Natalie Berger, Director of Residence Life









Sandy Hough, Dean of Community Life

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Business and Economics, Westmont College; M.Ed. in College Student Affairs, Azusa Pacific University; Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Azusa Pacific University (expected December 2018).
At Biola since: November 2014
Favorite part about being in student development: For the past 20 years I have worked in some way or another on a college campus. I love this stage of life and watching students wrestle with the big questions: Who am I? Who did God create me to be? I desire for students to grow and develop and believe Biola’s residence halls are the perfect place to experience genuine community.
Strengths Finder top five: Achiever, Individualization, Developer, Belief, Learner

Brendon Kirkbride, Assistant Director of Residence Life

Education: B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, University of Northwestern, St. Paul; M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Biola University
At Biola since: July 2016
Favorite part about being in residence life: I am grateful for the opportunity to live life alongside students and to assist them in their development during their time at Biola.
Strengths Finder top five: Connectedness, Harmony, Deliberative, Empathy, Relator



Gale Stacey

Gale Stacy, Administrative Assistant, Residence Life

"Hopefully, I help make life flow a bit easier for the people I work with and can be a restorative factor in the lives of those around me. Helping to make things “work” is a part of who I am. I intentionally try to extend myself to assist, help, and befriend people, to make them feel a part of things and comfortable."

Resident Directors

Sarah Brown, Alpha West

Education: B.A. in Sociology, Biola University; M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology
At Biola since: 2015
Favorite part about being a resident director: Sitting with students in their highs and lows as they adventure through their college experience as well as learning and growing along side the RA staff.
Favorite Biola tradition: Mock Rock!
Strengths Finder top five: Empathy, Developer, Input, Restorative, Responsibility


Sydnie Nelson, Stewart Hall

Education: B.A. in Cross Cultural Ministry, Oklahoma Baptist University; B.A. in Anthropology, Oklahoma Baptist University; M.A. in Intercultural Studies, Biola University
At Biola since: 2016 — Resident Coordinator from Fall 2016–Spring 2018; Resident Director since Spring 2018
Favorite part about being a resident director: My favorite part about being a Resident Director is the daily interactions and meaningful relationships I get to have with students. I love challenging and supporting both Resident Advisors and residents alike throughout the year. I love to have one on one conversations with students in my office or around campus as I get to know the student and what God is doing in their life.
Favorite Biola tradition:I love SCORR conference. I think this conference is so transformative for myself and Biola students as we learn about racial reconciliation alongside each other. Reconciliation is such a crucial part of God's heart and I love that this conference gives us that reminder.
Strengths Finder top five: Input, Learner, Empathy, Achiever, Intellection

Carlita Cartwright, Blackstone Hall

Education: B.A. in Educational Ministries, Grace College; M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grace College
At Biola since: July 2018
Favorite part about being a resident director: My favorite part of being a Residence Director is having the privilege to journey alongside students as they grow spiritually, intellectually, and interpersonally. I love being able to invest in the lives of students during this unique stage of life and play a part in their development. I am honored to be in a role that allows me opportunities to help students discover their strengths and how to best use them.
Strengths Finder top five: Individualization, Developer, Empathy, Relator, Command

Pie Dyson, Alpha East

Education: B.A. in Linguistics; B.A., in Applied Psychology; M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development
At Biola since: July 2017
Favorite part about being in residence life: My favorite part about working in residence life is getting to interact with students and residence advisers on a daily basis. I am looking forward to connecting with students in multiple areas of their lives: spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. I am so excited to cultivate deep and challenging conversations in our living community that will help us to grow together as a Christ serving community.
Strengths Finder top five: Achiever, Belief, Command, Input, Learner

Joe Harper, Hart Hall

Education: B.A. in Christian Ministries, Boise Bible College; M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Talbot School of Theology
At Biola since: January 2016
Favorite part about being a resident director: Being invited into a student's life to journey with them as they discover who they are and how they fit into the world as a whole.
Favorite Biola tradition: Nation Ball
Strengths Finder top five: Restorative, Individualization, Achiever, Connectedness, Includer


Chris Lee, Sigma Hall

Education: B.A. in Christian Ministries, George Fox University; M.A. in Higher Education, Geneva College.
At Biola since: July 2017
Favorite part about being in residence life: My favorite part about being in residence life is the combination of education and ministry. I love the opportunities that arise from working with and living alongside students — it's a special place to be!
Strengths Finder top five: Woo, Relator, Strategic, Ideation, Includer



Jordan Lounsbury, North Horton

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Biola University; B.A. in Christian Ministries, Biola University; M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry; emphasis in Student Development, Wheaton College
At Biola since: 2015
Favorite part about being a resident director: I am most excited to work with a team of resident advisors and journey through life with them.
Favorite Biola tradition: Mock Rock
Strengths Finder top five: Input, Responsibility, Adaptability, Strategic, Maximizer


Tiffany Tomlinson, Hope North

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Biola University; M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership with an emphasis in Women's Ministry, Talbot School of Theology
At Biola since: Started as a resident advisor in 2008, became a resident coordinator in 2010 and became a resident director in 2013.
Favorite part about being a resident director: My favorite thing about being a resident director is getting to intentionally journey through life with students and helping them discover more about the Lord who made them and who He created them to be.
Favorite Biola tradition: The Christmas tree lighting!
Strengths Finder top five: Empathy, harmony, Developer, Belief, Includer

Anne Warner, Hope South

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Taylor University; M.S. in Business Leadership, Grand Canyon University; M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology
At Biola since: 2012.
Favorite part about being a resident director: The opportunity to share moments with students that lead to discovery and flourishing.
Favorite Biola tradition: Nation Ball!
Strengths Finder top five: Individualization, Restorative, Connectedness, Learner, Developer


Debbie Wyatt, South Horton

Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Biola University; Minor in Business, Biola University; M.A. in Theology, Talbot School of Theology
At Biola since: Began as a student in 2002; joined resident life in October 2010.
Favorite part about being a resident director: Meeting one-on-one with students and getting to know who they are, what's taking place in their lives and helping discover where they're headed. My job rocks!
Favorite Biola tradition: The Christmas tree lighting. We make it a family tradition; my parents, sister and a bunch of friends all stand together singing Christmas carols. It's perfect.
Strengths Finder top five: Woo, Positivity, Harmony, Communication, Developer

Graduate Resident Assistant

Natalie Landini, Thompson Hall

Education: B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University; M.S. in Leadership, Grand Canyon University (in process)
At Biola since: July 2017
Favorite part about being a graduate resident assistant: Getting to journey with students as they discover and integrate their faith, passions and strengths.
Strengths Finder top five: Developer, Learner, Input, Restorative, Belief