Central Staff

The Central Staff subsection within the Residence Life Department is comprised of members who hold a management or leadership position within the department. The responsibilities of those within Central Staff encompass the maintenance, business, and hall operations while incorporating the department’s mission to provide a safe and inviting learning environment that fosters the success and development of our student residents.

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Robin Pierson

Executive Director for Residence Life and Living-Learning Programs 1

Joellen Tipton is the Assistant to Joellen Tipton, the Executive Director of Residence Life & Living-Learning Programs. She is responsible for purchase orders, credit card purchases, supply orders, travel, student/staff job postings and HR paperwork/processing. Robin is also responsible for setting up student discipline appeals for resident housing. You may contact Robin by telephone at (936) 294-1808 or by email at rpierson@shsu.edu.

Retha Utley

Director of Residence Life Business Operations and Technology

Dana Grant is the Assistant to the Director of Residence Life Business Operations and Technology and the department’s accountant. She is responsible for reconciliation of income and expenses for the Residence Life Office and expenses for Residence Life Maintenance. Retha also confers with other departments to insure charges/credits are posted correctly. You may contact Retha at (936) 294-3296 or by email at rus001@shsu.edu.

Tony Nick

Director of Residence Life Facilities and Maintenance

Jeff Vienneau is the first point of contact for main office departmental inquiries concerning student services and records. Tony is responsible for overseeing the Housing Ambassadors and general departmental reception including housing showroom tours, large group housing tour scheduling, and staffing recruitment events. Tony also coordinates training and professional development for the Housing Ambassadors. You may reach Tony by phone at (936) 294-1820 or by email at tln011@shsu.edu.

Amanda Sewell

Associate Director of Residence Life Student Development Programs

Kimberly Baechtel reports directly to the Associate Director for Residence Life Student Development Programs. She assists with general residence life questions and is a liaison to hall staff. Her duties include overseeing the Resource Center as well as inventory control, supply ordering, equipment tracking, correspondence and scheduling. You may contact Amanda by telephone at (936) 294-1762 or by email at ajs040@shsu.edu.

Leslie Nixon

Assistant Director for Housing Services

Katy Earp is responsible for clerical and accounting duties in the Department of Residence Life, including posting and proofing entries. She assists with student accounts, past due accounts, housing applications, meal plans and Bearkat Bucks. You may contact Leslie by telephone at (936) 294-1893 or by email at lan021@shsu.edu.

Sally Bacon

Assistant Director of Marketing and Guest Services

Darian Fisher is responsible for clerical and assigning duties in the Department of Residence Life, including housing assignments. Sally works closely with the Assistant Director of Housing Services. She assigns housing for incoming Freshmen and Upperclassmen. She also assists with, Hall/Room Transfer, and Room Change Cards when students want to change their housing assignments or checking out. Sally also works closely with the Hall Directors when any changes are taking place in the Residence Halls. You may contact Sally Baconby telephone at (936) 294-1812 or by email at scb040@shsu.edu.

Tammy Vaco

Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Academic Initiatives

Kyle Ashton works directly with Jeff Vienneau, the Director of Residence Life Facilities Maintenance and is also responsible for overseeing the Administrative Assistant and student assistant. Tammy can assist you with general Residence Life Maintenance questions, purchase orders, payments regarding purchase orders or credit card orders, travel registration, travel reconciliation, staff keys, card access, Banner, coordinating staff training for keys and card access, student job postings and assist with student new hires/paperwork for the department, Residence Life Maintenance full time job postings and full time new hire paperwork/processing. Tammy is the building liaison for the Residence Life Maintenance buildings. You may contact Tammy by telephone at (936) 294-1481 or by email at tvaco@shsu.edu.

Kandy Woodall

Assistant Director for Student Discipline and Risk Management

Wayne Bennett can assist you if you have general Residence Life Maintenance questions. She is also responsible for maintaining the Key Tracking System for all Residence Life keys, the card access database, updates all department forms, checks out keys and cards to contractors, maintains and provides card access to all student workers, custodial and pest control, monitors the student work order system, and maintains all RLM filing systems. You may contact Kandy at (936) 294-4472 or by email at ksw011@shsu.edu.

Kandy Woodall

Assistant Director of Residence Life Maintenance for Administration

Katy Pelton can assist you if you have general Residence Life Maintenance questions. She is also responsible for maintaining the Key Tracking System for all Residence Life keys, the card access database, updates all department forms, checks out keys and cards to contractors, maintains and provides card access to all student workers, custodial and pest control, monitors the student work order system, and maintains all RLM filing systems. You may contact Kandy at (936) 294-4472 or by email at ksw011@shsu.edu.

Kandy Woodall

Assistant Director of Residence Life Maintenance for Operations

John Christ can assist you if you have general Residence Life Maintenance questions. She is also responsible for maintaining the Key Tracking System for all Residence Life keys, the card access database, updates all department forms, checks out keys and cards to contractors, maintains and provides card access to all student workers, custodial and pest control, monitors the student work order system, and maintains all RLM filing systems. You may contact Kandy at (936) 294-4472 or by email at ksw011@shsu.edu.

Kandy Woodall

Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Community Development

Zachary Taylor can assist you if you have general Residence Life Maintenance questions. She is also responsible for maintaining the Key Tracking System for all Residence Life keys, the card access database, updates all department forms, checks out keys and cards to contractors, maintains and provides card access to all student workers, custodial and pest control, monitors the student work order system, and maintains all RLM filing systems. You may contact Kandy at (936) 294-4472 or by email at ksw011@shsu.edu.

Kandy Woodall

System Analyst

Michael "Scooter" Osborne can assist you if you have general Residence Life Maintenance questions. She is also responsible for maintaining the Key Tracking System for all Residence Life keys, the card access database, updates all department forms, checks out keys and cards to contractors, maintains and provides card access to all student workers, custodial and pest control, monitors the student work order system, and maintains all RLM filing systems. You may contact Kandy at (936) 294-4472 or by email at ksw011@shsu.edu.

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Joellen Tipton

Executive Director for Residence Life and Living-Learning Programs

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Dana Grant

Director of Residence Life Business Operations and Technology

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Jeff Vienneau

Director of Residence Life Facilities and Maintenance

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Kimberly Baechtel

Associate Director of Residence Life Student Development Programs

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Katy Earp

Assistant Director for Housing Services

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Darian Fisher

Assistant Director of Marketing and Guest Services

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Kyle Ashton

Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Academic Initiatives

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Wayne Bennett

Assistant Director for Student Discipline and Risk Management

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Katy Pelton

Assistant Director of Residence Life Maintenance for Administration

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John Christ

Assistant Director of Residence Life Maintenance for Operations

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Michael "Scooter" Osborne

System Analyst

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Zachary Taylor

Assistant Director for Residence Hall Staff and Community Development