Student Affairs Staff

Student Affairs Organizational Chart

Heather Aldentaler

 

Ms. Heather Aldentaler

Director of Counseling and Health Services

heather.aldentaler@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Aldentaler joined Northern in June 2018. She earned a master of education degree for clinical mental health and school counseling and an English education degree from Northern. She has been a counselor since 2008, working in agency, hospital and educational settings. She is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified counselor, and licensed addictions counselor and maintains a 6-12 teaching and school counseling certificate. Throughout her career, Ms. Aldentaler has enjoyed her work with people to help foster self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She implements a strengths-based approach to help empower and motivate toward growth and change.

 

Krista Bau

 

Ms. Krista Bau

Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Title IX Coordinator

krista.bau@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Northern alum Ms. Bau joined the staff of Northern State University in 2014 and served as the TRIO SSS programming coordinator and academic advisor before becoming the director of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Title IX coordinator. She is an active member on campus committees and serves on various boards in the state and community, focusing on youth and adolescents. Bau earned a bachelor of science degree in business marketing from Northern and a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies: special education and educational psychology from the University of South Dakota.

 

Sean Blackburn

 

Mr. Sean Blackburn

Dean of Students

sean.blackburn@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Mr. Blackburn comes to Northern with 18 years of experience in the field of student affairs, most recently at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. There, he served as vice president for student affairs, previously holding the position of associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Blackburn’s past experience also includes working in various student affairs roles at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.; the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. Throughout his career, Mr. Blackburn has worked to create and support co-curricular programs and services that advance student engagement, safety and success while fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Mr. Blackburn earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master of education degree in student affairs administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

 

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Ms. Ashley M. Bruzek

Acting Assistant Director for Student Involvement and Leadership

ashley.m.bruzek@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Bruzek is an NSU Residence Life graduate assistant and is completing a masters of science degree in banking and financial services. At Northern, she has served as a TRIO peer mentor; Campus Activities Board secretary, treasurer, and president; and treasurer of the residence hall association, and is homecoming queen. Ms. Bruzek began part-time duties on March 1, 2022, while completing graduate assistant duties with Residence Life. Beginning this May, she will transition as an emergency hire to serve as the full-time assistant director for Student Involvement and Leadership.

 

Megan Frewaldt

 

Ms. Megan Frewaldt

Director of Student Involvement and Leadership

megan.frewaldt@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Northern alum Ms. Frewaldt returned to the university with more than 10 years of experience in the field of student affairs, most recently at the University of Colorado, where she focused on co-curricular community engagement and academic service learning. She also led leadership and diversity education initiatives. Ms. Frewaldt has committed her career to the holistic development of students, preparing them to be engaged members of the global community. Programs she oversees at Northern include New Student Programs, Student Government Association, Homecoming, WAVE, Multicultural Student Affairs, Wellness Services, and the Student Center. She has taught classes in first-year seminar and leadership and is a mindfulness and meditation teacher. Ms. Frewaldt earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology (summa cum laude) from Northern and a master of arts degree in mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling from Naropa University.

 

Melanie Hogg

 

Ms. Melanie Hogg

Director of Dining Services with Aramark Higher Education

hogg-melanie@aramark.com

605-626-2928

Office: Graham Hall 2

Melanie Hogg joined Northern as our new director of dining services with Aramark Higher Education in September 2021. Ms. Hogg has been food service director at Presentation College in Aberdeen since September 2018 and has worked in the food service industry for 30 years. Born and raised in Oregon, she moved to Maui. Hawaii, in 2005 and was a general manager at the Kula Lodge & Restaurant for four years. In 2009, she moved to South Dakota to purchase a restaurant in Faulkton. Ms. Hogg lived there and ran that location for eight years. She moved to Aberdeen in 2017 and is excited to join the Northern team. Ms. Hogg has a passion for business management, and emphasizes customer service and team building. She is excited to have this opportunity to be at Northern and enhance the food service program.   

 

JoJo Jungemann

 

Ms. Maria (JoJo) Jungemann

Certified Nurse Practitioner

hlthser@northern.edu

605-626-7694

Office: Student Center 240

Ms. Jungmann has been a nurse with Avera St. Luke’s since 2013 and has practiced since 1980. She graduated with her first degree in 1979 in Medical Center of Lucena, Philippines. She migrated to the U.S. in 1987 and attended BSN refresher courses in Huron University from 2002 to 2004. She attended University of Phoenix from 2006 to 2008 and finished with a master's degree in health administration and masters of science degree in nursing. In 2010, Ms. Jungemann started postmaster’s certification for family nurse practitioner at Graceland University, Independence Mo., and graduated in early 2012. Her field of practice is focused in family medicine, internal medicine and occupational health. She is also an adjunct clinical instructor at Presentation College for nurse practitioner students, and preceptor for nurse practitioner students from various colleges and universities.

 

Jerilyn Mielke

 

Ms. Jerilyn Mielke

Senior Administrative Assistant

jerilyn.mielke@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Mielke earned an associate of science degree in office administration with a secretarial emphasis from Northern in 1987.  After graduation, she worked as a secretary at Hub City Inc., then as a typesetter for Quality Quick Print Inc. Since coming to Northern in fall of 1993, she has worked for the Division of Student Affairs. She has weathered a lot of changes throughout the years, but still enjoys working with faculty, staff, and especially students on campus.

