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Nicole Gibbs

Assistant Director of Admissions


Nicole has been with Upper Iowa University for five years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Fayette Admissions. Originally from Elgin, Iowa, she graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Public Relations and Journalism. During her time with the admissions team, she has worked with first year students from Iowa, as well as transfer students from various community colleges. Nicole lives outside of Elgin, IA with her husband and dog, and in her free time she enjoys reading, playing card games, spending time outside and being with her family and friends.

Territory:  NICC, Hawkeye, Kirkwood, Minnesota Community Colleges

Cell Phone: 563-379-6035

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Anna Berns

Admissions Counselor


Anna, a native of Northeast Iowa, enjoys reading, running, and traveling in her free time. She finished her undergraduate degree in 2019 and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. One of her life goals is to be trilingual.

Territory: Minnesota, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania

Cell Phone: 563-387-7598

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McKenzie Baumann

Admissions Counselor


McKenzie works as an Admission Counselor in the western Iowa region. She was born and raised in western Iowa, so she really enjoys going to all of the small schools in the area to talk about Upper Iowa University. She currently lives in Jesup, with her fiance and mini Aussie named Zoey. She would love to talk to you more about what Upper Iowa can offer you!


Territory: Western Iowa, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska, Hawaii

Cell phone: 712-292-9457

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Nick Roemer


Nick graduated from Augustana College in 2019. He likes to spend his free time going to concerts and fishing. His favorite sport teams are the Las Vegas Raiders and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Nick works with incoming students from Illinois and the South Central states.


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Deb Burns

Campus Visit Coordinator


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Ziyuan Li

International Admission Counselor


Ziyuan Li came to UIU as an international student in 2012 and has completed three degrees at UIU.  He likes learning about different cultures and taking road trips. Upper Iowa University is home to students from countries around the world. Come join our extended global family.