Staff Bios

Alora Schoenhofen, First Year Area Coordinator:

Alora Schoenhofen

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Alora graduated with her Master of Social Work from Dominican University in 2017 and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2014. Her professional interests include advocacy, social justice, identity, mental health, policy analysis and development, research, and assessment. She particularly enjoys working with first year students and also first generation college students. Outside of the office, Alora is fond of spending time outside staying active, visiting with family and friends, or watching her favorite t.v. show, The Office.   

Courtney Stuck, Corona Hall Resident Director:

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Courtney graduated from Graceland University with her B.A. in Liberal Studies: Student Development.  Courtney has loved being a House President while at Graceland and has spent a summer working in Omaha as a housing intern for University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Finding new experiences and having real, authentic interpersonal connections with all of her students is beyond important to Courtney.  Her goals are to make a positive impact on her students and to always keep learning.  In her free time, Courtney can be found baking, reading, running, crafting, or loving on animals

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. After college, 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 join the CSB Residential Life team and cannot wait to build relationships with her students. Outside of supporting students, Mae enjoys fishing, camping, watching movies, 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! 

Brianna Kratz, Campus Apartments & Houses Resident Director:

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Brianna has a B.A. in English - Writing from Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently working toward her Masters in Student Affairs Administration through University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. As an undergraduate student, Brianna worked within Residence Life and after her graduation from IWU (and the Disney College Program), she worked in Residence Life at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Brianna is passionate about sustainability, building positive relationships, and assisting students achieve their potential. While away from the office, Brianna can be found reading, writing poetry, watching movies, baking, or going on adventures.

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:

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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.