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Residence Life Staff

Davidson provides healthy on-campus living communities and considers campus life an integral part of the total educational setting. All Davidson residence halls are managed by live-in, master's level area coordinators who supervise student staff members in a residential area of campus. Student leaders serve as resources for the student residents on their halls, offering leadership, guidance, and help in times of crisis. Central office staff members assist students with work orders, room selection, room changes and more.

Pairs serve either as hall counselors, providing for the needs of first-year students, or as resident advisors, supervising upper-class residence halls. Seniors serve as RA's in the Martin Court Apartments

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Jason Shaffer
Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

I joined the Davidson community July 2012 after 11 years at the University of Virginia. While most of my professional experience is in residence life, I have worked in alcohol education, bystander work, and addressing sexual assault. I received my B.A. from Penn State and my M.Ed. from James Madison University.

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Walter Snipes
Associate Director of Residence Life

I am honored to serve as the associate director of Residence Life. I earned a B.A. in Religion, a B.A. in Mathematics, and a M.Div. from Emory University. I've worked in Student Affairs since March 1997 in various areas including residence life, housing, conferences, sorority and fraternity life, multicultural programs, and conduct. Outside of student affairs, I worked in the nonprofit foundations field for short time. My desire is to aid others in their continued development.

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Mary Ann Shessler
Housing Coordinator

A native Chicagoan is what I consider myself, although I'm an adopted Bostonian and a North Carolinian since 2008. With more than 25 years in the educational field, I enjoy working with students and meeting new people through my work in Residence Life. Northern Illinois University is my alma mater where I earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in education.

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Kristen Harwood
Facilities and Budgets Coordinator, Front Desk Supervisor

I joined the Residence Life Office after working in Davidson football for 7 years as the Director of Football Operations. I grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with dual degrees in marketing and fashion merchandising. I am a foodie–cooking, photography, travel and blogging are my passions. My husband and I are raising five teenagers, three of whom are in college, one is in the Marines and one is in high school. 

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor
Assistant Director for Selection & Training - Cannon, Watts and Richardson Halls

I am a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Winston-Salem. I am coming to Davidson after spending two years in Residence Life at Winston-Salem State University. I received both my B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.S. in Adult Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Aggie Pride!). During my undergraduate years at NCA&T I was a member of the Women's Bowling team, which sparked my interest in higher education and student success. I went on to coach Division II bowling at Winston-Salem State University before transitioning into Student Affairs. My passion lies in fostering student success through development and mentorship with a special interest in identity development and inclusion.

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Kale Jeffords
Area Coordinator/Upperclass Programming – Tomlinson, Irwin/Akers/Knox and Martin Court apartments

I grew up in Clemmons, N.C., but spent the past six years in Cullowhee, N.C., where I received my B.S. in Marketing and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University (Go Cats!). I am passionate about providing opportunities in student leadership and development and supporting the individuals of Davidson's diverse student body. I am excited to join Davidson College and rooting for the Wildcats!

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Chris Ndiritu
Area Coordinator/First-Year Programming - Belk Hall

I am a native of Kenya and have lived in Richmond, Va. for quite some time; however, I happily call both home. Prior to joining the Davidson community, I was at The University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Go Vols!) where I received my Masters of Science in College Student Personnel. I attained my Bachelor of Science in Health Science (Public Health Administration) from Old Dominion University. During my time at ODU, I served as the student body president and advocated for a wide variety of students. I find true passion for helping students navigate challenges they may encounter as a student and/or in life, and advocating for historically underrepresented and marginalized identities.

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Hannah Gilbert
Area Coordinator/Sophomore Programming - Duke, Chidsey, Little and Sentelle Halls

I am excited to join Davidson's Residence Life team as area coordinator of the Sophomore Year Experience. Raised in Virginia, I completed my undergraduate career at Virginia Tech where I earned my B.A. in Communication. I started my career in communication in the Queen City where my passion for working with college students flourished. I decided to dedicate my career to developing college students and attended Appalachian State University to earn my M.A. in College Student Development. During that time, I worked in Academic Affairs, Orientation, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Wellness and Prevention Services, and Residence Life. I am eager to combine my passions of academic success, student engagement, wellness and residence life to help create a thriving, inclusive environment for students here at Davidson College.