University Ridge Staff

Meet the staff at your home away from home!

Professional Staff

Jeff Kirkpatrick
Director
At the Ridge since 3/12/2009

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Jeff’s Jayhawk roots took him to the University of Kansas for his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2005. At Kansas, he was a Senior Resident Assistant for three years in the Jayhawker Towers which was and is the Residence Hall for the Kansas basketball team. His experience as a RA led him to his current career in student affairs.

Jeff continued on his educational path to the University of Central Missouri where he studied College Student Personnel Administration earning his Masters of Science. After graduating, he accepted as a Residence Hall Director at the University at Buffalo and remained in that position for two years before accepting the Director position at the University Ridge Apartments in 2009.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys watching movies, cooking, and playing outdoors with his three sons.

Luke Ackerman
Assistant Director of Residence Life
At the Ridge since 7/26/2005

Luke is originally from the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Northampton High School! Go KIDS! He did his undergraduate work at ESU where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During his junior year at ESU, he was hired as a Resident Advisor in Laurel Hall and immediately fell in love with working in student affairs. After graduation, Luke became the Graduate Hall Director of Laurel Hall and eventually became the Resident Director in Linden Hall. When University Ridge was built and opened in 2005, Luke was hired as the Assistant Director for Student Affairs at the Ridge, and the rest is history!

For Luke, the best part of his job is advising and working with students. He oversees 3 summer RAs and 7 academic years RAs. He also oversees all conduct violations at the Ridge as well as programming.

For fun, Luke is a huge TV buff watching anything from talk shows, to reality TV, to cheesy made-for-TV movies. He also loves to travel and explore new places. Luke is heavily involved in local community theatre and enjoys spending time in NYC.

Jamie Terpstra
Assistant Director of Operations
At the Ridge since 10/20/2015

Jamie is originally from the Slate Belt Area of Pennsylvania and graduated from Bangor Area High School. She attended East Stroudsburg University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. While attending ESU Jamie worked for and completed an internship with CVS Pharmacy. Upon graduation Jamie accepted a management position with CVS and spent several years working in the Philadelphia and Trenton markets as a Store Manager and Trainer.

After making the decision to leave retail management, Jamie accepted a position as an Office Coordinator for a real estate company. The experience in management and real estate has led Jamie to her position as Assistant Director of Operations at the Ridge.

In her spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her three children, her husband, and extended family. She also enjoys reading and watching any episode of Castle.

Rich Sudnik
Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor
At the Ridge since 5/7/2007

Rich is originally from Linden, NJ and lived there for 30 years before moving to Marshalls Creek, PA in 1990. He is a 1978 graduate of Linden High School’s Vocational Graphic Arts program and worked in the printing industry for many years. He also worked as a delivery associate at Sysco Foodservice for 18 years making deliveries mainly in NYC.

Growing up, Rich’s parents owned rental property which led to him owning rental properties as well. He found his true calling in 2007 when he was hired by University Ridge as a Groundskeeper/Custodian, before being promoted to Maintenance Technician in 2010.

Rich enjoys living in the Poconos with his wife Julie, camping, traveling our great country and others, maintaining his rental properties, beekeeping, and working at University Ridge!

Mike Evans
Maintenance Technician
At the Ridge since 8/19/2015

Mike was born and raised in Stroudsburg. He graduated in 1981 from Stroudsburg High School.

Mike has been married for over 20 years and has two sons.

In his spare time, Mike likes to watch the Dallas Cowboys, ride motorcycles, fish, and hunt.

Mike Medina
Custodian/Groundskeeper
At the Ridge since 10/20/15

Michael is originally from Manhattan where he was born and raised. He moved to PA in 2008 with his wife and kids. Michael is a 1981 graduate from Forsyth High School  in NYC. Michael has worked in the construction and maintenance field; he has also worked as a property manager in Rocklyn County.

Michael enjoys attending Sunday services with his family, reading, and living in PA.

 

 

 

Tyler Adams
Custodian/Groundskeeper
At the Ridge since 10/19/15

Born and raised in East Stroudsburg, Tyler Adams graduated from East Stroudsburg High School South. After taking a year off to work he attended ESU and graduated with a theater degree.

Since graduating, Tyler spent time traveling and working at a NYC theater festival.

In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, doing beach body workouts, and watching TV shows such as Bob’s Burgers and The Walking Dead.

 

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Asia Morton
Resident Advisor

Asia was born in Newark, New Jersey though currently resides in Easton, Pennsylvania. At ESU, she’s majoring in history with the intent of pursuing a teaching career in California. While Asia is not working as an RA for the University Ridge during the summer and Shawnee for the academic year, she enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, writing, and indulging in her photography hobby.

 

 

 

 

Ben Mortensen
Resident Advisor

Benjamin is a junior dual majoring in computer science and computer security. After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, Benjamin plans on going to Europe to further his education with a masters degree in computer science. Benjamin enjoys many things in his life, such as listening to music. His favorite artists are Freddie Gibbs, Run the Jewels and Danny Brown. Benjamin also enjoys playing games, such as his current favorite, Counter Strike. Above all, Benjamin enjoys long walks at University Ridge three times a night through each of the ten buildings.

 

 

 

 

Zakk Rome
Resident Advisor

Zakk was born in New Jersey and moved to Pennsylvania when he was five. He is from Dingmans Ferry, PA and went to Delaware Valley High School. Zakk is a senior, majoring in English with a concentration in Literature and minoring in Philosophy. Post-graduation, he intends to work in the publishing industry as well as in LGBTQA advocacy. Zakk is also the President of ESU’s LGBTQA organization, PRIDE. He is also a student worker in the LGBTQA Program Center, as well as a Tour Guide for the Admissions office. In his spare time, he loves to read, watch movies, play video games, hike, travel, kayak, swim, go on rope courses, and hopes to one day go skydiving.