Meet the McDonald Hall Staff

Residence Hall Director 


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Name: John Wachal
Phone: 928-523-2941


  • Associate of Arts – Central Community College, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in History & Sociology, University of South Dakota, 2010
  • Masters of Arts in 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

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


  • Bachelor of Arts in 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

Name: Zane Gage

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: 

Why I am excited to be an RA: 

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

Why I Chose Northern Arizona University: The campus is beautiful and I like how small the classes are. Plus, it was far enough from home, but not too far.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I can't wait to make a positive impact on residents and build a community where people can be comfortable and safe.