Residence Life Staff

Davidson provides healthy on-campus living communities and considers campus life an integral part of the total educational setting. All Davidson residence halls are managed by live-in, master's level area coordinators who supervise student staff members in a residential area of campus. Student leaders serve as resources for the student residents on their halls, offering leadership, guidance, and help in times of crisis. Central office staff members assist students with work orders, room selection, room changes and more.

Pairs serve either as hall counselors, providing for the needs of first-year students, or as resident advisors, supervising upper-class residence halls. Seniors serve as RA's in the Martin Court Apartments

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Jason Shaffer
Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

I joined the Davidson community July 2012 after 11 years at the University of Virginia. While most of my professional experience is in residence life, I have worked in alcohol education, bystander work, and addressing sexual assault. I received my B.A. from Penn State and my M.Ed. from James Madison University.

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Walter Snipes
Associate Director of Residence Life

I am honored to serve as the associate director of Residence Life. I earned a B.A. in Religion, a B.A. in Mathematics, and a M.Div. from Emory University. I've worked in Student Affairs since March 1997 in various areas including residence life, housing, conferences, sorority and fraternity life, multicultural programs, and conduct. Outside of student affairs, I worked in the nonprofit foundations field for short time. My desire is to aid others in their continued development.

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Emily Julian
Assistant Director of Residence Life–Sentelle, Watts, and Richardson halls

I have been a proud member of the Wildcat community since July 2012. I received my M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University and my B.A. in Psychology from Denison University. I value the Liberal Arts experience and am committed to crisis response, alcohol education, sexual assault prevention, mental health awareness, and inclusive residential communities. I am currently completing my Master of Social Work, with a concentration in mental health, to further support college students.

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Kale Jeffords
Area Coordinator/First Year Experience–Belk Hall

I grew up in Clemmons, N.C., but spent the past six years in Cullowhee, N.C., where I received my B.S. in Marketing and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University (Go Cats!). I am passionate about providing opportunities in student leadership and development and supporting the individuals of Davidson's diverse student body. I am excited to join Davidson College and rooting for the Wildcats!

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Katie Cross
Area Coordinator/Assessment - Cannon, Little, and Duke halls, and Martin Court apartments

I am originally from small town Virginia. I received my B.S.Ed. from the University of Virginia in Kinesiology and my M.Ed. from Appalachian State in College Student Development. I love working in Residence Life and am passionate about helping students find their own path through college.

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Lorena Perez '12
Area Coordinator/Sophomore Experience–Chidsey North and South, Tomlinson, Irwin, Akers, and Knox halls and Sustainability Co-Op

I am originally from Posadas, Argentina. I received my B.A. in Art History from Davidson in 2012 and I am thrilled to be back. I have experience working in multicultural programming, sexual assault crisis response, and experiential education. I am passionate about continuing to make Davidson a more inclusive space of belonging for our ever-growing student body.

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Debby Young
Housing Operations Coordinator

A life-long resident of Mooresville, I enjoy working with students and have worked at Davidson since 1983. During my time here, I have seen the Residence Life Office grow from a staff of two to nine.

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Mary Ann Shessler
Coordinator of Budgets and Facilities

A native Chicagoan is what I consider myself, although I'm an adopted Bostonian and a North Carolinian since 2008. With more than 25 years in the educational field, I enjoy working with students and meeting new people through my work in Residence Life. Northern Illinois University is my alma mater where I earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in education.

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Kristen Harwood
Office Manager

I joined the Residence Life Office after working in Davidson football for 7 years as the Director of Football Operations. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with dual degrees in marketing and fashion merchandising. I am a foodie–cooking, photography, and feeding people are my passions. My husband and I are raising five teenagers, three of whom are in college, and we spend an extraordinary amount of time cheering on our kids at football, basketball, baseball, and softball games.