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Resident Assistants

Meet your RAs

Carson-Newman's Resident Assistants are selected from a competitive pool of applicants through a rigorous application and interview process. They are chosen based on factors ranging from personal initiative and responsibility to appreciation for fun and organization. RAs are held to high academic and professional standards, reflecting the university's dedication to excellence in its employees and students.

Training for RAs includes an extensive two-week seminar prior to each fall semester and subsequent monthly professional development sessions to provide a continued education to Residence Life staff. Additionally, each residence hall's staff is required to attend weekly staff-wide meetings and biweekly one-on-one meetings with their professional supervisor. These extensive requirements of RAs are in place to ensure that each Carson-Newman student experiences an optimally safe environment conducive to living, learning, and fostering a community in his or her residence hall.

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 Alumni Staff

Alexandria Branstetter

Business Management

Hi, my name is Alexandria.  I am a sophomore at CNU, and this is my first year as an RA.  I am a member of the Honors Program, SEA, and I am the Recruitment and Branding leadership chair for EPC.  I am a devout Christian and I love all things art and outdoors!  I spend the majority of my free time working, studying, or volunteering.  I am very outgoing and friendly, and I am looking forward to making new friends throughout my first year as a Resident Assistant!

Kaylee Holloway

Psychology and Political Science

I am a psychology and political science major. I aspire to have a career in law. I love travelling, reading, and my dogs.

Katie Kali

Special Education

I will be a senior in the Fall. I want to teach middle school science after graduation. I like to draw and paint. I am learning to play the ukulele. My favorite TV show of all time is The Office.


Kinsey Clark

Communications with Non-Profit Leadership Emphasis

Hello. I am Kinsey Clark and I am a 2nd year RA, but new to Alumni! I am senior Communication Major with an emphasis in Non-Profit Leadership. I really enjoy collecting coffee mugs, hanging out with friends, and all things vegetarian and gluten free. I am really looking forward to meeting the girls of Alumni!

Brea McConnell

Marketing with Communications Minor

I am from Dayton, Ohio.  I am a second year Resident Assistant in Alumni and a senior.  I am the Vice-President of The Village, and I assist with football tours to help welcome new students.  My interests are working out, shopping, and planning events.


Appalachian Commons Staff

Kellie Perkins


Hi! My name is Kellie and I am a Senior Nursing student. I am from Sevierville, TN where I have lived my entire life. I am right smack dab in the middle of two sisters and we have loving parents and a wonderful doggo named Perry. And yes, I do mean as in Perry the Platypus. I love anything and everything related to Disney and I could talk to you about that forever! I like to pretend that I am a huge coffee lover, but really I'm only here for the creamer. I love the Lord with all my heart and I pray that all my actions reflect His love and character. I'm looking forward to all the adventures my Senior year living in App Commons will hold!

Lauren Sexton

Special Education

Hello! My name is Lauren Sexton, I’m an avid movie watcher and coffee consumer extraordinaire. I am from Grainger County, TN and yes, I like tomatoes. I am a senior Special Education major with dual licensure in Elementary Education and Gifted Education. My passion for serving children goes beyond the borders of the United States, and pieces of my heart are scattered around parts of Nicaragua and Haiti. I laugh harder at The Office every time I watch it and enjoy kayaking and hiking when I’m feeling adventurous. In the fall, you can find me cheering on the Volunteers (even if we don’t win every game). I feel as though I am extremely blessed and give glory to God for every opportunity that has been given.

John Siglin

Philosophy & Mathematics

Hi! I'm John, a senior Philosophy and Math double major. I'm involved in a number of campus organizations, such as Global Outreach, Film Club, Philosophy Club, and Board Game club. I intend to graduate in May 2020 and am interested in graduate school in philosophy. My hobbies include long walks on the Netflix, watching the boys, and hanging with the beach. I also figured out the meaning of life, but I'm trying to keep that low-key, so please don't tell anyone.

Bradley Thompson

Music Education

 Hello! My name Is Bradley Thompson and I am a senior Music Education Major. I participate in Delta Omicron, a music fraternity, and serve as liaison for the senior music students. I enjoy singing in the rain, tiptoeing trough the tulips, and letting my hair down. However in my spare time I love to spend time with my friends, drink coffee, and read a good book.

Burnett Staff

Katelynn Adams


Hi, my name is Katelynn I'm from Chattanooga, Tennessee but I live in Cleveland, Tennessee. I'm a Junior here at Carson Newman. I'm studying to one day be either a Clinical or Child Psychologist. I have a dog named Zoë. My hobbies are Singing, Binge watching The Office, and DIY projects.

