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The Resident Success Team (above) is here to help you succeed at CCU. You will see us in the halls every day, so stop by and say hello.

David Betsch imageDavid Betsch joined University Housing at CCU in July 2011. He brings with him experience from five different universities, compiling more than 18 years of housing experience, including his undergraduate years working as a resident assistant. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in elementary education at the University of West Florida and his Master of Education in student personnel services at the University of South Carolina. David and his Resident Success Team are dedicated to creating a living and learning environment that is supportive of our residents’ academic pursuits.

David Betsch
Director of Resident Success  |  843-349-6403  |  Tradition Hall

Shakira Tillman imageKira Tillman is originally from Mullins, S.C., and is currently the resident success specialist for Student Conduct. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. While at KSU, she served as a resident assistant for University Housing and Residence Life. Shakira is excited to return to where she grew up and excited to be working at CCU.

Kira Tillman
Resident Success Specialist, Student Conduct  |  843-349-4013  |  Grand Strand Office

Kat Mortensen imageKat Mortensen came to Coastal Carolina University in July of 2012 as an area director in University Housing and became an assistant director in 2016. She now serves as the associate director for resident success focusing on special interest housing, housing services and student employment. She is from Ogden, Iowa, originally but has been all over the United States. She earned her bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Grand View University in 2006 and earned her master's degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University in 2007. She has enjoyed working with all of the dedicated and passionate people at the University and in University Housing. She has loved seeing all the progress and growth over the last six years and looks forward to seeing just where CCU will go.

Kat Mortensen
Associate Director for Resident Success  |  843-349-6421  |  Tradition Hall

David Speiser imageDavid Speiser
is the assistant director for recruitment and selection and is responsible for the processes of recruiting, interviewing and hiring all student staff. He is originally from East Brunswick, N.J., but has lived in Illinois the past four years where he served as a residence hall coordinator. David earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., and a Master of Education in college student affairs from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. David is excited to be at Coastal Carolina University, where he can help connect students with opportunities for leadership and growth.

David Speiser
Assistant Director for Recruitment and Selection  |  843-349-5057  |  Tradition Hall

Jenna Jeslis imageJenna Jeslis is beginning her third year at CCU and stepping into a new role as the resident success specialist for student employment after serving two years as the community coordinator for Teal Hall. She is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up and made it a goal to never live through another Chicago winter again. Jenna earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Western Illinois University, and she headed directly to the University of Mississippi to earn her master’s degree in higher education/student affairs. Jenna is thrilled to still be living in the South and to see what her second year at CCU will bring.

Jenna Jeslis
Resident Success Specialist, Student Employment  |  843-349-6923  |  Tradition Hall

Randy Smalls imageRandy Smalls
was born and raised in Upstate New York and has been a transplant in South Carolina since April of 2011. Working with a large student worker population allows Randy to have a direct impact on the overall college experience of our residential students. Randy is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, Columbia College, and Walden University.

Randy Smalls
Assistant Director for Housing Services  |  843-349-5021  |  Ingle Hall

Liz Morgan imageLiz Morgan joined Coastal Carolina University in 2017 and is excited to begin year two as the housing services coordinator focusing on desk operations. Liz earned her bachelor's degree in social work from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. After spending four years as a resident director at High Point University in High Point, N.C., Liz has truly enjoyed working with the operations division of University Housing. Liz will graduate from the Master of Education in higher education administration program at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., in August 2019.

Liz Morgan
Housing Services Coordinator  |  843-349-5075  |  Grand Strand Office

Elvington Loop

Ellie Gathings imageEllie Gathings joined Coastal Carolina University in July of 2017 and is the community coordinator for Tradition Hall. Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, Ellie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre in 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was a resident adviser for three years. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ellie attended the University of South Carolina for a Master of Education in higher education and student affairs, graduating in 2017. At USC, she worked in University Housing as an assistant residence life coordinator. Ellie is excited to continue to live in the Southeast and work at Coastal.

Ellie Gathings
Community Coordinator, Tradition Hall
Interim Community Coordinator, Chanticleer Hall  |  843-349-4143  |  Tradition Hall


Chris Hazelton imageChristopher Hazelton
, currently in his first year, serves as the community coordinator for Teal Hall. A Connecticut native, Chris attend Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. After completing his undergraduate work, Chris earned a master’s degree in school counseling with a focus in student development in higher education at Central Connecticut State University. Before joining the team at Coastal Carolina, Chris served as a residence hall director at Central Connecticut State University. Chris is looking forward to assisting students with the first-year transition and is extremely excited to join Teal Nation.

