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(From left) Meghan Davenport, Matt Cox, Lynn Russell, Gabe Jacobsen, Jessica Carter, Dan Jones, Kiley Bedson, Annabell Dumez, Yikhwan Dillard, Tim Stanley, Lynnea Common, Davinah Simmons


Residence Life Staff

Administrative Staff

Director of Residence Life
Gabriel Jacobsen, MAHE

Assistant Director of Residence Life
Lynnea Common, MA

Lynnea was born in Bellingham, Washington, and has lived in Washington, Colorado, and California. She holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Westmont College and a master's degree in sport and exercise leadership from Seattle Pacific University. An emphasis on leadership development led Lynnea from serving in camp ministry to working in Christian higher education.

Lynnea started working in Residence Life at SPU in 2002, and served as a residence life coordinator for Hill-Moyer and Emerson Halls, and as a resident director at Pepperdine University. Now in an administrative role, she considers it a blessing to serve as a support and resource for current staff and students. Lynnea is passionate about spiritual formation, wellness, and diversity.

Lynnea is married to Daniel, an SPU alumnus, and lives on campus, so she can often be seen participating in campus events and chasing after her young children.

Administrative Assistant
Lynn Ernsting

Lynn is originally from Boise, Idaho, but transplanted to Seattle to attend Seattle Pacific University where she studied Business Marketing and Music. During her time as a student she served as a Hall Council Treasurer, Peer Advisor, 2nd Year Peer Advisor, and LTASFR committee member. Lynn worked in both the hospitality and finance industries before returning to SPU to work in Residence Life. She now serves simultaneously as Assistant to the Dean of Students for Community Life.

Lynn, along with her husband, Mark, enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, biking and building together. Other hobbies include candle making, photography, music and learning. She is also passionate about traveling and has been blessed to travel to nearly 30 countries around the globe.

Ashton Hall Staff

Residence Life Coordinator
Matthew Cox, MDiv

Matt is originally from Vancouver, Washington, and spent his childhood around Vancouver and Portland, Oregon. He studied organizational communication at George Fox University. After completing his undergraduate work in 2005, Matt returned to Vancouver to serve as an associate pastor. He also began working on a master of divinity degree and married his best friend and fellow George Fox alum, Beth.

Matt and his wife moved to the Midwest in 2007 and spent three years living, working, and loving life in central Kansas. He served in Student Life and Residence Life at Tabor College, and completed an MBA there. In 2011, Matt and Beth welcomed twins into their lives.

He enjoys hanging out with his wife, adoring his beautiful twins, hiking, backpacking, running, drinking coffee with friends, reading, playing guitar, learning about new places, and sharing life with students.

Residence Life Coordinator
Davinah Simmons, MS

Davinah grew up in Culver City, California. She attended California Polytechnic University, Pomona where she received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and Spanish. She then went on to receive her master's degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University.

Before coming to SPU, she served in Residence Life at Cal Poly Pomona and Northwestern University. Her professional passions are multi-cultural development, women's issues, enhancing the residential experience, and promoting inclusivity across all identities.

Davinah's dream has been to live in the Pacific Northwest since she was 10 years old, and is excited to finally settle down in the magical city of Seattle. In her spare time you can find her exploring the city, defending the deliciousness and importance of bacon, enjoying live music, hiking and spending quality time with loved ones.

Emerson Hall Staff

Residence Life Coordinator
Yikhwan Dillard, MA

Yikhwan was born in South Korea and moved to Tacoma, Washington at the age of twelve. After high school, he attended Seattle Pacific University where he received a bachelor's degree in History and minor in Theology. Before starting a master's degree in Higher Ed at Taylor University in 2010, he spent a short period of time working at various not-for profit corporations.

He has previously worked as a Residence Hall Director at Huntington University and as an Area Coordinator at Indiana University Perdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He feels blessed to be back at SPU and is extremely excited about serving the students.

In his spare time, Yikhwan enjoys walking all the different hills of Seattle, spending time with family and friends, riding around on a longboard, finding local coffee shops, watching sports and eating.

Residence Life Coordinator
Meghan Davenport, MS

Meghan was born in Virginia and grew up as the daughter of an Army father. She and her two younger brothers moved around to seven different places throughout their childhood and finally landed in Folsom, California. Meghan considers California to be her home, since she has lived there the longest. She attended Azusa Pacific University, graduating in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communications, and in 2009 with a master's degree in college counseling and student development. While there, she worked in various areas of student life, including student activities, orientation, residence life, and the campus pastor's office.

