Meet the Staff



                  

Shaun Holtgreive enjoys working with the the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Student Life in his role as Executive Director of Campus Living. Shaun is responsible for the application and assignment process for the 22 residence halls. Shaun received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from CMU and currently has two of his three daughters enrolled here. In his spare time he enjoys running and tries to escape on a fishing trip for a few days after the mad rush of move-in.​


Joan Schmidt was recently promoted to serve as the Director of Residence Life. She enjoys working with all of the residence halls, the university apartments, marketing and publications, as well as the resident satisfaction and student staff assessments. She has enjoyed her various roles over the years because no two days are ever alike.

Joan received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from CMU and has an affinity for the maroon and gold! She especially enjoys serving as a mentor and resource for student leaders who have an interest in residence life as a career. She previously served as President of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) and Chair of the ACUHO-I Foundation. Her two married sons live in the south,  one in North Carolina and the other in Georgia.
Michelle Veith is proud to be a CMU alumnus -- earning both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from CMU. She has been working as a professional in the field of Student Affairs for 18 years, 14 of which have been at CMU.  Michelle enjoys the variety that her position provides; working with everything from facilities, supervision, training, to working with a registered student organization.  Prior to becoming an Associate Director of Residence Life, Michelle was an Academic Advisor and still enjoys assisting and watching students reach their educational goals.   In her free time she enjoys spending time with her pets, family and friends as well as supporting CMU athletic events.​​


Doug Kendrick serves as Assistant Director for the North Residence Halls (Barnes, Calkins, Larzelere, Robinson and Trout). Doug earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from CMU and is excited to be back “home” at CMU!  He previously served as a Resident Assistant, Graduate Assistant, Residence Hall Director, and Academic Advisor at CMU and also spent nine years as the Director of Student Life at Bay de Noc Community College in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Doug is looking forward to working with the students and staff of the North Area and the CMU community as a whole. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristen, and their twins—Charlie and Alexandra.  A big sports fan, Doug can also often be found following the Detroit area teams and CMU athletics. 

Kim Voisin has been serving since 1998 as an Assistant Director of Residence Life working closely with our human resource initiatives, including hiring processes and leadership development.  She oversees our Leadership Camp program and also assists with campus-wide training efforts offered at CMU.  In January 2010, Kim assumed supervisory responsibility for the Towers Residence Halls and supports the professional and student staff in making the Towers a great place to live.  Kim was previously a hall director and worked in Human Resources at an area manufacturing company before returning to Residence Life.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership from CMU. ​
Grant Skomski grew up in Royal Oak and came to CMU as a freshman percussion major who played in the CMU Marching Band for five years.  He completed his Bachelors degree and also did his graduate work in Educational Administration at Central.  As Assistant Director, Grant currently oversees the East Area and serves as Coordinator of Residence Life Facilities.  He claims the student moving crew has literally touched each piece of furniture in our 22 residence halls.  Grant has an extensive background within the Residence Life operation and is affectionately known as the keeper of departmental historical information. Grant has also served as the Interim Director of University Recreation at CMU and as a part-time instructor in the Education and Physical Education Departments.  Grant and his wife have a teenage daughter who is a very talented figure skater.
Abbas Hill recently joined CMU as Assistant Director of Residence Life for the South Residence Halls (Beddow, Merrill, Sweeney, and Thorpe). He works with his staff to provide an environment that is student focused and conducive to living and learning. Abbas previously served as the Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Education at Purdue University Calumet (PUC) where he helped establish the foundation and processes of the PUC’s housing department and residence life program. He currently represents CMU by serving as one of the Regional Advisors for the Great Lakes Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH), a student-run organization working to promote and improve student life on college and university campuses across the region, including Michigan, Ontario, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Abbas earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management / Information Systems from The University of Akron and a Master of Science in Education / Human Services from Purdue University.​

Dani Hiar serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Leadership Safari and also directs the operations at the MEDIAgraphix office here at Central Michigan University. She has been working at CMU for 14 years and has over 20 years student affairs experience at four different institutions of higher education. In addition to her roles with Leadership Safari and MGX, she serves as the graphic designer for the Office of Residence Life, teaches a few classes for CMU, and is involved in several committees.  

