Sandy Schoonover, Director of Residence Life
Sandy has worked in housing administration for the past twenty-nine years. As the Director of Residence Life, Sandy strives to build a Residence Life system that is positive, respectful, and inclusive of all students who live in residence halls and University Villages, and Lewis & Clark. Throughout her career, Sandy has been involved in the regional housing associations for college and university housing officers as well as the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. Sandy knows that living in the residence halls is an important part of each students’ academic success and social success at the University of Montana. As an undergraduate student, Sandy lived in the residence halls for four years, and enjoyed her experiences so much that she chose to work in residence halls for her career. Sandy’s close friends in life are people that she met during her residence hall experience as an undergraduate. Sandy wants students to experience that same type of experience at the University of Montana.
Sandy has an undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato in Speech Communications, Mass Communications, and Secondary Education. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Sandy attended North Dakota State University where she worked on her master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration part time while working as a full-time Hall Director. After completing her master’s degree, she went to the University of South Dakota where she worked in a few different jobs before taking a job at the University of Oregon. After spending eleven years at the University of Oregon, Sandy moved to Missoula to work at the University of Montana in July of 2010. Outside of work Sandy loves to read; she is an avid movie goer/watcher; and Sandy loves doing water aerobics at least five to six times a week.
Melissa Neidigh, Associate Director of Operations
Melissa has served as the Associate Director for Operations since May 2012. She oversees human resources, operations, technology and training for full time staff. She also oversees the Griz Card Center, and sits on the Student Affairs Assessment Committee, Day of Dialogue, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Team. Melissa received her BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana. She worked at the Griz Card Center for 6 years prior to moving over to Turner Hall. She also worked in the nonprofit sector in the Twin Cities and was an Americorps VISTA in Minneapolis before moving to Montana. In her free time she enjoys playing board games, spending time with her family, and enjoying the outdoors in the shade.
Brad Hall, Associate Director of Facilities & Maintenance
Brad Hall, Associate Director for Residence Life, Facilities Manager, oversees 39 staff members who provide maintenance for the residence halls, apartments within University Villages and Lewis and Clark Villages and all the ground work associated with the apartment communities. Brad coordinates and plans for all the capital projects that Residence Life embarks on each fiscal year, and also sits on the 10 year Capital Planning Committee for the University. Brad joined the Residence Life department in 2003 after having worked as a construction contractor for 10 years prior, and was in the insurance industry for 10 years before that. Brad received his degree from Montana State University in Agricultural Business and a minor in economics. Brad, a 4th generation Montanan who was born and raised in the Potomac Valley and continues to work on the family ranch, along with being a volunteer fire fighter and EMT for the Greenough Potomac fire department, is a member of the Montana Officials Association and officiates for high school basketball, is an official evaluator for the Big Sky conference basketball for the University of Montana basketball games, coaches a grade school basketball team and is a board member for the Potomac Community Center. Brad and his wife Marin have two children, and enjoy being active in their community and the outdoors.
Carol Hardy, Associate Director of Business OperationsPhone: 406-243-2611
Sara Agostinelli, Assistant Director of Staff Selection & Training
Sara has served as the Assistant Director of Residence Life since 2011. She oversees the recruitment, selection, and training processes for the community development coordinators, resident assistants, desk assistants, village assistants, community assistants, and summer conference staff for Residence Life. She also works with Aber Hall, Jesse Hall, Knowles Hall, Miller Hall, Pantzer Hall, and Turner Hall. Sara received her BA in Electronic Media from St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN and her MA in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Sara serves as the Technology Coordinator for AIMHO (regional housing association) and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at UM. She worked at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA and Washington State University prior to moving back to Montana, as she is originally from Great Falls, MT. In her free time Sara enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her dogs Trigger and Piper, and doing projects around her house.
Kelly Magnuson, Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Programs
In her role as the Assistant Director of Residence life, Kelly works with Craig, Elrod and Duniway Halls and University Villages and Lewis and Clark Village apartments. Kelly also oversees the student conduct process for the residence halls and apartments, assists the program coordinator with implementing programs, and helps provide leadership to the Residence Life staff. Kelly completed her Masters degree in Public Administration in the Fall 2013. She received her BS in Business Management from the U of M and began working for Residence Life as an RA in 1990. She served as student staff through graduation in 1994 and was hired to be the Program Coordinator at University Villages (formerly family housing) within the Residence Life department. Kelly worked at University Villages for 15 years before coming to the central Residence Life Office in 2011 to serve as the Program Coordinator for the residence halls. In June 2012 Kelly took on the Assistant Director for Student Conduct position. Kelly is a native Montanan, avid Griz fan, and has two daughters who keep her busy.
Robin Joseph, RLO Office Manager
As the Office Manager Robin supervises the RLO central office staff, oversees conference housing, and winter session housing. Robin graduated from UM with a BA is Psychology and has been working in Residence Life for 27 years. She started in Brantley Hall, when it was a residence hall, and has also worked in the Griz Card Office, University Villages, and Student Conduct before becoming the Office Manager. If you ever need help- see Robin. If she can not help you, she will find someone who will. In her free time Robin enjoys taking naps, and spending time with her two teenage children.
Harley Lathrop, Custodian Supervisor
Harley joined Residence Life in June 2015 as the Custodian Supervisor and oversees 25 custodians who provide cleaning services for the residence halls. Prior to working at UM, Harley worked as a housekeeping manager for 8 years prior, and as a janitor for 4 years. Harley is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Harley was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Enterprise, Oregon and later moved to Yuma, AZ where he met his wife, Jamie. In his free time Harley enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie, daughter Ryan, and two German Wirehaired Pointers, Fida and Gunnar. When he is not working Harley enjoys cooking, baking, tailgating at Griz games, and everything the Montana outdoors has to offer.