Residence Life

Meet the Staff

Our current staff is listed below.

Elizabeth Trayner

Elizabeth Trayner

Elizabeth (or "Liz") is completing a doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Southern California. She 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, 6 countries and 4 continents. She is also an avid line dancer. She is happy to be returning to Oregon where she spent her middle school years.

Tori Ruiz

Tori Ruiz

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.

Janae Brewster

Janae Brewster

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!

Jess Varga

Jess Varga

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.

Chris Toutain

Chris Toutain

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.

Heather Coakley

Heather Coakley

Heather studied higher education administration at Washington State University (M.A.) and speech communication and organizational leadership at North Central College (B.A.) in Illinois. Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Heather moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007. When not in her office, Heather can be found snowboarding , skating with the local roller derby league, reading, sewing, or playing with one of her many nerdy gadgets.

Brandon Chinn

Karlie Pyl

Karlie Pyl

My name is Karlie Pyl! I am a senior Biochemistry major from Bonney Lake Washington! Here at Willamette I am involved in Alpha Chi Omega, Choir, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. I love living in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy running, hiking, and snow skiing. I have been involved in ResLife for the last two years and have really enjoyed building interpersonal relationships and getting to interact with residents. In the future, I hope to go to medical school and become a surgeon.

Wesley Dawn

Wesley Dawn

Wesley is a Senior History major from Mountlake Terrace, Washington. On campus he is involved with Kappa Sigma Fraternity, League of Legends Club, and the Office of Admission. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and doing homework. He is passionate about finding new perspectives and learning about how people think about things, and is very excited to live in Kaneko Commons for the first time!