Meet the Sechrist staff
Get to know your Residence Hall Directors and Resident
Sechrist Residence Hall Directors
Name: Kathryn Pierce – Residence Hall Director
- Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs – Northern Arizona University, 2013
- Bachelor of Science, Interior Design and minor in Business – Northern Arizona University, 2011
About Kathryn: I am so excited to be working with such an awesome department and staff this year and am looking forward to what the year will bring. I love working with freshman students because of the energy and excitement that they bring to campus. Seeing the growth of first year students throughout the academic year is such a rewarding and exciting experience.
Name: Laurie Meidl – Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director
- Bachelor of Science, Biology with an emphasis in
Healthcare - University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
- Master of Education Counseling - Student Affairs at NAU (in
Why I choose Northern Arizona University: I chose NAU because of the people, the Residence Life department and the Counseling-Student Affairs Master’s program. I really appreciate that NAU is a student centered institution with the goal of students succeeding both academically and personally. Therefore, professional staff has been placed around campus to assist students as they develop and transition into independent adults. As I am both a student and a professional staff member, I have the best of both worlds. Also, the 300 days of sunshine is a bonus.
Sechrist Resident Assistants
Name: Spencer Perzanowski
Floor: 1st Floor
Year/Major: Junior - Philosophy, Politics, and Law/English (double major)
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because, when I walked on-campus, I instantly felt at home! I appreciated NAU's focus on undergraduate success, the laid-back community atmosphere, and because I knew living away from home would be a great learning opportunity.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I enjoy being a counselor and resource to my peers and friends. Becoming an RA was a natural extension of this, and I am looking forward to building an exciting and supportive community for my residents!
Name: Josh Floyd
Floor: 1st Floor South
Year/Major: Junior - Criminology/Criminal Justice
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I Chose NAU: Small town environment and a great CCJ program.
Why I'm Excited to be an RA: I love getting to know my residents and watching them grow throughout the year.
Name: Anna Rose Babler
Floor: 2nd Floor North
Year/Major: Junior - Secondary Education-English with a certificate in Rhetoric and a Partial ESL Endorsement
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Why I chose NAU: Northern Arizona University has an exceptional education program as well as a beautiful campus. I fell in love with the atmosphere and it's close knit community when I first visited seeven years ago when my sister attended NAU.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am so ecstatic to be a Resident Assistant and to be available as a resource for my residents this coming year. Freshman year can be a challenge and I am excited to help them adjust to living on campus and finding their niche within the NAU family.
Name: Jenna Girdosky
Floor: 2nd Floor South
Year/Major: Sophomore - Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the beautiful campus, outdoor activities, cold weather, and a perfect distance away from home.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to help transition students into college and being a resource for residents to go to. I cannot wait to build relationships with not only the staff but also my residents.
Name: Bradley Dishong
Floor: 3rd Floor North
Year/ Major: Sophomore - Psychology and Criminology
Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because I wanted to experience something brand new in my life. I also wanted to stay fairly close to home so I could spend time with friends and family when I wanted to. I also love being in a town covered in snow with a mountain in our backyard.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: All my life I have had people willing to guide me and help me through my many transitions. Now I have the opportunity to do the same for others, and I wish to give my residents the same support and guidance during their transition to NAU that I received during mine.
Name: Cristian Tafoya
Floor: 3rd Floor South
Year/Major: Junior - Civil Engineering
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it has great weather, a friendly learning environment, and offered my major.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I’m excited to be a Resident Assistant because I want to help others learn the ropes, help them transition into college, and make living in a Residence Hall a great experience.
Name: Micah Hager
Floor: 4th Floor North
Year/Major: Junior - Sociology and Queer Theory Minor
Hometown: Quartzsite, AZ
Why I Chose NAU: I always wanted to go to NAU ever since my freshman year of high school when I heard about it from my favorite teacher. I visited campus and just fell in love with the campus and the city of Flagstaff.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: I am so excited to welcome a new generation of students to NAU, and to share the amazing experiences that I have had so that they can be successful in every way possible at NAU.
