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Neighborhood F: Gerhard Casper Quad, Branner, Grove, Kairos, Phi Kappa Psi, Pi Beta Phi, and apartments in MIrrielees and EVGR-A

About

In Branner we work to foster a caring community of engaged citizens who explore personal growth, intellectual pursuits and public service with inspiration, innovation and passion.

Branner staff work to support the academic success and intellectual growth of all students while building and sustaining a healthy community.

Resident Fellows

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Tom Schnaubelt and Mary Esther Schnaubelt serve as the Resident Fellows for Branner Hall.

Tom is the Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Tom studied physics as an undergraduate, earned a Master's and PhD in Education, and has worked and taught in universities in Wisconsin, Michigan, Mississippi, and now California. He grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to ski, tinker with vintage Volkswagens, brew beer, and play the guitar (he’s recently started to play the banjo).

Mary Esther studied philosophy, earning an undergraduate and Master's degree. Her father was in the Air Force, which means she’s lived in lots of different places: England, Hawaii, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, Wisconsin and California. She has experience teaching philosophy at the college level in Colorado, but in recent years her efforts have focused on improving educational equity and public health--particularly for youth. Mary Esther most recently served as the Youth Program Coordinator at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.  Mary Esther enjoys reading, hiking, playing at the beach and camping. 

Tom and Mary Esther have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is currently a student at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Beyond family, having a vibrant community life is among the Schnaubelts' most important priorities.

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