Meet your McConnell staff

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

McConnell Residence Hall Directors  

2014 Jay Stokes - Tinsley
Name: Jay Stokes
Phone: 928-523-5998
Email:Jay.Stokes@nau.edu

Education:

  • Bachelors in Liberal Studies - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater 
  • Masters, Counseling-Student Affairs - Northern Arizona University

Why I chose NAU: After having an awesome experience as a Graduate Student and Assistant here at NAU, I knew I wasn’t ready to leave.  NAU is a great fit for me because of the atmosphere, professional opportunities, surrounding area and most importantly the people. Being an RHD gives me a chance to learn and grow as a young professional while helping students succeed and become well-rounded citizens.  

Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Directors  

2015 Dani Hall
Name: Dani Hall
Phone: 928-523-7475
E-mail: danielle.hall@nau.edu

Education:  

  • Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling - Student Affairs – NAU
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communication Studies - Gonzaga University 

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I knew that I wanted to put my passion for working with students into practice by working in Residence Life while pursuing my Master’s Degree! Go Jacks! 

2014 Trina Trein - McConnell
Name: Trina Trein – Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director
Phone: 928-523-2541
Email: trina.trein@nau.edu

Education:

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

 

 

McConnell Resident Assistants

2015 Allie Reynoso - McConnell
Name: Allie Reynoso
Wing: 4C
Year/Major:Junior - Exercise Science, Chemistry Minor
Hometown/High school: Winters, CA - Winters High School

Why I chose to go to NAU: I decided to go to NAU because I feel in love with the campus and I wanted a change from the small town that I grew up in. 

Why I am excited to be an RA: I really want to make sure I make the year memorable for everyone and create special bonds with my residents.

2015 Garrett Freight - McConnell
Name: Garrett Freight
Wing: 3B
Year/Major: Junior - Fitness Wellness
Hometown High School: Cypress, CA - Cypress High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose to come to NAU because I wanted to experience a new environment besides California and to meet a new group of people that are from all over the globe.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I’m excited to be an RA because I look forward to be a helping hand to all my future residents and to anyone who is in need of help. I love to help others and love to work with others so I think as an RA this is the perfect job for me and the description of the job fits my personality.

2015 Alberto Acosta - McConnell
Name: Alberto Acosta
Wing: 2D
Year/Major: Sophomore - Biomedical Sciences & Spanish
Hometown & High School: Pamplona, Spain & Buckeye High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose to go to NAU because it seemed like a very diverse campus and it was offering me a great amount of opportunities!

Why I am excited to be an RA: I’m excited to be an RA this year because I get to work with a group of amazing people working towards the same goal; to give our residents an amazing year!

2015 Alexus Anderson - McConnell
Name: Alexus Anderson
Wing: 1B
Year/Major: Senior - Biology, minors in Chemistry and Criminal Justice
Hometown & High School: Peoria, AZ - Sandra Day O’Connor High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because it seemed to be the right fit for me. The minute that I stepped onto campus for a tour, I loved the small town feel and the sense of community around me. I instantly knew that NAU was the place for me and I have not questioned the decision since.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be a RA for a third year because being a resident assistant has captured my heart. I have come to appreciate the relationships that I have fostered, all the crafting that we get to do, and the difference that I make in the lives of others. Becoming a freshman in college was a really frightening process for me and if I could make one residents transition a little bit easier than mine, I have succeeded.

2015 Myla Azofeifa - McConnell
Name: Myla Azofeifa
Wing: 3D
Year/Major: Junior - Mechanical Engineering, minors in Business and Mandarin Chinese
Hometown & High School: Hayward, CA - Moreau Catholic High School

Why did you choose NAU: Actually, NAU chose me. I was drawn to NAU because of the engineering program, and because Arizona, for my Northern Californian self, was “far away from home.” I adore the small town atmosphere and the community that it inspires, and love that I am able to immerse myself in nature wherever I go. Plus, flannels being my go-to clothing of choice, it was almost like I was born to be a Lumberjack.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am so incredibly excited to be returning to McConnell for my second year as a Resident Assistant. I am passionate about people - I love getting to know them, I love being able to help them in any way that I can, and I love seeing them grow. I am hoping that my future residents see me as a support system during this time of transition, and that they come to love McConnell, NAU, and Flagstaff as much as I do. 

