Housing & Residence Life

Professional Staff

Peter Groenendyk
  • Peter Groenendyk, Director
  • (910) 962-3241
  • groenendykp@uncw.edu
  • Peter serves as the Chief Housing Officer for the housing program that houses over 4000 students and employs 26 full-time staff and over 200 student staff. He is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing implementation of all aspects of housing services. Peter serves as a member of the Division of Student Affairs management team and reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Shawn Burkett, Associate Director of Facility Operations
  • Shawn Burkett, Associate Director of Facility Operations
  • (910) 962-3241
  • burketts@uncw.edu
  • This role is responsible for general administration of facility operations to include budget planning, long range facility planning, coordinating capital improvements, facility projects, housekeeping services, and routine maintenance.
Associate Director of Residence Life Keith Wickliffe
  • Keith Wickliffe, Associate Director of Residence Life
  • (910) 962-3241
  • wickliffek@uncw.edu
  • Keith has primary responsibility for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the Residence Life program. He provides leadership to one Assistant Director, eight Professional Residence Coordinators, eight Graduate Assistants and over 100 student staff in eight traditional residence halls, seven suite style buildings and twenty-six apartment buildings that house approximately 4100 students.
  • Vacant, Associate Director of Business Services
  • (910) 962-3241
  • This position provides leadership and supervision of the residential assignment team as well as oversight and management of fiscal accountability for the largest auxiliary operation on the campus of UNCW. Primary responsibilities are to directly manage housing contracts, room assignments, and general administration of student transition process. This role creates historical models and projections to manage housing occupancy, ensuring both occupancy and budgetary goals are met; while also developing and managing a unified departmental budget to determining housing income and managing expenditures.
  • Carrie Hammer, Assistant Director of Technology 
  • (910) 962-2833
  • hammerc@uncw.edu
  • The Assistant Director of Technology is responsible for Housing and Residence Life technology, information systems, and assignments and serves as the primary liaison to ITSD, Telecom, and Business Applications. She provides the department with technical support, computer software training, and is responsible for maintaining all housing data and reports. In addition, she also supervises the department's Technology, Assignments and Front Desk employees. Carrie is the primary contact for university level software testing and upgrades for Banner, SSRS, Oracle, TouchNet, Sharepoint and Select Survey.  She is also responsible for the main HRL computer system, Mercury, and insures consistency within the housing application, assignments and billing processes.
  • Brittany Philbert, Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • (910) 962-3241
  • philbertb@uncw.edu
  • Brittany assumes primary responsibility for the recruitment, development and training of Residence Coordinators, Assistant Residence Coordinators and Resident Assistants. Brittany also supervises the Community Development Assistant and works closely with the RHA/NRHH advisors. She serves as the fiscal manager for the development and training budgets along with RHA, NRHH and Area Chapter. Brittany assists the Associate Director of Residence Life with oversight in planning and implementing special interest housing and the design and implementation of an assessment plan for Residence Life. She also works closely with Defender Security Guards and Desk Receptionists to ensure coverage at each residence hall front desk.
Trevor Havelka, Technology Support Analyst
  • Trevor Havelka, Technology Support Analyst
  • (910) 962-3581
  • havelkat@uncw.edu
  • Trevor assists with the department's technology initiatives and serves as a liaison to ITSD, Telecom, and Business Applications. He also provides the department with technical support and computer software training. This position is also the System Administrator for several HRL software applications, including EasyLobby, TimeClock Plus, AssetWin and When to Work.
Karen Thompson
  • Karen Thompson, Public Communications Specialist
  • (910) 962-2858
  • thompsonkl@uncw.edu
  • Karen coordinates the department's public relations and marketing initiatives to include special events and residence hall tours. She serves as the webmaster for the department's webpage, manages the social media sites, and is the administrator for the electronic advertising boards and Guidebook. She creates signage, housing publications, and is responsible for advertising and printed materials.

