Aaron Arment
Campus Safety Officer

Aaron Arment split his childhood between Kentucky, Texas, and Iowa. He graduated from Simpson College with a B.A. in Criminal Justice with emphasis on law enforcement and criminal... See full profile

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

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Denise Bennett
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

Shane Bennett
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

John Booth
Campus Safety 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... See full profile

Diane Burt
Administrative Support Assistant at SHACS

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

Gary Caldwell
Campus Safety Officer

Gary L. Caldwell grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa. Following his high school graduation, Gary spent the next seven years in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from the Marine Non-... 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

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Robert DeBerg
Campus Safety Officer

Robert “Bob” DeBerg began working for Grinnell College in 1996, and enjoys being part of the campus community. Bob worked in safety and security, as well as law enforcement, in Dallas,... See full profile

Karen Edwards
- 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

Tami Ferch
Staff Nurse

Tami Ferch is from Newton, Iowa, just 30 minutes away from Grinnell. She earned her associate degree in Nursing from Iowa Valley Community College and is currently a registered nurse.... 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

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

Callie Frieler
Assistant Dean of Students

Callie received her Bachelor’s in Professional and Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin — River Falls,  and earned her MS.Ed in Student Affairs Administration... See full profile

Christine Huffaker
Campus Safety Officer

Christine Huffaker is a native Iowan. She graduated from East Buchanan High School, and currently lives in Poweshiek County.  Christine has been employed by the Grinnell College... See full profile

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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

Jennifer Jacobsen
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

Tyler Jensen
Residence Life Coordinator

Tyler Jensen grew up in Romeoville, Ill., located outside Chicago, and Fenton, Mo., which is located right outside St. Louis. Tyler attended Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo.,... See full profile

Campus Safety Officer

Matthew "Matt" Kriegel has always called Grinnell home. He grew up in rural Grinnell, and graduated from Grinnell High School in 2012. Matt attended Indian Hills Community College and... See full profile

Steve Kriegel
Campus Safety Officer

Steve Kriegel was born and raised in Grinnell, and graduated from Grinnell High School. Steve has a law enforcement background. He enjoys spending time with his family and making... See full profile

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Jason Malek
Campus Safety Officer

Jason Malek was raised in the town of Duncan, Iowa.  He attended North Iowa Area Community College. He received his A.A. in Liberal Arts with Law Enforcement Core, along with his... See full profile

Evette Massey
Residence Life Coordinator

Evette Massey is originally from North Carolina, where she lived for 17 years before moving to Lenox, Iowa. Lenox is a small town located in southwest Iowa. Evette attended Northwest... See full profile

Jennifer McAlexander
Coordinator of Compliance

Jennifer McAlexander is a Grinnellian. She graduated from Grinnell High School and attended Marshalltown Community College. She started as an on-call dispatcher with the Department of... See full profile

Julie McPherren
Campus Safety Officer

Julie McPherren was born and raised in Newton, Iowa. She discovered an appeal for Grinnell, moved to the town, and has lived her for nearly half of her life. She loves the community!... See full profile

Sarah Moschenross
Dean of Students

Sarah Moschenross was named Dean of Students in 2015. Prior to coming to Grinnell, Moschenross served as the Director of the McNair TRIO Program at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and as a... See full profile

Russ Motta
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

Joshua Murphy
Residence Life Coordinator

Joshua Murphy spent his early childhood in Ocala and Dunnellon, Fla. However, he considers his hometown to be Kissimmee, Fla., since that is where he spent most of his life including his... See full profile

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Housing Coordinator

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

Campus Safety Officer

Larry Nace began working for the Department of Campus Safety in 2011. He worked as a law enforcement officer, and has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, and security and... 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

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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

Joe Rolon
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

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

Deb joined Grinnell College in 2008 as a staff registered nurse and currently is our director of SHACS (Student Health and Counseling Services) operations. She provides oversight to both... See full profile

Deanna Shorb
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

Alexis Steele
Program Coordinator for SHACS

Alexis Steele grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. While she loves Grinnell, Alexis decided she needed to leave the nest for college. She attended Furman University in South Carolina for two years... See full profile

Brenda Strong
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

Mollie Ullestad
International Student Adviser

Mollie Ullestad grew up in Jewell, Iowa, which is a small town in central Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her B.A. in Social Science Education,... 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... See full profile

Katy Zart
Program Advisor


Katy grew up in rural Wisconsin where she attended Northland College to earn her Bachelor of Science degree. Katy earned her Master of Science in Education from the... See full profile

Thomas Zigo
Staff Counselor


Thomas Zigo grew up in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts  in psychology and a master’s in social work from... See full profile