the small town community. I also chose Northern Arizona University because of their great Education program.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I want to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. I am eager to get to know my residents, while also informing them of all the great things NAU has to offer. College is an important time, and I want to help students make the most of their time here at the university!

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Name: Spencer Platek
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Year/Major: Sophomore - Biomedical Science, Chemistry Minor
Hometown &High School: Glendale, AZ - Deer Valley High School

Why I chose NAU: I have been coming up to Flagstaff since I was little and have always loved the small town community feel. I love all of the outdoor activities that Flagstaff offers, and NAU has such a welcoming feel to it.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am looking forward to meeting all of my residents and helping them transition into their first year. I want to help them make it a memorable experience.


Name: Bailey Burke
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Name: Garrett Freight
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Name: Jenna Wright
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Year/Major: Sophomore - Secondary Education History
Hometown &High School: Laguna Niguel, CA - Aliso Niguel High School

Why I chose NAU:I chose NAU because after living in Orange County for my entire life, I needed a drastic change. When I first visited, I fell in love with the city of Flagstaff and the people before I had even toured campus. I really like how there is a small downtown/city area but that small hometown, rustic feel is still present. NAU has an amazing teacher education program and that helped me decide that the best place for me to pursue my major was going to be at NAU.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be a RA in McConnell Hall because I want to help the incoming freshman class grow to love NAU as much as I do. There is so much fun stuff to do in McConnell from the McConnell Madness competition during Homecoming Week to the Snowball Dance before Winter Break. I want to encourage the residents of McConnell to embrace their penguin pride!

Name: Dion Heimink Jr
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Name: Blayne Hoe
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Name: Johnna Martorana
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 2013 Allie_Jessen_RA
Name: Allie Jessen
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Year/Major: Sophomore - Psychology
Hometown & High School: Phoenix, AZ - Boulder Creek High School

Why I Chose NAU: I liked the smaller student body and it is close to home. I also really wanted to live in snow!

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I'm excited to meet new people and help them transition into college. I am also excited for the programs and events!


Name: Allison Reynoso 
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Name: Nathan Rogers
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 2013 Kerri_Lenihan_RA
Name: Kerri Lenihan
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Year/Major: Junior - Biomedical Science
Hometown &High School: Tucson, AZ  - Mountain View High School

Why I chose NAU:I chose NAU because of all the natural beauty that surrounds the school, and also because of the close knit community that is present on campus and throughout the entire city of Flagstaff.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA this year because I want to help my residents and other students understand why NAU is such a fantastic university. I also want to help make their first year as engaging and memorable as possible.

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Name: Katrina Cuevas
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Year & Major: Sophomore - Public Health
Hometown &High School: Scottsdale, AZ - Chaparral High School

Why I chose NAU: I love the environment, professors, and student life.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because of all of the new people I am going to meet and all the fun memories we are going to create this year :)

 
Name: Dylan Soto
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Name: Casey Trier
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