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Lecturer and Director of Forensic Activities & Club Sports

Mark Baechtel grew up in New Carlisle in Southwest Ohio. It’s a small town, not far from the border with Indiana. He earned his B.A. in Communications (Print Journalism) at American... See full profile

Call-In Safety & Security Officer
Technical Assistant II

Denise Bennett grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. Denise attended Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny for her AAS, as well as Marshalltown Community College for an AA in general studies... See full profile

Bennett, Shane
Campus Safety Officer

Shane Bennett was born in Texas, but grew up in New Orleans. He attended the University of New Orleans and holds an Associate degree in General Studies as well as a B.S. in Science... See full profile

Safety & Security Officer

Students can come to John:

about a student/faculty/staff member in need of help or aid to report lost or stolen property to report threats and assaults if they feel uncomfortable... See full profile
Jordan Brooks
Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs

Jordan Brooks is from Erie, Pennsylvania. He attended Allegheny College for a B.A. in Psychology and Art & Technology. He later attended Slippery Rock University to obtain his Master... See full profile

Diane Burt
Administrative Support Assistant at SHACS

Diane F. Burt grew up on a farm in Rockwell, Iowa, a small town in Northwest Iowa. She attended Des Moines Area Community College and earned her AA in Liberal Arts. She previously worked... See full profile

Associate Chaplain and Rabbi

Campus responsibilities as Associate Chaplain and Rabbi:

Campus religious life and social justice awareness Promoting/ facilitating student groups and student religious life... See full profile
Jamie Chambers
International Student Advisor

Jaime Chambers grew up in Kirksville, Missouri, which is a small Midwestern college town that’s “not too different from Grinnell,” and as also lived in Tanzania and Malawi. Jaime... See full profile

Coleman Connie
Rosenfield Center Receptionist

Connie Coleman grew up in Malcom, Iowa — just 20 minutes from Grinnell! Connie has been a welcoming face to all students, greeting them as they enter the Marketplace Dining Hall, go to... See full profile

Conner Andrea
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Andrea Conner is originally from Glidden, Iowa, a small farming town in the western part of the state. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Coe College in music and theater and went on... See full profile

Call-In Safety & Security Officer

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Interim Assistant Director of Campus Safety

Bob's role at Grinnell College is to make the college experience the most pleasant by creating the safest atmosphere possible for visitors, staff, and students. Bob believes that at... See full profile

Edwards Karen
- International Student Affairs Department Chair
Associate Dean and Director of International Student Affairs

Karen Edwards grew up in LeMars, Iowa, which is in the northwest corner of the state. Karen’s undergraduate degree is from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she majored in Health... See full profile

Brittany Foley
Residence Life Coordinator

Brittiany Foley is from Lexington, Kentucky and attended Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and went on to earn her Master of Science in Safety... See full profile

Callie Frieler
Assistant Dean of Students

Callie Frieler grew up in Paynesville, Minnesota, a small town in the central part of the state. For the past six years, Callie has lived in Pennsylvania, which is where she has recently... See full profile

Beth Gallegos
Assistant Director of SHACS and Mental Health Therapist

Beth Gallegos was born in Seoul, South Korea and lived in the Chicago area for a while. But, for most of her life, Beth lived in the Los Angeles area of Southern California. Beth... See full profile

Elijah Genheim
Residence Life Coordinator

Elijah Genheimer grew up in North Branch, Minnesota. He earned his BA at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota and his MA in Higher Education Student Development at Taylor University... See full profile

Adam Gilbert
Residence Life Coordinator

Adam Gilbert is from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Adam was a dual-degree major at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, earning his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Jazz... See full profile

Paul Gorelik
Residence Life Coordinator

Paul Gorelik grew up in Endicott, New York, which is a small town in central part of the state. He has his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and his Master of Science degree in Student... See full profile

Staff Nurse

Janice Grimes grew up in Westminster, Maryland. Janice attended Wichita State University in Kansas for a pre-nursing program and Community Colleges of Baltimore for an Associate’s Degree... See full profile

Technical Assistant I

Nancy Guinane grew up in Iowa Falls, Iowa. She attended the Ellsworth Community College for her AA Degree. She later went to the University of Northern Iowa for her BA in Marketing with... See full profile

Becky Heeren
Staff Counselor

Becky Heeran grew up in Red Oak, Iowa but she currently resides in Toledo, Iowa. Becky earned her BS in Psychology and Family Services from Iowa State University. She went on to earn her... See full profile

