Welcome to Franklin Family! Our goal for the year is simple: we want to make your living experience here fantastic. We have a great staff that is both approachable and friendly so let us know what we can do for you. We encourage you to get to know your RAs, talk with the other RAs, or stop by the Franklin office near the lobby.
We also encourage everyone to open your doors whenever you are in your rooms, using your bricks. Walk down the hall, say hello to your friends, meet new people and talk with hall staff. We are going to do everything we can to make your experience here fantastic but we also need you to put forth genuine effort. This will contribute significantly to your living experience this year.
First Floor, Franklin Hall
A junior from Bartonville, Illinois, Jordan is excited for his second year in Residence Life! After serving as a Hayes RA last semester, he is now the Assistant Hall Director for Franklin Family and is looking forward to getting to know all of his residents. In addition to Residence Life, Jordan works in the Rogalski Center, volunteers at a local political campaign, and is an SAU STAR during the summer. When he is not studying for his Political Science major or Irish Studies and Radio & TV minors, he likes to play golf, read, hangout with friends, and watch his favorite sports teams.
Nick Gentzler, First Floor RA
Nick is from Marion, Iowa where he attended Linn Mar High School. In high school Nick ran track and played basketball. He won a state championship in basketball his senior year and got 4th in the 4x800 at the State Track and Field Meet his senior year. This is Nick's first year being an R.A and he hopes it's a great one. As of right now Nick is majoring in both Marketing and Management. He is involved in track at St. Ambrose and runs 400's and 800's. Nick comes from a family of 6. He has two brother's and one sister and is the youngest out of them all. Nick is also an uncle to a beautiful little girl named Hadley and soon to be an uncle again to another beautiful little girl. You will find out quickly that he is a die hard Iowa Hawkeye fan, St. Louis Cardinals fan, and Chicago Bears fan. Nick really hopes that he can bring a lot to the Franklin Community.
Mark Brauweiler, First Floor RA
Mark is in his senior year at St. Ambrose, working towards a BS in Exercise Science and a BS in Human Performance & Fitness with a minor in Psychology working towards earning an eventual doctorate in physical therapy. In his second year as an RA, Mark is very much looking forward to being a part of the 'Franklin Family'! From a small town and a small Catholic high school, he's used to playing some sport year-round-- football, basketball, baseball, sand volleyball, slow pitch softball... When not playing sports or studying, he's busy with activities on campus as President of the Student Alumni Association, an executive officer for Dance Marathon, a part of Campus Ministry, and as a work-study athletic trainer. He's excited for this year as an RA in Franklin!
Paige Wheeler, Second Floor RA
Paige is very excited to be a first year member of the Residence Life team. She is in her second year at St. Ambrose and is a political science major with criminal justice and pre-law minors. Growing up in the small town of Wilton, Iowa, St. Ambrose is relatively close to her home town. When Paige isn't in class you will most likely find her working in the records and registration office or running at practice because she is a member of the fighting bee cross country and track teams. In her free time Paige enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching good movies, and listening to country music.
Megan VanHoorn, Second Floor RA
Megan is excited to be starting her third year at St. Ambrose. She grew up in Wonder Lake, Illinois with her wonderful family. Megan is majoring in Nursing with minors in Spanish and Psychology. !Se gusta hablar en Español! Megan is a super duper Mac n' cheese chef and loves taking care of her Bonsi tree. When Megan is not studying or in class she enjoys being outside, adventuring with friends, listening to Disney soundtracks, running, playing tennis, rollerblading, going to Zumba, and reading a good book. Megan has really enjoyed getting involved on campus. She is a member of Ambrosians for Peace and Justice (APJ), Habitat for Humanity, and Phi Eta Sigma. This is Megan's first year being involved with the Residence Life staff. She is really looking forward to building relationships with her residents and is ready to start another great year at St. Ambrose University!
Ryan Giesemann, Third Floor RA
Ryan from Dubuque Iowa is a sophomore; it will be his first year on the Residence Life staff. He is majoring in Mathematics with an endorsement in Secondary Education. In high school, Ryan was involved National Honors Society, the Spanish Club, Dance Marathon committee, football, swimming, baseball, wrestling, and track. When he is not in class, Ryan is part of the Track and Field team. He enjoys the outdoors, playing sports, hanging out with family and friends and just having fun.
Katherine Zorn, Fourth Floor RA
Katie is a sophomore majoring in Business, with minors in Spanish and Theology. She came to Ambrose from Moscow Mills, Missouri (a small town 60 miles outside of St. Louis). In high school, Katie was super involved, and continues the trend here at Ambrose, where she is the Vice President of Ambrosians for Peace and Justice, involved in Campus Ministry, and occasionally helps out with Campus Activities Board. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with friends, reading on her Kindle, watching movies, and watching Cardinals baseball games. Katie also enjoys traveling and looks forward to studying abroad this winter. She is very excited about her first year on the Residence Life team and to be with her fellow sophomores.
Ashley Nelson, Fourth Floor RA
Ashley is a junior at St. Ambrose and is majoring in Biology and Psychology. She intends to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy with her degrees. She grew up in Pekin, Illinois. Ashley is on the Varsity Women's Golf team and is the advocacy and athletic chairperson on SAU's St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn. She is also an active member of the Student Alumni Association, Habitat for Humanity, Biology Club, and is a STAR member. When she is not in class, Ashley can be found working in the Student Success Center, practicing golf, or playing intramural sports. She loves biking, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. This is her first year on the Residence Life staff and is looking forward to getting to know all of the residents!