HRC Staff Listing
Executive Director ▼
Matt Kerch is the Executive Director of Housing and Residential Communities. He first came to The University of Alabama in June 2012, serving as Director of Housing Operations until 2014. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Matt served as Interim Executive Director of Housing and Residential Communities. Before coming to UA, Matt served as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He has also worked as a Residence Coordinator at Dickinson College, and worked in Student Activities and Student Involvement at Wilson College.
Matt earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Shippensburg University, where he also played collegiate basketball. He then earned a master's degree in counseling and college student personnel from Shippensburg University and is currently completing his dissertation for a doctorate in higher education administration at UA.
Matt enjoys the many aspects of working with HRC which include strategic planning and assessment efforts focused on students' experiences at college, being involved with construction/renovation projects, and working with a great group of colleagues. Matt is also focused on providing a student-centered environment where residents have ample opportunities to learn, develop and engage.
In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and family, being outdoors, and watching sports. He also enjoys Tuscaloosa's great places to shop, relax, and eat. Matt has presented at multiple national and regional conferences, and is actively involved in both ACPA and NASPA.
Tina joined the HRC staff as Office Associate II in November 2012. She has previously worked as an office manager for many years, along with being a real estate agent. She also worked alongside her husband in youth ministry for more than 17 years. Tina has an associate degree and will be pursuing a bachelor's degree here at the University.
Tina loves working with college students and helping them with their housing concerns, especially when things can get a little overwhelming for students away from home. She enjoys encouraging students and being a positive influence.
Outside of work, Tina spends her time with her family, hanging out, having fun - and of course, Alabama Football!! Tina has two children attending the University and her son is on the UA football team, so they are a football family!
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
Housing Administration ▼
Kim joined HRC in October 2014 as Associate Director of Housing Administration. She has previously worked as Director of the Parents Program at Georgia Tech, and has held advising and admissions positions at Florida State University and The Ohio State University respectively. Kim received her bachelor's degree in communication from Ohio State and her master's degree in higher education from Florida State.
Kim is excited to greet and work with new members of the Crimson Tide family as they establish their new homes on campus. In her role in HRC, Kim will lead the administration team which manages housing assignments, IT, marketing and off-campus resources, as well as serving as the department's point of contact with campus partners and media.
In her free time, Kim spends time with her husband and two small boys and watches college football whenever possible. She loves trying new restaurants and traveling to visit friends, family and new places. Kim is a member of NASPA.
Julie joined the University staff in July 1991 and has been with HRC for more than twelve years. She received a bachelor's degree in interior furnishing from Auburn University and a master's degree in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.
As Assistant Director for Off-Campus and Greek Housing, Julie serves as a resource and liaison for students transitioning to off-campus living, as well as supervising at least 10 Greek house managers.
Julie is committed to educating students who are transitioning to off-campus housing and assisting all students in locating housing options. Her favorite part is working with students and our off-campus properties in helping students find housing.
While not at work, Julie enjoys cake decorating, crochet, gardening and spending time with her husband and son.
Cathy has a bachelor's degree in Management Information Science from The University of Alabama, and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies. She provides technological support and web programming for HRC.
Tonya has been a part of HRC since January 1984. A Tuscaloosa native, she has a degree in nursing from Shelton State Community College.
Tonya's main responsibility is to help students make decisions on where they live while here at the University. She loves the opportunity to interact with students and parents on a daily basis and make a difference in someone's life.
Outside of work, Tonya enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, children and two grandchildren. If you can't find her in Tuscaloosa she is most likely picking up seashells on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Chris joined HRC as IT Technician II in July 2013 after working in OIT and Office Depot previously.
Chris is very excited about the opportunity to do field work and meet new people as he meets HRC's technology needs.
When not at work, Chris likes to do lots of activities that involve computers, even building them!
Janine McGee joined HRC as Marketing Coordinator in January 2011. A graduate of Boston University with a bachelor's degree in advertising, Janine's prior experience includes Red Square Agency, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and American Red Cross. She received her master's degree in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.
Janine works with HRC staff to ensure consistent communication and coordinates the department's marketing efforts.
When not at work, Janine spends time with her family, sings and pretends her guitar-playing is actually improving.
