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Admissions Team

Madison Steinke, Director of Admissions
641-673-1054, Email

Director of Admissions Madison Steinke chose William Penn University for her education because of the small class sizes, the affordability, and the fact that everyone makes students feel like they’re at home here.  One of her favorite aspects about the university is that William Penn welcomes students from all minorities, races, genders, sexual orientations, and faculty and staff believe no matter where someone is from or what they’ve been through, there is already value within the individual before they arrive.

Kerra Strong, Vice President for Retention and Evening Enrollment
641-673-1014, Email

Kerra Strong, Vice President for Retention and Evening Enrollment, helps recruit students for William Penn’s RN-BSN program and Online and Evening 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.

Macy Brown, Admissions Counselor
641-673-1277, Email

Macy joined the Admissions team in 2019 after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from WPU in 2018. She enjoys helping students and guiding them through the admissions process. She loves being a part of the special community that is William Penn. She appreciates how the faculty and staff are so focused on students success and achievement and how such a small campus can be so diverse.

Amber Ovel, Admissions Counselor
641-673-1067, Email

Amber joined the Admissions team in 2019 after graduating with her BA in Psychology. She enjoys being able to help guide students through their admissions process here at William Penn. One of her favorite parts about William Penn is how friendly everyone is and how much the staff connects on a personal level with students, which helps them succeed to achieve their goals. William Penn has something for everyone and that is what makes this University so special. “It has truly turned into my home away from home.” -Amber Ovel

Kiara Davis, Admissions Counselor
641-673-1012, Email

Kiara joined the Admissions team in 2020 after graduating from William Penn with her BA in Psychology. She enjoys being able to help create a welcoming environment for prospective students and their families. One of her favorite parts about William Penn is during the season change, when the leaves change colors on the trees and bushes during the fall.

Caleb Barnes, Admissions Counselor

Mycah Hansen, Admissions Counselor
641-673-2165, Email

Stephanie VanMersbergen, Administrative Assistant – Admissions

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 and Evening, Distance Learning, and 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.


NameOffice PhoneEmailTitleOffice
Caleb Barnes emailAdmissions Counselor
Macy Brown641-673-1277emailAdmissions CounselorPAC 203
Kiara Davis641-673-1012emailAdmissions Administrative AssistantPAC 203
Mycah Hansen641-673-2165emailAdmissions Counselor
Amber Ovel641-673-1067emailAdmissions CounselorPAC 203
Madison Steinke641-673-1054emailDirector of AdmissionsPAC 203
Kerra Strong641-673-1014emailVice President for Retention and Evening EnrollmentPAC 203
Stephanie VanMersbergen641-673-1012 Administrative Assistant