Meet Our Staff

The Residence Life team consists of full-time and graduate assistant staff, along with select undergraduate student leaders (Resident Assistants).  The staff work hard to help you make the most of your residence life experience. Through a variety of programs and services, the team works together to foster floor and residence hall communities at Rockford University.  This is done in collaboration with our residents. This partnership provides many opportunities for personal growth, intellectual and leadership development.

Full-Time Staff:  Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

Scott Mitchell
M.S.W., University of North Dakota
B.A., Wartburg College

Scott Mitchell is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life  and joined the Rockford University staff in September 2016.  Scott is originally from Nevada, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts in social work with a minor in psychology from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA).  He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in health from the University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND).

Scott brings over twenty years of professional experience in residence life and college student affairs to Rockford University.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree, he began his professional career in residence life serving as a hall director and residence life coordinator at multiple institutions:  North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, and the University of Northern Iowa.  Scott went on to serve as an Assistant Director of Education and Development at Missouri State University and most recently as the Director of Campus Student Affairs at Ashford University (Clinton, IA).  These positions also allowed the opportunity to gain experience in academic advising, as well as an instructor of Liberal Arts courses focusing on resident assistants and student development.

Scott is a current member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) and the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO).   Previously memberships in:  American College Personnel Association (ACPA); Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA);  and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).



Residence Life
Student Life Suite – Burpee Student Center
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Mon-Fri – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Phone:  815-226-4026

Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life
Scott Mitchell

Graduate Hall Directors
Jeannine Menjivar (Dayton, Svenson & Ekvall)

Elizabeth Nguyen (Talcott & Lathrop)

Gwen Wisecup (Olson, Caster & McPhail)

Ian Mitchell  (Emerson & Barnes)

Graduate Assistant  Hall Directors 

Four GA Hall Directors have completed Bachelor’s Degrees and are pursuing Master’s Degrees at Rockford University. These individuals are selected to help oversee the running of the residence halls with leadership, administrative and community building responsibilities.  They each supervise 4-5 Resident Assistants.  These staff members live in the residence hall community to assist with 24 hour resident support through an on-call system.  There is a Graduate Hall Director for each of the following:  Talcott & Lathrop Halls; Emerson & Barnes Halls;  McPhail, Caster & Olson Halls; and Dayton, Svenson & Ekvall Halls.


GA Hall Director


Jeannine Menjivar
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Degrees Held:
Rockford University BS ’23





GA Hall Director


Elizabeth Nguyen
Hometown: Woburn, MA
Degrees Held:
University of Massachusetts-Lowell BS ’22
Business Administration


GA Hall Director


Ian Mitchell
Hometown: South Beloit, IL
Degrees Held:
Rockford University BA ’22


GA Hall Director


Gwen Wisecup
Hometown:  Springfield, IL
Degrees Held:
Rockford University, BS ’21


Resident Assistant (RA) Staff

The primary responsibility of a Resident Assistant is to provide active support and assistance to students in the residence halls.  RA’s work closely with the Hall Directors and Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life in maintaining standards and policies, facilitating academic and personal growth, and building community through residential education and Student Life Plan initiatives while supporting the mission of Rockford University.


1st Floor:  Dominick

Hometown:  Roscoe, IL
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Marketing

2nd Floor:  Domenic
Hometown:  Rockford, IL
Academic Year:  Senior
Major: Computer Science




2nd Floor  Mateo
Hometown:  Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Business Administration/Sports Managment

2nd Floor  Robbie
Hometown:  Rockford, IL
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Musical Theatre

1st Floor Talcott & Lathrop:  Ryan

Hometown:  Rockford, IL
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Kinesiology/Business & Marketing


3rd Floor: Anfernee
Hometown:  Skokie, IL
Academic Year:  Junior

2nd & 1st  Floors: Nakeyia
Hometown:  Rockford, IL
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Human Development


3rd Floor:  Mahault
Hometown:   Normandie, France
Academic Year:   Junior
Major:  Marketing

2nd & 1st Floors:  Liz
Hometown:  Harker Heights, TX
Academic Year:  Junior
Major: Business Administration/Organizational Leadership



2nd Floor:  Kelcey
Hometown:  Rockford, IL
Academic Year: Sophomore
Major:  Elementary Education

1st Floor:  Carson

Hometown:  Shannon, IL
Academic Year:   Junior
Major:   Biochemistry



2nd Floor:  Savannah
Hometown:   Aurora, IL
Academic Year:  Sophomore
Major:  Secondary Education/ Chemistry

1st Floor:  Vern

Hometown:  Streator, IL
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Kinesiology




1st & 2nd Floors:  Brynn

Hometown:  Galesburg, IL
Academic Year:   Senior
Major:  Criminal Justice


2nd Floor:: Jasmine

Hometown:    Carrollton, TX
Academic Year:  Junior
Major:  Kinesiology

3nd Floor:  Brandon
Hometown:  Yorkville, IL
Academic Year:  Senior
Major:  Criminal Justice



2nd Floor:  Margot

Hometown:   Vigneux-sur-Seine, France
Academic Year:  Sophomore
Major:  Organizational Leadership

1st Floor:  A.B.

Hometown:  Bakersfield, CA
Academic Year:  Sophomore
Major:  Kinesiology



Athletic GA & Graduate Student Housing at Rockford University
Point of Contact:  Gwen Wisecup, GA HD