Meet your McConnell staff
Get to know your McConnell Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants.
McConnell Residence Hall Directors
Name: Meghan Kilfeather
- 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
Name: James Psalidas
- 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
- Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling - Student Affairs – NAU
- Bachelors of Arts in English Creative Writing - Minnesota State University, Mankato
Why I 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
Name: Allie Reynoso
Year/Major:: Sophomore - 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: Sophomore - 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: Dion Heimink Jr.
Year & Major/Minors: Senior - Exercise Science
Hometown & High School: Tucson, AZ - Canyon del Oro High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it was located in Arizona and offered a great physical therapy program.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I get to meet and mentor a group of individuals who will soon become the new names and faces of NAU!
Name: Casey Trier
Year/Major: Junior - Accountancy and Finance
Hometown & High School: Phoenix,AZ - Horizon Honors High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it felt like the best fit for me out of the Arizona universities. I love the location of flagstaff and our amazing campus. Also, coming from a small school I was more comfortable with NAU for its small class sizes.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I got to be a part of building a community with my residents and staff. I am also excited to be an RA at McConnell because I enjoy south campus.
Name: Bailey Burke
Year/Major: Sophomore - Political Science minor in French and Communications
Hometown & High School: Glendale, AZ - Deer Valley High School
Why I chose NAU: My parents and I have been coming up to Flagstaff twice a year ever since I can remember and I looked forward to those trips because I knew that Flagstaff was going to be my future home. I heard about how small the class sizes were and that affirmed my desire to come up to NAU.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I love getting to know people and helping them out, so being an RA is perfect for me! I cannot wait to make a great connection with my residents and be a resource for them.
Name: Nate Rogers
Year/Major: Senior - Biomedical Science minor in Chemistry
Hometown & High School: Vail, AZ - Vail Academy and High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I had the option of commuting long distance to the U of A or going to NAU and living on campus. I felt that living on campus was going to be an important part of my college experience and chose to attend NAU. Once I got to Flagstaff, I found myself enjoying the beautiful scenery, the lovely people around campus and in town, and the wide variety of wildlife that can be found even walking through campus.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA in McConnell Hall because this will be my first year working with Freshman students. The first year of college is such an important experience and I can't wait to go through the first year here at NAU with the Freshman of McConnell Hall. I am also extremely excited to join such a great staff with all of the wonderful activities that we will be doing for our Residents.
Name: Taylor Payne
Year/Major: Junior - Nursing
Hometown/High School: Flagstaff , AZ - Northland Preparatory Academy
Why I chose to go to NAU: I chose NAU because I love Flagstaff and the beautiful four seasons it has to offer. I grew up loving this "small" town and NAU seemed like the perfect second home.
Why I am excited to be an RA: College is a fun and exciting time and NAU has a lot to offer. I am excited to help first year students in their transition and watch them grow and develop throughout the year.
Name: Spencer Platek
Year/Major: Junior - Biomedical Science minor in Chemistry
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: Dylan Soto
Year/Major: Sophomore - Business Marketing
Hometown/ High School: Mesa, AZ - Dobson High School
Why I chose to go to NAU: Right from the get go I knew NAU was the right choice for me. The beautiful environment, the most friendliest people you will ever meet and the college town feeling you get when you're in Flagstaff is perfect for me. Growing up in Mesa, Arizona all my life I was ready for a change. NAU offers me the feeling of being a good distance away from home, but allows me to pack up for a quick trip back to the valley. NAU fits who I am as an individual and I couldn't happier with my decision on attending such an awesome school.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am super excited to be an RA for McConnell Hall this year! I am eager to meet new people, and connect with my residents. I want to guide the incoming freshman to new and exciting things NAU has to offer. I want my residents to feel welcomed here at NAU as well as in McConnell Hall. I want them to get to know each other, get to know the campus and be happy here. I want to be there for my residents for whatever they may need and help with their transition into the college life. More importantly, I want my residents to be successful here at NAU and I am excited to help them with that. Crafting is a specialty of mine, so making decorations for my residents and the hall is something I am super excited about. Saying I'm excited to be an RA is an understatement.
Name: Myla Azofeifa
Year/Major: Sophomore - Mechanical Engineering minor in Chinese
Hometown/High School: Hayward, CA - Moreau Catholic High School
Why I chose NAU: As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew that I was home. I immediately fell in love with the community and campus, and I knew that NAU was right for me. NAU has a great engineering program, and I really felt that I would thrive here. And it snows.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I want to help my residents feel at home in McConnell and at NAU. Coming to college is a big change, and I want to be a friend, mentor, and resource to residents as they undergo this transition. NAU has so much to offer, and I really just want to help the incoming freshman class grow to love NAU as much as I do.
Name: Katrina Cuevas
Year/Major: Junior - Public Health and Visual Communications minors in Psychology and Spanish
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: Blayne Hoe
Year/Major: Sophomore - undeclared
Hometown: Punaluu, HI
Why I chose NAU: Although sunny beaches and fruit cocktails are fantastic, there comes a point in life where we have to leave paradise behind and fend for ourselves. NAU gave me the opportunity to not only become more independent, but stock up on my wardrobe.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: My freshman year was just amazing (thanks mostly in part to my RA's). As an RA, I hope to have the same effect on my residents and steer them towards a great college career
Name: Kerri Lenihan
Year/Major: Senior - Biomedical Science
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the sense of community on campus and throughout Flagstaff.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am looking forward to helping students make the most of their Freshman year and make connections that will last beyond their college experience!
Name: Daniel Parke
Year/Major: Senior - Sociology
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: Eryn Ruechel
Year/Major: Sophomore - Speech Pathology
Hometown: Holbrook, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I choose NAU for the size of it. I love that the community is closer and that you feel more a part of the university than you would in a larger college. I also really enjoy the location I find it to be a beautiful campus especially in the spring!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I like to meet new people and am looking forward to being able to get to know residents and being able to help them enjoy their college experience as best I can. I am also excited to be part of a wonderful staff I really enjoy working with others and having support from others in the same position is very helpful.
Name: Kelsey Landrum
Year/Major: Senior - Secondary History Education and Spanish minor in Latin American Studies
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!
Name: Allie Jessen
Year/Major: Junior - 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: Matthew Rodgers
Year/Major: Junior - Civil Engineering
Hometown/High School: Manteca, CA - St. Mary's High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the the great surrounding community, the great engineering program and the campus.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I enjoy helping others and working to solve problems and I enjoy building a community where residents are comfortable with all the other residents.
Name: Lexi Anderson
Year/Major: Junior - Biology
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Why I chose NAU: It had a small town feel and everyone was so welcoming.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I love making a difference and I'm excited to make student's freshmen year great!
Name: Jenna Wright
Year/Major: Junior - 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: Kylie Koerperich
Year/Major: Sophomore - Speech Pathology, Sociology minor
Hometown/High School: Holbrook, AZ - Holbrook High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it is close to home, but not too close! I love the environment and atmosphere of Flagstaff and knew that I would fit right in here. NAU offers a high-quality education along with a unique, diverse experience and that is a combination that I could not pass up!
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am very excited to be an RA because I want the opportunity to play an integral role in the success of my residents. I look forward to establishing connections and relationships with the residents and experiencing with them the trials, successes, and growths of college.
Name: Emily Ailts
Year/Major: Sophomore - International Hospitality Management
Hometown/High School: Tucson, AZ - Salpointe Catholic High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because ever since I first
visited I had fallen in love with the mountains and whole atmosphere of the
town. I love the small knit community feel here at NAU and the small class
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am so excited to be an RA
because I love fostering relationships between residents and helping them grow