Residence Life Staff

Gwen Owen

Gwen Owen (She/Her)
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
(937) 327-7802

Kristina Bryant

Kristina Bryant (She/Her)
Associate Director for Housing Operations
(937) 327-7808

Kristina was born and raised in Springfield, OH, a city she loves deeply. She attended Springfield South High School and is a proud Wildcat Alumna. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology with minors in German and Music Performance, from Heidelberg University and a Master of Educational Leadership degree with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University. Kristina has over 9 years of experience in Higher Education, beginning as an intern in Office of International Education at Witt, at Clark State College in Student Success, at Valparaiso University as a Residential Learning Coordinator, and as an Area Coordinator at Witt this past year. Kristina enjoys reading, coaching soccer, traveling, crafting, and gaming. She is an American and German citizen and speaks German fluently. Kristina loves the transformative nature of the residential college experience and enjoys watching students become citizens of the world.

Mellie Derry

Mellie Derry (She/Her)
Assistant Director of Residence Life & Area Coordinator (New Hall/Woodlawn Hall)
(937) 327-7575

Mellie has worked in Residence Life for over 7 years including her undergraduate work and is so excited to bring her experiences to Wittenberg University. She graduated from Ashland University in 2018 with a Bachelor in Hospitality Management and Business Marketing. She then went on to get her Masters in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University while working as a Hall Director at Baldwin Wallace University. Mellie grew up in Springfield, OH and is a graduate of Greenon High School and worked at Young’s Jersey Dairy for over 10 years throughout school, so she is thrilled to be back home. Mellie has a passion for Campus Safety and working with students, she finds her work rewarding in developing students to be successful adults and is thrilled to be a part of the Wittenberg Community. Mellie enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as binging true crime podcast and listening to music.

Brie Waszkiewicz

Brie Waszkiewicz (She/Her)
Area Coordinator (Tower Hall/Polis House)
(937) 327-7570

Brie graduated from Valparaiso University in 2019 with a Bachelor in Theology-Ministry and concentrations in Education, TESOL, and Mathematics. Originally from Detroit, MI, she is happy to return to the Midwest after living all across the States and Europe for the last few years. Brie comes to us with six years of Residential and Programming experience, from her time as an RA at Valpo to directing residential programs in Switzerland. Brie is passionate about exploring extracurricular passions and helping others find what brings them joy and she is excited to help students to show their unapologetic selves and step into who they truly are. Outside of work, Brie enjoys rock climbing, pottery, painting, hiking, and snuggling with her cats, Olive & Aspen.

Stephen Mathews

Stephen Mathews
Area Coordinator (Firestine Hall/Ferncliff Hall)
(937) 327- 7572

Stephen graduated from Urbana High School in Urbana, OH before heading to Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, OH for his undergraduate studies. At WSU, Stephen studied English Creative Writing and minored in Deaf Studies while being involved in many organizations and roles, such as Residence Life, Orientation, and clubs. After WSU, Stephen worked at a summer camp near Scranton, PA, which he spent the next 5 summers at, and then traveled to Australia. In Australia, Stephen worked on a farm, traveled, and met a lot of people from around the world. After Australia, Stephen pursued his graduate studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. He studied College Student Personnel while working in various roles. Stephen is thrilled to be returning to the Greater Springfield area and to be a part of the Wittenberg Family. He is passionate about working with students, fighting for equitable spaces, and loves engaging with the community. Outside of work, you can find Stephen running, cooking, watching movies, or spending time with his friends. 

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