Meet the McDonald Hall Staff

Residence Hall Director 

20147 John Wachal - Courtyards
Name: John Wachal
Phone: 928-523-2941


  • Associate of Arts – Central Community College, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science - History & Sociology, University of South Dakota, 2010
  • Masters of Arts - Adult & Higher Education, University of South Dakota, 2012
Why I chose NAU? I believe they have a tremendous Housing and Residence Life department that genuinely cares for their students. I wanted to be a part the state’s premier residential university. I love the town of Flagstaff because of its vibrant community filled with beautiful vistas. In South Dakota their motto is “Great Places, Great Faces.” That is what I see here in Flagstaff, between the community and NAU there are so many great people and great places to go and things to do. And at the end of the day you just can’t beat life at 7,000 feet.

A little about John: First off I did not come to NAU alone. I am happily married to my wife Jodie. We are both from Nebraska. I am an avid sports fan and I love my Nebraska football. My wife played collegiate basketball at South Dakota. We are both excited to attend some sporting events while at NAU. We are also big fans of National Parks and the great outdoors (wildlife, camping, hiking, etc.) I have been involved in Residence Life in one form or another since 2005. I love to work with young leaders and help students on their path to graduation. TRUE BLUE NAU!!!  


Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director

2014 Heather Ramsden - Courtyards
Name: Heather Ramsden
Phone: 928-523-4461


  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, Northern Arizona University, 2013 

A little information about Heather: I recently graduated from Northern Arizona University in May, 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a minor in Disability Studies. I worked as a Resident Assistant on campus for two years, during which I assisted first-year students in their college transition. My position as a Resident Assistant was both rewarding and inspiring, and encouraged me to continue working with Housing and Residence Life as a Graduate Assistant Hall Director. I am currently completing a pre-doctoral master’s degree in Psychology combined with licensure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Upon completion of my master’s degree and certificate in Positive Behavior Support, I aspire to facilitate behavior intervention and work extensively with children and adults who have autism, Down syndrome, and developmental disabilities. I am passionate about helping others and hope to positively impact the college students whom I will work with for the next two years.

Resident Assistants

2014 Zane Gage - McDonald
Name: Zane Gage
Floor: 1st floor
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because of the great environment and atmosphere.

Why I am excited to be an RA: I love being there for my residents and providing as much resource to them as possible.

2014 Alexis Romero - McDonald
Name: Alexis Romero
Floor: 1st floor
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: I wanted to go to NAU because I love the weather and the small town made me feel at home and welcome.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: Becoming an RA was a decision I made because it was a chance to make a difference in someone's life and a way for myself to grow as a person and professionally.