» Meet The Staff

Contact information and bios for the dedicated professional staff members in the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience.

Central Office Staff

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Dave Sundby, Ed. D.

Assistant Dean of Students, Director Residence Life and First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
(714) 997-6603
After growing up just south of Seattle, Dave completed his Bachelor’s Degree at California Lutheran University and his Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago, both with a focus in Philosophy. In February 2021, Dave completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. After a few short professional stints in residence life and student life/orientation at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Marymount College in Palos Verdes, Dave spent six and a half years at Western Oregon University in University Housing. Dave joined Chapman as the Director in March 2016. In his spare time, Dave loves to go on local adventures with his family and cook elaborate meals for family and friends. His favorite part of the Chapman community is the incredible colleagues and students he works with every single day.
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Jamie Gutierrez

Assistant Director
Davis Community Center
Jamie serves as the Assistant Director of Residence Life and First Year Experience. Her responsibilities include management of the New Student and Family Orientation programs and supervision of the Live in Professional Staff in the First Year Residential Communities. During her time at Chapman, she has served as the Program Coordinator and Graduate Assistant for Orientation and First Year Programs. Jamie has her Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies and Master of Arts in Leadership Development from Chapman University. Jamie also serves as an advisor for UCI’s Delta Gamma chapter, Delta Phi. During her free time, Jamie loves going to concerts, spending time with her family and friends, working out, and relaxing with her cat, Cissy!
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Joseph Koluder

Assistant Director
Davis Community Center
In his capacity as an Assistant Director in Residence Life and First Year Experience, Joe supports the community-building efforts of live-in staff within Chapman's continuing student areas, and also manages the department's Beyond the Classroom initiative efforts, which brings together students and faculty members outside the traditional classroom environment. Having obtained a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from Ball State University, and a Masters in Applied Educational Psychology from Northeastern University, he is passionate about working with the "emerging adult" population, and enjoys supporting residents and student staff leaders with the everyday, real-life teachable moments that occur during their college journeys. Having lived in the Midwest, New England, and Southern California, and being an avid traveler around the globe, he is passionate about diversity and social justice issues and strives to continually educate himself and others on how to create a more equitable, inclusive and just society. Outside of work, Joe enjoys catching live concerts, rooting on his Red Sox, and enjoying the outdoors camping with his partner and their dog.
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Amanda Zamora

Assistant Director
Davis Community Center
(714) 997-6593
Amanda Zamora serves as the Assistant Director of Operations in the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience. She oversees: the operations of the department, housing assignments, facilities, off-campus housing, housing communications, as well as the day-to-day operations of the central office. Amanda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication from Boston University. She started her Housing and Residence Life career in 2002, when she worked as a Resident Director at Boston University. Amanda recently served as the Off Campus Housing Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience at Chapman University from 2012-2018. In her free time, Amanda: teaches fitness classes, reads books, and listens to podcasts.
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Emily Belote

Housing Assignments Coordinator
Davis Community Center
(714) 997-6538
Emily Belote was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. For her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Art History. Her passion for providing a memorable experience for undergraduate students stems from her incredible undergrad journey. While most of her work is behind the scenes, Emily is fortunate to be part of the incredible Residence Life and First Year Experience team and help students truly find their homes in Chapman Housing. Emily has also served as an advisor for one of Chapman’s Greek organizations. In her free time, Emily enjoys going to the beach, being a mega foodie with her husband, and spending time with their rescued Poodle-Bichon mix, Molly.
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Samantha Martinez

Outreach Coordinator, Wellness Promotion
Henley Hall
(714) 516-5024
Sam grew up in central Minnesota and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences at Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. She then moved to California and received her Master’s degree in Public Health from San Diego State University. Sam is currently earning her Doctorate in Public Health from Claremont. Before coming to Chapman, Sam worked at San Diego State University in the Well-being & Health Promotion Department as a Health Educator. She is interested in supporting healthy behaviors, is passionate about working with college students, and loves learning about innovative programming strategies. In her time outside of work, she loves to travel with her husband, spend time with family and friends in CA and MN, and enjoy the outdoors with her two dogs!
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Jordan Vaughn

Program Coordinator, First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
Jordan received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy here at Chapman University in May 2019. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego, she utilizes her education to further connection and belonging on Chapman’s campus. She aims to assist the department in creating a welcoming and open environment for every incoming and current student here at Chapman University! In her free time, she enjoys indoor cycle, hot yoga, and brunching with friends.
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Celina Davis

Administrative Assistant
Davis Community Center
Celina Davis grew up in Old Towne Orange and graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with her BA in Integrated Educational Studies. During her time at Chapman University as an undergrad, she was a Resident Advisor for two years; her passion for guiding students through their transformative college years stemmed from this experience. Celina serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience. Her responsibilities include supervising and developing a staff of student workers and managing the day-to-day functions of the office. Celina is currently earning her Master of Arts in Leadership Development from Chapman University. In her free time, Celina enjoys reading, watching hockey, working out, and going to the beach with friends.
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Nicholas Jakel

