Meet the Staff
Our current staff is listed below.
Elizabeth Trayner, Ed. D.
- Director of Residence Life & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Elizabeth (or "Liz") received her doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Southern California. She also has a masters degree in Vocal Performance and a bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of South Dakota. Liz is passionate about her family, Social Justice and Disney. She loves to travel and has been to 46 states, 7 countries and 4 continents. She is also an avid line dancer. She is happy to be back in Oregon where she spent her middle school years.
- Associate Director, Residence Life
Rich earned his Masters in Education from Clemson University in Counseling Education-Student Affairs and is a product of DePaul University in Chicago. Having lived in exciting places such as Colorado, South Carolina, Missouri and Hawai'i, he's stoked to continue exploring the outdoors in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.Committed to servant leadership, he's also passionate about social justice and his HoH/Deaf community. Rich also enjoys gaming, rugby, arts (martial, performing, and film), and playing his uke.
- Director of Rights & Responsibilities
- Director of Community Education
As a wellness educator, Carli's true passion is engaging students to create real and lasting change, both in their personal lives and our community. Her work focuses on the prevention of sexual and interpersonal violence, bystander intervention education, alcohol/other drug abuse prevention and empowering Willamette students with information necessary to lead their best lives. Carli loves Oregon, graphic design, paddle-boarding, learning how to cook and spending time with family and friends.
- Office Coordinator
A human development specialist, Tori Ruiz is the Office Coordinator for Res Life. She is the proud mother of five children and takes many more under her wings each year. Tori enjoys going to her children’s games and anything that involves sports and arts and crafts.
- Eastside Area Coordinator
Janae earned her masters in higher education administration from Washington State University and double-majored in English and communication at Whitworth University. She enjoys self-serve frozen yogurt shops, farmers markets and leisurely bike-riding. She loves working with the students at Willamette!
- Kaneko Commons Coordinator
Jess received a masters in leadership and management from York St. John University in the United Kingdom and a bachelors in criminal justice administration and sociology from Sonoma State University. She is from the Los Angeles area and has been living on and off in Sonoma County for the past eight years. She is excited about the opportunity to explore Salem and Oregon. When not working, you can usually find her watching movies, hanging out with friends, reading, crafting, and taking photographs.
- Westside/Cornerstone Area Coordinator
After growing up in southern Minnesota, Chris made his first venture to Willamette as an undergraduate student, majoring in rhetoric and media studies. Upon graduating in 2008, he moved to Pennsylvania and completed an M.A. in communication arts & sciences at Penn State. Most recently, he has made the journey back to Willamette after finishing a student affairs administration M.Ed. program at Western Washington University. In his free time, Chris loves to ski at Mount Hood, and can also frequently be found exploring Portland's many coffee shops.
- Eastside Intern
- Kaneko Commons Intern
- Westside/Cornerstone Intern