Meet the Staff

Greetings from the Radford University Conference Services staff. We would like to take this opportunity to share our excitement about the events occurring on campus now through the end of July, and introduce the Conference Services summer staff. We look forward to welcoming approximately 5,000 visitors to Radford University this summer. Feel free to contact us at (540) 831-5800 or e-mail Conference Services if you have any questions about these events. Please keep us in mind if you need assistance planning an event of any kind.

Marissa Rosales - Conference Services Manager


Originally from Arizona, Marissa moved to the New River Valley area two years ago with her family. They purchased a local company and she was hired on with Conference Services in the Fall of 2015. She has worked in the hospitality business for over ten years and besides loving her family, she enjoys hiking, golfing, traveling and meeting new people.

Leslie Thornton-O’Brien - Conference Services Selu Coordinator

Leslie Thornton-O’Brien

Leslie received an Associate’s degree from New River Community College before receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Literature and History. Leslie came to Radford University from Virginia Tech where she was most recently a Project Manager. As the new Selu Coordinator, Leslie can help take reservations, create an event, or work with your group to develop a one of kind experience at Selu Conservancy.


Dana Pugh - Office Manager


Dana has worked as a staff assistant for Conference Services and University Services since March, 2011 and she worked for 30-½ years in customer service as a Sales Engineer for Volvo Trucks North America. Her position with Radford University Conference Services and University Services provides her with the opportunity to enhance and develop the important role of assisting staff and visitors. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, floral design and especially spoiling her two grandsons, ages 5 years and 7 months.

Kelly Baker - Conference Services Staff Assistant

Nick Hagood Staff Photo

 Kelly is a rising senior at Radford University. Her ambition is to become an Occupational Therapist. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, being on there farm and going to Church. This is Kelly’s second summer working with Conference Services and she enjoys every minute! she enjoys working with the clients and attendees and helping in any way that she can. She is looking forward to a great summer! 

Allyson Black - Conference Services Staff Assistant


Originally from New Mexico, Allyson took a leap of faith and moved across the country. In Virginia, she met her husband, and they are newlyweds! They plan to stay in the New River Valley, while actively serving in their church. She has a heart for people, and wants to return to her home state through missions to help those in need on the Navajo Nation. This is her second year working with Radford University Conference Services. 

Meron Habtemichael - Conference Services Staff Assistant


Meron is recent graduate of Radford University. Where she studied Information System and minor in Business Administration. She received her associate from New River Community College and transferred to Radford. This is her second summer working for conference service. Her interest including  traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.

Melat Habtemichael - Conference Services Staff Assistant


Melat is a recent graduate of Radford University where she studied Information Systems with minor in Business Administration. This is Melat’s second summer as a Conference Services assistant. Her interests include traveling, music, and movies. Melat is looking forward to spending her last summer at Radford and beginning a full-time career in August.   

DuVaughn Walker - Conference Services Staff Assistant


DuVaughn is a marketing and management major at Radford University. He is a second year Resident Assistant and this is his first year with Conference Services.  

Bianca Herrera-DosReis - Conference Services Staff Assistant


Bianca is a senior at Radford University; upon graduation she plans on pursuing her dream of being a Catholic Campus Minister. She enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling. She is excited to spend her summer working with Conference Services and representing Radford University. 

Danielle Armstrong - Conference Services Staff Assistant


 Danielle is a Senior at Radford University; upon graduation she plans on pursuing her dream of becoming a Pharmacist. She enjoys running, crafting & spending time with her friends and family. She is really excited to spend her summer representing Radford University by working with Conference Services

Lena Gunville - Conference Services Staff Assistant


Lena is a recent graduate from Radford University with a Bachelor's degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with a concentration in Tourism and Special Events. She recently completed her Internship with the Montgomery County, VA Tourism Office where she planned a destination event venue tour in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week for her special project.  While attending RU, Lena traveled to the Abaco, Bahamas with the Tourism Institute where they conducted a Tourism Opportunity Spectrum research project. She was in the Rho Phi Lambda Honors Fraternity and the recipient of the Victor A. Thomas Scholarship Award. Lena enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling in her spare time. 

Jacob Sandridge - Conference Services Staff Assistant


Jacob is a junior at Radford University double majoring in Business Management and Marketing. This is Jacob’s first year working with Conference Services. He owned a small business in high school that allowed him to gain a love for the business side of the world. He hopes to one day own a successful business.