Meet the Staff
OFFICE OF 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, Associate Director, Assistant Director for Housing Operations, an Assistant Director for Student Conduct, a Senior Coordinator and two 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 new 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 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).
Director of Residence Life
Sean M. VanGuilder joined the Saint Leo University community in Fall 2002 as a student. While a student he was a member of the Lion’s Baseball team, SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee), and a Resident Assistant. He completed his B.A. in Health Services Management in Spring 2006 and his M.B.A in Fall 2008, also from Saint Leo University. While a member of the Saint Leo staff Sean has been recognized for his contributions to the institution and received the University’s Core Values Award in January 2009 and the Robert Ackerman Outstanding Administrator Award in April 2013.
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) from the Florida Resident Assistant Symposium. KJ lives on campus with her adopted shelter dog, Wrigley.
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.
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing
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. This will be his first time living outside of Pennsylvania and he is looking forward to experiencing Florida’s sunny weather and the unique culture at Saint Leo University. 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.
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.
Graduate Assistant for Mediation and Care
Jenny Guerrero, a graduate assistant with the Office of Residence Life, has been part of the Saint Leo University community since 2011. Originally from sunny Miami, she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Leadership. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jenny was part of the Residence Life team and served as a Resident Assistant, and most recently, as a Resident Assistant Director. In addition, Jenny completed an internship with Sunrise of Pasco and is currently a second year INROADS intern with Carnival Cruise Line in Doral, FL. Jenny has held numerous leadership positions for organizations like the Psychology Club, the Research Club and other organizations back home in Miami. Jenny enjoys public speaking, receiving 1st place at local and state levels for speech competitions on five occasions and has recently been recognized as Outstanding Senior this past year.
Graduate Assistant for Programming
Graduate Assistant for Facilities
2016-2017 Resident Assistants
Selection of 2016-2017 Resident Assistants is completed! Applications for mid-year openings are posted on the student employment webpage as they occur throughout the academic year. Stay tuned!