Tammy earned BA and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa and has promoted the success of first generation college students for nearly 30 years through her work in higher education marketing, community relations, alumni relations, fundraising, grant writing, and administration.
She and her husband, Todd, like to boat, swim, bike, hike, ski, and travel. Both of their children are Luther graduates.
Her advice is to learn as much as you can about yourself and the world so you can find your place in it and to always choose kindness.
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 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).
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.