Residence Life Staff

Professional Staff

Mary F. Elliott

Director of Residence Life and Housing
mfelliot@mines.edu
(303) 869-5522
1795 Elm Street
Oversees all functions of the Residence Life Department.

Max Wright

Associate Director of Residence Life Facilities & Operations
mwright3@mines.edu
(303) 273-3982
1795 Elm Street
Oversees all aspects of Residence Life assets, building projects, and yearly procedures.

Sarah Friswold-Atwood

Associate Director for Residence Life
friswoldatwood@mines.edu
(303) 869-5529
1795 Elm Street
Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Theme Learning Community development.

Julie Thorpe

Assistant Director for Residence Life
pronouns: She/Her/Hers

jethorpe@mines.edu
(303) 869-5519
1795 Elm Street
Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Theme Learning Community development.

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

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!

Jackie Garramone

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

Debi Pretz

Administrative Coordinator of Campus Living Office
dpretz@mines.edu
(303) 384-2576
1795 Elm Street
Oversees administrative processes for the Campus Living Office.

Amy Hoppes

Administrative Coordinator of Residence Life
ahoppes@mines.edu
(303) 273-3181
1795 Elm Street
Oversees administrative processes for Residence Life and NeST within the Campus Living Office.

Samantha Ralston

Residence Life Coordinator for Mines Park Apartments
seralston@mines.edu
(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
djyoung@mines.edu
(303) 273-3995
1222 West Campus Road
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

B.A.- Communication Studies from Winona State University
M.A.- Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from 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

nickdokkin@mines.edu
(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
bryttaniwatson@mines.edu
(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. 

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!

Kelsey Anders

Residence Life Coordinator for Elm Hall and Weaver Towers
pronouns: She/Her/Hers
kelseyanders@mines.edu
303-869-5523
Elm Hall, Room 204
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
jrgarcia@mines.edu
(303)-869-5315
Maple Hall, Room 101A
Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

B.A.-English, minor in Professional Education – University of North Florida
M.A.- Higher Education, emphasis in Diversity & Higher Learning – University of Denver

Hi y’all! I’m RLC 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 into #WElm 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!

B.A. – Psychology at California State University, Sacramento
M.S. – College Student Affairs at 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 directly responsible for managing multiple residence halls, designing and implementing programs within halls, and overseeing the maintenance, housekeeping, safety and disciplinary standards within residence halls.

Community Directors
Community Directors are paraprofessional staff members that live and work in the Residence Halls or at Mines Park 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), overseeing all educational, social, and operational activities.

Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors (RAs) are full-time students who live in the residence halls or Mines Park and are responsible for a particular floor/building (including Mines Park) 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.