HRC Staff Listing
Dr. Steven Hood joined HRC in September 2011. He has previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Housing and Residence Life at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and as Area Coordinator at Samford University.
Dr. Hood earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of West Alabama, a master's degree in public administration from Troy University and a doctorate in learning and leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a native Alabamian and is glad to be home.
With more than 14 years' experience in student housing, Dr. Hood loves the variety of our department. He has the opportunity to work with students, be involved with construction/renovation projects, manage budgets, plan administrative projects - and all while working with a great group of colleagues.
Dr. Hood enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and watching college football and basketball. He's planning on renewing his interest in saltwater aquariums any day now. Dr. Hood is active in SEAHO and ACUHO-I.
Matt Kerch joined the HRC team in June 2012, after previously serving as 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 also earned a master's degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Shippensburg University.
Matt is excited to continue his work in housing and residence life. He enjoys working on assessment efforts focused on student's experiences at college, and is excited about the new construction and renovation of our state-of-the-art residence halls. Matt is focused on providing a student-centered environment where residents have ample opportunities to learn, develop and engage. He is excited to gain student input into new construction efforts, and encourages housing operations to take a hands-on approach to help students learn about our facilities.
In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with family, exercising, being outdoors, watching college football, college basketball, baseball, and shopping. Matt has presented at multiple national and regional conferences, and is actively involved in both ACPA (Planning Team for C3) and NASPA (Chair-elect for the NASPA-Campus Labs Assessment Consortium) and was involved in MACUHO regionally while he was in Pennsylvania.
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!
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.
Judy joined the HRC staff in January 1986. Previously she worked at Harco Drug Inc., and Alabama Federal Bank. Judy earned a bachelor's degree in education from The University of Alabama.
A Tuscaloosa native, Judy loves working with students and their parents. She enjoys discussing the positives about UA and Housing and how students can be happy here on campus, no matter where they live.
Judy enjoys gardening, reading, spending time with friends and attending Alabama sporting events, especially football. She is involved with the Tuscaloosa County Chapter of the National Alumni Association and the National Alumni Association. She is also the current House Corporation President of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.
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 spending time with her children and granddaughter and visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Janine Gascoigne 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. Janine has worked on brands like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Brookwood Medical Center, Hard Rock Casino, Hangout Music Festival and Natural Decorations, Inc. Her work has garnered local, regional and national acclaim.
Janine is pursuing a master's degree in higher education. When not at work, Janine spends time with her family, sings and pretends her guitar-playing is actually improving.
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!
Whitney joined the HRC team in July 2011. She has also worked as a teacher in the Tuscaloosa County Schools. Whitney earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from The University of Alabama.
Whitney provides administrative support to the executive director of HRC. She is committed to providing a safe and successful environment for students living on campus.
Her hobbies include tennis, church and mission trips to other countries, and spending time with friends and family.
Stephanie joined the HRC staff as Office Associate II in May 2013. She has previously worked as an office manager for 15 years in the insurance industry. She has an associate's degree in business and marketing and plans to continue pursuing a bachelor's at The University of Alabama.
Stephanie enjoys helping students with their housing issues so that their transition to college will be enjoyable. She is excited to be working with students and their parents as they start this new chapter in their lives.
Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has three sons who attend the local county schools and are very involved in sports. Her family enjoys tailgating and, of course, Alabama Football!
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 the area coordinators 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 fall in the following areas: 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 focuses on the areas of student engagement, professional development, and the selection and training of student staff. His passion for educating others, and the belief that with social privilege comes social responsibility, guides Hawken in his work. He strives to empower students to experience the world in meaningful ways and continually develop into better versions of themselves. Hawken recognizes that every student has unique talents and goals. Therefore, he encourages students to take purposeful ownership of the impact they have on the world. Hawken believes one should serve as an active citizen by being an informed and critical thinker, maintaining humility towards one's privilege, and remaining mindful of the impact one's actions have upon a community constructed of diverse identities and values.
