Staff Bio

Senior Staff Bios

The University Senior Staff is comprised of dedicated professional, support, and student staff members who are responsible for providing residential living programs and coordinating all services for resident students.

Dr. Marilyn A. De LaRoche Director of University Housing | E-mail

Dr. De LaRoche is the Director of University Housing. She has over 24 years of experience in residential housing as well as several years of experience in protective services. Dr. De LaRoche received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics with emphasis in Business from the University of Missouri Columbia in Columbia, Missouri. She received her Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and her Master of Science in Education in Student Personnel from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Management was received from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. From the University of Georgia, Dr. De LaRoche also received an International Certification on Comparative Higher Education having completed studies at the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, the Netherlands, and Universities in both Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. In addition, Dr. De LaRoche is a nationally Certified Educational Facilities Professional through APPA, the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers.

At Georgia State University, Dr. De LaRoche currently serves as a member of the Vice President of Student Affairs senior leadership team; the University Crisis Team; the Safety and Security committee; and the Enrollment Management Group. Her professional affiliations are with Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA); the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA); the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I);  and the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International (ACCED-I).


Dr. Mylon Kirksy Associate Director – Residence Life | E-mail

Dr. Mylon Kirksy is the Associate Director of University Housing for Residence Life. He has over 12 years of professional experience in student affairs, residence life, and housing services. Dr. Kirksy received his Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Public Relations from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. He received his Masters of Communication and Information Studies in Organizational Communication from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. His Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Administration was received from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Dr. Kirksy’s areas of expertise are in student learning assessment; staff development and training; and organizational research, assessment, and evaluation. Dr. Kirksy is also a certified behavioral-based interviewer and a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) that assesses intercultural competency. His professional affiliations are with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). In 2007, Dr. Kirksy received the NASPA Region VI Mid-level Student Affairs Professional Award for outstanding commitment to the profession and contributions to the development of programs that promote student learning and personal development.

Laurence Uphoff Associate Director – Operations | E-mail

Laurence is the Associate Director of Operations for University Housing. He has 35 years of experience in housing maintenance, construction methods, facility management, and project development. Laurence received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and his Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Illinois State University. At Georgia State University, Laurence is responsible for administering and directing all activities associated with the operations of the Department of University Housing. He recommends facility improvements and participates in developing short and long term goals for maintaining and improving the physical facilities. He manages all residential buildings at GSU’s University Commons, University Lofts, Patton Hall, Special Interest Housing and the Piedmont North Complex. Laurence was involved in the construction of the University Commons, Patton Hall, Special Interest Housing, and the renovation of the Piedmont North Complex. He is professionally associated with Golden Key International Honor Society, and the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA).

Shannon Corey Assistant Director for Community and Staff Development | E-mail

Shannon has worked in Housing and Residence Life for over 8 years. Through programming, training, and development, she enjoys seeing the impact they all have on both students and staff at GSU. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Old Dominion University. Shannon is professionally affiliated with Georgia Housing Officers (GHO), Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO), Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I), and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Sharon German Assistant Director for Business Services and Financial Operations | E-mail

Sharon German is Assistant Director for Business Services and Financial Operations for University Housing. She has 10 years of budget and financial experience at Georgia State University. Sharon received a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Polytechnic University.

At Georgia State University, Sharon serves as a member on the University’s staff council and is an inducted member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. Her professional affiliations are with the National and Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and the National and Southern Association of Auxiliary Services.


Roderick Padilla Assistant Director for IT Services | E-mail

Rod is a 20-year IT veteran at Georgia State University who oversees the operation of all University Housing Information Services & Technology. Rod has more than 25 years of Information Technology and state-of-the art systems experience in academia and private industry. He speaks and writes fluently in both English and Spanish and works closely with the Latino community in Georgia. Hobbies include ham radio, baseball, soccer, and music.

Ty Hill Coordinator for Conference and Program Services | E-mail

Ty is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She attended Iowa State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic & Cultural Anthropology. She received her Master of Business Administration from American InterContinental University here in Atlanta, Georgia. Ty has worked in the hospitality industry for 11 years as a wedding, events, and conference planner.

Randy Brown Assistant Director for Residence Life, Edgewood and Ellis Communities | E-mail

Randy_BrownRandy was born and raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received a degree in Business Management. His undergraduate involvement in student government at the U of A inspired him to get a Masters of Education from The University of Vermont. His Higher Education and Student Affairs degree prepared him for his first job as a Hall Director at The Florida State University. He now calls Georgia State University Home.

Marc Ebelhar Assistant Director for Residence Life, University Commons | E-mail

Marc_EbelharOriginally from Owensboro, KY, Marc earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. He has worked professionally in Residence Life and Student Affairs at Elmhurst College, Florida International University, and Bowling Green State University. In his spare time you may find him singing at a local karaoke club, playing racquetball, or enjoying dinner at one of Atlanta’s many wonderful local restaurants.

Kerry Wallaert Coordinator of Residential Leadership & Civic Engagement | E-mail

Kerry_WallaertKerry is from Saginaw, Michigan. She earned a B.S. in English Writing from Northern Michigan University and a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. As the Coordinator of Residential Leadership, Kerry works with Greek Housing, RHA, and on campus student leaders. When Kerry is not working, she enjoys volunteering, writing, and photography. She also loves taking road trips and listening to hip hop music.

Zduy Chu Coordinator, Living Learning Communities & Academic Initiatives | E-mail

Zduy_ChuZduy Chu was born in Oklahoma, raised in Arkansas and spent the last 5 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as their Student Leadership Coordinator. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s in Marketing Management in 2004 and a Master’s in Higher Education and Leadership in 2006. He loves to travel and taught on the Summer 2010 Semester At Sea Voyage around the Mediterranean. One of his passions is working with students and helping them achieve success inside and outside of the classroom.

Incoming Freshman

Students who submit their application prior to June 3, 2014 at 12 p.m.:
Simple & Advanced Roommate Search: February 14, 2014 at 12 p.m. – June 9, 2014 at 12 p.m.
Room Selection:
June 17, 2014 at 12 p.m. – June 27, 2014 at 12 p.m.
Parking Information for University Commons and Piedmont North:
Parking application will open to all residents on July 1, 2014. To complete a parking application, login to MyHousing, select Personal Preferences, and complete your vehicle information.

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