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.


Amy Famighetti
Assistant Director of Operations
At the Ridge since 11/19/2005

Amy is a native of East Stroudsburg, PA. Amy is experienced in customer service related fields; from starting out at 16 years old as a cashier at a local burger joint to currently holding the title of Assistant Director of Operations for University Ridge Apartments. Some of her job responsibilities are paying invoices, completing building inspections, working with vendors, and maintaining a close relationship with the ESU Housing Office. Amy strives to know as many residents by name she can each year and loves to have conversations with students who come into the office. Amy has done everything from being a cashier to selling automotive chemicals. She is great at problem solving and loves working with the students at University Ridge!

In Amy’s spare time, she likes to read, enjoy the outdoors, watch movies and comedy stand up, and relax with her husband and daughter.


Joe Kida
Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor
At the Ridge Since 5/19/2006

Joe was born in Philadelphia, PA. and moved to the suburbs with his family when he was ten years old. He went to Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Pa. and Joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating High School for a four year service enlistment term and received an honorable discharge after his term of service.

He went to school at Pence Technical Institute in Bristol, PA. and received an Associate’s degree in Electronics, and then took a job at an apartment complex in Horsham, PA. working there for seventeen years before moving to the Poconos.

Joe heard about the Maintenance Technician position at the Ridge from a classmate in a air conditioning/refrigeration continuing education course program and was hired to perform maintenance there for four years before his promotion to the Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor position.

Joe’s favorite past times are fishing, growing vegetables and cooking.


Rich Sudnik
Maintenance Technician
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!


Tony Quiroz
Custodian/Groundskeeper
At the Ridge since 3/9/2012

Originally born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to East Stroudsburg in 2009.

The position of Custodian was posted in 2012 where Tony was encouraged to apply by his neighbor Billy Rose who was working in the same position at the Ridge. Tony was excited about working with the wonderful students at a site with such a picturesque landscape. He finds it intriguing how quickly the weather changes here; one day 13 inches of snow and the next day sunny and warm!

Tony loves lifting weights and was once in competitive bodybuilding since the age of 20 years old. He also enjoys auto body repair, electric bicycles, creating things, fishing, and cooking.


2014 Summer Resident Advisors

Jordan Allen
Summer Resident Advisor

Jordan is a Sophomore studying Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. He hails from Wind Gap, Pennsylvania and is involved in a few different organizations on campus including P.R.I.D.E. and Game Society; Jordan is an avid gamer and promoter of equal rights. He hopes he can help make your stay at the Ridge safe and enjoyable.


Brittany Clark
Summer Resident Advisor

Brittany is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently a graduate student studying Instructional Technology. During her undergraduate career Brittany studied Sociology and Criminal Justice and minored in Women Studies here at ESU. As an undergraduate student she was a member of the African American Student Alliance, Voices of Triumph Gospel Choir, an ESU Tour Guide and a Peer Mentor. As a graduate student Brittany remains a peer mentor and is a Graduate Assistant for the STAR Program. In my spare time she volunteers at a nursing home and participates in street cleaning, clothing drives and food drives. When Brittany is not doing homework or in class, she love to catch up with friends, watch reruns of television shows and getting out of her room to enjoy the outdoors.


Marcus Howard
Summer Resident Advisor

Marcus was born in Waco, Texas. He and his family moved to East Stroudsburg in 2000. In the Fall, he will become a Junior here at ESU and will continue his dual major in Computer Science and Computer Security. Marcus was President of the Choral Organization and will now become the Head Drum Major for the Warrior Marching Band this fall. As you can guess, music is and always have been an important facet in Marcus’ life. His other hobbies include video games, basketball and cooking!


Office Assistant

Sarah Levitski
Office Assistant

Sarah transferred to ESU in the fall of 2012. She is pursuing a BS in Biotechnology with a minor in Chemistry. She is the President of the Biotechnology/Medical Technology Club, and is also a member of the Pre-med Club.  She works as a Patient Companion at the Pocono Medical Center, and was hired by University Ridge as an Office Assistant in August of 2013.  She plans to further her education after completing her undergraduate work in 2015.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, drawing, and traveling.