Victoria Williams, Director: M.A. from St. Cloud State University in English, and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Vicky teaches COLL 110—Reading and Study Strategies, and COLL 120—Power Reading. She also serves as Chair of the Department of Academic Support and is Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Regional Director for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
Cari Kenner: Cari teaches COLL 110—Reading and Study Strategies, and COLL 120—Power Reading. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, her master’s degree from the University of Texas in Brownsville, and her doctorate degree from the University of Houston. Off campus, she enjoys weight lifting, canoeing, and bicycling.
Kirstin Bratt: Kirstin Salma Ruth Bratt was raised in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, and is very happy to have found her way back home after living in many other interesting places. She has degrees from Saint Olaf College, Saint Cloud State University, and Northern Arizona University. Her research interests revolve around the literature and linguistics of immigrants. She is diligently at work with writing projects, including editing volumes of essays on North African literature and writing poetry and fiction.
Gregory Phillips: Gregory completed his PhD at Washington State University in composition and rhetoric.He also has an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University in Minnesota. As for the focus of his work, he's interested in rhetoric of peace and love, discovering our sameness. Of late, in regards to teaching students in the ALC, his work is focused on developing academic confidence.
Joshua Lobejko: Josh teaches COLL 110 - Reading and Study Strategies. Josh obtained his bachelor's degree in German from SCSU. He then continued his studies at Saint Cloud State and earned his Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. Josh enjoys spending time with his family and keeping up with the lastest news and technology developments.
Courtney Vorell: Courtney teaches COLL110 – Reading and Study Strategies. She has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. In her free time Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and being outside.
Jill Zasadny: Jill earned her PhD in 19th Century American Literature from the University of Kansas. Her dissertation, focusing on epistolary materials between the two founding Benedictines from Bavaria to the U.S., was passed with honors. She enjoys renovating her century house, playing with her dogs, and praising the writing of Willa Cather to whoever will listen. In addition to her students at Western Governors University, she also enjoys teaching at St. Cloud State University.
Aaron Mertes: Aaron is a Graduate Student in the Rehabilitation Counseling program and received two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in English and Philosophy. Before continuing his studies at St. Cloud State University he spent the previous 8 years working with people with learning differences and developmental disabilities in different settings including group homes, high schools, vocational settings and higher education. Most recently he was part of a grant program helping people with disabilities succeed in college.
Kara Engebretson: Kara is a Graduate Student in the Social Work program and received two Bachelor's degrees from Simpson College in Exercise Science and Psychology. Before continuing her studies at St. Cloud State University she spent the previous 4 years working in children’s mental health for the state of Iowa, shelters, and group homes. She is currently completing her internship in children’s mental health at Crow River Family Services in Litchfield, Minnesota.
Karen Paavola (Office Manager): Karen works half time for the Academic Learning Center and half time for the Math Skills Center. She enjoys anything that pertains to the outdoors.