Meet the Staff

Professional Staff:

Sarah Tetley

Position: Director, First Year Experience Programs

Major: BS in Communications-Public Relations, MA Higher Education Administration

Favorite thing about Webster: The community feel of Webster.  The faculty, staff, and students are all invested in each other’s success; it makes it a really tight-knit place.  The diversity of thought is also another plus for me; you can learn so much from such a unique and diverse group of people.

 

Advice for new students: Take every situation as a learning opportunity. Whether you are in a classroom, a student organization meeting, or having lunch with some fellow students, you can be learning at every moment. Taking advantage of those educational opportunities will help you grow into an amazing global citizen.

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Justin Barton

Position: The RIPCORD: Retention Initiatives Program Coordinator

Majors: BSA Mass Communications-Public Relations / MSA-Marketing

Minor: Interpersonal and Small Group Communications

Favorite thing about Webster: The diversity. I grew up in a small town and had worked in a rural community college before I got to Webster. The diversity at Webster is tremendous and has really opened my eyes to becoming a global citizen.

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 within your future endeavors.

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Orientation Coordinators:

Jake Kevrick

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Senior

Majors: English and Playwriting

Hometown: Eureka, Missouri

Involvement: English Tutor with the Webster Student Literacy Corps, Desk Attendant

Advice for new students: Be yourself! You are home, so don’t be a stranger in your own home. Be exactly who you are and get out there, get involved, make friends and have fun. College is a once in a lifetime experience, so make the most of it. You won’t regret it. I promise.

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 Sierra Hancock

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Year: Senior

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Involvement: Student Ambassadors, WebsterLEADs, Society of Professional Journalists, The Galaxy Radio, The Journal, Student Activity Fee Advisory Committee, University Judicial Board

Advice for new studentsStay on top of your financial aid paper work and know the deadlines, you may not always get an email so you have to be the one responsible. The less you have to worry about paying for college, the more peace of mind you will have to actually enjoy it!

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Caroline Wiley

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Year: Senior

Major: Educational Studies and Media Communications

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Involvement: SGA, Community Engagement Committee, Delegate’s Agenda, Webster4Webster

Advice for new students: Loosen up; take a nap, eat a snack, watch some Netflix. It’s okay to take a break sometimes.

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Orientation Leaders:

Austin Ratanasitee

Austin Ratanasitee

Year: Sophomore

Major: Video Production

Hometown: Maryland Heights, MO

Involvements: Videographer for Webster Athletics, Connection Leader, Orientation Leader

Advice for New Students: “As the year progresses you may encounter hardships; however, through adversity, strength is found.”

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Shiloh Bradley

Shiloh Bradley

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Math and Biological Sciences

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Involvements: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Cross country, Track, Dphie, SGA, Encounter, Multi-cultural Student Association, Knitting Club

Advice for New Students: “If you are happy with who you are, don’t let people try to change you. If people are happy how they are, don’t try to change them.”

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Brittany Steinbrueck

Brittany Steinbrueck

Year: Junior

Major: Elementary Education

Hometown: Webster Groves, MO

Involvements: Education Learning Community, Student Literacy Corps, Study Abroad London

Advice for New Students: “If possible, join a learning community… and have fun!”

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Jackie Weber

Jackie Weber

Year: Senior

Major: Special Education

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, Danceline

Advice for New Students: “Be yourself and get involved!! Webster is such a diverse and accepting place university where everyone can “fit in” and find a club or an organization that they identify with! Getting involved is a great way to meet new people and build relationships that last a lifetime!”

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Jason Grizzle

Jason Grizzle

Year: Junior

Major: Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Hometown: Coal City, IL

Involvements: Quidditch, Mythology Club, Knitting Club, Connection Leader, Orientation Leader

Advice for New Students: “Find a good balance for sleep, school, and social life; plenty of sleep will help you for school. Find a good group of people; even if you tend not to like being around people, if you find the right group, you may discover that you actually want to socialize.”

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Rachael Young

Rachael Young

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Philosophy and Public Relations

Hometown: (It’s complicated) “Born in Phoenix Arizona, went to most of my school in Lebanon, Missouri, but I have lived so many places in between I consider the whole country my hometown…”

Involvements: Track and Field, Office of Special Events, Employee at Serendipity, Connection Leader, Works for Feed Your Vitality, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Advice for New Students: “Follow your laughter and the rest will fall into place. As long as you are doing things that make you laugh you will be happy, healthy, and build lasting relationships.”

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Jason Riss

Jason Riss

Year: Senior

Majors: Finance and International Relations

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvements: Accounting Club

Advice for New Students: “If you are within your comfort zone this first week, you are doing something wrong! Do something different so you can grow and be who you truly want to be.”

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Morgan Rabe

Morgan Rabe

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Spanish and Sociology

Hometown: San Diego, California

Advice for New Students: “Make the best out of any situation and understand that life is what you make of it. Instead of blaming others for any type of misfortune, see how your actions and words can make the situation better. Always try to improve yourself rather than ridicule others.”

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Carina Maurer-Batjer

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Hometown: Defiance, MO

Involvements: Orientation Leader, Connection Leader, WebsterLEADS, Webster Students for Environmental Sustainability, Nursing Department Assistant

Advice for New Students: “Take advantage of the Fall Involvement Fair. It is a great opportunity to learn about the clubs and organizations at Webster University!”

