The Residence Life Leadership Team

The Residence Life staff is compromised of the Leadership Team (below), Hall Directors, Apartment Community Managers, Graduate Assistants, Support Staff, Community Advisors, and Desk Assistants.

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Virginia SpeightAssociate Director for Residence Life

Education: MA in Counseling, College Student Development, Hampton University
Previous positions: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life, University of Toledo; Assistant Director for Residence Life, Norfolk State University
Kurt Earnest

Kurt Earnest, Coordinator of Residence Life for Academic Initiatives / Learning Communities

Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Iowa State University
Previous positions: English and Speech Teacher, 71st High School, Fayetteville, NC
David Garsow

David Garsow, Coordinator of Residence Life for Leadership

Education: MA in Educational Psychology and Counseling University of South Dakota; BS in Agricultural Education, UW-River Falls
Previous positions: Director of Residence Life, Central College; Assistant Director of Residential Life, State University of New York at Binghamton; Director of Residence Life, Peru State College; Area Coordinator, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay; Hall Director, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse; Assistant Complex Director, University of South Dakota
Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes, Coordinator of Residence Life for Processes

Education: MAE in College Student Personnel, University Of Northern Iowa; BA in Public Relations, University Of Northern Iowa
Previous positions: Student Activities/Greek Affairs GA, University Of Northern Iowa; Hall Director/Students Activities Coordinator, Coe College; Assistant Director Of Residence Life, Simpson College; Director Of Residence Life, Simpson College

Susan Lammers, Coordinator of Residence Life for Apartments

Education: MAE in Counselor Education, Iowa State University; BS, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Iowa State University
Previous positions: Schilletter-University Village Apartment Community Coordinator, Iowa State University; Buchanan Hall Director, Iowa State University, Iowa State University; Cornerstone Hall Desk Supervisor, Iowa State University; Family and Consumer Sciences Instructor-Carlisle, Iowa and Des Moines Community School District

Linda Svenson, Coordinator of Residence Life

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Iowa State University; MA in College Student Personnel Administration, University of Central Missouri; BA in Human Services, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Previous positions: Program Coordinator for Student Behavior, Academic Adviser/Business Learning Teams Coordinator, and Hall Director at Iowa State University; Hall Director at University of Central Missouri
  • all aspects of students’ residential experience are addressed by those with primary responsibility for each area
  • decision making is enhanced by including multiple perspectives
  • HDs develop relationships with multiple supervisors

A formal review of the model was conducted by the Research and Assessment Office of the DOR in the spring of 2002. Although there can be some challenges with the model such as communication and turn-around time for decisions, the benefits identified by Hall Directors included:

  • experience with different supervisory styles
  • exposure to different perspectives
  • increased supervisor availability
  • feeling of being better understood and/or supported when supervised by a team
  • ability to build more relationships
  • more thorough discussions and collaboration on issues
  • cuts through hierarchy
  • keeps HDs focused on goals

Since 2002, the team model has been revised due to restructuring within the DOR. In its current form, the four CRLs within the Department (CRL-Judicial, CRL-Academic Initiatives, CRL-Residence Life Processes, CRL-Leadership) participate on all teams. Also, each CRL serves as the point-person for 2-3 HDs and meets with each of those HDs bi-monthly. Each team meets once each month.