Meet Our Staff

Educational Background:
•Master in Education, College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University, 1987
•Bachelor in English, California State University Sacramento, 1984

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: Cura Personalis and Magis. Caring for the person in front of me in much larger and deeper ways than would be expected.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Spokane feels like a large city, behaving like a medium sized town, making it easier to feel like a member.  Surrounded by a forested area of Washington, it is easy to get away from city life on a bike, boat or skis and feel renewed and connected to nature.  Spokane is rich in the arts, and in a deep variety in places of worship.  I have deep and experienced appreciation for the Spokane District 81 K-12 educational system while raising my own children - a very solid and well-resourced school district!

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: I participate in mentoring programs for students and take the opportunity to journey with students who seek out mentoring - along their educational path and early years away from home. 

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy alpine skiing in snowstorms - preferably mid-week while everyone else is at work, off road mountain biking, late night movies at local theaters and road trips.

 
Educational Background:
•Master of Arts in English Literature, Northern Arizona University, 1993
•Bachelor of Science in English Literature, Northern Arizona University, 1991

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: The magis.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: Magis, for me, is an ethic toward reaching for more in one's life.  It is the search for something greater and living on one's learning edge.  It is the search for Magis that keeps us growing and keeps us eager to do good work.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Nature surrounds us!  Spokane speaks to me.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: There's no shortage of people who want to engage with Housing and Residence Life.  We're sought for our knowledge of students, for our connection with residents, and our abundant energy.  My opportunities come from being a student advocate.  People want that perspective at the table, which is refreshing to see. 

Hobbies and Interests: I am a scuba diver; I've gone sky diving and paragliding; I enjoy traveling and eating top-notch pizza.  I also run in marathons and half-marathons - though I can't say that I really enjoy running even though I run four days a week.

 
Jared Payton

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership emphasis in Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of Northern Colorado, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Northern Colorado, 2006
 

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: The ideal that I appreciate the most is the thought of a value oriented education that anchors itself in the head, the heart and the hands of the students.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: I enjoy the small size of Gonzaga University. It makes the students, faculty and staff that you live and work with feel like family. It is certainly a great community. I also really appreciate the beauty of our campus.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: I love Spokane! I rarely go a weekend without doing something new and exciting around the area or within a short distance drive. The inland northwest is spectacular.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: I am involved in departmental and division wide committees and task forces.

Hobbies and Interests: I love to travel with my wife and dog Wylee. We enjoy camping and hiking and most recently skiing. I am a fan of Star Wars and enjoy movies. I am also a pilot and enjoy flying around the area.

 
Drew Satter

Educational Background:

  • Master of Business Administration, Gonzaga University, 2016
  • Master of Education in Counseling – Student Affairs, Northern Arizona University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pre-Medicine, Minors in Africana Studies, Biochemistry and Chemistry, Eastern Washington University, 2009
 

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: Cura Personalis because student affairs is all about caring for, and developing, the full person.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: We work with some outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  The people here are warm, genuine, and hard working.  The Jesuit ideals are outstanding, it really seems like the Jesuits had the student affairs thing down before the rest of us!  I also enjoy the free tickets to the sold out Gonzaga basketball games.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: I love the four seasons!  I enjoy the size of Spokane (Spokane and Spokane Valley is about 300k), there is plenty to do, yet the traffic isn’t too bad.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: Gonzaga gives full tuition remission, so I have received my MBA at Gonzaga.  I also teach in the School of Business Administration here at GU, which is a great way to get some different student interaction.  I have also met a lot of great people that play basketball and spend time together.

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy spending time with my spouse, boys, and cat.  I love playing and watching sports, specifically football and basketball.  You can also find me playing board games and listening to hip-hop!

 
Sam Bass

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Northern Iowa, 2015
  • Master of Science in Education, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, 2017
 

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: I most identify with the concept of "contemplatives in action."  I believe that to do any meaningful work we must first reflect on our own values, strengths, and weaknesses, and then learn and think about the world at large.  But we can't think forever, so from this reflection and knowledge we are able to move forward and the most effective work for others.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: I enjoy the direction and purpose that the mission and Jesuit values give us.  The students here are a unique blend of funny, compassionate, and hard working.  They commit to everything passionately but never forget to have fun along the way.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Spokane has an array of atmospheres.  I am able to find spaces and activities that feel metropolitan, suburban, or rural in a very small amount of space.  Access to such different types of living is unique.  Also, as a Midwesterner, the lack of humidity is great, too!

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: Beyond my role as a Residence Director, I serve as an advisor for the Residence Hall Association.  I have also served as a mentor for several students, which is the most rewarding experience for me.

Hobbies and Interests: I love going to the movies, playing board games and video games, watching new tv shows, reading, and comic books (especially X-Men). I also spend lots of time with my dog, Mo.