Name: Davis Bedient
Floor: 4th Floor South
Year/Major:Junior - Physics Major, Math Minor
Hometown:Incline Village, NV
Why I chose NAU: I thoroughly enjoy all the outdoor activities that are available in Flagstaff. From biking and climbing in the fall and spring, to skiing in the winter, there is always a way to be enjoying the outdoors right next to campus.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to share my knowledge of both campus, and activities off of campus with incoming freshman so that they can enjoy Flagstaff as much as I do. I also enjoy getting to see the incoming freshman transition and change throughout the year.
Name: Leah Bibler
Floor: 5th Floor North
Year/Major: Sophomore - Theater Major and Electronic Media and Film Minor
Hometown: Hesperia, CA
Why I chose NAU: While attending the California State Thespian Festival with my high school troupe, one of the faculty members of NAU's Department of Theater offered me a full-tuition scholarship to study theater here at NAU. I accepted. Here, I get to attend college for what I love without having to stress over an excess of college debt. It's a beautiful feeling.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: Honestly, who wouldn't be? Not many people who apply for this position get hired. It's an amazing opportunity: I get to study what I love and get job/leadership experience at the same time. Not to mention the fact that I get to work with some awesome people. Total win-win situation.
Name: Amy Rosi
Floor: 5th Floor South
Year/ Major: Sophomore - Marketing and Management
Hometown: Longview, WA
Why I chose NAU: It is somewhere different, and different allows growth. Plus, why not? NAU is beautiful and has an amazing, diverse community.
Why I'm excited to be an RA: It will not only allow me to develop new skills for my future, but be a resource and mentor to my residents. It will also be something different!
Name: John "Nick" Julian Jr.
Floor: 6th Floor
Year/Major: Second year Psychology major
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Why I chose NAU: The Speech and Debate team! Forensics is a huge part of my life and I love being a part of NAU's Forensics Family!
Why I'm Excited to be an RA: I look forward to passing on the lessons I learned last year to you guys so you don't have to learn them the hard way!
Name: Nick Sanicola
Floor: 6th Floor South
Year/Major: Junior - Hotel and Restaurant and Business Minor
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Why I chose NAU: The Hotel and Restaurant Management program here is ranked so high in the nation and because of the four seasons!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: This will be my second year as an RA and I could not be more excited to be working with freshmen again. I enjoy being apart of their growth as an individual and helping them get acclimated to the college setting.
Name: Mandy McCormick
Floor: 7th Floor North
Year/Major: Senior - Hotel and Restaurant Management
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I have loved the campus since I used to visit my older brother when he went here, add in the amazing HRM Program, the beautiful weather and the awesome people, there is no other place I would rather go!
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I love being a resource for new students and seeing a community grow before my eyes.
Name: Alex Keene
Floor: 7th Floor South
Year/Major: Sophomore - Electronic Media and Film
Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of the incredibly welcoming community here. Flagstaff is beautiful location that is just buzzing with cool sites to see and wonderful educational opportunities.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I'm excited to be an RA because I enjoy helping others. I am also looking forward to seeing fellow students get excited about their education and opportunities to create a tight-knit community!
Name: Arianna Flores
Floor: 8th Floor South
Year/Major: Junior - Marketing
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because of its beautiful campus and I wanted to be far enough from home to have my own independence, but close enough to still be able to go home whenever I wanted to.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I am excited to build relationships with both my staff and my residents! I also can’t wait to see my residents fall in love with NAU just like I did my freshman year.
Name: Taelin Holloway
Floor: 8th Floor North
Year/Major: Sophomore- Speech and Language Pathology
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Why I chose NAU: I chose NAU because it is close to home, but not to close. The campus is very beautiful. Everyone here is friendly and welcoming. I also enjoy experiencing a change in seasons.
Why I’m excited to be an RA: I’m excited to be an RA next year because I wish to learn new things while also helping my residents transition into NAU as smoothly as possible. I am also excited to make new connections with my staff.