Resident Assistant Staff

Each residence hall is staffed by a professional Resident Director (RD) and a team of student leaders who serve as Resident Assistants (RAs). They are committed to helping residents adjust to life at Belhaven University and to grow academically, spiritually, and socially. RAs are some of the first people students meet when arriving at Belhaven, and they help with the adjustment to life at Belhaven University. We encourage students get to know their RA; find the building where they plan to live, then find the section of rooms where the RA lives.

Caldwell Hall
Resident Assistants:

Caldwell Hall RAs Top row, left to right: Sarah Guinn, Rachael Boxill, Jenna Kahley. Bottom row: Morgan Angell, Sarah Warren

Caldwell Hall

RA for room numbers . . .

102 – 107: Sarah Warren
Sarah is a junior majoring in Classical Education with minors in Music and History. Some of her favorite things to do are napping, making puns, playing instruments, running marathons—Netflix marathons, that is—reading, breathing, and training squirrels to eat from the palm of her hand. This summer she plans to work, catch up on sleep, hang out with friends, have a small existential crisis, and prepare to be an RA! She is looking forward to building relationships with her residents.

108 – 114: Sarah Guinn
Sarah is a sophomore studying Visual Arts. In addition to drawing and painting, she also enjoys movies, books, animals, and playing piano. This summer she will be studying photography, working with her church, and spending time with her family. She is looking forward to building relationships with her residents and fellow RAs this year.

201 – 210: Rachael Boxill
Rachael is a junior studying Music Education. She is a drummer in the Belhaven marching band and involved with Christians United For Israel. She also enjoys traveling, reading, researching random facts, and dance parties. This summer she will be working as a counselor at Twin Lakes Camp. As an RA, she is looking forward to meeting new people, making new friends, and bringing joy to life at BU.

211 – 220: Morgan Angell
Morgan is a senior majoring in Elementary Education. When she isn’t working with children, she enjoys being involved in her church, going to the gym, reading, driving adventures, and quality time with people. She is spending her summer in Mississippi working in aftercare, and will also be taking a trip to Uganda. In her second year as an RA, she is looking forward to building relationships with residents and making sweet memories.

301 – 320: Jenna Kahley
Jenna is a sophomore majoring in Creative Writing and Theatre. She loves drawing, painting, writing poetry, superheroes, cartoons, and dragons. This summer she plans to spend time with her family and her church family. This year, she can’t wait to serve her fellow Blazers in getting acquainted with God’s plan and purpose for their lives.


Gillespie Hall
Resident Assistants:

Gillespie Hall RAsTop row, left to right: Georgia Upshaw, Tykala Barnes, Leonela Hernandez, Kierra Haynes, Emily Hernandez, Amy Wyatt. Bottom row: Patricia Womack, Cayley Gahagan

Gillespie Hall

RA for room numbers . . .

101 – 112: Patricia Womack
Patricia is a senior majoring in Social Work. She is involved in the Belhaven marching band and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In her free time she enjoys poetry, thrift shopping, and hammocking. This summer she will be working as a summer RA in University Village and an intern at First Baptist Ridgeland. This fall she looks forward to making the most of all that she’s learned during her first two years as an RA.

113 – 124 Georgia Upshaw
Georgia is a sophomore majoring in Social Work. She loves being with people, working, and napping. This summer, she will be working at Twin Lakes Summer Camp. As an RA, she looks forward to making relationships, serving, and growing both spiritually and as a leader.

201 – 210 Leonela Hernandez
Leonela is a junior majoring in Musical Theatre. She is on the worship team both at Belhaven and her church, Word of Life. This summer, she plans to spend time working and visiting New York City. She is looking forward to ministering to residents during her time as an RA.

212 – 221 Tykala “TK” Barnes
Tykala is a sophomore majoring in Theatre. She loves singing, dancing and acting—a triple threat! This summer she will be working, and she can’t wait to meet and bond with her residents in the fall.

301 – 312: Emily Henriques
Emily is a sophomore majoring in Dance. In her free time, she enjoys hand lettering, water coloring, and cooking. This summer she plans to work in food service or retail. She is looking forward to loving on her residents and decorating her hall this year as an RA!

