Hall Directors & Resident Advisors
Residence Hall Directors
RHDs have responsibility for a cluster of buildings on campus. Each RHD is a full time staff member with previous experience in Student Affairs. All RHDs live on campus and report to an Assistant Director. Residents are encouraged to make the effort to get to know their RHD, and to utilize his/her ability to be an advisor, a counselor or just a friend.
Aside from counseling residents, RHDs have responsibility for supervising a staff team of Resident Advisors and for all of the paperwork related to running a residence hall. This includes keeping track of room assignments and changes, check-in and check-out information, renewals and maintenance. RHDs are also responsible for enforcing policies and laws, just as RAs. They are trained to serve as information sources and can usually help students find answers to questions about academics, the administration, etc.
Residence Hall Director (Bearkat Village)
Saiya Yanagihashi is a transplant from the dairy state of Wisconsin. She attended Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and worked there as a RA, Apartment Coordinator, and Bystander Intervention Liaison for their Residence Life program. While at Edgewood College, Saiya had the life-changing opportunity to advocate and inform students, faculty, staff, and the community about many issues on social justice. She was especially active in the realms of student mental health, sexual assault awareness, violence prevention, and crafting a more just judicial system. After graduating college with a degree in biology, Saiya worked as a behavior therapist for kids who had autism. In her free time, Saiya enjoys playing fetch with her goldendoodle, Auggie. Saiya supervises a team of Resident Advisors at Bearkat Village. Stop by her Office to say “Hi” (she usually has candy)! Click here for more information about Bearkat Village.
Assistant Residence Hall Director (Bearkat Village)
Riley Doerr is from Katy, Texas. She is a senior ungraduate student studying Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education and Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. She stated with Residence Life in Fall of 2019 where she was a Resident Advisor at Piney Woods Hall before becoming an Assistant Residence Hall Director at Bearkat Village. After graduating from Sam Houston State University, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education at SHSU. In her free time, Riley enjoys taking road trips across the nation and going to concerts. Click here for more information about Bearkat Village.
Residence Hall Director (Belvin-Buchanan & Elliott Hall)
Jamil Frech is a proud Sam Houston State University graduate and he received his B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in Spanish. Jamil worked with SHSU’s Residence Life department for three years as a Resident Advisor before eventually becoming a Residence Hall Director. Jamil is an avid supporter of all forms of fine art and has an immense passion for movies in particular. He hopes to continue to impact the lives of residents and provide them with the best on campus living experience here at SHSU. Click here for more information about Belvin-Buchanan & Elliott Hall.
Residence Hall Director (Estill Hall)
Heather-Reneé Gooch comes to us from Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, where she had been a Hall Director for six years. During that time she was an active campus leader, most notably as a Sustainability Coordinator and Educator. She brings to Sam Houston years of experience, as well as an academic background in Sociology and Psychology from Southwest Baptist University. A lover of languages and anthropology, Heather-Reneé has studied French, Spanish and Bosnian. She found those skills useful during her time as a social worker as it helped to create connections and build community. Since moving to Huntsville, she has become active with civic groups and plans to begin a Master’s program in Higher Education Administration next winter. Heather-Reneé oversees Estill Hall and supervises a team of Resident Advisors. Click here for more information about Estill Hall.
Residence Hall Director (Jackson Shaver)
Kristen Schulhoff is originally from Parker, Colorado. In 2020 she received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, graduating Summa cume laude from Murray State University in Murray, KY. While attending Murray State, Kristen worked as an RA, was a proud member of Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honors Society, and competed in horsemanship with the University Equestrian Team. She is passionate about creating positive educational environments and is excited to support resident life experiences while at Sam Houston. She plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education in the near future. In her free time, Kristen loves to spend time with horses, her German Shepard puppy Tula, and her friends and family. Click here for more information about Jackson Shaver, Baldwin House, Crawford House, Creager House and Mallon House.
Residence Hall Director (Lone Star Hall)
Raghda Aboulatta is originally from Suffolk, VA. Raghda attended the College of William and Mary and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Arabic Language. She worked as a Resident Assistant for two years in her undergraduate career, and continued onto a professional career in Residence Life in 2017. Raghda also worked as a Resident Director at the University of Charleston for approximately one year. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Raghda is very passionate about studying different languages and cultures. Click here for more information about Lone Star Hall.
Residence Hall Director (Piney Woods Hall)
Alyson Sivec Alyson Sivec graduated from Sam Houston State University with her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Magna Cum Laude with a minor in Accounting in May of 2019. Alyson was a proud member of the Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Soon, Alyson hopes to begin working on a Master's degree in Business Administration.Alyson has worked for the Department of Residence Life since the spring of 2017 when she started as a Resident Advisor for Estill Hall. In August of 2017, Alyson became the Agriculture LLC RA for Piney Woods Hall during its first year. In August of 2018, Alyson became the Assistant Residence Hall Director at Piney Woods Hall for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Alyson became a Residence Hall Director after her graduation from Sam Houston State University in May of 2019 and is excited to begin another year at Piney Woods Hall.In her free time, Alyson enjoys reading as well as barrel racing and exploring more state parks and national forests with her two horses. Click here for more information about Piney Woods Hall.
Assistant Residence Hall Director (Piney Woods Hall)
Jesus Rodriguez is from Lubbock, Texas. He is a senior, at Sam Houston State University, majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Forensic Science. Jesus had been a Resident Advisor at Jackson Shaver/4-West for three semesters before becoming an Assistant Residence Hall Director at Piney Woods Hall. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, trying new foods, and traveling. After graduating from Sam Houston State, he plans on pursuing a Master's degree in Forensic Science at Texas Tech University. Until then, Jesus looks forward to enjoying his last year at Sam and to providing residents with an excellent on campus living experience. Click here for more information about Piney Woods Hall.
Residence Hall Director (Raven Village)
Michael Parks is originally from El Paso, Texas and is an Alumni of New Mexico State University where he was an RA for four semesters. Michael has received his B.B.A in Human resources with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, he honed in his Residence life skills at the University of the Incarnate Word where he was the Assistant Coordinator of Residence Life. Currently, Michael is pursuing a M.B.A in HR at the University of Incarnate Word. At Sam Houston, Michael strives to bring a positive impact to the residence halls as well as preparing the residents/resident advisors for the next step in life. Click here for more information about Raven Village.
Residence Hall Director (Sam Houston Village)
Warner Workman III began his residence life career as an RA at Waynesburg University where he studied Criminal Justice. Warner continued his career in higher education at Grove City College where he worked for two years as the Residence Director for apartments and on-campus houses. Warner also worked for three seasons as an Assistant Baseball Coach for the Grove City College Baseball where he coached hitting and defense. Most recently, Warner worked at a juvenile placement center in Western Pennsylvania as the supervisor of the Crisis Intervention Complex. Warner and his wife, Rachel, are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and have been married since August, 2017. Click here for more information about Sam Houston Village.
Residence Hall Director (White Hall)
Marcus Jamison is from Kosciusko, MS. He began his residence life career as an RA at Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS. He completed his undergrad degree from Jackson State University and comes to us from University of Houston where he served as International Admissions Counselor. He and his wife, Yolanda, are proud parents to three children. Marcus oversees White Hall and supervises a team of Resident Advisors. Click here for more information about White Hall.