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 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 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).
Director of Residence Life and Leadership
Dr. KJ McConnell 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 has worked at Saint Leo University since 2010 and is an avid reader, loves to travel and lives on campus with her adopted shelter dog, Wrigley.
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Student Conduct
Matthew Helf joined Saint Leo University in the summer of 2015. He 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.
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations
Kimesha Norris joined Saint Leo in January 2019 from Henderson State University in Arkansas where she had been serving as an Area Coordinator. Kimesha received both her Bachelor of General Studies and Masters of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Henderson State. We are excited to have Kimesha join our team!
Senior Coordinator for Residence Life
Jennifer joined Saint Leo in Fall 2018 and completed her Juris doctor degree through Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School in 2017 and her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Florida Gulf Coast University. Jennifer serves as Office Manager and front-line customer service for the Office of Residence Life.
Graduate Assistant for Programming
Kari Grippo has been member of the Saint Leo community since 2014. 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.
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 is now a Graduate Assistant for Facilities and Housing Operations within Residence Life. He is pursuing a graduate degree in Critical Incident Management Systems.
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 & is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Human Services Administration at Saint Leo. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
2018-2019 Resident Assistants
All 2018-2019 Resident Assistant positions are currently filled. Applications 2019-2020 Resident Assistant Information positions will go live February 1st 2019 and will close at noon on Thursday February 7th 2019. For more information, candidates are encouraged to attend any of the following “Resident Assistant Information Sessions” or to visit the Office of Residence Life (located on the first floor of Apartment Six, open M-F from 8am-5pm).
- Tuesday October 9th, 2018 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
- Wednesday November 14th, 2018 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
- Tuesday January 15th, 2019 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR
- Wednesday January 16th, 2019 @ 7pm in the Apartment Six MMR