Duncan Hall Staff works together to ensure that Duncan Hall is a healthy, safe, and vibrant community.
Meet the Staff
Nhat Nguyen is a former seminarian who graduated with a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, America’s First Catholic Seminary. He spent two years discerning the diocesan priesthood with the Diocese of Richmond and has come to realize that "there’s something about Mary." He began his theological studies at Saint Mary’s and his pastoral assignments included: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Nazareth, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Saint Anne. He could not be more affirmed to be working at a university that carries the name of Notre Dame, Our Lady. Prior to the seminary, Nhat graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from James Madison University, where he was also a Division I student-athlete on the varsity wrestling team and a three-time All-State wrestler. He became the Assistant Catholic Campus Minister at JMU after graduation, and the following year was promoted to be the Catholic Campus Minister at Roanoke College. Nhat hails from Roanoke, Virginia, where his family of nine settled in 1993 from Vietnam.
When asked to reflect on this invitation to serve in the formation of Notre Dame undergraduate students, Nhat answered: “It’s the ‘American Story.’ Our family is a first-generation immigrant family who came to the United States in 1993, and we identified ourselves with Notre Dame because of its Catholicity, tradition, and values. To be a part of this University is my ‘American Dream.’ I believe that my passion for service and love for ministry will prepare me to meet the rigorous demands of being Rector. My many years of ministerial work have given me a genuine empathy, which enables me to connect well and personally with others, and a deep desire to be a man for others in the likeness of Christ.”
I am currently in my second year at Notre Dame Law School. I grew up in Columbia, SC and graduated from Notre Dame in 2015. Before beginning law school, I moved back to Columbia and worked at a prosecutor's office. I am interested in criminal law and intellectual property law. In my spare time, I enjoy, running, biking, playing board games, and watching sports, especially Notre Dame football and hockey. And my favorite TV show is The Office.
Matt is in his third and final year at Notre Dame Law School. He grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and spent nine summers as a caddie. Despite his long caddie record, which included caddying for famous professionals and household names in the BMW Championship, Matt’s skills as a golfer are surprisingly underwhelming. He was an Evans Scholar in college and graduated from Northwestern University in 2014. After college, Matt moved to Atlanta for nearly two years and worked for a legal services company as he considered a career in the law. If he is not studying in the law school, you can usually find Matt hanging out in Duncan and listening to music from the greatest era of all time, the 90’s. Matt will almost always accept a challenge to a round of darts in his apartment, and is always looking for a new board game or card game to play. You should also feel free to reach out to Matt if you need help with a paper or advice crafting a resume.
Fr. Mark Thesing
Fr. Mark Thesing, C.S.C. is Duncan’s first and only Priest-In-Residence, moving in as Duncan opened its doors in 2008. After serving as Rector of Keenan from 2002 until 2008, Fr. Mark joined the senior staff of Student Affairs where he served as Business Manager until 2011 when he became Director of Finance and Administration for Mendoza. He has much experience in residential life at Notre Dame. In June 2018 Fr. Mark was appointed Assistant Provincial and Steward for the U.S. Province of Holy Cross. He continues to serve as ND football chaplain and weekend associate at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in South Bend. Born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Fr. Mark has two brothers, two sisters, and thirteen nieces and nephews. He also sponsors a card game in his room after Mass on Wednesdays, is an avid Disney fan, enjoys photography, cooking and amazing people with card tricks.
Resident Assistant, 1A
Daniel Massoud was born and raised in the great—nay, incredible—metropolis that is Cincinnati, OH (specifically Anderson Township). As a Reds fan through and through, life can be difficult for Dan, but he always knows that next year is their year.
An IT Management and Television double major, you can find Dan in Giovanini Commons in Menodza or watching television (because it’s technically studying). Last summer, Dan interned at the Cincinnati ABC-affiliate television station WCPO, and
he’s always ready to talk about the beauty and tragedy of live television.
