Graduate Advisor TeamPage address: https://www.mnsu.edu/activities/gateam.html
Graduate Advisor, Student Events Team
Josh is originally from Northfield, MN, and following high school he attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, where he graduated with a Business Leadership & Management bachelors degree in December 2014. As a Tommie, Josh played varsity football for 4 years and had the opportunity to compete in three NCAA Division III Football Championships, & one national championship. Outside of athletics at St. Thomas, he was involved on campus through a variety of organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes & Delta Sigma Pi. With Delta Sigma Pi, Josh held executive positions such as Vice President of Fundraising, Brotherhood Chair, and Halsey Event Coordinator.
During & following his undergraduate studies, Josh spent 2.5 years with Target as an Executive Team Leader. This past January, Josh decided he wanted to pursue his masters degree in sports administration, so he left Target and began substitute teaching & coaching softball while he began his graduate school search. He will be studying Sports Management at Minnesota State Mankato with hopes of eventually working in collegiate athletics & student -athlete development.
Fun facts about Josh: He is engaged, and his fiancé just graduated from St. Thomas! He has a 1-year-old great pyrenees/black lab dog named Wrigley, he has two brothers that live in Europe, he loves anything outdoors & active, he has 1 niece & 2 nephews.
Graduate Advisor, Fraternity/Sorority Life & Dance Marathon
Travis is originally from South Korea where he lived for 18 years, receiving his elementary, middle, and high school education on an Army Base. He calls the city of Seoul his hometown, and due to the 10 million people population, feels more at home in big cities surrounded by tall buildings. After graduating Seoul American High School, Travis attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he double majored in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in Public Health. “Busy people get stuff done” was Travis’s motto during his 4 years, as he became actively involved on campus, immersing himself with leadership opportunities at every chance. During his junior year, he became a Founding Father of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, an organization that literally changed his life – as cliché as that may sound, and served as secretary and vice president. Currently, he is working towards getting his Masters in Public Administration with ambitions of one day becoming a city manager in Minnesota.
Some interesting facts about Travis: he can speak Korean proficiently, he has an unhealthy love for ice cream and chocolate, puppies make his voice change into a frequency that no one wants to hear, and he hopes to one day work in the White House.
Graduate Advisor, Recognized Student Organizations & Leadership U
Jessica was born and raised in Albany, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies: Chinese Studies. After graduating, she moved to Singapore on a whim and desire to travel and found employment at a tutoring agency. After a 2-year stint in Singapore, she moved back to the states and settled in Portland, Oregon. From there she was employed by Pathfinders of Oregon, a 501(c) non-profit organization offering cognitive restructuring and parenting classes with incarcerated adults. At her time with this organization, and in a prison environment, she came to learn about needs of support for disenfranchised groups, the challenges non-profit organizations face, the consequences of burnout in the workplace, and the deep need for wellness for all. This pushed Jessica to pursue her Masters degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She hopes to use her newfound knowledge to consult for diverse agencies and to contribute to her community in creating workplaces that are healthy, happy, and productive. She looks forward to living and learning in Mankato.
Graduate Intern, Student Events Team
Emi is originally from St. Peter, MN. After graduating from high school she ventured out west to Tacoma, Washington to study at the University of Puget Sound. Emi graduated in May 2014 with her Bachelor's of Arts, majoring in Studio Art- Printmaking and minoring in English. She often jokes that she double majored in extra-curricular activities-- as a logger, Emi was well known as a student leader. She served as an officer and choreographer for the college dance club and as president for the Dorians Women's Choir. Emi helped create the University of Puget Sound Uchapter for To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit dedicated to finding support and ending the stigmas for individuals suffering from depression and addiction, as well as helping create the Minnesota Club. Emi was actively involved in Greek life as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, where she served on multiple committees and received awards in 2013 and 2014 for her leadership in the campus community. Outside of extracurricular activities, Emi worked as a campus tour guide for all four years of college, served as an orientation leader for her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and spent two years working as a course assistant.
Upon graduating Emi wasn't sure what she wanted to do next, so she returned to Minnesota and accepted a position working with Verizon Wireless's customer relations and technical advising departments. During her time with the company, she realized that her passion was working with college students outside of the classroom. After two years with Verizon, Emi left her position to begin her Master's degree in Counseling and Student Personnel - College Student Affairs at MSU, Mankato. Outside of her role as a Graduate Intern with the Student Events Team, Emi is also a Graduate Assistant with the Office of New Student and Family Programs.
Graduate Advisor, Community Engagement & Campus Kitchen
Chris is originally from Louisville KY, and following high school he attended Murray State University in Murray KY to receive his undergrad in Recreation and Leisure Services with an Outdoor emphasis. After graduation, he began working for NOLS and guided backpacking and sea kayaking expeditions in Wyoming, British Columbia, The Yukon, Alaska, the Pacific North West, Mexico, Patagonia, New Zealand, and many other locations around the world.
After accumulating more than 100 field weeks, Chris moved back to KY as the Field and Curriculum Coordinator for Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass in Versailles. Fun fact, this town in KY is pronounced “ver-SAY-uls”. It was hard to get used to that. During this time, he also founded and ran a leadership consulting firm called Soarpheat Adventures, and worked with such clients as Lexmark, GE Aviation, and Bellarmine University.
In 2014, he moved to Fort Worth TX as the Assistant Director of Experiential Education at Trinity Valley School, a private K-12 prep school. During that time he focused on developing appropriate policy for trip based learning and increasing the efficacy of the student staff.
In the summer of 2017, Chris moved to Mankato as a new Experiential Education graduate student and Community Engagement Graduate Advisor. He is particularly excited about the ways that experiential learning might be combined with the ideas of volunteer engagement, and hopes to continue to integrate the two fields.
Chris has a 9 year old collie mix named Sierra who has traveled the world with him. They both enjoy the cooler temperatures of Mankato.