Dani spends her free time enjoying a diverse host of hobbies and interests such as running, biking, photography and rescuing/rehoming Labrador Retrievers. Dani has an assoc
iates degree from Northwestern Michigan College, a bachelors in graphic design and a masters in education from Grand Valley State University and finished her educational specialists degree from CMU in 2012. She is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership at CMU. 


Nathan Tomson has recently been promoted to the Manager of University Apartments here at CMU.  Our University apartment operation consists of 454 units in four different locations across campus.  Nathan previously spent 9.5 years as the Emmons RHD working with the Health Professions Residential College.  Nathan is a graduate of Indiana State University and Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Nathan is involved with the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers Association, the Association of College and University Housing Officers –International and the American College Personnel Association. Tomson currently serves on committees within ACUHO-I and ACPA.  Nathan advises the Julie McMahon Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary.  In his spare time, he teaches the First Year Experience Course to health professions students (HPS 101). Nathan co-parents biological siblings, Connor Lincoln and Taylor Kennedy, with his partner Wade.
Ann Ellis is the office coordinator in the Office of Residence Life.  She has been working at Central Michigan University for more than 25 years.  Ann oversees the online housing application process.  She also coordinates the assignments of the living and learning communities.  Ann works very closely with the 19 residence hall directors on room changes, hall transfers, assignments and cancellations.  She appreciates and enjoys the vast diversity of the residence hall directors and the students we serve.  Ann and her husband have a daughter Melissa and son Josh, who both are CMU students.


Michigan native Barry Cook has served in several roles as part of Residence Life's Technology Operations for the last decade. After earning his bachelor's degree in computer science and supervising the student ResNet program at Michigan Technological University, Barry took on a similar role here at CMU. Now, with the help of his talented professional and student staff, he sets direction for software and web support and development for the department. Outside of the office, Barry and his wife Beth keep tremendously busy with twin sons Simon and Elliott, and daughter Annabel.

If you have any questions about the University Apartments, Karen Godwin has the answers. She works with single students, families and faculty and staff members who are interested in living on campus but not in a typical residence hall. Karen assigns all apartments in Kewadin, Northwest and Washington Court. The student apartment supervisors report to Karen, and she works closely with the apartment building maintenance workers. Karen is also the very busy mother of two children, teenager Trevor and fourth grader Shelby.​​
Contacting the Office of Residence Life with a concern, with a question, or just in search of great conversation? Stopping by to visit us? You will probably see and/or correspond with Tiffany Davidson. Tiffany is not only the Secretary for Residence Life, she is also a proud alumna of our school. She received her Bachelor of Science in Religion and Women's Studies in 2002 and her Master of Arts in History in 2007. She lived in the residence halls for all four years of her undergraduate degree, too, so she is always willing to share her experiences and tips (she even met her spouse in Robinson Hall!) When she's not on the job, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves traveling and hiking, is a musician, and is a lifelong martial artist.​


Leslie Stockford is excited to be returning to CMU as the new Coordinator of Fitness Facilities and Wellness for Residence Life.  Leslie graduated from CMU with a Bachelors Degree in Health/Fitness and Promotion in the Corporate or Hospital Setting.  Soon after graduating, decided to further her education and received a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.  She has opened two Ford Fitness Centers, had her own training and group fitness company and recently worked at a Physical Therapy/ Fitness Facility in South Lyon, Michigan.  Maroon and Gold run deep in her family as her husband, Eric, played football for CMU and was fortunate enough to have represented CMU in the California Raisin Bowl.  Leslie spends a lot of her free time watching various sporting events that her children, Sarah, and Garrett are involved in, and loves taking her Golden Retriever, Rexx, on long walks.  Leslie’s goal is to create a healthy and positive CMU campus one student at a time!

