Meet Our Staff

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Margaret HesserMargaret Hesser

SSS Director


Degrees earned: MS Counseling and Student Personnel, MSU; BS Administrative Management, MSU

Hometown: Hector, MN

Outside of work I enjoy: Spending time with family and friends, quilting, basketball and volleyball.

Favorite/Most Inspirational quote: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." –Henry Ford

Why I work in SSS: I have worked with TRiO for 25 years and find every day to be challenging and exciting and rewarding. I have met so many amazing students and seen them accomplish so much!

Trevor L. GohnerTrevor Gohner

Academic Coordinator-Tutoring


Degrees earned: MS Counseling and Student Personnel, MSU; BA Communication Studies/Community Psychology, St. Cloud State University

Hometown: Montpelier, North Dakota

Outside of work I enjoy: Trips to the dog park, weekends in the Twin Cities, going to movies, or hunting for awesome vinyls at the record store!

Favorite/Most Inspirational quote: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." –Howard Thurman

Why I work in SSS: It takes hard work and determination to be successful in college. The students I have worked with in SSS have been some of the most ambitious and driven students I have met, because they are aware of the difference having a college education will make in their lives. It is a pleasure for me to guide and mentor them along the way.

Karina ClennonKarina Clennon

Academic Coordinator


Degrees earned: Alumna of Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling and Student Personnel, 2011; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato; and Karina will receive her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision: College Student Affairs in 2014.

Hometown: Mankato, MN

Outside of work I enjoy: Outside of work Karina enjoys leisure activities like jogging, golf and tennis. She enjoys attending cultural, theater, and musical events at MSU, Bethany, and in the Mankato Community.

Favorite/most inspirational quote: "What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other." –George Eliot
"A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead

Why I work in SSS: College is such an important experience and can have such an impact on career and financial goals for individuals. I am dedicated to assisting students reach their academic and career goals by providing academic support and encouraging involvement in activities that will promote life-long learning. I work in SSS because I believe that students who are engaged in their academics will reach their goals, graduate, and go on to be active and involved citizens. I work in SSS to support students’ success.

Christine MyersChristine Myers

Office Manager


Degrees earned: AAS Computer Integrated Machining

Hometown: Madison Lake, MN

Outside of work I enjoy: Making things and repairing things. Everything from making quilts, clothes and bookshelves to fixing the wash machine or refrigerator.

Favorite quote/most inspirational quote: "Be so good they can't ignore you." –Steve Martin.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." –Mario Andretti

Why I work in SSS: To be a part of a wonderful experience that helps students learn to be successful and empowered!

Bruce YangTom Schmidt

Graduate Assistant


Degree Earned:   Sociology & Corrections, M.S.

Hometown:  Minneapolis

Outside of Work I Enjoy:  Writing, Reading, and spending time with my family and dogs.

Famous/Most Inspirational Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world...” -Gandhi

Why I work in SSS:   … Because I believe in giving everyone a chance to succeed…


Student Support Services

355 Wiecking Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2797
Fax: 507-389-6372