Residence Hall 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.
Meet the Resident Assistant Staffs
Learn who your RA will be; find the building where you will live, then find the section of rooms where the RA will be living. Your RA will be one of the first people you meet when you arrive at Belhaven, and they will help you as you get adjusted to life at Belhaven University.
Left to Right: Victoria Lombardo, Kaitlyn Witt, Alia Carlberg, Rachel Downam, Michaela Bowen
RA for room numbers . . .
102-107: Victoria Lombardo
Victoria is a sophomore from Pass Christian, MS and is majoring in History, with a possible minor in International Studies. This summer she will be working at a Christian summer camp called Waukaway Springs, and sharing Jesus with lovely little children. She absolutely loves history, and George Washington is her favorite president. She loves to knit, listen to music, and watch movies. She is looking forward to all the fun memories she will make with her hall through events, get togethers, and talking about life and Jesus.
108-114: Rachel Downam
Rachel is a senior from Thousand Oaks, CA and is studying Social Work. This summer she will be Haiti for a stint, then back home. She also plans on doing some serious Netflix watching as well as hammocking, as well as spending some time working at the Perkins center in Jackson, MS. She enjoys binge watching Netflix, finding the best book to read, hammocking with no end, and baking cookies. She is excited to get to know the girls on her hall this year and being a goofball with them. She is also an advocate of an annual Puppy Day.
201-210: Phelan Harris
Phelan is a senior from Hattiesburg, MS and is studying Fine Art. This summer she plans to stay at home, find a job, and practice printmaking. She enjoys biking, sailing, traveling, and making hair art (ask Bob Pennebaker). She is looking forward to making new friends, connecting, laughing, learning to care for new people, and sharing Christ.
211-220: Michaela Bowen
Michaela is a sophomore from Cynthiana, KY and is studying Musical Theatre. This summer she plans on going home, working, and spending time with her friends and family. She self-admittedly talks to herself, but ensures us that she’s probably just practicing a monologue…or not. But she says she’s not crazy, just an artist. She enjoys attending Reformed University Fellowship, watching Netflix, and is an avid Once Upon a Time fan. She is excited about establishing deep relationships this year and sharing God’s love with her hall and fellow students.
301-310: Alia Carlberg
Alia is a sophomore from Lee’s Summit, MO and is studying Dance. This summer she plans to work, dance, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys shooting clays with her grandpaw, playing volleyball (or anything athletic), coffee dates with her girlfriends, CHOCOLATE, painting, jamming in the car, and spending time with Jesus. She looks forward to getting to know her residents and having crazy-awesome hall parties.
311-320: Kaitlyn Witt
Kaitlyn is a sophomore from Clarkdale, AZ and majoring in International Studies with a minor in Dance. This summer she will be flying across the sea to Cambodia, ministering to adorable kiddos, and exploring ancient places. Her go to activities are singing in the rain and having ninja pillow fights. She also enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, sailing, and learning random languages. She loves meeting new people and can’t wait to make strong bonds with her residents, creating and exciting, loving, and fun Belhaven experience.
Left to Right: Keana Grissom, Arianna Marcell, Kathryn Lee, Alizah Wilson, Alecia Gray, Marilyn Miller, Francesca Sarullo, Mary Malone
RA for room numbers . . .
101-112: Mary Malone
Mary is a junior from Birmingham, AL and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. This summer she will either be going on a backpacking mission trip or working Jackson. She enjoys baking, knitting, stargazing, and busting a sick move at school dances. She is looking forward to getting to know more people and being able to show them the love of Christ throughout the year.
113-124: Francesca Sarullo
Francesca is a junior from Madison, MS and is majoring in Sport Medicine with a minor in Dance. This summer she will be taking summer school classes and working…and swimming! She enjoys playing the trumpet, hiking, bike riding, traveling, and being a mermaid. She is very excited to meet her residents and can’t wait to get to know each one as best she can.
201-210: Alecia Gray
Alecia, or “Leci”, is a sophomore from Abilene, TX and is majoring in Theatre. This summer she plans to work, learn to skateboard, read a billion plays, and read books. She enjoys building furniture, participating in theatre, and reading. She is looking forward to building meaningful relationships on her hall this year.
212-221: Alizah Wilson
Alizah is a junior from McKinney, TX and is studying Dance. This summer she will be working at home and traveling with her family and friends. She enjoys dance, photography, eating, sleeping outside, playing with her baby brother, singing (behind closed doors), and drinking tea. She is excited to experience the wonderful community of the Resident Assistant staff and is looking forward to reaching out to the diverse students on Belhaven’s campus.
301-312: Kathryn Lee
Kathryn is a junior from Okotoks, AB and is studying Dance. This summer she is planning on working at a retirement home, spending time with her family in Canada on ice cold beaches in snowsuits, and volunteering at her church with the children’s ministry. She enjoys cooking, baking, eating, running, skiing, hiking, being outside (preferably in the sunshine), playing with kids, being a kid, and dancing. She is excited about meeting new people and making connections through the campus community this year.