Luanne Goffnett  has been a Residence Hall Director in  Barnes Hall at CMU since 1991.  In addition, Goffnett serves as an adjunct instructor for the department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration along with the First Year Experience program.  She is passionate about community service and advises the Public Service Residential Community and Circle K club.  Her husband and six children live with Goffnett in Barnes Hall.  She is planning her future as a full time volunteer in the Dominican Republic with her husband to begin in the year 2020.
Crystal Sattelberg is thrilled to return to Central Michigan University as the Beddow Residence Hall Director! After completing her Secondary Education degree at CMU Crystal worked as an Area Coordinator at Aquinas College for two years. At Aquinas, Crystal found her passion for working with freshmen and sophomores and hopes to continue her education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Higher Education. Besides working with new students, Crystal enjoys the finer things in life; reading, movies, crafts, and spending time with family and friends. ​​
​Beginning her tenth Year at CMU in  Calkins Hall,  Cathy Warner enjoys working with students, especially those experiencing their first year at CMU.  It is rewarding for her to see students grow throughout the semester (and years) as they become positive contributors to the hall, CMU community, and world.  She enjoys and appreciates the opportunities of working with a high number of International Students here through the English Language Institute Program. Prior to coming to CMU, Cathy worked at Lake Superior State University and taught High School in Fowlerville. In the summer of 2008, she lived in Beijing, China as she completed her dissertation research (and enjoyed the Olympics). Cathy enjoys reading, and in the summer often reads a book a day.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad and spending time with her husband, Kenny. Cathy completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in May, 2009.
James Span, Jr.  came to CMU from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently working on his second Masters Degree in Counseling Education. James is beginning his seventh year as the Residence Hall Director in  Campbell ​and Kesseler Halls, where he enjoys getting to know residents on a personal level while also serving as a resource for them. He is also active with the Greek organization, Kappa Alpha Psi.​​
Jarrod Becht is excited to return to Central Michigan University as the Cobb Residence Hall Director! After completing his Bachelor's degree at CMU, Jarrod worked as a Hall Director at both Manchester College and Alma College. While working in Residence Life Jarrod gained his passion for working with students and hopes to continue his education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Higher Education. In his spare time, Jarrod enjoys spending time with his wife, watching the Green Bay Packers, and playing sports.
Exlee Pegg , or ‘Steely’, as her friends and colleagues know her, is the four year Residence Hall Director for  Celani and Fabiano Residence Halls. Steely is responsible for two separate halls and she would not want it any other way. She blends the two staffs together so easily it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. Steely is a two-time CMU alum and previously served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Residence Life in the Towers. She loves working with students and truly enjoys watching them change and grow. In her spare time, Steely is an avid Detroit Tigers fan and has a very close relationship with her family.


Adam Isley is excited about the opportunity to join the Central Michigan University staff and serve as the Emmons Residence Hall Director. Prior to coming to CMU, Adam served as an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator at Kansas State University. Adam received his undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management from Davenport University and graduated in 2013 from Kansas State University with a Master’s degree in College Student Development. Adam is looking forward to meeting and working with all of the students in Emmons as well as collaborating with the Health Professions Residential College.  In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends and family and watching the Detroit Tigers.