Whitney joined the HRC team in July 2011. She worked as an Administrative Specialist for her first two years in Housing and Residential Communities. Whitney now serves as the Coordinator for Off Campus Housing. She assists students who are transitioning from on campus to off campus housing. Whitney is committed to educating students on how to be responsible student renters in the City of Tuscaloosa.
While away from work, Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, volunteering in the community through her church, and exploring the great City of Tuscaloosa.
Michela joined HRC in January 2015. A graduate from The University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in Dance, Michela's prior experiences include several years as a HRC student employee. As a former Resident Advisor, Michela is very excited to be able to continue assisting UA students and parents with their transition to college life.
Although Michela was born and raised in Italy, she strongly considers The University of Alabama as her new home, and HRC as her family away from home.
Michela spends her free time teaching dance, reading, traveling, and cooking delicious meals for her friends.
Housing Finance ▼
Cathy joined the HRC team in September 2010. She previously served as President and CEO at a local credit union. Cathy earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from The University of Alabama and a master's degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Alabama.
Cathy enjoys working with colleagues and other departments collaboratively.
Cathy loves Alabama football, traveling, reading on the beach and playing board games with her family.
Marc joined the HRC professional staff in January 2012, after previously serving as an Office Manager in Housing and Residential Communities. He received his bachelor's degree in finance from The University of Alabama.
As a former student of the University, Marc is well versed in housing and student affairs. He enjoys working with other department staff to ensure HRC can provide the best service to students.
Marc spends his spare time attending Alabama athletic events, camping and trying new recipes.
Aimee joined HRC in September 2014 as Billing Coordinator. She previously served as Senior Account Clerk in Student Receivables here at UA, where she enjoyed helping students and parents by providing quality customer service.
Aimee most enjoys working on our community directors and area staff to assist in student billing questions.
Aimee enjoys spending time with her family - whether it is watching Alabama football together, camping, fishing or at one of her four children's sporting events.
Housing Operations ▼
Neil joined HRC in October 2015 as the Director of Housing Operations. He most recently worked as a General Manager for Capstone On-Campus Management at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. His other previous employment includes working as a Community Manager with EdR at the University of Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State University. Neil started his career as Assistant Director for Residence Education at Murray State University. Neil earned his bachelor's degree in public relations and his master's degree in college student personnel services from Eastern Kentucky University.
Neil is excited to provide students with a comfortable, healthy, and functional learning environment where each student is able to succeed both academically and socially. He is committed to working collaboratively with the UA community in making the on-campus experience one that will greatly enhance a student's overall education.
In his free time, Neil spends time with his wife and two sons, watches college football and basketball, works on home renovations, and loves to travel.
Dave joined HRC in June 2006, after previously working at California State University at Northridge. He earned a bachelor's degree in interpersonal and public communication from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in college student affairs and leadership from Grand Valley State University.
Dave especially loves helping students grow as people and providing professional, welcoming service to our campus' many summer conference guests.
A native of Michigan, Dave enjoys cooking, reading, outdoor activities and playing guitar.
Regina joined HRC in July 1999. She has an associate degree in office administration from Shelton State Community College and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a business minor from The University of Alabama.
Regina's favorite part of her position is helping residents and parents.
In her spare time, Regina enjoys reading, cooking and crocheting.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon!
Residential Communities ▼
Laura joined the HRC team in June 2008 after previously serving at Huntingdon College and Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida. Laura earned a bachelor's degree from Huntingdon College and a master's from Auburn University.
Laura works very closely with Residential Communities to help students learn and develop through their residential experience at UA. Laura enjoys working in student affairs because she can challenge students to reach their full potential.
A native of Enterprise, Alabama, Laura is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education. While this doesn't leave much free time, she volunteers with the Humane Society of West Alabama.
Hawken joined the HRC team in August 2013 after previous experience at Clemson University and Mississippi State University. His previous higher education experiences include: career and professional development, living-learning communities, service-learning, leadership development, first year experience, study abroad, student conduct and high-achieving student programs. Hawken earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in counseling from Clemson University.
Within Housing and Residential Communities, Hawken's responsibilities fall in the areas of student engagement, professional development and staff recruitment, selection and training. His passion for supporting others during their educational journey, and the recognition that each student possesses unique value within their community, guides Hawken in his work. He strives to empower students to experience college in meaningful ways and to take purposeful ownership of the impact they have on the world.
