We’ve got your backs! Members of the Advisory Board are trusted allies and were selected for their areas of expertise as well as for their strong support of students. Please see their bios for their contact information and how they can assist you.
Kelsey Richardson Blackwell
Kelsey is Augsburg University’s Senior Director of Advising and Registration
Kelsey can be reached at email@example.com.
Hello! I am the Director of Financial Aid at Augsburg and am a 2005 alum. In the financial aid office, we strive to meet students where they are and provide support as they navigate paying for college. Finances can be stressful and exciting. We hope to provide a space where students can get their questions answered and feel empowered to make informed financial decisions. Please reach out anytime; I’m happy to help!
Amanda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Degner Riveros
Hello! I am an Augsburg Alum in creative writing. I teach Spanish here and have been a faculty member in the Department of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies at Augsburg since fall 2015. Prior to coming to Minnesota, I lived in small town Indiana for 12 years, and before that I lived in New York City where I earned my doctorate in Spanish Literature at Columbia University. As a single mother of 5 children and as a survivor of domestic violence, I have spent many years navigating systems. I am very proud of the accomplishments of my students in the Augsburg Family Scholars program.
I am happy to support you as you navigate college. In my role as faculty, I am happy to talk to you regarding future career opportunities and graduate school options. I am also happy to work with others at Augsburg to connect you to resources within and outside of Augsburg.
Ankita can be reached at email@example.com.
Michael Grewe started at Augsburg University in 2008 and is currently the Dean of Students. Mike’s career in higher education has included work in student advising, orientation, LGBTQIA+ student services, student leadership development, commuter student services, military and veteran student services, Title IX, and student conduct.
Mike can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Houltberg is a Minneapolis-based artist, designer and educator. Born in Salina, Kansas, Houltberg went to the West Coast for undergraduate studies and the East Coast for graduate school. His creative practice includes making, designing and teaching aesthetics and sits at the intersection of design and fine art. Shortly after moving to Minneapolis in 2005, he began working as a designer and art director for an international architecture firm. Drawing on this array of experiences, Houltberg employs an interdisciplinary perspective in his creative practice both in making and teaching. His artwork has been exhibited both locally and nationally and has been a recipient of a Jerome Fellowship (2012) and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2020). He is director of Design & Agency, a trans-disciplinary design studio where students, faculty and community members co-create: generating ideas and solving problems to create good in the world.
Christopher can be reached at email@example.com.
I am Lydia Rikkola! I am an Augsburg Alumni (2022 grad) my job title is whatever you students need it to be! I am available for homework support, I am free to be a venting resource. If you need a support person to find answers to your questions I am here to help in anyway I can! I am so excited to have you students here please take care of yourselves! I am so happy to be able to support AFS.
Lydia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Reeck is Augsburg University’s Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and ADA Compliance Officer.
Joanne can be reached at email@example.com.
Hello! I have been a faculty member in the Social Work Department at Augsburg since Fall 2018. Before becoming a professor, I was a school social worker for over a decade. My research focuses on examining ways to bring more equity, justice, and care in our education and child welfare systems. I love working with students and am excited to be connected to the Augsburg Family Scholars program.
Erin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun Fact: I graduated from Augsburg in 2010. As a student, I participated in TRIO/SSS and Augsburg Asian Student Association (AASA).
Diamee can be reached at yangdx@.augsburg.edu.