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
Name:
 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.

Jennifer Platts
Name: Jennifer Platts – Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director
Phone: 928-523-1253
Email: Jennifer Platts@nau.edu

Education:

  • Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Foundations of Educational Leadership – NAU
  • Bachelors of Science in Marketing – Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI 2010

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

 

2013 Daniel_Parke_RA
Name: Daniel Parke
Wing: 3B
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.  

2013 Carly_Sandell_RA
Name: Carly Sandell
Wing: 4C
Year/Major: Junior - Marketing & Management
Hometown & High School: Fort Collins, CO - Rocky Mountain High School

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I loved the location and they offered all of the classes that I wanted to take. It was also far enough away from home so that I could be independent but still close enough so that I could get home quickly if I needed to.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I get to help incoming freshmen have the best college experience possible.

2013 Melissa_Ochoe_RA 
Name: Melissa Marie Ochoa
Wing: 3D
Year/Major: Senior - Criminology & Criminal Justice
Hometown & High School: Sahuarita, AZ -  Sahuarita High School

Why I chose NAU: Right away, I felt at home here.  The campus was beautiful and the environment was so different than home.  I was ready for a new change.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I love meeting new people and expanding my views. Everyone is so different, and there's never a dull moment. 

2013 Tiesha_Douglas_RA 
Name: Tiesha Douglas
Wing: 4B
Year/Major: Junior - Psychology
Hometown &High School: Phoenix, AZ - Central High School

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it snows here and it was only about 3 hours away from home

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I look forward to helping my first year residents survive all the strains of just starting college away from home.

2013 Taylor_Payne_RA
Name: Taylor Payne
Wing: 3C
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
Wing: 1B
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!

 2013 Spencer_Platek_RA
Name: Spencer Platek
Wing: 4C
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.

2013 Katherine_Hanson_RA 
Name:Katherine (Katie) Hanson
Wing: 3C
Year/Major: Junior - Business Management
Hometown &High School: Mesa, AZ - Desert Ridge High School

Why I chose NAU:I chose NAU to get away from the heat, and I like the smaller size compared to the other in-state schools.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I'm going to meet a lot of new people, and be more involved with the university.

2013 Rachel_Dineff_RA 
Name: Rachel Ann Dineff
Wing: 2B
Year/Major: Sophomore - Special & Elementary Education
Hometown &High School: Scottsdale, AZ - Desert Mountain High School

Why I chose NAU:I've been in love with Flagstaff and NAU since I was a little kid. And the education program for my dual major here at NAU is incredible. The weather is gorgeous, and the people are wonderful. I could really picture myself going here, and even more, I could picture myself being happy here. NAU fits who I am, and I couldn't be happier with my decision to go this amazing school.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am so incredibly excited to be an RA! I cannot wait to meet and get to know all of my residents. I want my residents to feel welcome at NAU and in McConnell. I want them to get to know each other, get to know campus, and feel excited to be here. I want to be able to guide my residents through their transition to college, and be there for whatever they need. I want to my residents to be successful here at NAU, and I am excited to be able to help them in any way I can. Plus, I'm in love with arts & crafts so making door decorations is definitely something I'm excited about.

2013 Jenna_Wright_RA 
Name: Jenna Wright
Wing: 3D
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!

2013 Alexa Frechette
Name: Alexa Frechette
Wing: 2C
Year/Major: Sophomore - Secondary English Education
Hometown &High School: Chandler, AZ - Corona del Sol High School

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because for the amazing programs, great campus, and the weird and wonderful atmosphere of Flagstaff!

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to connect with residents and aid in a fantastic college experience.

2013 Matt Rodgers
Name: Matt Rodgers
Wing: 2D
Year/Major: Sophomore - Civil Engineering
Hometown& High School: Manteca, CA - St. Mary's High School

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the exceptional engineering program, the campus, and the city of Flagstaff. The campus is easy to get around and Flagstaff is such a great college town especially because you get to experience all four seasons.

Why I’m excited to be an RA:I'm excited to meet new people and help my future residents out with whatever they need.

 2013 Ilana_Licassi_RA
Name: Ilana Licassi
Wing: 2B
Year/Major: Senior- Exercise Science, minor in Chemistry
Hometown &High School: Los Angeles, CA - El Segundo High School

Why I chose NAU:The beautiful city and amazing Physical Therapy Program

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I can't wait to share my knowledge about this campus and all the resources there are for the students.  I want to be here for our newest students and I hope to see each of my residents find something about NAU that makes them feel a sense of belonging.

 2013 Allie_Jessen_RA
Name: Allie Jessen
Wing: 4A
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!

2013 Alison_Steinbacher_RA 
Name: Alison Steinbacher
Wing: 1C
Year/Major: Sophomore, Anthropology Major with a Biology Min
Hometown &High School: Boise, ID - Bishop Kelly High

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I wanted an out of state experience with good programs, a beautiful setting, and because I felt like NAU was the best fit all around for me.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA to meet all of the incoming freshman, as well as to connect on a deeper level on campus. I love working with people and problem solving, and the Resident Assistant position is the perfect place to do that!

 2013 Liz_Andronic_RA
Name: Liz Andronic
Wing: 4D
Year/Major: Sophomore - Social Work
Hometown & High School: Peoria, AZ - Centennial High School

Why I chose NAU: It was a combination of the San Francisco Peaks, Ponderosa Pine trees, and community feel that helped me realize this was the University for me.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I want to be a part of something bigger than myself and impact those around me in a positive way.

 2013 Kerri_Lenihan_RA
Name: Kerri Lenihan
Wing: 4B
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.

2013 Katrina_Cuevas_RA 
Name: Katrina Cuevas
Wing: 1C
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 :)

 2013 Jen_Dawrs_RA
Name: Jen Dawrs
Wing: 1B
Year/Major: Senior - Anthropology; Sociology minor
Hometown & High School: Hilo, HI – Hilo High SchoolI

Why I chose NAU: Coming from Hawaii, I wanted a big change in environment. I chose NAU because it was an awesome opportunity to experience a new place and culture.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA this year because this will be my first year as an RA in a freshman hall. I look forward to helping to shape the experience of my residents in their first year at NAU!

2013 Justin_Nichols_RA 
Name: Justin Nichols
Wing: 3B
Year/Major: Junior - Physics
Hometown & High School: Gilbert, AZ - Mesquite High

Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I wanted to meet new people, see new places, and experience new things.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to get to know my residents and to help them make the most of their time here at NAU.