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Angela Karas

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Year: Junior

Majors: Advertising and Marketing Communications

Hometown: Ballwin, MO

Involvements: Orientation Leader, Connection Leader, WebsterLEADS member and program coordinator

Advice for New Students: “Take advantage of all that Webster has to offer, whether it be academic or social. Explore St. Louis, introduce yourself to new people and cherish your experiences.”

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Emily Nobs

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Year: Junior

Majors: English with an emphasis in Creative Writing

Involvements: Literature Club, Residential Housing Association, Feminist Collective, Knitting Club, WebsterLEADS

Advice for New Students: “Don’t be afraid to take chances and try new things. You might be surprised what you end up liking.”

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Livy Renkins

 

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Year: Junior

Majors: Biology and Education

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Advice for New Students: “Don’t be scared to take the time to do what you want while you’re here. Webster offers lots of opportunities. Make sure you take advantage of them.”

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Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller

Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychology

Hometown: House Springs, MO

Involvements: Dance Line, Cheerleader

Advice for New Students: “It is really easy to make friends here at Webster. Just smile and be open, you will be surprised at how receptive people are.”

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Brittany Merchant

Brittany Merchant

Year: Junior

Major: English

Hometown: Saint Peter’s, MO

Involvements: Orientation Leader, Connection Leader, Housing and Residential Life, WebsterLEADS

Advice for New Students: “Really focus on time management. You’re on your own now, so don’t take on too many activities and projects by yourself or you might wind up letting others down as well as letting yourself down in the end. Keep a calendar and USE IT. It’s you’re first year at Webster; prepare for a marathon, not a sprint.”

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Robert Koegel

Robert Koegel

Year: Sophomore

Major: International Business

Hometown: Silverthorne, CO

Involvements: Cross-Country, Track, Japanese Student Association

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Keyra Stephens 

Keyra Stephens

Year: Senior

Majors: Psychology and English

Hometown: Georgetown, TX

Involvements: Association for African American Collegians, LGBTQ Alliance, Africn American Women’s Society

Advice for New Students: “Use any situation to try to start conversations with people. You never know what you could have in common with someone so why not take a risk and start a conversation. I met one of my best friends by randomly sitting and talking to a girl during Orientation Weekend breakfast.”

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Nathaniel Harrison

Nathaniel Harrison

Year: Sophomore

Major: Political Science

Hometown: O’fallon, MO

Involvements: Track and Field, Video Game Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Webster Fighting Game Community

Advice for New Students: “Explore the campus as soon as you can. Definitely try to find some people to hang out with outside the dorms because the dorms get so stale after a few days without leaving them. Also to try to attend as many events as you can (in between classes, of course).

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Kimberly Cedillo

Kimberly Cedillo

Year: Sophomore

Major: International Studies

Hometown: Flatonia, TX

Involvements: Residential Housing Association, Webster Quidditch, Orientation Leader

Advice for New Students: “Be yourself! Talk to people and don’t be afraid to make the first move, people are probably as nervous as you are. Take college at your own pace and remember that college will be what you make of it. Also, don’t forget to have fun; it’s not all work.”

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Dasha’ Hawkins

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Photography

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Advice for New Students: “Make time for yourself. Be sure you set aside some time and activities that help you relax and take the stress out of your day or week. Maybe it’s yoga, watching your favorite television shows, or writing in a journal, be good to yourself.”

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Arielle Christian

Arielle Christian

Year: Senior

Major: Video Production

Advice for New Students: “Make sure to take full advantage of your college experience. Have fun but most importantly stay focused on the goal at hand; use all of the resources that are provided to you.”

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Delmaine Eimann

Delmaine Eimann

Year: Senior

Major: International Relations

Involvements: African Student Association

Advice for New Students: “There is always a solution to every problem, just keep your head up! No matter what!”

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Leah Simms

Leah Simms

Year: Senior

Major: Video Production

Hometown: Ferguson, MO

Involvements: Webster Film & Video Society, Idea Tree

Advice for New Students: “When you start something finish it! Consistency is the key to success.”

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Freddie Rice

Freddie Rice

Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Involvements: Quittitch, Ultimate Frisbee, American Choral Directors Association, Chainlink Improv., Humans vs. Zombies, Surfacing Theatre, WebsterLEADS, Orientation Leader, Connection Leader, National Association for Music Education

Advice for New Students: “Tip 1:Get out of your dorm room! There are dozens of exciting (and free) activities, performances, events, and more on and off campus – many of them planned just for you!
Tip 2: Communicate. If you ever have a question or an issue, there is always a friendly face willing to help; however, we can’t help you unless you let us know.”

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Scott Lunte

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Joplin, MO

Involvements: Walker Edge, Student Ambassadors, College Democrats

Advice for New Students: “This is it, you are moving into college. Get ready for the time of your life, but be prepared to work; expect nothing to be handed/given to you, but appreciate everything that is. Always be thinking towards the next best step you can take whether it be in the classroom, with friendships, or in developing who you are and what you are going to accomplish. Be your happiest self, strive for the best, and live fully in every moment. On to practical advice: be careful with your spending; budgeting is for adults you may think, but my friends, if you don’t already know it, you are one. Ever heard of an internship? Get one. College objective: Have a compelling job in 4 years. Can you do it? Absolutely. Will you? That’s your biggest decision yet.”