Leadership Team

Senior Director for Residential Education

Emily Sandoval

_MG_0871Emily Sandoval has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from UC Riverside and a Master’s Degree in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Additionally, she recently received her Doctorate in Education from USC in 2018 focusing on Educational Leadership. She joined USC in 2013 as an Assistant Director and transitioned to the Senior Director role in February 2016. Prior to working at USC, she was at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 5 years as a Learning Community Coordinator for the Sophomore Success Program. While there her work focused on sophomore retention and she oversaw all of student staff recruitment, training and development. She was also involved in the Cal Poly Chicano/Latino Faculty Staff Association. Before that, she worked for 4 years as a Resident Director at UC Riverside. Emily took a break from a traditional campus during the Fall 2012 semester and sailed with Semester at Sea as a Resident Director traveling to 11 different countries and 14 different cities. Emily is highly involved in the Western Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers (WACUHO) having served on the executive board for two years and chaired several committees over the past fourteen years. She begins her term as President-Elect for WACUHO in July 2018. One of her passion areas is pop-culture, specifically the geek/sci-fi genre. Combining this passion with higher education and her work in residential life, Emily has presented at San Diego Comic-Con International seven times with colleagues from across the nation focusing on how to build community through geek culture on college campuses as well as use it as an education tool in trainings and discussions in and outside of the classroom.

Associate Directors

Grant Burlew, Associate Director for North University Park Campus (NUPC)

10460241_10205036782945199_4497374475859672074_n (1)Grant Burlew is the Associate Director for North University Park Campus with oversight over student and professional staff selection, training, and development.  Grant received his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. Born and raised in Southern California, Grant is no stranger to the sunshine and earthquakes as well as the beaches and mountains.  Prior to working at USC, he worked in Residence Life at UCSB and as a Student Affairs fellow back in 2005 during the inaugural year of UC Merced. During his last position as a Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara, he gained significant experience with judicial hearings, working with large staff teams, as well as running RA Selection and RA Training.  Grant is passionate about hiring the right people for the right positions and making sure that everyone has the resources they need to succeed in their positions.  Some of his interests outside of the work setting include hiking, watching movies, anything associated with dogs, and exploring different restaurants and eateries in the surrounding area.

Erin Hunter, Associate Director for University Park Campus (UPC)

erinheadshotErin Hunter is the Associate Director with oversight for the Residential Colleges on the University Park Campus. Erin received her B.A. in Exercise Science and Psychology from the University of St. Catherine and a Master of Education in Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. Erin has served at several colleges and universities over the past 12 years, most recently, Elmira College in Elmira, NY, as the Director of Residence Life. Her time at Elmira College fueled her commitment to learning and passion for helping students make meaning and find their sense of belonging, during their time at college. While from the Mid-West, her heart has always been in California. She loves the sunshine, the ocean, and the warm weather! Outside of her work life, Erin spends as much time, as she can, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Assistant Directors

Derek Murakami, Assistant Director for North and South Residential Colleges

Derek Murakami is the Assistant Director overseeing North Area (consisting of New North Residential College and Birnkrant Residential College) and South Residential College (consisting of Marks Tower, Pardee Tower, Marks Hall and Trojan Hall). Born and raised in Southern California, Derek went out of state and attended Colorado State University where he earned his Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Derek has worked at several institutions prior to working at USC, 3 years as a Resident Director at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, 3 years as a Residence Director at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and most recently sailing Fall 2016 with Semester at Sea as a Resident Director, travelling to 12 different countries and 13 cities.

In his professional career, Derek has developed a passion for LGBTQIA equity, and social justice and cultural competency education, especially focused on support of Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American student populations. Personally, Derek is excited to return to Southern California, particularly for all the great food, and to be at an institution where he can cheer on competitive athletic sports teams.

Jennifer Ellingwood, Assistant Director for Parkside and West Residential Colleges

Jenn Ellingwood

Jennifer Nguyen Ellingwood, who goes by Jenn, serves as the Assistant Director for the Parkside and West Residential Colleges. Jenn is originally from Orange County, California and completed her undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at New York University while serving as a graduate assistant in their Office of Residence Life and Housing Services in Palladium Hall. Before coming to USC, she worked professionally as a Residence Life Coordinator at the University of California, Merced for two years. She spent the last two years as a Residential College Coordinator here at USC overseeing New North Residential College before transitioning into her new role as an Assistant Director. In her free time, Jenn likes to travel, explore the outdoors, work on her calligraphy and go to Disneyland. She loves spending time with her partner Greyson and her corgi named Rey.

Corey Lueker, Assistant Director for NUPC Undergraduate Apartments


Corey Lueker is the Assistant Director for the NUPC Apartments, which consists of Cardinal Gardens, Century, La Sorbonne, and the McClintock Apartments. Corey also serves as the Advisor to the Residential Housing Association (RHA), which oversees large-scale student programming initiatives and links the community-specific councils to the larger organization. Born and raised in the greater Phoenix area, Corey received his B.A. in  English Literature and Journalism from the University of Arizona and his M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut.  Professionally, Corey is passionate about social justice and inclusion education, sexual misconduct prevention, working on men and masculinity projects, and student leadership de

Debra Allen, Assistant Director for the USC Village


Debra Allen is the Assistant Director for the USC Village. Debra received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and her B.A. in Anthropology and Modern Languages at Beloit College. Debra has lived abroad as well as studied abroad in Portugal. Her student affairs experience spans residence life, international education, student union programming, leadership development, honors and scholars programs, service-learning, and social justice work. Debra’s international education experience focused on setting up and leading numerous short-term study abroad programs for undergraduate students. She spent several years working at The Ohio State University and most recently comes to us from Cal State Northridge where she worked as a Senior Community Director for six years. Her emphasis at Cal State Northridge was with the First-Year Experience Living Learning Community as well as management of the Community Center that served residential students. Debra has also been an active member of the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers since 2010. In her spare time, Debra likes to go on hikes and bike rides with her pup “Pete”, attend live music venues, go to the beach, and explore her hometown of Los Angeles.

David Hong, Assistant Director for Graduate and Family Housing

David HeadshotDavid Hong is the Assistant Director that oversees USC Housing for graduate students and students with families.  He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside and his M.Ed. from the University of Southern California.  David has served various students within University Housing at Menlo College and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  David grew up in the Los Angeles area and is proud to return to his alma mater and become an Angelino again.

Throughout his work within Residence Life, David has worked extensively with student leadership efforts.  He has served as the advisor to various student government groups and feels passionately about providing opportunities for students to demonstrate their leadership capabilities and to take ownership in their community.  In his spare time, David enjoys rooting for his Los Angeles teams (Dodgers, Lakers, and Trojans), watching films, being a tourist in Los Angeles, and spending time with his daughter.

Ko Kashiwazaki, Assistant Director for Residential Community Standards

Ko Kashiwazaki is the Assistant Director for Residential Community Standards. He has a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara and a M.A.Ed. from the University of Southern California. Ko grew up in San Francisco and Marin County before moving further south in pursuit of higher education and a career.  Before coming to USC, Ko worked at UC Santa Barbara where he upheld housing and university policies for the campus. His professional career has been built on the back of university conduct experience, combined with his passion for mentoring students. Ko also has housing experience from his time as Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara’s first year residence hall as well as when he was Resident Director for Semester at Sea during their Spring 2012 voyage.

Throughout his career, Ko has been motivated by his desire to create and maintain a safe and vibrant college experience. It is his hope that all USC community members are given every opportunity to develop personally and professionally and that they are all supported in their pursuit of excellence.  When not in his office, Ko can usually be found either at the gym, entertaining grand visions of travel and adventure or thinking about finally addressing his impressive and ever-expanding backlog of unfinished books.

Central Office Staff

Nazeli Hosik, Business Manager

Image-HosikNazeli Hosik is the Business Manager for The Office for Residential Education.  In her current position, she manages the budget for the Office for Residential Education department, including the budgets for each residential area. In addition, she processes all purchase orders, internal requisitions, expense transfers, journal vouchers, reimbursements and stipends.

Nazeli has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business and an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education. Twice alumni from USC, as well as, a staff member with the university since 2001.  Some of her interests outside of the  workplace include, cooking, walking and watching movies.