Tammy Hove

Director of TRIO Achievement Program

Tammy earned BA and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa and has advanced college student success during her 30-year career in higher education. She and her husband, Todd, like to boat, bike, hike, ski, and travel.

Their children are all Luther alumni. Alexis is a professional artist in Bozeman, MT, Kyle is a chiropractor in Minneapolis, and his fiance', Lindsey, is an occupational therapist in Minneapolis.

Cheryl Wieseler

Advisor and Instructor, Trio Achievement Program

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 has worked as an educator for 25 years.

Cheryl and her husband, Monte, own Cluck Ewe Farm north of Decorah where they raise goats, sheep and chickens, and Cheryl also runs a bakery business out of their home.

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

Advisor and Tutoring Coordinator, TRIO Achievement Program

Chivonne Marlow 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, where they raised their family.  When time allows, Chivonne likes to read, write, garden, volunteer, and travel. 

Chivonne joined the TRIO staff in 2010 as the TRIO Advisor and Tutor Coordinator.  She is also an advisor for Luther College Habitat for Humanity and EXO fraternity. A few things she would like students to remember are that a) their major doesn't have to dictate the work they do, b) service learning is awesome! c) life experience and unique skills can take them in a lot of directions, and d) take a few chances.  Very little of life is set in stone.

Heather Cote

Financial Wellness Coordinator

Heather grew up in Iowa and has lived in various states throughout the Midwest before returning to the Decorah area in 2014.  Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse and attended graduate school at Ball State University.   She has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years, advising, teaching and coordinating student services.

Heather and her husband, Dustin, have two boys who help to keep her family life active.  Her hobbies include biking the Trout Run Trail, reading, and cooking.

Her advice to students is to let your money work for you.  Saving a small amount now will reap great rewards for your future self.

Jennifer Folstad

Administrative Assistant, TRIO Achievement Program

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 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).