  • Brittany Burroughs, Residence Coordinator
  • Cornerstone Hall, Honors House, Innovation House
  • (910) 962-8616
  • burroughsb@uncw.edu
  • Brittany oversees the daily operations of the residence hall area called Tri-House to include Cornerstone Hall, Honors House, and Innovation House. She supervises a team of 11 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator.

  • Libby Henning, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3976
  • henninge@uncw.edu
  • Libby oversees the daily operations of Galloway Hall. She supervises a team of 11 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator.

  • Andrew Murray, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-1552
  • murrayp@uncw.edu
  • Andrew oversees the daily operations of Seahawk Landing. He advises a team of 10 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator.

  • Alejandra Ramirez, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3973
  • ramireza@uncw.edu
  • Alejandra oversees the daily operations of the Seahawk Crossing Apartments. She supervises a team of 10 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator. She also serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer and student advocate in the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Christa Faison, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3973
  • faisonc@uncw.edu
  • Christa oversees the daily operations of the Seahawk Village Apartments. She supervises a team of 10 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator. She also serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer and student advocate in the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Mackenzie Sirmans, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3973
  • sirmansm@uncw.edu
  • Mackenzie oversees the daily operations of Graham-Hewlett Halls. She advises a team of 10 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator.
  • Donovan Smith, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-4291
  • smithdd@uncw.edu
  • Donovan manages the daily operations of Belk Hall and University Apartments. He also supervises a team of 12 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator.
Jamar Whitfield
  • Jamar Whitfield, Residence Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3975
  • whitfieldj@uncw.edu
  • Jamar oversees the daily operations of University Suites and Schwartz Hall. He advises a team of 10 Undergraduate Resident Assistants and one Graduate Assistant Residence Coordinator. Jamar also serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer and student advocate in the Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Leona Baird, Assignments & Systems Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3241
  • bairdl@uncw.edu
  • The Assignments & Systems Coordinator serves as the lead member of the Housing Assignments Team, whose primary responsibility is the management of the Department’s inventory of assignable spaces. Primary responsibilities include assigning of new students, summer assignments and coordination of special interest housing groups. Leona supervises the full-time Department receptionist and the Front Desk office assistants in the department and oversees the management of spaces for guest accommodation. 
Andrea Swanson
  • Andrea Swanson, Administrative Associate
  • (910) 962-3897
  • swansona@uncw.edu
  • This position processes the student payroll. Andrea is the RA Scholarship Coordinator, and performs Housing and Residence Life daily operations.
Laura Adams, Administrative Associate
  • Laura Adams,Administrative Associate
  • (910) 962-4161
  • adamsll@uncw.edu
  • Laura is in charge of purchasing, travel, petty cash, office forms, budget monitoring and reconciliation, student charges, fixed assets, physical plant invoices, external invoices, and guest accommodation management.
  • Megan Hilliard, Administrative Associate
  • (910) 962-2532
  • hilliardm@uncw.edu
  • Megan processes travel and reimbursements, applies soft charges to students’ accounts and is the department Leave-Keeper.  She is also the point of contact to schedule meetings with the Director and Associate Directors of Housing and Residence Life.

  • Sam Jessup, Front Desk Receptionist
  • (910) 962-3241
  • jessupa@uncw.edu
  • The Front Desk Receptionist oversees the front desk operations and offers customer service over the phone and in-person to guide proper procedures in contracting for on-campus residency.  She hires, supervises, trains and maintains the scheduling of student office assistants / key runners.  In addition, Sam responds to general questions, processes forms, tracks applications and contracts, and maintains files.
James Coston
  • Vacant,Facilities Maintenance Coordinator
  • (910) 962-3241
Ron Wefing
Mark Grosser
Whitford Hayden
Allen Pierce
Randall Todd

  • Danielle Harris, Facility Operations - Office Administrator
  • (910) 962-4225
  • harrisdh@uncw.edu
  • Danielle assists Facility Operations by processing and assigning all incoming maintenance requests, greeting/assisting contractors, staff, and student workers. She is also the designated key control person for the department.