Meet Our Team

Dr. Mary F. Elliott

Dr. Mary F. Elliott

Executive Director of Residence Life & Auxiliary Services

mfelliot@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 869-5522
Campus Living Office

About Mary.

Oversees all functions of the Residence Life Department.

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!

Residential Education Team

Dr. Sarah "Friz" Friswold-Atwood
Dr. Sarah "Friz" Friswold-Atwood

Associate Director of Residence Life - Residential Education

friswoldatwood@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 869-5529
Campus Living Office

About Friz.

Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Signature Learning Community development.

Yonas Hagos
Yonas Hagos

Assistant Director of Residence Life

yhagos@mines.edu
pronouns: he/him/his
(303) 869-
Campus Living Office

About Yonas.

Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Signature Learning Community development.

B.A. in Communication, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)
M.A. in Leadership: Student Affairs in Higher Education, University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

My Name is Yonas Hagos, and I have been working at Mines since 2020. I have a passion for building connections with students. I believe in creating a welcoming environment where students feel comfortable discussing their goals, seeking guidance, and exploring opportunities for growth, please make sure to stop my office 😊!

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Crystal and our dog, Nala Safari. We enjoy hiking. Also, I enjoy playing and watching basketball, if you see me on the basketball courts on campus, please don’t hesitate to join in.

Kaitlyn Black
Kaitlyn Black

Assistant Director of Residence Life

kaitlyn.black@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 869-5519
Campus Living Office

About Kaitlyn.

Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Signature Learning Community development.

B.S. Counseling and Biblical Leadership (Manhattan Christian College)
M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (LCC International University)

Hi, there! I’m happy to be here and serve as an Assistant Director of Residence Life at Mines. I’m from Kansas originally and grew up playing basketball and soccer. I got to be a goalkeeper in college for two years, where I also became fascinated by cultures from around the world, leadership, and student development.

I moved to the capital city of Mongolia after college where I worked as an English teacher and Higher Education professional for five years. During those years, I got to see much of Asia and Europe and complete my master’s degree. In 2020, I moved to Colorado to further my career in Residence Life! I love being a part of the student experience and empowering students to be owners of their own growth. Outside of work, you can find me shooting hoops, hiking, and hanging out with my community. I also delight in quirky things from thrift stores – ask to see my wall art compilations sometime!

Greg Foster
Greg Foster

Residence Life Coordinator - Mines Park Apartments

foster@mines.edu
pronouns: he/him/his
(303) 273-3922
2001 Infinity Circle

About Greg.

Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response.

Vacant
Vacant

Residence Life Coordinator - 1750 Jackson Street

email:
pronouns:
(303) 869-5531
1750 Jackson Street

Alisha Maes
Alisha Maes

Residence Life Coordinator - Maple Hall

alisha.maes@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 869-5315
Maple Hall 101A

About Alisha.

Oversees Residence Life Coordinators and their student staffs, all programming initiatives, and Signature Learning Community development.

B.A.S., Leadership & Management, Colorado Mountain College
Master of Applied Leadership & Management, Arizona State University

Hello and welcome!  I’m Alisha, the RLC for Maple. With over a decade of service in housing, I am committed to ensuring a supportive and enriching living experience for our students.

Being a Colorado native, I have a profound love for our state’s natural beauty and enjoy sharing this passion with others. My family plays a central role in my life, and I understand the importance of creating a community that feels like a second home for our students. I strive to foster a welcoming environment where every individual can thrive academically and personally.

Outside of work, you might find me spending quality time with my family, biking around campus, or attending local community events. These experiences shape my approach to building strong connections within our campus community.

I am excited to support you during your journey at Colorado School of Mines and look forward to helping create lasting memories and meaningful experiences. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or ideas to enhance the community in Maple.

Alex Prusator
Alex Prusator

Residence Life Coordinator - Spruce Hall

aprusator@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 273-3276
Spruce Hall 153

About Alex.

Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

B.A., English Literature, Davidson College
M.Ed., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, UNC Greensboro
 
Hey, pals! I’m proud Chicagoan/Davidson College alumna/Rochelle, IL native who’s thrilled to add Coloradan and Spruce Hall RLC to my identities. After 3 years of customer experience work at an education tech company, I discovered a passion for student advocacy and decided to pursue a career in student affairs. My top professional interests include college student mental health and support for neurodivergent and disabled students. When I’m not at work, you can find me boxing, hiking, exploring local coffee shops, despairing over Cleveland Guardians baseball, or giving pets and belly rubs to my pup, Turtle (who would 100% love to meet you!).
Justin Diaz
Justin Diaz

Residence Life Coordinator - Traditional Halls

justin.diaz@mines.edu
pronouns: he/him/his
(303) 273-3995
1222 West Campus Road

About Justin.

Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response.

