Meet the Staff

Professional Staff:

 

Justin Barton

Justin Barton

Position: Interim Director of First Year Experience / Orientation Director / Head Competitive Cheerleading Coach

Major(s): 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.”

 

Billy Ratz

Billy Ratz

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

Major(s): BA History / Political Science, MA International Relations

Favorite thing about Webster: “How small it actually is. Truly a place where everybody knows your name, and they are always glad you came.”

Advice for new students: “Get involved, get involved, get involved! You will be happier for it.”

 


 

Orientation Coordinators:

 

Brittany Merchant

Brittany Merchant

Hometown: Saint Peters, MO

Position: Orientation Special Projects Coordinator / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, English Major with Creative Writing Emphasis

Involvements: First Year Experience Program, Study Abroad (Geneva), First Generation Student, WebsterLEADS, MoneyTalks Logistics Coordinator

Advice for new students: “Buy a calendar or organizer, write everything down, set reminders–but at the same time, make sure that you don’t take on too many tasks to where you can’t make any time for you; a perfect balance of responsibility and discovery will make your first year at Webster a breeze.”

 

Olivia Renkins

Livy Renkins

Hometown: Belleville, IL

Position: Orientation Personnel Coordinator / Connection Leader

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

Involvements: First Year Experience Program, Study Abroad (Thailand), First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Study Abroad. Even if you don’t think you have time, make time. It will be well worth it.”

 

Wiley

Wiley

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Logistics Coordinator

Major(s): 5th Year, Media Communications with Photography Emphasis

Involvements: First Year Experience Program, Student Government Association, Commuter Council, Delegate’s Agenda Review Committee Chair, Transfer Student

Advice for new students: “Get Netflix.”

 


Orientation Leaders & Connection Leaders:

 

Abby Contreras

Abby Contreras

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Position: International Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Dance / Business Administration

Involvements: Dance Club, ISA, Gorlok Guide, Student Ambassador, Study Abroad (Thailand), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Find the time to talk to people different than you and to open yourself to new possibilities.”

Abbie Pfeiffer

Abbie Pfeiffer

Hometown: Springfield, IL

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Biological Sciences

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, LGBTQ Alliance, First Year Experience Program, Transfer Student

Advice for new students: “Get out of your comfort zone and get involved!”

 

Alex Ainsworth

Alex Ainsworth

Hometown: Jefferson City, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Secondary Education and Mathematics

Involvements: Gorlok Cheer Team, Bible Study, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Have fun and try something new. I never thought I would be a cheerleader after dancing my entire life but I tried it and I loved it, now I could not imagine life without cheer. It just goes to show not everything is what you expect it to be and you could be surprised by what something new and different may bring you.”

 

Alex Lubbe

Alex Lubbe

Hometown: Shelbyville, IN

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, International Human Rights

Involvements: Amnesty International, Cross Country, Knitting Club, First Year Experience Program

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

 

Angela Karas

Hometown: Ballwin, MO

Position: Connection Leader Coordinator / Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Advertising and Marketing Communications

Involvements: WebsterLEADS Program Coordinator and Member, Commuter Council, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “You’re smart as a whip and cool under pressure.”

 

Anna Cruzen

Anna Cruzen

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Connection Leader / Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Graphic Design

Involvements: Campus Activities, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Get outside your comfort zone!”

 

Ashley Schmied

Hometown: Fenton, MO

Position: Connection Leader Coordinator / Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Secondary Education-English

Involvements: Cheerleading Student Coordinator, Mascot Coordinator, Study Abroad (London), First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Find something you really enjoy, and get involved. Do things around campus, and get to know people.”

 

Austin Ratanasitee

Austin Ratanasitee

Hometown: Maryland Heights, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Video Production

Involvements: Content Manager for Webster Athletics, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Strength through adversity.”

 

Becca Miller

Becca Miller

Hometown: House Springs, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Psychology

Involvements: Cheerleading, Delta Phi Epsilon, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “GET INVOLVED, go to EVERYTHING, do not procrastinate (seriously, try your hardest on this one), and put yourself out there. Webster University is a loving community and it has a lot to offer you, if you let it!”

 

Brittany Steinbrueck

Brittany Steinbrueck

Hometown: Webster Groves, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Elementary Education

Involvements: Student Literacy Corps, Education Learning Community, Gorlok Mascot Team, Study Abroad (London), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Join a learning community, get involved, and study abroad!”

 

Brittney Madison

Brittney Madison

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Media Communications

Involvements: Galaxy Radio, AAAC, Student Affairs, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “GET INVOLVED! Don’t be afraid to ask questions or even make a mistake.”

