Residence Life Staff
Associate Director for Residence Life
Phone extension: 530-898-6325
Greetings Chico State! My name is Kris McPeak and I am the Associate Director of University Housing for Residence Life. I am originally from the Chicago suburbs and attended college and graduate school at the University of Arkansas. I have a BSE in Secondary Education and an M.Ed in Counselor Education. Since leaving the land of the Razorbacks, I have worked at 7 other institutions of higher education, including Western Washington University, Arizona State University, and Vanderbilt University. Before arriving at Chico in July 2011, I worked at the University of Redlands in Southern California. I truly hope I never have to leave California again! I love being an educator, and believe Residence Life is one of the most amazing and fulfilling ways to help others reach their potential. Other than being a country singer, I wouldn’t want to do anything else!
Ryan MacleodCoordinator for Residential Life Programming
Phone extension: 530-898-6325
Welcome Chico State! I am Ryan Macleod the Coordinator for Residence Life Programming and Leadership. I have been working at CSU Chico since July 2010 and really enjoy our beautiful city and this University. I am originally from South Lake Tahoe, also known as the Jewel of the Sierras because it is so beautiful and blue. I went to college at Sonoma State University, after that I moved to Illinois for Graduate School at Western Illinois University and received my Masters of Science, I then moved to Massachusetts to work for The University of Massachusetts at Lowell, but ultimately decided I wanted to stay a Californian so moved back. I advise the student groups of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Prime Time Productions (PTP) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). Some advice from someone who has seen many successful students; get involved, it doesn’t matter with what, or which group but your involvement in something will make your college experience one that cannot be forgotten!
Sutter Hall Residence Community Coordinator
It is the right time to be at Chico State! My name is Robert Morton; I have the distinct honor and pleasure to serve as the Residential Community Coordinator for Sutter Hall. A Cincinnati, Ohio native, I attended undergrad at the historic Central State University, in Wilberforce, Ohio. At Central State, I was a student campus leader who focused on social issues and politics. In addition, I was a Resident Advisor for two buildings for a total of three years. After graduating from Central State, I moved to the progressive southern metropolis of Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University. Atlanta has the distinction of being the first city to entice me to love the outdoors experience. In the process of sightseeing, enjoying the many lakes and municipal parks I obtained a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div), with a concentration on Ethics and the formation of Community. After an initial stop in Bakersfield, CA; I relocated to Chico with a renewed interest in student affairs. I am ecstatic about the many opportunities to enjoy nature and the students at Chico State and I look forward to an awesome year!
Sutter Hall Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
This is my second year working for Chico State and I am pumped for a new year of great experiences. I come here by way of Delaware where I studied Counseling in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs Practice. I completed my Bachelor's degree at a small school called Wheaton College just west of Chicago. I went to high school outside of Philadelphia, but also attended 11 other schools on three continents and even a little bit in Orange County, CA.
I have worked and interned in a variety of jobs, so if you need some advice on finding a job or choosing a major please ask. Do not hesitate to drop by my office on the second floor of Sutter to say hello and talk about how to make the most of your time as a student here at Chico State or just stop by to have someone listen to you; I am here for you.
Shasta & Lassen Halls
Shasta and Lassen Hall Residence Community Coordinator
Howdy! I’m Shawn Brackett, the Residence Community Coordinator for Shasta and Lassen Halls. Chico State is the newest stop on my adventures from sea to shining sea—I’ve lived in South Carolina, Texas, Missouri, and call Colorado home. I hold a B.A. in History from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. Some of my favorite pastimes include hiking, kayaking, and listening to Carbon Leaf and Robyn Dell’Unto.
I would love to get know as many of the Shasta and Lassen residents as possible—stop by my office in Shasta!
Shasta and Lassen Hall Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
Phone extension: 530-898-6363
Hey everyone. My name is Pablo Soto and I am the Assistant Residence Community Coordinator (ARCC) at Shasta and Lassen Halls. I am originally from Stockton, CA but I grew up about 2 hours away in a small town called Live Oak, CA. This tiny town is located off of highway 99 between Chico and Sacramento. Right after graduating high school I was unsure about college. As a first generation/low income student, I didn’t know if it was for me. With help from different educational programs designed for students like me I decided college was for me. I studied for a year at Sonoma State and then transferred to Chico State where I finished my degree in Sociology. I continued to study Sociology at CSU, Bakersfield where I completed my Master’s Degree. This long road of education has somewhat come to a close, but I am passionate about opening those doors for future students and would encourage students to come by my office for some friendly advice or just to say hi. My door is always open!
