Meet the Staff
OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF
The Department of Residence Life staff works to provide support, guidance and assistance for over 1,600 residential students. The professional staff team currently includes a Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director for Housing Operations, an Assistant Director for Student Conduct, a Senior Coordinator and two Graduate Assistants. Additionally, we have fifty-four Resident Assistants (RA's) living in our 14 residence halls to intentionally foster and develop strong positive communities and assist our resident students. Our RA’s are supervised by Resident Assistant Director's (RAD’s) who supervise and support an area of campus of 200-350 residents and 7-10 RA's.
The Office of Residence Life is located in Apartment 6, which is the new residence hall nearest the Student Activities Building (SAB) and Student Community Center (SCC). You can reach us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 352-588-8268 or by fax at 352-588-8901. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. We encourage students to seek assistance themselves, but are glad to speak to parents who would appreciate tips on coaching their students on how to ask for help or receive direction on solutions to residential concerns.
Residence life staff are available 24:7 for emergency assistance via the Campus Safety office (352-588-8432).
Director of Residence Life
Sean M. VanGuilder joined the Saint Leo University community in Fall 2002 as a student. While a student he was a member of the Lion’s Baseball team, SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee), and a Resident Assistant. He completed his B.A. in Health Services Management in Spring 2006 and his M.B.A in Fall 2008, also from Saint Leo University. While a member of the Saint Leo staff Sean has been recognized for his contributions to the institution and received the University’s Core Values Award in January 2009 and the Robert Ackerman Outstanding Administrator Award in April 2013.
Associate Director of Residence Life
KJ McConnell came to the Saint Leo University community in 2010 from the University of North Florida where she had been serving as Assistant Director. KJ received her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. While working at Saint Leo University, KJ has been recognized with a SEAHO Service Award, has won awards for program presentations at conferences in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and with a dedicated group of Saint Leo Resident Assistants has helped bring home the statewide Philanthropy Award (2012, 2013, 2014) and Spirit Cup (2013, 2014) from the Florida Resident Assistant Symposium. KJ lives on campus with her adopted shelter dog, Wrigley.
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Conduct
Kristen Nash joined Saint Leo in the summer of 2014. Kristen grew up in Tampa and went to the University of Central Florida to receive both her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Political Science and M.A. in Educational Leadership. In her spare time, Kristen likes to spend time with her family and friends, work out, and read a good book.
Graduate Assistant of Residence Life
Graduate Assistant of Residence Life
Senior Coordinator for Residence Life
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing
E.J. Walicki came to Saint Leo University in the summer of 2014 from the University of North Florida where he served as a Residence Life Coordinator for four years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy in 2007 and a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education in 2010, both from the University of Florida. E.J. resides on campus and is excited to be a part of the Saint Leo community.
2014-2015 Resident Assistants
Selection of 2014-2015 Resident Assistants is completed! Applications for mid-year openings are posted on the student employment webpage as they occur throughout the academic year. Stay tuned!