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Meet The Staff

Stephanie London


Stephanie London

Assistant Dean of Ƶ for Housing and Campus & Community Engagement



Stephanie serves as the assistant dean of students for Housing and Campus and Community Engagement. In her 16 years working at Ƶ, she has worked in Student Activities, overseeing large-scale campus programming, registered student organizations, volunteer programming, and serving in advisor capacities to the Campus Activities Board, Lion’s ROAR, Cub Camp, and the Student Government Association. Most recently she has added experience in the area of Housing and Residential Life, overseeing the university’s two on-campus living facilities. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ƶ and a Master of Science in college student personnel from Arkansas Tech. As a Fort Smith native, she loves working at her hometown university and giving back to the local River Valley community.
“As an alumna of Ƶ, I chose to work here because I wanted to give to our students in the ways that were given to me: great mentors, amazing memories, and a quality education.”

Joe England


Joe England

Lion's Den Resident Director



Joe England is the resident director for the Lion's Den. He worked in housing at Arkansas Tech for four years as an R.A. and then two years as an R.D. while earning his master's in college student personnel. He is originally from Clinton, a small town in North Central Arkansas, and grew up in the boonies. A self-professed nerd, he loves talking about movies and/or TV shows. His office is always open if you want to swing by for a chat.
"I came to Ƶ because I had heard a lot of great things about the school during my undergraduate and grad school days, and I loved the idea of working at a smaller institution with a close-knit community while simultaneously living in a larger city than I ever had before! "

Johnny Resendiz


Johnny Resendiz

Sebastian Commons Resident Director



Johnny is the resident director of the Sebastian Commons. He attended Ƶ from 2015 to 2019, graduating with a bachelor's in English, then went on to get a master's in higher education administration from Kansas University. He then spent two years working at Ball State University in Indiana as a residence hall director.
"I started working at Ƶ as a resident director in March of 2023. I returned because I really love the culture of Ƶ and the greater Fort Smith area. It's also great to work at a university that's closer to my family."

Lori Willyard


Lori Willyard

Administrative Assistant



Lori joined the Ƶ team in September of 2023 as the administrative specialist for Housing and Residential Life. She oversees the Housing Office within Sebastian Commons and works to be sure everything runs as smoothly as possible for students and staff. Lori previously worked in housing in the Fort Smith and Van Buren communities and has worked in an administrative specialist role most of her career. She is excited to be of help to current and new residents alike.