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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

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

Sydney Arnold

Sydney Wood

Social Media & Marketing Manager


Karen Sampson

Systems Administration Coordinator


Shalia Purce

Coordinator, Conference Services


Brenda Smith

Assignments Technician


Fiona Kisiday

Operations Technician

Business Operations
Holmes Browne

Holmes Browne

Associate Director, Business Operations


Julie Slifer

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


Position to be Filled

Area Director, Skyline Area

Garret Suhr

Garrett Suhr

Area Director, Lake and Hillside Areas and Apartments on Grace

Sydney Bergstrom

Sydney Bergstrom

Area Director, Bluestone Area


Position to Be Filled

Residence Hall Director, Paul Jennings Hall


Michael Busch

Residence Hall Director, Chesapeake Hall

Nikki Gilbert

Nikki Gilbert

Residence Hall Director, Chandler Hall


Liz Odermatt

Residence Hall Director, Shenandoah Hall


Kelsey Snyder

Residence Hall Director, The Apartments on Grace


Rosser Sirbaugh

Residence Hall Director, Eagle Hall

Learning Initiatives
Stephanie Carr

Stephanie Carr

Associate Director, Recruitment, Training and Inclusion


Position to be Filled

Assistant Director, Staff Selection and Training

Tripp Purks

Tripp Purks

Assistant Director, Student Learning Initiatives


Position to Be Filled

Student Learning Initiatives Coordinator


Tiffany Mayhew

Administrative Assistant

Jen Stepp

Jennifer Stepp

Administrative Assistant

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