BLOG TEAM


WEEKLY WRITERS



Writer
Katie Yeaton
@kyeat29
Katie Yeaton is a Resident Director at the University of Southern Main.As a weekly writer for the Student Affairs First Years team since 2015, Katie started blogging with the goal of posting monthly as a representative for her Master's of Higher Education program. Two years later, she has found a home with SA-First Years and loves talking about her experiences and advice, creating discussion points for other professionals. Katie's three particular areas include residential life, international students, and baton twirling in higher education. Katie's long-term goal is to complete her Ph.D. and become a University President. 
Strengths: Strategic, Achiever, WOO, Includer, Positivily

Writer
Dylan Ruffra
@drcards
Dylan started his Student Affairs journey when he became an RA his junior year in college. Through that opportunity, he got involved in many different ways, such as Student Ambassadors, Study Abroad, and NRHH. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2015 and then started a higher education program at the University of North Dakota. While Dylan was there, he was a Hall Director and held internships in Student Involvement and Facilities. In July 2017, he started his first full-time job as an Area Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State Univesity. Dylan also likes hiking, running and watching Netflix. 



Writer
Lisa Hill
@lisa_hill22

Lisa is the Coordinator of Community Service at Townson University in the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility. She is a graduate of University of Florida's Student Personel in Higher Education Master's program. Lisa's passion for engaging students in the community began during her undergraduate years at Virginia Tech, where she learned how to answer the age-old question, "What's a Hokie?" Off-campus, Lisa is often found hiking, jogging, biking, walking, or just spending time outdoors. She is also known to get lost in a book and constantly talk about penguins.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

DIRECTOR
Joshua Wilson 
@jjwil325

Joshua is an Associate Director at the University of South Florida in the Center for Student Involvement & Fraternity/Sorority Life working with the campus programming boards and student involvement. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Go Blazers) and Ball State University's Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program (Go Cards). For fun Josh enjoys volunteering, intramurals, ultimate frisbee and movies. Joshua is also the founder for Student Affairs - the First Years.







EDITOR
Sarah Frese 
@srfrese

Sarah is an Assistant Director at the University of Miami in the Housing & Residential Life Office. She is a graduate of University of South Florida and Ball State University's Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program. She has served as a past state member of AmeriCorps Cape Cod. 

During her free time Sarah enjoys traveling, the beach, college football and shopping. Within Student Affairs she is passionate about civic engagement, women in leadership, and housing.  






COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Jenni Batchelder
@jenniwithanik

Jenni Batchelder serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the #SAFirstYears blog. In her non-tech life, Jenni is a doctoral student in the Florida State University Higher Education program. Her research interest is in student involvement and leadership development. She also serves as the Graduate Assistant in for the FSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement. She has previous experience in: student activities, leadership, new student orientation, housing, & conference services. Jenni received her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University-San Marcos. Jenni been a proud member of this team since its start and after 2 years of blogging joined the Leadership Team! She is passionate about recognizing potential in her students and helping them reach that potential through challenge and support! For fun, she enjoys riding her bike, dancing, karaoke, & meeting people (a true WOO)!

WOO~Positivity~Arranger~Input~Includer


SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Maggie Merryday
@maggie_merryday

Maggie is the Coordinator for Student Programming within the Office of Student Involvement at Florida Gulf Coast University working with the university's Programming Board, Week of Welcome, and Homecoming events. She is a graduate from Florida Southern College and the University of Florida Student Personnel in Higher Education program. She is an active member of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and is currently serving on the Regional Planning Committee for the 2017 NACA South conference in Chattanooga, TN. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys singing, shopping, going to the beach, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on her favorite college sports teams. Go Mocs, Go Gators, Go Eagles!


RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR
Kristina Davila

Kristina is a second-year graduate student in the Counseling Student Affairs program at Northern Arizona University. She is currently working as a Graduate Assistant Residence Hall Director in a co-ed building of over 800 first- year students. She is passionate about working with a diverse set of students and working to create allies across campus. She is passionate about working with first-gen students and supporting various students through the journey of their college experience.


GUEST WRITERS
AJ Lauer
Christina Colasanto
Becca Obergefell
Eric ruelle
Dillon Kimmel 
Kelley McCarthy
Raymond Gonzales
Steven Johnson


PAST WEEKLY WRITERS
These writers wrote consecutively for a period of at least one month to share their experiences as first year professionals.
Amma Marfo
Amanda Stewart 
Amber Phillips
Cassidy Lawson
Christina Ferrari
Christine Pitts
Dylan Ruffra
Eric Ruelle
Grant Batchelder
Katie LaSota (and current Leadership Team)
Katie Schmalzel
Kelley McCarthy (and past Leadership Team)
Kristen Chapman
Kim Pho
Kyle Hickman
Lauren Kaplan
Charle Cherry
Christina Ferrari
Christopher Wood
Jenni (Kraft) Batchelder
Jonathan Davey
Joe Volin
Jude Legiste
Lindsay Ritenbaugh
Mairead Kiernan
Megan Reilly
Meridith Balas
Olivia Barker (and past Leadership Team)
Olivia Miller
Tabatha Cruz (and past Leadership Team)
Tolu Taiwo (and past Leadership Team)
William Takewell
Jimmy Kelly
Maritza Torres
Mairead Kiernan
Ryan Bye (and past Leadership Team)
Ryan MOrgado
Stefanie Lucas-Waverly
Susan Mathieson
Tamera Dunn
Tolu Taiwo (and current Leadership Team)

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