Meet our Staff



Abby Fossum – 1st Floor Dayton R.A.

Year in School: Junior                       
Major:
 Athletic Training
Hometown: Canton, SD
Hobbies/Interests: I love being active in sports, reading, and spending time with friends and family. 

Why did you get involved with Res Life?
I wanted to be more involved with campus and meet more people. I also love helping people out. 

What are some fun facts about you that people may or may not know?
If given the opportunity, I could eat an entire bag of cream puffs.
Abby with Jared Stearns

 



Andrew DeVaney – 1st Floor Dayton R.A.

Name: Andrew DeVaney
Year in School: Junior
Major: Human Services
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Hobbies/ Interests: Football; I enjoy sports, outdoors and people.

Why did you get involved in Res Life?
 
I got involved because it's an awesome opportunity to get to interact with students, and I am here to help you get involved and get to know people.

What are some fun facts about you that people may or may not know?
I am a graduate from Sioux Falls Christian, I am on the DWU football team, I won Dancing with the Stars, and Wesleyan Idol last year.



Kyle Gerlach - House R.A

Year in School: Junior
Major: Business
Hometown: Mount Vernon, S.D.
Hobbies/Interests: Anything outdoors, sports, farming

Why did you get involved with Res Life?
I got involved with Res Life because of the current Res Life staff. They are a fun group of people that do great things for DWU.  Res Life is a great way to meet a lot of people, and also a position to help others.  

What are some fun facts about you that people may or may not know?
Started playing guitar over spring break of my freshman year of college, Graduated high school in a class of 21 students. I was an all-state football player back in the
     day. Had long curly hair when I was young.




Bailey Gummer – 2nd Floor Allen R.A.

Year in School: Junior
Major: Elementary and Special Education
Hometown: Brookings, S.D.
Hobbies/Interests: Softball, hanging out with friends, watching movies, camping, biking, playing the piano. 

Why did you get involved with Res Life?
I got involved as an R.A. because Derik Fossum is a legend on campus and I wanted to work with him. Also, my first year on campus was full of great experiences and I want to provide incoming students with a positive experience as well. 

What are some fun facts about you that people may or may not know?
My favorite band is Boston; I am a huge fan of classic rock. People mistake my sister and me for twins even though she is five years younger than me and has blonde hair!


Derik Fossum - Director of Residence Life

defossum@dwu.edu

Education: Dakota Wesleyan University
    M.A. Education Policy and Administration
    B.A. Business Administration, Leadership 
   and Public Service, and Religion-Philosophy

Hometown: Canton, S.D.

Hobbies/Interests: 
I love sports, music, reading, and spending time with close friends and family.

Why did you get involved with Res Life?
I was asked to fill an open Resident Assistant position at semester my sophomore year and fell in love with the job and the opportunities that it brought me to impact people’s lives in a positive way.  I have found working residence life to be a fulfilling career.  I get to work with great people all day every day!

What are some fun facts about you that people may or may not know?
I am an avid Miami Dolphins fan and can be heard singing their fight song all day long the day after a victory.  I hope to be singing a little more often this fall.


Jeff Holstein - Student Activities coordinator/Resident Director

jeholste@dwu.edu

Education:
 Dakota Wesleyan University
  M.A. Education Policy and Administration
  B.A. Criminal Justice

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Hobbies/Interests:
 
When I am not at work I enjoy watching movies and playing board games of any sorts. My favorite summer activities have to be camping and fishing with friends and family. As an undergrad, my passion was throwing for DWU’s track team; now, I am a volunteer throwing coach for the team.

Why did you get involved with Res Life?
Res. Life has an impact on the experience students have on campus and I wanted to be a part of that experience. Mentoring students, counseling, setting up events, and building strong relationships, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

What are some fun facts about you that people may or may not know?
I saved every single movie ticket since 2013. Theater has always been another passion of mine and I find acting on stage invigorating.


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