Housing and Residence Life

Staff

Sarah Defnall
Residence Director Elmwood

Along with her role as RD in Northlawn, Sarah will be providing Career Counseling for students and alumni through Career Services as MA, Resident in Counseling. Sarah earned a BS in Psychology and a MA in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. She has worked as a Qualified Mental Health Professional, specializing in In-Home Counseling at Crossroads Counseling Center in Harrisonburg, VA. She also served as the Counseling Service’s graduate intern at Bridgewater College prior to joining the Residence Life team at EMU. She is married to Josh Defnall and together they like to enjoy the great outdoors of the Shenandoah Valley.

Scott Eyre
Lead Residence Director
Matthew Hunsberger
Assistant Director and Residence Director Parkwoods

Hunsberger, a 2002 EMU graduate from Davidsville, Pa., fills many positions at EMU, held together by his work in Lehman Auditorium as Facilities Technician. He is the Residence Director for Parkwood Apartments where he has lived as Apartment Manager for several years. He serves as Seminary Music Coordinator, assisting with chapel and other worship services at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and assists Dr. Ken J. Nafziger in directing the Chamber Singers. In the summers, he serves as Summer Programs Coordinator in the Auxiliary Services office.

During his student days at EMU, Hunsberger helped plan chapel worship experiences, led music, sang in choirs and in the ‘Full Table’ men’s a capella group that he co-founded, and assisted the campus pastors. From 2003-2011, he co-managed and directed a local independent male a capella ensemble, ‘Sons of the Day’.

Carissa Luginbill
Residence Director Maplewood
Lead Residence Director
Jon Swartz
Director

Jonathan Swartz obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN), a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2014) and a Masters in Conflict Transformation (MACT) degree from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (2014). During seminary and graduate school studies at EMU, Jonathan served as a Campus Ministries Intern and as Restorative Justice Facilitator/Assistant Resident Director in Residence Life. Before moving to Harrisonburg in 2011, Jonathan spent 10 years in the construction industry, primarily building new homes in Northern Indiana.

Since 2014, Jonathan has served as EMU’s Restorative Justice Coordinator with primary focus on student support and accountability. In 2014 he spent a year researching the student conduct response system at EMU, which resulted in the writing of the report: Student Conduct and Restorative Justice Assessment. He has also served as the Assistant Director of University Accord since fall 2015. In addition, Jonathan has served as an adjunct professor in the Bible and Religion Department at EMU, and has also guest lectured/presented in graduate and undergraduate courses in Restorative Justice.

Jonathan’s research and reading interests include theology and race/whiteness, restorative justice practice and theory – including/especially RJ and race, healing and reconciliation, and contemporary justice/peace movements.

Residence Director
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