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Residence Life Staff (depicted above from left to right):
Susie Becker, Matt Cox, Kevin Deschler, Meghan Davenport, Gabe Jacobsen, Annika Cook, Nathan Mabie, Lynnea Common, Lindsey Walkemeyer, Leeza Arzaga, Janna O'Brien, Yikhwan Dillard.
Not pictured: DeHeavalyn Pullium

Residence Life Staff

Administrative Staff

residence staff gabriel jacobsen

Director of Residences Life
Gabriel Jacobsen, MAHE

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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.

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Office & Operations Manager
Janna O'Brien, MS



Ashton Hall Staff

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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.

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Residence Life Coordinator
Leeza Arzaga, MS MS

Leeza grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and has spent the past few years in both northern and southern California. She attended Simpson University where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology and served as an RA and student resident director. It was while at Simpson that Leeza discovered a passion for residence life and supporting students through their college experience. She went on to attend Azusa Pacific University where she received her master's degree in college counseling and student development.

While attending APU, Leeza was involved in connecting students to the local community through service opportunities as well as working in residence life at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Upon graduation, she returned to Simpson University as a resident director where her interest in student affairs all began. Leeza was drawn to Seattle Pacific University because of its commitment to excellence and bringing positive change to the world.

Leeza is excited about inspiring students to dream and working hard to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to make their dreams become a reality. As very new residents of the PNW, Leeza and her husband Jacob are excited to get better acquainted with the surrounding area specifically through visiting coffee shops and spending time outdoors.

Emerson Hall Staff

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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.

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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

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Kevin Deschler, MS


Kevin grew up near Columbus, Ohio, and upon graduating high school headed south to Nashville, Tennessee to study Music Business at Belmont University. While in college Kevin found his work as a New Student Orientation Leader at Belmont more meaningful and fun than the hours spent catering to the needs of spoiled musicians, so he moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to begin studying for a Masters in College Counseling and Student Development at Azusa Pacific University.

While in California, his passion for working with college students (and his passion for great Mexican food) was ignited. During his time in California he worked in the Discipleship Office at Azusa Pacific University, serving as both a spiritual mentor and small group leader to a number of students. During grad school, he also spent one year as a Graduate Hall Coordinator at Occidental College, and upon graduating with his Masters he moved to New Hamphsire to serve as a Residence Hall Manager at the University of New Hampshire for two years.

This is Kevin's first year at SPU and he could not be more excited to dive into the community and build relationships with his students. In his free time you can find Kevin nose deep in a book, playing guitar, hiking, or exploring his new home one coffee shop at a time.

Residence Life Coordinator
DeHeavalyn Pullium, LMFTA


DeHeavalyn grew up in Tacoma, WA. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. During her time at SPU she developed her passions for the ministry of reconciliation and social justice.  After graduating from SPU, DeHeavalyn worked in the SPU Admissions office for 3 years, and then moved to Boston where she earned her Masters of Science in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

DeHeavalyn is excited to return to a community that continually seeks to reflect all of the diversity that is included within the Kingdom of God. She loves being a support to students, and seeks to develop a community that is inclusive, grace-filled, and intentional about supporting the diverse needs of our ever-changing student body.

DeHeavalyn can often be found enjoying the company of family and friends, reading, singing, dancing, and exploring the delicious food options in the area.


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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

residence staff matt cox 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 staff lindsey walkmeyer 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

residence staff susie becker 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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