Torin Akey - Associate Director
Education: MS: College Student Personnel, Miami University; BBA: Business, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Previous Positions: Complex Director (Mankato); Hall Director (Iowa State University); Assistant First-Year Advisor (Miami University)
What I like about being a Maverick: The opportunities to be intentional when creating systems (from an idea through implementation) to better meet the changing developmental needs of our students. Also, I value the opportunities to have a "seat at the table" in campus decision making.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: I am curently involved in my third straight year with the UMR Professional Development and Training committee and I have an interest in gaining further knowledge in StrengthsQuest application, community development "best practices" in apartments, and implementing MAP-Works. I look forward to my conversations with parents each summer during orientation.
Hobbies: Running, playing with my kids, cheering on Wisconsin sport teams!
Jamie Van Boxel - Area Director
Education: MS: College Student Personnel Administration, University of Central Missouri; BS: Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Previous Positions: Area Coordinator (UW-Green Bay); Graduate Hall Director (University of Central Missouri); Hall Director (Lawrence University)
What I like about being a Maverick: I feel connected to MSU and the City of Mankato because of the talented and hard-working colleagues I have met in my time as a Maverick. Colleagues I have interacted with in Residential Life and beyond in the great MSU community are committed to performance. I have made many friends and connected with many in the city of Mankato because most are friendly, compassionate, accepting, and fun. I couldn't ask for a better community to make a home!
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: I have attended a StrengthsQuest Conference in the Twin Cities and the ACUHO-I Conference in New Orleans in my time here. I have also taken advantage of professional development opportunities right here on campus, including the annual "Professional Development Day" for faculty and staff held each January.
Hobbies: As a new homeowner, I can often be found cutting the lawn, gardening, fixing things around the house, and shovelling snow! My hairless dog Harriet, a Chinese Crested, and I spend a lot of time walking around my neighborhood. I enjoy attending festivals and activities both in Mankato and in the Twin Cities throughout the summer. Movies, Packer football games, reading, camping, downhill skiing, and travelling to visit my family in Northern Wisconsin are all activities I look forward to throughout the year.
Nicole Faust - Area Director
Education: MEd: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University; BA: Political Science and International Relations, Simpson College
Previous Positions: Area Coordinator (Simpson College); Hall Director (Central College)
What I like about being a Maverick: The people with whom I work with, our commitment to students, and the support to continue learning and growing as a professional.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: Assessment, research, technology, and organization development.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, baking, landscaping, decorating, and listening to music.
Matt Burns - Area Director
Education: MEd: Higher Education, Iowa State University; BS: Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University
Previous Positions: Residential Program Manager (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
What I like about being a Maverick: I enjoy working with colleagues that are focused on the student experience and in an environment that promotes the success and growth of our students.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: I am a member of ACUHO-I and have been a member or ACPA and NASPA. I am interested in second-year student success, leadership development, and first-generation students.
Hobbies: Running, playing guitar, and drawing
Stephanie Knoppa - Area Director
Education: MEd: Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Utah; BS: Psychology, History, Human Development, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Previous Positions: Residence Hall Director, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Assistant Residential Education Coordinator, University of Utah
What I like about being a Maverick: I enjoy our continual and intentional focus on our students. I have found that everyone is incredibly welcoming and willing to help.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: I enjoy being involved in professional organizations (NASPA, ASCA, UMR-ACUHO, NACADA) and have strong interests in social justice/diversity work, student metal health, sexual violence issues, academic advising, and student conduct.
Hobbies: Working with animal rescue organizations, crafting, reading, and traveling
Matt Goff - Program Advisor and Summer Operations Coordinator
Education: MS: Student Personnel in Higher Education, University of Florida; BS: Communication Studies, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Previous Positions: Student Org Advisor in Center for Leadership and Service (Florida); Academic Advisor in College of Education (Florida)
What I like about being a Maverick: Working in a supportive environment both professionally and personally. Student success is the goal and the department is constantly progressing and looking for new ways to serve our ever-changing students. Also, even as we all work for the same goals and outcomes in student development and experience, I value that autonomy that I am given in my role.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: Member of NASPA. My interests include leadership development, experiential education, and the second-year experience.
Hobbies: Running, Frisbee golf, reading, playing with my dogs, and watching movies with my family
Ana Hammerschmidt - Student Success Coordinator and Conduct Officer
Education: MS: Educational Leadership, Minnesota State University, Mankato; BA: Education and Social Studies, College of St. Benedict
Previous Positions: Residential Progam Manager (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); Hall Director (Iowa State University)
What I like about being a Maverick: I enjoy the students, staff, and colleagues that I work with. In my daily work I find laughter, support, challenge, and growth.
Professional Development/Involvement/Interests: Most of my involvement is on campus. I serve on both the Fall and Winter Welcome Week committees and have been a first-year seminar instructor and on the Sexual Assault Awareness Month planning committee. At various times, I have been involved with UMR, ACPA, and the Association for Student Conduct Administration.
Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, camping, and working with animal rescue organizations.