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!

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.