Housing and Residence Life Staff

The Leadership Team

Director of Housing and Residence Life

Tom Hardy

Dr. Thomas W. Hardy has been employed in several different higher education institutions including Florida State University, Maryville College, and The University of Alabama. He joined the VSU as the Director of Housing & Residence Life in the Fall of 2005. Dr. Hardy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. Mary's College of Maryland, his Master of Science degree in Student Affairs from The Florida State University, and his Doctor of Education degree from The University of Alabama.

Dr. Hardy has been active in several professional associations, such as GHO, SEAHO, ACUHO-I and NASPA, and has served as a national exhibits committee sub-chair, a regional associates (vendor) chair, conference host committee member, on the regional programming body, a regional strategic planner and task force member, the state editor, state treasurer, and state Advisor. Dr. Hardy co-edited a New Directions in Student Services monograph with Jossey-Bass Publishers about gambling on campus and co-wrote an article in The Oracle, a Greek Life publication. Dr. Hardy has won several awards, including the Georgia Housing officers "Excellence in Housing" award. Dr. Hardy also is an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education Leadership program for graduate students at VSU as well.

Dr. Hardy's community involvement includes a city appointment to the Valdosta Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals and a Leadership Lowndes participant. He is also the committee chair for Pack 404 of the Alapaha Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

If you have any Housing and Residence Life related questions, feel free to contact him via phone or email as listed below.

Phone : (229)333-5920
Email: Dr. Tom Hardy, twhardy@valdosta.edu

 


 

Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life

Leighia Hammond

Leighia Hammond joined the Housing & Residence Life staff at VSU in the Fall of 2005 as the Associate Director. She is primarily responsible for overseeing the housing operations component of the department. Hammond was first employed by VSU in 1999 as a residence hall director, and in 2002, she joined Ambling Management Company as a property manager at North Georgia College and State University. Most recently she served as the Director of Customer Support at Ambling Management Company before coming back to join the staff at VSU.

Hammond is originally from Louisiana. She earned a Master of Science degree in counselor education from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. While pursuing both undergraduate and graduate studies, Hammond managed student housing communities at Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Phone : (229)333-5920
Email: Leighia Hammond, llhammond@valdosta.edu

 


 

Assistant Director of Housing for Resident Development

Dusty

Dusty Abshire comes to Valdosta from Buffalo, NY after stops in housing jobs at Ball State and Huntington University in Indiana, as well as the University of South Carolina. In Buffalo, he worked for Higher Education assessment company, CampusLabs (formerly StudentVoice), as an assessment consultant for over 30 campuses. Joining the VSU staff in April 2012 as the Assistant Director of Housing for Resident Development, he is excited by the opportunity to supervise the professional and graduate hall staff, develop the summer camps and conferences program, oversee student conduct in the residence halls, and administer departmental assessments. Most importantly, he is jazzed about being in this role to positively impact the students of Valdosta State.

Dusty is a proud Hoosier with master’s degrees in Student Affairs Administration and Sociology from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from Huntington University. He has also taught Introduction to Sociology at both institutions, as well as RA courses.

For fun, Dusty is a sports fan (and fantasy sports fan) and a movie buff. He enjoys playing basketball and tennis, as well as running and swimming, when he can find the motivation. He also takes any opportunity to attend State and County Fairs, with a bias that Indiana still has the best ones!

Phone: (229) 333-7165
Email: Dusty Abshire, dpabshire@valdosta.edu

 


 

Assistant Director of Housing for Resident Education

Mark

Mark McNalley joined our team after working professionally at Florida State University and UNC-Asheville in North Carolina. In his role as the Assistant Director for Resident Education, Mark oversees the development of our residential curriculum and is the main contact for our LLC’s in the residence halls. Additionally, he works with our Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) organizations. Mark received his graduate degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University and he has a Mass Communications degree from UVA-Wise.