Connie Herchek
Administrative Support Assistant

Connie Herchek grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a community that celebrates diversity and coexistence. Connie earned her bachelors degree in Political Science and Sociology from... See full profile

Elizabeth Hoel
Staff Nurse

Libbi Hoel grew up in Eagan, Minnesota – just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in Nutrition and her Bachelor of... See full profile

Christine Huffaker
Safety & Security Officer

Students can come to Christine: about a student/faculty/staff member in need of help or aid to report lost or stolen property to report threats and assaults if they feel uncomfortable... See full profile

Call-In Safety & Security Officer
Administrative Assistant

Ann Isgrig grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa – just 45 minutes from Grinnell! She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Central College in Pella, Iowa. In her free time, Ann... See full profile

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Wellness and Prevention

Jen Jacobsen is from Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and most of her extended family still lives in that area. Jen earned her BA from Grinnell College for History, with... See full profile

Natalie Juarez
Residence Life Coordinator

Natalie Juarez was born and raised in a town known as El Sereno, which is located in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in American and... See full profile

Stacy Kuiper
Staff Nurse

Stacy Kuiper grew up in Newton Iowa – just 20 miles west of Grinnell. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and Allen College to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing so that... See full profile

Call-In Safety & Security Officer
Coordinator of Compliance

Jennifer McAlexander grew up in Grinnell and currently calls it home as well. She graduated from Grinnell High School and attended Marshalltown Community College. Jennifer is a mother to... See full profile

Safety & Security Officer
Sarah Moschenross
Dean of Students

Sarah Moschenross grew up in a small town called St. Ansgar in the north central part of Iowa, near the Minnesota border. Her immediate family is still located in Iowa, and Sarah enjoys... See full profile

Campus Safety Officer

Russell “Russ” Motta is from El Center, California. He earned his Associates in Science from Imperial Valley College in Imperial, California. He later went on to earn his Bachelor of... See full profile

Technical Assistant II

Lauren Myers has lived in many places across the United States, but considers Charlotte, North Carolina her home. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology... See full profile

Safety & Security Officer

Students can come to Larry: about a student/faculty/staff member in need of help or aid to report lost or stolen property to report threats and assaults if they feel uncomfortable with... See full profile

Sarah Newell-Grife
Staff Nurse

Sarah Newell grew up in Newton, Iowa – just 20 miles from Grinnell! Sarah attended Mercy College of Health Science in Des Moines, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In her... See full profile

Call-In Dispatcher
Leah Reuber
Assistant Director of Residence Life

Leah Reuber is from Bellevue, Iowa, a small town on the Mississippi River. She completed her undergraduate work at Coe College, and majored in Philosophy, Journalism, and Gender Studies... See full profile

Joseph Rolón
Director of Residence Life

Joseph “Joe” Rolón has lived all over the United States, from West coast to East coast, but he will always consider his home to be Union City, New Jersey. Joe attended University of... See full profile


Sarah Schuler grew up on a farm just outside LeGrand, Iowa. She has also lived in Ames, Iowa and North Springfield, Vermont. But, Sarah has been living in Grinnell for several years now... See full profile

Director of SHACS Operations

Deborah “Deb” Shill’s hometown is Clear Lake, Iowa. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from North Iowa Community College and is currently a Registered Nurse. Deb loves to spend... See full profile

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Dean of Religious Life

Deanna Shorb grew up in Littlestown, Pennsylvania. She earned her BA from West Chester State University in Pennsylvania and CD from the Yale School of Drama. She also attended the Yale... See full profile

Director of Campus Center Operation/Student Activities

Michael Sims started working at Grinnell in July 1997, and has filled a variety of roles during his tenure. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – La... See full profile

Maure Smith-Benanti
Associate Dean of Students & Director of Intercultural Affairs

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Maure Smith-Benanti grew up in Provo, Utah and completed her official education at Utah State University. She is a life-long learner and educator. Maure says her... See full profile

International Student and Scholar Advisor

Brenda Strong grew up in Brooklyn, Iowa – about 20 miles east from Grinnell College! Brenda attended Iowa State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business... See full profile

Paul Valencic
Staff Counselor

Paul Valencic grew up in Marion, Iowa, a city located just north of Cedar Rapids. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa. He then earned his MA and... See full profile

Vrinda Varia
Student Support Advisor

Vrinda Varia is from Princeton, New Jersey and attended Bryn Mawr College for a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice and she had... See full profile

Katy Zart
Program Advisor

Katy Zart is from Fennimore, Wisconsin and she attended Northland College to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Writing. She later attended the University of... See full profile