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:

Monica Fogle

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Year: Junior

Major: Advertising and Marketing Communications

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Involvement: Orientation Leader/Coordinator, Connection Leader, MoneyTalks Programmer, Delta phi Epsilon

Advice for new students: My college experience has been about making relationships with everyone I meet on Webster’s campus. Whether it’s someone I can just say ‘Hello’ to in passing, or someone I can confide in as a lifelong friend, I advise everyone to take a step out of their comfort zone and make as many connections as possible with the people they meet because they are the ones who will help make your college career successful, fun, and unforgettable!

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Hailey Kaufman

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Year:  Senior

Major: Philosophy and Biology

Hometown:Jacksonville, Illinois

Involvement: Student Building Manager at the University Center; The Journal; Webster U Secular Student Society; Philosophy Club; WebsterLEADS participant

Advice for new students: Never expect yourself to do college – or Webster – the way other people do it. You have to figure out how to do it your own way. if you’re doing it right, you’ll know.

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Darren Lewis

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Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Involvement: Orientation Coordinator, Campus Activites, PRSSA (Public Relations Student Socieity of America), Connection Leaders

Advice for new students: I advise all new students to come in with a open mind. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and go experience new things. Never think to change who you are, but look to build on your foundation. While at Webster try to be your own being. Remember, it’s always important to be individual among the comparable.

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Orientation Leaders:

Meghan Steineker

 

 

 

 

 

Year:  Senior

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Gerald, Missouri

Involvement:  Connection Leader, WebsterLEADS, Delta Phi Epsilon, Campus Activities

Advice for new students: Get involved. I really started to feel like I was in college when I went to the organizations, and they really help to meet new and important people.

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Aly Chisum

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Junior

Major: Anthropology

Hometown: Mobile, Alabama

Involvement: Student Ambassador, CRU, Encounter, Surfacing Theatre, Webster University Box Office

Advice for new students: GET INVOLVED! It’s scary at first, but don’t stay isolated in your room. I did that for the first three months and cried everyday, but once I started going to CRU I met all of my best friends!!!

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Maxine du Maine

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Year: Junior

Major: Film Production / Art

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Cru, Media Center, Orientation and Connection Leader

Advice for new students: Webster is truly a melting pot. Get ready to embrace diversity! Let your guard down and you will be surprised how much you have in common with everyone. Welcome to the family!!

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Kerondreial Foster

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Senior

Major: Dance

Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri

Involvement: Residential Housing Association, Dance Club, WebsterLEADS

Advice for new students: Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back at this school because at Webster there are unlimited possibilities.

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Natalie Gawedzinski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Senior

Major: Elementary Education

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Involvement: Quidditch Club, Student Education Association, WebsterLEADS, Gorlok Guide

Advice for new students: Make the most of your Webster experience!

College is going to fly by so be sure to get involved, make new friends, challenge yourself both academically and socially, and strive to become a better all around YOU.

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Maggie Hake

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Senior

Major:  Political Science and Women and Gender Studies

Hometown:  St. Louis, Missouri

Involvement: Gorlok Guides, Webster Feminist Collective, Surfacing Theater, LGBTQ Alliance

Advice for new students: Get involved and stay open minded! The first few weeks of school are prime times for clubs to meet, so go to any and all meetings you think you might be interested in! Then you can find out if it’s something you want to be a part of, and if not, that’s fine too.Staying open minded is key. I had no idea how much I would change just in my first year of college, so allow yourself to try new things and meet as many people as you can during orientation! That is where I made some of my really great friends.

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Kevin Hamilton

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Junior

Major:  Dance

Hometown:  St. Louis, MO

Involvement: LGTBQ Club Member, Dancer in BFA Dance Concert, Performer in Drag Ball, Work Study for Department of Dance

Advice for new students: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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Olivia Heibeck

 

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Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Orientation Leader; PRSSA; Latin American Student Association; WebsterLEADS

Advice for new students: Seek adventure and seek it often

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Katie Hoffecker

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Junior

Major: Acting

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Involvement: Usher at the St. Louis Reparatory Theatre; worked on multiple productions in the Webster Conservatory shows

Advice for new students: Work hard, play hard! College is of course a time to learn and further your education, but try and find time to explore, meet new people, and enjoy this time! Find the fun in the work, and these will be the most challenging yet rewarding years of your life!

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Jake Kevrick

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Junior

Major: English/Education/Psychology

Hometown: Eureka, Missouri

Involvement: English Tutor with the Webster Student Literacy Corps, Orientation Leader, 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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Sophie Ozier

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Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Cerro Gordo, Illinois

Involvement: PRSSA; Student Building Manager at the University Center; Box Office Assistant

Advice for new students: Study abroad! Webster makes it so easy and no matter which campus you choose, I guarantee it will be one of the best experiences of your life!

