Residence Life Staff

Gwen OwenGwen Owen (She/Her)
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
(937) 327-7800

Gwen is a Maryland native and grew up in the suburbs of DC prior to attending Salisbury University on the eastern shore in Maryland. She has worked in higher education in various roles for 20+ years. Starting as a Resident Assistant (RA) as an undergraduate her senior year. She then progressively moved into various roles at SU as a Resident Director, Area Coordinator, Assistant Director for Assignments, Assistant Director of Operations and Conduct, Assistant Director of Residence Life and Assistant Dean of Students before moving to Ohio in 2013. Once in Ohio, Gwen worked as the Director of TRiO Student Support Services at Clark State College and joined Wittenberg in August of 2018 as the Director of Student Conduct & Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She has also worked as the Director of Student Success & Accessibility Services before leading the Residence Life team in her current role as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. Her education is a Bachelor's of Science-Business and a Master's of Education-Post Secondary Education. She enjoys working with college age students and assisting them in navigating all of the challenges that come along with the transition. She is a first generation college student and is passionate about supporting students. Gwen is a wife and mother to three children and can be found at sporting events and the dance studio supporting her family frequently. She enjoys cooking, walking, pickleball, the beach, lake life, card games and crafting.

Mellie DerryMellie Derry (She/Her)
Associate Director for Housing Operations
(937) 327-7808

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, Ohio, 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.

Danyelle HughesDanyelle Hughes (She/Her)
Area Coordinator (Tower Hall/Polis House/New Hall)
(937) 327-7570

Danyelle grew up in Northeastern Ohio where she graduated from Lima Shawnee High School. Danyelle went to Wright State University for her Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership. During her undergrad career she started working in Hospitality Management until 2021. Danyelle then worked for two years at an elementary school in the special education department. Danyelle is excited to be joining the Wittenberg family, to help students grow and for her own growth in higher ed. She is passionate about diversity, equality, learning, and loves to help people. Danyelle likes to be in nature, relax with her dog, sing, and spend time with her loved ones.

Jay VossJay Voss
Area Coordinator (Firestine Hall/Ferncliff Hall)
(937) 327-7572


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