Bryce Goodloe

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Business Administration / Theatre Studies

Involvements: AAAC,  Webster Conservatory, MCISA, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Be yourself. Despite how cliché it sounds. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not to make friends.”

 

Carina Maurer-Batjer

Carina Maurer-Batjer

Hometown: Defiance, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Involvements: Student Ambassador, Webster Students for Environmental Sustainability, WebsterLEADS, First Year Experience Program

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.”

 

Destiny Duraj

Destiny Duraj

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, International Human Rights

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Study abroad!!! Studying abroad was my favorite college experience and Webster makes it so easy to do! Don’t miss out on the cool international opportunities that Webster has to offer.”

 

Dina Sallam

Dina Sallam

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Position: Orientation Leader / International Connection Leader

Major(s): Graduate, MA Business Administration

Involvements: ISA Treasurer-Graduate Senator, Study Abroad (Saint Louis), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Campus life is not less important than academic life. Get the most of campus activities. Be involved!”

 

Dominique Nadeau

Dominique Nadeau

Hometown: Lisle, IL

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, LGBTQ Alliance, AAAC, Feminist Collective, Study Abroad (Greece / London), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get involved!! There are so many great people to meet and be friends with!”

 

Eliana De La Garza

Eliana De La Garza

Hometown: Austin, TX

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Media Communications

Involvements: WebsterLEADS, Study Abroad (Thailand), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Explore your opinions and then back them up with supported sources.”

 

Emmanuel Jones-Harris

Emmanuel Jones Harris

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Music Instrumental Performance

Involvements: Upward Bound, Fashionetta, National Flight Academy, and Summer Assistant for Housing & Residential Life, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Treat all of your classes like they are the last that you will ever have. Don’t forget to have fun.”

 

Ethan Stohs

Ethan Stohs

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Advertising and Marketing Communications

Involvements: Residential Housing Association, Gorlok Guide, Student Ambassador, Study Abroad (Vienna), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Enjoy college! There is so much to experience and don’t miss these amazing opportunities.”

 

Eunhye Han

Eunhye Han

Hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Position: Orientation Leader / International Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, International Relations

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “It’s okay to be scared, nervous, sad, uneasy…at first. Work through this and try to open yourself up to new experiences. Change can be scary, but it can also be exciting, fun, exhilarating, and lead you to amazing new places in life! So, get involved with campus activities!”

 

Holly Goergen

Holly Goergen

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Biological Science with Medicine Emphasis

Involvements: Cross Country, Track and Field, Webster Students for Environmental Sustainability, Students for Biological Sciences First Year Experience Program, 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.”

Jackie Weber

Jackie Weber

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Senior, Special Education

Involvements:  Delta Phi Epsilon, School of Education Association, Study Abroad (Geneva), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get involved with something!! When you get involved on campus, you make connections and meet many new people that become good friends, mentors, etc! Getting involved helped me to feel more welcome and at home here at Webster, especially coming into college not knowing anyone here. There are SO many different clubs, organizations, etc. that you can join, so everyone can find something they will enjoy!”

 

Jason Grizzle

Jason Grizzle

Hometown: Momence, Illinois

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Education

Involvements: Webster Quidditch Team, Mythology Club, Humans vs Zombies, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “You need to strike a good balance between sleep, academics, and social activities. Get plenty of sleep, stay on top of your school work, and do things that you enjoy.”

 

Jenni Fetcho

Jenni Fetcho

Hometown: Columbia, Il

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Senior, Graphic Design

Involvements: Latent Image Photography Club, AIGA, WAC, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get Involved! Meet as many people as you can because you never know who you’re going to connect with!”

 

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson

Hometown: Arnold, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

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

Involvements: Humans vs Zombies, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

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

 

Joe Amsler

Joe Amsler

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior, Computer Science

Involvements: Webster Ultimate Frisbee, First Year Experience Program

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?”

 

Jordan Struckman

Jordan Struckman

Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Art

Involvements: Women’s Tennis, LYM, Webster LEADS, Student Literacy Corps, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to try new things and be your true colorful self, Webster has an incredibly accepting and inclusive community!”

 

Katie Fields

Katie Fields

Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Marketing and Finance

Involvements: Student Ambassadors, Catholic Campus Ministry, Student Career Advisor at the Career Planning and Development Center, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get involved early on! This is the best way to connect with others and create on-campus families!”

 

Katie Stevens

 Katie Stevens

Hometown: Tinley Park, IL

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Secondary Education-English

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

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.”