313 – 324 Kierra Haynes
Kierra is a junior majoring in Worship Arts. She loves to play piano, color, and write music. She has a full summer planned and is going on a cruise, to Kauai, Hawaii, working in a tax office, and leading worship at her church. When she returns this fall, she is looking forward to meeting new residents and enjoying the new RA staff during her second year as an RA.

401 – 412 Cayley Gahagan
Cayley is a junior double majoring in Business and Accounting. She is on the Belhaven soccer team and is a fitness enthusiast. This summer, she plans to get fit, work, and relax. When she returns for her second year as an RA this fall, she is looking forward to meeting new people and impacting others!

413 – 424 Amy Wyatt
Amy is a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education. She loves looking after children, baking, country dancing, and anything sparkly. This summer she will be working as a live-in nanny, taking some summer classes, and hopefully getting in a lot of the aforementioned dancing! As an RA, she is most looking forward to serving God and getting to know people well.


Helen White Hall
Resident Assistants:

Helen White Hall RAsLeft to Right: Andie Knudson, Hannah van der Bijl, Jacquelyn Fredericks, Carrie Grace Esker, China Austin

Helen White Hall

RA for room numbers . . .

105 – 109: China Austin
China is a senior majoring in Biology. She is involved in Belhaven Activities Team, American Chemical Society, Biology Club, and InverVarsity, and will be working at a Christian camp this summer. During her second year as an RA, she is looking forward to growing in any way possible, and pouring into her residents as Jesus pours into her.

201 – 207: Hannah van der Bijl
Hannah is a senior majoring in Intercultural Studies and minoring in Music and English Language Teaching. She loves people watching and playing ping pong at any hour of the day, as well as anything that allows her to experience new cultures, sights, and food. This summer she will be reading books, seeing sights, working, and volunteering for an inner city ministry. In her third year as an RA, she is looking forward to building stronger and deeper relationships with residents, and being a source of joy and encouragement.

208 – 215: Andrea “Andie” Knudson
Andie is a senior majoring in Dance. She loves photography, reading, exploring, and adventures. This summer she will be an intern with International Ballet Competition, teaching dance, and spending time with family. As an RA, she looks forward to building a community within her hall and building relationships with residents!

301 – 308: Jacquelyn “Jackie” Hynson
Jackie is a junior majoring in Dance. She enjoys photography, honing her skills as a barista, hiking, longboarding, and biking. This summer she hopes to teach dance, work as a barista, and spend time with family and friends. She is thrilled for the community that comes with working as an RA!

309 – 315: Carrie Grace Esker
Carrie Grace is a sophomore majoring in Dance. This summer, she plans to work as a job coach for individuals with autism, spend lots of time with family, and read a novel a week. When she’s not dancing, she loves to read, especially historical fiction. She is a major history buff and a huge college football fan. She can’t wait to meet her residents, and is excited to share the love of Christ this year as an RA.


Robertson Halls
Resident Assistants:

Robertson Hall RAs Top row, left to right: Samuel McFatridge, Samuel Oh, John “Murray” Robertson, Grant Matherne. Bottom row: Tracy Hilaire, David Hall

Robertson Hall

RA for room numbers . . .

102 – 114: David Hall
David is a junior majoring in History. In his free time he enjoys singing, music, and video games. This summer he plans to work, play baseball, and go on a mission trip. He is looking forward to getting to know his residents as an RA.

116 – 126: Grant Matherne
Grant is a junior majoring in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. He is on the Belhaven tennis team and also enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling. This summer he plans to train to play top notch tennis, spend time with his family, and complete observations for medical school. He is excited to be a part of the Welbertson family, and looks forward to connecting with his residents.

202 – 214: Samuel “Sam” McFatridge
Sam is a senior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. When he is not doing theatre—which is rare—he enjoys chilling outdoors and geeking out about Star Wars. This summer he plans to continue his theatrical pursuits in various capacities, and looks forward to getting to know his residents in the fall.

213 – 226: John “Murray” Robertson
Murray is a sophomore majoring in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. He is involved in Reformed University Fellowship and enjoys technology, SpaceX, and playing ultimate Frisbee. This summer he will be working at Twin Lakes Camp. As an RA, he is particularly excited to meet and help freshmen.