He is heavily involved with the SEAHO organization as he has served on committees and chaired the Educational Programs committee. He is also involved in our regional and national residence hall student-led organizations (SAACURH and NACURH). Mark is very passionate about student advising and looks forward to all the amazing things that our RHA and NRHH organizations will do in GRHO and beyond. In his free time, Mark is a tourist at heart and finds himself going on outings to local vendors and restaurants. When not out and about, Mark can a bit of a homebody and enjoys watching stand-up comedy or the latest superhero movie. He is joined (and encouraged) in these efforts by his wife and son. If you have any questions about ways to get involved in your residence hall, please feel free to contact Mark at the e-mail listed below.

Phone: (229) 333-5920
Email: Mark McNalley, mpmcnalley@valdosta.edu

 


 

Assistant Director of Housing for Residential Facilities

Ryan

Ryan Teter is from Lawrenceville, GA and graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media. During his undergrad years, he was a Resident Assistant in several residence halls on campus and loved serving his fellow residents in this leadership role. After graduation, Ryan put his degree to work for him in the Radio industry as an Air Talent, Producer, and Program Director. While he loved the work he was doing in Radio, his heart led him back to Housing and Residence Life at VSU where he could fulfill his passion for working with college student personnel while earning his Master’s degree.

Ryan joined the VSU Housing Team as a full time professional in July 2004 and served the following three years as a Residence Hall Director in Georgia, Reade, and Lowndes Hall. In July 2007, Ryan became the Assistant Director of Housing for Residential Facilities and has since been working to continually improve residential facilities on our campus. He currently oversees all facilities related issues and capital improvement projects in 7 traditional/suite style buildings and, two apartment buildings. Ryan believes in the importance of high quality facilities as an integral part of college success and helps plan new construction and continued renovation of Valdosta State’s residence halls.

Ryan received a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Valdosta State University in 2007. With his background in residence life and continuing growth in Housing Facilities, he feels well-equipped to help students have a positive campus living experience. He is a member of state and national professional organizations including GHO, SEAHO, SACSA, and ACUHO-I. Ryan is also a VSU 1101 and RA class Instructor. Time away from work is spent with his wife (and two dogs) at Walt Disney World, coastal Georgia, and visiting family!

Phone: (229) 333-5217
Email: Ryan Teter, rdteter@valdosta.edu

 


 

The Central Staff Team

Contracts & Assignments Coordinator

Darli

Darli Devane has been with VSU for sixteen years but joined the Office of Housing and Residence life in October 2003. She is in charge of the student Contracts and Room Assignments. She helps to coordinate all room changes. She oversees the opening and closing of the halls. She coordinates the room selection for all returning students. She is a graduate of Valdosta Technical College.

When not at work, Darli enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She is an active member of her church where she enjoys teaching Children's Church, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. Darli also loves to watch the Andy Griffith Show and in her heart, Elvis will live forever.

Phone: (229) 333-5920
Email: Darli Devane, djdevane@valdosta.edu

 

 


 

Accounting Assistant

Louise

Louise Nathan, a native of Valdosta, joined Valdosta State University in June 2001 in the Office of Career Services/Co-Op as an Administrative Secretary. Louise worked there for six years before transferring to the Office of Housing and Residence Life as an Accountant Assistant. She graduated from Valdosta Technical College with an Accounting diploma and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Office Administration and Technology. In her leisure time, she likes spending quality time with family and friends, and Louise believes that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

Phone: (229) 333-5920
Email: Louise Nathan, wnathan@valdosta.edu

 

 


 

Administrative Secretary

Patricia

Patricia (Trish) Raynor has been with VSU for 19 years but in July 2014, joined the Office of Housing and Residence Life as the Administrative Secretary. Throughout her career, supervisors and coworkers have experienced Trish as a dedicated employee who is strongly committed to her duties and strives to meaningfully contribute to her work environment. Trish confirms that VSU is Family.

