Meet your McConnell staff
Get to know your McConnell Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants.
McConnell Residence Hall Directors
Name: Jay Stokes
- 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
Name: Dani Hall
- Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling - Student Affairs –
- 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!
McConnell Resident Assistants
Name: Allie Reynoso
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.
Name: Garrett Freight
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.
Name: Alberto Acosta
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!
Name: Emily Ailts
Year/Major: Junior - International Hospitality Management
Hometown & High School: Tucson, AZ - Salpointe Catholic High School
Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU ever since the first time I visited I had fallen in love with the mountains and the whole atmosphere of the town. I love the small knit community here at NAU and the small class sizes!
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am so excited to be returning as an RA for the year because I love fostering the relationships between residents and helping them grow as individuals!
Name: Alexus Anderson
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.
Name: Myla Azofeifa
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.
Name: Bailey Burke
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.
Name: Isaiah Cons
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.
Name: Ebone Culliver
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.
Name: Taylor Erdmann
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!
Name: Blayne Hoe
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
Name: Alicia Johnson
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.
Name: Avery Jones
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.
Name: Kylie Koerperich
Year/Major: Junior - Speech Language Pathology
Hometown & High School: Holbrook, AZ - Holbrook High School
Why did you choose NAU: I chose to come to NAU because it had the small town feeling that I grew up in. Flagstaff is full of the sweetest, most down to earth people that make you feel right at home. NAU has an excellent program in my field of study and allowed me a multitude of opportunities to help me grow both as a student and as a person!
Why I am excited to be an RA: I could not be more excited to return to McConnell as an RA this year! I look forward to building a strong community among our residents and helping in anyway to make the transition to college easier.
Name: Devyn McLees
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.
Name: Lauren Meehan
Year/Major: Sophomore - Business, Marketing
Hometown & High School: Gilbert, AZ - Gilbert Christian High School
Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because I absolutely love Flagstaff and all that there is to do in and around the town. The small community that the university has is another reason why I chose NAU. I also fell in love with W.A. Franke College of business when I toured and I knew that was were I wanted to be.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA so that I can help the new residents get involved and make McConnell and Flagstaff their home! I am excited to be there to answer any questions residents may have, to get to know the residents and learn something new.
Name: Macy Morgan
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.
Name: Amber Reed
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.
Name: Eryn Ruechel
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 camus 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.
Name: Dylan Soto
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!
Name: Thuy Tran
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.
Name: Mia Vollaro
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!