Director of Residential Life at Northwest Missouri State University
Please provide your educational information – institution(s) attended, degree(s)/area(s) of study, year(s) attended
Bachelor’s degree in BS, Math Education from Missouri State University (1988-93). Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO (1996-98).
What is your favorite part of your role at your institution?
I love the collaboration we have at Northwest with other departments. We work together to create the best possible services for our students and staff.
How did you get involved with MoCPA?
I started attending the annual conference years ago then was asked by Jackie Elliott (Jackie Elliott is a Past President, who was my supervisor at the time) to be the board Secretary and to be the Sponsorship Chair on the conference committee.
What is your favorite MoCPA event/membership benefit?
My favorite MoCPA event is the annual conference. I really enjoy being a part of the planning team and working behind the scenes to make this great conference happen. At the conference I enjoy the smaller conference feel and getting to talk to people in all areas of student affairs.
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world of education?
I wish money was no obstacle. Many students can’t attend college because of cost. Colleges and universities are forced to raise cost due to lack of state and federal funding and a slowing economy which means more students can no longer afford to attend. There are also many amazing things we could do if money was no obstacle including renovating or replacing aging facilities across the nation, experiential trips, paying staff what they are actually worth and much more.