Housing & Residential Education Staff

The department of Housing & Residential Education staff members are committed to helping you get the most out of your on campus housing experience. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members for assistance.

Departmental Organization Chart

 

Main Office on Central Campus

Director of Residential Education - Montez Butts - (970) 351-3403 - montez.butts@unco.edu

Montez Butts

My name is Montez Butts and I currently serve as the Director for Residential Education. Although, I have most recently returned to UNC I'm not new to the campus as I have graduated with both my B.A. in Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice and my M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education from this excellent institution. 

We have a dedicated team of professional and student staff throughout our Housing & Residential Education Department and I'm confident your experience will be a positive one. Please do not hesitate to let us know those things we are doing well and how we can improve. 

Welcome to the land of the bears!

 

Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities - Currently Vacant

Information coming soon!

 


Assistant Director of Academic Programs - Whitney Newman - (970) 351-2144 - whitney.newman@unco.edu

Whitney

I’m originally from Wyoming and first came to UNC as an undergraduate student. I studied History and Political Science while also getting involved as an Orientation Leader, Tutor, and Resident Assistant. I went to graduate school in Higher Education Administration at Washington State University (go Cougs!) and came back to UNC because I missed working with the wonderful population of students who are served at UNC.

I’m currently the Assistant Director for Academic Programs and work with the faculty in residence, residential learning communities, professional staff recruitment, selection, and training. I supervise the residence hall directors on Central Campus.

UNC is a great place to work, learn, and live! Go Bears!

 

Assistant Director of Apartment Life - Jennifer Brundage - (970) 351-2354 - Jennifer.Brundage@unco.edu

Jennifer Brundage

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois but have had the pleasure of living in a variety of places before coming to UNC. I received my B.A. in 2006 from Carthage College with a double major in English and Theatre and a minor in Spanish and my M.A. at Michigan State University in Student Affairs Administration with a concentration in Leadership Development. After MSU, I worked in Residence Life at Loyola Marymount University as a Hall Director (3.5 years), sailed as a Hall Director on Semester at Sea (Spring 2012) and as an Area Coordinator at the University of Wyoming (1.5 years).

I have a passion for working with students and therefore am thrilled to be serving as the Assistant Director for Apartment Life and Operations here at UNC! Within this role I will be overseeing daily operations and management of University and Arlington Park Apartments, working with conference services with our summer conference program, coordinating operation protocols and hiring our wonderful student staff members who work within the department. Students, if you are looking for a job, contact me!

Go Bears!

 

Assistant Director of Student Engagement - Christina Schwiderski - (970) 351-2850 - christina.schwiderski@unco.edu

Christina Schwiderski

I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest and a beautiful small town called Joseph, Oregon. I got involved in undergraduate at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington as a Resident Advisor and member of the campus program council. That involvement led me to my career path and Bowling Green State University in Ohio where I studied College Student Personnel. I missed the mountains of the West and when I graduated with my Master’s degree I moved to amazing Colorado!

Currently, I am lucky enough to work with wonderful UNC leaders. I serve as the advisor to the Residence Hall Association, the student government for residence hall students. If you are looking to get involved, check out RHA or your own hall council. I also get to work with a special group of leaders called the Diversity Mentors, who support and educate their peers on concepts of inclusion, social justice, and diversity.

UNC Bears get involved! What will your paw print say about you?

 

Assignment Coordinator - Val Nielsen - (970) 351-1951 - val.nielsen@unco.edu

Val

My name is Val Nielsen, I am the Assignments Coordinator. I have worked at UNC over 30 years and I am also a Greeley native. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

I love Colorado Avalanche Hockey!

 

 


Business Manager - Kim Betz - (970) 351-2651 - kimberly.betz@unco.edu

Kim Betz

Hi:  I'm the Business Manager for the Housing and Residential Education Department.  I am new to the department and very excited to be part of the department and the University Community.  Prior to joining the Housing and Residential Education Department, I worked for local government for 27 years.  I look forward to working with the students and their families. 
 
I'm a native Coloradoan and grew up in the northeast part of the state.  After high school, I moved to Greeley to attend college and enjoyed the community so I decided to stay and call this area my home.  I'm married and have two children as well as two dogs and two cats.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dogs and reading.

 

Accounts Manager - Devon Carnahan - (970) 351-1888 - devon.carnahan@unco.edu

More information coming soon!

