Meet the McDonald Hall Staff

Residence Hall Director 

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Name: Hillary Fanelli 
Phone: 928-523-2941


  • Bachelor of Science, Counseling and Human Services - University of Scranton
  • Master of Arts, Counseling with a conc. in Student Affairs & Higher Education - Montclair State University

Why I chose NAU? I chose NAU because I feel that it is a place where professionals and students are completely free and comfortable to be who they truly are, and I love that. The NAU community is filled with wonderfully genuine individuals who truly care for others and seek to create positive change on a daily basis. In addition, I chose NAU as a personal challenge for myself to step outside of my East Coast comfort zone and explore all that Flagstaff and the surrounding areas have to offer. I know NAU will make a mighty fine home away from home for this Jersey Girl!

Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director

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Name: Nick O'Neal 
Phone: 928-523-4461


  • Bachelor of Science, Communicative Sciences and Disorders - University of Montana

Why I chose NAU: I was drawn to Flagstaff and NAU because of the connection to the great outdoors and the emphasis on diversity among the students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the supportive, student focused environment, NAU offers the opportunity to learn and grow as a new professional in the Student Affairs field. Flagstaff has quickly become my new home and base for new life adventures to come! 


Resident Assistants 

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Name: Thorin Fash
Floor: East
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because I wanted the all-around "college experience." NAU provides a unique sense of community and encourages participation. The smaller class sizes tailor to individuality and allow for more growth, personally and professionally, that I believe I would not find elsewhere. NAU isn't just the means to an end (a degree), but focuses rather on the present experience.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I know that this opportunity is once in a lifetime. I will have the chance to further my skills as a leader, a team-worker, a mentor, a friend, and many other qualities important for professional and social situations. Being an RA allows me to build a strong relationship not only with my residents, but NAU as whole. 

2015 Courtney Foltz - Gillenwater
Name: Courtney Foltz
Floor: West
Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and the city of Flagstaff, and NAU has the best Hotel and Restaurant Management degree program.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I love meeting new people and I want to be a positive role model and leader to others on campus.