Meet Our Staff

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              Professional Staff

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Justin Barton

Position: Director of First Year Experience and Undergraduate Persistence / Orientation Director / Head Competitive Cheerleading Coach                                                                                                                                                           
Advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to step outside of your protective bubble. It’s important to mingle, network, and meet as many new people as you can. By doing this you are developing beneficial relationship-based resources that will come in handy later on with your future endeavors.”

Billy Ratz

Position: Director of Parent & Student Programs / Orientation Co-Director / Student Ambassador Adviser

Advice for new students: “Get involved, get involved, get involved!”

Vanika Spencer

Position: Coordinator for First Year Experience and Undergraduate Persistence

Advice for new students: “Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.”

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            Student Coordinators

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Olivia Renkins

Position: Orientation Personnel Coordinator

Major(s): Senior, Biology and Secondary Science Education

Involvements:  Study Abroad (Thailand), First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “STUDY ABROAD. How often do you get a round-trip, international plane ticket for free? It may seem impossible for many reasons, but make it work. Even if you don’t think you have time, make time. It will be well worth it, and it will change your life forever.”

Scott Lunte

Position: Orientation Logistics Coordinator

Major(s): Senior; Political Science

Involvements: Student Government Association, Residential Housing Association, College Democrats, Study Abroad (London), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get involved as soon as you can! You will not regret it.”

Katlyn Garza

Position: Orientation Special Events Coordinator / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Biological Sciences

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Students for Biological Science, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Webster Softball, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Get involved in organizations, not only do you get to do things you like, you also get to meet new people.”

Holly Goergen

Position: Personnel Connection Leader Coordinator

Major(s): Senior; Biological Science with Emphasis in Medicine

Involvements: Cross Country, Track and Field, Webster Students for Environmental Sustainability, Students for Biological Sciences, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Put yourself out there and try to get involved on campus. It’ll help with the adjustment to college life and you’ll meet tons of new friends to help make your experience even better.”

Jeremy Wilson

Position: Logistics Connection Leader Coordinator / Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior; Film, Television, and Video Production

Involvements: Humans vs Zombies, Student Ambassador

Advice for new students: “Never stop making friends. You may think you have enough friends, but someone else might be in need of one.”

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Connection Leaders

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Alex Ainsworth

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Secondary Education and Mathematics

Involvements: Webster University Competitive Cheerleading, Bible Study

Advice for new students: “Take advantage of the FREE stuff. Try something you think you won’t like, you may surprise yourself and find another passion.”

Brennen Almus

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior; Secondary Education Mathematics

Involvements: Student Engagement, Student Ambassador

Advice for new students: “Go to Career Planning and Development to find your career path quickly! Organization and setting goals leads to less stress!”

Joe Amsler

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior; Data Analytics

Involvements: Webster Ultimate Frisbee, First Year Experience Program, Humans VS Zombies

Advice for new students: “Know why you are here. Never lose sight of your goals, but who says you can’t have some fun on the way?”

Jasmine Ball-Williams

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Educational Studies

Involvements: Student Government Association, African American Women Society, Association for African American Collegians

Advice for new students: “Use all the resources available to you.”

Tony Bottini

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior; Media Communications

Involvements: PING, Galaxy Radio, Transfer Student, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Webster is full of open minded wonderful individuals. Join things, and meet them. This time spent here is precious and it flies by.”

Lauren Briney

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Animation

Involvements: Quidditch, Self-Defense Club

Advice for new students: “Try out a few fun clubs where you can meet new people with similar interests.”

Khyle Buchanan

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Game Design

Involvements: Webster University Competitive Cheerleading, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Try not to procrastinate, and utilize the Academic Resource Center if you find yourself struggling!”

Corrine Cain

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; International Relations and Spanish

Involvements: Residential Housing Association, Gospel Choir, African-American Women’s Society, Study Abroad (Leiden)

Advice for new students: “Always be asking questions, don’t be afraid. Even if you think it’s stupid, ask anyway.”

Lisa Camp

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior; Media Communications

Involvements: Student Ambassador, Campus Activities, Commuter Council, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Get Involved!”

Ethan Canby

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Film, TV, and Video Production

Involvements: Humans VS Zombies

Advice for new students: “Make sure that you study AND sleep.”

Kimberly Cedillo

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior; International Studies

Involvements:  Residential Housing Association, Study Abroad (Geneva)(Japan),  First Generation Student, Webster Math Tutoring

Advice for new students: “Make new friends and get out of your comfort zone. Try things you’d never imagine doing or eating. But don’t forget to work hard and do your best with school work. Having fun is good in moderation.”

