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Staff Directory

David Marchesani, Director

Undergraduate Major:  Accounting (University of Northern Iowa)

Graduate Program: Postsecondary Education, Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Favorite Food on Campus: Stir Fry made to order at Wok

Advice to Students: Be present, intentional and purposeful with your UNI experience.   Seek self-knowledge and take personal ownership for your decisions.  Find community and belonging to the UNI community through formal and informal ways.  Be open to others’ stories and experiences - listen to understand and learn.  Be actively engaged in creating your own personal successes and unique UNI story.

Michele Peck, Assistant Director/Advising Development

Undergraduate Major: Special Education Teaching

Favorites: Favorite get-away close to campus: George Wyth State Park via the Cedar Valley bike trails. A great place to take a study break, relax and enjoy nature!

Advice to Students: Challenge yourself to make the most of your time in college....get out of your comfort zone! Try ice climbing, take part in a volunteer opportunity in the community, participate in National Student Exchange, or get to know someone from another culture or background than you. There are so many opportunities all around you, and it will never be this easy again to try something new. You'll be glad you did!

Jane Fritts, Secretary

Undergraduate Major: Elementary Education, Emphasis: Math, Social Sciences (University of Northern Iowa)

Favorite Food on Campus: cheesy vegetable soup, black bean soup, cranberry oatmeal cookies

Favorite Spot on Campus: McLeod Center

Advice to Students: Try new things!  Take advantage of all the things this campus has to offer.  Always do you best!  Don’t be afraid to ask questions!    


Angie Tudor, Academic Advisor / Career Development Coordinator

Undergraduate Major:  Associate of Arts (North Iowa Area Community College), Psychology, Minor in Sociology (University of Northern Iowa)

Graduate Program: Postsecondary Education, Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Student Population Served: First-year Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, and Deciding students

Favorite Food on Campus:  Quesadilla Fridays!

Favorite Spot on Campus: Lang Rocking Chairs


Heather Asmus, Academic Advisor / PAiRs Supervisor

Undergraduate Major: English, Minor in Professional Writing (University of Northern Iowa)

Graduate Program: Postsecondary Education, Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Student Populations Served: First-year Criminology, Geography, History (non-teaching), Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Deciding students

Favorite Food on Campus: Bread sticks

Advice to students: Your attitude is one thing YOU CAN control. If you are in a rut, change your perspective, and never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep.

Rachel Ruane, Academic Advisor / Transfer Relations

Undergraduate Majors: Sociology and Communication Studies, minor in French Studies (University of Northern Iowa)

Graduate Program: Master of Arts: Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Student Populations Served: Allied Health majors (including nursing, sonography, and radiography), Admissions Partnership Program (APP) students, and transfer Deciding majors

Favorite Spot on Campus: Commons Porch (overlooking the campanile!)

Advice to Students:  Don't stop until you're proud.  Proud of your work. Proud of your impact. Proud of your story. (AND wash your hands, germs are everywhere).

Tony Smothers, Academic Advisor

Undergraduate Major: Business Administration; Marketing (Drake University)

Graduate Programs: Masters of Science in Education: College Administration (Drake University)

                                   Doctorate of Education: Human Services (University of Northern Iowa)
Student populations served: First-year Biology, Technology, and Deciding Students

Favorite Food on Campus: Bacon Cheeseburger

Advice to Students: Take risks and be engaged with faculty, students and staff by participating in student organizations, research, experiential learning, service and experiences to holistically grow as a person.  

Christen Brodbeck, Graduate Assistant

Undergraduate Major:  Communication Studies, Minor in Public Relations (University of Northern Iowa)

Graduate Program: Postsecondary Education, Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Assistantship: Academic Advising

Favorite Food on Campus: Amazing Salad and bread sticks

Advice to Students:  Time management skills should never be underestimated and Netflix is not always your friend. Google Calendar and Google Keep can make your life significantly more organized. Make sure to get involved in one academic group and one 'fun' group on campus. Never believe that you are too young to apply for leadership roles!


Kate Deakins, Graduate Assistant


Undergraduate Program: Elementary Education (University of Northern Iowa)

Graduate Program: Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Assistantship: Exploring Living Learning Community (Bender Hall)

Favorite Spot on Campus: UNI Dome

Advice to Students: It's okay to not know what you're doing here, just make sure to ask questions.  Ask your professors, your friends, your advisor, yourself - just keep asking questions until you figure it out.


Maddy Spettel, Graduate Assistant


Undergraduate Program: Psychology, minor in Education and Educational Services (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Graduate Program: Postsecondary Education, Student Affairs (University of Northern Iowa)

Assistantship: Communications & Training/Development

UNI Bucket List: Go down the waterslide at the WRC!

Advice to Students: Do hard things. Having to put a bit more effort into something means that it is a skill or experience that will pay off in the long run.