Dan takes immense pride in his multiple Duncan Hall roles, serving as the ever-so- important Cake Pop Commissioner his sophomore year and Dance Commissioner and Hall Volleyball captain last year. Dan also frequents the ping-pong table, willing
to take on any competitor, especially Nhat (though some may say he’s not really a “competitor”). His third consecutive year living in 1A, Dan is incredibly confident that the section will dominate section sports once again, looking specifically for a three-
peat in section basketball.
In his free time, Dan enjoys singing, learning every new Beyoncé dance routine, jamming out to music in general, crushing at board games, and watching movies and TV. You may be able to locate him and RA Gino Domel by listening for their Phantom
of the Opera renditions or their SNL impressions. Like the RAs of years past, Dan can’t wait to show the dorm and the world why 1A comes first both numerically and alphabetically.
If you ever have any questions for Dan about Mendoza or FTT, dance tips, Cincinnati,
or if you’d just like to talk, please reach out! His door at Duncan is always open.
Otherwise, please reach out to Dan at (513) 508-6138 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resident Assistant, 1B
Gino is one of the many students from the suburbs of Chicago and specifically comes from Sleepy Hollow, IL. As a Mechanical Engineering major, he spends a healthy amount of time in Fitzpatrick Hall and Hesburgh Library with RA Mark Hershey and hopes to attend graduate school for engineering after graduation. But Gino’s school work hasn’t stopped him from playing on the Duncan interhall basketball and baseball teams, as well as Duncan’s formidable interhall soccer B-team. Additionally, he hopes to win back-to-back Duncan section-basketball championships (this time with the incomparable 1B), even if it ends again with him needing a few stitches. Gino’s favorite pastime is baseball, making him a die-hard Chicago White Sox fan who spends every season hoping the Sox don’t finish in last place. In his free time, Gino can be found reading a book (most likely Lord of the Rings), playing basketball at the Rock, talking on the phone with one of his many family members, losing to Nhat in NCAA football or to RA Dan Massoud in ping-pong, or looking for someone to play Rocket League against. Gino also plans to continue hosting Duncan’s culture nights, which have ranged from poetry night to poker night to learn-how-to-swing-dance night. Feel free to reach out to Gino at any time for any reason before or after the school year starts at 224-623-7611 or at email@example.com -- or just stop by room 143!
Resident Assistant, 2A
Originally from Lebanon, OH, a small town northeast of Cincinnati, Zach is honored and extremely excited to spend his senior year serving as the RA for 2A! Academically, he majors in
physics and the Program of Liberal Studies. If you don’t know what the latter is, don’t worry; he will tell you and anyone who is curious more about it than they want to know. In addition to
classes, Zach has been involved in research in physics and chemistry labs during his time at Notre Dame and will soon begin writing a senior thesis for PLS on medievalism and the writings
of J.R.R. Tolkien. During the spring of his junior year, he fled the country to learn what it really means to be a Duncan Highlander in Scotland, where he studied abroad at the University of St.
Andrews. He hopes to bring back some authentic Scottish spirit to 2A and everyone in Duncan! Outside the classroom, Zach has worked in Student Government and with the Peer Advisor
program for the College of First Year of Studies. He also edits the physics section for Scientia, Notre Dame’s undergraduate science journal, and always loves to take advantage of the many
academic talks, artistic performances, and discussion groups available on campus. In the past, Zach has served Duncan Hall as its representative in Student Senate, worked as the dorm liaison
for NDVotes and The Bald and the Beautiful, played interhall soccer, and sung as the cantor at Sunday Mass in Duncan. When he manages to find some sliver of free time, Zach enjoys reading
across an eclectic range of genres and subjects, playing sports (especially soccer!), having long and interesting conversations about love, life, God, the universe, and anything else, and playing
around with music. Most recently, he is trying to learn to play the tin whistle, so please forgive him if you hear odd squeaks coming from his room. If you are interested in any of these things,
want to learn more about Duncan, or just want somebody to chat with, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Zach by phone at (513) 444-5794, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by stopping by
Room 217 in Duncan!