2015 Bailey Burke - McConnell
Name: Bailey Burke
Wing: 2B
Year/Major: Junior - Political Science, minor Anthropology
Hometown & High School: Glendale, AZ - Deer Valley High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because of the beautiful scenery as well as smaller class sizes. I fell in love with the campus ever since I started coming up to Flagstaff to escape the scorching temperatures in Glendale. As soon as I took my first tour here, I instantly knew I was going to be a lumberjack. I am happy with the decision I made!

Why I am excited to be an RA: I feel as though RA’s can be the most important part of on-campus living. I am very excited to meet my new residents and make them feel as welcomed as I did my first year. I enjoy getting to know the residents that diversify our campus and to hopefully gain the best experience here at NAU.

2015 Isaiah Cons - McConnell
Name: Isaiah Cons
Wing: 2D
Year/Major: Junior - Mechanical Engineering, minor Computer Science
Hometown & High School: Chandler, AZ - Perry High School

Why did you choose NAU: I choose NAU because of all the amazing sight there are to see here in flagstaff as well my love for snowboarding, Flagstaff was the perfect choice for me. They have outstanding engineering programs for all trade of the major, which I am very excited to learn about and graduate with. Finally I have an older brother that graduated in 2013 from NAU.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA so that I can give the new incoming freshman the same unforgettable experience that I had my first year. NAU has so many things to do and explore that you might never come across is you don’t have someone to show you or recommend them too you and i am hoping that will be my role for my residents.

2015 Ebone Culliver - McConnell
Name: Ebone Culliver
Wing: 4B
Year/Major: Sophomore - Nursing
Hometown & High School: Mesa, AZ - Dobson High School

Why did you choose NAU: I look forward to having snow days... not heat advisories!

Why I am excited to be an RA: I’m excited to help make the transition from high school to college a piece of cake for my residents by showing them all of the AMAZING things that NAU’s campus and the Flagstaff community have to offer.

2015 Taylor Erdmann - McConnell
Name: Taylor Erdmann
Wing: 2C
Year/Major: Sophomore - Civil Engineering
Hometown & High School: Litchfield Park, AZ - Millennium High School

Why did you choose NAU: I knew NAU was the perfect fit for me the moment I stepped onto campus. I'm very adventurous and outgoing, and the atmosphere that Flagstaff gives was the perfect match for me.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be there for my residents and be their rock through their first year here at NAU. I want to help build connections with my residents and help them feel a part of the university and community!

2015 Blayne Hoe - McConnell
Name: Blayne Hoe
Wing: 1C
Year/Major: Junior - Sociology, Communication Studies
Hometown & High School: Punalu‘u, HI - Kamehameha High School

Why did you choose 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 am 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 amazing people. In addition, I also have the opportunity to give my residents an awesome freshman year experience

2015 Alicia Johnson - McConnell
Name: Alicia Johnson
Wing: 1C
Year/Major: Sophomore - Elementary Education
Hometown & High School: Surprise, AZ - Wickenburg High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because of its small town feel while having the same opportunities as a big city. Along with that, NAU has an amazing teacher education program that allows me to grow. In addition to all of its academic perks NAU is located in the wonderful town of Flagstaff where a great hike or outdoor adventure is never far away.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I will be able to help provide the amazing freshman experience for my residents that my RA did for me. The RA role is one that will allow me to get to know and work with some amazing students while letting me be creative and have fun.

2015 Avery Jones - McConnell
Name: Avery Jones
Wing: 3C
Year/Major: Sophomore - Vocal Performance
Hometown & High School: Chandler, AZ - Marcos De Niza HS

Why did you choose NAU: I choose NAU for its great music department, but as an added bonus I got a campus full of talented and passionate individuals from all corners of life looking to better themselves. It’s a great place to have a good time and meet future professionals.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I hope to use my time as an RA to connect with people I wouldn’t come in contact with otherwise. In any given residence hall there are future lawyers, musicians, engineers, film makers or any number of things. I make it my job to connect myself and others, I believe there is no better way to take advantage of the collegiate process.