Christopher Hazelton
Community Coordinator, Teal Hall  |  843-349-4049  |  Teal Hall


Joey Dessino joineJoey Dessinod Teal Nation in January 2019 and serves as the Community Coordinator for Singleton-Young Hall (formerly known as CINO Hall). Joey, a New Jersey native received his bachelor's degree from Coastal Carolina University and his master's degree from the University of New Haven. Joey enjoys baseball, football, fitness and anything outdoors.  Joey is excited to be back at CCU and working to make his undergraduate institution amazing experience for students!

Joey Dessino
Community Coordinator, Singletong-Young Hall  |  843-349-4155  |  Singleton-Young Hall


Township Circle

Rachael Baker imageRachael Baker is excited to be changing roles at CCU to assistant director for Township Circle after serving two and a half years as the community coordinator for Ingle Hall. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2008 with a Master of Science in student personnel administration. Rachael earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside in criminal justice as well as a paralegal certification from Carthage College in 2004. Rachael has worked as a residence hall director at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, Savannah College of Art and Design, and St. Norbert College as well as served as a program coordinator and adviser for grant programs in the state of Wisconsin. Rachael is excited to share her passion as it pertains to the transition for first-year students at Coastal Carolina University.

Rachael Baker
Assistant Director for Township Circle  |  843-349-6427  |  Eaglin Hall

Rocken Roll 15-16Rocken Roll joined Coastal Carolina University in June of 2015 and served as the housing services coordinator prior to being a community coordinator. Starting in Summer 2018 she in the community coordinator for Ingle Hall. Rocken earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida before completing her master’s degree in college student affairs from Eastern Illinois University. During her graduate program, Rocken worked for the student life office as a graduate student adviser to several student organizations. Rocken is excited to work with first-year students as the community coordinator in Ingle Hall.

Rocken Roll
Community Coordinator, Ingle Hall
Interim Community Coordinator, Eaglin Hall  |  843-349-6430  |  Ingle Hall

Emily Simon imageEmily Simon is starting her third year as the community coordinator for The Woods. She most recently comes from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, but did her graduate work in college student personnel at Western Illinois University and her undergraduate work in early childhood education at Bowling Green State University. Although Emily grew up and worked in the Midwest for most of her life, she has spent a lot of time in South Carolina and is extremely excited to be working at Coastal Carolina University.

Emily Simon
Community Coordinator, The Woods  |  843-349-6419  |  Ingle Hall




University Place, Gardens and Georgetown

Andy Hieber imageAndy Hieber
is excited to be serving in his second year in teal and bronze as the Low Country Community coordinator. He proudly hails from the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. With a bachelor's degree in communication from Colorado Christian University, Andy is proud to add another CCU to his resume by working at Coastal Carolina University. Most recently, Andy completed his Master of Science in higher education from the University of North Dakota. He looks forward to helping CCU students experience important and exciting personal and professional growth.

Andy Hieber
Community Coordinator, Low Country  |  843-349-6408  |  Grand Strand Office

Chelsea Fried imageChelsea Fried
joins the CCU family as the community coordinator for Blue Ridge. She is from Concord, N.C., and received her Bachelor in Science in sociology from East Carolina University. Chelsea then attended Appalachian State University where she was a residence director while earning her Master in Education in college student development. She is excited to be working at Coastal Carolina University and to be a part of the Blue Ridge Community this year.

Chelsea Fried
Community Coordinator, Blue Ridge  |  843-349-6439  |  Grand Strand Office

Susan Failing imageSusan Failing is the community coordinator for Grand Strand, Gardens and Georgetown. She is originally from Northwest Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with an emphasis in public relations from Purdue University Calumet, and fell in love with student affairs when she served as a resident assistant. Susan then earned her Master of Arts in higher education student affairs from Eastern Michigan University. During her time at Eastern Michigan University, Susan served as a graduate hall director followed by a hearing officer for the Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility. Susan is excited to connect with the students at Coastal Carolina University.

Susan Failing
Community Coordinator, Grand Strand, Gardens and Georgetown
Interim Community Coordinator, Sandhills  |  843-349-5067  |  Grand Strand Office

Katie Fisher imageKatie Fisher joined University Housing in November of 2018 and is the community coordinator for the Piedmont Community in University Place. After growing up in Charlotte, N.C., Katie went on to the University of North Carolina Wilmington to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2014. Katie continued on at UNCW to earn a Master of Arts in conflict management and resolution in 2017 while working as an assistant residence coordinator for Housing and Residence Life. She is excited to be working in and exploring another part of the Carolina coast.

Katie Fisher
Community Coordinator, Piedmont  |  843-349-6418  |  Grand Strand Office

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