University Ridge Staff
Meet the staff at your home away from home!
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.
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.
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.
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 PENNCO 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.
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!
At the Ridge since 12/10/14
Fred was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived there for 22 years before moving to the Poconos. Some of his previous experiences include plumbing and EMT services. Fred has his Associates degree from Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY in Business Administration. Fred started at the Ridge through a temporary agency in September of 2014.
Fred likes to play basketball, watch sports, and work on cars in his spare time.
Melvin Bannerman, Jr.
At the Ridge since 8/1/2014
Mel was born in the Bronx, NY and lived there for 35 years before moving to the Poconos in 2010. He graduated from Lincoln High School and worked for Columbus Delivery Service and New York City Shelter Services for four years as a custodian. Mel started at the Ridge by way of a temp service and did so well that he was hired full time when a position officially opened.
Mel enjoys family outings, off-roading, cooking, and great conversations.
2014-2015 Resident Advisors
Marcus is currently a senior; dual majoring in Computer Science and Computer Security and plans on graduating in 2016. Marcus is currently the head drum major of the Warrior Marching Band as well as president of the ESU Vocal Performing Arts Organization. He is also a member of the National Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, where he holds the title of Alumni Liason. He plans to come right back to ESU to earn a master’s degree in both Information Technology and Computer Science. His favorite hobbies include basketball and video games.
Megan is from Easton, Pennsylvania. She is a junior studying Psychology with a concentration in counseling. Megan loves to run, exercise, take her black lab on walks, and go to the beach. She is thrilled to be working at the Ridge as an RA this summer!
I am a 21 year old from Philadelphia. PA. I came to ESU to see what life outside of the city was like. I Double Major is Psychology with a concentration in Counseling, Social Work and minor in Spanish. I am also a Campus Tour Guide and an RA in Hawthorn Suites during the academic year. I am involved in many organizations across campus such as Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Psychology Association, (Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice Club), Spanish Club, P.R.I.D.E as well as a few others. I will be a senior in the fall and am very excited to start my internship at PA Treatment & Healing! In my downtime I enjoy video games, reading and photography.