Central Staff

Executive Director of Residence Life and Living-Learning Programs
Joellen Tipton holds ultimate responsibility and authority for the Department of Residence Life and serves as its official representative. All official departmental policies, procedures, and publications are developed with the assistance and approval of the Director. Joellen works directly with the Directors to coordinate routine department functions as well as special projects, such as budgeting and facility renovations. Joellen acts as the housing officer for the Bearkat Learning Community program in conjunction with academics. To contact Joellen or to access her calendar to set up a meeting, please call the Director's Secretary, Chris Koehn, at 936.294.1808, or by email at hou_jnt@shsu.edu.

Joellen Tipton

Director of Residence Life Business Operations and Technology
Dana Grant is responsible for departmental financial functions, including budgeting and financial statements, and student accounts. Additionally, Dana coordinates the marketing, vending, and technology needs for the department. Dana directly supervises the Assistant Director for Housing Services, Assistant Director for Marketing and Guest Services, Accounting Clerk III, and System Analyst. You may reach Dana by telephone at 936.294.1816 or by email at danagrant@shsu.edu.
Dana Grant
Director of Residence Life Facilities and Maintenance
Jeff Vienneau is responsible for all maintenance and facility issues for the Department of Residence Life. Jeff supervises new construction projects, furniture and property inventory, all maintenance issues in the halls, and is the official liaison with the University's custodial company. Jeff directly supervises Residence Life Maintenance's Administrative Assistant, Foreman, full-time maintenance staff, and the student maintenance crew. Jeff can be reached by phone at 936.294.1918 or by email at wjv001@shsu.edu.
Jeff Vienneau
Associate Director for Residence Life Student Development Programs
Kimberly Baechtel coordinates all needs concerning the department's Hall Staff, including Assistant Director for Hall Staff & Academic Initiatives, Assistant Director for Student Discipline and Risk Management, Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Community Development, Resident Hall Directors, and Resident Advisors. Kim works with the Assistant Directors to effectively organize staff selection, supervision, and evaluation, and is responsible for the academic development and programming functions of the Hall Staff. You may reach Kim by calling 936.294.1817 or by email at hou_kab@shsu.edu.
Kim Baechtel
Assistant Director for Student Discipline and Risk Management
Wayne Bennett is responsible for all issues concerning discipline in the residence halls. He oversees the student discipline process for residents, monitors the video surveillance systems, and handles damage appeals. Wayne works with other university departments, including the Dean of Students office, University Police Department, and the Counseling Center to ensure a safe environment for residents. Wayne may be reached by calling 936.294.4225 or by email at hou_dwb@ shsu.edu.
Wayne Bennett
Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Academic Initiatives

Katy Pelton coordinates Hall Director recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development opportunities. In addition Katy supervises staff in the following housing facilities: Raven Village, Bearkat Village, Belvin Hall, Elliott Hall, The Hill & Lone Star Hall. Katy also assists with coordinating Living Learning Community programs, academic assistance for student staff and professional development opportunities for the student hall staff. Katy may be reached by calling (936) 294-3155 or by email at katypelton@shsu.edu

Katy Pelton

Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Community Development
Kyle Ashton coordinates staffing in the residence halls. In addition to RA selection, RA training, RHD supervision, and evaluation of hall staff, Kyle coordinates programming for the department, and oversees the HHAC, RHA, and NRHH programs, as well as the White Hall Resource and Training Area. Kyle may be reached by calling 936.294.1853 or by email at kyle.ashton@shsu.edu

Kyle Ashton