Abby Beeler

Child and Family Studies

Hi! My name is Abby, and I am a sophomore at Carson-Newman University.  I am so excited to be a first year RA!  My favorite thing about Carson-Newman is the community feel that radiates throughout campus.  When I am not on campus, I enjoy spending time at home with my family or grabbing coffee with friends.  I'm so glad you chose Carson-Newman, and I look forward to meeting you!


Maddie Embleton

Environmental Science

My nickname is mad2rad because my name is Maddie and I'm pretty rad. I'm an environmental science major. I love sports and being outdoors. The beach is my absolute favorite place to go, hands down. I also love to volunteer and serving in my church. Lets have some fun!


Eimy Hurtado Quiroz

Business Administration & Management

Graduated from Jefferson County High School in 2018 with Summa Cum Laude. Currently pursuing a Business Administration and management major, as well as a Spanish minor. Vice-president of the Spanish Club and a member of the Eagle Production Company. I can speak Spanish fluently and have a passion for helping people.

Maddy Engelbrecht

Human Services

I am a senior Human Services major. I love all things that revolve around family/friends, softball, the beach, water sports, food, traveling, meeting new people, dogs and music festivals. I am excited to serve as a second year RA for Burnett and to finally graduate this coming May!

Tiffany Fritts


Hello there, future eagle!  My name is Tiffany Fritts, and I am a second year RA in Burnett.  I am studying Psychology with a minor in Spanish in hopes to take my future Occupational Therapy work into Central America!  I love sea turtles almost as much as I love Carson-Newman, and I hope you love it here, too!

Sarah Pettitt

Vocal Music Education

Hello! I am Sarah Pettitt. I am a 2nd year RA in Burnett. I am a junior majoring in Vocal Music Education. I am from McDonough, Georgia. I love all things pink, sparkly, llamas, and Kate Spade. I am really looking forward to meeting the girls on my hall!

Courtney Stout

Business Administration & Management

Hey, my name is Courtney and I am a second year Resident Assistant in Burnett. I am currently studying Business Administration with a concentration in Management. I cannot wait for this upcoming school year to create a fun and welcoming community. I am also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honors Society, where I currently serve as the President.. I am also a member of Eagle Production Company where I serve on leadership as the Major Events Chair. I enjoy making new memories, listening to music and watching movies. I cannot wait to meet everyone and encourage them in this new chapter in their lives! Let’s make this school year the best year yet!


Butler Staff

Tanner Grimmett


I'm from a small coal mining town in Southern West Virginia. Before I came to Carson Newman, I attended a Christian school named Jammie Darrin Christian Academy in my home town. I am a nursing major here at Carson Newman. I feel as though I never meet a stranger. I enjoy participating in intramural sports on campus. I enjoy food, friends, and fellowship.


Jennings King


Hi, my name is Jennings King, and I am a first year RA. I am a biochemistry major from Kingston, TN. I really enjoy being involved on campus, as well as being with friends and playing piano.

Jesse West


From Palmetto Florida, I Came to Carson-Newman to pursue a calling to the ministry. The connections I made here are unparalleled anywhere else. I'm excited to see what God has in store from here!


Heritage Staff


Grayson Boyer


Hi my name is Grayson Boyer, I’m excited to be serving as an RA in Heritage Hall this year. I am a sophomore business major from Johnson City Tennessee. I’m involved in Alpha Lambda Delta, I serve on the BCM lead team, and I am a member of the marching band. Welcome to Carson-Newman and I can’t wait to meet you.


Gage Dennis

Applied Computer Science

My name is Kyler, but I typically go by my middle name, Gage. I am currently studying computer science as my major. Outside of having an interest in computer, I enjoy acting and speaking. I'm a member of the Carson-Newman Forensics team, and I've been doing Forensics for over 3 years now. I have also been a cashier at Food City for over 3 years. My downtime is usually spent at Starbucks or driving around town. Rainy days are typically spent watching Netflix.

Julian Hammontree

Applied Psychology & Religion

The first thing you should know about me is that I am a Christian. I go to Lyons Creek Baptist church in Strawberry Plains, and there I serve as an adult leader for the youth group, and also on the security team. I plan to pursue a life and career in ministry, as God leads me. I love my family and friends very much. And I am a die-hard Tennessee Titans fan.


Tayrohn Jackson


I am originally from Huntsville, Alabama but my family currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. I love reading, writing, and playing any sport. I love a good meme or two and I am very outgoing! I'm open to meeting new people and making new experiences.

Thaylan Silva

Communications with Business Minor

My name is Thaylan Silva and I'm from São Paulo, Brazil. My major is Communications with a minor in Business and I'm also part of the men's soccer team. I speak Portuguese, English, and Spanish fluently, and I'm learning French as well. In my free time I like to read books and watch movies.

