Meet Our Staff

residential staffThe University Housing staff are experienced individuals with abilities and interests in promoting an educational environment for our students. The Residence Community Coordinators (RCC) and Assistant Resident Community Coordinators (ARCC) are professional career staff who live in your community and are responsible for the quality of life in each residential complex.

They are aided by a staff of para-professionals who are full-time students. Resident Advisors (RAs) are live-in University Housing staff members who make themselves available to residents for information, assistance, understanding, friendship, and enforcement of University policies. Your RAs have undergone intensive training to maximize their knowledge of University Housing philosophy and programs as well as other campus resources.

Training also helps your RAs better understand how people interact. With this skill and knowledge, your RAs will be able to help you with academic needs or to listen and care when you need someone to talk with. Please get to know them, starting with your own community staff.


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Connie Huyck

Connie Huyck
Associate Director for Residence Life
E-mail: chuyck@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6325

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John Buchanan

John Buchanan
Coordinator for Residential Life Staff Development
E-mail:jrbuchanan@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6325

Hello everyone, my name is John Buchanan and I am the Coordinator of Residence Life Staff Development for UHFS.

I extremely excited to be here at CSU Chico to work with and support your students. I am originally from South Dakota and have a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Adult and Higher Education. My role is to recruit, select, and train high quality staff to support the students living with in the residential communities. Through the selection and training processes I strive to create high quality staff that will be able provide leadership and support for any experience a student might face on campus.

Denise Crosswhite

Denise Crosswhite
Coordinator for Residential Life Leadership & Engagement
E-mail: dcrosswhite@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6325
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My name is Denise Crosswhite, and I am thrilled to serve as the Coordinator for Residential Life Leadership and Engagement. In this position I have the opportunity to develop programs to excite, entertain, and engage you. From leadership to sports to service and everything in between, I can guarantee you that there are more opportunities to have fun and become involved than you ever imagined.
I am a proud Chico State grad and have many years of experience working on campus. I love this campus and the community. It's time for you to start making Chico your home, so get up and get out and do something. You will be so glad you did.


Shasta and Lassen Halls

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Jenna Wright
Shasta and Lassen Halls Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: jmwright@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-5174

Hey Wildcats! I am so happy to join the Chico State family as the RCC for Shasta and Lassen Halls!

I attended the University of Oklahoma where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Human Relations. I then worked as a Residence Hall Director at Sam Houston State University for two years and then moved to California and worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at Sacramento State for three years. Along the way I have developed a deep passion for diversity, social justice, and sustainability. I am excited to further develop and utilize these passions here at Chico State. In my spare time I enjoy playing and collecting niche board games and you can probably find me at the WREC in a fuego or yoga class or playing rec volleyball. 

Shannon Arbogast

Shannon Arbogast
Shasta and Lassen Halls Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: sarbogast@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6363

Hello Everyone!

My name is Shannon Arbogast, the ARCC or Assistant Residence Community Coordinator for Shasta & Lassen. I am one of two professional live-in staff members in the Shasta and Lassen Community. I received my Masters in Student Affairs Administration at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.  My passion for working within Residence Life developed as I completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology here at Chico State (Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!). I started my journey as a member of Community Council then moved on to leadership positions in the Residence Hall Association and as a Resident Advisor. After graduating from Chico State I worked at Paul Smiths College in Northern NY overseeing eight resident halls and for Yavapai College in Arizona overseeing two residence hall communities. Now I am the Advisor for SnL’s Community Council (COCO). COCO is a team of student leaders dedicated to expanding their leadership skills, while creating fun and exciting programs within the halls. My best piece of advice for this year is to not be afraid to try new things, put yourself out there, and get involved on campus, you will be glad you did! 


Sutter Hall

Marygrace Swarts

Marygrace Swartz
Sutter Hall Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: mswarts@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-3184

Hello Chico State! My name is Marygrace Swarts, and I am the RCC for Sutter Hall. My journey to Chico State started when I was an undergrad student at Fresno State. As a Resident Advisor there, I grew to love working with students and student leaders, and the sometimes chaotic world of working in Residence Life. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders, I went to San Francisco State to earn my Master of Arts in Education. I took classes in equity and social justice in education, education administration, and college student counseling. While in grad school, I worked as a professional staff member in Residence Life at SF State (shout out to the Marys!) and continued after I finished my degree. I joined the Wildcat family in July 2014, and have loved working with Chico State students, faculty, and staff.

My office is in Sutter North, and I love meeting new people, sharing interests, and hearing stories. I play the ukulele, love books and graphic novels, watch lots of geeky television, and play PC games (probably more than I ought to). Feel free to stop by for a chat, I would love to meet you!

Cameron Kelly

Cameron Kelly
Sutter Hall Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: cwkelly@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-3182

Hey everyone! I am very excited to introduce myself to you as the ARCC for Sutter Hall!  I grew up in the small Central Valley town of Oakdale, California and chose to attend Chico State where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Science.  As a student, I was fortunate to hold positions as a Resident Advisor and a Campus Tour Guide which sparked my desire to pursue a career in Higher Education.  After graduating from Chico State, I began working in the Office of Admissions where I helped the transfer student population navigate the process of applying to and matriculating to the Chico State campus.  I am passionate about student leadership and helping students get connected to campus through our various clubs and organizations.  I cannot wait to watch the community develop over the next year and watch as our students form bonds with one another that will last a lifetime!  Chico State is a great place to earn an education, and I am thrilled to welcome in our newest bunch of Wildcats!


