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 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.
Director of Resident Success
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-6403 | Tradition Hall
Kira 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.
Resident Success Specialist, Student Conduct
email@example.com | 843-349-4013 | Grand Strand Office
Kat 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.
Associate Director for Resident Success
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-6421 | Tradition Hall
David 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.
Assistant Director for Recruitment and Selection
email@example.com | 843-349-5057 | Tradition Hall
Randy 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.
Assistant Director for Housing Services
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-5021 | Ingle Hall
Liz 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.
Housing Services Coordinator
email@example.com | 843-349-5075 | Grand Strand Office
Kailtin Nash joins CCU as the assistant director for resident success for the communities on Elvington Loop. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Charleston Southern University. Kaitlin brings experience from the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards at CCU, the Athletics Department at CCU, and Housing & Residence Life at Texas Christian University. She is passionate about helping students cultivate connections in their residential communities that make their community feel like home. She is excited to back at her alma mater and looks forward to helping students in Elvington Loop transition to CCU!
Assistant Director for Resident Success, Elvington Loop
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-4071 | Tradition Hall
Ellie 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.
Community Coordinator, Tradition Hall
email@example.com | 843-349-4143 | Tradition Hall
Joey Dessino joined 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!
Community Coordinator, Singletong-Young Hall
Interim Community Coordinator, Teal Hall
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-4155 | Singleton-Young Hall
Alex Drose joined Coastal Carolina University in March 2019 as the Community Coordinator for Chanticleer Hall. Alex is from Charlotte, NC and attended UNC Chapel Hill where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & Romance Languages (Italian). Alex interned in Saronno, Italy teaching English in a high school. She earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education at Appalachian State University then worked for a year and a half at the College of Charleston as a Professional Residence Hall Director. Alex loves to read, bake, and volunteer for US Quidditch. She is very excited to work with the first-year students here at CCU!
Community Coordinator, Chanticleer Hall
email@example.com | 843-349-4122 | Chanticleer Hall
Rachael Baker is excited to be changing roles at CCU to assistant director for resident success, 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.
Assistant Director for Resident Success, Township Circle
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-6427 | Eaglin Hall
Rocken 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.
Community Coordinator, Ingle Hall
Interim Community Coordinator, Eaglin Hall
email@example.com | 843-349-6430 | Ingle Hall
Emily 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.
Community Coordinator, The Woods
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-6419 | Ingle Hall
University Place, Gardens and Georgetown
Amanda Speiser joins University Housing from academic advising as the Assistant Director for Resident Success of University Place, The Gardens, and Georgetown. Before moving to South Carolina, she was a Residence Hall Coordinator at Illinois State University. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in public relations and her Master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Through her experiences as a resident assistant and graduate hall director, Amanda discovered her passion for helping students navigate their collegiate experience, especially in housing. Amanda is excited to be at Coastal Carolina University to focus on the success of transfer and second-year plus students.
Assistant Director for Resident Success, University Place
email@example.com | 843-349-5066 | Grand Strand Office
Andy 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.
Community Coordinator, Low Country
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-6408 | Grand Strand Office
Chelsea Riley 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.
Community Coordinator, Blue Ridge
email@example.com | 843-349-6439 | Grand Strand Office
Susan 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.
Community Coordinator, Grand Strand, Gardens and Georgetown
Interim Community Coordinator, Sandhills
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-5067 | Grand Strand Office
Katie 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.
Community Coordinator, Piedmont
email@example.com | 843-349-6418 | Grand Strand Office
Will Taylor joined CCU in April 2019 and is the community coordinator for Sandhills. Will is originally from the Wilmington, NC area and started his Residence Life career as a RA at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). He continued at UNCW in graduate school where he was an Assistant Residence Coordinator. Will graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2013 and Masters in Higher Education Administration in 2015. After graduate school, Will became a Residence Hall Director at Stony Brook University on Long Island NY for 4 years, where he was also the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Advisor. Will is passionate in helping students grow as leaders, and building strong communities. He is looking forward on wearing teal again, and having amazing time here at Coastal!
Community Coordinator, Sandhills
firstname.lastname@example.org | 843-349-5065 | Grand Strand Office
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Elvington Loop Desk
University Place Desk
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