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. Hawken 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 Board and is the Regional Representative for 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.
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.
Kyle joined HRC as Area Coordinator in June 2014. He previously served as Residence Director at Mississippi State University and Residence Life Coordinator at University of Southern Indiana. Kyle received a master's degree in counselor education in student affairs from Mississippi State University and a bachelor's degree in sport administration from University of Southern Indiana.
Kyle is most excited about working at such a large institution that has so much history, tradition and pride. He is interested in assisting at-risk students and exploring legal issues in student affairs.
Outside of work, Kyle enjoys horseback riding, tailgating and playing cards, especially spades. He is involved in Southeastern Association of Housing Officers and Southern Association of College Student Affairs.
Kyle supervises the communities of Lakeside, Riverside, Paty and Somerville.
Gretchen joined the HRC team as Community Director in June 2012. She previously served as Graduate Residence Director at Mississippi State University for two years. Gretchen earned her bachelor's degree in communication studies with a minor in family studies and non-profit administration from Western Kentucky University and her master's degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Mississippi State University.
Gretchen is looking forward to fostering relationships with students and working with new students.
Gretchen enjoys reading a good book, working out, Zumba and shopping. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.
Gretchen supervises the communities of Tutwiler, Harris, Parham, and Burke.
Jamie joined the HRC team full time as Area Coordinator in October 2013. He previously served as a Community Director and Summer Orientation Manager with HRC. Jamie earned his bachelor's degree in political science at The University of Alabama and will complete his master's degree in communication studies in May.
Jamie is looking forward to the chance to interact with University students, student staff, and professional staff. He is excited to work in such a diverse and vital organization on campus.
Jamie enjoys reading, exploring Tuscaloosa, biking and hiking at local outdoor spots, playing intramural football, kickball, dodgeball, and bowling.
Jamie supervises the communities of Bryant, Bryce Lawn, Highlands, and Presidential Village.
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.
Phillips joined the HRC team in June 2013, after serving as Coordinator of Student Affairs Programs in First Year Experience and Parent Programs. She earned both her bachelor's degree and law degree at The University of Alabama.
Phillips will focus on student engagement, as well as serve as a liaison to campus partners and student organizations. She is excited about the opportunity to meet students where they are and be a resource for them as they find ways to make the most of their time at UA.
Phillips enjoys reading, spending time in the kitchen, watching movies, traveling, and riding her horse Hopscotch. She also loves to find opportunities to cheer on the Tide.
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.
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 not only with housing staff, but also with campus partners.
Marc spends his spare time attending Alabama athletic events, camping and trying new recipes.
Dee joined HRC in November 2008 after 18 years as a personal accountant. She has a bachelor's degree in accounting and general management from The University of Alabama.
Dee loves helping others understand financial paperwork and playing with numbers.
Away from work, she enjoys reading, playing the piano, and making cakes.
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 adminstration 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.
Andrew joined the HRC professional staff as Community Director in January 2012, after serving as a Graduate Assistant. He also worked in Capstone International Center at The University of Alabama as a Graduate Assistant. He completed a master's degree in economics and a bachelor's degree in finance here at the University.
His favorite part of the job is seeing students develop personally and professionally firsthand in the residence halls.
Andrew enjoys anything involving the outdoors, playing guitar and following economic trends.
Ryan joined HRC in February 2007 and became Student Conduct Coordinator in September 2011. Previously he served as a Community Director in HRC and Associate Supervisor Residence Life at Northwestern Michigan College. Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in liberal studies from Eastern Michigan University.
Ryan's focus areas are student conduct, behavior and education and working to create and develop educational moments for students outside of the classroom. He enjoys working with students to address problems, issues and concerns.
Ryan helps students develop a sense of responsibility and accountability, not only to each other and the community, but to themselves as well.
Ryan is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration and enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and fishing.