 


Administrative Aide to the Director - Meg Murphy - (970) 351-2686 - meg.murphy@unco.edu

Meg Murphy

I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin (Go Packers!) and came to call Greeley home via Los Angeles, Denver, Boulder and Louisville.  Greeley was going to be a 3-year stop but I met my husband, who is from Greeley, and have fallen in love with it here!  I previously worked for the Greeley Mall Management Office, the Greeley Tribune and now UNC.  I started with UNC 4 ½ years ago with the Alumni Association and recently moved to Housing and Residential Education.  It was the right move…a great team, positive working environment and student interaction. 

My husband and I live in west Greeley with our dog Bogart.  We love to travel, go hiking, take long rides in the convertible on Sunday afternoons, try new restaurants and relax in the backyard.

If I can be of assistance, call me!

 

Administrative Assistant - Melinda Cronin - (970) 351-1954 - melinda.cronin@unco.edu

MelindaI am a Greeley native and attended UNC as a student. I graduated from UNC with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business Administration.

For the past 7 years have been working in the Housing & Residential Education department. Previously, I worked in the Student Rights and Responsibilites office and am now back in the main office working with the Housing & Residential Education staff.

I enjoy being on campus assisting students and parents with questions about housing and UNC.

Go Bears!

 

West Campus

Harrison Hall Director - Brandon Morris - (970) 351-2874 - brandon.morris@unco.edu

Brandon MorrisInformation coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrenson Hall Director - Corey Friend - (970) 351-2799 - corey.friend@unco.edu

Corey Friend

Greetings! I am very excited to join the Housing & Residential Education team as the Lawrenson Hall Director this year! I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Saint John’s University in 2010. After volunteering for a year, I began the College Student Personnel Master’s program at Bowling Green State University, and completed my degree in May 2013.

My favorite thing about UNC and Greeley so far is the capacity for kindness that has been shown already. There truly is a culture of care at UNC, where students, faculty, and staff are committed to respecting others, advocating for social justice, and building healthy communities.

When I’m not at work, you will probably find me thrift shopping, seeing a movie, camping, cooking and baking, or playing disc golf. Additionally, I’m a big sports fan (Go Twins!), and can always be coaxed into a pickup game of just about anything.

I look forward to my time here at UNC, and if you ever want to chat, just stop by Lawrenson Hall!

 

North Hall Director - Jay Brooks - (970) 351-3337 - jay.brooks@unco.edu

Jay Brooks

Hi, My name is Jay and I am currently a doctoral student in Higher Education and Student Leadership Affairs. I have a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration/General Business and Masters Degree in Physical Education/Sport Administration from Wichita State University.

I was born in upper Michigan and have 2 brothers and 5 sisters. I also have 6 nieces, 6 nephews, 2 great-nephews and 2 great-nieces. In my free time I love watching college sports and of course the DALLAS COWBOYS!


 

South Hall Director - Tim Ocskasy

Information coming soon! Tim will be joining our team on July 1, 2014.

 

Turner Hall Director - Morgan Bradford

Information coming soon! Morgan will be joining our team on July 1, 2014.


Graduate Assistant - Leadership - Chelsea Coalwell - (970) 351-3641 - chelsea.coalwell@unco.edu

Chelsea Coalwell

Hi! My name is Chelsea and I will be serving as the Graduate Assistant for Leadership.  I am originally from Loveland, Colorado though I spent a number of years living in Denver while attending Regis University.  I graduated from Regis in 2011 with a B.A. in Politics and Philosophy before joining Teach For America as an early childhood educator in Tulsa, OK. 

 I am so excited to be back in Colorado and even more excited to begin my adventure at UNC!  This year in addition to working with Residential Education I will be working on my Masters in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) program here at UNC.  I am truly looking forward to working with our amazing staff and students!

 

Manager of Scheduling and Conduct - Tiffany Pendleton - (970) 351-2753 - tiffany.pendleton@unco.edu

Tiffany Pendleton

Hello! I’m Tiffany Pendleton and am the Hall Director for South Hall. I graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Human Services.  I also have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education from UNC. I have been with the department of Housing and Residential Education for 5 years and am in my 4th year as a Hall Director.

I am a 4th generation Colorado Native and love living in Greeley, CO! In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors in the Colorado sun with my family, partner and our dog! In the future I hope to be the driver and owner of a sprint car! As far as future employment goals, I hope to one day work with Veteran’s who are returning or coming to school!

Once a bear, always a bear!

