Meet the Student Success Team

Kaela McWherter

Student Success Coordinator

Phone: 913-758-6119
Office: Saint Mary 414


Kaela McWherter joined USM in August of 2012 and serves as a student success coordinator. Her responsibility is to help students achieve success in academics.

She holds two degrees from Kansas State University. In 2010 she earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, and continued on for her M.S. in Academic Advising, earned in 2012.

She has always enjoyed being strongly rooted in student support services and is excited to be a part of the Spire community. She is here to help with academic struggles, improving time management, and other skill development, and to be a positive resource for your success as a Saint Mary Spire — and beyond.

Nick Cale

Student Success Coordinator

Phone: 913-758-6131
Office: Saint Mary 414


Nick Cale started his career at USM in 2012 as an Academic Resource Center (ARC) Mentor, and now serves as a Student Success Coordinator.

He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as an Honors Scholar and Magna Cum Laude in 2011. Nick went on to work for the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, which examines adolescent transitions from high school to college, as a Research Assistant. Additionally, Nick has guest lectured for several classes, assisted in the Summer Treatment Program for children with ADHD as a Developmental Medical Professional for Children’s Mercy Hospital, and most recently worked as a Cognitive Therapist for individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Nick has always been committed to student success, serving on the Honors Student Advisory Committee and as Co-President for the UMKC Honors Program. He completed his own research study investigating test anxiety in undergraduate college students — which won multiple awards at professional conferences — and has published his findings.

Here at USM, Nick plans to continue devoting his time to students, whether it be through assessment and data analysis, one-on-one meetings with students, or interdepartmental collaboration. Whatever the case may be, Nick is always available for help.

Kelly Stark

Career Support Services Coordinator

Phone: 913-758-6145
Office: Saint Mary 407


Kelly Stark started her career at USM in July of 2015 and serves as the Career Support Services Coordinator. She works with USM students and alumni to develop and enhance career skills to include: resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and internship and job search strategies. She also collaborates with employers to promote internship and job opportunities for USM students and alumni. Kelly also serves as the Service Learning Coordinator for the First Year Experience.

She received a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville in May of 2015. She previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May of 2007.

Kelly is a motivated and passionate student affairs professional dedicated to the holistic development of collegiate students. She has a strong desire to make a positive impact on the lives of USM students by helping them realize their potential and preparing them for a successful transition into our larger society. Kelly is excited to be a part of the Spire community.

Jacquelyn Anderson

Graduate Assistant

Phone: 913-758-6145
Office: Saint Mary 414


Jacquelyn Anderson entered the USM Graduate Counseling Psychology program in Fall 2015 and promptly became a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Success.

She attended the University of Kansas, where she received a B.G.S in Psychology in 2015. She has experience in both immunology and psychology research. She has previously worked under Brenda Salley at KU, where she directed the Early Social Communication Scales behavioral coding. The project was designed to create a new diagnostic method to identify Autism Spectrum Disorders at an earlier age (specifically at 6 months old). She has also created and ran her own study using physiological methods to measure the variance between men and women in risk levels while aware and unaware of a risk situation. She is currently working at UMKC to design a study that uses physiological measures to determine flow while taking standardized tests.

Jacquelyn has a lot of experience as a student and is great with time management and organization. She’s always willing to help students with any questions or concerns they have.

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University of Saint Mary
4100 South 4th St
Leavenworth, KS 66048

USM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA), and is an AQIP Participant.