Ervin Dubo

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Film Production

Involvements: Film Society, Galaxy Radio

Advice for new students: “Just be yourself. You are unique in your own way! You will find people at Webster that have something common with you.”

Katie Fields

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Business Management and Administration

Involvements: Student Ambassador, Catholic Campus Ministry, Student Career Advisor at the Career Planning and Development Center

Advice for new students: “Get involved early on! Step out of your comfort zone and meet new people so you can begin to create on-campus families. They will be your support system.

Lillian Gardner

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Studio Arts with an Emphasis in Drawing

Involvements: LGBTQ Alliance

Advice for new students: “Manage your time wisely. Also, it is always good to have a support group to lean on. Don’t be afraid to use all of the resources available on campus because college can be stressful at times, but there are plenty people here who want to help you be the best you can be.”

Heather Hamilton

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Vocal Music Education

Involvements: Choir, Student Government Association, National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association

Advice for new students: “Get involved! The best way to meet new people and find people with similar interests is to go to campus events. You’ll be able to find other students with the same interests as you and it makes transitioning to a new place so much easier!”

Asmaa Hassan Ahmed Ali

Position: Orientation Leader / International Connection Leader

Major(s): Graduate; Business Management and Leadership

Involvements: First Year Experience Programs

Advice for new students: “Get out of your comfort zone. There are many things to discover on your journey. Go talk to people and make friends from all over the world!”

Michelle Kimbrel

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior; Public Relations

Involvements: Campus Activities, Office of Special Events, Student Ambassador, Bible Study

Advice for new students: “Get as involved as possible and don’t be afraid to take risks. Stepping out of your comfort zone is really important in your first year!”

Kassie Knight

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Cultural Anthropology

Involvements:  WebsterLEADS, Multicultural Student Affairs

Advice for new students: “Talk and get out of your comfort zone because maybe there is someone who feels just like you about this new experience and they could end up being your best friend!”

Robert Koegel

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; International Business

Involvements: Japanese Student Association,  International Student Association, Cross Country, Track and Field

Advice for new students: “Don’t try and be anyone but your truest self. Finding friends and groups that value you will make your time at Webster that much better.”

Joy Kuhlo

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Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; International Human Rights

Involvements: Study Abroad (Ghana),  Amnesty International

Advice for new students: “Try to get involved on campus if you can, even if your first year or new school seems overwhelming, it will be worth it in the end!”

Maggie Lo

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior; Animation

Involvements: SIGGRAPH, Gorlok Guide, Student Ambassador

Advice for new students: “No matter how tough or busy things may get, don’t forget to take a breath and enjoy the journey (including those late night runs to McDonald’s or Schnucks).”

Alex Lubbe

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; International Human Rights

Involvements: Amnesty International, Cross Country, Knitting Club, Study Abroad (Leiden), Webster LEADS

Advice for new students: “Hang out in your lounge, the people living on your floor might just become your best friends!

Maggie Martorano

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior; Music Education

Involvements: Concert Choir, Knitting Club, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Get involved, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to new people!”

Carina Maurer-Batjer

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Elementary Education

Involvements: Student Ambassador, WebsterLEADS, Student Literacy Corps, Student Education Association

Advice for new students: “Take advantage of the many wonderful resources and experiences Webster University has to offer! For instance, attend campus events, utilize the Academic Resource Center, and of course, keep in touch with your Connection Leader.”

Tk Mays

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Film, Television, and Video Production

Involvements: Cheerleading, Gorlok Guide

Advice for new students: “Once you get to college, you’re so excited to experience things that you forget to appreciate the small growth you’re making within yourself. Take a second to see how far you’ve come.”

Emily Mertz

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Political Science

Involvements: Student Government Association, Delta Phi Epsilon, Tau Sigma National Honors Society, Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society, Transfer Student

Advice for new students: “It is completely and entirely OKAY to not be sure of everything. It is okay to change your major (sometimes even several times), try new things, and to be completely unsure of what you want at times. Discovering your passions, who you are, and what you want out of life are all a part of the college experience. I recommend branching out by trying new things, getting involved, and remembering that the more you put into this experience, the more you will get out of it.”

Sonca Nguyen

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior; Audio Production

Involvements: Audio Engineering Society, Galaxy Radio, Delta Phi Epsilon

Advice for new students: “Whether or not college is your best years is up to you. Make the most of it. Make it rewarding, make it memorable, and make it successful.”