302 – 314: Samuel “Sam” Oh
Sam is a sophomore majoring in Biblical Studies. He enjoys music, soccer, eating sushi, and rocking the dad bod. This summer he plans to intern at a church in Pascagoula, and nap. As an RA, he is especially looking forward to helping international students in any way he can.

313 – 326: Tracy Hilaire, Jr.
Tracy is a senior majoring in Music Education. He is on the Belhaven tennis team and also enjoys plaing ping pong. He plans to travel this summer, and this fall in his third year as an RA, he is looking forward to socializing and meeting new people.


University Village
Resident Assistants:

University Village RAs Top row, left to right: Dreydan Doss, Sydney Weber, LaToya Washington, Jonathan Bostelman. Bottom row: Ryan Hardin, Emma Davis

University Village

RA for room numbers . . .

101 – 107: Jonathan Bostelman
Jonathan is a senior majoring in dance. When he is not dancing, he enjoys music, volleyball, theater, and the Olympics. This summer he will be dancing in Cape Cod and New York City, as well as working and hanging out with friends. In his third year as an RA, he looks forward to getting to know his residents and creating community on his hall.

108 – 113: Dreydan Doss
Dreydan is a senior majoring in Business Administration. He also enjoys attending concerts, fishing, coaching, traveling, and hiking. This summer, he plans to do an internship and some traveling. He is excited to intentionally build relationships with residents this fall.

201 – 206: Emma Davis
Emma is a senior, majoring in Dance and Arts Administration. She loves coloring books, listening to k-pop, playing the ukulele, and rollin’ with the Pineapple Squad. This summer, she will be working as an RA at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and traveling to California and England with her family. She is looking forward to meeting and interacting with both new and returning students when she gets back in the fall!

207 – 213: Sydney Weber
Sydney is a senior majoring in Biochemistry. When she is not making coffee at the ShoeBird, she is busy learning languages, drawing and painting, or professional wrestling. This summer, she will be working as a barista at a local coffee shop and visiting friends and family. As a third year RA, she is excited to get to know her new residents and continue relationships with continuing residents this school year!

302 – 307: LaToya Washington
Toya is a Junior majoring in Classical Education with a minor in Psychology. She also enjoys basketball, volleyball, boxing, writing, designing, anime, and listening to music! This summer she will be working with high schoolers, teaching photography, and working on writing a book. This year, she is most looking forward to the relationships and growth that come with being an RA.

308 – 313: Ryan Hardin
Ryan is a junior majoring in Nursing. She is also on the Belhaven volleyball team. She will be spending lots of time with family and friends this summer, and is looking forward to new friendships and leadership opportunities in the coming school year!

Wells Hall
Resident Assistants:

Wells Hall RAs Left to right: Seth Scruggs, Caleb Henry, John “Jave” Uhl, Elvontay Newsom

Wells Hall

RA for room numbers . . .

102-112: John ”Jave” Uhl
Jave is a junior majoring in Nursing. In his spare time, he enjoys songwriting, bodybuilding, and ultimate Frisbee. This summer he will be working at Twin Lakes Camp. When he returns this fall, he is looking forward to connecting with other students while growing in Christ.

114-126: Seth Scruggs
Seth is a sophomore majoring in Film Production. He likes watching movies and dancing. This summer he will be going home, working, and relaxing, but he is looking forward to getting to know his residents this fall.

202-212: Elvontay Newsom
Elvontay is a senior majoring in Arts Administration. He loves to sing, play music, make people laugh, and try his best to enjoy life. He will be working for WinShape camps this summer. He is excited about the relationships that he is going to build with his residents, and is ready to see where God takes them this upcoming school year.

215-226: Wendell Meyers
Wendell is a senior majoring in Business Administration and Accounting. At Belhaven, he is involved in Phi Beta Lambda, Accounting Club, and Young Business Leaders of Jackson. He also enjoys playing any sport. He is looking forward to creating relationships with residents and helping them get connected and feel accepted on our campus.

302-312: Caleb Henry
Caleb is a junior working towards a BFA in Acting. In addition to his acting talents, he also plays piano. This summer he plans to work and enjoy life. This fall he is excited to meet new faces and help people feel at home.