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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 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.

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.

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).

Jesse Alexander

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

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