313-324: Marilyn Miller
Marilyn is a junior from Memphis, TN and is studying Dance. This summer she plans to do a summer dance intensive as well as a short term mission trip and then take some summer classes. She enjoys reading, cooking, shopping, and she also has some juggling skills. She is excited to build relationships on her hall this year and looks forward to throwing some awesome hall parties.
401-412: Keana Grissom
Keana is a junior from Carthage, MS and is majoring in Biblical Studies and Leadership. This summer she plans to do an internship with Out of Darkness in Atlanta, GA, which focuses on combating sex trafficking through relief ministry. She enjoys singing, dancing, basketball, fellowshipping, worshipping God, and having girl time. She is looking forward to the accountability and relationships that she will develop as an RA.
413-424: Arianna Marcell
Arianna is a senior from McKinney, TX and is majoring in Dance. This summer she will be dancing up a storm, laughing too much, and eating ice cream. She enjoys crocheting, drumming, stilt walking, and working on her mad kazoo skills. She is excited about getting to know people with a wide range of interests and stories to share.
Helen White Hall
Left to Right: Rachel Loftus, Jordan Lewis, Sarah Harris, Bethany Souder
Helen White Hall
RA for room numbers . . .
105-109: Bethany Souder
Bethany is a senior from Chattanooga, TN and is studying Visual Art. This summer she plans on working on her senior show and hanging out on the Tennessee River. She enjoys making art, drinking tea with friends, and hiking. She is excited about getting to hang out and do life with the new Helen White staff and residents.
201-207: Sarah Harris
Sarah is a junior from Fort Worth, TX and is studying Acting. This summer she plans on working at a theatre in Texas and serving as a camp counselor. She enjoys knitting, acting, and dancing, but her favorite thing is making people laugh. She also thinks cows are pretty cool. She is looking forward to meeting people and making new connections this year.
208-214: Rachel Loftus
Rachel is a senior from Brackettville, TX and is studying Arts Administration. This summer she plans on interning at Meridian Symphony. She enjoys Pinterest, dancing, singing, traveling, seeing shows, taking walks, and drinking coffee. She is excited about growing this year through pouring into her hall and fellow staff.
301-308: Esperance Kwizera
Esperance, or “Espe”, is a junior from Little Rock, AR and is studying Biology with a minor in Business. This summer she plans to go back home, spend time with her family, and do an internship. She enjoys traveling, playing with kids, hanging out with friends, reading, and painting. She is looking forward to service her residents and getting to know them this year.
309-315: Jordan Lewis
Jordan, or “JLew”, is a seinor from Columbus, MS and is studying Electronic Communication. This summer she will be the “media mom” for camp Vesper Point in Soddy Daisy, TN, and hopefully learning how to dive plop. She enjoys photography, people watching, and one day she hopes to travel to all the places in the world. According to a recent interview, she can make awesome fart noises, loves to eat fried okra, and enjoys watching the sunset. This year she looks forward to bonding with her fellow team and meeting/becoming friends with her residents.
Left to Right: Ben Storment, James Kenyon, Caleb Wolfe, Alex Gregory, Corbin Shields, Connor Bingham
RA for room numbers . . .
102-114: James Kenyon
James is a junior from Miami, FL and is studying Theatre Performance. This summer he will be spending time at home working and preparing for the upcoming year. He enjoys board games, card games, ballroom dancing, and watching movies. This year he is looking forward to building a community and family on the hall while participating in various shenanigans.
116-126: Alex Gregory
Alex is a senior from Forth Worth, TX and is majoring in Math. This summer he will be working at T Bar M summer camp, as well as working with a local school during their summer program. He is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junky and loves doing adventurous things. He also enjoys working alongside the Belhaven Activities Team and the Campus Recreation Team. He is looking forward to the relationships that he will cultivate with the staff and residents.
202-214: Connor Bingham
Connor is a junior from Collins, MS and is studying Theatre Performance. This summer he will be working with the William Carey Dinner Theatre as a Technical Assistant. He enjoys theatre, playing drums, collecting various things, and Monty Python references. He is looking forward to being a mentor and leader for the men on his hall.
216-226: Corbin Shields
Corbin is a senior from Pontotoc, MS and is studying Biology. This summer he plans to spend time at home working and preparing for the upcoming year. He enjoys playing in the band, drumline, playing guitar, and playing video games. The thing that excites him the most about the upcoming year is the leadership experience it will offer.
302-314: Ben Storment
Ben is a senior from Leakseville, MS and is majoring in Biblical Studies. This summer he will be working with youth at the Camp of the Rising Son. He enjoys running cross country, track, playing any sport, and participating in Reformed University Fellowship. He is looking forward to learning how to serve better this year, and growing from the Resident Assistant experience, as well as developing relationships on his hall and staff.
316-326: Caleb Wolfe
Caleb is a junior from Colorado Springs, CO and is studying Chemistry. This summer he will be spend time at home working and spending time with family and friends. He enjoys video games, ultimate Frisbee, angle ball, Reformed University Fellowship, and participating with the Campus Recreation Team. This year he is looking forward to taking what he has learned as a Resident Assistant previously and applying it to this year.
Left to Right: Anna Claire Thaggard, DaQuavion Roston, Brandon Randle, Jeanne Ishimwe
RA for room numbers . . .
Units 101-106: DaQuavion Roston
DaQuavion is a sophomore from Dallas, TX and is studying English and Political Science. This summer he will be working as a water park supervisor and working at Twin Lakes Camp. He enjoys music, games, books, puzzles, and eating good food. This year he is excited to see how the Resident Assistant position will grow him spiritually.
Units 107-111: Brandon Randle
Brandon is a sophomore from Columbus, GA and is studying Music. This summer he will be traveling to Japan with Mission to the World to engage in music missions as an intern. He enjoys playing music, chess, board games, camping, hunting, fishing, cooking, baking, fitness, video gaming, tabletop and live action roleplaying games, and reading. He is most looking forward to developing friendships with the folks on his hall and being part of the new Village community.
Units 201-206: Anna Claire Thaggard
Anna Claire is a senior from Ridgeland, MS and is studying Social Work and Psychology. This summer she will be serving as a youth ministry intern at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs. She enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, disc golf, crafting, writing letters, her three miniature schnauzers, family (she dives with her dad), and friends. She is looking forward to being able to serve the students body in a unique way – living with the people that she serves and being one of the first RA’s in the University Village.
Units 207-211: Jeanne Ishimwe
Jeanne is a senior from Little Rock, AR and is studying Chemistry. This summer she will work in the pharmacology lab at University of Mississippi Medical Center. She enjoys listening to music and watching documentaries of inspirational stories. She is looking forward to being part of the Resident Assistant staff and being in a position where she can be of help to a group of people directly.
Units 301-305: Ellen Scott
Ellen is a junior from Pelham, AL and is studying Elementary Education. This summer she will be traveling to London for 10 days on a mission trip, and then spending the rest of the summer in Birmingham. She plays tennis for Belhaven, and enjoys regularly going to Taco Bell, which according to her, is “the life”. She is looking forward to getting to know more Belhaven students and being involved on campus.
Units 306-311: Mary Lichlyter
Mary is a junior from Alabaster, AL and is majoring in Social Work. This summer she will be working at a tennis club and volunteering at a summer camp for cancer patients. She enjoys playing a lot of tennis, listening to the crazy lives of 6th grade girls during her small group, and trying not to get hurt while playing ultimate Frisbee. She is excited for her second year of being a Resident Assistant. She is also looking forward to being able to cook in the apartment style set up of University Village and getting to know new people.
Left to Right: Jackson Lin, Steven Dishongh, Graham Stauffer, Somtochukwu Ngwdike, Jordan Locke, Josiah Newcomb
RA for room numbers . . .
102-112: Jackson Lin
Jackson is a senior from Lebanon, OR and is majoring in Biblical Studies and Graphic Design. This summer he will be interning to gain experience for his life after college. He enjoys snowboarding, track and field, reading, watching TV, and Vertical Church. He is also involved in the Campus Recreation Team. He is looking forward to being a servant leader on the hall and spending time in fellowship with the community.
114-126: Graham Stauffer
Graham is a sophomore from Roseville, CA and is studying Graphic Design. This summer he plans to go back home, work, and hang out with friends. He enjoys music, eating food, collecting vinyl, specialty coffee, Instagram (instagrahamstauffer), building furniture, art, thrift shopping, bowling, checker, playing tag, and brushing his teeth. He is excited about the social side of connecting with his residents, as well as the experience of leadership the Resident Assistant position will offer.
202-212: Steven Dishongh
Steven is a sophomore from Humble, TX and is studying History. This summer he plans to visit Disneyworld on vacation and then Mexico. Steven is involved in football at Belhaven, and in his free time he loves to read. He is looking forward to building relationships with the new folks coming into Belhaven and doing whatever he can to make their transition fun.
216-224: Jordan Locke
Jordan is a sophomore from Eupora, MS and is studying Vocal Performance with a Communication minor. This summer he will be working while traveling for vocal lessons. He enjoys choir, opera, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and being there for others. He is looking forward to helping students transition into Belhaven and building relationships on his hall.
302-312: Josiah Newcomb
Josiah is a sophomore from Fort Collins, CO and is studying English with a Creative Writing minor. This summer he plans to work with a Campus Crusade Conference. He enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and sleeping. He is looking forward to meeting new people so that he can steal their life stories and make millions on novels.
316-326: Somtochukwu Ngwdike
Somtochukwu, or “Somto”, is a sophomore from Ridgeland, MS and is studying Chemistry. This summer he will be doing a summer internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center called UPSTART. He enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with friends. This year he looks forward to building relationships with his fellow Resident Assistants and his residents.