Resident Hall Staff

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Our Christian staff members are welcoming and knowledgeable and can’t wait to set you up for success during your time in MBU’s residence halls and beyond.

Taira Schertz
Director of Resident Life
Hometown: Kidder, MO
Family: I have been married to my husband Eric for 15 years. We have three children: Haydn (12), Ellie (10) and Hunter (7).
College Major/Degree: B.S. in Business Management from Missouri Western State College
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: Late-night adventures to Perkins’ to “study,” roller hockey in the parking lot, St. Louis mission trips and making great friends.
Best Thing About My Job: Sharing our family life with the residents of MBU and them letting us be a part of their college experience.

Brandon Van Marel
Resident Director of Pillsbury-Huff
Hometown: Orange City, IA
Family: Kelly (wife) and my three girls (Joanna, Eliana and Makayla)
College Major/Degree: B.S., Elementary Education from Northwestern College
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: So many: Hanging out with friends, Operation Socks, road trips, intramurals, playing baseball, pranks, Bible Studies and mission trips.
Best Thing About My Job: Hanging out with the guys and having meaningful conversations about life and faith.

Kayla Knapp
Resident Director of North Hall
Hometown: Monroe, MI
Family: Husband, Brian
College Major/Degree: Degree in Global Studies and Spanish from Spring Arbor University.
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: Hallway conversations!  Nothing can top the community of living together and walking in the same halls when it comes to sparking random, wonderful talks. Although, I do remember many good eats and crazy things beyond the hallways as well.

Virginia Witten
Resident Life Coordinator
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Family: Husband, Kevin
College/Major: B.A. English from Covenant College
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: Resident Life staff meetings, late night Krispy Kreme acquisitions, camping trips and coffee runs.