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Leadership Fellows

The Leadership Fellows cohort was designed and implemented in 2009 by Beth Hellwig, Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, to give staff members in Student and/or Academic Affairs the opportunity to:

  • Become part of a leadership cohort on campus
  • Help take the lead coordinating a campus wide project
  • Work with a mentor for the year
  • Participate in a leadership retreat
  • Learn about resources on campus
  • Build skills in a number of critical areas
  • Meet monthly for professional Development

Statement of Purpose
: The purpose of the Student Affairs Leadership Fellows Cohort is to make UWEC a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected individuals to take part in a structured program of professional development. The program will include skill and leadership development, the opportunity to take part in a mentoring relationship, and the completion of an individual project that benefits the university as well as a select service-related group project.

2015-2016 Leadership Fellows Group

Kent Gerberich

Kent Gerberich (Learning & Technology Services)

I joined Learning & Technology Services (LTS) as a student employee back in 2005 where I worked in our Systems Management and Configuration (SMC) unit. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 2007, I continued working full-time in that unit until 2012 when I started my current role as Manager of Client Support Services in LTS. When not working in the IT world, I spend time teaching Information Systems in Business (IS240) for our UW Consortium Program and can also be found golfing as much as possible when the snow is not here!
Mallory Gohl


Mallory Gohl (University Recreation & Sports Facilities)

I have the privilege of serving as the Sport Facilities Operations Manager in the McPhee/Olson facility. This position allows me to explore my passion for student development and assessment while working with a variety of groups including Athletics, Kinesiology, and Recreation. Prior to UWEC, I attended the University of West Florida where I obtained my Master's degree in Student Affairs Administration and University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management. I am excited to be a part of this unique opportunity and thrilled to be back in the great state of Wisconsin!  Go Badgers and Packers!
Phil Huelsbeck

Phil Huelsbeck (Continuing Education)

I began working in UWEC's Center for International Education (CIE) fulltime as a program coordinator of a two-year grant for our campus Fulbright scholars from Central America in 1997. All of the students eventually received their degrees from UWEC at the end of their two-year time which was extremely gratifying to see! In 1999 my wife and I decided to join Peace Corps. We had a wonderful two-year experience teaching English at a five-year college in Russia that focused exclusively on languages (English, Chinese, French, German and Yiddish). When our two-year assignment was finished, we could've settled anywhere, but we had really become fond of Eau Claire and UWEC in particular. I resumed working fulltime in the Center for International Education (this time as the International Student Advisor) and my wife began work on her second bachelor's degree at UWEC (Nursing). I've absolutely loved working with various CE/Extension efforts to put forward the Wisconsin Idea (the powerful idea that the university should be an educational asset to all Wisconsinites-not just those in the campus classroom). I've also greatly enjoyed working with UWEC's returning adult student population as they work to complete their degree here. My individual Fellow's project idea will involve work on a general online orientation that could benefit the growing number of online learners that are interested in pursuing a degree at UWEC.
Bonnie Krahn


Bonnie Krahn (College of Business)

I have served as graphic artist to the College of Business for the past seven years. In my position, I use integrated marketing to communicate the college's message across a wide range of media platforms, including all forms of web, print, and social media; including designing projects for student recruitment materials, special events, alumni events, and fundraising endeavors.
I have a lot of passion for this university. Growing up in Eau Claire, I have participated in campus events my entire life. I am also a proud two-time alum, having earned both my BFA and MBA degrees from UW-Eau Claire.
For my individual Leadership Fellows project, I will research, collect, and display College of Business historical information in honor of our 50th anniversary in 2016. I am also very excited to be developing my leadership skills with my mentor, Provost Pat Kleine, over the next academic year.
Jenna Krosch


Jenna Krosch (Center for International Education)

I am a Study Abroad Coordinator in the Center for International Education and have been here for 2.5 years. I received my undergraduate degree in International Studies from UW-River Falls and my master's degree in Student Affairs Administration from UW-LaCrosse. During my time at UW-River Falls, I was fortunate to study abroad in Australia, which sparked my interest in working in the field. Working in international education is never a dull moment and I enjoy helping students make their dreams of seeing the world come true! When I am not advising on study abroad, I coordinate the Study Abroad Fair, plan the photo contest, manage the study abroad social media and supervise office interns. I also enjoy interacting with and getting to know my colleagues from all around the world. In my free time I love to travel, bake, work on DIY projects and search for vintage treasures.
Sheryl Poirier 

