Sandy has worked in housing administration for the past twenty-five years. As the Director of Residence Life, Sandy strives to build a Residence Life system that is positive, respectful, and inclusive of all students who live in residence halls and University Villages, and Lewis & Clark. Throughout her career, Sandy has been involved in the regional housing associations for college and university housing officers as well as the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. Sandy knows that living in the residence halls is an important part of each students’ academic success and social success at the University of Montana. As an undergraduate student, Sandy lived in the residence halls for four years, and enjoyed her experiences so much that she choose to work in residence halls for her career. Sandy’s close friends in life are people that she met during her residence hall experience as an undergraduate. Sandy wants students to experience that same type of experience at the University of Montana.
Sandy has an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato in Speech Communications, Mass Communications, and Secondary Education. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Sandy attended North Dakota State University where she worked on her master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration part time while working as a full-time Hall Director. After completing her master’s degree, she went to the University of South Dakota where she worked in a few different jobs before taking a job at the University of Oregon. After spending eleven years at the University of Oregon, Sandy moved to Missoula to work at the University of Montana in July of 2010. Sandy spends her time outside of work with her fourteen year old Bichon Frise dog named Kaeru; she loves to read; she is an avid movie goer/watcher; and Sandy loves doing water aerobics at least five to six times a week.
Brad Hall, Associate Director for Residence Life, Facilities Manager, oversees 39 staff members who provide maintenance for the residence halls, apartments within University Villages and Lewis and Clark Villages and all the ground work associated with the apartment communities. Brad coordinates and plans for all the capital projects that Residence Life embarks on each fiscal year, and also sits on the 10 year Capital Planning Committee for the University. Brad joined the Residence Life department in 2003 after having worked as a construction contractor for 10 years prior, and was in the insurance industry for 10 years before that. Brad received his degree from Montana State University in Agricultural Business and a minor in economics. Brad, a 4th generation Montanan who was born and raised in the Potomac Valley and continues to work on the family ranch, along with being a volunteer fire fighter and EMT for the Greenough Potomac fire department, is a member of the Montana Officials Association and officiates for high school basketball, is an official evaluator for the Big Sky conference basketball for the University of Montana basketball games, coaches a grade school basketball team and is a board member for the Potomac Community Center. Brad and his wife Marin have two children and enjoy being active in their community and the outdoors.
Melissa has served as the Associate Director for Operations since May 2012. She oversees human resources, operations, technology and training for full time staff. She also oversees the Griz Card Center, serves as a co-chair for the Day of Dialogue and sits on the Student Affairs Assessment Committee. Melissa received her BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her Master of Public Administration from The University of Montana. She worked at the Griz Card Center for 6 years prior to moving over to Turner Hall. She also worked in the nonprofit sector in the Twin Cities and was an Americorps VISTA in Minneapolis before moving to Montana. In her free time she enjoys playing board games, documenting procedures and enjoying the outdoors in the shade.
Sara has served as the Assistant Director of Residence Life since 2011. She oversees the recruitment, selection and training processes for the student supervisory staff, resident assistants and the desk assistants in the residence halls. She also works with Miller, Pantzer, Craig, Elrod and Duniway Halls, and University Villages. Sara received her BA in Electronic Media from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN and her MA in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. She worked at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and Washington State University prior to moving back to Montana, as she is originally from Great Falls, MT. In her free time Sara enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her dog Trigger and doing projects around her house.
In her role as the Interim Assistant Director of Residence life, Kelly works with Turner, Knowles, Aber and Jesse Halls. Kelly also oversees the student conduct process for the residence halls, assists the program coordinator with implementing programs, and helps provide leadership to the Residence Life staff. Kelly will complete her Masters degree in Public Administration in the Fall 2013. She received her BS in Business Management from the U of M and began working for Residence Life as an RA in 1990. She served as student staff through graduation in 1994 and was hired to be the Program Coordinator at University Villages (formerly family housing) within the Residence Life department. Kelly worked at University Villages for 15 years before coming to the central Residence Life Office in 2011 to serve as the Program Coordinator for the residence halls. In June 2012 Kelly was asked to fill the Assistant Director for student conduct position on an interim basis. Kelly is a native Montanan, avid Griz fan and has two daughters who keep her busy.
As the Office Manager Robin supervises the RLO main office staff, oversees conference housing and winter session housing. Robin graduated from UM with a BA is Psychology and has been working in Residence Life for 27 years. She started in Brantley Hall, when it was a residence hall, and has also worked in the Griz Card Office, University Villages and Student Conduct before becoming the Office Manager. If you ever need help- see Robin. If she can not help you, she will find someone who will. In her free time Robin enjoys taking naps and spending time with her two teenage children.
As the Business Manager, Ben performs all of the budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting for Residence Life. Ben received his BS in Physics from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA and his MBA from Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Ben is also currently working on his CPA. Prior to working at the U of M, Ben was a Senior Business and Finance Manager at Encompass Design Build in the Washington DC area. In his free time Ben enjoys the Montana outdoors, his two German Shepherds and spending time with his wife Stephanie.
Josh began his UM career in 1982 as a student employee in Dining Services as he was studying history. In 1986 he joined Dining Services full-time as the Custodian Supervisor until 1995. He then moved to the Curry Health Center in 1996 and has been in Residence Life since April of 2006. As the Facilities Manager Josh supervises the custodial staff in the residence halls and serves on the management team. In his free time Josh works on forest restoration on his property, has a small business making custom knives and metal work, and writes poetry and short fiction. Josh was co-owner of Art Missoula, a local art gallery, from 2002 to 2005.