Office of Housing & Residence Life Staff

Every facility is served by a team of student advisors and their supervisor, a Hall Director. At Ferris State University, Hall Directors are professional staff with experience and/or education in Student Affairs, Counseling, Administration, Education, or a related field. All current Hall Directors have relevant degrees and/or previous residence hall supervision.

Your Hall Director is a person who can help you with many of your problems, or knows who can help here on campus. Turn to your floor's resident advisor (RA) or your Hall Director when you need any kind of help.

 

Hall Directors and Community Directors


Brett Strohkirch
Brett Strohkirch

Coordinator of Residential
Programs and Services
231-591-6959
[email protected]

Communities:
Clark, Vandercook, and Miller Halls
Started at Ferris:
July 2017
Preferred Pronouns:
He/Him/His

Education:
Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services
Arkansas State University

Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks and Systems
Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology
Ferris State University

Responsibilities:
Outside of overall management of assigned community, Brett leads the recruitment and selection committee, serves as a university web developer for housing, manages student staff payroll services, and has managed on campus housing for summer camps.

Favorite Quote:
"Only one life, twill soon be past... one chance to make memories and a difference that lasts." - Dave Davlin

Fun Facts and Hobbies:
Brett enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, painting, video games, cooking.  Brett is a proud dog parent for a happy golden retriever.


Debbie Lynn Mayo
DebbieLynn Mayo
Hall Director
231-591-6928
[email protected]

Communities: 
Puterbaugh, Henderson, Pickell, and Ward Halls
Started at Ferris:
July 2017
Preferred Pronouns:
She/Her/Hers
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences, Concentrated in Animal Science
Delaware State University

Responsibilities:
Debbie oversees all honors halls and manages the diversity and inclusion group, Harmony Project.  Harmony Project works to make campus a more inclusive campus for all students.

Fun Facts and Hobbies:
Debbie is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and is a new Pup parent.

Debbie at Harmony Project Event

Kayla Garrett
Kayla Garrett
Hall Director
231-591-6941
[email protected]

Communities: 
North/South Bond and Cramer Halls
Started at Ferris:
July 2019
Preferred Pronouns:
She/Her/Hers

 

 

Education:
Master of Arts in Adult and Higher Education
University of South Dakota

Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Food Industry Management
Ferris State University

Responsibilities:
Outside of overall management of assigned community, Kayla leads RHA and NRHH as their advisor.  RHA is Housing's student governing body and NRHH is the National Residence Hall Honary dedicated to service and recognition.

Fun Facts and Hobbies:

  • Fun Fact: I have a tattoo of the titanic hitting the iceberg.
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, Gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, Cooking, Baking, Crafting, Obsessively watching Netflix

Katie Cortwright headshot
Katie Cortright
Hall Director
231-591-6956
[email protected]

Communities: 
Brophy/McNerney and Merrill/Travis Halls
Started at Ferris:
July 2018
Preferred Pronouns:
She/Her/Hers

 

 

 

Education:
Master of Education in Higher Education
Oakland University

Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology
Central Michigan University

Responsibilities:
Outside of overall management of assigned community, Katie leads the Student Staff Training committee.

   

Jamie Franklin
Jamie Franklin
Community Director
231-591-3767
[email protected]

Communities: 
West Campus Apartments and East Campus Suites
Started at Ferris:
July 2017
Preferred Pronouns:
He/Him/His

 

 

 

Education:
Master of Public Administration
Saginaw Valley State University

Bachelor of Applied Arts
Central Michigan University

Responsibilities:
Jamie oversees all of our on-campus apartments and suites.  His offices are located in the West Campus Community Center and Oak View Suites Lobby.

 


Emily Maloy Photo
Emily Maloy
Hall Director
231-591-6895
[email protected]

Communities: 
North and Hallisy Halls
Started at Ferris:
July 2016
Preferred Pronouns:
She/Her/Hers

 

 

Education:
Master of Science in Counselor Education, Student Affairs
Mississippi State University

Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication
Southern Illinois University

Responsibilities:
Outside of overall management of assigned community, Emily leads the Appeals committee.

Favorite Quote:
"She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails."     - Elizabeth Edwards


   

 

 Central Office Staff

Bryan Marquardt
Bryan R Marquardt
Director of Housing & Residence Life
231-591-3745
[email protected]

Lisa Ortiz
Lisa Ortiz
Director of Residential
Programs and Services
and
Associate Director of Housing
231-591-3745
[email protected]
Diane Johnson
Diane Johnson
Assistant to the Director 
for Facilities
231-591-2992
[email protected]

Kim Young
Kimberly Young

Apartment Assignments
231-591-3758
[email protected]

Laura McKiness
Laura Herron

Residence Hall Assignments
231-591-3746
[email protected]
Okai Strickland
Okai Strickland
Housing Secretary
231-591-3745
[email protected]