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Residence Life Staff

The Department of Residence Life staff works to provide support, guidance, and assistance to over 1,600 residential students. The professional staff team currently includes a Director of Residence Life & Leadership, an Assistant Director for Housing Operations, an Assistant Director for Student Conduct, a Senior Coordinator and three 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 Directors (RAD’s), who support an area of campus comprised of 200-350 residents and 7-10 RA's.

The Office of Residence Life is located in Apartment 6, which is the residence hall nearest the Student Activities Building (SAB) and Student Community Center (SCC). You can reach us by e-mail at residence.life@saintleo.edu, 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 children on asking for help or receiving direction to resolving residential concerns.

Residence life staff are available 24:7 for emergency assistance via the Campus Safety office (352-588-8432).

KJ McConnell PortraitKJ McConnell

Director of Residence Life and Leadership

Dr. 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 and completed her Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University. KJ is an avid reader, loves to travel and lives on campus with her adopted shelter dog, Wrigley.

Kristen Nash PortraitKristen Nash

Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations

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.

Matt Helf PortraitMatthew Helf

Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Conduct

Matthew Helf served as a Coordinator of Residence Life for both The Pennsylvania State University and Pennsylvania College of Technology before joining Saint Leo University in the summer of 2015. Matthew received his B.S. in Recreation and Parks Management from The Pennsylvania State University in 2005 and his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Drexel University in 2014. When Matthew is out of the office, you will most likely find him on a long walk or casting his fly rod down at the lake.


Senior Coordinator for Residence Life


Kari Grippo PortraitKari Grippo

Graduate Assistant for Programming

Kari Grippo has been member of the Saint Leo community since 2014. She previously ran cross-country and track and was a student ambassador and a Resident Assistant.  Kari completed her Bachelors in Accounting at Saint Leo University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Accounting. Kari is from Venice, Florida and when she is not in the office, you can find her outside on the water and in the sun, spending time with her family and friends.

Lex Hauryluck PortraitLex Hauryluck

Graduate Assistant for Facilities

Alexander “Lex” Hauryluck is from Westchester, New York and joined the Saint Leo community in 2014. Alexander became a Resident Assistant as a junior in 2016 and loved the responsibility, development, and leadership the position requires. Alexander is now a Graduate Assistant for Facilities and Housing Operations within Residence Life, and is pursuing a graduate degree in Critical Incident Management Systems.

Megan Lawson PortraitMegan Lawson

Graduate Assistant for Training & Recruitment

Megan Lawson came to Saint Leo University in the summer of 2018. Megan was born and raised in Joplin, MO. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Oklahoma Baptist University. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Human Services Administration at Saint Leo where she holds the position of Graduate Assistant for Training and Recruitment. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

2018-2019 Resident Assistants

Selection of 2018-2019 Resident Assistants is completed! Applications for mid-year openings may be posted on the student employment web page if they occur throughout the academic year. Our next formal selection process will be for our 2019-2020 "Resident Assistant Information Sessions" at any of the following dates/times: 

  • Tuesday October 9th, 2018 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
  • Wednesday November 14th2018 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
  • Tuesday January 15th2019 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
  • Wednesday January 16th2019 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
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