Whitney Hall

Kait Mahler

Kait Mahler
Whitney Hall Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: kmahler@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6108

Hello! My name is Kait Mahler and I'm the Residence Community Coordinator (RCC) in Whitney. I recently moved to Chico from the Bay Area where I earned my Master of Arts in Counseling and Student Personnel at San Jose State Univeristy. I earned my B.A. at UC Santa Cruz, where I majored in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in History of Art and Visual Culture. In my free time I enjoy puppies, donuts, and weightlifting...preferably all at the same time. Please stop by my office in Whitney or say hi if you see me around!

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Emily Lees
Whitney Hall Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: elees@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6246

Hello Wildcats! My name is Emily Lees and I’m thrilled to be the Assistant Residence Community Coordinator at Whitney Hall. I grew up in Southern California in a town called Lake Arrowhead and earned my B.A. in Chinese Studies from Long Beach State. My background includes working in the legal field, studying saxophone performance, and five years in residential. My next goal is to pursue a Master of Arts in a student affairs program. My passion is to support others in pursuing their dreams, so please come to me when you feel lost!

In my free time I’m reading, obsessively watching Star Wars/Harry Potter/ some Disney movie, pretending to enjoy running, dreaming about puppies, and watching my Dodgers play.


North Campus Halls

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Jessie Rosales
North Campus Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: jbrosales@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-5827

Bonjour tout le monde! My name is Jessie Rosales and I am excited to be serving as the RCC for North Campus. I am originally from Sacramento, California – so Chico is near my neck of the woods! I did my undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and double-majored in Psychology and Human Development (with distinction). As a student, I was hyper-involved in many activities and organizations, including, student government, orientation leader, commuter council, and worked in a research laboratory (ask me about the fusiform face area and other neuroscience-y stuff!) Immediately after UC San Diego, I went to UCLA to get my Master of Education in Student Affairs. I worked in both residential life and volunteer departments there. Afterwards, I recently spent the last two years serving as a Residence Director in Denver, Colorado. In that capacity, I supervised RAs, advised Hall Council and RHA, led community development in upper-class residence halls, and adjudicated students that broke housing policy. I really loved my time in Denver, but I am excited to be back in my home state of California! J

In my free time, I like to play video games (well when I have time), ponder about life and compassion, walking randomly around town, exploring coffee shops, and I like to learn new languages: I speak both English and Spanish fluently, and French at a beginner level. I also like politics and engaging in some discussions about it -- I have so many ideas in my head, but sometimes it's word vomit when I try to articulate them. I also try to meditate (in the stereotypical sense and in my personal sense) and practice mindfulness. I am really interested in listening to people's stories and backgrounds. Being able to listen to people's success and challenges and perhaps being able to help people achieve their goals is what makes life worth living, in my opinion. Ultimately, I believe in "live and let live". I also believe in living life with compassion, love, and peace; treating others the way you want to be treated.

Please stop by in my office at Esken Hall if you want to talk or chat. Hasta luego!

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Linda Kang
North Campus Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: lkang@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-5827

Hello! My name is Linda Kang and I am the Assistant Residence Community Coordinator (ARCC) for North Campus. I am originally from Stockton, California. I did my undergraduate at the University of California, Davis and received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in biology.  Afterwards, I went to the University of the Pacific (UOP) located in Stockton, California where I earned my Master of Arts in Education- specialization in Student Affairs, Educational and Organizational Leadership. During my time at UOP, I had the opportunity work in for African, Latin@, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American (ALANA) Center as the ALANA Center Program Assistant. Additionally, I worked in Residential Life and Housing where I served as the Graduate Assistant in Student Conduct. With my experience, I developed the knowledge to engage and understand a diverse populations.

In my free time, I enjoy being with my family and friends. Feel free to stop my office in Mechoopda to say hello.


University Village

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Alexis King
University Village Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: abking@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4474

Welcome Residents!  My name is Alexis King and I am the Residence Community Coordinator for University Village.  I grew up in Southern California (Riverside County) and attended Mt. San Jacinto Community College until I transferred to a University in Colorado in 2009. I received my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in English from Colorado State University-Pueblo where upon graduation I accepted a position at my alma mater as the Coordinator for Student Engagement and Leadership. Once completing my Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education from University of Colorado Colorado Springs I decided it was time to return to my home state.  

I am passionate about Education the transformative experience that it has to offer students. I am excited about working with diverse and independent residents that live in University Village.  I am delighted to explore and share the opportunities this beautiful and friendly city has to offer.   Come by and see me in the UV office and we can chat about Harry Potter, Geeky television shows,  Graphic Novels, or Comic Con! 

Brimah Vonjo
University Village Residence Community Coordinator
E-mail: bvonjo@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4474

I am Brimah Vonjo Jr. The ARCC for University Village at Chico State University. I was born and raised in Los Angeles California and played college basketball at California State University Monterey Bay. For the past seven years I have lived, learned, and worked in the southern region of the United States. I will always credit my time in the south for allowing me to grow in a myriad of ways. However, for the past couple of years I have been longing to be closer to my family here out west. Fortunately, this summer I was offered the perfect opportunity to return home to California. It is an honor to be part of one of the most dynamic housing staffs in the nation here at Chico State University.

In my last role, I was the Assistant Director of Residence Life at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, housed at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Before that, I was a Residential Counselor at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, located on the campus of Western Kentucky University.  Over time Gatton has produced many note-worthy students. In fact, our program was ranked the number one public high school in America for three consecutive years during my time there. The school is for Kentucky’s gifted eleventh and twelfth grade students. It’s a STEM focused program that prides it’s self on offering students an advanced level of preparation for both their academic experiences and their future professional careers in STEM fields. In my time at Western Kentucky University, I also completed a forty-eight credit master’s degree program in student affairs in higher education. I am looking forward to using my skills to help enhance an already exceptional student affairs division here at Chico State University.

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