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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. 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. We promise it will be unforgettable.

The Office of Residence Life Team

To get in touch with someone quickly with the most accurate information,
please email or call 540-568-4663

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.

Kathleen Campbell

Kathleen Campbell

Director, Office of Residence Life

Housing Operations

Dawn Ohanessian

Associate Director, Housing Operations

Emily Higham

Emily Higham

Assistant Director, Housing Operations

Dee Nilsen

Dee Nilsen

Assistant Director, Technology


Kris Hensley

Assistant Director, Conference Services


To be Filled

Coordinator, Conference Services

Sydney Arnold

Sydney Wood

Social Media & Marketing Manager


Karen Sampson

Systems Administration Coordinator


Brenda Smith

Assignments Technician


Ben Polglase

Operations Technician

Business Operations
Holmes Browne

Holmes Browne

Associate Director, Business Operations


Julie Merryman

Assistant Director, Business Operations


Jon Strine

Assistant Director, Facilities Operations


Jennifer Dodson

Fiscal and Operations Coordinator

Sam Butler

Sam Butler

Facilities Technician

Denise Sauder

Denise Sauder

Operations Technician

Community Development
Hugh Brown

Hugh Brown

Associate Director, Residence Life


Kevin Martínez

Area Director, Village Area and 735 Main

Garret Suhr

Garrett Suhr

Area Director: Skyline Area

Sydney Bergstrom

Sydney Bergstrom

Area Director: Apartments on Grace, Hillside Area & Lake Area


Kelsey Snyder

Area Director: Bluestone Area & The Tree Houses


Coming Soon!

Full Time Hall Director, Apartments on Grace


Dalton Stroup

Full Time Hall Director, Paul Jennings Hall


Mario Vargas

Full Time Hall Director, Chesapeake Hall

Nikki Gilbert

Nikki Gilbert

Full Time Hall Director, Chandler Hall


Liz Odermatt

Full Time Hall Director, Shenandoah Hall


Rosser Sirbaugh

Full Time Hall Director, Eagle Hall

Learning Initiatives
Stephanie Carr

Stephanie Carr

Associate Director, Recruitment, Training and Inclusion


Alexis Plater

Assistant Director, Staff Selection and Training

Tripp Purks

Tripp Purks

Assistant Director, Student Learning Initiatives


Fiona Kisiday

SLI Coordinator


Tiffany Mayhew

Administrative Assistant

Jen Stepp

Jennifer Stepp

Administrative Assistant

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