Staff Council members

Staff Council 2013: (Front, L to R) Carlie VanWilligen, Angie Story,
Diane Hawkins, Laura Gogg, (Back, L to R) Mark Watts, Mary Phipps, 
Brent Jaeger, Barb Shell, and Doug Peterson. Photo by Justin Hayworth

Mark Watts, Chair

Mark Watts has worked at Grinnell in ITS since 1998, originally doing all sorts of training, and now as an Information Technology Support Specialist. Mark interacts with many people on a daily basis, helping with technology issues and opportunities. In his travels, he visits with lots of different areas of campus, and hear lots of great comments about things they see, ideas they have, and ways to make this a better place for the students, faculty and staff. Mark is interested in joining the Staff Council to be able to share those ideas, and hopefully make a positive impact.

Nancy Baumgartner

Nancy's experience at Grinnell College allows her to represent the staff from a variety of perspectives. During the 17 years she has been with the College as both a non-exempt and exempt employee, Nancy has worked in 3 different departments at 7 locations across campus. This has given her a broad perspective of the college. Nancy is glad to have a chance to speak for the interests and concerns of the staff at Grinnell College. 

Sharon Clayton

Sharon is originally from Grinnell, Iowa, and now resides in Newton. Her employment at Grinnell College began in the Office of International Students and Minority Affairs during the Summer of 1983. She went on to work in the offices of Off-Campus Study and the Registrar, and has been in Burling Library as the Administrative Assistant to the Librarian for over 20 years. Over the years, she has observed many aspects of the Grinnell College community, and appreciates the opportunity to be a staff advocate particularly focusing on professional development and training, and promotion and recognition of organizational memberships for support staff on campus.

Laura Gogg

Diane Hawkins

Diane Hawkins' employment at Grinnell College began in the Accounting Office the Fall of 1981. During her years at the College, she has also worked in the offices of the Registrar and Dining Services, and is currently in the Career Development Office as Technical Assistant II. Diane has observed many aspects of the Grinnell College community, and appreciates the opportunity to be a staff advocate focusing on issues dealing with campus climate. She would like to work on improving communication, building trust within the campus community and promote opportunities for open and honest dialogue allowing individuals to have their voices heard. Diane is beginning her second year on Staff Council.

Brent Jaeger

Brent, his wife Dawn, and son Kyle moved to Grinnell from De Pere, Wisconsin in 1994 when Brent joined the College's Development & Alumni Relations staff as Director of Development Operations. In 2000 he transferred to Information Technology Services (ITS) as Manager of Campus Information Services (CIS), and in 2006 was promoted to Assistant Director of ITS. Brent served as co-chair of the Datatel Implementation Planning Team (IPT) and now chairs the Grinnell College Data Users' Group (GC DUG). He has been involved in the implementation of Ellucian (formerly Datatel) – Colleague & Benefactor; Pioneer One-Card system; PioneerWeb community portal; The Raiser's Edge fund raising & alumni relations system; alumni on-line communities; Recruitment PLUS for student recruiting & admission; Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system of ImageNow, and the Slate student recruiting system replacing Recruitment PLUS. Brent and his wife Dawn are graduates of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa where their son Kyle became third-generation Wartburg Knight. Brent is pleased to be working with the members of the Staff Council using a balanced perspective examining issues of importance to staff members in support of the well-being of staff, students, and faculty in accord with the College's mission of educating bright, inquisitive, exploring, and maturing students.

Brian Mitchell

An employee of the college since 1995, Brian spent fifteen years as the evening circulation supervisor at Burling Library before moving to the bookstore as the Operations person in November of 2010. He is a fiscal conservative and a social progressive,with a splash of common sense and a welcoming attitude thrown in the mix. He is someone that believes what he says and says what he believes.

Doug Peterson

Doug has been with Grinnell College since January, 2009. He has spent his entire time in the Science Division Office, first as an Academic Support Assistant, and now as Technical Support. Doug spent a year participating in the Process Committee, and will soon join the Benefits Committee and the Parking Committee. He enjoys learning new things and communicating with people. One of the things Doug likes best about working at Grinnell is the daily interaction with faculty, staff, and students. His current hobbies include bicycling, grilling pizza, and building home audio speakers. Doug would like to use his time on the Staff Council to help improve the working environment for all College employees.

Angie Story