2015 Devyn McLees - McConnell
Name: Devyn McLees
Wing: 2B
Year/Major: Sophomore - Psychology, Criminology & Criminal Justice
Hometown & High School: Phoenix, AZ - Pinnacle High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose to attend NAU because I was looking for a good education in a small town vibe. Flagstaff provides beautiful weather and a laid-back environment where I can focus on my studies and be happy!

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am incredibly excited to be an RA here at McConnell! I cannot wait to meet so many new people that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to be around. Being an RA is a perfect job for me because I get to help people while learning as much as I can from everyone around me.

2015 Macy Morgan - McConnell
Name: Macy Morgan
Wing: 4D
Year/Major: Sophomore - Chemistry and Spanish
Hometown & High School: Arab, AL - Arab High School

Why did you choose NAU: Flagstaff is such a beautiful city. I love the mountain town atmosphere and all of the opportunities to be outdoors. NAU is a smaller school, so it is a lot easier to get to know people. They also have pretty good language and science programs.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to get to know all of my residents and help them adjust to college life. It will be awesome to be a mentor to the incoming freshman and make their transition easier.

2015 Amber Reed - McConnell
Name: Amber Reed
Wing: 3C
Year/Major: Senior - Fitness and Wellness
Hometown & High School: Glendale, AZ - Mountain Ridge High School

Why did you choose NAU: I have a passion for the outdoors, and Flagstaff was a perfect place to allow that part of me to flourish. I also love the peaceful and and accepting nature of the campus and everyone on it. 

Why I am excited to be an RA: Looking back on my Freshman year, my RA made a huge impact on me in a very positive way. I want to have that same impact on my future residents and help them pave the way to a very fun, safe, and successful academic career.

2015 Eryn Ruechel - McConnell
Name: Eryn Ruechel
Wing: 4B
Year/Major: Junior - Speech Pathology, American Sign Language
Hometown & High School: Holbrook, AZ - Holbrook High School

Why did you choose NAU: I choose NAU because I love that it is a smaller school where you can get a true sense of community. I also enjoyed the campus and the beautiful area around the school. 

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA for the people. I love meeting new residents and hopefully being able to help them have a wonderful college experience.

2015 Dylan Soto
Name: Dylan Soto
Wing: 4D
Year/Major: Junior/ - Business, Marketing - minor Public Relations
Hometown & High School: Mesa, AZ - Dobson High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because of the awesome college town Flagstaff has to offer and the positive vibes people give off. And all the trees and the beautiful nature that surrounds Flagstaff is just the cherry on the top to why I love NAU.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I am super excited to be a returning to McConnell for my second year as an RA. Getting to meet all my new residents and everyone in the building is something I am definitely looking forward to! I love getting to know new people, helping them through their transition from their comfortable at-home lives to a brand new and exciting college life! It’s an awesome feeling knowing that you are their go-to person when times get tough or if they just want to go grab coffee. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

2015 Thuy Tran - McConnell
Name: Thuy Tran
Wing: 1B
Year/Major: Sophomore - Psychology, minor Photography
Hometown & High School: Surprise, AZ - Dysart High School

Why did you choose NAU: 1) Full tuition, 2) Beautiful place, 3) I love the weather and the campus, 4) I love the people here

Why I am excited to be an RA: I can help new residents and get to know them better. Also, I will gain new experiences while I’m in college.

2015 Mia Vollaro - McConnell
Name: Mia Vollaro
Wing: 3D
Year/Major: Psychology, Fitness Wellness, Graphic Design
Hometown & High School:  Phoenix, AZ - Desert Vista High School

Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because it wasn’t ASU or UofA! NAU is the only in-state University with an atmosphere that fits my needs. I love the small town feel, the amazing weather, the greenery, hiking, proximity to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and obviously the amazing school! NAU has smaller, more intimate classes than those of the larger Universities. I love getting to know my professors as well as my classmates. This is a million times easier to do when the lecture hall setting is more of a rarity than the norm. 

Why I am excited to be an RA: Because I get to meet so many great people! Great people = crazy memories, adventures and tons of fun!

2015 Briana Brave McConnell RA

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2015 Sandra Robles McConnell RS

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2015 Sydney Stevens McConnell RA

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