Tammy has worked in higher education for over 25 years. Prior to joining Luther College in 2008, she worked for North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in marketing, community and alumni relations, and development. She completed an associate degree from NIACC before earning a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Iowa. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, traveling with her husband, and following her children’s activities at Luther.
One of the quotes she likes to share with students is “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Rev. Benjamin Elijah Mays
Cheryl Wieseler is an advisor and instructor for TRIO. In addition to meeting with students one-on-one, she also teaches the Foundations for Learning and Development (GS 100) course.
Cheryl grew up in northeast Nebraska. She attended college and graduate school at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Language Arts Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. She spent six years as a high school teacher and coach followed by a year as the director of the after school program on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Macy, Nebraska.
Cheryl and her husband, Monte, have three kids. Her hobbies include martial arts activities and anything outdoors. She also owns a photography business which leaves her with little free time.
Her advice to students is to not be afraid to ask for help and make use of all the resources that are available to you.
Chivonne Marlow was raised in Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa, where she studied English and Sociology. She and her husband Dan, a member of the Luther College Career Center, live in Decorah with their two children. When time allows, Chivonne likes to read, write, be outside, and spend time with friends and family.
Chivonne joined the TRIO staff in the fall of 2010 as the TRIO Advisor and Tutor Coordinator. One thing she would like students to keep in mind is that their major doesn't always have to dictate the type of work they do. Life experience and unique skills can take them in a lot of different directions if they're willing to reach out a little bit.
Jennifer Folstad is a Luther grad with a major in Social Work and a minor in Spanish. Her work experience includes social work at NE Iowa Community Action and administrative work at a local law firm. Jennifer joined the TRIO staff in late February 2011 as Administrative Assistant.
She and her husband live in the country where they have been domesticated by cats. Jennifer enjoys reading, traveling, being in nature, dancing, and dining out with friends and family.
Her thought for students is: be the hero of your own quest and follow your bliss (to paraphrase Joseph Campbell).