When not at work, Trish enjoys boating and salt water fishing with her husband. She also enjoys spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. Trish is an active member of her church and believes that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Phone: (229) 333-5920
Email: Patricia Raynor, pjraynor@valdosta.edu

 

Complex Director

Eric Pertersen

Eric came to Valdosta State in May of 2014 after working at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.  Originally from the Kansas City area, he received his B.A. in Spanish from Truman State University and his M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri.  In his role as Complex Director, he is excited to be supervising the Residence Hall Directors in Georgia, Reade, Langdale, and Converse.

Aside from working in Higher Education, Eric is starting to learn the Valdosta area and find ways to get connected to the community.  Eric loves to cook and try new foods, so you might find him at the Farmer’s Market or a new restaurant on the weekends.  He also enjoys bowling and golfing (though he’s not very good at either) and is also a big movie fan.  If you have any questions or just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to send him an email or swing by his office in Langdale Hall!

Phone: (229) 249-4982                                                                                       Email: Eric Petersen, ejpetersen@valdosta.edu


 

Complex Director

Stephanie

Stephanie grew up in Jamaica but calls the Atlanta area her American hometown. Stephanie graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. While attending Georgia Tech, she held various leadership positions in organizations including Student Government, Caribbean Students Association, and Hall Council. Stephanie chaired the planning committee for a leadership conference for Georgia Tech students. While at Georgia Tech, she realized she loved working with people much more than she liked working with mathematical proofs. After leaving Georgia Tech, Stephanie obtained a Masters degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Stephanie returned to Atlanta to work as a Residence Hall Director for 3 years with Georgia State University. After which, she spent a year receiving training from and then working with two religious organizations.

Stephanie believes that college students are the future leaders of our society and wants to help students make the most of their college experience. Stephanie enjoys talking to students about life’s decisions, purpose, values, and how do we interact with those who are different from us. She also loves to hear about students’ classes and what they like doing during their free time.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading non-fiction, spending time with family and friends, cooking and eating. Stop by her office to say hi and tell her how your day is going.

Phone: (229) 333-5607
Email: Stephanie Bent, smbent@valdosta.edu

 

 


 

Receptionist

Katrina

Katrina Hogan joins the VSU Housing and Residence Life as a Receptionist, after completing a temporary position in the Office of Financial Aid.  Born and raised in Valdosta, she is no stranger to the Valdosta State University Campus.  She received her Associate of Science in Education from Georgia Military College in 1999, a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Studies from VSU in 2005 and is currently pursuing the completion of a MAED Degree in Higher Education. 

In her spare time, she enjoys working in her church as the youth director and serving as a  member of the church choir and praise team.  Her biggest joy is spending quality time with her family, shopping and traveling.  Her favorite quote is from the great Ruby Dee:  The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage and dignity.

Phone: (229) 333-5920
Email: housing@valdosta.edu, Katrina Hogan kmhogan@valdosta.edu

 

  


 

 

Payroll Assistant

Elsie

Elsie Crane, a long-time Valdosta resident, joined the VSU staff in 2004. She worked at the University Bookstore and more recently, the Langdale Market. Joining Housing and Residence Life in July 2007, Elsie is glad to be able to continue to work with students and student staff. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she admits to a dual allegiance to red and black! Formerly involved in needlework retailing and instruction, Elsie continues to enjoy quilting and reading about this art form and the men and women involved with it.

Phone: (229) 333-5269
Email: Elsie Crane, elcrane@valdosta.edu

 

 


 

Graduate Assistant (Marketing and Public Relations)

Holli

Holli was born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised in Kosciusko, MS. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University in May 2014. While at Mississippi State, Holli was very involved in campus and housing life. She served in numerous positions, including Resident Adviser, Orientation Leader, member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, member of the MSU chapter of Psi Chi executive board and an undergraduate research assistant for the Psychology Department. Holli plans to continue her education in VSU’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master’s program. In her spare time Holli enjoys traveling, listening to music, taking pictures and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be joining the VSU’s Housing Department team and is looking forward to this new life chapter.


