Student Life Staff & Resources

Student Life Mission
The Wartburg Student Life mission is to encourage student involvement, leadership and service; help students in exploring and understanding choices; and foster personal responsibility for behavior and decisions. View our mission pillars booklet (PDF)

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Dr. Daniel Kittle, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students, 319-352- 8745

Daniel Kittle, Ph.D., holds a B.S. in public relations and political science from Heidelberg University, M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in higher, adult, learning and education from Michigan State University.  In 2009, Dr. Kittle completed the Foundations of Christian Leadership program through Duke University.

After coming to Wartburg in 2005 as Community Partnerships Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement, Dr. Kittle was promoted to Director in the summer of 2008.  In 2012, Dr. Kittle was appointed as the Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives.  Reporting to the president, Dr. Kittle helped organize and lead college-wide implementation of the Wartburg College Strategic Plan 2010-20. 

Dr. Kittle teaches a first-year seminar in education and social change, as well as several courses in the Institute for Leadership Education.  He was a founding member of the Bremer County Recovery Coalition, the regional organization tasked with disaster relief.   He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Blue Mountain Project (BMP), an international non-governmental organization dedicated to partnering with the people of the Hagley Gap District of Jamaica to improve health, education and the economy.  Dr. Kittle and his wife, Ashley, served in Jamaica for a year with the BMP.   

Dr. Kittle is from Warren, Ohio and is married to Ashley Kueker Kittle. They have one son, Grant. Dr. Kittle enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and traveling.

Wendy Mohlis, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Life
Wendy Mohlis has been with Wartburg College since August 2008. Wendy has her Associate in Arts degree in Business from Upper Iowa University and has worked in higher education for over 16 years. Wendy’s community involvement has included the Waterloo Jaycees, Past President of the Waterloo Women’s Police Auxiliary, and she enjoys supporting her local school and church activities. At Wartburg, Wendy has participated as a service trip advisor to Kentucky and East St. Louis and is proud to be involved in the international student host family program. Wendy has hosted two alumni students from Nigeria and is currently hosting students from West Sahara, Africa and Tokyo, Japan.
Wes Brooks
Dr. Wes Brooks, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of Residential Life
Dr. Wesley Brooks is Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of Residential Life. He serves as chief conduct officer of the college and teaches in the Leadership department. Brooks is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University and a B.A in History from Grand View University. Wes has worked his entire professional career in Student Affairs and Residential Life and has great passion for leadership development and student engagement. Wes is a member of NASPA, ISPA, and UMR-ACUHO. In his free time, Wes enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, traveling, and staying active.

Residence Hall Staff
The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is a professional member of the Student Life team who oversees the residence hall, supervises an Resident Assistant (RA) staff of 9-15, advises Hall Council, and works individually with students.  The RHDs work together to create and implement a comprehensive residential life program that encourages an environment conducive to educational growth and development.  The Director of Residential Life coordinates the development of policies, programs, and services.

Wartburg’s residence halls are divided into floors of 18-38 students with a RA residing on each floor.  An RA can be an invaluable resource to a new student as a contact person for problem solving, a guide to campus resources, and a leader in the floor community.  RAs are returning students who have been carefully selected and trained to assist the students on the floor.  RAs enforce policies and take appropriate action in emergency situations to maintain a safe and educational environment for floor residents.

Cassie Hales, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Residence Hall Director for Manors and Knights, comes to Wartburg from Michigan, the Great Lakes State. She did her undergrad work at Lake Superior State University, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology-Social Services and an Associate’s degree in Social Work. Cassie is currently working on a Master’s of Arts in Education degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa. When she is not working or in class Cassie enjoys spending time with her wife and son. Their family can be spotted around campus at student programs, sporting events, and eating in the Den.
Alison Roberts, Residence Hall Director for Clinton and Founders Halls comes to Wartburg after graduating with a B.S. degree in Psychology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. While earning her degree at Aquinas College, she held a position as a Resident Assistant on the Residence Life Staff and participated in multiple campus organizations. She carries a strong passion for diversity and providing assistance to people in need. When Alison is not in the office or interacting with students, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, volunteering, listening to music, spending time with friends or cooking.
Yvonne Yvonne Ayesiga '13, Residence Hall Director for Grossmann, Lohe and The Residence, is originally from Kampala, Uganda. She is a Wartburg graduate with a BA in International Relations and Political Science. Yvonne is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Education degree in Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs at the University of Northern Iowa. Outside of work and school, Yvonne enjoys cooking, travelling, interacting with students, and watching movies. She also serves as the advisor to the student organization: Model United Nations.

