Our Team

The core of the Division of Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) is its team members. Nearly 1,400 full- and part-time employees deliver outstanding Spartan experiences daily to Michigan State University (MSU) students and guests. Meet the RHS Leadership Team who lead by example and encourage all team members to advance the culture of high performance within the division and across campus.

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    Tariq Abdelhamid is the chief lean performance officer for the Division of RHS. Tariq devotes much of his time on campus facilitating divisional growth while remaining an active faculty member for the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction. He continues to guide RHS as it modernizes practices and facilities.

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    Diane Barker, chief planning and projects officer for the Division of RHS, has more than 30 years of experience working for Michigan State University (MSU). She has worked in food service, facilities, housing management and operations, sustainable initiative, and project coordination within the Division of RHS and enjoys the dynamic, collegiate environment of MSU. 

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    Kat Cooper is director of communications for the Division of RHS. During her tenure at Michigan State University, she has served as marketing and sales manager of the MSU Union, communications manager of Auxiliary Resources and of Auxiliary Enterprises. In 2010, Kat was named as one of their “10 over 10” award winners by the Lansing Chamber of Commerce.

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    Kathleen Duncan is the executive assistant to the vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises. She attended Northwood University, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration. She also received an associate degree from Lansing Community College in hospitality business and food service management.

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    Ray Gasser is the executive director of Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan State University. Previously, he was director of University Housing at the University of Idaho. He has worked in housing since 1997 at six different institutions. He earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Arizona. 

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    Vennie Gore is the senior vice president for Auxiliary Enterprises at Michigan State University. He oversees all operations within the division of RHS and contributes to the oversight of MSU's University Licensing Program as well as the Land Management Office. Among other notable accomplishments, Vennie earned the 2016 Elizabeth A. Greenleaf Alumni Award from Indiana University and recently completed Harvard's Institute for Educational Management. 

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    Kelly High McCord brings a wealth of experience to the RHS team, having served MSU for seven years as the Brody Neighborhood Engagement Center Director, continually improving that program as it has grown and evolved. Before that role, she spent seven years as Assistant Director for Residence Life here at MSU. During that time, she and Diane Barker led the planning and development of the Neighborhood concept and served on the project that developed the university-level space committee.

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    Ken Horvath, chief of staff for the Division of RHS, has a depth of experience in operations and business management, marketing, and strategic planning and development as well as media relations and community outreach. He is a member of the Association of College and University Housing Offices-International and the Professional Golf Association. 

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    Denise Ngubeni currently serves as the Interim Director of Digital Strategy and Services for Residential and Hospitality Services. She provides oversight for RHS Information Services team. She also serves as a Strategic Integration Manager, acting as a liaison between RHS Information Services and representative departments. She was previously an Event Coordinator for Forest Akers Golf Course. Denise has over 18 years of experience in RHS. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University and is a Licensed Project Management Professional.

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    Robert Patterson is chief financial officer for the Division of RHS. He has 30 years experience in financial and managerial accounting, with 21 years at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned a degree in accounting from MSU and is a Certified Public Accountant with the state of Michigan.

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    Rebecca Selesky currently serves as the director of Culinary Services at Michigan State University. She provides oversight for residential dining, retail operations, concessions and support services. She was previously the general manager of the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Rebecca has over 15 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry.