Staff Bios

Kelsey Hansen, Aurora, Corona & Regina 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.

Tara Nelson, Campus Apartments & Houses Area Coordinator:

 tanelson@csbsju.edu

Tara graduated in 2010 with her B.A. in Liberal Arts for the Human Services from the University of Minnesota, Morris. After graduation, Tara continued her education at Minnesota State University Moorhead where she completed her M.S. in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education during 2012. Tara is passionate about leadership development, social justice, diversity, and enjoys assisting Bennies in becoming strong global citizens. During her free time, Tara loves to sew and travel.

Anna Mertes, Lottie, Margretta & Brian Area Coordinator:

Anna Shewczykamertes@csbsju.edu

Anna received her B.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and her M.Ed degree from Kent State University. During graduate school Anna served as an Assistant Resident Director at Cleveland State University. Anna has worked in Residential Life at the College of Saint Benedict for the past three years in the Apartments Area and looks forward to completing her fourth year as an Area Coordinator for Brian, Lottie, and Margretta Halls. Anna likes to stay up-to-date with information specific to Higher Education, enjoys watching Blazer Athletic games, and likes to spend time outdoors.

Mary Beth Thompson, Director of Residential Life for Facilities and Operations:

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