tracking pixel
Residence Life & Housing

 

Our Team

Assistant Dean of Students and Director 

Matt HansenMatt Hansen
HansenMattB@sau.edu
Matt felt welcomed here as soon as he started at SAU in 1999. He 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, whom 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, McCarthy, North, and the Rogalski Center. His duties and staff size have continued to grow, and it has been a wonderful experience. Now the Assistant Dean of Students, Matt 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, a college student, and Jacob, who is in high school.

Assistant Director 

Sherry WhetzlerSherry Whetzler
WhetzlerSherryR@sau.edu
Sherry Whetzler joined the team in March of 2014 and quickly fell in love with St. Ambrose University's caring students, staff, and faculty, the opportunities to develop professionally and personally through the arts, parks, and libraries, and how well the community incorporated her family into the community. Her background includes attending Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio) for her undergraduate degree in English, minor in French, and an Oral Communication Certificate and her graduate degree of Master of Education while working as a Graduate Hall Director. From 2008-2014, she worked full time as a Community Director at a four-year state institution and earned her Master of Educational Leadership.

She is very close to her extended family and loves to read, play cards/boardgames, craft, scrapbook, and enjoy time with friends and family.

Administrative Assistants 

Michelle VoelkersMichelle Voelkers
Email Michelle
Michelle grew up in the Quad Cities area and has been a member of the St. Ambrose community since October 1999. She has been working in the Residence Life and Dean of Students office since 2005. Michelle earned her BA from St. Ambrose University in Criminal Justice. She enjoys helping students navigate their way through the paperwork, policies, and procedures of St. Ambrose. Stop by the office any time for a healthy dose of playful sarcasm and free hugs. In her free time, Michelle likes spending time creating handmade gifts and scrapbooking. She lives in Davenport with her husband Cory and son Josh.

Jayide Alexander
Email Jayide
Jayide Alexander joined our staff in January 2017. Originally from the most northern part of Maine, she has lived in 23 states, attended five colleges – including St. Ambrose – and accumulated 156 college credit hours. She sought education for the simple joy of learning. She relaxes by doing research, reading, or computer work. For her, the values that St. Ambrose represents made this the ideal place for her to work. With an unconventional history, Jayide believes that knowing yourself helps draw out the full lesson in every life experience, and teaches you to laugh often - especially when trying to explain some of the idiosyncrasies you accrue along the journey.


Professional Hall Staff

Area Coordinators

Andrea Rivera
Email Andie
Andrea "Andie" Rivera is excited to start her new transition as the Area Coordinator for Hagen, Tiedemann, Townhouses, and McCarthy. Andie grew up in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and she earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre here at St. Ambrose University in 2015. During her undergraduate years, she was an active student taking on roles such as Student Admissions Representative, STARs (Students Trained As Rolemodels), MACA Representative, an Anchor/Reporter for the local Hola America TV Bilingual news, and became an RA and AHD during her last two years.  Andie loves interacting with students, pushing them to become the best they can be while always being a helping hand to those who need it. During her downtime she loves to cook, watch Netflix, go for walks, listen to music (and sing to it), and hang out with friends. Once again, she is extremely thrilled and humbled to be part of the Professional Residence Life staff and starting this new journey.

Jacqueline Hoeft
Email Jacque
Jacque is excited to start her first year as an Area Coordinator at St. Ambrose University. She is originally from the north suburbs outside of Chicago. She decided to take a little adventure in life and travel down to Louisiana where she pursued her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!). She then went on to earn her master's degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. She is very excited to have her first position in the Midwest area. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outside, playing lots of board games as well as card games, and has recently been getting into playing the new Nintendo Switch. She is looking forward to working on a small, close-knit family campus where she can engage with many students, faculty, and staff and learn from their experiences as well as share a few of her own.

Hall Directors

Becky Hartman
Email Becky
Becky is an Eastern Iowa native who is ecstatic to be a Residence Hall Director at St. Ambrose. Her passion for college students began at Central College where she was a resident advisor, and this passion only grew during her time planning events for University of Central Missouri's student union. Her special interests in higher education include student transitions, academic and career advising, and event planning. Becky has a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration. She describes herself as a lifelong learner and hopes to continue learning from students, staff, faculty, and the community. When not at work, Becky enjoys doing crafts, watching Netflix and hockey, and cuddling with animals.

Brendan Sears
Email Brendan
Brendan has big plans for Rohlman Hall this year. He enjoys discussing and developing leadership skills, promoting mental health awareness, performing at ComedySportz, and all types of gaming. He is excited to have his best year yet and help Rohlman Hall's residents have their best one too. Brendan earned his undergraduate degree at Augustana and has lived in Illinois, Colorado, California, Washington, and now Iowa. Along the way he completed a master's in Leadership from Bellevue University and is always eager to learn something new.

Austin Quarles
Email Austin
Austin is excited to begin her first year at St. Ambrose. She is originally from Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Politics. After working in Northern Virginia and D.C. for a number of years, Austin welcomes the chance to impact a new community. The majority of her work centers around diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. Austin is passionate about civic engagement, social justice, Grey's Anatomy, and rugby.