Meet the Raymond Hall staff

Residence Hall Director 


2013 John_Wachal
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


  • Education: 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

2013 Brittany_Westland_RA
Name: Brittany Westlund
Floor: 2nd floor
Major: Secondary Education Mathematics with a minor in Spanish
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because of how great the teaching program is and because the four seasons in Flagstaff is a beautiful change from the two seasons in Phoenix.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because of all the new people I am able to meet. I look forward to planning events that will get all of my residents better acquainted so we can have a friendly, fun, and welcoming community.

2013 Kerri_Soscia_RA
Name: Kerri Soscia
Floor: 1st floor
Major: English and Secondary Education
Hometown: East Greenwich, RI

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: Because it has a wonderful education program and I think it will be a new and exciting experience that will be different from my previous experiences at the University of Rhode Island. 

Why I’m excited to be an RA: Because I love the sense of community the job fosters and I love helping others. 

2013 Zane_Gage_RA 
Name: Zane Gage
Floor: 2nd floor
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Glendale, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because of the community and location. Those two things, above all else, really made me attached to NAU and a Lumberjack! 

Why I’m excited to be an RA: Helping people has always been a joy of mine and I'm looking forward to being able to alter the lives of the people around me for the best!

2013 Noah_Schumacher_RA
Name: Noah Schumacher
Floor: 1st floor
Major: Political Science
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I came to NAU because it was a great change from dirt and cactus.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I get to meet all sorts of new people, and I get to help out anybody I can.