Dipti Shirish Pathre

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Graduate; Forensic Accounting

Involvements: Yoga Club, Graduate Student Association, Student Government Association,

Advice for new students: “Webster offers a wide variety of opportunities. Grab as much as you can and keep learning new things everyday!”

Arati Raut

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Graduate; Information Technology

Involvements: First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Just have fun. These are the best years of your life, so try to enjoy this whole process.”

Noor Fatima Rashid

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Business Management and Legal Studies

Involvements: Table Tennis Club, Chess Club, International Student Association,

Advice for new students: “Be yourself! That’s the only thing that will help you find true friends.”

Freddie Rice

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Music Education

Involvements: Ultimate Frisbee, American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Humans VS Zombies

Advice for new students: “Get involved! Don’t be afraid to try new things.”

Nicole Rozier

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Music

Involvements: Webster University Competitive Cheerleading

Advice for new students: “Get involved! Push yourself a little. You won’t regret it.”

Alex Salsik

Position:  Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Video Production and Dance

Involvements: Dance Club, Entrepreneurship

Advice for new students: “Be open to new and different ideas.”

Shanice Sandlin

Position:  Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Exercise Science

Involvements: Webster University Competitive Cheerleading, Students for Biological Sciences, Association for African American Collegians, Money Talks, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Always be open to new ideas. Never be in the way of your own success.”

Kaitlyn Schloss

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Film, TV, and Video Production

Involvements: Gorlok Guide, Human VS Zombies

Advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to reach out to others because we’re all in the same boat of learning to adult and making new friends in a new place.”

Kathleen Schmidt

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Secondary English Education

Involvements: School of Education, Student Literacy Corps, Student Ambassador, Student Government Association

Advice for new students: “Go to the Library! It’s five floors of books upon books which can be used for fun or research! It makes my English teacher heart so happy! Also Kaldi’s is there…”

Megan Schramm

Position:  Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Biological Sciences

Involvements: Cross Country, Track & Field, Catholic Campus Ministry, Lifeguard/Swimming Lesson Instructor, First Generation Student, Humans VS Zombies

Advice for new students: “Be friendly to everyone. Smile. The first people you meet might not necessarily be your best friends, but it’s great to have a wide circle of people to get to know.”

Kayla Sheppard

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore; Journalism

Involvements: Knitting club, Webster Table Tennis, Literature club, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to be yourself, have fun in college, make memories, and get involved.

Katie Stevens

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Secondary Education-English

Involvements:  Women’s chorus, German Language Table, Feminist Collective, Humans vs Zombies, Chainlink Improv

Advice for new students: “Everyone’s advice for first year students starts with ‘get involved!’ Once you hear or read that phrase, you’ll likely tune it out or keep scrolling. That’s not your fault, you just have too much information to absorb and repeats tend to get filtered out. Although ‘get involved’ is some of the best advice you can follow, I just want to let you know that it’s okay to take a breather, too, if you need it. Of course you’re overwhelmed, everyone else is, too. Soon, you won’t be.”

Shawn Swindell

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior; Philosophy and Educational Studies

Involvements: Chess Team, Track and Field, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Be yourself.”

Safal Thapa

Position:  Orientation Leader / International Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Computer Science

Involvements: Campus Activities, Office of Student Engagement, Transfer Student, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Come with an open mind, and a bold heart.”

Dorianne Thomas

Position:  Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; Dance with an Emphasis in Ballet

Involvements: Dance Club

Advice for new students: “Keep an open mind! Everyone comes from all walks of life, and college can be the perfect time to learn from others and their experiences. Don’t be afraid to reach out, ask questions, explore, and take time to learn more about yourself.”

Brenda Tinnemeyer

Position:  Orientation Leader / International Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior; International Relations and Management

Involvements: Multicultural Center International Student Affairs

Advice for new students: “Stay connected and involved on campus to make sure you know what resources to use on campus that can help with your academic success. Staying connected will not only help you grow as a Webster student, but will allow you to network and build relationships with people that can help you in your future careers.”

Mary Weber

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior; Business Administration

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, Transfer Student

Advice for new students: “Get involved!”

Christiana Williams

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s):  Sophomore; Animation

Involvements: SIGGRAPH, Knitting club, Video Game Club, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Make sure to get involved on campus and put yourself in situations you weren’t used to in high school. Get to know the people around you, and the people in your classes.”

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Meet Us At New Student Orientation!

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