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Program Faculty and Staff


John Buck, D.Mgt.
BA, Sociology, Colorado State University
MA, Management and Leadership, Webster University
D.Mgt., Doctor of Management, Webster University

Buck serves as Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. He has been Program Director for WebsterLEADS since 2003. He is an adjunct full professor at Webster, teaching the leadership foundations class for the program, EDUC 2750: The Challenge of Leading. As a frequent speaker and presenter on a variety of topics, his dissertation research focused on decision-making during crisis situations on college campuses.

Jen Stewart
BA, Management and International Business, Webster University
MA, Media Communications, Webster University

Jen is the Director of Student Engagement, which includes Campus Activities, Student Government Association and Commuter Council; she is also the co-Director for the WebsterLEADS program.  She is has participated as faculty and program director for I-LEAD (Institute for Leadership Education and Development) with the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), is an instructor for ETHC 1000: Ethics and Leadership On Campus and EDUC 2750, the Leadership foundations course for WebsterLEADS, and is a trained facilitator for StrenghtsQuests. Jen is from St. Louis and enjoys bad jokes, traveling, baking cakes and of course spending time with friends and family.

Billy Ratz
BA, History & Political Science, Webster University
MA, International Relations, Webster University

Billy is the Director of Parent Engagement. Billy works to engage parents of undergraduate students at the Webster Groves campus to assist the University with recruitment and retention efforts. Billy started the Student Ambassador Program and Webster Mentoring Program during his time with Webster and as a student was a member of Student Government and Campus Activities. Billy served as a Mentor for the last two Global Student Leadership Summits. As co-Director of the WebsterLEADS program, Billy is responsible for planning leadership retreats and teaching the Leadership foundations course EDUC 2750. 

Katie Knetzer
BA, Video Production, Webster University
MA, Communications Management, Webster University

Katie Knetzer is the Director of the University Center. Katie supervises all units within the University Center. These responsibilities include the Information Desk, the Fitness Center, the Pool, and Meeting Room Reservations. She also co-advises the Dining Advisory Board and liaisons with all the departments that utilize and interact with the University Center. Katie frequently is a presenter at the Advanced Leaders Retreat.

Clara-Maria Koeck
BA, Art History/Extension Curriculum in Law, University of Vienna, Austria
MDVST (Master of Development Studies), The University of Sydney, Australia
MSW(Q) (Master of Social Work Qualifying), Australian College of Applied Psychology

Clara is the Program Director for WebsterLEADS – Vienna. She serves as Student Resource Officer at Webster University in Vienna where she is responsible for strategy and operations of the Student Resource Center. Previous fields of work experience include performing arts, cultural management, tourism, health promotion, and student services.Clara joined Webster Vienna in June 2018, directly after having lived for four years in Sydney, Australia. She loves the international atmosphere at Webster University and the great cultural diversity of students and staff. Clara believes that diversity in any aspect is one of our biggest strengths and that inclusivity needs to be at the base of leadership if it wants to have a real impact.

Christine Benninger
BA, Northampton Community College
MA, Management and Leadership, Webster University

Christine is the Student Services Coordinator at the Leiden Campus and is the Program Director for WebsterLEADS–Leiden.

Kristina Shimkus 
BA, English and Italian Language and Literature, University of Zagreb, Croatia 
MA, Intercultural Relations, Lesley University, Massachusetts, USA

Kristina Shimkus is the Director of Student Affairs in Webster Geneva, Switzerland. 

Michael O'Neil 
MBA, from University of New Orleans, USA 

Michael O'Neil is the faculty member in Geneva for Management.

Maryvelma O'Neil 
Ph.D., Philosophy, Oxford University, England

Maryvlema O'Neil is a faculty member of Webster Geneva for Art History.