Loras College Experts

The Loras College expert sources below are available for media interviews by email and phone. To schedule an interview, please contact Sue Hafkemeyer, Director of Communication at (563) 588-7769 or sue.hafkemeyer@loras.edu or Colleen McKenna at (563) 588-7188 or colleen.mckenna@loras.edu.

Dr. Kristen Anderson-Bricker
Title: Associate Professor of History
Expertise: United States social and cultural history with specialized attention gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity; civil rights and race relations

Dr. Andrew Auge
Title: Professor of English
Expertise: modern Irish literature and culture;  interrelationship of literature and religion

Jackie Baumhover
Title: Event Coordinator
Expertise:  event planning, event coordination, facilities management

Dr. Valerie Bell
Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Expertise: corrections, risk assessment

Tricia Borelli
Title: Part-Time Counselor
Expertise: stress management, mental health, wellness

Mary Jo Bowman
Title: Laboratory Technician
Expertise: molecular biology, cancer research

Dr. David Cochran
Title: Professor of Politics
Expertise:  religion and politics, race and politics, ethnicity and politics, American government, war and peace

Doug Colin
Title: Head Swimming and Diving Coach, Director of San Jose Pool
Expertise: Swimming

Kate Cooper
Title: Assistant Professor of Biology
Expertise: cell biology, immunology

Nancy Fett
Title: Associate Professor and Field Director of Social Work
Expertise: grant writing, preparing for a career in social work, experiential work

Matt Garrett
Title: Chair, Division of Sport Studies
Expertise: human dignity issues in sport, sport governance, sport law, youth sport issues

Mike Gibson
Title: Director of the Center for Dubuque History and the Loras College Archives
Expertise: Dubuque history, Loras College history, oral history, historic preservation, professional archiving techniques including preservation and conservation of archival materials

Emily Goetz
Title: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Expertise: women’s lacrosse, building new collegiate program

Jacob Heidenreich
Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
Expertise: math, philosophy, the use of games in education

Justin Heinzen
Title: Women's Basketball Coach
Expertise: Basketball, athletics, recruiting

Robert Keller
Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
Expertise: math education with a special focus on K-8 and STEM

David Speckhard    
Title: Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry    
Expertise: Biochemistry, protein structure and function

Dr. Arthur Sunleaf    
Title: Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students    
Expertise: undergraduate student retention, student transition issues, millennial students behaviors

Jennifer Swanson    
Title: Associate Professor of Music
Expertise: vocal music, opera, singing, vocal pedagogy, music history, art song repertoire, musical theater

Carl Tebon    
Title: Head Baseball Coach and Physical Education Instructor     
Expertise: college athletics, baseball

Denise Udelhofen    
Title: Associate Athletic Director
Expertise: athletic event management, leadership, coaching

Sandy Vaske    
Title: Senior Accountant
Expertise: accounting

Bev Wagner    
Title: Solid Waste Education Coordinator
Expertise: sustainability, resource management, environmental awareness, K-12 sustainability efforts

Kim Walsh    
Title: Director of Student Life    
Expertise: college first year experience, student life, programming, student organizations, student conduct, parent and family services, student life outside of the classroom

Hilarie Welsh    
Title: Assistant Professor of Education           
Expertise: teaching high school and middle school, teaching English language arts, new teacher induction and mentoring, preparing pre-service teachers

Ann Wertz    
Title: Leadership Coordinator for Theology and Religious Studies    
Expertise: leadership, service, Breitbach Catholic Thinkers & Leaders, Religious Studies Practicums, Daughters of Isabella, Hope 4 Africa

Ashley Winter    
Title: Head Softball Coach
Expertise: softball, volleyball

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