B.A Psychology, Colorado Christian University
M.A Higher Education, University of Denver
 
Hello! My name is Justin Diaz and I am the RLC of the Traditional Halls! I was born and raised in Houston, Texas before my family decided to move out to Colorado Springs, Colorado. After receiving my undergraduate degree in psychology, I originally was looking to pursue a master’s degree in counseling and become a licensed counselor. I eventually pivoted and found myself working in higher education. I love getting to work with students and know them personally and support them in whatever way I can. My areas of interest include student mental health and integrating my background in psychology with my work in student affairs, especially as many students are facing transitions to a new environment.
 
I love being able to live in Colorado and enjoy the beautiful weather. In my free time I love to be outside playing sports, as well as playing board games and hanging out with my dog, Brewer.
Tafadzwa "Taffy" Negonde
Tafadzwa "Taffy" Negonde

Residence Life Coordinator - Elm Hall & Weaver Towers

taffy.negonde@mines.edu
pronouns: he/him/his
(303) 869-5523
Elm Hall – East

About Taffy.

Supervises student staff and oversees programming. Serves on an on-call rotation for emergency response. 

B.A. Economics, St. Lawrence University
M.S. College Student Personnel, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Hello! My name is Taffy Negonde, and I am the Residence Life Coordinator of Weaver Towers and Elm Hall. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, and I first came to the United States for my undergraduate studies. I studied Economics at St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts school in Upstate New York, with an initial intention to pursue investment banking. However, my volunteer work in college access and my passion for student mentorship activities led me to a career in education. My education career has previously led me to English teaching in China and teaching in Zimbabwe also. These were all unforgettable experiences. Inspired to continue my career in education, I pursued a Masters in College Personnel at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Go Vols! My assistantship in residence life during my graduate school reinforced my love to work in student housing.

I am so excited to be at Mines and to join the Residence Life team. I look forward to bringing my passion for mentorship to the highly motivated students at Mines and being an influential support system in all my residence hall communities. I am a people person and I also look forward to building impactful and lifelong relations with Mines students and the community in Golden.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, meeting new friends, mentorship activities, watching sports, playing soccer, reading, and writing. Yes, I love writing so much, and if you want a postcard, let me know. I am happy to be an Oredigger and I am grateful to be here!

Facilities & Operations Team

Logan Thurnauer
Logan Thurnauer

Associate Director of Residence Life - Facilities & Operations

logan.thurnauer@mines.edu
pronouns: he/him/his
(303) 273-3982
Campus Living Office

About Logan.

Oversees all aspects of Residence Life assets, building projects, and yearly procedures.

B.A., English Literature and Philosophy, Saint Michael’s CollegeM.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
 
A native New Englander, over the past fifteen years I’ve worked in residence life and graduate student services, gradually developing my passion for service and creating processes that are user friendly and easy to access. I’ve made stops as a hall director at Salve Regina University and Lewis & Clark College, as well as worked with graduate students at New York University, Abu Dhabi and the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, I worked just up the street managing residential operations at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In my life outside of work I enjoy travel, cooking, reading, gardening, and beekeeping in his free time.
Jackie Garramone
Jackie Garramone

Assistant Director of Occupancy Management

jgarramo@.mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 273-3928
Campus Living Office

About Jackie.

Oversees housing assignments for the Residence Halls, Mines Park Apartments, 1750 Jackson Street, and Greek Housing.

Taylor Miller-Lim
Taylor Miller-Lim

Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations

taylor.miller-lim@mines.edu
pronouns:she/her/hers
(303)
Campus Living Office

About Taylor.
Kelsey Ruby
Kelsey Ruby

Coordinator for Housing Occupancy & Marketing

kelsey.ruby@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 869-5528
Campus Living Office

About Kels.

Oversees department website and social media; coordinates housing assignments and various processes for housing operations.

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 hometown of Ft. Myers, Florida. 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 with my husband and our dogs, Rocko and Bucket, or coaching high school volleyball!

Debi Pretz
Debi Pretz

Administrative Coordinator of Campus Living Office

dpretz@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 384-2576
Campus Living Office

About Debi.

Oversees administrative processes for the Campus Living Office.

My name is Debi Pretz, and I have been working at Mines in Residence Life since January 2006. 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!

Amy Hoppes
Amy Hoppes

Administrative Coordinator of Residence Life

ahoppes@mines.edu
pronouns: she/her/hers
(303) 273-3181
Campus Living Office

About Amy.

Oversees administrative processes for Residence Life within the Campus Living Office.

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.

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.

Desk Assistants
Desk Assistants (DAs) are part-time student employees who complete the administrative functions of a front desk (e.g. sorting and distributing mail, answering student questions, checking out recreational equipment, performing lockouts, etc.) within a Residence Hall and/or Apartment Community. Desk Assistants serve as front line staff members while promoting an inclusive, safe, and academically conducive environment for students who live on campus at Colorado School of Mines.