Sheryl Poirier

(University Recreation & Sports Facilities)

I am one of those who never left college, I completed my undergrad and graduate work at UW-Oshkosh and have worked at UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, and now UW-Eau Claire. My passion is with student affairs and specifically student development. I absolutely enjoy the interaction with students in a capacity to see them grow and develop. Although the majority of my employment has been within student affairs, I spent 7 years with the UW-Eau Claire College of Business coordinating the Student Professional Development Program and 4 years coordinating a Teaching American History Grant in the History Department. The two part-time positions allowed me to be home more while my children were young. I am the lucky wife to Mark and the proud mom to Ashley (13), Alex (12), AnnaGrace (8), and Aiden (7). I work hard every day to maintain a balance between work and personal life and to always put first things first.
Nicole Schultz


Nicole Schultz (Communication and Journalism)

I have been a member of the UWEC Department of Communication [AND] Journalism faculty since 2007 and am excited to be a member of the 2015-2016 Leadership fellows cohort! I teach in Organizational Communication and an Affiliate of the Women's Studies Program and serve as the faculty advisor for the Communication & Journalism Organization student group on campus. In the greater Eau Claire community I serve on the boards two not-for-profit organizations, including Fierce Freedom (a local anti-sex trafficking organization) and Positive Avenues (a local LSS day-time drop-in center), am a member of the local chapter of the Polka Dot Powerhouse networking group, and attend Chamber of Commerce events and programming, all of which serve me well in connecting students with the mutually beneficial opportunities in the Chippewa Valley. During the 2014-2015 academic year I went on my first alternative spring break domestic intercultural immersion experience trip to Selma, Alabama to support student learning focused on social justice issues via collaborations with the Freedom foundation and RATCo (The Random Acts of Theatre Company). The missions of these organizations center on empowering young people regardless of background, economic status, physical ability, race, or ethnicity. With the support of my Leadership fellows mentor, Jim Boulter, I am to incorporate the Selma Project spring break experience into the curriculum for CJ/WMNS 111: Gender, Race, Class, & Communication - The Social Construction of Identity course to be offered spring 2016.
Kristin Schumacher

Kristin Schumacher (Activities Involvement and Leadership)

I am very excited to be a part of the 2015-16 Leadership Fellows team! I joined the Activities, Involvement and Leadership team in 2014 and provide leadership and direct oversight for the AIL Staff, campus wide events and opportunities for students to get involved outside of the classroom. Before coming to UWEC, I served at Lewis University overseeing student development & leadership, assessment & AQIP (accreditation), freshman and transfer orientation many leadership initiatives. Prior to Lewis, I was at Winona State University managing over 200 student organizations and campus-wide programming. My project as a Leadership Fellow will be to identify High Impact Practices within the Division of Student Affairs and develop a system in which the division can prove students are learning valuable, applicable and employable skills outside of the classroom. My hope is that I will be able to show co-curricular experiences contribute to a positive retention rate. I hold a BA in Mass Communications from Winona State University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Lewis University. I like to spend my time enjoying recreational outdoor activities with my husband, Dan and our 3 kids: daughter Kasey and sons Jack and Declan.
Members of the 2015-2016 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Leadership Fellows 2015
Kristin Schumacher, Bonnie Krahn, Mallory Gohl, Kent Gerberich, Sheryl Poirier, Jenna Krosch, Beth Hellwig, Phil Huelsbeck, Nicole Schultz, Andy Jepsen
Members of the 2014-2015 Leadership Fellows Cohort
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Maria Carvalho, Rachel Woodward, Dennis Beale, Nicole Rindone, Beth Hellwig, aBa Mbirika, Charissa Jakusz, John Bachmeier
Members of the 2013-2014 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Beth Hellwig, Miranda Cross-Schindler, Libby Thurston, Odawa White, Heather Kretz, Daria Hutchinson, Tracy Yengo, Catherine Lee, Christopher Jorgenson
Members of the 2012-2013 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Beth Hellwig, Jodi Simek, Quincy Chapman, Danielle Widmer, Charles Vue, Kate Schmidt, Claire Couillard, Andy Jepsen, Bill Hoepner


Members of the 2010-2011 Leadership Fellows Cohort
Leadership Fellows
Front Row: Kirby Harless, Jen Brockpahler, Beth Hellwig, Maigan Wipfli, Lisa Schuetz
Back Row: Chris Buckley, Kerry Day, Steph Van Pay, Brian Carlisle