 

Counselor in Residence - Sarah Griess - (970) 351-3708 - sarah.griess@unco.edu

I am so excited to be play a role in supporting students at UNC. Originally from the Mid-West, I came to UNC to complete my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Throughout my time here I have been a part of the campus community in a number of different roles and currently enjoy part of my time with HRE as the Counselor-In-Residence and the remainder of my time as a Licensed Staff Psychologist at the UNC Counseling Center. I have worked at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Washington, and University of Colorado-Boulder. Although I’ve enjoyed my other campus experiences, UNC has always drawn me back and I’m so grateful to be able to call it home.

In my role with HRE I provide training and professional development opportunities for professional and student staff, as well as providing consultation regarding concerning student issues within the residence halls. I find my work to be incredibly rewarding and feel so privileged to have the opportunity to interact with such a wonderful student body.  I also love the Greeley community, the nearby mountains, and the numerous opportunities for growth, adventure and fun that Colorado provides.

Proud to be a Bear!

 

Graduate Assistant for Diversity Mentors - Jamie Huddleston - (970) 351-3475 - jamie.huddleston@unco.edu

Jamie Huddleston

Hello! My name is Jamie Huddleston and I am the Graduate Assistant for Social Justice. I am eager to be working within Housing and Residential Education with the Diversity Mentors Program. I’m also so excited to have entered into the field of higher education with my graduate studies in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership.

I was born a southern girl from Texas, but after living most of my life in Colorado, I have embraced Colorado as my home. I grew up in the suburbs of Denver, and completed my undergraduate degree of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. From there, I taught high school English in Keenesburg, Colorado, before coming here to the University of Northern Colorado to pursue this new season of life.

Many of my passions focus on the capacity to help and serve others. I desire to support students in their life endeavors by helping them pursue their own dreams and ambitions. It is my hope to create an environment where students have the ability to discover their identity and find the resources and means to thrive in that liberty.

Outside of my work with students I enjoy running, coffee shop meandering, and book nerding (English teachers can make up words). I also enjoying meeting and hanging out with new people!

Student Assistant for Student Rights and Responsibilites Office - Katherine Brant - (970) 351-2001 - katherine.brant@unco.edu

Information coming soon!

 

 


Central Campus

Central Coalition (Hansen-Willis, Belford, Gordon, Decker, Sabin and Snyder Halls) Hall Director -
Shaadi Shoubaki - (970) 351-2159 - shaadi.shoubaki@unco.edu

Information coming soon!

 

Hall Director for Wilson Hall and Presidents Row (Brown, Lujan, Dickeson and Bond Halls) - Taylor Smith - (970) 351-2043 - taylor.smith@unco.edu

Taylor Smith

Well hello there! My name is Taylor Smith. I am currently working on my masters in Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership. While obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Political Science I had the opportunity to work with Housing and Residential Education as a Resident Assistant, Mail Clerk, Desk Assistant and as an intern in the Housing Services office. I am very excited to continue working with the department in my new role.

 I am a proud Colorado native and enjoy spending my free time outdoors.  I enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, rock climbing and I am an avid  Frisbee Golfer.

 

Hall Director for Wiebking Hall - Currently Vacant

Information coming soon!

 


Arlington Park, University Apartments and University Owned Houses

Arlington Park and University Apartments Hall Director - Currently Vacant

Information coming soon!


Arlington Park Apartments Manager - Sarah Thompson - (970) 356-7275 - sarah.thompson@unco.edu

Sarah Thompson

Hi, I’m Sarah Thompson and I am the Arlington Park Apartments Manager. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech Language Sciences. I am currently a graduate student, working to complete my Doctorate in Audiology. I am very excited to be part of the Apartment Life division of Housing and Residential Education!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I also love to visit my miniature Dachshunds, Rocky and Patches!

 

 

University Apartments Manager - Aaron Miller - (970) 351-2759 - aaron.miller@unco.edu

Aaron Miller

 

 

Information coming soon!

 

 

 

Housing Services

Director of Housing Services - Brad Shade - (970) 351-1984 - brad.shade@unco.edu

Brad

As a Colorado native, I am proud to say that I have worked in this department, in various capacities, for more than 20 years of my 27 years in Higher Education. As a UNC alum, I collected both my bachelors and masters degrees in Business Administration and Communications from this great institution.

I had the pleasure of starting as a student here, becoming a front desk clerk, night clerk, summer assistant, RA, Assistant Hall Director, Hall Director, Assistant Director and Associate Director. I now serve as the Director of Housing Services with new responsibilities in Enrollment Management and Student Access (EMSA) for master and strategic planning. I have had a hand in many new developments and initiatives over the years from designing our departmental structure, to developing our mission & vision and constructing or renovating more than $100M in upgrades to our facilities in the past decade. We have hosted local, regional and national conferences and have had an expanding role in serving the Greeley community.

