» 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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Assistant Dean of Students, TBD

Assistant Dean of Students, Director Residence Life and First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
A new Director of Residence Life and First Year Experience will be joining the team shortly.
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Jamie Gutierrez

Assistant Director
Davis Community Center
714-997-6961
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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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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Assistant Director, TBD

Assistant Director
Davis Community Center
A new Assistant Director will be joining the team shortly.
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Emily Belote

Housing Operations Manager
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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Gia Roberts

Administrative Assistant
Davis Community Center
714-532-6097
Gia Roberts was born and raised in the Bay Area and graduated from Chapman University in 2022 where she earned her BA in Psychology, her BA in Spanish, and completed a Minor in Dance. As an undergraduate student at Chapman, she worked as an Office Assistant for three years, and became Lead Office Assistant her senior year. Gia is excited to continue her journey with Residence Life and First Year Experience as the new Administrative Assistant, and she is especially eager to support and uplift the Chapman community. When she is not working, she loves spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, watching baseball, and exploring new places to eat.
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Selena Walter

Housing Communications Coordinator
Davis Community Center
714-516-4788
Selena was born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu. She moved to Southern California when she attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. She then received a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in Communication Management. While she was pursuing her Master’s Degree, she was a Social Media Coordinator for a non-profit organization and was an Internal Communications Intern for an education tech company. She discovered her passion for student success and, since then, had desired to work in higher education. She is now working at Chapman University as the new Housing Communications Coordinator. As the Housing Communications Coordinator, Selena manages all the department’s social media accounts web pages and supports departmental messaging efforts. In her free time, she is gaming, playing with her cats, and out eating KBBQ.
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Ketzia Abramson

Facilities and Off Campus Coordinator
Davis Community Center
714-516-6138
Ketzia is the Facilities and Off Campus Coordinator for Residence Life and First Year Experience. She has the dual responsibilities as liaison between our Facilities Management team and our various Residential Communities, as well as managing off-campus housing options available for continuing students. Ketzia has been with Chapman University and Reslife for many years having completed both her Undergraduate degree (B.A. Integrated Educational Studies, double minor Anthropology & Sociology) and her Masters (M.A Leadership Development, Higher Ed Emphasis) at Chapman, as well as serving as an Orientation Assistant and being the first ever Residential Graduate Assistant for both Chapman Grand and Panther Village. In her free time Ketzia enjoys weightlifting, going to music festivals, running Spartan races, exploring new places to eat, and spending time with her friends. She's also our resident Pokémon Master!
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Breil Bonaguro

Program Coordinator, First Year Experience
Davis Community Center
714-997-6512
Breil Bonaguro serves as the Program Coordinator for First Year Experience. Her responsibilities include the implementation of Family and Student Orientation and First Year Programs, supervising student staff, and aiding students in their transition into the Chapman community. Breil has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies and is finishing her Master of Arts in Leadership Development from Chapman University. Breil is passionate about working with college students because of her own undergraduate experience at Chapman. She is a first-generation college graduate and is delighted to continue serving the Chapman community. During her free time, Breil loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, listening to music, reading, and exploring outdoors.
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Montez Jennings

Residential Education Graduate Assistant
Davis Community Center
Montez (Montee) was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received a BA from University of Baltimore in Digital Communication and Professional Writing with a minor in drama. After teaching high school English, she took a hiatus from teaching to finally find her way to an MFA program. During August 2020, she drove across the country to settle in Orange, California. Montee is receiving an MA/MFA in English and Creative Writing. She has some published work scattered across various websites. She loves cats, Batman, 90s-00s cartoons, and octopus.
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Marina Logue

Graduate Assistant, Orientation
Davis Community Center
Marina Logue serves as the Graduate Assistant for Orientation and First Year Programs. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing early transition and first-year programs, planning and executing New Student and Transfer Orientation, and mentoring the four undergraduate student orientation coordinators. Originally from San Jose, California, Marina graduated from Chapman in 2022 with Bachelor's Degrees in Political Science and Philosophy and is currently pursuing her MBA in Chapman's Accelerated Program. During her free time, Marina loves reading, spending time with friends and family, and creating new recipes.

Resident Directors & Area Coordinators

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Alex Hart, Ed. D.

Area Coordinator: Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
714-628-7251
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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Celina Davis

Resident Director, Henley Hall
Henley First Floor
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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Maiya White

Resident Director, Sandhu Residence Center
Sandhu Residence Center
714-516-6125
Maiya White (she/her/hers) has always called Southern California her home and grew up in the Inland Empire. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of La Verne in 2019. She shortly after came to Chapman University (CU) to earn her Master of Art in War and Society. As a graduate student at CU, she served as a graduate assistant in Student Organizations before joining the Residence Life and First-Year Experience team as the Graduate Resident Director for Panther Village. Maiya is passionate about cultivating meaningful relationships with residents and student leaders. She specializes in helping students find their college experience and think about life after college. Maiya loves to watch television, read, play board games, hang out with her dog, shop, and spend quality time with family and friends in her free time.
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Omar Zuwayed

Area Coordinator: The K, Panther Village, Davis and Harris Apartments
The K Lobby
714-532-6058
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
714-516-6136
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 and Food Pantry Coordinator
Morlan Hall Community Center 100A
714-516-5477
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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Christy Martinez-Saucedo

Resident Director, Pralle-Sodaro Hall
Pralle-Sodaro Hall First Floor
714-997-6528
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!

Graduate Resident Directors

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Daniel Kibuuka

Graduate Resident Director, Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand
Daniel grew up in Kampala, Uganda, and he completed his bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine University and his master’s degree at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, with specializations in Dispute Resolution and in International Relations. After serving in Human Resources at Pepperdine University, and in Housing and Residence Life Services at Washington State University, Daniel joined the Residence Life and First Year Experience team at Chapman University as a Residential Support Manager in February 2022. He is now a Residential Graduate Assistant at Chapman Grand. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, working out, traveling, reading, attending church events, playing soccer, and watching movies.
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Luis Perez Espindola

Graduate Resident Director, Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
Luis is a first-generation college student from San Diego, CA. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology from Marquette University. Luis’s passion for student affairs stems from his various leadership roles within Marquette, such as Resident Advisor and Teacher Assistant. Luis is excited to meet the community he will call family during his time at Chapman. In his spare time Luis enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling
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Andrew Peña

Graduate Resident Director, Chapman Grand
Chapman Grand Lobby
Andrew is a first-generation college student from Riverside, CA. In 2021, he graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with his Bachelor’s in Psychology. He is excited to begin his new journey at Chapman University to start his Master of Arts in Leadership Development. During his undergraduate years, Andrew was involved in Residence Life, studied abroad in London for a semester, and was a part of an advisory board and honor society. He is beyond excited to be working in student affairs at Chapman University. In his spare time, Andrew loves to travel, try new foods, garden, and visit Disneyland.
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Joselyn Rivera

Graduate Resident Director, Panther Village
Panther Village Clubhouse
Joselyn grew in Inglewood, CA. She completed her undergrad at Chapman University where she majored in Political Science. She is currently in the MLD program and serves as a Graduate Resident Director at Panther Village. In her free time she enjoys painting, baking, and spending time with her dog, Nico.
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Valerie Tellez

Graduate Resident Director, Davis and Harris Apartments
Davis Apartments
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.