Group shot of Concordia Crew Leaders

If you’re an incoming freshman or new transfer student this fall at CUW, the Crew Leaders are the people you’ll want to get to know!

The Concordia Crew Leaders will be on hand to welcome you to Concordia, get you oriented, and get you well on your way to an amazing first year at your new home. Each new student is assigned a specific Crew Leader who will guide you through all aspects of the Fall Welcome Weekend experience. It’s just one way we strive to make your New Student Experience special!

Sarah Deheck

Position: Coordinator of Student Activities
Hometown: Sheboygan Falls, WI
Fun Fact: I’ve never had a cavity!
Advice: Be sure to watch the sunrise on the bluff!

Kara Janowski

Position: Director of New Student Programs
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Fun Fact: I grew up in New Zealand and had a “kiwi” accent as a kid (called my Mom “Mum!”).
Advice: It is okay to not have it all figured out! Take it “one step at a time, with a general plan in mind,” – but be willing to adjust that plan if you need or want to! You might discover a passion or opportunity that leads you in a new direction!

Abby McGue

Position: Concordia Crew Leader Intern
Major: Mass Communications
Year: Senior
St. Louis, MO
Fun Fact: I have been vegetarian for over 3 years!
Advice: Get out of your comfort zone. Do things that may feel uncomfortable at first because they will definitely pay off in the end!

Alicia Schroeder

Position: Concordia Crew Leader Intern
Major: Lutheran Elementary Education
Year: Junior
Hilbert, WI
Fun Fact: I am a huge extrovert and love talking to people and drinking coffee.
Advice: Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. There are so many co-curricular activities to participate in or even just watching sporting events.

Abby Dare

Major: Nursing
Year: Junior
Alexandria, MN
Fun Fact: My favorite animal is the giraffe! .
Advice: Get to know your professors! They are there to help you. They want to see you succeed!

Ally O’Farrell

Major: Elementary Education
Year: Junior
Hometown: Butler, WI
Fun Fact: I cross-country ski over break.
Advice: Step outside your comfort zone, and try something new or unique.

Amanda Eggebrecht

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Year: Senior
Hometown: Horicon, WI
Fun Fact: I am a HUGE animal lover and have two rabbits, a bird, and dog under my roof.
Advice: To connect with others around you. Branch out from what your friends are doing, meet new people, and get involved!

Carley Kogutkiewicz

Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Year: Junior
Hometown: New Berlin, WI
Fun Fact: I have been to 25 of the 50 states.
Advice: Study groups! Using study groups for classes helps you meet more people and better learn the material!

Courtney Parker

Major: Secondary Education (Mathematics)
Year: Junior
Hometown: Shawano, WI
Fun Fact: I once broke my arm falling out of bed.
Advice: Get a hammock for the Chapel Courtyard you won’t regret it!

Eleanor Liebherr

Major: Social Work
Year:  Senior
Hometown: Port Edwards, WI
Fun Fact: I like bullet journaling, and make my weekly planner using it!
Advice: Being involved is good, but don’t forget to take time for yourself! Spreading yourself thin is so easy to do but your mental health is so crucial to exceeding in college!

Emily Brown

Major: Healthcare Administration
Year:  Sophomore
Hometown: Waupun, WI
Fun Fact: In middle school, I memorized 122 digits of pi.
Advice: Always ask questions. You may be nervous but trust me, everyone here at Concordia wants to help you.

Grace Buckman

Major: Nursing
Year:  Sophomore
Hometown: Mundelein, IL
Fun Fact: I grew up in new jersey and love bagels.
Advice: Make study groups and become friends with your professors.

Grace Lee

Major: Early Childhood and Special Education and Individualized Theatre
Year:  Sophomore
Hometown: Kewaskum, WI
Fun Fact: I have 6 pets. 4 cats, 1 dog and 1 fish.
Advice: Get involved with clubs you can meet a lot of amazing people and just be yourself.

Grace Velzke

Major: Communications
Year:  Junior
Hometown: Cedar Grove, WI
Fun Fact: I have watched all 10 seasons of Friends 5 times through, Phoebe is my favorite character.
Advice: Always be kind to everyone. And, don’t be afraid to try new things.

Jack Ramstack

Major: Athletic Training
Year:  Senior
Hometown: Germantown, WI
Fun Fact: I really want to move to Alaska when I am older.
Advice: Take a chance now because in a few years, it probably won’t matter. Get involved and make as many connections as possible because it’s about who you know, not what you know.

Julia Schulteis

Major: Lutheran Elementary Education (Double Minor in English & Theology)
Year:  Junior
Hometown: Parker, CO
Fun Fact: I can write backwards!
Advice: Try new things! There are plenty of ways to get involved in various activities!

Katie Slominsky

Major: Hospitality / Event Management and Spanish
Year:  Senior
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Fun Fact: My car’s name is Clifford (like the big red dog :)).
Advice: Use a planner and call your mom!

Katie Thomsen

Major: Rehabilitation Science: Accelerated Pre-Physical Therapy
Year:  Junior
Hometown: Valders, WI
Fun Fact: I love animals but have never owned one.
Advice: College is what you make of it! Put yourself out there, meet new people, go to events, do your homework, and take advantage of everything CUW has to offer! You belong here and we are so excited to have you!

Kayla Stenz

Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Year:  Junior
Hometown: Chilton, WI
Fun Fact: I am a twin!
Advice: Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Lexington McKillips

Major: Event and hospitality business
Year:  Senior
Hometown: Edgerton, WI
Fun Fact: I play volleyball at CUW.
Advice: Get involved in everything and go to fun activities around campus!

Lydia Winans

Major: Able Light Program
Year:  Sophomore
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Fun Fact: I love listening to country music.
Advice: Get involved within college because that will benefit you to make long-lasting memories and friendships. Keep track of your student ID because that’s how you get in and out of buildings, your hall to your assigned dorms, and for getting meals and snacks.

Miranda Briones

Major: Lutheran Secondary Education – Mathematics
Year:  Junior
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Fun Fact: I love sleep!
Advice: Get a comfy mattress topper!

Nathan Bilan

Major: Healthcare Administration
Year:  Senior
Hometown: Greendale, WI
Fun Fact: I have been playing tennis since I was in 3rd grade
Advice: Get involved with events and clubs on campus, it’s a great way to meet new people!

Olivia Sherman

Major: Rehab Science – Accelerated OT
Year:  Junior
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Fun Fact: My left foot is a half size bigger than my right.
Advice: Go to events!! They are fun and will allow you to meet new people! 🙂

Zion Nelson

Major: Individualized Theater
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cedarburg, WI
Fun Fact: I can’t lick my elbow.
Advice: Introduce yourself and strike up a conversation cause you can do it!

Want in?

At Concordia University Wisconsin, we strive to make sure that all incoming students have a smooth transition into life on campus. The Concordia Crew Leaders are just one way we welcome new students. To learn more, click the link below: