Meet the student life staff
Dr. Wendi Santee
Vice President for Student Life
Dr. Wendi Santee has been in the field of higher education and student life for almost 20 years.
Dr. Santee’s approach to Student Life is one of student-centeredness and support. She has always considered it a privilege to walk alongside college students during their academic career and be a part of their personal, academic, and spiritual journeys.
An alum of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., Dr. Santee began her career in Residence Life at her alma mater. While Dr. Santee has worked in both private and public institutions throughout her career, she has spent most of her career in private, liberal arts, faith-based institutions.
Dr. Santee’s experience covers a wide range of areas, such as involvement in and supervision of residence life, student activities, student government, career services, health and counseling services, security, crisis intervention, and others.
Dr. Santee received a B.A. in Psychology from MidAmerica Nazarene in 1992, an M.S. in counseling from Avila University in 1998, and an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in 2006.
The college years are a wonderful time of growth and development for students, and the Office of Student Life is a great avenue to have a significant impact on student’s lives. It is an awesome responsibility and privilege.
Dr. Santee shares her life with her husband Bob, and their 9 year old son Parker.
Julene Jennings joined the USM staff as student life office manager in 2005. Julene is here to help you with all aspects of Student Life. Her office is open to all students and provides a caring and relaxing atmosphere.
Originally from Weston, Mo., Julene married and moved to Leavenworth. She and her husband have two children and a dog. Prior to her joining the USM staff, she served as the athletic secretary for Leavenworth High School for 15 years.
In her spare time she enjoys watching sports, especially volleyball and KU basketball. She also loves working out, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Assistant Director, Residence Life
Chris Hayes has a bachelors of science in pharmaceutical science from The Ohio State University and a master of arts in education from the University of Saint Mary.
In his free time he enjoys working out and playing tennis. This year he looks forward to the opportunity to work with students like yourself and help them develop into better, more prepared adults.
Sister Julie Marsh, PBVM
Sister Julie Marsh, who has served in the religious life for 24 years, is in charge of USM’s campus ministry, and is here to help you with your spiritual development on campus. Sr. Julie earned her bachelor’s from the University of Iowa in 1986, focusing on music therapy.
After entering her religious community, she ministered as a Music Therapist at a residential care facility in Dubuque and was the Associate Director of Special Services for Catechetical Services for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Sr. Julie earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in 1995, and received a certificate in spiritual direction and directed retreats from Creighton University in 2006.
She enjoys reading, walking, playing the piano, listening to music, and visiting with family and friends.
Deborah Shaddy, M.S., LCPC
Deb Shaddy has served as the USM campus counselor since 2008. She’s here to help you deal with the challenges of college life.
Deb earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. After several years in higher education at Creighton, she maintained a private practice in Omaha serving individuals, couples, and families. Her Favorite pastimes include walking, dancing, and reading.