Program Faculty and Staff

Ted Hoef, Ph.D.
BA, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
MBA, Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Missouri–St. Louis

Ted is Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs. As the University's senior student affairs officer, Ted supervises all of the student affairs units, including career planning and development, first year experience programs, counseling services, campus dining, student health services, multicultural center and international student affairs, judicial affairs, housing and residential life, the University Center, and student engagement. Ted also works closely with student government and promotes student advocacy in campus policy decisions. Ted was involved with establishing the Student Leadership Development Program at Webster, developed and teaches ETHC 1000: Ethics and Leadership On Campus, and is a featured presenter each year at the Emerging Leaders Retreat.

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 Associate Dean of Students and Director of Housing and Residential Life. In addition to his roles with housing and residential life, Buck also supervises student health services, counseling and life development, and 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 providing leadership to coordinates Commuter Council and manages reservations for the University Center. Jen works closely with Student Government and Student Organizations to process their requests and coordinates the annual Student Handbook and Calendar. She is has participated as faculty for the I-LEAD program with the Association of College Unions - International (ACU-I), is an instructor for ETHC 1000: Ethics and Leadership On Campus, is a featured presenter at the Emerging Leaders Retreat each year, 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.

Nicole (Niki) Parres
BA, Advertising and Marketing, Webster University
MA, Media Communications, Webster University

Niki is the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs (MCISA), where she coordinates, implements, and evaluates a wide variety of cultural, educational, and social programs to promote cultural understanding. She advises and counsels students on both academic and social issues, and provides guidance and advice to student organizations and groups. Niki represents MCISA on divisional and university-wide committees including Multicultural Studies, Women's Studies, and the Leadership Advisory Group. She is an instructor for ETHC 1000: Ethics and Leadership On Campus, and has been a primary developer of the Advanced Leaders Retreat curriculum.

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.

Justin Barton
BS, Mass Communications and Public Relations, Southeast Missouri State University
MSA, Marketing, Lindenwood University

Justin is the Assistant Director for First Year Experience Programs, which includes responsibility for campus-wide retention initiatives He trains and supervises the Connection Leaders staff, assists with coordinating major components of new student orientation coordinator, and has the top-secret responsibility of coordinating Webster University's mascot, the Gorlok. Justin chairs the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee, is a frequent presenter at the Emerging Leaders Retreat, and is lead instructor of EDUC 3300: Topics in Service Learning, a course for which is has developed and refined the curriculum over the past three years.

Sarah Tetley
BA, Communications, Southwest Missouri State University
MA, Higher Education Administration, Saint Louis University
ABD, Doctor of Management, Webster University

Sarah is the Director of First Year Experience Program, which includes responsibility for new student orientation, retention program efforts, and learning communities. She also coordinated large-scale programs such as Admitted Student Day, the University 101 curriculum, freshmen registration days, supervision of orientation leaders and coordinators, and management of MAPWorks. Sarah advises the Freshman Council and is the founding advisor to Webster's only Greek organization - Delta Phi Epsilon national sorority. A frequent hugger, Sarah is a featured presenter at the Emerging Leaders Retreat each year.

Rebecca Nelson
BS, Psychology, Missouri State University
MA, Counseling, University of Missouri–St. Louis

Rebecca is Assistant Director of Career Development in the department of Career Planning and Development at Webster, where she serves as the designated career advisor for undeclared students, students in the College of Arts & Sciences, and students in the School of Communications. Rebecca has had a primary role in building out the co-curricular transcript program being launched in 2014, serves on the Leadership Advisory Group, and is a features presenter at the Advanced Leaders Retreat, where she facilitates sessions on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Jutta Pedigo

Jutta is the Student Affairs Coordinator at Webster University in Vienna and is the Program Director for WebsterLEADS - Vienna.

Elisabeth Cassels-Brown
BA with Honors, East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University
MA, International Business, Webster University
Post-Graduate Diploma, Executive Coaching, Ashridge Business School

Elisabeth is an adjunct faculty member in the International Business Department at Webster University - Vienna. Elisabeth is also a lecturer at the Vienna University of Business and Economics and is founder and owner of Intercultural Synergies, which supports organizations and their members in developing competencies needed to work more productively in intercultural settings. Elisabeth teaches the leadership foundations class for the program, EDUC 2750: The Challenge of Leading" on the Vienna campus.

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.

Kerry Grummert
BSc, Psychology, The Open University

Kerry is the Director of Student Affairs for the Geneva Campus and is the Program Director for WebsterLEADS–Geneva.