There’s always a lot happening in the Doane community, more than typically can fit into a few long articles or enewsletter blurbs. To catch you up on even more on-campus events, student successes, faculty and staff achievements and alumni accomplishments, we’re publishing more short-form content — Tiger Bites! — each month as a way for readers to see more of what makes Doane amazing.

Get caught up this month on:

  • Doane’s Leadership Academy for faculty and staff completes its first two cohorts
  • Off-Farm Income podcast’s feature on Doane’s Agribusiness program


33 complete Doane Leadership Academy in May

Image of the first cohort to complete Doane's Leadership Academy in the Farley Korff Welcome Center.
Leadership Academy participants pictured: (front row, l-r) Spencer Munson, Quinn Stryker, MacKenzie Jobes, Erin May, Todd Keck, Denise Ellis, Cali Biaggi, (back row, l-r) Sara Weixelman, Mike Stehlik, Tim Frey, Kyle Schachenmeyer, Julie Heyen, Kelsee Meissner, Federico Pena, Kelli Backman, Amber Linnertz and Ryan Dorshorst

The first two cohorts of Doane’s new professional development program celebrated completing seven months of work on leadership, communication, conflict resolution and creating inclusive workplaces. All were nominated for participation by leaders across Doane’s campuses and campus locations.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase self-awareness about personal leadership style, attitudes, skills and behavioral impact on others;
  • Improve communication and relationship-building skills for inspiring, engaging and motivating others;
  • Create new experiences in developing and leading project teams in complex organizations;
  • Develop an environment that supports change and progress;
  • Build university-wide networks and increase partnership, collaboration and alignment with Doane’s mission and values.

Participants in the first two cohorts included:

Name Title Office

Sara Weixelman

Senior HR Generalist

Human Resources

Kelli Backman

Director of Enrollment


Melissa Morris-Wichman

Interim Director of Online Education Services

Online Education Services

Amber Linnertz

Director of Admissions


Cali Biaggi

Online Learning and Student Services Librarian


Erin May

Director of Extended Learning Opportunities

Extended Learning Opportunities

Julie Rasgorshek

Executive Director of Advancement


MacKenzie Jobes

Director of Marketing

Office of Strategic Marketing

Michael Stehlik

Director of Alumni Relations


Mike Hatfield

Manager of Grounds and Fleet Services 


Quint Geis

Director of Career, Leadership, and Service

Student Affairs

Spencer Munson

Assistant Director of Campus Engagement

Student Affairs

Tim Frey 


College of Education

Quinn Stryker

Director of Service Center

Technology Services 

Ryan Dorshorst

Director of Technology Operations

Technology Services 

Scott Sieck

Manager of Maintenance Services 


Becky Hunke

Assistant Dean

Academic Affairs 

Don Stewart

Manager of Construction Services


Julie Heyen


Business Office

Todd Keck

Associate Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Ann Koopmann

Director of Academic Advising

Academic Affairs 

Jennifer Bossard


College of Business

Anne Ziola

Director of Human Resources

Human Resources

Debra Meier

Director of Online Education Services

Online Education Services

Denise Ellis


Academic Affairs 

Federico Pena

Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Jackie Hinrichsen

Senior Development Officer


Jen Kennedy-Croft

Head Coach Women's Soccer


Kelli Schweitzer


Business Office

Kelsee Meissner

Associate Registrar-Nonresidential Campus


Kyle Schachenmeyer

Assistant Controller

Business Office

Pedro Maligo


College of Arts and Sciences

Anita Harkins

Executive Director of Academic Support Services

Academic Affairs 


Agribusiness featured on “Off-Farm Income” podcast

Early on in the spring semester, Sydney Erickson ’24 and Pete Poppert, assistant professor of practice in agribusiness and chair of the agribusiness department, spoke with Matt Brechwald for “Off-Farm Income.” Brechwald focuses some episodes of his show on agricultural colleges and programs in the United States, and heard about Doane through the grapevine (a.k.a. this January article about Doane’s online FFA competition.)
The hour-long podcast was shared earlier this month and can be heard on the “Off-Farm Income” website, as well as popular apps such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio and more.