Resident Assistant, 2B
Jack was born and raised in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, just across the street from Detroit with his six siblings. Ask Jack where he's from and, in typical Michigander fashion, he will proudly point out the location on his hand and offer you a "pop" followed by an invitation to play a game of Euchre. Proud to be from Metro Detroit, Jack is a passionate defender and promoter of the comeback city. A civil engineering major with a concentration in structures, Jack can frequently be seen wearing a hard hat, boots, and reflective vest around, holding up broken pieces of furniture with concrete cylinders, or freaking out over anything where the sum of forces don't equal zero. Jack is extremely excited and proud to serve as RA in the iconic and legendary 2B section of Duncan Hall. In the past years at Duncan Jack has served as the athletics commissioner and organized What I Learned @ ND talks. Additionally, he played the highly coveted center-back position on the Duncan Soccer team which has made it to the inner-hall championship game two out of the past three years. Outside of school work Jack is busy with co-curricular activities ranging from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which he served as a club officer, to the brand new TEA @ ND club (Theme Park Club) which he co-founded his Junior year. Jack founded the TEA club because he has a passion for theme parks, especially Disney, and hopes to one day work in the industry as a Disney Imagineer. In his free time he also enjoys playing pickup sports, Rocket League, and reading fantasy / sci-fi novels. Anytime someone in the dorm talks about Harry Potter, Star Wars, or anything related to Disney Parks, Jack is probably not far away. Please feel free to contact him at anytime at 313-720-3027 or email@example.com for any reason!
Resident Assistant, 3A
A fast walker and a fast talker, Mark Hershey was bred in the concrete jungle. Although originally from Westchester, a New York suburb, four years of high school in Manhattan molded him into a city kid. At Notre Dame Mark studies Mechanical Engineering with a minor in interhall sports. He doesn’t take section sports lightly either. As the 3A RA Mark has high hopes for section football and basketball. As former Vice President of Duncan Hall, Mark knows the ins and outs of the one building you’ll call home. You can find him playing FIFA throughout the hall or knocking on your door holding up a pair of battered basketball shoes with one question: “ball?” Mark etched his name in Duncan Hall lore as Welcome Weekend commissioner with a fearsome Scottish accent. On the topic of accents, Mark is fluent in Spanish. As half-Spaniard Mark watches an obsessive amount of soccer and is an avid Real Madrid fan. He finds less success in his New York Sports teams (Mets and Jets) where the most excitement lives in opening day. Mark’s interests run deep in music, film, and travel. Feel free to contact Mark with any questions at (914) 920-1761, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by his room anytime.
Resident Assistant, 3B
Matthew “Heeds” Heeder is a Mathematics and Spanish double major who hails from the great state of Michigan. His predominant hobby is sports and he particularly enjoys basketball, spikeball, and frisbee, though he is always up for a game of any sort. Contrary to Mark Hershey’s illusions, Matt is confident that 3B will sweep section sports for the year. Matt thinks that video games peaked in the era of the PS2, and he will gladly welcome anyone to his room for a round of Star Wars Battlefront II or NFL Street. Matt also loves to read, from spiritual masterpieces to great poetry, and never goes to sleep without journaling about the day. Previously Matt served as the sacristan and liturgical commissioner in Duncan Hall before he split for the equator to spend a summer in Honduras volunteering at a children’s home and school through Notre Dame’s ISSLP. After briefly returning to the States he headed across the pond for study abroad in Toledo, Spain. Matt is convinced he was born speaking the wrong language, entonces si quieres pasar un rato con otro idioma, ¡ven a 343! Matt loves getting to talk to people about most anything, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to him with questions, comments, or complaints at (517) 898-3073, email@example.com, or in 343 Duncan.