Our staff is dedicated to the learning experience of our students by building a community cultivated in a Christ-centered and transformative living environment.
Meet Your ResLife Staff!
Position: Director of Residence Life
Degrees Earned: B.A. in Religion with a specialization in Foreign Missions
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, baking, and collecting books, globes, tea pots, and house plants.
How many years in Resident Life: 3 years as the Director of Housing of a smaller college and 5 ½ years as a Resident Director/ Residence Life Coordinator at a sister school.
What is your favorite thing about being in this field?: Going to college is such a bewildering time for students. They are navigating becoming an adult, being a student, and deciding who they are and what they want to become. The best part of my job is watching those transitions and providing students opportunities to grow and connect to others.
Why did you apply to be in Residence Life?: I applied to HSU in order to continue being a part of a Christ-centered atmosphere, advance my education in higher ed, and help grow the department of Residence Life!
What advice would you give those attending HSU?: Show up. Show up to class, show up to activities that sound fun, show up for your friends and most importantly – show up for yourself.
Position: Residence Director
Hometown: Anson, TX
Degrees Earned: Degree in Business Administration
What are your Hobbies? Hanging out with my family. I am also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
How many years in Residence Life? Working on my first year.
What is your favorite thing about working in Student Life/Higher Education/Residence life? My favorite thing about working in Residence life is the relationships you build. It’s fun to see students grow during their time at HSU. Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? I applied to be in Residence Life because I strongly felt this is where the Lord was leading me. I wanted the opportunity to walk alongside students and help them take their next steps with Christ.
What advice would you give those attending HSU? The advice I would give to those attending HSU is to enjoy every moment. Take this time to build relationships, make memories, and most importantly grow in Christ. Matthew 7:7 states, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” This season in your life goes quickly, so don’t wish it away. Be intentional with your time and seek His presence continually. “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” -Psalm 105:4
Position: Residence Director Anderson Hall
Hometown: Austin, TX
Degrees earned: Bachelors of Science in Biology
What are your hobbies?: Painting, Yoga, Zumba, and being outside
How many years in Residence Life? How long and what capacity?: 4 years – 2 years of being a Resident Assistant in girls dorm at Howard Payne University and 2 years Resident Assistant for apartments at Howard Payne University.
What is your favorite thing about being in this field?: My favorite thing about working in Residence Life is getting to meet students of all different backgrounds and walks of life.
Why did you apply to be in Residence Life?: I enjoyed it as both a resident and staff member from all the lifelong connections I was able to make. The community you develop during college is many times the people living next door to you, and who you go to events with, so I believe being intentional in Residence Life can drastically impact a students college experience for the better. If there is anyway I can enrich a students experience at HSU, I want to be a part of that!
What advice would you give those attending HSU?: Be intentional with your experience here! It is apart of God’s divine plan that you are at HSU, every person you encounter, event you attend and class you take is all for a reason!
Position: Residence Director of Behrens Hall
Hometown: San Angelo/Abilene, TX
Degrees Earned: B.B.A in Marketing
What are your hobbies? Firstly, spending quality time with my wife, Kami, is by far my favorite hobby! I enjoy almost anything if friends are involved: Getting coffee and chatting, shooting hoops, listening to and sharing music. Getting out in nature brings me a lot of peace, whether it’s camping out, fishing, or hunting! I also love playing golf and learning about the history and mechanics of the game.
How long in Residence Life? 2 years as an RA, and working on my first full year as an RD!
What is your favorite thing about this field? I’m immensely thankful for the opportunity to connect with and pour into young men in meaningful and practical ways. The skills and passions developed within your time in residence life will translate to any field you may find yourself in later on in life, and I strongly believe that the Lord does a huge work within the hearts of the young men and women who commit to investing their time and energy into serving their peers in the role of RA. Getting to witness it all happen is such a privilege!
