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Welcome Home to JMU!

The Office of Residence Life is delighted that you’ll be making your home with us this year.

The foundation for the services we offer is rooted in the following values:

  • Supportive transition to the JMU community
  • Academic achievement
  • Providing positive learning experiences
  • Providing excellent service and accommodations

We recognize that our greatest contribution to your education is involving you in the development and implementation of these services. We expect you to engage with university life. Residence Life is fully committed to the ideals outlined in The Madison Way statement, and we strive throughout the year to integrate the meaning of this statement into all our community has to offer.

We expect that each resident will do the same, thus creating and maintaining a learning-centered community filled with respect for one another, consideration for our earth, hope for our future, and of course, sprinkled with just the appropriate amount of fun!

Join us for a great, safe, and educational year. I promise it will be unforgettable.

Kevin Meaney
Director of Residence Life



Our Mission

The Office of Residence Life at James Madison University is committed to designing and maintaining a caring environment that encourages academic success, respect, personal growth and responsibility to one's community.

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Office of Residence Life University Housing Assignments
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Jason Jones

Associate Director, University Housing

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Dawn Ohanessian

Assistant Director, University Housing

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Karen Sampson

Systems Administration Coordinator

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Brenda Smith

Assignments Technician

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Fiona Kisiday

Operations Technician

Office of Residence Life Business Operations
Holmes Browne

Holmes Browne

Associate Director, Business Operations

Courtney Lear

Courtney Samuelu

Assistant Director, Business Operations

Jon Strine

Jon Strine

Assistant Director, Facilities Operations

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Jennifer Dodson

Fiscal and Operations Coordinator

Sam Butler

Sam Butler

Facilities Technician

Denise Sauder

Denise Sauder

Operations Technician

Office of Residence Life Community Development
Hugh Brown

Hugh Brown

Associate Director, Residence Life

Stephanie Carr

Stephanie Carr

Assistant Director, Staff Selection and Training

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Kevin Martínez

Area Director, Village Area

Emily Higham

Emily Higham

Area Director, Skyline Area

Garrett Suhr

Garrett Suhr

Area Director, Lake and Hillside Areas and Apartments on Grace

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Sydney Bergstrom

Area Director, Bluestone Area

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Denessa Smalls

Residence Hall Director, Jennings Hall

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Michael Busch

Residence Hall Director, Chesapeake Hall

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Nikki Gilbert

Residence Hall Director, Chandler Hall

Liz Odermatt

Liz Odermatt

Residence Hall Director, Shenandoah Hall

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Kelsey Snyder

Residence Hall Director, The Apartments on Grace

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Rosser Sirbaugh

Residence Hall Director, Eagle Hall

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Mariea McNeill

Administrative Assistant

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Tiffany Mayhew

Administrative Assistant

Office of Residence Life Student Learning Initiatives
Kathleen Campbell

Kathleen Campbell

Associate Director, Student Learning Initiatives

Tripp Purks

Tripp Purks

Assistant Director, Student Learning Initiatives

Dee Nilsen

Dee Nilsen

Assistant Director, Residence Life Technology

Laura Blazewicz-Miller

Laura Blazewicz-Miller

Student Learning Initiatives Coordinator

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Sydney Arnold

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Juan Becerra-Martinez

Juan Becerra-Martinez

Administrative Assistant

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