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

Year: Sophomore

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

Year:  Junior

Major: Philosophy

Hometown:Jacksonville, Illinois

Involvement: Secular Student Society, Philosophy Club, WebsterLEADS, Connection Leader

Advice for new students: You should 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

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Involvement: Connection Leader, Association for African American Collegians, WebsterLEADS

Advice for new students: Take advantage of this opportunity that they have as college students. This is the time to bring forth who you really are and go after your occupational and educational dreams. Although you must take this experience seriously, don’t forget to have fun. Don’t get so far gone in the future that you forget to live in the present.

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Orientation Leaders:

Meghan Steineker

Year:  Junior

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

Year: Sophomore

Major: Film Production / Art

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: CRU, Encounter, Association for African American Collegians, Work Study for Media Center

 

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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Suhani Fernando

Year:  Junior

Major:  Economics and Finance

Hometown: Galle, Sri Lanka

Involvement:  Student Ambassadors, Campus Activities Program Manager, International Students Association, Catholic Students Union, CASE ASAP District 6 Representative, WebsterLEADS

Advice for new students:  Do not hesitate to take up a challenge. Try to gain as much experience as possible by being active on campus.

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Kerondreial Foster

Year: Junior

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: Junior

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: Junior

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: Sophomore

Major:  Public Relations Minor: 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: Have fun and embrace what Webster University has to offer! Also be yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things and be open to new ideas!

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Olivia Heibeck

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: PRSSA, The Journal, First Year Experience

Advice for new students: Experience something new everyday and have no regrets!

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Katie Hoffecker

Year: Sophomore

Major: Acting

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Involvement: Member of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Usher at the St. Louis Rep, and first-year OL!

 

Advice for new students: Keep your mind open! College is the perfect place to meet new people from all areas of the world. Open yourself up to be inspired by what you learn in classes and the people around you. The reward is never ending.

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Jake Kevrick

Year: Sophomore

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

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Cerro Gordo, Illinois

Involvement: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Collective, PRSSA, Student Building Manager, Work Study Box Office Assistant

Advice for new students: It’s okay to be little nervous about starting college and being away from home, but don’t let that keep you from getting out there to meet new people and try new things!

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Tamarah Patterson

Year: Sophomore

Major: Animation

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Involvement: Work Study for the FDC Center

 

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

Year:  Junior

Major: English (Drama emphasis)

Hometown: Normal, Illinois

Involvement:  Resident Assistant (2012-2013), Surfacing Theatre, The Green Fuse, Work Study for Pearson House.

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to come out of your shell during orientation! Remember that everyone else is going to be feeling  similar to you about starting this new chapter in their life, so go ahead and break the ice. These are the people you’re going to be seeing pretty much every day for the next few years – now is the time to start making connections!

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Clayton Roll

Year: Sophomore

Major: Photography

Hometown: Quincy, IL

Involvement: Track, First Year Experience Programs

 

Advice for new students: Get involved! You really won’t know if you like something until you try it, and it is a great way to meet people!

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Jon Strauser

Year: Sophomore

Major: Management with emphasis in Marketing Minor: Sustainability

Hometown: Washington, Missouri

Involvement: Alpha Phi Omega, International Society of International Language and Culture, International Student Association, Student Government Association, Marketing and Communication Club and Webster Students for Environmental Sustainability

Advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Join a club or organization; it’s a great way for you to meet other students. These next four years are what you make of it so make it a meaningful and memorable experience.

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