At St. Ambrose since 1999.
Matt 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, 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.
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.
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.
Hilary joined the St. Ambrose community in December 2013. Originally from northern Iowa, she completed her bachelor's degree in Business Management, Marketing and Not-for-Profit Management at Central College (Pella, IA). There, Hilary discovered her passion for assisting others in any way that she is able and enjoys her day-to-day interactions assisting students. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, crafting, baking, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Samson.
Anjie Swidergal, Area Coordinator for Bechtel. Davis, and North Halls
Anjie is ecstatic to be starting her fifth year as the Area 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 ten years and absolutely loves making connections with students and staff, especially in Bechtel and North Halls! This is Anjie's first year working with the awesome community of Davis Hall!
When she's not working, Anjie loves live theatre (both from the stage and the audience), karaoke, Netflix, board games, game shows, euchre, baking, and bowling.
Alison DeVilder, Area Coordinator for McCarthy, Hagen, Tiedemann & Townhouses
Alison is thrilled to start her fourth year at St. Ambrose University! Alison is a native of the Quad Cities area, growing up in East Moline, Ill. She earned her bachelor's degree in Education and Counseling at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., and continued her education at St. Ambrose University earning her Master's in Organizational Leadership. Alison is excited to begin another academic year and can't wait to see what's in store.
When Alison is not working, she loves reading, watching TV, baking, playing softball, spending time with family and friends, and rooting for Husker Football.
Andrea Rivera, Franklin and Themed Houses Director
Andrea "Andie" Rivera is excited to start her first year as the Franklin Hall Director. 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.
Alex Carr, Cosgrove Hall Director
Alex is excited to start his second year as a Residence Hall Director at St. Ambrose. Alex is originally from the small town of Lamoni, Iowa. Alex graduated from Graceland University with a double major in Business Administration, Sports Management, and minored in Economics. Alex is also currently enrolled in St. Ambrose's Master of Organizational Leadership program. The reason Alex loves St. Ambrose is because of the University's commitment to the development, and support, of its students. When not working, Alex likes to spend his time fishing, playing volleyball, or long boarding.
Brendan Sears, Rohlman Hall Director
Brendan is giddy to be part of the Ambrose team and can't wait have a great year alongside his fellow staff and residents. He has lived in Illinois, Colorado, California, Washington, and is happy to be here in Iowa. Brendan enjoys discussing and developing leadership skills, performing improv, reading, writing, 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 over the last six years. Along the way he completed a masters in Leadership from Bellevue Univeristy and takes every chance he gets to learn something new.