Meet the Residence Life Staff


GMercyU's Residence Life team is dedicated and committed to providing a fun, warm, and supportive residential experience for our students. Get to know each staff member below!

Office of Residence Life Contact Information:
reslife@gmercyu.edu
or 267-448-1305


headshot_michellemurray.jpegMichelle M. Murray (she/her/hers)
Director of Housing and Residence Life

Michelle began at GMercyU in July 2010 as the Residence Director for Alexandria Hall. Michelle was then promoted to Associate Director for Residence Life in December 2015 and promoted to Director in October 2021. Michelle also was the Head Coach for the GMercyU Cheerleading Team from 2016-2018. Prior to her arrival at GMercyU, Michelle worked at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY. Michelle graduated from Cabrini University in 2005 where she double majored in Studio Art and Graphic Design.

Michelle has been fortunate enough to lead a multitude of Alternative Spring Break service trips as well as two Pilgrimages to Dublin Ireland for the Young Mercy Leaders Conferences in 2016 and 2018. Michelle believes strongly in the mission of the University and sees it as the context from which we build our work and the lens which Michelle uses to complete her responsibilities.

In her free time, Michelle likes reading, going on adventures to Revolutionary War sites, and hanging with Mr. Cooper, her dog. Michelle is an avid fan of The Office and considers Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation her spirit animal.

 

headshot_kylehartman.jpegKyle Hartman
Residence Director - Alexandria Hall

Kyle joined the GMercyU family in June 2019 as the Residence Director of Alexandria Hall. Kyle graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Business Management in 2017, then received a Master’s of Business Administration in 2019. Previously, Kyle was involved in Residence Life as a Community Assistant during his undergraduate career at Bloomsburg University, and later a Graduate Hall Director during his graduate studies.

Kyle is dedicated to serving students, fostering academic excellence, and creating the healthiest, most inclusive community as possible. Kyle is motivated by helping others and seeing students succeed throughout their college career.

Outside of the office, Kyle enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, riding motorcycles, and snowboarding but Kyle will also stay inside on a sunny day to play video games for no good reason. Kyle also likes nearly all animals, dogs being among one of his favorites and geese not even close to making the list. In publc, Kyle will not eat sugar or junk food but in private, he really gets up in the middle of the night to eat chocolate, peanut butter, and other treats around his apartment.

 

alex_reynolds_headshot_photo-1.jpgAlex Reynolds (he/him/his)
Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life

Alex started at GMercyU in June 2022 as the Associate Director for the department. Prior to arriving at GMercyU, Alex was a Residence Life Coordinator at Wilkes University since June of 2018. Alex received his Master’s in Education in College Student Affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2018, and received his B.F.A. in New Media at Salisbury University in 2016.

Alex’s passion in his work lies with being a benefit to anyone he interacts with, whether it be the staff that he works alongside to produce a positive living experience, or with the students he interacts with day-to-day. Alex’s goal is to cultivate an environment where students are supported, mentored, and developed to be successful citizens during and after college. In doing so, Alex recognizes the benefits of residing on-campus, and will work to identify different opportunities for students to receive the best residential experience possible.

Occupying his time outside of work, Alex loves to cook and play video games, namely Apex Legends. Alex also enjoys his time with his family and friends and will dedicate time in traveling to visit them. Alex will never turn down a good Target run to get office supplies, and other things that he does not necessarily need. Alex lives on-campus with his partner, Sean.

 

headshot_lindarainer.jpegLinda Rainer
Administrative Assistant

Linda joined the Residence Life team in June 2021 from the Souderton Area School District where she worked as a Special Education Instructional Assistant for grades 6-8. Linda also served as President of the Souderton Area Education Support Professional Association from 2019-2021. While Linda’s favorite movie series may not be “Bring It On,” she did serve as the Assistant Coach for the Indian Valley Middle School Cheerleading Squad from 2017-2021. Linda graduated from North Penn High School and the North Montco Technical Career Center in 1992 where she studied business and cosmetology.

With her main responsibilities of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the main office and helping to keep things running smoothly, Linda enjoys building connections with students in addition to supporting and assisting them with whatever they may need. Watching students grow as they move throughout their college careers brings Linda joy and gratification.

When Linda is not on campus, she can be found relaxing on her back porch listening to country music and dreaming of planning trips that involve the beach or mountains in Nashville, Texas, or Florida. She loves spending as much time as possible with her family, friends, and her orange tabby cat (Hobbes) but since cats are temperamental, Hobbes doesn’t pay much attention to Linda. Linda has three kids and is proud of her family involvement in the Marines, which her grandfather, father, and husband, who is still currently serving, have all been a part of.