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House Description

589 Governor's Ave, Stanford, CA 94305
West Campus
Governor's Corner (GovCo)

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Located in Governor's Corner, Potter is a quiet upper-class dorm, small enough for residents to get to know one another, large enough to consider big ideas. It is a community of listeners. Residents who choose Potter as their home are able to press pause on their own opinions and imagine things from another’s point of view.

Diversity is celebrated as students learn not only the art of conversation but how to connect with those who are different. As Brenda Ueland wrote, “Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. Think how the friends that really listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius as though it did us good, like ultraviolet rays. This is the reason: When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.

At Potter House, university students enjoy intellectually stimulating conversations late into the night, partake in group bbqs in the afternoon, and might even join in on a game of cricket on Saturdays. Friendships made here last a lifetime.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 


Resident Fellows for 2019-20

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Laura and Jon Wheeler

Midwesterner at heart, Laura grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago. She studied Psychology and Law & Society as an undergraduate at Purdue University and relocated to the Bay Area upon graduation to begin her career.  Her professional journey has led her through the fields of law, tech and ultimately higher education when she began working at Stanford in 2013. During her time at Stanford, she obtained her Master’s degree from Santa Clara University in Counseling Psychology and completed her practicum work at Stanford, working with undergraduate students. Laura currently works as a Residence Dean and is very passionate about student wellness and empowering students to make healthy life choices on their own.  She is an avid lover of her family, the great outdoors and a good kale salad. 

Jon’s roots are also planted in the midwest. Born and raised in Michigan, Jon migrated south to Florida for college where he graduated with degrees in Supply Chain and Business Management. After college, Jon started his professional career within General Electric’s Distribution Leadership Program where he had the opportunity to travel the world in various roles which eventually relocated him to Silicon Valley. Since then, Jon has built a career in technology sales bringing 15 years of experience working across numerous industries including consumer goods, retail, high-tech, healthcare, manufacturing, defense, and aerospace markets. He is currently an Enterprise Account Executive for the cloud-based software company, Salesforce. Outside of work, he enjoys reading a good book like ‘A Camping Spree with Mr Magee’ to his son and daughter. When not trying to master the work-life harmony thing, he fills his tank by getting back to nature, backpacking, boating, traveling, meditating and being present with family. 

Jon and Laura enjoy unique experiences (such as being Resident Fellows) and traveling as much as they can. They have two young kids, Beckett and Adeline. Beckett enjoys dinosaurs, all things construction (especially on campus where he can get a close look), the beach, reading books and Stanford dining soft serve.  Adeline enjoys stickers, carrying around as many stuffed animals as she can fit in her arms, cheerios, socializing and puppies.

Resident Fellows for 2020-21

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Tomás Jiménez - I’m a Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. I’m also Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology and Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. My research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. In addition to my academic writing, I have done quite a bit a public commentary related to immigration on television, radio, and in print journalism. I’m passionate about these themes, and love hearing about how they intersect in students’ lives. I’m a Bay Area native. I was born and raised in Santa Clara. I attended high school in San José, where I met my best friend, wife, and fellow RF, Nova. I also went Santa Clara University— just down El Camino Real from Stanford—and did my graduate work at Harvard. 

I have a few passions that have nothing to do with my professional life. I’m an avid practitioner of functional training (just ask me about it), a vintage dress shoe enthusiast, and a faithful San Francisco 49ers fan. I also love being a tourist in my own town. More than anything, I enjoy spending time with my family. 

Nova Dague Jiménez - I’m a professional musician and a lecturer in voice in the music department at Stanford. I’m also founding member of soprano ensemble Bella Sorella (, which has toured in both the U.S. and abroad. I grew up in San José, attended the University of Pacific Conservatory of Music, and, later, the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Music is my passion. For me, music is the deepest connection to the soul. I am a true aficionada! 

I enjoying listening and singing many styles of music—everything from R&B, and rancheras to opera. Come sing with me!

I’m also a student of yoga. I integrate the practice into many aspects of my life, including my music performance and teaching. I’m also passionate about food; I love to eat! Cooking is love, and sharing a meal is one of my greatest pleasures. I enjoying cooking and eating with my children. 

We have two sons, Orlando (9) and Marcel (7). They attend Escondido Elementary School, where they are enrolled in the Spanish Immersion program. They love Legos, tap dancing, telling jokes, talking politics, art, soccer, singing, football, baseball, and movies. 

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

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What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

Quiet, mellow, lots of kindness, lots of beautiful nature (trees, lake lag)

What qualities make a successful Potter staff team member? 

2 things: Good Listener + Responsible

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house? 

  • Jack-o-Lantern carving!
  • Smores & stories at the fireplace. 
  • Board games in the lounge.
  • Movie nights.

House Staff

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