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ReedHeather Reed - Assistant Vice President of Student Life, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Life

Strengths: Maximizer • Arranger • Input • Achiever • Adaptability

Heather Reed is an Assistant Vice President, serving as the Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Life at Kansas State University where she is beginning her 14th year of service. Heather's career has focused on teaching, counseling, and student development with an emphasis on managing student crises and problems.

Heather is a native Kansan, and previously serviced as Department Head of the Counseling Department at Garden City (KS) High School, and as the counseling team leader on the USD 457 Crisis Response Team.  At K-State she serves as the chair of the Crisis Management Team and the Critical Incident Response Team where she leads crisis responses involving students. She supervises the student life unit that includes the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE), the LGBT Resource Center, the Student Access Center, Student Legal Service, Off-Campus Housing, Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services, and the Office of Student Life, all part of a coordinated support network for K-State Students. She also leads campus student involvement and leadership through the Office of Student Activities and Services, and Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Heather practices her passion for working with student leaders as an advisor to the K-State Student Governing Association. Her professional interests include student leadership development, crisis management, campus safety, and the coordination of campus support services.



Andy Thompson - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Arranger • Maximizer • Developer • Communication • Consistency

Andy's role in the office includes serving as the chair of the Early Assessment and Reporting Committee, advisor to the Student Review Board, and liaison with the College of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to his work in the Office of Student Life, Andy spent his career in the department of Housing and Dining Services at K-State as the Residence Life Coordinator of Marlatt Hall.  Andy earned his Master's of Education in Counselor Education from Clemson University and his Bachelor's of Science in Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Throughout his career he has enjoyed working with students on a variety of issues and helping them navigate the university experience. ​

His professional interests include helping students find success in their academics and personal life, collaboration across the university for student success, and helping students find their passion at the university.

Sarah Barrett, LMFT - Assistant Dean and Director

Strengths: Input • Responsibility • Arranger • Communication • StrategicSW

Sarah hails from Colorado but has made many places, including Kansas, her home over the years.  After finishing her undergraduate degree at K-State, Webb moved to Austin, TX where she worked for an international study abroad company recruiting students from all over the United States, and managing over 100 unique academic programs in Spain and Costa Rica. In her role as a program manager Sarah worked closely with international consulates and consular officials to coordinate immigration compliance, and organized and conducted pre-departure orientation presentations for departing students before going to Spain herself to live and work full time. Eventually Sarah returned to the states to complete her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at K-State and has acquired research experience, and clinical skills through her work in community mental health.

Sarah’s professional interests include at-risk population retention, student financial literacy and education, and crisis management. Sarah continually aspires to facilitate opportunities for students to develop and employ their strengths to achieve success in their academic and personal lives.

Laurel Moody - Interim Assistant Dean

Strengths: Input • Learner • Achiever • Arranger • Relator

laurelLaurel is a lifelong K-Stater who began working at the university in 2010 shortly after graduating. She has been Office Manager for the Office of Student Life since April 2012. She received her master's degree in Academic Advising in 2013. Prior to working in the Office of Student Life, Laurel worked in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Laurel works with students in the College of Engineering, and Business Administration. Her other duties include supervision of both the undergraduate and graduate student staff,  overseeing the management of the office, and disaster outreach, among other duties. Her interests include providing support for students and the community after disasters, conflict resolution, academic advising, and working with student staff to develop competencies for the workforce.


Carolyn Jones - Graduate Assistant carolyn

Strengths: Futuristic • Individualization • Restorative • Relator • Empathy

Carolyn is from a small town in Iowa and went looking for adventure at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Here she received her degree in business administration with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in graphic design. After college she worked in Manhattan for a couple of years as a graphic artist. However, after being out of college for a few years she discovered she missed the futuristic and ambitious atmosphere a college campus has to offer. She stumbled across the master’s program in College Student Development and knew this was the right path for her. She started this program in the Spring of 2016 and happily joined the Office of Student Life the following summer. Carolyn is still exploring all the options student affairs has to offer but is looking forward to working with students and making a positive impact on their life to help them discover their goals and find success, balance and happiness within their future. 

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