Meet the Raymond Hall staff

Residence Hall Director 

 

20147 John Wachal - Courtyards
Name: John Wachal
Phone: 928-523-2941
E-mail: john.wachal@nau.edu

Education:

  • 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

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Name: Heather Ramsden
Phone: 928-523-4461
E-mail: heather.ramsden@nau.edu 

  • Education: 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 Courtney Foltz - Raymond
Name: Courtney Foltz
Floor: 2nd floor
Major: Hotel & Restaurant Management
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and the city of Flagstaff, and NAU has the best Hotel and Restaurant Management degree program.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I love meeting new people and I want to be a positive role model and leader to others on campus.

2014 Freddy Garcia - Raymond 
Name: Freddy Garcia
Floor: 2nd floor
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: The small class sizes really caught my interest. NAU was also far enough from home to feel independent but close enough to be rush back if needed. I'm from a hot desert so the snow and trees helped me make that final decision.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: My RA was pretty awesome and helped me have a great experience, so I look forward to doing the same for my residents.

2014 Alexa Schad - Raymond
Name: Alexa Schad
Floor: 1st floor
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because I wanted to gain the full college experience of living away from home but still reasonably close.

Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I am looking forward to not only being involved more with NAU, but also in the lives of my fellow peers!

2014 Alex Clark - Raymond 
Name: Alex Clark
Floor: 1st floor
Major: Exercise Science 
Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose to go to NAU because I saw it as the best all-around school for academics, atmosphere, and activities both on and off campus.

Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because of the connections to be made with the residents as they take on more of the struggles and successes of college.