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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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Sierra Rinken

Dual Enrollment Admissions Counselor


Sierra is a 2016 graduate of Upper Iowa and has been working in UIU’s Admissions Office for the past two and a half years. She lives in Sumner, IA with her dog Lola and fiance, Jordan, who is also a UIU grad and a current assistant UIU wrestling coach. As a proud Upper Iowa graduate, Sierra’s goal is to get prospective students just as excited about becoming a Peacock as she was.

Cell Phone: 319-334-8667

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Sydney Volker

Admissions Counselor


Sydney joined the Upper Iowa University team in the Fall of 2019. She graduated from The University of Northern Iowa with her B.A. in Communication. She currently works with incoming freshman and transfer students in navigating the admissions process from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Territory: Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee

Cell Phone: 319-240-1738

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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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Carol Pfister

Coordinator of International Recruitment


Carol has been with Upper Iowa University for nine years. Her career at UIU began in the Registrar’s Office in which she worked four years before moving into the area of International Education. Carol has had the pleasure of traveling around the world to recruit international students.  Carol enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and cooking, with baking homemade bread being her newest favorite food to make.

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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.