Meet the Reilly Staff
Get to know your Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistants.
Residence Hall Director
Name: Chelsae Currie
- Bachelors of Science, Major Sociology from Eastern Michigan University, 2010
- Masters of Arts, Major Educational Leadership: Higher Education Administration from University of Nevada, Reno, 2012
About Chelsae: I’m excited to be working in Cowden Learning Communities because I’ve seen firsthand how beneficial a Learning Community can be. Also I have a passion for freshmen students and their specific issues around transitioning to college. I have no doubt this year will be one of growth and discovery for both myself and the Cowden Learning Communities residents.
Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director
Name: Devon Spaw
- Masters of Education in Counseling/Student Affairs (currently pursuing)
- Bachelors of Science – Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
About Devon: Devon comes to NAU from a suburb of Illinois northwest of Chicago. She is thrilled to be in a new and exciting environment and to have the chance to continue to work with students in the Residence Halls.
Name: Mandy Montgomery
Wing/Floor: 1st & 2nd floor East
Year & Major: Junior - Mathematics and Secondary Ed in Mathematics; minor in Psychology
Hometown & High School: Prescott, AZ - Tri-City Preparatory
Why I chose NAU: I picked NAU because I love the small town atmosphere and how many outdoor activities Flagstaff offers. I have met so many great people and I cannot believe that I have already been here for over 2 years.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am doing my part of creating a safe and friendly community by becoming a Resident Assistant. My main reason is to help freshman make an easy transition into the college lifestyle and I love meeting new people!!
Name: Emily Webster
Wing/Floor: 2nd floor West & South
Year & Major: Sophomore - Philosophy, Politics and Law
Hometown & High School: Tempe, AZ - Horizon Honors High School
Why I chose NAU: I love the four seasons, small size and wanted to be away from home to become more independent
Why I’m excited to be an RA: To help my residents and be an instrument for positive social change in my community
Name: Thomas Lulay
Wing/Floor: 3rd floor West
Year & Major: Junior - Forestry, certificate in fire ecology and management
Hometown & High School: University Place, WA - Curtis High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of my love for the outdoors, the beauty of Flagstaff and the surrounding made it an easy choice.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I am afforded the opportunity to become a stronger leader, be a mentor to young college students and grow as a person/student.
Name: Monica Gallegos
Wing/Floor: 3rd floor East
Year & Major: Sophomore - Chemistry
Hometown & High School: Desert Hot Springs, CA - Desert Hot Springs High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I wanted an to attend a college out of state, but I didn't want to be too far from home. I also chose NAU because it is not too big of a campus that I can create great relationships with professors, as well as smaller class sizes.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I feel it is a great way to meet new people, but also to help residents feel more connected to Reilly as well as NAU. I look forward to being able to help my residents transition into being on their own as well as learning to make their own decisions. I feel this is such a great role because not only do you get to see your residents grow throughout the semester, but you also get to see yourself grow as a peer and a leader.
Name: Tyler Bachler
Floor & Wing: 4th floor West
Year/ Major: Junior - Business Management & Criminal Justice
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I've wanted to live in Flagstaff since I was 10 years old. I love the weather, the environment, and the people of this small town!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because this is an outstanding opportunity to mentor residents while developing myself into a stronger leader in my final year of college. I love to help people, so this is the perfect job for me!
Name: Justin (Gage) Williams
Wing/Floor: 4th floor East
Year & Major: Senior/ History Major
Hometown & High School: Apache Junction, AZ - Apache Junction High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I liked the small atmosphere that it provided to its student population. At NAU I don't just feel like another number. I am able to develop a relationship with my professors and other students easier because of the small atmosphere that the university is set in. And its really fun here!
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I absolutely love helping people to feel at home in the residence halls in which they live. To me, living on campus is one of the key components to having a great college experience. In light of this I think it is important to have a comfortable living situation. I realize that coming to college is a tough transition from high school because I have went through it myself. It is my pleasure to help Freshmen residents have the best experience with that transition as possible! I love talking with people and developing relationships with them so that they know that I am there to help and that they can count on me! Being an RA allows me to have that 24/7 so it's perfect!
Name: Kristina Simpson
Wing/Floor: 5th floor West
Year & Major: Sophomore - Photography & Modern Languages-Emphasis on German
Hometown & High School: Tucson, AZ - Tucson High
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU for a number of reasons. First and foremost they had a Photography program that I liked and felt I could learn a lot from. Visiting campus really sealed the deal for me though, because I had the opportunity to not only see the wonderful scenery we are surrounded by but also to experience the welcoming atmosphere here at NAU, and in the larger Flagstaff community.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm really excited to meet all of my residents and help them navigate NAU so they can have a great freshman year.
Name: Taylor Dean
Wing/Floor: 5th floor East
Year & Major: Sophomore - Speech-Language Pathology; minor in Psychology
Hometown & High School: Sierra Vista, AZ - Buena High School
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the smaller campus and amazing climate.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I have the chance to meet new people and help guide my residents through their freshman year here at NAU!
Name: Victor Ugarte
Wing/Floor: 6th floor East
Year & Major: Junior - Secondary Education History; Certificate in Wildlife Ecology
Hometown & High School: Camarillo, CA - Santa Clara High School
Why I chose NAU: I choose NAU because of the small town feel it provides. I love the weather, the campus, but most of all the people. It is my home away from home!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I’m excited to be an RA because I really want to make a difference in the lives of NAU residents. I really enjoy helping residents find their way around the new university atmosphere and it is so fun to watch them all succeed on a day to day basis in their college careers!
Name: Austin Shannon
Wing/Floor: 6th floor West
Year & Major: Sophomore - Biomedical Science; minors in Chemistry and Philosophy
Hometown & High School: Payson, AZ - Payson High School
Why I chose NAU: In-state, cool weather, smaller class sizes, great atmosphere, and clean air. I fell in love at orientation and I grow more fond of the school and the city daily.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am mostly excited to meet new people and to help them transition into the college life. My freshman year was spent primarily with my nose in a textbook. I let some of the social aspect of college fall through the cracks my freshman year in the pursuit of a high GPA. Because of this, I understand that there's always something that we could use some help with at this critical moment in our lives. I'm excited to help the residents of Reilly out with that task and hopefully share some great memories along the way.
Name: Kellen Turton
Wing/Floor: 7th floor West
Year & Major: Junior – Interior Design
Hometown & High School: Highlands Ranch, CO – Mountain Vista High School
Why I chose NAU: I wanted the full out-of-state college experience (academics, sports, clubs, etc.) without the full out-of-state college price tag! Getting involved on campus and making new friends has really changed my life! The beautiful campus, intimate classes and outgoing members of the NAU community continues to assure me that I made the right choice!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I can’t wait to meet my new residents! Being there for those who are new to campus is an important role and I am excited to fill it! The first year of college holds so much potential and I want to give residents every opportunity to make the most of it!
Name: Rachel Meyer
Wing/Floor: 7th floor East
Year & Major: Sophomore - Biomedical Science; minor in Chemistry and an emphasis in Forensics
Hometown & High School: Hawthorne, CA - Mira Costa High School
Why I chose NAU: Its beautiful campus and genuinely friendly community.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I want to make friends and help my residents have the best year possible.