About Us

Residential Living Staff

The Residential Living Office supports a Director, Assistant Director, Complex Coordinator, House Director, Faculty-in-Residence, Administrative Assistant and several student employees.

Mindy Rendon, Director

Mindy Rendon

A Texas native, Mindy has been the Director of Residential Living at Washburn since 2008.  She brings a variety of student housing experience from previous institutions: West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and University of Kansas.  Her education includes a BBA in Marketing from West Texas A&M University; MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from West Texas A&M University; and is working on her dissertation for her Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kansas.  Her passion for creating a safe, academically-centered living environment for Washburn students drives her to create and implement programs such as Here to Live, Here to Learn.

"I love student housing because I have experienced first hand the impact and the support that it can provide first year students. My on campus housing experience at WTAMU helped create the professional that I am today."

Things on Mindy's bucket list include: taking a train trip to anywhere, teaching a college course, completing her doctoral degree, and growing a garden.

Brad Turnbull, Assistant Director

Brad Turnbull

Brad joined the Residential Living team in July 2012, bringing us his experience as an Assistant Complex Director at the University of Kansas. He received his BA in Music from Truman State University and his MSE in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.  Brad combines his passion for social justice and experience in working with students on issues of diversity with his student housing experience to help create an environment that is inviting and supportive of all identities.

"I love working in student housing because in addition to getting to work with incredible students, we provide students with their most basic needs for shelter and security.  Fulfilling that creates an excellent foundation on which to build academic success."

Brad enjoys watching movies and his fish aquarium, and has an extensive bucket list of international destinations.

Jen Blackburn, Village Complex Coordinator

Jen Blackburn

Jen starting with Residential Living as House Director in September of 2013, and has been the Village Complex Coordinator since June of 2014.  Jen comes to us from Ohio, where she graduated from Otterbein University with a BA in History.  She is currently working towards her Masters of Higher Education Administration at the University of Kansas. Jen is enthusiastic about encouraging students to make the most of their college experience and recognize their full potential.

"One of the most rewarding things about working with residential students is that it gives me the opportunity to work with individuals as they learn and grow as adults, while also creating a safe 'home away from home' atmosphere."

Jen enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and being "Momma Jen" to the men of Phi Delta Theta.

Kim Meehan, Administrative Assistant

Kim Meehan

Kim is our Washburn veteran of the office having been with Washburn University for 9 years.  She brings our office 8 years of experience from working in Admissions and joined the ResLiving staff in July 2012.  While Kim has lived in Kansas for a while, her roots lay in the Windy City of Chicago.

"One part of Res Living that I most enjoy is how diverse the job is. Every day there is a new resident to meet and something new to learn.  I love the energy that comes from our Office Assistants, Desk Assistants, and Resident Assistants."

In her free time, Kim enjoys running, gardening, and tackling home improvement projects she finds on Pintrest.

KM Kwong, Faculty-in-Residence

Phi Delta Theta House Director