Staff Bios

Kira Munoz, Aurora, Corona and Regina Hall Area Coordinator:

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Kira has a master’s degree in College Counseling & Student Development from St. Cloud State University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (minors in Spanish Language & Culture and Global Studies & International Relations) from Alverno College. Kira is from Southeast Wisconsin, and has lived in Texas, Minnesota, and Kentucky. Kira has experience working with student athletes (predominantly football), deaf students, upper-class and first year students, and more through her previous role as a Residence Hall Coordinator in Kentucky. Kira has also worked in Multicultural Student Services, Graduate Student Services, Service Learning, and at a campus Women’s Center. Kira previously interned with CSB Residential Life & Housing in 2016 and is thrilled to be back! Kira enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and the arts. She is passionate about social justice issues, student development, and Zumba!

Jordan Salinsky, Corona Hall Resident Director:

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Jordan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Community Sociology and Environmental Studies and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. While at UW-Madison, Jordan worked for Residence Life in various capacities and also was the Urban Agriculture director for the student sustainable agriculture organization. She is excited to support first-year students as they navigate the transition to CSB and looks forward to developing relationships with residents and student staff.  Outside of work, Jordan enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, reading, and petting all the dogs. 

Melanie Soderlund, Regina Hall Resident Director:

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Melanie has a master’s degree in Counseling Ministries from Denver Seminary, and a B.A. in Athletic Training from Bethel University. Before joining the staff at the College of Saint Benedict, Melanie worked with student athletes at both the high school and collegiate level as a Certified Athletic Trainer, and also completed an internship as a hospital chaplain. She is passionate about supporting the holistic development of college students and helping them explore how their unique giftings and passions connect with the needs of the world. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee, watching college sports, writing, photography, and playing/listening to music.

Claire Hanson, Lottie, Margretta and Brian Hall Area Coordinator:

Claire Hanson

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Claire earned her master's degree in Educational Leadership: College Student Development from Oklahoma State University and earned a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies as well as certificates in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Northern Iowa. During her time at both institutions, Claire was heavily involved with residential life, working as a hall director and resident assistant, as well as working within the National Residence Hall Honorary and Residence Hall Association, and attended/assisted with several housing conferences. Claire has a passion for working with student leaders, promoting social justice and inclusion efforts, as well as student advocacy. Outside of work, Claire is usually with her husband, Jordan, son, Henry, and cat, Luna. Claire enjoys watching movies, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, trying different makeup looks, and she is trying to make cooking a hobby. Claire is originally from Des Moines and her husband is from Okoboji, so when she is not in Minnesota, she is likely visiting family in Iowa.

Mae Yang, Lottie Hall Resident Director:

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Mae graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Environmental Biology. As an undergraduate student, she worked in Residence Life and was involved in many student service related clubs such as tutoring elementary students through Big and Little Pals or sitting as a board member in Student Senate. Prior to working for the College of Saint Benedict, Mae served for two years as an AmeriCorps member for a non-profit college access program in Minnesota called, College Possible. Mae is ecstatic to continue her second year at CSB in the upper class residence halls; she is eager to build relationships, passionate about student advocacy, and delighted in providing opportunities of growth to the incoming sophomore cohort students. Outside of supporting students, Mae enjoys fishing, camping, watching anime, playing video games, spending time with her family, and strumming her guitar/ukulele.

Holly Loberg, Campus Apartments & Houses Area Coordinator:

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Holly holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership: College Student Development from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies: Leadership and Advocacy from Winona State University. She is originally from the Twin Cities and loves being back in the state of Minnesota. In her professional life, Holly has experience working with students that have experienced gender-based violence, higher education law and policy work, and advocacy work for students of minoritized gender- and sexual-identities. When Holly isn’t in the office, she loves to watch YouTube, she reads books as a member of a national Book Of The Month club, and plays video games. Holly is also incredibly passionate about hockey, including playing it, watching it, and learning about its history!

Elaine Grafelman, Campus Apartments & Houses Resident Director:

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Elaine graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience. During her undergrad, she worked as a Residence Life student staff member in a first-year hall for two years. She is eager to start her second year at CSB and help women explore their identities and passions. Outside of work, Elaine loves dancing, hiking, baking bread, and learning random fun facts.

Christy Brown, Director of Residential Life & Housing:

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Christy earned her master's degree at St. Edward's, and completed her B.A. in foreign languages (Russian & German) from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She comes to the College of Saint Benedict after ten years in Austin, Texas at St. Edward's University, where she worked in several positions in Residence Life. Professionally, Christy is passionate about developing students and staff members, bridging students in-class and out-of-class experiences, and promoting opportunities for campus involvement, and global education. Outside of work, Christy is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. She loves trivia, politics, language, and is a diehard sports fan (especially hockey!), despite having no athletic skills herself!

Attina Notch, Assistant Director of Residential Life & Housing:

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Attina was born and raised a farmhouse near Blooming Prairie, Minnesota; a town only 20 minutes away from the birthplace of SPAM. If that was not exciting enough, she also spent summers in Panama with family eating sancocho. In her years as a higher education professional, Attina has served as a Tutoring & Accessibility Services Coordinator, Otto Bremer Grant Scholarship Coordinator, Director of Grants & Alumni Relations, and even a Hall Director. With this diverse set of experiences, Attina plans to serve as an exceptional steward of resources and enhance the housing experience for all residents! Attina received her master’s degree in Higher Education & Administration from St. Cloud State University and her bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota, Morris.