This is a great place to work due to the outstanding students that we recruit and house on our campus in addition to the terrific personnel that work on our campus and support every aspect of a student’s success and development. The people are the reason that I have stayed at UNC for all these years and I am confident that they will impress you too! As a department, we strive for facility excellence and desire to see students experience personal growth and development. I would welcome your calls or e-mail if there is any way that we can assist in providing the excellence to which we aspire.

Personally, I am also the proud parent of two young men who keep my wife and I running from academic events, athletic practices, games and church activities. As a family, we enjoy traveling, camping, fishing and any sport ever played. Clearly, family is important to me and it is our desire to serve you as part of the UNC family. Once a Bear, always a Bear!

 

Assistant Director of Housing Services - Jediah Cummins - (970) 351-1945 - jediah.cummins@unco.edu

Jed Cummins

Hi, I'm Jed Cummins and I am the Assistant Director of Housing Services. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Computer Science. I also have a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University. I am happy to be back at UNC and back in the Housing and Residential Education family after a few years in Texas! I also advise the UNC chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends in Greeley. I love to do things outdoors, going running (I’m currently training for a half marathon), riding my bike, and hiking! I like tinkering with technology, using social media, and trying out new things. As an alum of UNC I love homecoming week, and various traditional events on campus!

Go Bears!

 


Operations Coordinator - James Galindo - (970) 351-1908 - james.galindo@unco.edu

James
I currently serve as the Operations Coordinator for Housing & Residential Education.  I have been at UNC going on my 10th year and have worked for the Housing & Residential Education Department since August of 2000.  I served in the U.S. Navy from 1990-1994 and was Honorably Discharged.  

I am married to my wife Colleen, and we have three daughters, Vanessa, Jessica and Samantha.



Administrative Assistant for Housing Operations - Carol Marston - (970) 351-1984 - carol.marston@unco.edu.


Carol

I am a Greeley native and have worked in Housing & Residential Education for 20 years.  I love my job and working with the students.  I love animals and have 2 Bichon Frise dogs.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the mountains, hiking, camping, and fishing. 



Custodial Supervisor (West Campus) - Julian Rodriquez - (970) 351-3089 - julian.rodriquez@unco.edu

Julian Hello I am Julian Rodriquez

I have been with U.N.C. for 22 years and Housing & Residential Education for 20 years . I am a father of 3 kids , 1 son and 2 daughters, (9 grandkids!) When I first started with UNC I started on the grave yard shift at Frasier Hall.

After 1 year I moved to the evening shift at Candelaria Hall. After  a year I was transferred to Housing Services. I slowly worked my way to a Custodial Lead and then to the present position that I hold now.

I enjoy working with the students during the academic year and look forward to the challenges we receive during our Summer Conferences. In short, I love what I do and where I do it at!

Custodial Supervisor (Central Campus) - Rhonda Gonzales - (970) 351-3090 - rhonda.gonzales@unco.edu

Rhonda

I have worked with UNC for over 18 years and enjoy my job and the daily challenges that come with it. Love to gamble and travel

I’m married and have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

 

 

 


Utility Crew Supervisor - Greg Johnson - (970) 351-1350 - greg.johnson@unco.edu

Greg
Hey there, my name is Greg Johnson and I started here at the University in February 2010. It has been great getting to know my co-workers and the atmosphere is one that is welcoming and is very much centered on students.

I am married to my wonderful wife Susie and have a daughter in kindergarten. My wife graduated from UNC in 2008. As for my daughter I hope she becomes a UNC Bear someday.

My hobbies include but are not limited to Cowboy mounted shooting which I am a beginner at and I enjoy fishing and hunting. I am trying my hand at woodworking and still have all my fingers with a couple of projects completed.

Utility Crew - Ronald Bishop - (970) 351-1350 - ronald.bishop@unco.edu

Ron Bishop

My name is Ron Bishop and I was born and raised in Greeley. I have worked at Kodak in Windsor for 34 years before starting here in Feb. 2011.  I am happily married to my wife Debbie. We have two daughters, two great sons-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy camping, fishing and hunting with my family, and I am a diehard Bronco Fan.

I look forward to helping students, faculty, and guests be as comfortable and content as possible in their accommodations here at UNC.