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Admissions Team

Kerra Strong, Vice President for Enrollment Management
641-673-1014, Email

Kerra Strong, Vice President for Retention and Evening Enrollment, helps recruit students for William Penn’s RN-BSN and Graduate Program. Since her start here in 2005, she has enjoyed getting to know WPU student workers, Student Ambassadors, RAs, and CECs. No matter where a student is at in their life, Kerra and her team in Admissions are willing to help them find their way.

Madison Lantz, Director of Admissions, International Students
641-673-1342, Email

Madison Lantz came to William Penn University in 2017 from Corona, California. She knew as soon as she stepped on campus this would be her home away from home. She joined the Admissions Team in 2022 to help promote and share the William Penn experience to potential Statesmen. Madison enjoys connecting with students from all over the world and hopes they all enjoy the charm of small-town Oskaloosa, IA!

Jesse Birlson, Admissions Counselor
641-673-1277, Email

Jesse joined the admissions team in 2022, a year after completing his BA in Sports Management. Prior to transferring to William Penn University, Jesse attended Indian Hills Community College. Jesse grew up in Iowa and loves to share his story and show prospective students how William Penn University can help them. He really enjoys the close knit family feel of WPU, even with people from all around the world!

Maddy Blake, Admissions Counselor
641-673-2135, Email

Maddy joined the admissions team in the summer of 2023 after earning her BA in Business Management. Growing up in a large town in Arizona, she appreciated the small town feel and family atmosphere William Penn University has to offer. After spending the last four years at WPU, Maddy wants to help future Statemen have the same memorable and personable experiences.

Will Utter, Admissions Counselor for Online and Evening, Distance Learning, and Nursing
641-673-1305, Email

Will is a 2003 WPU Alum, now working as an Admissions Counselor for the Online, Distance Learning, and RN-BSN Nursing programs. The small college atmosphere and the helpful nature of employees and staff to students has made his experience an enjoyable one. Getting to know students from all walks of life and different backgrounds has made Will appreciate his own journey with Penn even more. He feels very fortunate to be able to meet so many people from all over the world, right in the middle of Iowa.

Stephanie VanMersbergen, Administrative Assistant – Admissions
641-673-1012, Email

Amanda DeVore, Communications Coordinator
641-673-2165, Email

Seth Crook, Admissions Coordinator
641-673-1054, Email


NameOffice PhoneEmailTitleOffice
Jesse Birlson641-673-1277emailAdmissions Counselor
Seth Crook641-673-1054emailAdmissions Counselor
Amanda Devore641-673-1114emailCRI Facilities ManagerMTC 112
Madison Lantz641-673-1342emailDirector of Admissions, International Students
Kerra Strong641-673-1014emailVice President of Enrollment ManagementPAC 203
William Utter641-673-1305emailAdmissions Counselor, Online & Evening, Distance Learning, NursingPAC 203
Stephanie VanMersbergen641-673-1012emailAdministrative Assistant