Meet the Raymond Hall staff
Residence Hall Director
Name: Hillary Fanelli
- 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!
Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director
Name: Nick O'Neal
- Bachelor of Science, Communicative Sciences and Disorders - University of Montana
Why I chose NAU: I was drawn to Flagstaff and NAU because of the connection to the great outdoors and the emphasis on diversity among the students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the supportive, student focused environment, NAU offers the opportunity to learn and grow as a new professional in the Student Affairs field. Flagstaff has quickly become my new home and base for new life adventures to come!
Name: Brandon McCormick
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I was excited for the opportunity to attend such a great institution
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA so I can share my knowledge and experiences with others and learn from them, too
Name: Maria Otlo
Hometown: Fort Mohave, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it had everything I was looking for. Beautiful weather and scenery, diversity, adventure, and new experiences. It was the only school I toured and I instantly fell in love with the campus and environment. NAU has a certain authenticity that no other University has.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm beyond excited to be an RA because it gives me the opportunity to meet and work with amazing people, make friendships, and this allows me to be there for others and hopefully make a difference in their life and experience at NAU. I hope to positively impact as many people as I can during my time as an RA.
Name: Michael Velazquez
Major: Strategic Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and minors in Creative Media and Film
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I chose NAU: Since I had not lived in Phoenix that long, I had no idea about the colleges in the state and was referred here by my guidance counselor. When I made the trip up to the campus, I knew I was home. From the Beautiful campus that reminded of life back home, to the affordability that would not leave me with regret after I Graduate, NAU was always the only University for me.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I like the idea of meeting so man new people being able to help guide my residents as much as possible while watching them grow into further into adulthood. I like the ability to expand my horizons by taking on a much bigger leadership role than ever before!
Name: Erika Lobenstein
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose Northern Arizona University because of its beautiful campus, small class sizes, and friendly and welcoming people.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be a resource to my residents and help them to get the most out of their experience here at NAU.