Dyvon Weaver

Business Adminstration

My name is Dyvon Weaver, and I am a Business Administration major here at Carson- Newman. I am a ROTC cadet and plan to commission as an officer in the Army upon graduation.Originally from Jacksonville Florida, my family moved to Jefferson City when I was in elementary school, and I've been here ever since. In my spare time I find myself painting, listening to music, drawing , and hanging out with friends. I love this city and I love this school and I wish the best to anyone and everyone who passes through her doors.

Taylor Barrett


I am a biochemistry major from Church Hill, Tennessee. I am currently a pre-med student but who knows where I will end up; doing the best I can with what I got.  

Ben Blakley


My name is Ben Blakley.  I'm a chemistry major with a minor in math and an emphasis in pre-medicine.  I am a member of the C-N Honors Program, a junior class delegate to Student Government Association, and the treasurer for Kappa Epsilon Mu, the C-N chemistry club.  This is my second year as an RA and my third year living in Heritage.  

Bill Howard


Hi, name is Bill, and this is my second year as an RA in heritage. I’m majoring in chemistry. In my free time I enjoy long walks on the beach with dogs and chocolate.

Nathan Smith

Exercise Science

The name's Bond. James Bond.

Johnny Vance


My name is Johnny Vance and I am from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I attended Oak Ridge High School where I played football and baseball. I am currently a sophomore at C-N and I am the chaplain for the first-year students of Heritage.

Nic Chaffins


I love business, cars, and relaxing on the beach. I’m a hard worker, I love America, I also thoroughly enjoy wasting my time watching tv.

Paden Duke

Biochemistry & Biology

My name is Paden Duke, and I am a senior Biochemistry and Biology double major from Memphis, Tennessee. This is my third year as a Heritage RA and my fourth year as a member of the Carson-Newman Swimming Team, where I am a two-time Acadmic All-District award recipient.  I am also a lover of all things coffee.  I cannot wait to see what the school year brings, and I cannot wait to meet you!

Austin Hall


I have a deep rooted care for people and seek to serve in any way I can. I enjoy time in the kitchen as well as around any table talking with friends and strangers. My pastimes include cooking, fantasy sports, and have recently ventured into the land of board games. I have two things on my bucket list as of right now, eat my way across the southern United States, and work on a food truck. I am headed into some sort of vocational ministry, but I'm not exactly sure what part. We will all have to wait and see.

Kollynn Trey Hurst

Exercise Science

Hey hey! My name's Kollynn Trey Hurst and I'm a first year R.A. in Heritage Hall. There are just a couple things to know about me. First and foremost, I am a Christian, believing that Christ lived a perfect life, died a death we deserved, and rose three days later beating sin and death. I'm a pretty outgoing guy, I love to make new friends and if you see me, I highly encourage you to stop me, introduce yourself, and have a conversation. I am an Exercise Science major with a minor in Business Administration. I absolutely love dogs. Christmas lights are my jam. There is good music in almost any genre, you've just got to be willing to find it. Finally, my favorite movie is probably The Greatest Showman.


Honors Houses Staff

Chandler Everhart

Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Sciences

I am a quirky guy, with a passion for biology, agriculture, and all things nerdy. I love to cook and helping others in whatever ways I can.


Caleigh Kohel

Nutrition & Dietetics

I am a Nutrition and Dietetics student and hope to one day work in pediatrics. My hobbies are hiking, cooking, and riding bicycles with my sister. I am really excited to meet my new roommates and plan house events with them!


Swann Staff


Nicole Bergman


Hi! I’m Nicole, a nursing major here at CN! I transferred here at the start of my sophomore year and have never looked back! I love Carson-Newman because we are all a family here. Some of my favorite things are dogs, plants, and crafts!


Ruth Hullette

Interior Design

I am from Newton, NC. I am on the swim team here at Carson-Newman. I have a major in Interior Design and a minor in Spanish. I love trying new recipes and reading.


Hannah Sanders

Exercise Science

I am an honors student currently studying to be an athletic trainer at the collegiate level or in an orthopedic clinic or hospital. I enjoy physical activity like walking, jogging, or weight lifting. I also love meeting new people and having conversations.

Elizabeth Frahme

Vocal Music Education

I am a sophomore Vocal music education major from Maryville, Tennessee. I am a part of Redemption and A Cappella at Carson-Newman

Greta Linsley


I am a nursing major with a minor in missions. My long-term goal is to be a career medical missionary. I also serve on the BCM leadership team. In my spare time, you'll probably find me reading anything by C.S. Lewis, listening to Rend Collective, watching British tv shows, or eating Hispanic food. I also love talking about the Lord and all He has done in my life!

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