Housing Communications Coordinator
Davis Community Center
As the Housing Communications Coordinator, Nick manages all of the department’s social media accounts, webpages, and supports all departmental messaging efforts. Nick is a lifelong resident of Orange, CA. In 2018, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a Minor in Advertising from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Nick then worked as a Graduate Assistant at CSUF from 2018-2019 in the Dean of Students Office supporting CSUF’s Basic Needs Center. Nick, along with his supervisors, received the Teamwork and Collaboration Award for their efforts in supporting students in need. He also worked at Chapman University as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Student Engagement from 2018-2019. Nick earned his Master of Arts in Leadership Development from Chapman University in May 2020. Nick's interactive marketing work earned the department recognition from the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) in October 2020. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time outside hiking, kayaking, playing sports, and traveling.
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Breil Bonaguro

Orientation Graduate Assistant
Davis Community Center
Breil is a first-generation college student from Fallbrook, CA, currently working toward her Accelerated Master’s in Leadership Development at Chapman. She will be graduating with her Bachelor’s Degrees in Peace Studies and Political Science in Spring 2021 from Chapman. As the Graduate Assistant for First-Year Experience, Breil helps students transition into the Chapman community through Orientation and first-year programs. She works to help students feel engaged and connected to campus by supporting all Orientation activities and events throughout the school year. Breil is passionate about working with college students because of her experience with Orientation at Chapman as an undergraduate student. The Orientation program had an enormous impact on Breil’s undergraduate experience. She is delighted to continue serving this community through welcoming first-year students into the Chapman family.
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Raha Pirzadeh

Residential Education Graduate Assistant
Davis Community Center

Resident Directors & Area Coordinators

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Alex Hart, Ed. D.

Area Coordinator: Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
Originally from Roseville, CA, working in residence life began for Alex when he was a first-year student at William Jessup University near Sacramento, CA. A professional staff member asked Alex to apply to be an Orientation Leader and later on a Resident Advisor. Since then Alex finished his Masters Degree in Student Development Counseling & Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University and his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Azusa Pacific University, studying the development of programming to increase residential college students' sense of community. Alex loves television shows, movies, camping, traveling, and sitting around and talking. Alex oversees and manages the awesome staff and residents of Chapman Grand. His office is located at the Chapman Grand Lobby.
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Omar Zuwayed

Area Coordinator: The K, Panther Village, Davis and Harris Apartments
The K Lobby
Omar is a first-generation college student from Riverside, CA. Omar earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Education and Bachelor’s of Science in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2016. He earned his Master of Arts in Leadership Development from Chapman University in May 2021. He is currently earning his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Leadership Studies from Chapman University. Omar specializes in building meaningful relationships with residents, student workers, coworkers, and faculty members. When he is not working, he enjoys working out, playing basketball, spending time with his cat, or just enjoying life.
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Tim Alexander

Resident Director, Glass Hall
Center Tower 234
As an Orange County native, Tim Alexander grew up in Santa Ana and was raised by several different friends and their families. During his first year of college in 2010, Tim struggled with homelessness and had difficulties navigating higher education as a first-generation college student. Thanks to mentors' and femtors' holistic support, he was able to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2015. The following year, Tim was ranked as one of the top 16 most influential people to watch in Orange County (O.C.) by the O.C. Register. In 2017, while he pursued a Master of Science in Higher Education at CSUF, he was a part-time Graduate Assistant in Residence Life and First-Year Experience (RLFYE). Tim is thrilled to be a part of the Panther family and enhance the Chapman Experience as a full-time Resident Director in RLFYE. Both his childhood and collegiate background have shaped his passion to serve underrepresented students, as well as a commitment to creating a sense of belonging for all students. Tim’s college campus became his home (figuratively and literally), so he is honored to: develop the next generation of global citizens through co-curricular learning, aid students to transition successfully towards graduation, and ultimately create a safe, inclusive, and healthy community… A community he feels lucky to now call his new home.
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Annessa Garcia

Resident Director, Morlan Hall
Morlan Hall Community Center 100A
Annessa is a first-generation college student from Riverside, CA. She grew up playing softball which led her to a community college in Texas. After graduating with her associate's degree. Annessa transferred to Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and continued to play softball. After graduation, she stayed at Briar Cliff for two years, taking on the role of Assistant Coach of Women’s Softball. After this she moved back to California and began her career at Chapman University as an officer with Public Safety. Annessa worked as an officer for 4 years, where she became a Rape, Aggression, and Self-Defense (RAD) Instructor, and earned other certificates and trainings regarding emergency and crisis response. After acquiring these certificates and trainings and navigating Chapman’s campus for 4 years, Annessa discovered her passion as an advocate and mentor for students. Annessa knew that she wanted to contribute and help students become successful once they left Chapman because college is such an important time in the lives of students, both in earning an education and learning about themselves. This discovery drove Annessa to change her career direction and join the Residence Life and First Year Experience team. In her free time, Annessa can be found with her family and friends or on the softball field where she plays recreational slow-pitch softball.
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Krista Kelly