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Tamarah Patterson

 

 

 

 

 

Year: Junior

Major: Animation

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Work Study for the FDC Center, Sign Language Club

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! College is all about new experiences and trying new things. Have you always wanted to learn how to draw or to be a leader in student government? Go for it! “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent van Gogh

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Jaron Rhoda

 

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Year:  Senior

Major: English (Drama emphasis)

Hometown: Normal, Illinois

Involvement:  Connection Leader; Surfacing Theater, The Green Fuse (student literary magazine); Customer Service Assistant for Housing and Residential Life

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone! You never know what friendships and memories you’ll make if you push yourself.

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Jon Strauser

 

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Year: Junior

Major: Finance with double minor in Advertising/Marketing Communcations and Computer Science

Hometown: Washington, Missouri

Involvement: Society of International Language and
Culture; International Student Association; Student Government
Association; WebsterLEADS; Webster Students for Environmental
Sustainability

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
These next four years are what you make of it so make them count!

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Alex Bonney

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Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science and Interactive Digital Media

Hometown: Festus, MO

Involvement: SGA, Humans vs. Zombies, Customer Service Associate for Housing and Residential Life

Advice for new students: Play Humans vs Zombies! It’s a great way to meet new people. I met several of my best friends there, and it’s also the reason I ended up in Student Government Association!

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Jared Campbell

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Theater Studies/Dramaturgy and Scriptwriting

Hometown: Branson, MO

Involvement: Surfacing Theatre; WebsterLEADS participant; Connection Leader; Usher at the St. Louis Reparatory Theatre

Advice for new students: Get involved. That’s my number-one piece of advice. Branch out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Take advantage of all the different opportunities that Webster and St. Louis have to offer. Stay open-minded and learn as much as you can in your college experience. Try something new, be yourself, and have a wonderful time!

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Jeanine Chan

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Year: Junior

Major: Art and Education

Hometown: Ballwin, MO

Involvement: WebsterLEADS, Secretary of Latent Image Photography, Webster Art Coalition, The Ampersand

Advice for new studentsMake sure you keep track of your assignment deadlines. There will be times where you spend hours on school work and so it is important to be prepared ahead of time. Whenever you get overwhelmed with school work, take a break and come back to it.

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Abby Contreras

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Year: Junior

Major: Dance and Business Administration

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Involvement: Dance Club; Latin American Student Organization; Gorlok Guide

Advice for new studentsMake this place your home and do everything you can to learn as much as possible of this great experience in your life.

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Leanne Cooke

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Year: Senior

Major: Communications with emphasis in Advertising and Marketing

Hometown: St. Louis

Involvement: Orientation and Connection Leader

Advice for new studentsThe top three things I would advise to incoming students would be getting them involved in a group that they feel fits their personality, inform them about our great study abroad options, and let them know it’s okay to not have a major or to not know what they wanna do with their future. That’s part of your college experience!

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Anna Cruzen

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Art with emphasis in Graphic Design

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Choir; Campus Activities; Office of First-Year Experience

Advice for new studentsDon’t be afraid to be yourself, challenge yourself, take advantage of campus resources, and have fun!

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Eliana De La Garza

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Film Studies

Hometown: Austin, TX

Involvement: Webster LEADS

Advice for new studentsTry to stay open-minded and get involved outside your usual groups, because you could make a lot of unexpected friends and gain a diverse perspective. Always ask for help when you need it and keep your eyes open for opportunities and experiences you can share with others.

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Aminata Diallo

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Germantown, TN

Involvement: Freshman Council, Student Building Manager at the University Center

Advice for new studentsDon’t feel obligated to be a part of everything. Sometimes it’s a lot more fulfilling to find the few things that you like and connect with and do them to the best of your ability.

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Destiny Duraj

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Spanish and International Studies

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL

Involvement: WebsterLEADS participant; Gorlok Guide; SILC; Connection Leader

Advice for new studentsExplore and take advantage of everything that Webster has to offer, because there is a lot!

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Warren Ferguson

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Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Vice President of the Association for African American Collegians; peer educator with Counseling and Life Development; Concert Choir; Gospel Choir; International Student Association

Advice for new studentsDo not try to change when you come to Webster. Be yourself – Webster has a place for everyone and an amazing way of bringing out who you really are without you realizing it.

