Staff Professional Accomplishments

Campus Partners

Victor Borges, Assistant Residence Hall Director, will be serving as the Graduate Intern with Kent State University Summer 2017 Destination Kent State program.

Brianna Alpaugh, Assistant Residence Hall Director, was awarded the Spring 2017 Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education Travel Award to study abroad in Ireland during Summer 2017.

Brianna Alpaugh and Lizz Reese, Assistant Residence Hall Directors, led Alternative Spring Break trips in March 2017. Brianna was the trip leader of the Feminism Demystified Trip to New York City on behalf of the Women’s Center. Lizz was the trip leader of the Poverty and Economy trip to Detroit, Michigan.

Kevin Mowers, Associate Director, and Stephanie Meyer, Assistant Director, presented on Embracing Conflict to the VACCA Office of Student Services in December 2016.

Chris Tankersley, Interim Associate Director, Meghan Miller, Interim Assistant Director and Brianna Alpaugh, Assistant Residence Hall Director completed Mental Health First Aid Certification in 2016. They have been trained to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.

Stephanie Meyer, Assistant Director, and Diane Platton, Residence Hall Director, teamed up with Student Success Programs (SSP) to infuse the Community Development Model, Restorative Justice, and Social Justice into the Peer Leader Training Course 2017 curriculum. Stephanie and Diane met with SSP staff directly for curriculum and course content development.

Chris Tankersley, Interim Associate Director, completed the Human Resources Supervision Series workshop during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Doris Gharky, Clerical Coordinator, attended the following Human Resources presentations in 2016:
 Students with Disabilities on Campus & Universal Design Session
 Building Positive Relationships with Students
 Competent Supervisor

Chris Tankersley, Interim Associate Director, presented on “Learning Outcomes and Assessment” during the Residence Services Professional Development series during Fall 2016.

Kevin Mowers, Associate Director, presented the following Beyond Compliance workshops during the 2015-2016 academic year:
 Conflict Part I-III: Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace
 Invisible Conflict: Dealing with Conflict from a Microaggression Lens
 Building Relationships with Students
 Building Relationships with Staff
 Building Trust within the Workplace

Patrick Dugan, Assistant Director, has been a member of the Kent State University Faculty and Staff Advisory Council to the LGBT Center since February 2015.


Patrick Dugan and Stephanie Meyer, Assistant Directors, are attending the 2017 ACUHO-I Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Brianna Alpaugh, Assistant Residence Hall Director, will serve as an ACUHO-I intern as a Residence Life and Apartment Coordinator at Central Washington University during Summer 2017.

Clint Gosselin, Assistant Residence Hall Director, will serve as an ACUHO-I Summer Operations Intern at Salem State University during Summer 2017.

Allison Smith, Senior Fiscal Manager, attended the ACUHO-I 2016 Business Operations Conference.

Jill (Church) Jenkins, Executive Director, and Chris Tankersley, Interim Associate Director, attended the 2016 ACUHO-I Just In Time Conference on The Impact of Living on Campus in Columbus, Ohio.

David Taylor, Associate Director, accepted a three-year term in 2015 with the Journal of College and University Student Housing editorial board.


Laura Hellwig, Graduate Assistant for Assignments and Access Control, has served as the Associate Director for Administration and Finance Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (CAACURH) for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Emily Altaffer, Assistant Residence Hall Director, Seyi Odunaiya and Tiffany Tyree, Residence Hall Directors, and Patrick Dugan, Assistant Director, attended conferences associated with the National Association for College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). Emily and Seyi attended the CAACURH 2016 Annual Conference. Patrick attended the NACURH 2016 Annual Conference.

Lindsay Marx, Assistant Director and Allison Smith, Senior Fiscal Manager, are currently serving as advisors to the National Association for College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) Corporate Office – Kent.


Assistant Residence Hall Directors Allison Burko and Jill Swanson, Residence Hall Directors Susie Hufford, Yewande Odunaiya-Moore, Seyi Odunaiya, and Myriah Wiltrout, and Assistant Director Lindsay Marx attended the 2017 Annual ACPA Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Allison Burko, Jill Swanson, and Lindsay Marx presented on “Enhancing Graduate Assistant Experience through a Residential Curriculum”.

David Taylor, Associate Director, and Rayshawn Eastman, Assistant Director, attended the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference.

Tiffany Tyree, Residence Hall Director, attended the NASPA Mental Health Conference in January 2017.

Jill Swanson, Assistant Residence Hall Director, served as an ACPA Ambassador during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Jeff Livingston, Residence Hall Director, co-presented “Using Human Ecology to Meet the Needs of our Students” with Tabetha Maly, Assistant Residence Hall Director (graduated 2016), at the OCPA 2016 conference.


Brianna Alpaugh, Assistant Residence Hall Director, and Lindsay Marx, Assistant Director, are serving as advisors to the NEOHO 2018 RA Conference planning committee.

Assistant Residence Hall Directors, Brianna Alpaugh, Allison Burko, Joshua Longsdorf, and Jill Swanson advised 20 Resident Assistants at the NEOHO 2017 RA Conference at Ashland University. Brianna Alpaugh presented with three Wright Hall Resident Assistants on “Hall Staff Role in Sexual Assault and Safety Response in the Residence Halls”.

Jeff Livingston, Residence Hall Director, and Lindsay Marx, Assistant Director, planned and hosted the NEOHO Fall 2016 Business Meeting. Jill (Church) Jenkins, Executive Director for Residence Services, and David Haas, Residence Hall Director attended.

Other Organizations

Brianna Alpaugh, Assistant Residence Hall Director, David Haas, Residence Hall Director, and Valerie Purdy, Residence Hall Director, are attending the National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning in Columbus, Ohio in May 2017.

Chris Tankersley, Interim Associate Director, served as the Lead Facilitator for the Graduate Leadership Forum for the 168th Pho Gamma Delta Leadership Conference in January 2017.

Eliot Easterling, Associate Applications Developer, and Richard Hildebrand, Senior Applications Developer, attended the 2017 CodeMash Developers Conference.

Jill (Church) Jenkins, Executive Director, attended the Public-Private Partnership Higher Education Summit in San Diego, California in October 2016.

Lindsay Marx, Assistant Director, attended the 2016 Fall Ohio Housing Officers business meeting.

Dennis Gregory, Assistant Director, attended the CBORD User Group Conference in Fall 2016.

Dane Paracuelles, Assistant Residence Hall Director, attended the 2016 Annual National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) conference.

Chris Tankersley, Assistant Director, presented “Using Motivational Interviewing with First Year Experience Seminar Students” at the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students In Transition 2016 Annual Conference.