Meet the Raymond Hall staff
Residence Hall Director
Name: John Wachal
- 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
Name: Tim Bonson
- Currently pursuing a School Psychology degree.
- Master of Education in Higher Education – Texas Tech University
- Bachelor of Business Administration – University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
About Tim: I am excited about working at a dynamic university where each student receives personal attention. It is especially important for me to assist students when they are outside of the classroom. I am particularly interested in academic initiatives and leadership development.
Name: Steven Hansen
Major: Exercise Science Major, with a minor in Psychology
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Why I chose Northern Arizona University: I chose Northern Arizona because I love the atmosphere on and around campus.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I became an RA, because I enjoy helping people whenever I can.
Name: Michael Hughes
Major: Visual Communications, Graphic Design & Interactive Design
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Why I chose Northern Arizona
University: I chose NAU for the atmosphere, climate, scenery and because most of my family has gone to NAU.
Why I’m excited
to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I enjoy helping people, as well as working with new residence every year.
Name: Taylor Johnson
Major: Speech-Language Sciences & Technology with a minor in Business
Hometown: Anthem, AZ
Why I chose Northern Arizona University: Like most people, I chose NAU for the weather, but have grown to love the atmosphere, including the people and just the overall environment on campus.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited about being an RA this year because I love community building! Making sure that everyone on my floor feels comfortable and included is very important to me!
Name: Brittany Westlund
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.