Staff Bios

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Dr. James Penven
Director of Housing and Residential Life

James Penven is the Director for Housing and Residential Life. In this position, Jamie provides overall direction for the on-campus residential experience at Radford University. This includes oversite of the student residential learning experience as well as the housing assignments and facilities. 

Penven holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Higher Education, a master's degree in counseling from Marshall University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Previously, Jamie served as an associate director, assistant director and area coordinator for housing and residence life at Virginia Tech. He also worked at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a residence coordinator.

Jamie is currently a member of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International, Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers, and the Residential College Society. Additionally, he serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of College and University Student Housing with ACUHO-I.

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Amber Mullen
Associate Director of Residential Life

Amber earned her bachelor's degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Karen Sutherland
Associate Director of Assignments & Technology

Karen earned her bachelor's degree at Colorado State University and a Master of Education from Indiana University - Bloomington.

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Erin Long
Assistant Director for Retention Programming

Erin earned her bachelor's degree at Winthrop University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a Master of History from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.

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Amanda Anderson
Area Director

Amanda is the Area Director for Governor’s Quad, which consists of Stuart, Floyd, Peery and Trinkle Halls. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Joe Wilder
Area Director

Joe is the Area Director for Muse Quad. Joe also serves as the advisor for the Residence Hall Association. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia Tech in 2008 and his master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech in 2010.

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Darius Cureton
Resident Director, Madison Hall & Norwood Hall

Preferred Name: Darius
Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
Home Town/State: Monroe, NC
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winston Salem State University
Favorite Quote/Motto: “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there ‘is’ such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” -MLK
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: Gender and Sexual Diversities

 

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Mel Dickey
Resident Director, Muse 6-13

Preferred Name: Mel
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
Home Town/State: Cleveland, OH
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Bowling Green State University, Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University 
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: Title IX, Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Bystander Intervention

 

Tyler Edwards
Resident Director, Muse Hall 3-5

Preferred Name: Tyler D.S. Edwards
Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
Home Town/State: Newport News, VA
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Arts in European History from Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts in German from Arizona State University
Master of Arts in Comparative and Transnational History from the College of William & Mary (in progress)
Master of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout (in progress)
Favorite Quote/Motto: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”-William Arthur War
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: First-year students, underprivileged populations, student retention, and interpersonal development.

 

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Emma Isreal
Resident Director, Moffett Hall

Preferred Name: Emma
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
Home Town/State: Honesdale, PA
Degrees/Education:
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -The Lorax
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Leadership and Involvement, New Student Programs 

 

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Rebecca Moreau
Resident Director, Floyd Hall & Peery Hall

Preferred Name: Rebecca
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/her
Home Town/State: Sykesville, MD
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Science in Economics from West Virginia University, Master of Science in Safety Management from West Virginia University
Favorite Quote/Motto: “One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day”-Dalai Lama
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: residence life and housing, campus safety and violence prevention, student conduct, higher education law and policy  

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Bernadette Sharpe, 
Resident Director, Ingles Hall, Draper Hall & the Greenhill Apartments

Preferred Name: Bernadette
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
Home Town/State: Franklin, GA
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Education Professional Counseling: College Student Affairs
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Everything's got to end sometime. Otherwise nothing would ever get started"
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: Diversity, Volunteering, and Leadership

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Jack Waldon
Resident Director, Stuart Hall & Trinkle Hall

Preferred name: Jack
Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: London, England
Degree/Education: Masters of Business Administration
Favorite Quote: “You'll Never Walk Alone”
Passion Areas: Advocating for underrepresented populations on campus

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Jillian Webber, 
Resident Director, Ingles Hall, Draper Hall & the Greenhill Apartments

Preferred Name: Jillian
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
Home Town/State: Westford, MA
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Criticism from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Salem State University
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Stay Gold” –The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: Residence Life, Student Success, Academic Advising, Title IX, Conduct

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Alana Weyant
Resident Director, Washington Hall & 602 Calhoun St.,1015 Calhoun St., 608 Clement St., Davis St., and 502 Tyler Ave. Apartments

Preferred Name: Alana
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
Home Town/State: Lovely, PA
Degrees/Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from West Virginia State University, Master of Art in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Favorite Quote/Motto: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” - John Wesley
Passion Areas in Student Affairs: Retention, Residence Life, Student Conduct