Celia Balderas - Wallace West Resident Director
I graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts. During my time at WSU, I was heavily involved with my community, while also working as a Greek Leadership Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and as an Office Assistant for Multicultural Student Services. Following my time at WSU, I went on to complete my Masters of Education with an emphasis in College Student Services and Administration, at Oregon State University.
During my time at Oregon State University I worked for the Dean of Students Office as a Student Care Specialist and Assistant Case Manager where I was introduced to the Housing and Residence Life world. Upon completing my masters I decided to accept an internship opportunity as the Summer Conference Intern here at the University of Idaho which led to my current role as the Resident Director for Wallace West and McConnell. During my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending quality time with friends and family. I am super excited to be joining the Vandal's family and returning to the Palouse.
Emily Smith - Wallace East Area Coordinator
Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, I received my bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University. While at IU, I took on multiple student leadership roles and learned so much about myself and others through those experiences. After graduation, I took on a full time position at IU in Residential Programs and Services as a House Manager. In this role, I was able to advise a student conduct board, supervise resident assistants and manage front desk operations.
That experience is where I learned that I wanted to pursue a career working with college students. I continued on to Murray State University where I worked as a Residence Director and earned my master’s degree in post-secondary education administration.
I am thrilled to be working at the University of Idaho! The students here are ambitious and continually demonstrate care and compassion for one another. I am excited to learn and grow with the many students, staff, faculty and community members here in Moscow.
Feel free to give me a call, stop by my office or send me an email if you have any questions, concerns or kudos related to Wallace and McConnell!