What advice would you give those attending HSU. Don’t wait to firmly step into the life that Jesus has called you to and receive the grace which he died to provide for you. If we are in Christ, he has clothed us with his own righteousness. Let’s not forget that! In the words of Paul, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 1:6. Our culture has lied to us regarding maturity, truth, and purpose. In Him we have an open door to all of these things, and I believe he is waiting for us to simply ask for them. As a student at HSU, you have a chance to structure your goals, dreams, and daily habits around a life surrendered to the plan of the Father, which is immeasurably better than any plan we could conceive ourselves. Don’t waste this time or this opportunity!
Position: Residence Director of Lange Residence Hall
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Degrees Earned: Associate’s in Science from Dallas College; B.A. in Graphic Design from Hardin-Simmons University
What are your Hobbies? I love drawing, especially my own original characters! I love to write, listen to music, cook, dance and go on cool adventures with my friends!
How many years in Residence Life? This will be my second year in ResLife! I was an RA for one year here at Hardin-Simmons!
What is your favorite thing about working in Student Life/Higher Education/Residence life? My absolute favorite thing about working in higher education is the relationships you build and the connections you make. It brings me joy when I am able to pour into someone else. I truly enjoy making a difference in someone’s life.
Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? I applied to be in Residence Life because I wanted to make a huge difference in the students’ lives. I believe Residence Life is the best place for this because it enables you to be very hands on with the students. It gives you a chance to mentor and help guide students during this time in their lives.
What advice would you give those attending HSU? My advice to students would be to step out of your comfort zone and seek God in all you do. Go experience different cultures and be open to them! You never know what doors it will open and what people you will meet! Through all of this, never forget to seek God! He has the best plan for you, and it is all awesome! He will completely blow your mind! A relationship with him is totally worth it! Adventures with God are always the best!
Position: On Campus Houses Residence Director
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Degrees Earned: BSHS in Fitness, Recreation, and Sports Management; Minor in Marketing
What are your hobbies? Playing any sport (preferably basketball), board gaming, gaming, NFTs, videography, watching movies, adventuring in nature, and reading.
How long in Residence Life? This is my first year in Residence Life!
What is your favorite thing about this field? Interacting and engaging with students!
What advice would you give those attending HSU?
Many people attending college are still searching for their purpose, much like I was at times during my stay at HSU. All I know is if God is real and if His word is true, then everyone who turns from their sin and places their faith in the saving work that Jesus Christ did on the Cross will have a real, life-fulfilling purpose. Don’t spend all your time at HSU focusing on your studies. A degree and a well-paying job will never bring us true satisfaction; only Christ can do that.
And, a few more things:
- Life is more than grades, money, possessions & status. All of those things are passing away.
- Here are three things that are eternal – God, God’s word, and people’s souls. Those are the three things we should devote our lives to.
- Read the Bible more than you look at your phone.
- Exercise and laugh!
- Life is better spent with family and friends.
- Play outside and laugh some more.
- Joy comes from contentment in Christ, not your significant other.
- Giving is better than receiving.
- Our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Position: Residence Director Ferguson Hall
Hometown: Keller, TX
Degrees earned: Bachelor of Science in Biology
What are your hobbies?: Painting, Swimming, Collecting Plants, Running, and Hiking
How many years in Residence Life? How long and in what capacity?: 2 years- 1 semester of being a Resident Assistant in Behrens Hall at HSU as well as a year and a summer being a Resident Assistant for the University Place Apartments at HSU.
Why did you apply to be in Residence Life? I entered Residence Life as a First-year Mentor my sophomore year of college and I have continuously viewed the job as a way of mentoring and being mentored. Though the events and life style are a huge plus, I applied because Residence Life values walking in community beside each other through life and I wanted to continue that with my residents!
What advice would you give those attending HSU? Let yourself go through those uncomfortable awkward parts of life while you’re here. Often those parts are where you grow the most or meet the life long friends that will help you grow the most! Don’t let fear hold you back from becoming the man or woman God wants you to be.