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Elizabeth Hernandez
Assistant Dean of Students 910-277-5271

A native of Atlanta, GA, Elizabeth is a 2000 graduate of Belmont Abbey College. She first came to St. Andrews as the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach in August of 2000. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and an Ed.S. as well as an Ed.D. from Wingate University.

As undergrad, Elizabeth was a four year starter on the Women’s Soccer team at Belmont Abbey. Her team reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament in 1998 and ’99. They also captured both the regular season and conference tournament titles in both years. Elizabeth served as captain of her team her senior year. At St. Andrews, Elizabeth also serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative for the Athletics Department.

During her time at St. Andrews, Elizabeth as worked as an Admissions Counselor, Assistant Coach, Head Coach, Associate Athletic Director, and the Director of the Center for Academic Success. She has been a member of the Writing Faculty since 2003 and also serves as the Title IX Coordinator for the University.

Elizabeth enjoys working with a diverse student body and values the opportunity to make in impact in the lives of the students at St. Andrews. She strives to engage students and build community in the residence halls and greater campus community.

Her husband, Stevan, is the Head Coach for Men’s Soccer. Their son, Jackson, was born November 2, 2008, and thanks to his birth parents, they became a forever family on November 4, 2008. Elizabeth, Stevan and Jackson reside in Laurinburg, NC with their dog, Humphrey.

Contact Elizabeth regarding any aspect of Student Affairs or to report any complaints/harassment.

Mary Cross
Director of Residence Life 910-277-5334

A native of Middleburg, FL, Mary Cross graduated from St. Andrews University in 2015. Since graduating, Cross has assisted in coaching the SAU softball team and has been the Resident Director the past three years in Wilmington Hall.

Mary took on the Director of Housing and Residence Life position in the Summer of 2019, overseeing the Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, and campus-wide housing and residence life.

During Mary’s free time, she enjoys hiking with her German Shepherd/Lab, Zeus, and relaxing by the pool

Contact Mary regarding Residence Life and Housing.

Jordan Mclelland
Director of Student Activities 910 277 – 5151

Originally from Randleman, North Carolina, Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2019 where she received her Bachelors in Mass Communications. While there, Jordan also worked as a Brave Ambassador within admissions and an Associate Producer on Carolina News Today, UNCP’s news station.

She started as the Director of Student Activities at St. Andrews in the Summer of 2019. She organizes and facilitates many of the school sponsored activities alongside the SGA Party Planning Committee and the Dorm Councils. Her position is also a supervisory role for all student clubs and organizations. She is excited to be a part of the Student Affairs staff and to be involved in building the SAU experience for each of the SA students.

During Jordan’s free time, she enjoys movie marathons, late night reading, and long road trips.

Tessa Smith
Resident Director of Wilmington Hall

Originally from Jacksonville, FL. Tessa graduated from St. Andrews University in 2017. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. While at St. Andrews University, Tessa played volleyball for the Knights. After graduating, she became the Academic Coordinator for the Center for Academic Success as well as a graduate from the MBA program. She is now the Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach.

When not at school, Tessa enjoys spending time with her family and friends traveling. Days on the water and some wake boarding.

Tessa is very enthused to be working as Residence Director for Albemarle where she once lived and was the RA at. Making students feel like they are at their home away from home is exactly what she is trying to achieve. Not only does she want to do this, but she also wants to be a role model for these individuals.

Robbie Hill
Resident Director of Orange

Originally from Middlesbrough, England. A 2012 graduate from Carson Newman University, Robbie Hill, on a Soccer Scholarship. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently pursuing his MBA from St. Andrews University. He is an Assistant Coach for the Men’s Soccer Team.

Robbie’s Interests away from Soccer include Skiing, Table Tennis and traveling the world. A fun fact about Robbie is that he is a National Colleges Volleyball Champion from his time at college in England.

Robbie is excited to be able bring a fun and family orientated experience to Orange. As he is almost 4,000 miles from home, he wants to bring the home feeling to his Orange residents. He looks to be someone who can integrate everyone together to impact both young men and woman’s lives. Robbie looks to be a role model for his residents and someone who they can look up to for guidance and any help that they need.

Steph Blakely
Residence Director of Albemarle Hall

Originally from Catonsville, Maryland, Steph graduated from Wesley College in Delaware with a B.S. in exercise science. The 2015 graduate was a dual sport athlete, playing both volleyball and lacrosse.

Steph is currently the women’s lacrosse assistant coach and an advisor for the student athlete advisory committee (SAAC). In the rare event that she has any free time she enjoys binge watching Netflix while cuddling with the worlds cutest dog, Cano. As a previous college athlete herself, Steph understands the struggles that many students are faced with. She hopes to bring a positive and uplifting attitude while encouraging students to get out and get involved with everything St. Andrews University has to offer!

Denny Vaughan
Residence Director of Pate Hall

Denny attended St. Andrews in the fall of 2011 with an athletic scholarship to wrestle. In his time here, he qualified for nationals three times and was an All-American twice. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors in Visual and Performing Arts with a Concentration in Game Art Design. After graduation, Denny stuck around as the assistant wrestling coach and resident director for Winston-Salem hall. He has since started an eSports program which he is currently the head coach of. Denny has also transitioned into Pate hall as the Resident director there. In May, Denny will graduate the MBA program here at St. Andrews University.

Anthony Konieczka (AK)
Residence Director of Concord Hall

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, AK has traveled all over living in Chicago, Raleigh and in Virginia. He graduated from Ferrum College in VA with a B.S. in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science & Sports Studies . The 2017 graduate was an All-Conference and VA-SID selection as well as Linebacker of the Year award and Big Green award recipient playing football in college.

AK is currently the Linebacker coach for football and an advisor for the student athlete advisory committee (SAAC). In the rare event that he has any free time he enjoys hanging out playing games of all sorts and is a die hard Browns fan. You can often hear him listening to all kinds of musical genres while cooking the latest Italian dish. As a previous collegiate athlete, AK understands the rigors that many students go through. He hopes to bring a fun spirited all inclusive family atmosphere to the St. Andrews University community.

Phillip Alden
Residence Director of Granville

Phillip Alden is from Tucumcari, New Mexico. He graduated with a BA in psychology from St. Andrews University and is currently work as Residential Director in Granville. Phillip also works as a night weekend supervisor in Detamble library. He is also continuing his education at St. Andrews by getting his master’s in business administration. Phillip hopes to work toward getting his PhD in education.

Tim Verhey
Dean of Students 910-277-5145