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Dave Sundby
Davis Community Center
(714) 997-6603
After growing up just south of Seattle (go Seahawks!), I completed my bachelor’s degree at California Lutheran University and my master’s degree at the University of Chicago, both with a focus in Philosophy. After a few short professional stints in Residence Life and Student Life/Orientation at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Marymount College in Palos Verdes, I’ve spent the last six and a half years at Western Oregon University in a number of different roles in Housing. In my spare time, I love to go on local adventures with my wife and two young children. I joined Chapman University in March 2016, and I’m excited to be a part of such an excellent community both on and off campus!
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Sherri Akau
Associate Director
Davis Community Center
(714) 516-6138
I was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i, but came to California to further my education. I obtained my Associate’s degree at Marymount College and then transferred to Chapman University where I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I enjoyed my experience as a Chapman student so much that I wanted to give back. At Chapman, I have been able to serve as a professional staff in the Office of the Registrar, Office of Admissions and now the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience where I continue to learn and grow as a professional. My advice to students is to make the most of your experience while at Chapman.
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Jamie Gutierrez
Assistant Director
Davis Community Center
In August 2008, I was ready to begin my undergraduate college experience. I remember driving onto Chapman’s campus with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, excitement, and optimism. I parked my car in the Jim Miller parking structure and wandered into Glass Residence Hall. There, I found friendly faces sporting blue t-shirts donning the word “Puzzles.” “Hi, my name is Danny and I’m an Orientation Leader. How can I help you?” Throughout my orientation experience, the Orientation Leaders were so helpful and offered me the one thing I was most nervous to find, friendship. I was fortunate as an undergraduate to serve as an Orientation Leader and Orientation Coordinator. I graduated from Chapman in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies and recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Leadership Development. I am so excited to be a member of the orientation team and I hope to make a positive impact on incoming students.
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Joseph Koluder
Residential Education Coordinator
Davis Community Center
I always tell people that I’ve experienced “Left, Right & Center”, having been born and raised in Indiana where I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, spending five years in Boston, MA where I completed a year of AmeriCorps*VISTA service and earned my Master’s degree from Northeastern University, and now find myself living in Southern California since 2006. I’m an educator at heart, with a passion for providing students with experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom, be it in the residence hall setting, or in other venues throughout the OC/LA area. Outside of my work, I enjoy watching baseball (Go Red Sox!), camping, and attending as many concerts as I can. Through my role in Residence Life & First Year Experience, I look forward to assisting our students, especially those in our first-year living-learning communities, find their niche at Chapman and learning something about themselves in the process!
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Amanda Zamora
Off-Campus Housing Coordinator
Davis Community Center
(714) 997-6593
I moved out here to Orange County in 2009 and after living all over the country, I definitely feel like I’ve found my home! I received my Bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and my Master’s degree from Boston University, and after living in the cold weather almost all of my life, it was time for a change! I’ve been fortunate to work at colleges and universities of all shapes and sizes from the East Coast out to the West, and I have an extensive background in Housing & Residence Life. I truly enjoy working with college students and watching them grow and mature during their college years. It’s an exciting time in a student’s life and I’m happy to be a part of it, as I help students navigate through the process of finding their off-campus homes!
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Madison Yates
Department Assistant
Davis Community Center
(714) 532-6097
In the summer of 2008 when I began working for the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience, I did not imagine the impact the opportunity would have on me: from the people I have had the privilege to work with to the programs I have been involved with and much more. It has all been, and continues to be quite an amazing journey! Since graduating from Chapman with class of 2010 I continue to be inspired by the students and fellow staff members around me. I am continuing my education as a lifelong learner and currently pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education at California State University, Fullerton.

