Meet Our Team

External Relations Student Assistants

External Relations Student Assistants (ERSA) help build relationships between UW-Milwaukee’s off-campus students and long-term residents living in the neighborhood. They provide resources to students living off-campus and represent students in neighborhood association meetings.  They also produce and deliver newsletters in the neighborhood with seasonal information on renting, safety, and nearby events. ERSA’s have significant leadership and administrative responsibilities in the office and are your first point of contact regarding any neighborhood housing needs and concerns. In addition to daily office functions, they serve in a variety of capacities, including managing website listings for available housing arrangements, assisting student tenants regarding their rights and responsibilities, and making referrals to campus and community resources.

Haley Bass

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External Relations Student Assistant
Neighborhood Housing Office

Hi! My name is Haley and I’m double majoring in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a certificate in LGBT Studies. I’ve been living off campus for almost two years now and I absolutely love it. What I enjoy the most about living off campus is that I get to have my cats live with me, but I also enjoy the independence and all the things downtown Milwaukee has to offer. Some of my favorite events are Bastille Day in Cathedral Square, the Brady Street Festival and the Christkindl Market at Fiserv Forum. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource to utilize if you plan to live off campus. Our online listing service provides listings for everything from apartments to roommates to parking spots and through our preferred tenant program you could even save some money.

Amanda Wacker

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External Relations Student Assistant
Neighborhood Housing Office

Hi! My name is Amanda and I am majoring in psychology and intend to continue with my master's degree to become a mental health counselor. This is my fourth year living off-campus and it has been the best four years of my life. With living off campus, I get the freedom of being away from campus. I also get to live with my two dogs, which is a major perk. One of my favorite things about living off campus is the ability to go explore Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. There are a ton of paths down around the lake and through parks that I never would have come across living on campus. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource for giving students insights about listings, and information about landlords. I would highly recommend meeting with the NHO to plan! 

Abby Christensen

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External Relations Student Assistant
Neighborhood Housing Office

Hello, my name is Abby Christensen and I am majoring in Kinesiology and intend to attend graduate school for physical therapy. This is my second year living off campus and I absolutely love it! Living off campus has allowed me to spend more time experiencing the city of Milwaukee. I enjoy spending time exploring Milwaukee such as attending sporting events and visiting local coffee shops and restaurants and going to Bradford Beach. The Neighborhood Housing Office is such a great resource for all UWM students who interested in living off campus. I would recommend using the NHO Listing Service which provides available properties, potential roommates and landlord reviews. 

Bree Schabow

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External Relations Student Assistant
Neighborhood Housing Office

Hello, my name is Bree Schabow and I am majoring in Nutritional Sciences! This is my third year living off-campus and I am enjoying my freedom as well as living with some of my best friends. Living off-campus has also given me the opportunity to live in Milwaukee during my favorite season of summer. Some of my favorite things to do around Milwaukee include Bradford Beach, festivals and enjoying coffee at the many different coffee shops. The Neighborhood Housing Office is a great resource for creating positive experiences when looking to rent off-campus. I would highly recommend using the NHO Listing Service to get updated available places to rent, park and find your future roommate(s)!

Professional Staff

Phil Pape

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pvpape@uwm.eduStudent Union WG85
Student Supervisor and Programs Coordinator
Neighborhood Housing Office

Hello! My name is Phil and I am the Student Supervisor & Programs Coordinator for the Neighborhood Housing Office at UWM. I am a Badger alumnus and am excited to serve the surrounding UWM community! graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and am currently in the process of receiving my master’s in public health from the UWM Zilber School of Public HealthAs a public health official in training it is my duty and purpose to serve students and community members by forming positive relationships in the neighborhoods of Milwaukee and beyond. I supervise the student staff to make sure as a team we are providing the surrounding student communities with the right options to be in the best living environment possible.

My favorite resource offered in the NHO is our rental listing service. It is a great resource for both students looking for a place to rent as well as NHO approved landlords to post their listings for students. It is an excellent place for students to start when looking to move off-campus and to the area surrounding UWM.

Alyssa Conrardy

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ambc@uwm.eduStudent Union WG85
Neighborhood Housing and Relations Manager
Communication & Media Relations: Neighborhood Relations

Hi! My name is Alyssa, and I am the Neighborhood Housing and Relations Manager at UWM. I am a #PantherProud alumna and am excited to serve the surrounding UWM community since graduating with a B.A. in Communication in 2015 and having earned a M.S. from Western Illinois University in the College Student Personnel: Student Affairs program in 2017. It is my responsibility to serve students and community members alike, working to foster positive relationship in the neighborhood. I oversee the Neighborhood Housing Office (NHO) events, programs, and resources, and supervise the student staff team in the Neighborhood Housing Office, the External Relations Student Assistants.

My favorite resource offered in the NHO is our rental listing service which is a great resource for both students looking for a place to rent as well as NHO approved landlords to post their listings for our students. Our service is monitored and vetted daily, and is an excellent place for students to start when looking to move off-campus and to the area surrounding UWM.

UWM has and continues to provide me with a plethora of opportunities to grow as a person and a professional. I appreciate the strong commitment to the Milwaukee community, access to higher education, and academic excellence as we are a top-ranking institution. I look forward to continue serving my alma mater, UWM students and the Milwaukee Community and exploring new ways to engage the community.

Go Panthers!