Office of Student Life Staff
Heather Reed - Assistant Vice President of Student Life, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Life
Strengths: Maximizer • Arranger • Input • Achiever • Adaptability
Heather's career has focused on teaching and counseling with an emphasis on managing student crises and problems.
Heather is a native Kansan from a family of K-Staters, who spent many years teaching in western Kansas. She completed her Masters in Counseling at Fort Hays University and went on to serve as Department Head of the Counseling Department at Garden City High School and as a participant on the USD 457 Crisis Response Team. These experiences have provided a foundation that has enhanced her work in student life.
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 Office of Student Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Office of Student Activities and Services. She is an advisor to the Student Governing Association, working closely with student leaders. Her passions include supporting students in achieving academic and personal success as well as enhancing their K-State experience through extracurricular activities.
Her professional interests include crisis management, campus safety and the coordination of campus support services.
Scott Jones - Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Non-Violence Programs
Strengths: Ideation • Connectedness • Futuristic • Intellection • Learner
Scott has nearly 20 years of experience working with students and student groups within student affairs. Scott has been at K-State since 1999 serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Dean of Student Life, Assistant Director of Student Life, Director of Greek Affairs and Interim Fraternity Advisor.
Prior to K-State Scott served as Residence Hall Director, International House Director, Area Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Residential Life at Oregon State University and Program and Activities Advisor at the University of South Dakota.
Scott has a Master's of Education in Student Personnel Administration from Oregon State University. He has a demonstrated passion for working with students and families in crisis and came to K-State specifically for that purpose.
His professional interests include building the capacity of students by better understanding self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, resiliency and other student retention-related topics.
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 Webb - Assistant Dean and Director
Strengths: Input • Responsibility • Arranger • Communication • Strategic
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 - Office Manager
Strengths: Input • Learner • Achiever • Arranger • Relator
Laurel 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.
Laurel's responsibilities in the office include supervision of both the undergraduate and graduate student staff, administrative support for the Deans, 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
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.