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Housing and Residence Life Staff

We are here to make sure that you have a safe and incredible on campus living experience! 

Housing and Residence Life Staff are Committed to:

  • Providing a safe and healthy living environment for academic success
  • Promoting the ideals of community living by emphasizing personal responsibility and respect for others
  • Creating opportunities for student involvement and personal development
  • Helping students become a well connected member of Davenport University

Our residence hall staff includes: 

Director of Housing and Residence Life

This position is responsible for providing vision, leadership and overall direction for Housing and Residence Life through management of residence facilities, programs and processes to intentionally create safe, comfortable and educationally purposeful environments focused on student learning and development. 

Dena Willis is the Director of Housing and Residence Life.  You can contact Dena at or call 616-554-5517.

Residence Life Coordinator

This position is responsible for coordinating the administrative responsibilities and programming for Cook and Meijer Residence Halls. Primary responsibilities include supervision of undergraduate resident assistant staff, student interaction and community development, coordination of housing judicial process, hall administrative functions and collaboration with other University staff to assist students with a variety of programs and services.

Caitlin Kirchner is the Residence Life Coordinator for South Hall.  Caitlin received her B.S. from Ohio State University and her Master of Education from the University of South Florida. 

You can contact Caitlin at or call 616-871-6753.

Brittney Roden is the Residence Life Coordinator for Cook and Meijer Halls. Brittney received her B.S in Education from Malone University and will be starting her Masters in Higher Education this year. 

You can contact Brittney at or call 616-554-5027.

Student Affairs Systems Coordinator (Housing Assignments)

The Systems Coordinator oversees many aspects of the Housing office, including occupancy management, room access, Housing Card support, communication, and serving as a resource for student questions and concerns.   

Kassy Pierson is the Student Affairs Systems Coordinator. She received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and has extensive experience working with students and systems. 

You can contact Kassy at or call 616-871-6754.