Resident Life Staff

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

Director of Resident Life
Hometown: Kidder, MO
Family: My husband Eric and I have three children: Haydn, Ellie and Hunter.  Of course, we can’t forget to mention our very friendly, curious and extroverted dog, Annie.
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.

Getting to know you

Kayla Knapp, Resident Director

Resident Director of North Hall
Hometown: Monroe, MI
Family: Husband, Brian and children, Addison and Ethan
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.

Josiah (Si) Mitchell, Resident Life Coordinator

Resident Life Coordinator 
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
College Major/Degree: B.A. in Community Development and Economics from Covenant College
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: My favorite Res-Life memories include anything from drinking tea in my dorm room while discussing the Bible with hall mates to walking 9 miles barefoot in order to watch The Hobbit in theaters. Through the wide range of activities and experiences that make up resident life, I was blessed to live in a Christ-centered resident community where I could encourage and be encouraged, challenge and be challenged, carry and be carried.

Ethan Metzler, Resident Director

Resident Director of Pillsbury Huff
Hometown: Frederick, CO
College Major/Degree: Physical Education
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: Hanging out with friends, meeting new people and including them in the everyday activities like eating meals and walking to class. Resident Life helped me better connect and maintain those friendships so they can last a lifetime.

Victoria Underwood, Resident Director

Resident Director of Spartan South
Hometown: Walker, IA
College Major/Degree: Psychology and Human Services
Best Resident Life Memories from My Own College Days: There are so many memories! Living on campus was the best decision I made. My senior year was my favorite by far. I had a great group of friends who all lived on campus. We spent a lot of time hanging out in each other’s living rooms talking, eating, watching shows and movies, playing games and studying. It was a great community and the best memories were made in the regular day to day things. Having that community was only made possible by Resident Life staff and programs, and I love seeing that played out daily in my job.