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: Drew Felton
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Northern Arizona University
- Pursuing MED Counseling - Student Affairs
Name: Monica Gallegos
Wing/Floor: 1&2 East
Year & Major: Junior - 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: 3 East
Year/ Major: Senior - 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: Kristina Simpson
Wing/Floor: 5 East
Year & Major: Junior - 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: 7 West
Year & Major: Sophomore/Junior - Art History
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: Kellen Turton
Wing/Floor: 5 West
Year & Major: Senior – 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: 2 West
Year & Major: Junior - Biomedical Science; minor in Chemistry
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.
Name: Jacob Goodenough
Wing/Floor: 4 West
Year & Major: Sophomore - Elementary & Special Education
Hometown & High School: Gilbert, AZ - Gilbert High School
Why I choose NAU: I chose NAU because ever since I was a kid I have loved Flagstaff! It’s great to get out to the phoenix sun and still be close to my family!
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA because I love to meet new people! I also know how hard it can be for kids to settle into their dorms so I want to make their transition as seamless as possible and guarantee that they will have a positive university experience!
Name: Thomas Knoblauch
Wing/Floor: 3 West
Year & Major: Sophomore - Physics, Spanish
Hometown & High School: Phoenix, AZ - Shadow Mountain High School
Why I choose NAU: The cool weather, clear night skies and fantastic Physical Science program made NAU an obvious choice.
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am excited to provide my residents with an exciting and meaningful Freshman year, and show them that the college experience is an awesome one
Name: Mac Olson
Wing/Floor: 4 East
Year/ Major: Senior - Psychology and Communication
Hometown & High School: Gilbert, AZ - Mesquite High School
Why I choose NAU: I choose NAU for similar reasons every other college kid in Arizona might want to. Get out of the house, see a full four seasons, enjoy the high life (elevation of course!), and small class sizes. It was well worth it!
Why I am excited to be an RA: I am ecstatic to become an RA for so many reasons: meet new people, gain friends, diversify into different cliques, but most of all to find out what it's like to converse with so many students because I have never been a part of anything as large as this society of colleagues.
Name: Kayla Blaker
Floor/Wing: 7 East
Year & Major: Sophomore - Chemistry
Hometown & High School: Peoria, AZ - Liberty High School
Why did you choose NAU: I grew up in the Phoenix area and really wanted a change in scenery while staying close enough to home. I also love the campus and the people on it!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I’m excited to meet and help my residents all year long so that their freshman year will be fantastic!
Name: Troy Lederer
Floor/Wing: 6 West
Year/Major: Sophomore - Business Marketing, minor in Advertising.
Hometown & High School: Phoenix, AZ - Desert Vista High School
Why did you choose NAU: I chose NAU because it is awesome! (weather, people, campus, you name it!).
Why I’m excited to be an RA: What excites me most about being an RA is getting to know everyone that is going to live in Reilly!
Name: Riley Ducey
Floor/Wing: 6 East
Year/Major: Sophomore - Mechanical Engineering
Hometown & High School: Phoenix, AZ - Sunny Slope High School
Why did you choose NAU: I choose NAU because I want to go to college somewhere in the woods and because of the beautiful town and campus.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to be an RA this coming school year because i will have the chance to help the incoming student have a truly wonderful first year here at NAU and help them settle in to this new chapter in their lives.