 

Christina Thomas

Educational Background:

  • Master of Education Student Affairs, Regent University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Business and Human Services, Minor in Psychology and Theatre Elmira College, 2013
 

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: I agree the most with the "fundamental right of life" ideal.  I believe that people should be able to live life in the best way possible.  People should be able to complete the duties, responsibilities, and roles for their family and friends in a decent environment that betters their growth and development. 

Reasons I like being a Residence Director: I enjoy working with my staff and seeing my residents' growth and maturity throughout the year.  It's always amazing and inspiring to see how they handle the obstacles and challenges of life and come out on the other side with new perspective on how they view life and their contribution to the world.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: It's the first place where I've truly felt like I've belonged and felt like a true member of one's community.  Since being at Gonzaga I'm consistently reminded why I chose this field and how I developed a passion for it.  The students are truly the best of the best and working with the professional staff has been one of the positive experiences I've had since starting my career.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Coming from NYC, I enjoy the openness of the PNW and the opportunities to come out of my comfort zone and check out everything Spokane and nature has to offer.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: I have had numerous opportunities to get involved within Residence Life as an RHA advisor and representative for professional staff and student staff hiring, and had great experiences working with campus partners as an IMPACT facilitator for Center for Cura Personalis, educational workshop facilitator for the Office of Community Standards, Staff/Faculty Advisor for Mission:Possible in Center for Community Engagement, worked with the Student Development team for professional development and an investigator for both OCS and Title IX.

Hobbies and Interests: Intramural Hockey team within Spokane, hanging around downtown Spokane with friends, swimming at CDA with my dog, and bartending at Arbor Crest Wineries!

 
Michael Zangl

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History with Honors, Minor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, 2014
 

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: The Jesuit ideal that I find myself unpacking most often in my work is magis.  I do my best to pause and consider how my work with students, faculty, and staff is being done, not simply to get done, but with a consideration for how I might make my work more meaningful, or in a manner that addresses problems and determine solutions that address the deeper issues, not solely the surface-level issues.

Reasons I like being a Residence Director:  A couple of the reason I enjoy being a Residence Director include the high degree of student interaction in my day-to-day work and having the opportunity to really think about the "why" in what we do in Housing and Residence Life to better support the university's mission.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: If you ask any student what their favorite part of being a Zag is, you will undoubtedly hear, "Community!"  Since beginning my work at Gonzaga in the summer of 2016, the sense of community and place that one can sense on campus is unique to being a Zag.  I enjoy the relationships I have developed with students and staff alike.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: I grew up as a military dependent all over the world and I can comfortably say the PNW is the best and most beautiful!  Spokane has all the comforts and amenities of a large city, yet shares space with the natural features of the region in a manner where you can take some respite from the city living.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: Since beginning my work as a Residence Director this past year, I have focused on learning how to do my job to the best of my ability.  I have been offered a number of opportunities to take a more active role in particular projects and look for opportunities to connect to the campus community, such as the Out to Lunch with LGBTQ+ and Allies.

Hobbies and Interests: I really enjoy spending time with other people and am always down for an adventure so long as I get to be with others.  I enjoy an epic Catan session, reading books of all kinds, am an avid Netflix binger, and enjoy trips to the movie theater. 

 
Educational Background:
•Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Loyola University Chicago, 2018
•Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science, Dominican University, 2014

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: The ideal I identify with the most is magis.  To me, magis means to strive to know more and do better.  It's an ideal I live by and encourage others to reflect on.  Being in college is a time to learn about yourself, your neighbors, and the world.  When we strive to learn more and do better we equally and positively impact those three entities - the self, others, and the community.

Reasons I like being a Residence Director:  I enjoy being a Residence Director because I love the relationships I get to build with students and various campus partners.  No other position allows you the opportunity to build community in the same sense.  As a Residence Director, I enjoy knowing I get to collaborate with others to build a brave and safe space that many student will call home.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: The send of care and intentionally to create meaningful spaces of development and growth are truly what makes me enjoy working at Gonzaga.  As a mission driven institution we ask students to reflect on their values and the impact their actions have on others.  Our students live the mission on a daily basis and they create the community that I very much enjoy here.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: I really enjoy the landscapes and general nature aspect of Spokane and the Northwest.  I enjoy going for a run or bike surrounded by hills and beautiful trees.  At the same time I like that Spokane has a downtown area that offers a variety of options for food and dining.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: Since becoming a Residence Director.  I have gotten involved with our Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity (DICE) as a Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator (IDF).  This position has allowed me to get involved in other areas that also support student development and growth. 

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy good music, biking, and running on my free time.  I also really enjoy watching a good Netflix original movie or series.  Whenever possible I also like to travel and explore.  I've visited France, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, Ghana, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico.

 
Educational Background:
•Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Portland, 2018
•Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication, Minor in Business Marketing and Business Management, George Fox University, 2013

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: I really like the focus of Cura Personalis and the care and development of the entire person.  While we are an institution of higher education, this is also a time of intense development and self-discovery for students, and caring for our whole student is so critical for success.

