Staff Bios

Jordan Salinsky, Corona Hall Resident Director:

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Jordan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Community Sociology and Environmental Studies and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. While at UW-Madison, Jordan worked for Residence Life in various capacities and also was the Urban Agriculture director for the student sustainable agriculture organization. She is excited to support first-year students as they navigate the transition to CSB and looks forward to developing relationships with residents and student staff.  Outside of work, Jordan enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, reading, and petting all the dogs. 

Elizabeth Larsen, Regina Hall Resident Director:

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Elle graduated from Saint Ben's in 2015 with a degree in Gender Studies. She is excited to be returning to her Alma mater to work with the next generation of Bennies. While pursuing her B.A. Elle was involved on campus as a Resident Assistant, the PR Coordinator for the Institute for Women's Leadership, and as a CSB Student Senator. Elle is passionate about travel, sustainability, and being a positive LBGT+  ally. Outside of her work she enjoys baking, reading, biking, talking politics, and browsing the Co-op in Downtown Saint Joseph.

Teri Deardorff, Lottie, Margretta and Brian Hall Area Coordinator:

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Teri graduated with her master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University in 2018 and with her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2016. Professionally, Teri is interested in leadership development and the importance of high impact learning practices for college students. Outside of the office, Teri enjoys crocheting and other crafts, hiking, theatre, and trivia!

Mae Yang, Lottie Hall Resident Director:

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Mae graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Environmental Biology. As an undergraduate student, she worked in Residence Life and was involved in many student service related clubs such as tutoring elementary students through Big and Little Pals or sitting as a board member in Student Senate. Prior to working for the College of Saint Benedict, Mae served for two years as an AmeriCorps member for a non-profit college access program in Minnesota called, College Possible. Mae is ecstatic to continue her second year at CSB in the upper class residence halls; she is eager to build relationships, passionate about student advocacy, and delighted in providing opportunities of growth to the incoming sophomore cohort students. Outside of supporting students, Mae enjoys fishing, camping, watching anime, playing video games, spending time with her family, and strumming her guitar/ukulele.

Alyssa Teubner, Campus Apartments & Houses Area Coordinator:

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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 her last two years at CSB she has worked with the sophomore cohort and is excited to begin working with junior and senior students this year. Alyssa is passionate about advising student organizations on campus and helping student leaders grow! Outside of work she can be found watching college football, spending time with her husband Calvin, and traveling! 

Elaine Grafelman, Campus Apartments & Houses Resident Director:

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Elaine graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience. During her undergrad, she worked as a Residence Life student staff member in a first-year hall for two years. She is eager to start her first year at CSB and women explore their identities and passions. Outside of work, Elaine loves dancing, hiking, baking bread, and learning random fun facts.

Christy Brown, Director of Residential Life:

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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:

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.