 

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Vacant

Assistant Director of Residence Life

@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Former Assistant Director of Residence Life Mat Muston served from July of 2020 until August of 2021. Muston is an alum of Northern and has multiple years of experience in residential life. He moved to Fargo, N.D., in September 2021 to pursue a new opportunity with Aldevron, a world-class service organization specializing in nucleic acid and protein production, antibody development, and custom service with operations in the United States and Europe. We wish Mat the best of luck in Fargo and with his new opportunity. A search will be conducted in spring 2022 for a new assistant director.

 

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Ms. Melanie Neiber

Administrative Assistant for Residence Life and Student Involvement and Leadership

melanie.neiber@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Neiber is a native of Aberdeen, S.D., and graduate of Aberdeen Central High School. Ms. Neiber assists with administrative duties for residence life and student involvement and leadership. She has been with Northern since January 2016, having previously worked more than eight years in the hotel industry. Her attention to detail and customer service is an asset to the Northern community.

 

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Vacant

Prevention Services Coordinator

@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Former Prevention Services Coordinator Ms. Erin M. Olson announced her departure from Northern in July 2021 to pursue another career opportunity that aligns closely with her long-term career goals. We appreciate Erin’s service to Northern and wish her the best of luck in her new opportunity. Her last day was July 28. Please direct Prevention Services inquiries to Heather Aldentaler and Insight Programs (student conduct sanctions) inquiries to Krista Bau.

 

Marty Sabolo

 

Mr. Marty Sabolo

Director of Residence Life and Dining Services 

marty.sabolo@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Mr. Sabolo has been director of residence life and dining services at Northern since July 1, 2015.  While at Northern, Mr. Sabolo has overseen the opening of three new halls and a revamping of the social and educational programming within the residence life department. Mr. Sabolo has 32 years of student life experience, with 28 years in residence life at Blackburn College, Dickinson State University, Arkansas Tech University, and Northern. He served as dean of students at MacMurray College for three years. His commitment to residential living stems from the positive growth he experienced as an undergraduate at Blackburn College, his alma mater. With that experience in mind, Mr. Sabolo strives to provide a welcoming, inclusive and engaging community for all students at Northern. Mr. Sabolo earned his bachelor of arts in speech communications and theatre at Blackburn and his masters of science in college student personnel at Arkansas Tech University.

 

Angela Senger

 

Ms. Angela Senger

Campus Police Officer

nsucampusofficer@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Senger is an Aberdeen native and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School. Ms. Senger started with the Aberdeen Police Department in April 1999 and was assigned her current position in 2017. She has assumed many roles within the police department, such as part-time animal control officer (1998), patrol officer, patrol sergeant, special response team member, Taser instructor, field training officer, coordinator of National Night Out and sex offender registrar. Throughout her career, Ms. Senger has worked to build relationships between law enforcement and the community she serves.  She believes community service and working together for the continued safety of our community are essential. 

 

Christina B. Shilman

 

Ms. Christina B. Shilman

Staff Counselor

christina.shilman@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Shilman joined Northern in July 2021 as a staff counselor in the counseling center. She earned a masters of education degree for clinical mental health and school counseling and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Northern. Ms. Shilman started her counseling journey in addiction and prevention services through a local agency, where she provided intensive outpatient treatment services and coordinated and implemented prevention efforts in the local school districts and community outreach efforts. Ms. Shilman also spent several years working in community mental health, working with clients of all ages with a variety of needs.

 

Kelly Weismantel

 

Ms. Kelly A. Weismantel

Assistant Director for Student Accessibility Services  

kelly.weismantel@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Ms. Weismantel was named assistant director for Student Accessibility Services in April of 2022. She was a staff counselor at Northern from 2010 until 2022. During her tenure, she has worked individually with students on a variety of issues impacting their daily lives. She has experience in grant writing, prevention programming, and Title IX coordination and investigations, as well as threat assessment. She trains staff and students on topics pertinent to the college population and is a Prime for Life instructor. Before her employment at Northern, Ms. Weismantel worked at area social service agencies, focusing on working with families and adolescents and providing case management to young adults as they aged out of foster care. During her career, she has worked to ensure all students acquire the skills and knowledge to be successful in all aspects of life.

 

Anna Weisser

 

Ms. Anna Weisser

Patient Service Representative

hlthser@northern.edu

605-626-7694

Office: Student Center 240

Ms. Weisser attended and graduated from Northern with an associate degree in administrative systems. She has been employed with Avera for 27 years as a patient representative, helping patients navigate appointments, registration processes, nursing requests, and medical records. She enjoys working side-by-side with providers to ensure proper health care for all students. Ms. Weisser is a mother of six, bringing patience, kindness, respect and many years of knowledge to her position.

 

Thomas Williams

 

Mr. Thomas Williams

Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

thomas.williams@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Thomas Williams was most recently director of education for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. He earned a master’s of science degree in parks and recreation from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Mr. Williams has worked to promote belonging, inclusion, engagement, and student success throughout his career in higher education and public service.

 

Bradley Wolfe

 

Mr. Bradley Wolfe

Assistant Director of Residence Life

bradley.wolfe@northern.edu

605-626-3007

Office: Student Center 222

Mr. Wolfe comes to Northern with seven years of experience in residence life. Mr. Wolfe has served in various residence life roles throughout his career, most recently at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. His past experiences include time spent at State Fair Community College and Pittsburg State University. Mr. Wolfe earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology, and his master of science in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri. He is working on an Ed.D  in higher education leadership from Maryville University.