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The Kimmel Student Involvement Center employs full-time staff, graduate assistants, and student employees. Learn a little bit more about our staff below!

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Kelly Jo Karnes

Kelly Jo Karnes earned her BS in Elementary Education from Emporia State University in Emporia, KS in 1997 and her MS in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas in 1999.  Kelly Jo has worked in student activities and leadership programs at the University of Kansas, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and most recently at the University of Iowa. 

Kelly Jo served as the 2010 President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), and is a long-term volunteer for the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV).  She is a Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, and serves as a volunteer for her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma.  Most recently, she has been named as a delegate for Tri Sigma to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC).

Kelly Jo loves to read, travel, cook great food and watch college basketball!  She also loves to spend time with her partner Harold, and their baby daughter, Harper Jo.

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Michelle Welter
Associate Director

Michelle came to SIUE as a 17 year old freshman in 1999 and hasn't left. She never intended to stay at the University that long, but while an undergrad she fell in love with the campus and the people at SIUE. While pursuing a degree in Political Science, Michelle was active in Student Government--serving as Student Body President during her senior year. After being accepted to law school, Michelle had a change of heart and decided that a career in Student Affairs was more her speed. She served as the graduate assistant for Student Organizations in Kimmel until she was hired full time in 2005 as the Assistant Director, Campus Life.

When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan and their two sons, Jack and Carson. Michelle is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan and can be found at Busch Stadium for opening day every year (she has only missed one opening day in the past eight years--for the birth of her youngest son, Carson in 2012). Michelle also enjoys baking tasty treats for staff meetings, debating politics, finding amazing things on Pinterest that she will never actually make, and watching ridiculous TV shows.

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Sarah Laux
Assistant Director, Civic Engagement

Sarah Laux hails from Alton, IL and has lived in Illinois all of her life except for the 4 years she lived in St. Louis when she attended Saint Louis University. She graduated from SLU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Psychology Minor. Six weeks before graduation she discovered her passion for higher education & student affairs and has never been happier or more sleep deprived. She graduated from SLU (again) with a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration.

Although a Billiken at heart, she is glad she can finally affiliate herself with a mascot that can be easily identified in the animal kingdom (Go Cougars!).

When she isn't working, if there is such a thing, she can be found running, training for marathons, logging too many hours on Pinterest, shopping at Target, snuggling with her dog Scout, and consuming too much coffee, dark chocolate, & peanut butter.

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Anee Korme
Assistant Director, Campus Life

Anee Korme is a Washington, DC area native who relocated to the Edwardsville area in July 2012. She is passionate about student leadership and college success for all students. She has a broad range of professional experiences including: working as a Market Researcher, an Associate at an African American Art Gallery, and University reenrollment services. As an undergraduate at Temple University, Anee was involved in Student Government, Campus Activities Board and the American Marketing Association. Personally, she enjoys listening to live music, fancy shoes and collecting rose's.

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John Davenport
Coordinator, Greek Life

John was born in Alton, Illinois and attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Upon graduation, he attended graduate school at SIUE and worked as a graduate assistant in the Kimmel Student Involvement Center. John returned to SIUE in 1999 following a five-year interval that included a move back to Indiana and volunteering for his fraternity. John returned to the Kimmel Leadership Center in 1999, and has been advising SIUE fraternities and sororities ever since. He enjoys architecture, cars, drawing, travel, trivia, and his schnauzers Lucy and Ethel.


Jeremy Sippel
Program Coordinator

Jeremy Sippel is a small town, Wisconsin native.  Jeremy attended St. Cloud State University and worked as a Graduate Assistant in Campus Involvement with student organizations. Jeremy has his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Legal Studies and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration.

He found his passion for Student Affairs while working in Residence Life through the Residence Hall Association as an event planner and has enjoyed working with students ever since then. In his free time he can be found watching all types of sporting events supporting his favorite hometown teams. He makes it a point to have Starbucks at least once a day, sometimes twice.

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Vickie Sumner
Account Technician

Vickie Sumner is an Illinois native, born the same year as SIUE, approximately 20 miles east of the campus as the crow flies. Vickie is a DJ for WGEL in Greenville, IL, she is a member of United for Others in Grantfork, IL, and enjoys singing and playing the steel pan with SIUE Steel.


Vivian Rodgers
Office Support Associate

Vivian was born in a small southern town in Mississippi but raised in Washington Park, a small village right next to East Saint Louis.  She has an Associates Degree from SWIC and she is looking forward to continuing her education here at SIUE.  

During her personal time, she loves live music (love the guitar solos), music of the 70s/80s, movies of the 80s, all things Prince & Whitney Houston and soft rock.  She enjoys spending time with her family, her crazy but awesome friends, and especially her new "small wonder", Harper.  She truly believes that the world would be a better place if everyone just loved a little more.  

