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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.

Office of Residence Life Director
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


Karen Sampson

Systems Administration Coordinator

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Brenda Smith

Assignments 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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Stephenie Williams

Fiscal and Operations Coordinator

Sam Butler

Sam Butler

Facilities Technician


Jennifer Dodson

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

Emily Higham

Emily Higham

Area Director, Village Area


Chris Ehrhart

Area Director, Skyline Area

Garrett Suhr

Garrett Suhr

Area Director, Lake and Hillside Areas and Apartments on Grace

Justin Tarbell

Justin Tarbell

Area Director, Bluestone Area

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Sam Squyars

Residence Hall Director, Jennings Hall


Michael Busch

Residence Hall Director, Chesapeake Hall

Laura Blazewicz-Miller

Laura Blazewicz-Miller

Residence Hall Director, Chandler Hall

Liz Odermatt

Liz Odermatt

Residence Hall Director, Shenandoah Hall


Kelsey Snyder

Residence Hall Director, The Apartments on Grace


Keanté Eppes

Residence Hall Director, Eagle Hall

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Mariea McNeill

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

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Jordan Todd

Student Learning Initiatives Coordinator

Alicia Lamb

Alicia Lamb

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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Hannah Edwards

Administrative Assistant

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