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Hannah Fregoe

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Year: Junior

Major: International Business and International Relations

Hometown: Warrenton, MO

Involvement: Study Abroad (two semesters); ResLife; WebsterLEADS

Advice for new studentsStay confident and prioritize your own independent needs. Don’t get sidetracked into what your friends or significant other is doing after the day’s classes. Make tons of lasting friends, but don’t forget how to be alone.

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Angela Karas

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Ballwin, MO

Involvement: WebsterLEADS participant and employee; Freshman Council

Advice for new studentsStay true to who you are, focus on what you want, and encourage yourself to meet new people and try new things.

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Hanna Kroeger

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

Hometown: Quincy, IL

Involvement: Chamber Orchestra, NAfME

Advice for new studentsGet involved on campus. Try new things and get out of your comfort zone!

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Charlie Mach

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Year: Senior

Major: International Relations

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Orientation Leader, Student Veterans Organization, International Students Association, Circle K

Advice for new studentsGet involved and join a club that you may be interested in. Chances are that you will meet many people with the same interests and who may potentially be life-long friends. What kind of experience you will get from your college years solely depends on you. Also if you skip class, do it for a good reason!

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Sukruth Mallikarjuna

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Year: Graduate Student

Major: Finance

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Involvement: Student Building Manager at the University Center

Advice for new studentsCollege is all about growth, take every challenge and make it a learning experience.

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Hezekiah McCaskill

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Year: Senior

Major: International Studies

Hometown: St. Louis

Involvement: Program Student Supervisor for the Fitness Center; Association for African American Collegians; WebsterLEADS, Tau Sigma Honor Society

Advice for new studentsEVERYTHING happens for a reason. Take in every situation, good or bad, and grow from your experiences. Take a stand. Make a decision and stick to it. Take time to talk to people because everyone has a story. Laugh, live, and love. Have fun and enjoy every second.

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Kristen McDowell

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Year: Senior

Major: Special Education

Hometown: Staunton, IL

Involvement: Women’s Volleyball; Delta Phi Epsilon; Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Education Association; Campus Activities; WebsterLEADS

Advice for new studentsGet Involved!!!!

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Brittany Merchant

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Year: Sophomore

Major: English with emphasis in Creative Writing

Hometown: St. Peters, MO

Involvement: Webster LEADS

Advice for new studentsDon’t be afraid to get involved, and go get to know new people. It’s a small campus, so you’ll be seeing a lot of the same faces for your next four years! Let them know your face, too!

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Emily Nobs

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: St. Peters, MO

Involvement: RHA; Freshman Council; Webster University Secular Student Society; Leterature Club; Feminist Collective

Advice for new studentsGet involved on campus and keep an open mind about everything. Also, there’s a library a few blocks from Webster Hall, and it’s a good study spot.

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Olivia Renkins

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology with emphasis in Education

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Involvement: Orientation and Connection Leader

Advice for new studentsDon’t procrastinate! Stay on top of your work, don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything, and get involved!

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Ethan Stohs

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Year: Sophomore

Major: Audio Production

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Involvement: President of RHA; WebsterLEADS participant; Audio Engineering Society; Connection Leader; Gorlok Guide

Advice for new studentsCollege can be the time of your life if you make it.Get involved on campus and make friends right away. There are so many opportunities on campus to be active, so take every chance you get.

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Henry “Oreo” Coleman

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Year: Senior

Major: Audio Production

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Involvement: Association for African American Collegians; Audio Engineering Society;

WebsterLEADS; International Student Association

Advice for new studentsDo not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and take advantage of the FREE FOOD everywhere around campus.

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 Hannah Graf

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Year: Senior

Major: International Relations

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Involvement: Surfacing, Knitting Club, WebsterLeads, Webster Literacy Corps

Advice for new studentsLook into studying abroad at one of Webster’s campuses! There are so many ways to do it, and there is a great support system set in place to make it happen for you.

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 Delmaine Eimann

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Year: Sophomore

Major: International Relations

Hometown: Windhoek, Namibia

Involvement: President of the African Student Association Club

Advice for new studentsJust be happy and try to stay positive through this process. Everything will be okay.

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 Caroline Wiley

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Year: Junior

Major: Educational Studies and Media Communications

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Involvement: SGA, Commuter council, Delegate’s Agenda

Advice for new studentsWhile we’re here at college to study and get our degree, it’s also important to take care of yourself. And by that, I don’t mean attend lots of crazy parties and stay up all night every night cause you’re young and you can. I simply mean on occasion you’ll find that you’re spreading yourself too thin. When you’ve done as much work as you can and school is getting you bogged down, don’t forget that it’s okay to take a break sometimes. take a nap, eat a snack, watch some Netflix. it’s good for you to loosen up sometimes.

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 Sierra Hancock

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Year: Junior

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!