Staff Bios

Victoria Melville, Aurora, Corona and Regina Hall Coordinator:

 

vmelville@csbsju.edu

Tori graduated from Quincy University in 2012 with her B.A. in Theology and Philosophy and in 2014 with her Master's in Educational Leadership.  Tori has worked as the Coordinator of Student Success and Resident Director at Culver-Stockton College where she worked closely with first-year students.  In her free time she enjoys volunteering, watching Chicago sport teams win and movies, baking, bowling and taking long walks outside. Tori is very excited to work with the first-year students at the College of Saint Benedict and making Minnesota her new home.  

 Katherine Kromer, Corona Hall Resident Director:

kkromer@csbsju.edu

Katie graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2014 with a B.A. in Sociology.  While attending college, Katie was a Resident Assistant for two years, where she had the opportunity to live and work with first and second year students.  Katie is excited to join the Saint Benedict community as a Resident Director for Corona Hall and to continue working with first year students.  In her free time, Katie enjoys watching movies, crafting, baking, and listening to music.

Alison Toering, Regina Hall Resident Director:

atoering@csbsju.edu

Alison received her B.A. degree in Communication from the College of Saint Benedict. After graduation, Alison worked as a Resident Intern at Saint John's Preparatory school where she had the opportunity to work with students from around the world. She is excited for new experiences this upcoming year as a Resident Director for the first year area. While not in the office, Alison enjoys exploring her creativity through art, reading books on female empowerment and participating in events on campus.

 

Alyssa Lipsiea, Lottie, Margretta and Brian Hall Area Coordinator:

 

alipsiea@csbsju.edu

Alyssa completed her B.A. with a degree in Management Communication from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. She earned her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. During this time she was an Assistant Hall Coordinator in a large, primarily first year building. Alyssa is passionate about helping students become engaged, incorporating faculty into the residence halls, and helping to build a strong sense of community. Outside of work she can be found running, loves to cook, and loves to watch college football!

Sarah Guzman, Lottie Hall Resident Director:

sguzman@csbsju.edu

Sarah graduated from Purchase College with two bachelor degrees in Theater and History. While in college she dedicated most of her time to Residence Life, serving as a Resident Assistant, Conference Coordinator, and Senior Resident Assistant. Sarah is thrilled to serve Lottie Hall as the Resident Director and encourage an environment of empowerment and support for the ladies living there. Sarah's passions out of the office include feminism, drawing, painting, writing, and being outdoors.

Kelsey Hansen, Campus Apartments and Houses Area Coordinator:

khansen@csbsju.edu

Kelsey graduated from Mount Mercy University in 2011 with her BSN. She then went on to pursue a Master's degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University. While completing her Master's degree, Kelsey worked as a Resident Director at the University of Indianapolis where she worked with first-year students. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, scrapbooking, reading and anything athletic. Kelsey is really excited to call Minnesota her new home and looks forward to continuing working with first-year women at the College of Saint Benedict.

Gretchen Hughes, Campus Apartments & Houses Resident Director:

 

glhughes@csbsju.edu

Gretchen graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 2014 with a B.A. in Management. While attending college, Gretchen enjoyed contributing to the community through leadership roles in student-run organizations, participation in on-campus programing and events, as well as two international internships. She is incredibly excited to be working with Residential Life this year. In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys cooking international (and vegetarian) cuisine, being eco-friendly, reading, attending on-campus programming, and staying active through any and all outdoor activities.

Christy Brown, Director of Residential Life:

 

cbrown@csbsju.edu

Christy earned her master’s degree at St. Edward’s, and completed her B.A. in foreign languages (Russian & German) from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She comes to the College of Saint Benedict after ten years in Austin, Texas at St. Edward’s University, where she worked in several positions in Residence Life. Professionally, Christy is passionate about developing students and staff members, bridging students’ in-class and out-of-class experiences, and promoting opportunities for campus involvement, and global education. Outside of work, Christy is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. She loves trivia, politics, language, and is a diehard sports fan (especially hockey!), despite having no athletic skills herself!

Mary Beth Thompson, Director of Housing:

mbthompson@csbsju.edu

Mary Beth began her undergraduate education at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH, and transferred her junior year to St. Cloud State University. At SCSU she earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Film Studies. Mary Beth finished her M.S. in Counselor Education and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in College Student Development at St. Cloud State University in May of 2005. When Mary Beth is not at work you can often find her outdoors hiking, biking, canoeing, or fly fishing with her family. Mary Beth is most at peace any point north of the tunnel on HWY 61 heading up the North Shore of Lake Superior. Aside from the outdoors Mary Beth also has a love for music and film of just about any genre.

- 2009 MCPA Conference Co-Chair
- Member of the 2007 MCPA Conference Planning Committee
- MCPA Board Member 2003-2004, Graduate School Liaison