 

Katlyn Garza

Katlyn Garza

Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Biological Science with  Health and Medicine Emphasis

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, SAAC, FCA, Webster Softball, First Year Experience Program, 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.”

 

Kassie Knight

Kassie Knight

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Cultural Anthropology

Involvements:  WebsterLEADS, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Ask for help! Even if you are shy or nervous, you will be thankful that you asked for it.”

 

Kimberly Cedillo

Kimberly Cedillo

Hometown: Flatonia, TX

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior, International Studies

Involvements:  Residential Housing Association, Study Abroad (Geneva), First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

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.”

 

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

Hometown: Eureka, MO

Position: Orientation LeaderConnection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Music / Speech Communications

Involvements: WebsterLEADS, Student Government Association, American Choral Directors Assosciaton, National Assocation for Music Education, Administrative office assistant for Webster’s Department of Music, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Get INVOLVED! Leave your mark at Webster! It is the best years of your life with some of the most amazing people!”

Madeline Johnson

Madeline Johnson

Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

Position: Orientation LeaderConnection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Photography

Involvements: Love Your Melon, School of Communications, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get involved and don’t be afraid to talk to new people or those who you usually wouldn’t interact with! GO TO CLASS and do your best to connect with your professors, they will help you in more ways than you know.”

 

Maggie Lo

Maggie Lo

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Position: Orientation LeaderConnection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Animation

Involvements: SIGGRAPH, Gorlok Guide, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “College is full of new and exciting experiences. Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone!”

 

Maggie Martorano

Maggie Martorano

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Music Education

Involvements: Concert Choir, Knitting Club, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

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

 

Mary Weber

Mary Weber

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior, Business Administration

Involvements: Delta Phi Epsilon, First Year Experience Program, Transfer Student

Advice for new students: “Get involved!”

 

Megan Price

Megan Price

Hometown: Joplin, MO

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Marketing

Involvements: Student Ambassador, Student Government Association, Walker Edge, College Democrats, Feminist Collective , First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Work hard, have fun, and get the job done.”

 

Michelle Kimbrel

Michelle Kimbrel

Hometown: Wentzville, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Public Relations

Involvements: Campus Activities, Office of Special Events, Student Ambassador, Bible Study, First Year Experience Program

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!”

 

Nathaniel Harrison

Nathaniel Harrison

Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior, Political Science

Involvements: Video Game Club, WFGC, UUUUFL, Chainlink Improv, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Stay focused! School is more important than parties, dangit.”

 

Noah Valenti

Noah Valenti

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Music Composition

Involvements: Ping, Webster University Choir and Orchestra, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “This is the best time to have as many new and exciting experiences as possible, take advantage of it.”

 

Rachel Mencel

Rachel Mencel

Hometown: Colchester, IL

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Advertising & Marketing Communications / Management with Marketing Emphasis

Involvements: Volleyball, FCA, SAAC, PRSSA, Student Ambassador, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Get involved and don’t be afraid to make friends!”

 

Scott Lunte

Scott Lunte

Hometown: Arnold, MO

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Junior, 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.”

 

Shiloh Bradley

Shiloh Bradley

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Position: Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Biological Sciences / Mathematics

Involvements: Cross Country, Track & Field, Delta Phi Epsilon, First Year Experience Program, First Generation Student

Advice for new students: “Focus on growth and progress. Don’t rush through the experiences. Put down your phone and enjoy each moment as it passes. You’ll learn more about life if you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally present.”

 

Sonca Nguyen

Sonca Nguyen

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

Position: Orientation Leader / Connection Leader

Major(s): Sophomore, Audio Production

Involvements: Audio Engineering Society, Galaxy Radio, Delta Phi Epsilon, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Do not let things distract you from your future. Maintain humble and be yourself. There’s no cool kids in college because we’re all the same. Don’t let negativity and bad vibes affect your happiness.”

 

Timotius Gunawan (OT)

Timotius Gunawan

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia

Position: Orientation Leader / International Connection Leader

Major(s): Junior, Marketing

Involvements: Webster Self Defense Club, Study Abroad (Saint Louis), First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Be open and try new things. Never hesitate to ask questions; people are friendly and will not bite.”

 

 Tk Mays

Tk Mays

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Position: Orientation Leader

Major(s): Sophomore,

Involvements: Cheerleading, Gorlok Guide, First Year Experience Program

Advice for new students: “Join cheerleading, or any other group or club that might interest you… as long as it’s cheer.”