Resident Directors

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Nathan Worden
Resident Director, Glass Hall
Glass Hall 234
I joined the Housing and Residence Life staff in 2010 and I am so excited to be serving the students in Glass Hall. With the help of the wonderful Glass Hall RAs we strive to create a safe and welcoming living environment for all our residents. In my free time I enjoy photography and riding my motorcycle.
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Jeanette Gonzalez-Rodriguez
Resident Director, Apartments
As a first generation college student, the world of Student Affairs helped make my college experience outside of the classroom a memorable one, so much that I dreamed of one day doing the same for future students. I obtained my bachelors in Psychology from Concordia University Irvine and soon after was accepted into a masters program at Azusa Pacific University where I earned my degree in College Counseling in Student Development. My degree in higher education prepared me for my first full time job in student affairs as a resident director at Concordia University Irvine. I now call Chapman my home and I am excited to help panthers achieve success inside and outside the classroom. In my spare time, you can find me working out, exploring the outdoors, and participating in obstacle racing.
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Alex Cummings
Resident Director, Pralle-Sodaro Hall
Pralle-Sodaro Lobby
I grew up in Colorado where I attended the University of Northern Colorado for theatre education. Through my work as a Resident Assistant and an Orientation Leader at UNCO, I discovered my passion in working with college students and supporting students in their transition throughout the college experience. I pursued my Masters of Education in Student Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles where I worked as a student organizations advisor. I was eager to return to Residence Life, and Chapman University feels like the perfect fit. I am excited to be a part of such a close-knit and enriching community as a Panther! Although I miss my family and Colorado’s unique beauty, I am happy to have found a new home in Orange. You can find me cheering on the Denver Broncos, cooking, trying new restaurants, checking out live music, and binge-watching too many Netflix shows.
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Alex Hart
Resident Director, Henley Hall
Henley Lobby
Residence Life for me began when I was in my undergraduate career at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California near Sacramento working as a Resident Assistant. Since graduating, I have had the opportunity to serve as a Resident Director at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, and dorm facility in Chico, California. Currently, I am finishing my Master of Student Development and Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University. Some of my hobbies include, hiking, camping, board games, movies, and anything to do with traveling and exploring. I am very excited to be here at Chapman and to work with some great students.
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Brittney Wright
Resident Director, Sandhu Residence Center
Sandhu Lobby
Though originally from Oceanside, California, I attended Boise State University up in Idaho for my BA in Organizational and Relational Communication. After graduation, I decided to pursue my passion of working with college students and ended up at the University of Tennessee where I worked in Student Engagement and recently graduated with my Masters in College Student Personnel. I’m very excited to be back in Southern California working at Chapman University to help create a unique and personalized Panther experience for every student! In my free time I can be found exploring new places, singing along at local concerts, going to the movies, and cheering on my favorite college sports teams.
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Omar Zuwayed
Resident Director, Morlan Hall
Morlan Hall Lounge
I am a first generation college student from Riverside, CA and I just recently graduated from the UC Irvine in 2016. My personal and professional goals have brought me to Chapman University where I hope to sharpen my skills and also build meaningful relationships with residents, student workers, coworkers, and faculty. When I am not working, I am usually working out, playing basketball, or just enjoying life. I am excited to be a part of the Panther family and to call Chapman my new home.
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Carlos Gonzalez
Resident Director, Panther
Panther Village Clubhouse
As a first generation college student, I struggled through my first year of college. My first experience in leadership was at California State University San Bernardino where I became a Resident Assistant. The position helped me grow and I had a lot of mentors that made sure I stuck to the right path. Every day I was grateful for all the help they provided me. I eventually wanted to make the same impact with my residents and that’s when I found out about student affairs. It seemed like a place that I could make a true difference in people’s lives. I graduated from CSUSB with two English Degree’s, one in Creative Writing then the other in Linguistics. Afterwards, I began my graduate studies work at University of the Pacific where I had a graduate assistantship as a Resident Director. After two years of hard work I graduated from Pacific while still searching for my next home. I was able to interview with Chapman University and knew that this was the place for me. It is somewhere that I can make a large impact on a community but be accepted for my style of leadership and who I am. After work you can find me reading, writing, and catching up on the tv shows I watch.

First Year Experience

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