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Residence Staff

The residential experience is a large part of the students’ overall development as they become involved in many social, educational, and relational opportunities. A structured residence program teaches students how to manage their time, resources and social skills. Residence students have the opportunity to interact with many students from different cultural backgrounds, ranging from Asia to Africa to North and South America. We provide a great learning opportunity for our students as well as an excellent place to develop and improve English language skills. Many life-long friendships are developed in the residence as students learn relational skills that will help them as they move on to university and their careers. Residence students become part of a family and view NCC as a second home.

Meet our Residence Team:

Kristi Robins

Girls’ Residence Director

Miss Kristi Robins graduated in 2010 with an Associates degree in General Arts and Science with a focus on Sociology and Psychology. While attending Confederation College in Thunder Bay Ontario, and living within their residence community, Miss Kristi enjoyed working as a Resident Advisor on campus and sat as the Director of Residence Life on their Student Council's Board of Directors. Miss Kristi enjoyed affecting change and creating a safe environment for the students. Following graduation, she went on to become the General Manager of Confederation Colleges Residence programs.

In 2016, Miss Kristi moved to her hometown of Niagara Falls and was hired by NCC as the Girls’ Residence Director. Knowing from her own great experiences and fond memories of living in a residence community, she loves to ease students into their new home-away-from home as seamlessly and lovingly as possible. Watching students’ grow and develop into loving global citizens with big hearts is what really drives her passion for working in residence life. Miss Kristi is excited to work in the NCC community, and share the love of Christ with students through His word and in her actions.

Lucas Van Natter

Boys’ Residence Director

Lucas was born and raised in Fort Erie and attended NCC from grade 4 through to grade 12. Following high school, he played two years for Junior hockey in Aurora Ontario before attending Manhattanville College located just outside New York City. Lucas played four years of hockey there while completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology. After graduation, he played one year of professional hockey in the Southern Professional Hockey League before returning to Canada to take a position at NCC. He lives on campus with his wife Ashley and daughter Emma-Jane. If he is not at work or spending time with his family, you’ll likely find Lucas out on the water fishing.

Steven Warkentin

Boys’ Residence Assistant

Elizabeth Stark

Girls’ Residence Assistant Director

Miss Elizabeth Stark is the Girl’s Residence Assistant Director, having attended NCC herself for eight years and graduating in 2014. She attended Redeemer University in Hamilton for her first year of post-secondary education then transferred to McMaster University to complete her bachelor's degree in Psychology. Miss Stark is dedicated to building individual relationships with the students while helping the girls grow in their relationship with God and develop a positive sense of self-worth.

Jared Knechtel

Boys’ Program Coordinator

Jared Knechtel is a graduate of Trent University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. Previously serving our residence community as a Residence Assistant, he has now taken on the position of Boys' Programming Coordinator and is working to provide our students with fun, safe opportunities to explore in Niagara, Toronto, and on campus while building lasting relationships among the students. Jared describes himself as a consummate nerd and enjoys talking with the students about the latest media releases, playing challenging games, and offering fun and engaging alternatives to sitting in front of a screen all day. Jared also volunteers his time and leadership to the Music program with the NCC Concert Band.

Jacob Van Natter

Boys’ Residence Assistant

Jacob Van Natter has a strong bond with Niagara Christian Collegiate. All of his siblings as well as his parents attended the school. Both of his parents work on staff. His brother Lucas and cousin Elijah work with Jacob on the residence team. Together with his family and other NCC staff, Jacob’s goal is to create an environment of respect where students can grow together in every aspect of their lives, whether that growth is physical, mental, or spiritual. He strives to create a positive atmosphere in residence where students who are Christians can grow stronger in their faith. For those who may be exploring Christianity, Jacob wants to create a nurturing atmosphere where students can learn more about Jesus Christ and experience the love of God through other students, staff, and faculty here on campus.

Mr. Benjamin Stark

Boys’ Residence Assistant Director

Although Mr. Stark is a new addition to NCC’s residence staff, he's also a very familiar face here on campus! Benjamin Stark is a graduate of NCC's class of 2011. He went on to study at Niagara College and recently obtained his diploma in Hospitality Management. Mr. Stark is dedicated to ensuring that students not only grow academically, but socially as well. He works diligently to create a home away from home for students, and sees that they have lots of fun while gaining a quality education.

Chantelle Collins

Girls’ Program Coordinator

Miss Chantelle Collins has started her first year here at NCC as a welcome addition to our residence staff team. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Child and Youth Studies and Psychology from Brock University. She went on to complete the Social Service Worker Program at Fanshawe College. Miss Collins looks forward to using both her educational background and workplace experience to invest in each of our students here on dorm throughout the school year. She is excited to see what God has in store for her and the students.

Elijah Kalenuik

Boys' Residence Assistant