The residence life coordinator position brought Meghan to Seattle in August 2009. She formerly worked in Campus Houses and Apartments, and is excited to be in Emerson Hall. Meghan gets energy from the students with whom she interacts and enjoys being able to encourage and support them, while also challenging them in their development.

In her down time, Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband, as well as with family and friends. She also loves to cook, run, travel, listen to music, and hike in the beautiful Seattle area.

Hill/Moyer Hall Staff

Residence Life Coordinator
Daniel Jones, MDiv

Dan is a fifth generation Californian. Born in Sacremento and raised in South Orange County, he wisely made the decision to leave the golden state to attend Seattle Pacific University. After graduating with a degree in Educational Ministry, Dan attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he obtained his master of divinity degree.

While attending seminary, Dan served in Residence Life part-time. After graduating, Dan and his wife Sara relocated back to the Pacific Northwest where he took a job in Residence Life at Northwest University. In August of 2013 Dan joined the Residence Life team at his beloved alma mater, SPU.

Dan loves spending time with his wife and best friend, Sara. They can be found taking in a film at a local movie theater or reading side by side at a Seattle coffee shop. As a California native, Dan is an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. He loves family, friends, books and movies.

Residence Life Coordinator
Annabell DuMez, MS

Annabell DuMez was born and raised in a fantastic family in Oostburg, Wisconsin, one mile from Lake Michigan. After high school, she moved west to Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where she received her bachelor's degree in communication, HR/PR.

Finding a passion for residence life during college, she journeyed to California to work at Fresno Pacific University as a residence life coordinator. She then moved back to Iowa, where she worked as a resident director for six years at Northwestern College. During that time, she helped with student activities and led four trips abroad (to England twice, the Netherlands, and Trinidad). She earned a master's degree in counseling and human resource development from South Dakota State University.

Annabell is excited to continue working with college students at Seattle Pacific as they journey through their university experience. She is especially interested in encouraging cross-cultural experiences; creating spaces for students to be open, honest, and engaged; and providing a place in which everyone feels welcome.

Annabell has spent the past eight summers on Vancouver Island with family and has loved the Pacific Northwest since she was a child. She says that to finally call it home is a dream come true. In her spare time, she will most likely be found in the city experiencing theatre, art, nature, coffee, or simply riding a bus or ferry, taking it all in, and enjoying the next challenge.

Moyer Hall Advisor

Kiley Bedson



Kiley grew up in sunny Thousand Oaks, California. She left T.O. for Waco, Texas where she received a bachelor's degree in psychology and nutrition at Baylor University. Here she served two years as a resident assistant for athletes and women in the Outdoor Adventure program and discovered her passion for residence life. Following her education, Kiley invested one year at Heartlight Ministries near Longview, Texas, where she supervised a household of teenage girls who were residents of the boarding school. This challenging and life-giving experience brought Kiley to SPU where she is currently earning a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Kiley and her husband Bryan, also a native Californian, enjoy exploring Seattle's beautiful hiking trails and wonderfully unique coffee shops. When not studying or writing papers, you may find Kiley baking something sweet, riding her road bike or running through a foggy Seattle park.

Campus Houses and Apartments Staff

Area Coordinator
Mark Reynoso, MDiv

Mark is a Northwest native, raised on Whidbey Island, and a 2005 graduate of Seattle Pacific University. Upon graduation, Mark set out for Holland, Michigan where he attended Western Theological Seminary and obtained his Masters of Divinity.

While attending seminary, Mark gained experience in college ministry through a local church and served among the poor, homeless, and minority populations of Kalamazoo, MI. Mark has also served as a pastor in Minneapolis, MN, working in new ministry development to connect college and post-college individuals with the gospel, and for the Union Gospel Mission with men in recovery from addictions.

Mark, along with his wife, Janna, enjoys hiking, hosting friends, Frisbee, running, traveling and meeting new people. He is also a snowboard and wakeboard enthusiast, a musician, a swimmer and an overall adventure-seeker.

Assistant Residence Life Coordinator
Tim Stanley

Tim was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After 21 years in the Hoosier state, he trekked south to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He later returned to Indiana, and in 2003 graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in general studies. He currently attends The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, where he is pursuing his master's degree in counseling psychology.

Before moving to Seattle in the fall of 2010, Tim and his wife, Rachel, lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as a singles-ministry director at North Point Community Church. Although they loved their roles in their home church, and left good friends in the Southeast for their move across the country, they are already claiming Seattle as home, enjoying the always varying, layer-requiring, Seattle weather.

In addition to Tim's mild obsession with skiing and snowboarding, he and Rachel love spending time on the water and in the mountains, and have a habit of making last-minute travel plans. However, more than anything else, Tim loves kicking back with close friends over good food and great stories.

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