In his free time Hawken enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, travelling and discussing social issues. He also enjoys watching college and professional football. He's a third-generation Green Bay Packers fan and is also a Packers shareholder. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family whenever possible. Hawken enjoys being an active member of NASPA. Within NASPA he is a member of the Region III Advisory Board and is the current IT/Communications Coordinator, and is a past Representative of the Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community.
Jeremy joined HRC in July 2004 after serving as Coordinator in Volunteer Services at The University of Alabama since January 2002. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies and master's degrees in communication studies and in counseling from The University of Alabama.
Jeremy's favorite part of his position is the opportunity to build relationships with students to help them develop and maximize their experience.
While pursuing an Ed.S. degree, Jeremy enjoys basketball, running and strategy board games.
Bio coming soon.
Katelyn joined the HRC team in July 2012 as an assistant community director. Prior to coming to UA, she worked at the University of Mobile as an enrollment counselor for Admissions and Financial Aid. Katelyn received her bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Mobile in May 2010, and her master's degree in higher education administration from The University of Alabama in May 2014.
Katelyn's favorite part about working in HRC is the opportunity to collaborate with campus partners to create a dynamic campus experience for students within the residence halls. As a result, she loves working with and investing in students at the Capstone as they develop into engaged members of the UA family.
Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and she is currently training for a half-marathon.
Katelyn supervises the Ridgecrest, Blount and Friedman communities.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.
Maureen joined the HRC team full time as the Coordinator of Training and Professional Development in June 2014 after serving for two years as a graduate community director with the department. Maureen earned a bachelor of fine arts in fashion design with a minor in art history from Pratt Institute and her master's degree in higher education administration from The University of Alabama.
Maureen will focus on the development of annual and ongoing trainings and professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate staff. She is especially excited to collaborate with students and campus partners to develop trainings that contribute to an intentional and meaningful experience with HRC.
In her free time, Maureen enjoys reading, sewing vintage dresses and quilts, and trying out new recipes.
Jimmy joined HRC as Community Director in August 2007. He previously served as Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Career Development and Resident Director at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, and Hall Director at The University of Tennessee at Martin. Jimmy received a bachelor's degree in church music from Lambuth University and a master's degree in child learning and development from Bethel University.
Jimmy's focus areas are staff development and student development. He enjoys seeing students develop, change and grow as they progress through the collegiate experience.
Jimmy enjoys singing, shopping at estate sales, traveling, gardening and watching the Food Network.
Mary joined the HRC professional team in April 2007, after serving as Graduate Assistant. She received a bachelor's degree in history from The University of Alabama.
Mary enjoys working with international students and multicultural issues in student affairs.
In her spare time, Mary loves singing.
Pam joined HRC in fall 2007 after spending six years in the Art Department at The University of Alabama.
Pam loves the atmosphere and staff in HRC. She is a huge Alabama fan, and all of her children have or will attend UA.
Angie joined HRC as Office Associate II in June 2014. She has also worked for Alabama State Bar, Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution and Craig Field Airport & Industrial Authority.
Angie is excited to work with our students and student staff. In her free time, she enjoys spending with her family and cooking.
Angie supports the communities of Ridgecrest, Friedman and Blount.
Bonita joined HRC as Office Associate II in June 2014. She has also worked for DCH Regional Medical Center as a departmental secretary, data specialist and a pharmacy technician. Bonita has a bachelor's degree in business management from Stillman College.
Bonita loves working with the great team of employees in HRC. Bonita enjoys playing tennis and traveling.
Bonita supports the communities of Paty, Somerville, Lakeside and Riverside.
Cathy joined HRC as Office Associate II in June 2014. She most recently worked as an assistant to property managers in Las Vegas, NV, for more than eight years.
Cathy is excited to join the HRC team to assist in the process and procedures of student housing, development and engagement. She is ready to be a part of the University and watch the students gain knowledge and experience in leadership, communication, and day-to-day business skills.
Cathy likes to maintain a garden, work in the yard, hang out with the family on the back porch, and just enjoy the beautiful state of Alabama.
Community Directors ▼