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Dr. Williams

Dr. Leslie Williams

Dean of Students

(319) 273-2332

Dr. Leslie Williams serves as the Dean of Students. Dr. Williams assists students and families in times of crisis or concern, provides assistance to faculty in managing student issues, administers the Student Conduct Code, works with the Parents Association and oversees Student Disability Services, the LGBT* Center, Student Assistance Outreach, and Military and Veteran Services. 

Dr.Kristin Woods

Dr. Kristin Woods

Director, Student Success and Retention

(319) 273-2815

Kristin coordinates retention and student success initiatives, including peer mentoring, the MAP-Works early intervention program, and success coaching for first-year students. She collaborates with faculty members on the implementation of First-Year Only (FYO) course communities, provides individual assistance to at-risk students, and co-chairs at the university's Transfer Council. Kristin also works with campus partners to facilitate the Jump Start extended orientation program, Transfer Welcome events, and Family Weekend.

Jade Horning

Jade Horning

Student Success Coordinator

(319) 273-5805

Jade collaborates with campus partners on several student success initiatives, including peer mentoring, the early intervention survey for first-year students, and the Summer Bridge program. She also provides individual support to at-risk students and assists with UNI Now and Jump Start programming.



Bailey Jimmison

Orientation Coordinator

(319) 273-2332

Bailey Jimmison is responsible for all aspects of the University's incoming student orientation programs. 

Allyson Rafanello

Allyson Rafanello

Assistant Dean of Students

(319) 273-7153

Allyson Rafanello is the Assistant Dean of Students responsible for coordinating principle support and intervention for students of concern; administering the student conduct system; and supporting strategic initiatives including LGBT* outreach and assistance.

Connie Smith

Secretary IV, Office of the Dean of Students

(319) 273-2332

Connie Smith serves as secretary for the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Success & Retention, Orientation Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant.

Kelly Gibbs

Kelly Gibbs

Student Disability Services Coordinator, Disability Services

(310) 273-2677

Kelly Gibbs serves as a central resource on disability-related information, procedures, and services while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. She assists students by determining eligibility for accommodations and supports University efforts to ensure an accessible, welcoming environment for individuals with disabilities. 


Jenny Lynes

Jenny Lynes

Assistant Student Disability Services Coordinator, Disability Services

(319) 273-2677

As the Disability Specialist for Student Disability Services, Jenny assists students by determining eligibility for accommodations, providing challenge and support through the office's Weekly Mentoring program, overseeing the conversion of course material into accessible format, and offering assistive technology resources and outreach events.


Secretary III, Disability Services

(319) 273-2677

As the Department Secretary for Student Disability Services, responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations of the office including; ordering supplies, managing the office flow of students, faculty, staff and community, processing Reader and Scribe requests for exams, and reconciling the SDS budget. 

Lindsey Wagner

Student Disability Services Graduate Assistant

(319) 273-2677

As the graduate assistant with Student Disability Services, Lindsey works primarily one-on-one with clients enrolled in the Weekly Mentoring Program to assist with development of time management, organizational, prioritization and goal setting skills. Lindsey also creates the newsletters, assists in administration of academic accommodations, and organizes educational outreach events.

Norman Ferguson

Norman Ferguson, Jr. 

Military & Veteran Student SVCS Coordinator

(319) 273-3040

Norman Ferguson, Jr., supports military members, veterans, and their families at UNI as they transition between military duty, college, and new careers. Norman is committed to faculty and staff education, on and off campus, resource networking, advocacy, and listening to each student to ensure that each military affiliated students' voice is heard and they are empowered to achieve success in class and beyond.

 Emily Harsch

LGBT* Student Services Coordinator

(319) 273-5428

Emily Harsch serves as the first full-time staff member for LGBTQ+ students, allies, the University community and the Cedar Valley. Emily works in an advocacy role across campus as a resource to LGBTQ+ students and their allies as the main point of contact for the LGBT* Center. Emily manages and maintains the Safe Zone Program, coordinates the Center's outreach efforts and annual events, including Lavender Graduation and Rainbow Reception, and works with students directly.