Vocational exploration is a challenging and highly reflective undertaking. For many, it takes a lifetime of examination and experience to discern one’s calling. This revelation can be exciting and enlightening, but also worrisome, lonely, and possibly discouraging. Therefore, individuals should be accompanied on this journey. At Wartburg, we recommend individuals find someone else to support them on their journey of significance. Whether it’s a best friend or a faculty member, having someone there to walk with can be greatly beneficial during one’s college experience.
Those looking for someone here at Wartburg to help mentor them in their vocational discernment can turn to any of the following individuals for support and encouragement throughout their time here at Wartburg. These are just a few among many others who are willing and able to help individuals in their discernment.
| TJ Warren – Pathways Associate for Vocation and Mentoring
TJ Warren earned both his B.A. in Elementary-Middle Level Education and M.A.E. in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa. Before coming to Wartburg, TJ worked in a variety of areas within higher education including residence life, student activities, and new student programs. As the Pathways Center Associate for Vocation and Mentoring, TJ serves as a mentor to students helping them discern who they are and how they can contribute to the world’s needs; a role he finds to be very fulfilling. TJ oversees mentoring programs and initiatives on campus and facilitates workshops regularly on and off campus related to vocation, mentoring, careers, motivation, and leadership. In his free time, TJ enjoys drawing, reading, blogging, and inspiring others to reach for their potential. TJ’s family consists of his wife Brittany, his daughter Ava, and his Schnoodle named Oreo.
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| Derek Solheim – Director of the Pathways Center
Derek Solheim earned his B.A. in Communication Arts-Public Relations from Wartburg College and his M.A. in Counseling from Missouri State University. Derek has worked in various sectors of higher education across the Midwest the past 20 years including admissions, residence life, judicial affairs, and career services. He has been active in his community by serving as Membership Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Waverly Area Development Group and the Waverly Chamber of Commerce. As a certified MBTI facilitator, Derek has conducted MBTI training sessions for groups and organizations for the past 10 years. Derek and his wife Heidi live in Waverly, Iowa with their two boys and two mini-Dachshunds.
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| Whitney Baker – Pathways Associate for SI, Math Lab, and Career Advising
Whitney Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Education degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs in 2014 from the University of Northern Iowa. In the Pathways Center, Whitney coordinates the Supplemental Instruction program, provides career advising, and manages the Math Lab. In addition to her work at Wartburg, Whitney also works at Threehouse: A Wesley Foundation. At Threehouse, she is involved in implementing a grant funded by the Lilly Foundation, Inc. to open and operate the Center for Vocational Reflection (CVR). The purpose of the CVR is to provide opportunities for college students to discover their vocation and direction in life. Whitney is originally from Marshalltown, IA and currently lives in Cedar Falls, IA with her husband, Brandon.
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| Ramona Bouzard – Dean of the Chapel
Rev. Dr. Ramona Bouzard was installed as the Herbert and Cora Moehlmann Chaplaincy Chair in 2009 after being called by the college to serve as Dean of the Chapel. From 1994 to 2009, she was director of church relations and an associate in campus ministry at Wartburg, assisting the college in building partnerships with synods and congregations and helping interpret and voice Wartburg's mission as a college of the church. Bouzard's comprehensive service to the college includes outreach to the college community through preaching, worship leadership, and campus ministry programming. She serves as the administrator for the Educational Partners in Covenant matching grant program and the Graven Award, and she provides active support for Wartburg's mentoring and service programming. Bouzard received her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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| Rev. Brian Beckstrom – Campus Pastor
Because of his own vocational struggles Pastor Brian (or PB) has a passion for helping students explore and understand their purpose in life. He has served as the Campus Pastor at Wartburg College since 2006. Prior to coming to Wartburg, Pastor Brian served a newly organized congregation in Suburban Phoenix. He earned his B.A. in Religion and Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary. In addition to pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Brian also teaches here at Wartburg and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree also through Luther Seminary. In his free time, PB enjoys spending time with his family, reading, working out, and competing in triathlons. Pastor Brian’s family consists of his wife Josie and his two children, Soren and Linnea.
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| Dr. Dan Kittle – Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
After coming to Wartburg in 2005 as a Community Partnerships Coordinator in the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), Dr. Kittle was promoted to Director in the summer of 2008. Dr. Kittle earned his B.S. in public relations and political science from Heidelberg College, as well as his M.A. in political science. His Ph.D. is in higher adult learning and education from Michigan State University. Dr. Kittle is deeply engaged in both the Wartburg and Waverly communities. He teaches several courses here at Wartburg and serves on a number of initiatives related to advancing the college, as well as serves on multiple boards and executive positions in organizations outside of the college. Dr. Kittle now serves as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. He’s originally from Warren, Ohio and enjoys spending time with his wife and son in his free time.
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| Kristin Teig Torres – Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
Kristin holds her B.A. in Communications/Theatre Arts and M.A. in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to coming to Wartburg, she worked at Allen College facilitating alumni and student life events and activities, as well as service-learning opportunities for the Anne Christensen Doyle Center for Engagement, Learning, and Leadership. Kristin currently serves as the advisor for the Volunteer Action Center (VAC) and Wartburg Service Trips. Kristin is also highly engaged in the surrounding communities where she serves on a couple community boards within the Cedar Falls area and is a strong advocate for the local Beyond Pink TEAM, advancing the mission and goals of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Her family includes her husband Travis and their two children, Jack and Ava.
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| Dr. Walter C. Bouzard, Jr. – Professor of Religion
Rev. Dr. Walter (Chip) Bouzard came to Wartburg in 1994 following an early career as a parish pastor. He earned his B.A. in English at the University of Texas, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Luther Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Bouzard serves as the Chair of the Religion & Philosophy Department and Co-Chair of Wartburg’s Study Abroad Program. He also currently serves on the Candidacy Committee for the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA. His hobbies include cooking, wine-making, walking, and keeping his spouse—Ramona—happy.
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