John Johnstin  begins his sixth year as the Residence Hall Director for  Herrig ​and Saxe​ Residence Halls. John enjoys working with the amazing students who live in Herrig Hall and especially likes working with staff and students to present programs that are often life changing and always well received. John is very excited to be working with the Global Village in Herrig Hall which will hopefully assist International students in feeling at home immediately at CMU while also broadening the perspective of the domestic students. In addition, John is currently working on his Masters Degree in Counseling and has a strong interest and experience in the Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates (SAPA) program.​​
The first and only residence hall director for Kulhavi Hall (which opened in 2003) is  Darell Armentrout. His educational background includes Business, Art and Human Services. Darell has been instrumental in bringing art into the residence halls by partnering with the CMU Department of Art as well as with many campus and community artists. Several areas in residence halls have been designed to include lighting and accoutrements for paintings, sculptures and other creative endeavors. ​
Andrea Purrenhage loves working with the staff and students in  Larzelere Hall and has done so for eight years. She has a close working relationship with the Honors Students and administrators of the renowned CMU Honors Program, as well as with all students who live in Larzelere. She enjoys managing the desk operation and helping leaders develop through the Larzelere Hall Council. Always looking for ways to improve the programming and facilities in Larzelere, you will often see Andrea making her way through the hall checking on things, greeting students and generally enjoying her job. You may also see her son, Mason, and daughter, Gigi, hanging out in the lobby or greeting people in the Residential Restaurant. Andrea’s husband, Gabe, will be spotted as well when he isn’t working for Technology Operations in the Towers.​​
Lizandro Tremolada, or ‘LT’ as he is more commonly known, has been Merrill’s Residence Hall Director for the past ten years.  Originally from Chicago, Lizandro earned his bachelor’s degree from Marian College in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at CMU.  He has adjusted quite well to life at CMU and enjoys getting to know the many staff and residents that reside in Merrill. Merrill Hall is known for its close community, and much of that can be attributed to LT's leadership.
William 'Bo' Parker proudly serves as the Residence Hall Director of Sweeney Hall. Previously, Bo worked for CMU in several capacities, most notably as a Residence Life Graduate Assistant for the south area. In addition, Bo has worked at Alma College as a Hall Director. Bo's educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Interpersonal Communication and a Master's degree in Communication Research. As the Sweeney Hall Director, Bo and his staff have the amazing opportunity to collaborate with the Education and Human Services Residential College (EHSRC). Bo loves working with college students in helping them realize their full potential. In his spare time, Bo enjoys reading, running, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family.​


Bianca Howell recently joined the CMU staff as the Residence Hall Director in Thorpe Hall. Originally from Racine, WI, Bianca earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Louis University (Go Billikens!) and recently completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!).  Bianca loves the individual interactions she has with residents and watching them grow throughout the year. In her spare time, Bianca enjoys watching the Green Bay Packers, playing volleyball, reading and spending time with family and friends. Bianca is also an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Ann KrzyzaniakTrout Residence Hall Director, loves the opportunity to work at her alma mater and serve the newest generation of CMU students! She enjoys working with her residents, who take pride in being active participants in creating a welcoming community that fosters academic support, social enrichment, and philanthropic engagement. She especially enjoys working with the First Year Learning Community group as well as Trout's hall council members who host the "Legends of the Dark" haunted campus tours each fall. Ann spends her free time traveling around the country and exploring new places, watching baseball games, and visiting with friends and family.​
Bill O'Dell  has been a Residence Hall Director at Central in  Troutman Hall for nine years and this year will also take on the fun and responsibility of Carey Hall.  He is originally from Michigan but has lived in Columbus, OH.,  Williamsburg, KY., Nantucket, MA., New York City, NY., Kansas City, MO., Jersey City, NJ., Chicago, IL., and San Diego, CA.  After years in corporate and private business, Bill realized that his true passion was being able to make a difference, and tries to do that every day with the staff and students for whom he works.  Central has become home once again for Bill and he believes that every student needs to make the most of their experience by getting involved! Troutman Hall was built in 1969 and is home to the Multicultural Advancement Scholars, along with being part of the Towers complex which has its own indoor fitness center, convenience store, computer center, math center and writing center.  Come be a part of our own little city here on campus.


Justin Thomason is starting his first year as the Residence Hall Director for Wheeler Hall. After completing his Bachelor's degree at Saginaw Valley State University, Justin worked as a Graduate Residence Director at the University of Denver, and as a Residence Director for a student housing management company at Joliet Junior College. Justin's motto is "Empower people", and enjoys students being the ones he gets to work with. Justin loves photography, dancing, traveling, weight lifting, playing sports and video games.

Abby Bauer Finney is very excited to be returning to her alma mater after graduating from CMU in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in biomedical science. In May 2012 Abby graduated from Kansas State University with her Master's degree in Public Health. While at K-State, Abby served as an   Assistant Residence Life Coordinator in a large, primarily freshmen residence hall. Abby is looking forward to working with the mix of upper classmen and new students who reside in Woldt Hall. She is also eager to work with students in the College of Science and Technology Residential College. Outside of work Abby always makes sure she has time to enjoy the great outdoors with her husband, Joe, and visit her family downstate.​​​
 


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