Meet the Staff
Our caring Student Housing and Residential Life (SHRL) team is made up of Resident Advisors (students), Front Desk staff (students), as well as professional staff members (the Director, live-in Residential Hall Director, and Graduate Assistant). Together, we work closely with on and off-campus partners to support the students and guests we serve in Hunter Residence Hall. From assisting students grappling with their college journey to connecting students to their campus community, we are here to help ensure our students are able to Live, Learn, and Engage.
Director, Student Housing and Residential Life
Matthew transitioned to UHCL in January of 2019 from the University of Toledo. His education and background includes degrees in Higher Education: Administration (Master's) and Spanish (Bachelor's), with a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding housing, residential life, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Matthew is responsible for implementing a comprehensive, living-learning residential life program that provides students with a safe and inclusive living environment, high-impact experiences, and opportunities for growth. Aside from his passion of engaging and supporting residential students, he enjoys playing tennis, music, and traveling.
Lisset (Lis) Fernandez
Lis is a first generation college student majoring in Psychology. She is a member of the Latinx and Indigenous Students Taking Action (L.I.S.T.A.), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and the Psychology Club.
"I am excited to work first hand with residents and be both a leader and role model for our team." - Lis Fernandez
Jalissa is actively involved in the Volleyball club and the widely popular Walking Hawks club on campus.
"I am excited about helping new students navigate college life." - Jalissa Nixon
Emir enjoys music and spending lots of time bodybuilding at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. When not hanging around Hunter Hall, catch him at Campus Rec.
"I became an RA because I wanted the leadership experience. I want to better improve myself and take on the challenges that come along with this job." - Emir Fernandez
Ayeka is a member of UHCL Storytellers. In her spare time, she enjoys dinosaurs, learning about viruses, listening to music, and exploring the paranormal.
"I am looking forward to meeting lots of new people and building new communities in Hunter Hall." - Ayeka Potter
Front Desk Staff
Yasmin is a Criminal Justice major. She enjoys dance, listing to music, making puzzles, and collecting Funko Pop.
"I am excited to meet new residents and make new friendships this year."
Danna is a Biology major and former Orientation Leader on campus. She is the current President of the Hawk Spirit & Traditions Council (HSTC) and active member of L.I.S.T.A., First Gen, and S.A.C.N.A.S. clubs here on campus. She also enjoys spending time at Campus Rec.
"I decided to work at the front desk because I want to help students feel welcome and a part of our Hawk family." -Danna Almazan
Marymelda enjoys astrology, music, creating makeup looks, and watching The Office.
"I really enjoyed working at the front desk my first year, and I wanted to continue it through my senior year. This position allowed me to grow outside of my comfort zone and create lifelong friendships!" -Marymelda Moreno
As a newer member of the team, Kaitlyn enjoys music, going to concerts, and streaming her favorite TV shows.
"I am excited to make new friends and have a fresh start this year." - Kaitlyn Lane