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Residence Life Staff (depicted above from left to right):
Davinah Simmons, Annabell DuMez-Matheson, Yikhwan Dillard, Lindsey Walkemeyer, Lynn Ernsting, Matt Cox, Lynnea Common, Nathan Mabie, Chris Van Drimmelen, Annika Cook, Gabe Jacobsen, Meghan Davenport, Susie Becker.

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. Following her undergraduate experience 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.

Along with her husband Mark, Lynn enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, biking and gardening. Other hobbies include candle making, event planning, photography, music and world travel. Lynn has been to 32 countries and hopes to continue exploring cultures around the globe.

Ashton Hall Staff

Residence Life Coordinator
Nathan Mabie, MA

Nathan was born in Eau Claire, WI, known to most as the horseradish capital of the world. When he was three he moved south, to Waunakee, WI - the only Waunakee in the world - where he lived for twelve years before moving south again to the Good Neighbor City of Middleton, WI.

After high school he attended Taylor University in Upland, IN. While at Taylor he discovered his interest in student development. Two years after graduating he returned to Taylor to pursue his graduate degree in Higher Education & Student Development.

Nathan and his family are excited to be living in Seattle as members of the Seattle Pacific community.

Residence Life Coordinator
Davinah Simmons, MS

Davinah grew up in Culver City, California and attended Cal Poly Pomona where she received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and Spanish Linguistics. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, she went on to receive a master's degree in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University.

Before moving to Seattle, she served in Residence Life at Cal Poly Pomona and Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Davinah's professional passions are identity formation, women's issues, enhancing the residential experience, and fostering inclusivity on college campuses.

Davinah is very excited to be returning to Ashton Hall for a third year, and is excited to serve the energetic, creative, and remarkable students who live in the Ashton community. In her spare time you can find her exploring Seattle through food, making noise, practicing hot yoga, or walking her dog, Howie around Queen Anne. Feel free to stop by her office with dark chocolate (located on the 1st Ashton lobby) and say hello!

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. He then moved to Indiana to pursue a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Development at Taylor University.

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
Chris Van Drimmelen, MEd


Chris was born and raised in the Portland, OR area and attended Oregon State University, studying Microbiology and Education. During his undergraduate experience, Chris became heavily involved with Hall Council, the Residence Hall Association, and ultimately the Associated Students of OSU. Through these experiences, Chris discovered a passion for working with college and university students that launched his career in the direction of Residence Life.

Chris moved to Seattle in 2012 to pursue a master's degree in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. Prior to coming to Seattle Pacific, he has worked as a Student Government Adviser at Oregon State University, in Library Media Production at Seattle University, in Westside Student Life at Central Washington University, in Housing Operations at Seattle University, and as a Student Activities Adviser at the University of Washington.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, traveling, reading, video games, exploring new places, and spending time with his rabbit, Cinnabun.

Residence Life Coordinator
Annabell DuMez-Matheson, MS

Annabell DuMez was born and raised 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. She 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 says that to finally call Seattle home is a dream come true, since she has loved it since childhood. In her spare time, she and her husband Fred will most likely be found in the city experiencing theatre, art, coffee, or simply riding a bus or ferry, taking it all in, and enjoying the next adventure.

She is ecstatic to be back at SPU for her 6th year serving the amazing communities of Hill and Moyer.

Moyer Hall Advisor

Annika Cook



Annika Cook grew up outside of Portland, Oregon. She attended University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where she graduated with a degree in chemistry and ideas of attending medical school. She took a "one year" internship working with college students at the University of Chattanooga Tennessee (UTC) in a college ministry setting. Her "one year" internship became two years, and two years became a passion-filled six years of working with campus ministries at UTC and at the the University of Washington.

Annika is now pursuing a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is thrilled to be able to continue to work with college students in Residence Life while pursuing her degree.

You can most likely find Annika going on adventures with her friends, family and husband Sam. She loves skiing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, crafty things, coffee shops, good conversations and all types of lawn games. She loves being challenged and trying new things, finding that every experience is either a good time or a good story.


Campus Houses and Apartments Staff

Area Coordinator for Campus Houses and Apartments
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
Lindsey Walkemeyer MACCS

Long Beach, California is home for Lindsey, although being born in Seattle, she frequently visited the Pacific Northwest and has always loved it. Following the footsteps of her parents, she attended Azusa Pacific University receiving her BA in Youth Ministry. Shortly after, she went to Fuller Theological Seminary pursuing an MA in Cross-Cultural Studies.

With a desire to engage youth and young adults in a deeper understanding of serving, loving and living in a complex world, Lindsey has worked in a variety of settings. This has included developing young leaders in church and non-profit settings as an Assistant Youth Pastor and Director of Development, and most recently living on a farm as a community coordinator for young men teaching life skills, leadership and spiritual formation. Since her involvement with many of student life offices while attending APU, she has always been drawn to working in a university setting and is excited to be joining the Residence Life staff at SPU. She is passionate about participating in the holistic development of students, journeying alongside them, and creating spaces to authentically learn and grow.

Lindsey and her husband, TJ, can often be found on an adventure with good coffee in hand. From exploring the city, to enjoying the mountains and beaches, traveling, riding bikes and hosting people in their home, they find joy in trying new things and living life fully. Occasionally, Lindsey blogs, takes photos, and speaks. Often, she loves to play and to find meaningful moments in ordinary life.


Arnett Hall

Area Coordinator for Residence Halls

Susie England Becker, MEd



Susie is excited to be working in the Office of Residence Life in the roll of Area Coordinator and about being a part of the Arnett Hall community. Arnett Hall is the newest residence hall at SPU and the outstanding residents who live in this community are by far it's best feature!.

Susie grew up in the greater Detroit area, but has called Seattle home since 2001. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University and a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. Susie has worked for many years helping to make SPU and other Christian institutions more culturally and globally aware. Her work has focused on meeting the needs of a growing diverse student, staff and faculty community. It is her desire that Christian institutions prepare students to understand their own identity development and encourages them to lead lives that seek authentic Christian community and do the work of promoting justice.

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