Make Student Housing Better (MSHB)

Whether it is a podcast episode, a topic for one of our events, or securing sponsorship from a service provider… we approach everything asking the question:

“Does This Make Student Housing Better?”



We like being a part of a person’s success. 

It is literally why we get up every morning.

We are a team of industry veterans who specifically see off-campus student housing as a solution to many of the problems facing universities, their surrounding communities, and students.  We are also intimately familiar with how few resources operators of student housing have available to determine best practices and paths for innovation.  We believe that SHI has the unique opportunity of becoming the leading resource to help these operators and their employees be the best they can be.  If we can do that, we know the universities, their surrounding communities, and their students have a better chance of success.



Wes Deese

Founder, CEO, Host

Gretta Dare


Dr. Phillip Badaszewski


Ken Miller


JT Bailey


Lincoln Ogata


Carly Cockrum

Marketing Assistant

Josh Harris

Videographer & Producer

William Butler


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Melanie has been working in the Student Housing Industry since 2012 starting out as a Community
Ambassador transitioning to a Regional Leasing and Marketing Manager with Landmark Properties. Her role is to provide corporate support in Leasing and Marketing to guide her portfolio to Pre-Lease and Occupancy success. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, fiancé, and Yorkie as well as judging local dance competitions. Melanie is extremely excited for this opportunity with SHI as a Brand Ambassador and can’t wait for all the fun things to come in 2021!

Jessica Delis serves as an experienced Regional Manager for Campus Advantage, overseeing all aspects of her portfolio. She takes pride in providing the best leadership possible and has a proven track record for creating strong leadership amongst her teams. Jessica has over 16 years of industry experience in both conventional and student housing. In her spare time, Jessica loves spending time with husband and three children. She also enjoys running half marathons and will one day complete a full marathon. 

Randall (Randy) Paulissen is the Director of Student Housing for Young America Realty. Located in Normal, IL, Young America services the off-campus housing needs for students of Illinois State University. He has spent 15+ years in the student housing industry culminating in his current position where he oversees the leasing/marketing and owner relations for 5,000 purpose built student housing beds. His passion for sales and the professional development of college students has resulted in the unique development and training of a part-time student led leasing staff consisting of 30+ agents, who are responsible for an annual rent roll of $35 Million. He currently resides in Peru, IL with his wife Erin and his 4 sons. In his free time Randy enjoys watching sports.

Melanie Stise


Jessica Delis


Randy Paulissen


Brittany accidentally fell into student housing by applying to work as a CA at her student apartment community in Greensboro, NC. Fast forward many years later and she has truly found a passion in the property management industry. Her favorite aspect of student housing is training and leading a strong sales team. In her free time she enjoys being the Fun Aunt to two nieces and a nephew, CrossFit, and reading. 

Brittany Ervin


Ashly Poyer is the Senior Director of Sales for PeakMade Real Estate. She’s been with Peak for 10 years, in a variety of roles both on-site and on the corporate team. In her current role she oversees the sales strategy and reporting for Peak Campus, and PeakMade Communities. Her team supports and oversees Peak’s property social media strategy, creating and implementing national leasing and renewal campaigns, and Peak’s industry leading reporting strategy and tools for property managers and owners alike. Ashly is also the Chair for PeakLink, Peak’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. 

Ashly Poyer


Greg King has been involved and working within the Student Housing Industry for 5 years! He is currently the General Manager, working under Asset Living at The Madison in Ames, Iowa. He is a valued member of the National Apartment Association and sits in on the Careers Committee. He is also involved within his local community as an Ames Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and also serves on the Advisory Board for the RPM Program within Ballstate University.

Greg King


Prior to taking on an entry-level position in the student housing industry, Emre devoted over 5 years to owning and operating a small business that offered property renovation services in the Toronto area. Best described as an eccentric entrepreneur, Emre has grown a passionate interest for analyzing real estate investments, property acquisitions, and new developments in the Canadian PBSH sector. Over the past 2 years, Emre has continued to learn, grow, and develop his expertise in student housing operations while working with Castle Student Housing. Emre studied Business - Marketing at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario and is currently in pursuit to complete his certificate in Real Property Assessment offered by UBC Sauder School of Business.

Emre Askar


Erin got into property management over 4 years ago, starting off at an almost 800 unit conventional property near Downtown Sacramento as a Leasing Agent, then Marketing Director. Less than 2 years later, she became a leasing manager for a transitioning student property near UC Davis. Fast forward to now, she is in Southern California managing a property by Cal State, San Bernardino. Student housing has turned into an amazing career for her, allowing her to be challenged, network, travel across the country, move to her dream city, and so much more. When she's not working you can usually find her at Disneyland or a baseball stadium enjoying her two favorite things and collecting content for her side-passion: her blog! She's also a huge foodie and will never turn down a reason to travel!

Erin Shay


Craig started his career in student housing as a part time leasing agent, a little more than 9 years ago with the Preiss Company. He fell in love with the career soon after, for the same reason he signed his lease to live at the site, the culture!! He finds true passion in creating a genuine and welcoming environment that creates an atmosphere that prospects, residents, and parents can see and feel when they meet him! Many student housing properties in today's markets offer similar aspects and amenities. But by signing a lease with me, you get service and loyalty for a year and hopefully many to come!!

Craig George


Kristina is a Senior Director of Leasing at Campus Living Villages San Antonio. She started her career in Arizona working in nonprofit affordable housing. After earning her Master’s in Higher Education from Arizona State, Kristina held positions like Bookkeeper, Leasing Manager, and AGM at American Campus Communities. In her current role with CLV, she oversees property social media, implements leasing campaigns, and works closely with university partners for 1800 beds. She also supports & guides new employees through the leasing journey and travels to triage sites as a portfolio mentor. She loves student housing because it keeps her young and on her feet! Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, social media, and taking pictures.

Kristina Oniszko


As vice president of business development and client services, Ryan  to build CA's third-party management pipeline. He is actively engaged with investors of all types, and serves as a client relationship manager for all the third-party clients to ensure that their goals are met. Prior to joining CA, Ryan began his career as a community assistant at American Campus Communities. Ryan has been recognized in the industry as a leader. He has been honored with multiple internal company awards including ‘Innovator of the Year’. He and his teams hold an American Advertising Award for a successful marketing campaign & four Student Housing Business Innovator awards for their work in marketing and property operations.

Ryan Hand


Maria's experience in the multi-family industry began as a part time leasing agent onsite with Bell Partners.  After four years onsite, Maria had worked her way up the ranks to a Community Manager. Maria took her experience from the field to the corporate team at Pinnacle as the Director of Education and Marketing.  After five years with Pinnacle, Maria joined the marketing team at Greystar as a Senior Marketing Manager covering the state of Florida and was a part of the Riverstone acquisition. She is currently the Sr. Director of Marketing for Peak Made Real Estate. Maria is an innovative, detailed and results-oriented senior strategic marketing leader with a record to prove it.

Maria Filippone


Paige McCarthy currently works for Campus Advantage as Director of Corporate Leasing Support and as a Regional Leasing Specialist, with a 20+ property portfolio. She has 15 years of student housing industry experience, 7 of those being in a corporate position overseeing leasing and marketing efforts of on-site teams. Paige has proven to be a leader who helps her team members find structure and grow in their role so they can be promoted to their next opportunity. She has served on the FOCUS committee, the Experience Conference committee and many more.

Paige is an avid dog and cat lover, a proud alumna of the University of Central Florida & a music enthusiast who resides in Tampa, FL.

Paige McCarthy


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