Kyle Anderson is the Residence Hall Director for Vollmer, Centennial, and Hebron Halls and comes to Wartburg after completing a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services and Administration at the University of Central Arkansas.  Kyle did his undergraduate work at the University of Dubuque receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Graphics Interactive Media.  Originally from Spring Valley, MN, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and running.


Kassy Kahler, Residential Life Service & Learning Coordinator and the International Student Programming Assistant, comes to Wartburg from Waterloo, IA and East Dubuque, IL. Kassy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies and a Minor in French from the University of Northern Iowa. Kassy has a passion for intercultural interactions, service in community, and personal development. She enjoys being outdoors with family and friends, traveling, volunteering, exercising, and attending students’ extracurricular activities.


Ashley Lang, Director of Campus Programming
Ashley is from Jesup, Iowa and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Textiles & Apparel and a Journalism minor and earned her Master of Science in Counseling & Student Personnel, College Student Affairs from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In her free time she likes to keep busy volunteering for her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, spending time with friends and family, shopping, reading, exercising and watching movies. The Office of Campus Programming works with Entertainment ToKnight (ETK), coordinates Orientation and serves as a resources to all student organizations.
Stephanie Newsom, Director of Counseling Services
Stephanie Newsom holds an MA in Counseling from UNI and a BA in Psychology from Central College.  She is a licensed mental health counselor and National Board Certified Counselor.    Stephanie has been the Director of Counseling Services since 1999.  She serves as the advisor to the Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (SMART) and is the liaison between the College and the Noah Campus Health Clinic.  She is a past board member of the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons, as well as playing tennis and exercising.
Molly Wertz, Counselor
Kelly Benter, Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Krystal Madlock, Director of Student Diversity Programs
Krystal graduated from the University Of Northern Iowa with her BA degree in Communication Arts and Masters Degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs.  She started at working at Wartburg in 1998 in the Office of Admissions as the Diversity Recruitment Coordinator and moved over to Student Life two years later.  In her free time, Krystal loves to spend time with her family and friends.  What keeps Krystal at Wartburg College…the STUDENTS!

Helen Leong, Director of International Student Services
Helen Leong, Director of International Student Services, joined the Student Life staff in September 2013. Helen graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Chinese Studies. Helen earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a certificate in American Indian Law. She is licensed to practice law in Iowa, Hawaii, and Minnesota. Helen is an avid traveler, she has ridden the Trans-Siberian Railway, hiked the Appalachian Trail, and camped on the Great Wall of China. She has lived in Paris, France; Beijing, China; Helsinki, Finland; and, prior to moving to Waverly, Honolulu, Hawaii. Helen is dedicated to working with diverse populations. She provides advising services to Wartburg’s international students.

John B. Myers, III, Director of Campus Security & Safety, is a graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia (BBA) and Troy State University (MSM).  Retired from the U.S. Army as a Military Police officer, he worked in security and operations in the shopping center industry (The Rouse Company) for three years before coming to Wartburg College in 1997. He is active in a local Lions Club and enjoys running, hiking, bicycling and railroad history as hobbies.

Related Staff
Jean Buckingham '82, Event and Scheduling Coordinator
She is a 1982 Wartburg grad with degrees in computer science/math and business administration.  After a few years at Lutheran Mutual/CUNA Mutual working in IT, Jean spent 24 years as a full-time mom and volunteer before joining the Wartburg staff in September of 2008.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and children and has spent countless hours attending their activities.
Margaret Empie, Assistant Vice President for Dining and Retail Services
Margaret has worked at Wartburg since 2005, and came to Wartburg with over 20 years of experience in higher education. Margaret has her PhD in higher education from Iowa State University, her MBA from the University of Northern Iowa, and Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Dietetics and Food Service Administration. She is a frequent speaker on topics of training and supervision, and works on consulting projects to assist other schools. Margaret is active in community activity and currently serves on the Friends Board of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys bicycle riding and gardening.
Janet Huebner, Director of the Wartburg Store

Janet Huebner graduated with a BA from Wartburg College in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.  She has previously worked in leadership positions in shared service environments at CUNA Mutual and most recently, Pitney Bowes Management Services. She is active in her church and community as a Board member for RTC Communications, Readlyn Community Foundation and Community Lutheran School.  Janet enjoys spending time with her family, reading and gardening.