Meet the McDonald Hall Staff

Residence Hall Director 

2015 Hillary Fanelli - courtyards
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

2015 Nick O'Neal Courtyards
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 

2016 - Courtyards - Oswin Verdy

Name: Oswin Verdy
Major: Computer Information Systems
Hometown: Avondale, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU to get the out-of-state feel without having to pay that out-of-state tuition.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I'm really looking forward to meeting some more amazing people here at NAU and I know that it'll help me grow as a leader.

2016 - Allen - Courtyards - Nicole Rice

Name: Nicole Rice
Major: Biology
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I received a full scholarship, and I absolutely love Flagstaff. Living in a place where I can hike in my backyard is ideal!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I enjoy getting to know people from all walks of life, and I'm excited to see how different yet cohesive my community will be.