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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 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 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 residence hall nearest the Student Activities Building (SAB) and Student Community Center (SCC). You can reach us by e-mail at, 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).

KJ McConnell

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, 2015) from the Florida Resident Assistant Symposium. KJ lives on campus with her adopted shelter dog, Wrigley

Kristen Nash

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.

Matthew Helf

Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations

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.

Heidi D'Ambrosio

Senior Coordinator for Residence Life

Heidi D’Ambrosio joined Saint Leo University Office of Residence Life in the summer 2011 where she has been serving as Senior Coordinator. Heidi has been a part of the Pride leader organization on campus since 2012. Heidi grew up in Inverness, FL where she attended Central Florida Community College. While a member of Saint Leo staff Heidi has been recognized as the Beth G. Evans outstanding staff member award 2012 and Pride leader of the year 2014. In her spare time Heidi likes to spend time with her family.

Sabrina Schroeder

Graduate Assistant for Programming

Matthew Rexord

Graduate Assistant for Facilities

Connor Schaefer

Graduate Assistant for Training & Recruitment

2016-2017 Resident Assistants

Selection of 2017-2018 Resident Assistants is completed! Applications for mid-year openings are posted on the student employment webpage as they occur throughout the academic year. For more information, interested candidates are encouraged to attend one of our “Resident Assistant Information Sessions”.

  • Tuesday October 10th 2017 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
  • Wednesday November 15th 2017 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
  • Tuesday January 16th 2018 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
  • Wednesday January 17th 2018 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
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