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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, daughter Emma-Jane, and son Kanaan. If he is not at work or spending time with his family, you’ll likely find Lucas out on the water fishing.

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.

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 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. He 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’ Residence Assistant Director

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.

Joel Gakwaya

Boys' Residence Assistant

Joel first came to NCC as a student the summer of 2006 and graduated in June 2009. After his high school graduation, Joel attended Mohawk College and obtained a diploma in Business Insurance. He worked at NCC as the Boys’ Residence Assistant Director from February 2014 - June 2017. As a residence staff, he enjoyed building relationships with students, playing sports with them, and making sure they felt at home. Joel is looking forward to being back on the residence team this year, but more importantly, making a positive impact in the lives of our students.