Phone: (229) 245-2429
Email: Holli Dawkins, hvdawkins@valdosta.edu 

 


 

Graduate Assistant (Programming and Assessment)

Taylor

Taylor Davidson is originally from Newport News, Virginia where she attended Virginia Commonwealth University.  While at VCU, she received a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Taylor is currently a graduate assistant here at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education Administration. She is hoping to get into Multicultural Student Affairs in the future. When Taylor is not at work or busy, she likes to scroll through pictures on Pinterest, listen to music, talk to her friends on the phone, and go on mini adventures. One thing she would like to check off her bucket list is sky diving.

Phone: (229) 259-5077
Email: Taylor Davidson, tldavidson@valdosta.edu

 

 


 

Graduate Assistant (Residential Education)

Seth

 

Seth Sterlin comes to Valdosta State University from southwest Virginia, where he attended Virginia Tech and received is Bachelor's in chemistry int he spring of 2012. He is currently a second year in the Higher Education Leadership program, where he is pursuing his Master's. This is Seth's first year working with the Housing and Residence Life office where he is the Residential Education graduate assistant.

In his spare time, Seth enjoys sitting back and catching up on TV shows, especially if it can be a Netflix marathon, going to the movies, and if he has enough time cooking. Some of his interests include hanging out with friends, singing and dancing when no one is watching, and spending time with his dog, Bailey (named after his favorite character from Grey's Anatomy). He looks forward to the upcoming year, and cannot wait to work with everyone on the Housing and Residence Life staff.

Phone: (229) 259-5152
Email: Seth Sterlin, sasterlin@valdosta.edu  



 

 


 

Graduate Assistant (Facilities)

Ethan Gray

Ethan Gray started here at Valdosta State as a freshmen in 2010 and received his bachlors degree in Criminal Justice in May 2014. Ethan was born and raised in Peachtree City, GA.  He is currently working towards his Master's in Public Administration. This is Ethan's 4th year working in Housing and Residence Life office where he was a Student Facility Assistant and now is the Graduate Assistant of Facilities.

In his spare time he likes watching Netflix marathons and playing with his 2 dogs, Bear and Petey, also hanging with friends, cleaning, and playing on social media sites. He is looking foward to this year ahead and the amazing oppertuinity that has been giving to him to make a difference to the students here at Valdosta State Universtiy.

 

Phone: (229) 245-2429
Email: Ethan Gray, esgray@valdosta.edu

 

 

 


 

Graduate Assistant (Contracts & Assignments)

Praysha

Born and raised in Metro-Atlanta, Praysha Malone came to VSU as a freshman in 2008. After working as a front desk worker for a year, she was a resident assistant for three years. She then graduated with a double-major in Management and International Business, and decided to continue her education in VSU’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the fall of 2013. She was excited about continuing to work in VSU’s Housing department for the duration of her graduate career.

Outside of work and academics, Praysha enjoys building long-term relationships with her friends and family. Whether that means catching a movie at home with her mom, cooking an "experimental" meal for her sister, or hosting a game night for her friends to enjoy, Praysha appreciates the people around her with whom she can share the “little things.” Some of her other interests include travelling, trying new foods, dancing, singing, playing games, reading and photography.

Phone: (229) 333-5920
Email: Praysha Malone, prmalone.valdosta.edu

 

 


 

Graduate Assistant (Camps and Conferences)

Lynsei Love

Originally from Stone Mountain, GA, Lynsei Love initially enrolled at Valdosta State University in 2008. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2012 and decided to begin her search for a career. After taking time off from school while working in the field of education, Lynsei discovered a talent for working with middle and high school students and decided to build on it by seeking a Master’s degree in School Counseling. She is very excited about returning to Valdosta State University as the Graduate Assistant for Camps and Conferences.

When Lynsei is not at work, she enjoys reading, trying different recipes, and discovering Do-It-Yourself solutions for everyday problems. She is passionate about making simple lifestyle tweaks in order to achieve one’s best level of health externally and internally, and looks forward to continued individual and professional growth.


 

Phone: (229)245-2429
Email: Lynsei Love, lblove@valdosta.edu

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Phone: (229) 245-2430 
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