Resident Director, Henley Hall
Henley First Floor
Krista grew up nearby in the city of Garden Grove and has been in the Chapman family since 2012. As a student at Chapman, she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and her Master’s in Leadership Development, with an emphasis in higher education. She initially began her postgrad education eager to find a way to spark positive change in leadership in the workplace setting. This led to Krista joining the Residence Life and First Year Experience team as a graduate assistant in the first year of her program. As all of her experiences came together, she realized she could do meaningful work in student affairs. As a Resident Director, Krista is motivated everyday by the curious and passionate students who represent the future. She is also motivated because she knows that she has found a place where she can use her leadership knowledge and background to help students find their passions and turn them into a purpose. She finds joy outside of work when she is creating new memories with her family and friends, playing with her puppy, Jax, crafting, and venturing off to Disneyland and Ducks games!
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Christy Martinez-Saucedo

Resident Director, Pralle-Sodaro Hall
Pralle-Sodaro Hall First Floor
Christy Martinez-Saucedo (pronouns she/her/hers) was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She then moved to Fullerton, CA to attend California State University, Fullerton where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2017. During her final year of undergrad, she served as a resident assistant for a first year community. In 2017, she moved to Denver, Colorado to obtain her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver (DU). At DU, she served as a Graduate Resident Director of a first-year residence hall for two years in the Housing and Residential Education department. Christy self-identifies as a first-generation Latina and is proud to be Central American. Being the eldest of 7 siblings, she acknowledges that it has shaped her into embracing and valuing interpersonal connections. In her free time, she likes dancing, shopping, spending time with friends and family, watching TV shows and videos on make-up, dancing, and drum corps. Christy enjoys being a part of the Chapman community where individualized education is valued and students, faculty, and staff can accomplish anything imaginable!

Residential Graduate Assistants

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Nshyira Korankyi

Residential Graduate Assistant, Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
Nshyira Korankyi is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem and has recently moved to the West Coast. She is excited to return as a Resident Graduate Assistant in Chapman Grand. Nshyira is looking forward to completing her Master of Arts in Leadership Development this year. During her undergraduate career, Nshyira dedicated her sophomore through senior year to Residential Life, so she is beyond grateful to be back working with students to help navigate their academic, personal and social lives. In Nshyira's spare time she enjoys boxing, finding new music and free styling on the violin to songs she loves.
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Alyssa Grimaldo

Residential Graduate Assistant, Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
Alyssa is a first-generation college graduate. Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Organization & Marketing at California State University Channel Islands in 2020. During her time at Channel Islands, she worked as a Resident Advisor for three years and was promoted to the Senior Community Advisor role. Alyssa grew an immense passion for working in student affairs which led her to serving the Residential Graduate Assistant role at Chapman University. Raised in La Mirada, California, Alyssa is family oriented and enjoys spending time with friends. Alyssa is a die-hard Lakers fan. Fun fact, Alyssa became a DJ in middle school because of her love for all genres of music.
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Mario Norvil

Residential Graduate Assistant, Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
Born in the Pearl of the Antilles known as Haiti, Mario Norvil migrated to the US at 10 years old. He is the youngest of two siblings and an advocate for minorities and human rights. During his undergrad at Southeastern University, he majored in Broadcasting and film which led him to produce several shows and short films, he also served in different capacities within student development. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Film and Television Producing, hoping to tell stories that offer a new perspective on the human experience. A few things he loves are the beach, videography, road trips, and drive-in theaters. Mario believes that student development should be at the core focus of the college experience alongside academics. He is beyond excited to be on this journey working with student affairs at Chapman University.
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Valerie Tellez

Residential Graduate Assistant, Davis and Harris Apartments
Davis Community Center
Valerie is a first-generation college student from Bellflower, CA. She is currently in the process of earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Valerie is excited to begin her new journey at Chapman University to start her Master of Arts in Leadership Development in Fall 2021. In her spare time, Valerie loves going on adventures. She enjoys dancing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
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Makayla Hall

Residential Graduate Assistant, Panther Village
Panther Village Clubhouse
Makayla Hall is a first-generation college student from San Clemente, CA and serves as the Residential Graduate Assistant for the Panther Village Community. Makayla is pursuing her Accelerated Master of Arts in Leadership Development with an emphasis in Higher Education. In 2021, she graduated from Chapman with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies. During her undergraduate years, Makayla was involved in Residence Life as a Resident Advisor, worked for the Student Organizations Team, and was a part of variety of advisory boards and honor societies. In her free time, Makayla loves to talk about all things Disney and learning new line dances!