Meet the Professional Staff

Professional Staff

Dr. Mary F. Elliott

Director of Residence Life and Housing
pronouns: She/Her/Hers
(303) 869-5522
Campus Living Office
Oversees all functions of the Residence Life Department

About Mary.

My undergrad was spent at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa (next to Mines, the G.O.A.T.) where I majored in Secondary Education and History. My Masters degree, in Student Development and Higher Education Administration, is from the University of Iowa. I just completed my doctoral work in the summer of 2021. My research is on Autistic students and their experiences in the residence halls.

I have been at Mines since 2014, and I love working with the students and staff here. Mines people are special, there is just no other way to put it. I live north of Golden with my husband, our two dogs (Decker and Greta), and our cat, Kitty. I am a 5th generation Coloradan, and I love my state!

Max Wright

Associate Director of Residence Life
Facilities & Operations
(303) 273-3982
Campus Living Office
Oversees all aspects of Residence Life assets, building projects, and yearly procedures.

Dr. Sarah Friswold-Atwood

Associate Director of Residence Life
Residential Education
(303) 869-5529
Campus Living Office
Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Theme Learning Community development.

About Max.

B.S., Geography, Kansas State University
M.S., Counseling and Student Development, Kansas State University

Hi all, I’m Max, and I am the Associate Director of Residence Life overseeing the facilities and operations of our residential buildings. I’ve been working at Mines since May 2019, and I love being an advocate for our students on campus. Outside of work, I enjoy golfing, working on home improvement projects, and spending time with my wife and our twins.

About Friz.

Jackie Garramone

Assistant Director of Occupancy Management
(303) 273-3928
1795 Elm Street
Oversees housing assignments for the Residence Halls, Mines Park Apartments and Greek Housing.

Julie Thorpe

Assistant Director of Residence Life
pronouns: She/Her/Hers
(303) 869-5519
Campus Living Office
Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Theme Learning Community development.

About Jackie.
About Julie.

B.A. – Liberal Studies with a Specialization in Math from Cal Poly Pomona
M.A. – Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University

Hello! My name is Julie (She, Her, Hers) and I am the Assistant Director of Residence Life. My favorite thing about working at Mines is the people and students I get to interact with every day. I love getting to help students in their journey here at Mines as they discover their passions and learn about themselves inside and outside of the classroom. When I am not at work, I enjoy playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and exploring beautiful Colorado. If I am not in my office, you can find me walking around campus with my English Bulldog, Paul. Feel free to come up and say hello!

Kelsey Anders

Housing Operations and Marketing Coordinator
(303) 869-5528
Campus Living Office
Oversees department website and social media; coordinates housing assignments and various processes for housing operations.

About Kels.

B.A., English, University of North Florida
M.A., Higher Education, University of Denver

Hi y’all! I’m Kels, and I come to Mines from my hometowns of Ft. Myers, Florida and Fairburn, Georgia (go Braves!). Mines is such a unique campus, with a strong sense of community and care among its students and staff, and I love learning alongside such ambitious students! I always look forward to seeing how much students grow between the day they move in and the day they move out! When I’m not at work, you can find me doing all things Colorado (hiking, camping, skiing), and I’m almost always accompanied by my dog, Bucket. When you see us on campus, come say hi!

Debi Pretz

Administrative Coordinator of Campus Living Office
pronouns: She/Her/Hers
(303) 384-2576
Campus Living Office
Oversees administrative processes for the Campus Living Office.

Amy Hoppes

Administrative Coordinator of Residence Life
(303) 273-3181
Campus Living Office
Oversees administrative processes for Residence Life within the Campus Living Office.

About Debi.

My name is Debi Pretz, and I am in my 16th year at Mines in Residence Life. Changes at Mines over the years makes me excited for the next class of students, as they, too, change with each incoming class. The joy of getting to know our students and what they bring to and expect from Mines is uplifting and “new.” Some end up working in our department for years – only to leave and continue to share with us their memories and how living and working with us is carried over into their fields of expertise and their lives post-Mines. This NEVER gets old, which is why I truly love – and stay in – Residence Life. Staff, faculty, colleagues, student staff: the absolute best and each day is busy, but joyous and truly rewarding!

About Amy.

Samantha Ralston

Residence Life Coordinator for Mines Park Apartments
pronouns: She/Her/Hers
(303) 273-3922
2001 Infinity Circle
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response.

Danny Young

Residence Life Coordinator for Randall, Morgan, Thomas, and Bradford Halls (The Traditional Halls)
pronouns: He/Him/His
(303) 273-3995
1222 West Campus Road
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

About Sam.

