Matt is excited to be starting his 14th year as part of the Ambrose family. He felt welcomed here as soon as he started and works with his staff to ensure you become a member of the community here as well. Matt grew up in Rhinelander, Wis., and earned his bachelor's degree in speech communication at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. After graduation, he worked as a Hall Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for three years and married his wife Jayme, who he met while at Macalester.
Looking to continue in the Student Affairs field, Matt and Jayme moved to the University of Maine where he worked on his master's in student development in higher education. After completing his master's, the Hansens moved back to the Midwest and he accepted the Director of Residence Life and Housing position at St. Ambrose in 1999. In his time here, he has worked on the renovation of Rohlman Hall and has seen the construction of Hagen, Bechtel, Franklin, West, North, and the Rogalski Center. His duties and staff size have continued to grow, and it has been a wonderful experience. Now an Assistant Dean of Students, he continues to enjoy the challenges of his job and the opportunity to work with great students and staff. Matt and Jayme have two children, Hannah, age 14, and Jacob, age 11.
Born in Missouri, this is Patrick's fourth year here at St. Ambrose. After earning his bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, MO, majoring in Communication, Patrick then earned his Master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Kearney, Neb., and began his professional Residence Life career at Pittsburg State University. Patrick has also worked at Iowa Western Community College, Creighton University, and Peru State College. The last few years have been spent coaching and teaching high school in southwest Iowa. This year at St. Ambrose, Patrick is looking to continue the success of Residence Life and to strengthening the programs and housing options we offer at St. Ambrose. This has been a great experience for Patrick and he is looking forward to continuing to be a part of the St. Ambrose Community
Michelle Voelkers hails from the Quad Cities area and has been a member of the St. Ambrose community since October of 1999. She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and has been working in the Residence Life and Dean of Students office since 2005. Michelle enjoys helping students navigate their way through the paperwork, policies, and procedures of St. Ambrose. In her free time, Michelle likes spending time creating handmade gifts and scrapbooking. She lives in Davenport with her husband Cory and son Josh.
Dana is a Kansas native and graduate of Kansas State University. After working for the Residence Life Office at her alma mater for two years, Dana joined the St. Ambrose community in July of 2012. She is excited to continue working with students and helping them navigate their college experience. When she's not in the office, Dana enjoys gardening, cooking and working on home projects with her husband Michael.
Anjie Swidergal, Residence Life Coordinator for Bechtel and North Hall
Anjie is psyched to be starting her first year as the Residence Life Coordinator at St. Ambrose University! Anjie was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Forest, Ill., had a fantastic four years at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, then continued on to earn a Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska at Kearney! Anjie has been working in various residence life positions for 6 years including a year as a Residence Hall Director at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and absolutely loves making connections with students and staff. When she's not working, Anjie loves live theatre (both from the stage and the audience), watching TV, baking, and bowling!
Erica Saviuk, Rohlman and West Hall Director
Erica is excited to take on her third and final year as the Hall Director for Rohlman and West Halls because she absolutely loves working with amazing residents and staff members. A native of Daytona Beach, Fla., Erica is very proud of surviving two Iowa winters! She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from Stetson University and is only two classes away from receiving her Masters in Organizational Leadership here at SAU. When she is not working or doing homework, Erica likes to scrapbook, watch "Friends", and take extremely long naps.
Brittany Smith, Davis, Hayes, and Houses Hall Director
Brittany is returning for her second year as a Hall Director at St. Ambrose and so excited to meet everyone in Davis, Hayes and the Houses this year! Brittany is originally from New Hampshire and has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Plymouth State University. Brittany loves to work with college students and be part of their growing experience on campus and getting people involved. In her free time, Brittany likes to play music, go camping and is a huge fan of board games!
Vandrae Fox, Hagen, Tiedemann, and Townhouses Hall Director
Vandrae is looking forward to his sophomore year as a Hall Director. He is taking on a new challenge in working with preferred students this year, but couldn't be more excited to get the year rolling. Vandrae is extremely excited to work with such a great staff and awesome students. He ready to make this year one of the most memorable years of all time.
Angie Mullenbach, Cosgrove Hall Director
Angie is energized for her 2nd year at St. Ambrose. As the Hall Director for Cosgrove Hall; this is where she calls home. With growing up in central Iowa; she is an Iowa girl through and through. As an Iowa girl, she attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, while majoring in Fitness Management. In her free time, Angie likes to visit her nephew, coach/play/watch sports, hang out with family and friends, and watch the TV show Survivor (I will be a contestant on there someday!).
Michael Durbin, Franklin Hall Director
Michael is ecstatic for his first year as the Hall Director for Franklin Hall, and the opportunity to join the wonderful community at St. Ambrose! Michael grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned his undergraduate degree in Communication and Psychology at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. While an undergraduate at UCCS he was very involved in first year experience and student success, and was a Resident Assistant as well as a Senior Resident Assistant. During that time, Michael discovered his passion for student affairs. After a year as an Admissions Counselor at UCCS, he decided to transition back into residence life to work with students as they grow. Outside of his passion for working with students, Michael enjoys reading, playing Wii and PS3, exploring new places, hanging out with friends, and just being around people.