Residential Life Staff

The Residential Life office is located on the 2nd floor of the Johnson Student Union (office suite 209). Our central office staff consists of our Director, two Assistant Directors, three Area Coordinators and an Administrative Assistant. We are committed to a student-focused approach to campus housing. Feel free to stop by our office, call 507-933-7529 or use the contact information found below to contact us!

Director of Residential Life

Anthony Bettendorf: Anthony joined the Residential Life staff in July 2018. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Anthony earned a master's degree at Western Illinois University and his PhD from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He has worked at the University of Minnesota and the University of Iowa prior to starting at Gustavus.

Assistant Directors of Residential Life

Melissa Shugarman: Melissa joined the Residential Life staff in July 2015. A graduate of Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and UW-LaCrosse, Melissa has worked at Concordia and the University of St. Thomas. The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for the Collegiate Fellow program and the development of leadership programs (like Hall Council), and coordinates the ILS House program.

Danny Sandberg: Danny joined the Residential Life staff in July 2017. A graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead (both B.S. and M.S.), Danny has worked at St. Cloud State, Augustana University, and Dakota Wesleyan University. The Assistant Director is responsible for the housing operations and room assignments. 

Area Coordinators

Area Coordinators are full-time professional staff members who live on campus and are responsible for oversight and management of specific areas of campus. The Area Coordinators supervise the Collegiate Fellows, assist with facilities management, oversee the conduct process for their areas and are available for conversations, support and to address concerns from students.

Mandy Rae Fairbrother: Mandy Rae joined the Residential Life staff in the August 2015 after completing her master's degree program at Western Illinois University. Mandy Rae serves as the Area Coordinator for Norelius Hall, Prairie View Hall, and Carlson International Center. Mandy Rae lives in Norelius Hall. 

Abbey Lane: Abbey joined the Residential Life staff in August 2017 after completing her master's degree program at the University of North Dakota. Abbey serves as the Area Coordinator for Complex (North/Gibbs/Sorensen Halls), Uhler, and Rundstrom. Abbey lives in North Hall. 

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Octigan: Lisa is the office manager and coordinates keys, budget tracking, room assignment tracking, etc. Lisa joined the Residential Life staff in August 2018, after working for Campus Safety for almost ten years.

Collegiate Fellows

Collegiate Fellows (CFs) are carefully selected upper-class students assigned to a floor or section who are charged with actively creating and sustaining a living environment conducive to the learning, growth, and development of students. CFs have a variety of responsibilities: peer counseling, facilitating activities and programs that encourage the development of a strong, positive, and inclusive community in the hall, acting as general resources and referral agents.

Collegiate Fellow Staff

Residential Life Student Employees

Student staff members work in the Residential Life Office through the College's student employment program. Their job includes receptionist duties, answering telephones, data entry, filing, and general office duties.