Reason I like being a Residence Director: Some of the best experiences of my life happened while I was in undergrad, and knowing that I could play a role in helping another have just as an amazing college experience is what keeps me in this work.  I love the community, fun, and randomness that Residence Life offers and having the opportunity to really get to know my student staff and invest in their lives makes all of the late nights worth it!

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: GU attracts such a unique and hardworking type of student and I love the opportunity to walk alongside students as they embrace their choices and embark into young adulthood.  GU also attracts some pretty amazing Student Affairs professionals and the opportunity to work and grow alongside my coworkers has been wonderful!

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Northwest is best!  Being a Portland Native, I could not bring myself to leave this region of the country.  I am, however, pretty excited to see some blue skies between November and May!  I also love the running trails around Spokane and all of the great restaurants that this city has to offer.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: This is my first year on-campus and I hope to become involved with various student groups while also supporting the visions surrounding the Coughlin Community.  I am excited about my opportunity for training in Restorative Justice and hope to find opportunities to serve student's needs throughout this next year.  

Hobbies and Interests: I really enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching movies, cooking, baking, and day dreaming about my next trip abroad.  I love being active by playing volleyball or running and will never turn down the opportunity to play corn hole!

 

Educational Background:
•Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling, Loyola Marymount University, 2016
•Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minors in Pastoral Leadership, Women and Gender Studies, Loyola University Chicago, 2011

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: Magis - a mentor I looked up to in college once told me that Magis was all about "not doing more, but being more," and that has always stuck with me.  In my own life, I like to think about how I strive to be more intentional, more relational, more reflective, and more aware.  This idea of Magis has informed how I've lived post-college, and keeps me grounded.  I love when I can accompany students in their own understanding of Magis and what it can grow to mean for them.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: I'm a product of Jesuit education, and so my goal was to always get back to that.  I think being able to work somewhere where the mission is truly lived out and people are so much more than a number has always been important to me.  I think Gonzaga attracts truly remarkable students that are passionate and engaged, and I feel really grateful to have ended up here.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: After being in Southern California for four years, I was so ready to get back to the Northwest.  Moving to Spokane somewhat felt like coming home because I'm from the Portland, OR area - I love autumn, sweater weather, and being able to have an incredible outdoor playground, and I've wanted to get back to that for a while.  I'm excited to experience a true winter again, too.  I'm still getting to know Spokane, but I love that it's a city with small town feel- Spokane has some of the genuinely nicest people I've ever met.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: I'm new to Gonzaga so I haven't been able to explore this much yet, but I'm looking forward to getting involved in Mission and Ministry, as that has long been a love of mine.

Hobbies and Interests: I love hanging out with my puppy, Sawyer, going on outdoor adventure, getting to know people, and cooking and baking.

 
Educational Background:
•Master of Teaching in Secondary Education, Gonzaga University, Expected May 2019
•Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Washington, June 2016

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: Cura Personalis because the care and development of the whole person is essential to every student's growth.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: There is a continuous action and reflection on how we live out our Jesuit mission, very rare to find a university that truly does this.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I love the mountains! Whether for a quick hike or a few day camping trip, there is always a new place to explore.

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: Being new to Gonzaga, I look forward to attending sports events and participating in campus events throughout the year!

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy playing games of all sorts. From kubb and bocce ball outside on a nice day or catan and cribbage inside, I'm always ready to teach or learn new games!

 
Educational Background:
•Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language, Gonzaga University, Expected May 2020
•Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish, Gonzaga University, 2018

Jesuit ideal I most identify with: "Forming & Education Agents of Change."  As a future teacher and education researcher, I hope to impact the next generation directly through my teaching and more widely in education research.  I especially want to emphasize the value of global perspectives and intercultural engagement in the educational process.  My own educators and mentors have invested so much in me to be an agent of change, and I believe in doing the same for tomorrow's leaders.

Reasons I enjoy working at Gonzaga University: In my roles as an RA, ARD and now GRD here, Housing and Residence Life has continuously provided a strong person-first work environment.  At every level, work life has centered on relationship-building and promotion of self-care, aspects very representative of the Jesuit mission in action.

What I enjoy about Spokane and the Northwest: Spokane has been an easy place to settle into and get around the last few years as an undergrad and now a grad.  The Pacific Northwest is definitely "home" to me, particularly the vibrant diversity of the Seattle area where I grew up.  I go back to the westside any chance I get!

Ways I have been able to get involved on-campus: As an undergrad, I was very involved in my hall community each year, in intramurals (3x volleyball champ and 2x badminton champ), in social justice events, in my work as a Spanish tutor and copy editor for the Gonzaga Bulletin and in activities with international students.  As a grad, I will continue tutoring ESL students and working for the Center Global Engagement with international student activities in addition to my involvement with Residence Life.

Hobbies and Interests: Language learning/language play, reading, volleyball, word games, hand-lettering on signs and cards, cooking Asian food and long talks with great friends.