~All you need is love, love is all you need~
The Beatles


Barbara Jatcko
Office Support Associate

Having grown up in Edwardsville, Barbara felt the positive influence of the University early on and can recall many happy times on campus, especially seeing plays in Dunham Hall and attending the Mississippi River Festival.  An SIUE alum, she graduated from the University first with a BS in Mass Communications and later with a BS Elementary Education.  She enjoys reading, photography, the works of William Shakespeare, Star Trek, listening to NPR (a habit she picked up as a student worker at WSIE-FM many years ago), and attending concerts. She especially enjoys traveling and visiting with family and friends.

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Adana Robinson
Office Support Associate

Adana is a Louisiana native who is still wondering how she got to Illinois. Her educational background was so long ago that she doesn't remember any of it, except that LSU was involved. Her hobbies include yelling at her kids, crocheting, browsing Pinterest, and attempting to cook without setting off the smoke alarm.


Kayla Bartz
Graduate Assistant, Leadership & Student Organizations

Kayla received her bachelors of science in psychology  from SIUe. She is furthering her education in the department of psychology's clinical child and school psychology specialists program. As an undergraduate, Kayla was very involved in student organizations such as Alpha Sigma Tau and Campus Activities Board and she is looking forward to working more with all of the campus organizations on campus!


Jacob Dicus
Graduate Assistant, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Jacob is from Carmi, IL, and completed his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Mass Communications here at SIUe. While attending SIUe, Jacob was involved with his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon as a two term Vice President and a two year Resident Assistant for University Housing. Jacob will be starting his first year of his graduate studies for a Master's in Speech Communications focusing on Organizational Communications. When Jacob is not working, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, watching movies and Netflix, hitting the gym, and sleeping.


Natalie Fleming
Graduate Assistant, Campus Activities Board

Natalie hails from the great state of Nebraska and can be seen sporting Cornhusker football attire on game days. She completed her undergrad at Truman State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology with minors in Art History and Painting, while also playing basketball for the women's team.  She is currently in her third and final year of the Masters in Art Therapy Counseling program at SIUE. In addition to her creative talents and love for all things sports, Natalie enjoys spontaneous road trips, being outside, spending time with friends and family, cooking and getting shots up at the gym.


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James McLendon
Graduate Assistant, Campus Activities Board

James earned a BS in Mass Communications from SIUe in 2012, and is currently working towards his Master's degree. He is from Springfield, Illinois. While at SIUe he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, American Advertising Federation, and the Interfraternity Council. In his spare time he enjoys running, coaching, and playing any sports video game.

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Han Nguyen
Graduate Assistant, Volunteer Services

Han Nguyen is originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She was born and raised there for 17 years and came to the U.S. her senior in high school. She stayed with a host family in Ohio and had such a great time experiencing the American culture.  Han then decided to come to SIUE in 2011 to pursue a career in health science. She graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry minor. Han is going to be a graduate student in the Exercise Physiology program in the Kinesiology Department. After that, she hope to fulfill her career path by getting into a Doctorate program of Physical Therapy. Han wants to work with kids when she is done with school. During her free time, she enjoy crafting, painting, cooking and working out. Han also hope to be a puppy's parent soon!


Katie Veys
Graduate Assistant, Volunteer Services

Katie was born in Omaha, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska where she received her Bachelors in Fine Art. After graduation, she completed two years of AmeriCorps before beginning the Art Therapy Counseling program at SIUE. Beyond her passion for volunteering and art making, Katie enjoys traveling, drinking a lot of coffee, jumping on trampolines, and jogging so that she can eat ice cream.

Tyler Wilson
Graduate Assistant, Campus Activities Board

Tyler is from Chatham, IL and received his BA in Psychology from SIUE in 2014.  He is now pursuing a MBA from SIUE. While as an undergraduate student, Tyler was heavily involved in several organizations; Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Campus Activities Board, being a few. He has a passion for working with and developing teams. Tyler hope to work for a consulting firm or go anywhere in the HR field after he graduates.


Mariah Young
Graduate Assistant, Campus Activities Board

Mariah is a student in the MPA Graduate program and studied Political Science in her undergraduate career here at SIUE. Mariah loves to travel, go running, and loves to dance. Her ultimate career goal is to be a lawyer focusing on prosecuting those who violate international law and policy.

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Kaitlynn Walker

Kaitlynn is a senior majoring in both marketing and management. She is from Rockford, IL. She is a member of the Alpha Phi sorority on campus and also the
American Marketing Association. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends!


Dalton Ervin
Student Employee

Dalton is a junior pursing an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management and Marketing. Currently, Dalton is serving as the Co-Executive Director of SIUE Dance Marathon and is a first year Resident Assistant for University Housing. He is a previous Fund Development Intern for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois and he used to be a Lifeguard. Dalton is originally from Danville, Illinois and has one older brother who is stationed in Alaska (Brr!).

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Courtney Page
Student Employee

Courtney is a senior majoring in speech-language pathology with a minor in Spanish. She is from Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. She loves running, instructing group fitness classes, spending time with her family & friends, and her adorable dogs. She loves going to school at SIUE and can't imagine life without her Kimmel family!

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Victoria Mizel
Student Employee, Student Government

Victoria is a senior Secondary English Education student and has been working for Student Government since late 2012. She loves the outdoors, NPR, good conversations, adventures, and spending time with her family and friends.


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