North Campus Halls
North Campus Residence Community Coordinator
I am pleased to be in North Campus for a second academic year. I fell in love with Student Affairs in my Undergrad at Western Washington University, where I was a Resident Advisor and Orientation Leader. My experience in these roles and the Mixed Identity Student Organization peaked my interest in what makes people feel welcome and led to me designing a major in Inclusive Leadership: Awareness of White Privilege in the Law. Before returning to Student Affairs, I taught Algebra and Statistics at a low-performing high school in Holmes County, MS. It was tough work, but my students made it worth it. Right after teaching I got a really fun job right on the beach at UC Santa Barbara as the Resident Director of the Freshmen Summer Start Program. After being away from home for a few years I returned to the Pacific Northwest and made up for lost time with my family and friends.
I look forward to sharing a meal with you in the dining hall, saying hello to you on my walk to/from North Campus, or chatting you up on one of my late night office visits
Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
My name is Christopher Young and if you like good food then we already have something in common. I was born and raised in Southern California in the humble little town of Corona. During my childhood I developed a love for books, board games, video games, the arts (in all of its various forms), and baking cupcakes. I received my B.A. in Visual Culture from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands and went on to earn my M.B.A. in GIS technology from the same school (I loved it that much!). My first adventure in the world of Residence Life was as an undergraduate Community Assistant. The experience was magical, so much so that I decided to pursue it further and found my way to Chico State. There’s nothing better than being part of a community and I look forward to building the most amazing community experience with you. Welcome to Chico and be sure to swing by my office in Esken Hall and say “Hello”.
Residence Community Coordinator
Welcome to Chico State and the residence halls! I am excited to be a part of the Wildcat family and serve as the Whitney Residence Community Coordinator this year! I am from Orange, New Jersey and I love to travel. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Education and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. It was during my undergraduate career that I discovered a passion for making a difference in the lives of college students. I then had the pleasure of earning a Master of Education degree from Iowa State University and spent two summers working for Brown University. Following my mid-west experience, I spent four years as a full time professional Resident Director at the University of Washington. I am thrilled to work in California for the first time in my career and continue to help students grow and develop throughout their college career. I have lots of school spirit and look forward to helping YOU have a great year! Please stop by the office or introduce yourself when you see me around Whitney or the campus community! – Warmly, Melanie
Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
Hello! My name is Jeffrey B. Harrington and I am the Assistant Residence Community Coordinator (ARCC) for Whitney Hall. This is my second year as the Whitney ARCC. I am one of two fulltime professional live-in staff members in Whitney. Contrary to popular belief, I am not a student anymore. But, in an earlier life, I was known as the “Awkward Freshman”. Before my term at CSU, Chico as an ARCC I was a junior high school teacher at a local junior high where I taught business education. I am also a proud alumnus of Chico State. I majored in Business Administration, Finance and then continued to receive my Business Education Teaching Credential and graduated Magna Cum Laude. As a former resident and Hall Council Vice President of Mechoopda Hall here at CSU, Chico, I began to explore my passion for Leadership and Programming right here in the residence halls. My passion for learning and education led me to teaching in the classroom, facilitating and leading teambuilding and teamwork seminars and now I currently I co-lead a building of over 500 first-time freshman. My passions and hobbies consist of student development, outdoor education, experiential learning, challenge courses, low ropes course facilitation, playing musical instruments and running around outside. I am excited for life and I can’t wait to meet you! Please stop by my office and say hi or catch me playing pop songs on the piano in the Whitney Hall Loft! Cheers. –Jeffrey
University Village Residence Community Coordinator
Welcome to your home away from home! This is my second year as the Residence Community Coordinator for University Village (UV). I was born and raised in Salinas, CA, the “Salad Bowl of the World.” I am a proud alum of California State University, Chico where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a minor in Psychology. After five years at CSU, Chico I moved to Oxford, MS where I attended the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss, I became a football fan, learned that you can buy chicken on a stick, and earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Personnel. After another hot summer, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky where I worked at the University of Louisville. I can now say that I have attended the Kentucky Derby and tried a “hot brown.” I am a huge fan of the SF Giants, the beach, and reading! Welcome to University Village and the Chico State community
Assistant Residence Community Coordinator
Welcome to Chico State! My name is Caylan Clifford and I am the Assistant Resident Community Coordinator for University Village. I grew up in Red Bluff and after high school took the long forty minute drive to attend school at Chico State. I was in the Integrated Teaching Core Honors program and graduated with my BA in Liberal Studies and my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. From there I moved to Denver, Colorado, where, in addition to graduating with my MA in Counseling, I spent five years enjoying the many outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer. This past year I took time off to travel around Africa and when I returned back to the States I decided to pursue my passion for working with college students and to make the move back to the beautiful State of California. I am thrilled to be back in Chico and am looking forward to a great year!