B.S., Communication Studies, Ball State University
M.S., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Working with Mines has been a unique and fun experience! I have enjoyed working with our undergraduates, graduate students, and families at Mines Park. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and walking with my dog Vera, enjoy creating book clubs with my friends and family, am interested in restorative practices in and outside of my role at Mines, and am always looking for the next best camp site to explore!

About Danny.

B.A., Communication Studies, Winona State University
M.A., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University

I absolutely adore the Trads and all the amazing memories students get to make here! Working with Mines students has challenged me to ask more questions and dive deeper into the ‘why’ behind our decisions. I enjoy hosting and attending programs and value the meaningful relationships I’ve been able to build with students as a Residence Life Coordinator. In my free time, you can find me hiking, camping, exploring Golden/Denver, going to shows, and crossing off destinations and experiences from my bucket list! Throughout my collegiate career, I worked in a variety of offices including Housing & Residence Life, Financial Aid, Admissions, Outdoor Pursuits, and Academic Advising. I also had the opportunity to work as an intern at Missouri Western State University and the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg.

Nick Dokkin

Residence Life Coordinator for Spruce Hall
pronouns: He/Him/His
(303) 273-3276
Spruce Hall 153
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

Bryttani Watson

Residence Life Coordinator for 1750 Jackson Street
pronouns: She/Her/Hers
(303) 869-5531
1750 Jackson  Street, RLC Office, 2nd floor West
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

About Nick.

A.A., Northland Community & Technical College
B.A., Strategic Communication, University of North Dakota
M.A., Leadership in Student Affairs, University of St. Thomas-Minneapolis
Conflict Center of Denver – Certificate in Restorative Practices

Hi there, my name is Nick Dokkin! I serve as the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) of Spruce Hall, our newest and largest residence hall on campus! I come to Colorado from Minnesota and am going on my third year working at Mines. I love working at Mines for many reasons; though, the main one being the uniqueness of each of students and how their individual backgrounds and goals have brought them to Mines. It’s always so fun to hear about their path and the goals they have during and beyond their time with us. I value getting to know each and every student that lives in my community and look forward to connecting with you soon!

About Brytt.

B.A., Political Science and Latin American Studies, University of Arkansas
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Arkansas

I am from Carrollton, TX and went to college at the University of Arkansas. Woo Pig Sooie! My first professional position was in Residence Education at Purdue University. I worked there for five years focusing on their Honors College population. I opened Purdue’s first residential college. I started at Mines in October 2019. I have been married for almost ten years, to my husband, Matt. We have two children, Lyllian who is six years old, and Luke who is three. We have a Husky pup named Daisy.
I love to play board games. My current favorites are Near and Far, Everdell, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Pandemic. As a family we love to hike. My favorite hike so far is to Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I love a good zombie TV show or video game. I enjoy watching college sports and TV Shows.


Residence Life Coordinator for Elm Hall and Weaver Towers
Elm Hall
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

Jacqueline Garcia

Residence Life Coordinator for Maple Hall
pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Maple Hall, Room 101A
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

About Jacqueline.

B.A., Psychology, California State University – Sacramento
M.S., College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University

Hello! My name is Jacqueline and I am originally from the Bay Area of California. I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology at California State University, Sacramento, and completed my Master’s degree in College Student Affairs in the Midwest. Being a first-generation student and American, I love helping residents find their place at Mines and build their homes here on campus. Beyond being an RLC, I love baking, cooking, hiking, kayaking, playing retro and current videogames, Pokémon, Marvel, and spending time with my dog Chewie (you can catch him in the back courtyard of Maple). Feel free to stop by at the Maple lobby to say hi!

Roles of Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Coordinators
Residence Life Coordinators are Master’s degree holding individuals who are directly responsible for managing multiple residential buildings, designing and implementing programs within halls, and overseeing the maintenance, housekeeping, safety and disciplinary standards within their residential communities.

Community Directors
Community Directors are paraprofessional staff members that live and work in the Residence Halls or Apartment Communities while attending school full time. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their assigned hall or community, including providing support services directly to students, supervising Resident Advisors (RAs), and overseeing all educational, social, and operational activities.

Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors (RAs) are full-time students who live in the Residence Halls or Apartment Communities and are responsible for a particular floor/building of residents. They provide support, act as a resource for students, coordinate social and educational programs, and work with one another as a group to enforce community rules and university policies within the halls.