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Residence Life at Aquinas College

Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Central Office – Regina #005
Phone: 616-632-2944
Fax: 616-732-4479


Office Hours:  M-F; 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon; 12:30-5:00 p.m.
(Staffed by Student Assistants)

Residence Life Professional Staff - Leadership Team

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David Durkee, M.S.
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Operations
Office Location: Regina Hall #009
Phone: (616) 632-2958
Fax: (616) 732-4479
In 2014, David joined the Aquinas family while completing his M.S. in College Student Affairs with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Before that, David served as a Resident Assistant and Building Maintenance Crew Leader at Central Michigan University while he earned his B.S. in Education (’12). Grand Rapids has always had a special place in David’s heart as he grew up in the nearby town of Caledonia, Michigan. He has enjoyed learning more about the community by participating in the Emerging Leaders Program facilitated by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. David lives on campus with his wife and two children. His family loves to visit Wilcox Park for the swings and to jump around in the splash pad. David is passionate about the Detroit Lions, loves reading Harry Potter (and many other books) to his children, and enjoys cantoring at church.

Residence Life Professional Staff - Area Coordinators

Area Coordinators are Masters level professional staff members who reside in a residence hall in their area and are responsible for the total operations of their residential community. Besides general administration of their residential area, their major responsibilities include supervising their Resident Assistant staff, referring and advising residents to other departments on campus, acting as Parent liaisons for students in their residential area, and acting as Student Conduct Hearing Officers. 

Megan Teed, M.S.W. 
Area Coordinator for Regina Hall and Dominican Hall 
Office Location: Regina Hall 100
Phone: (616) 632-2946
Fax: (616) 732-4479
Email: mct001@aquinas.edu

Megan earned her B.S.W. (2013) and M.S.W. (2016) from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, she worked in Residnce Life, as well as interning with the Alpha Program for first-year students and serving as a case manager in the Office of Student Affairs. Through her experiences, she developed a passion for student advocacy and leadership development, which led her to pursue a career in Student Affairs. She comes to Aquinas after working at Lake Superior State University as a Resedence Hall Coordinator for two years. In addition to her prefessional passions, Megan enjoys adventure adn the arts, as well as theater, painting, watching football, traveling, and playing euchre.

staff headshot Shelbi Rushing, M.S. 
Area Coordinator for the Apartments and Houses
Office Location: St. Rose of Lima #104 
Phone: (616) 632-2955
Fax: (616) 732-4479
Email: sbr001@aquinas.edu

Shelbi is an alumna of Grand Valley State University (GVSU), receiving her B.A. in Hospitality Tourism Management ('15). Shelbi continued her education, receiving her M.S in College Student Personnel Administration ('17) from Illinois State University. Before Shelbi became an Area Coordinator at Aquinas College, her work experience included serving as a Graduate Resident Director for Illinois Wesleyan University, advising student athletes as an Athletic Intern for the Illinois State University Athletic Study Center, and working with the Michigan State University Conference Services Department.  Shelbi has attended several domestic and international missionary trips, including serving as an Alternative Spring Break Trip Advisor. Shelbi has a passion for travel and seeing the world. Some of her favorite places she has traveled to include: Italy, Switzerland, France and Haiti. Shelbi also enjoys time outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. Shelbi was born and raised in Michigan and is happy to be back in West Michigan joining the Aquinas College community!

Residence Life Staff - Resident Assistants

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Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students that serve as the paraprofessional staff to Residence Life.  RAs reside in the residential units and are responsible to establish and support a safe, healthy living environment on their floor/building.  They are specially trained in all aspects of student living and assisting the needs of the residents.  The RAs act as advisors to their floor members and are capable of discussing academic, social and personal concerns with them. The overall job of the RA is to help create a positive atmosphere and build community within their residence hall.