Meet the Team

As a new or current Husker, we know there is a lot to navigate. We want you to know the staff at Husker Hub is here to help.

Portrait of Kristy Saunders.

Kristy Saunders

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Associate Director of Husker Hub

Originally from Montana, Kristy moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in the Summer of 2018. Kristy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Montana and her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Kristy has worked in multiple student services positions with a background in financial aid, new student orientation programming, and retention programming for first-generation college students. Kristy joined the Husker Hub staff in Spring 2020, where she supports staff members to provide student-centered service for students and their families for questions regarding financial aid, student accounts, the registrar and bursar.

Portrait of Sarah Standley.

Sarah Standley

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Assistant Director

Sarah Standley has worked at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln since 2014 and is currently the Assistant Director of Husker Hub. She is responsible for the front-line customer service at Husker Hub. Her team is comprised of a mixture between full time staff members and student workers. Their focus is to greet and assist students, families, and the general public at the front desk, over the phone, and through email. Sarah is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and she has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Sarah enjoys long distance running, reading, cheesy dad jokes, and singing loudly in her car.

Portrait of Richelle Saalfeld.

Richelle Saalfeld

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Training Coordinator

Originally from Crete, NE, Richelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences with endorsements in English Education and English Language Learners Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2017 and her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in December 2021 from the university as well. Richelle started her student services positions in 2016 as a work-study student in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and has held a student services-centered position since she graduated. She has a background in federal financial aid, scholarships, and education abroad. Richelle joined the Husker Hub Team as a Student Services Specialist when Husker Hub opened in March 2019. As of July 2020, Richelle serves as the Training Coordinator for the Husker Hub Team by scheduling training and professional development sessions with campus partners. Richelle enjoys collecting vinyl records, musical theatre, and is a proud plant parent to a small garden of house plants.

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Brisly Carrera

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Student Services Specialist

Originally from Grand Island, NE, Brisly earned her Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. During Brisly’s undergraduate career she held leadership roles and mentored first-year scholars with Nebraska College Preparatory Academy. Brisly began as a work-study student in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid during her first year of college and has continued her career now as a Student Services Specialist at Husker Hub beginning August 2020. Being a first-generation graduate herself, Brisly relates to many students who come from different backgrounds who are going through this journey for the first time. She works toward helping all students with financial aid, scholarships, transcripts, enrollment, billing and payment questions as well as giving them the adequate resources to be successful as they transition into college and get to the finish line.

Portrait of Chloe Johnson.

Chloe Johnson

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Student Support Specialist

Originally from Sidney Nebraska, Chloe earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in computer information systems (CMIS) from Peru State College. She graduated in December of 2018 and joined Husker Hub in March 2022 as a Student Support Specialist. Chloe has a passion for helping others achieve their goals and is excited to assist students in this new role. Chloe enjoys Halloween, coffee and spending time with friends and family.

Portrait of Kendall Helling.

Kendall Helling

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Student Services Specialist

Originally from Gering, NE, Kendall was raised by devoted Husker fans. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English in December 2017 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2021. Kendall began her higher education career at the Office of Admissions here at Nebraska and transitioned to Husker Hub in August of 2021. Her passion is to help students financially and academically in college to make the best of their experience. Kendall enjoys spending time with her husband, Gage, her family, and flipping through the pages of a good book.

Portrait of Madeline Murray.

Madeline Murray

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Student Services Specialist

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Madeline has had Husker pride since she was little. She moved to Nebraska in the fall of 2015 where she earned her bachelors degree in Child Youth and Family Studies with a minor in Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Following her graduation, Madeline joined the Husker Hub team in the fall of 2020. Her degree has given her a unique experience to bring to our team, with her love for helping students accomplish their goals both academically and financially. She has a passion to connect with students and assist them in the best way possible to help them remain successful during their time at the university.

Portrait of Daniel Palensky.

Daniel Palensky

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Student Services Specialist

From the small town of Osceola, Nebraska, Daniel relocated to Omaha, Nebraska in 2014, where he worked as an Telesales Agent at Physician’s Mutual Insurance Company, before attending the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Fall 2014, where after five years he received a BFA/BA in Creative Writing/English, with a concentration in Screenwriting. After graduating in May of 2019, Daniel spent the majority of the rest of that year traveling aimlessly around the Midwest and writing the Great American Screenplay, which has since been shelved. Daniel joined the Husker Hub Staff as a Student Services Specialist in April of 2020, excited and determined to support students on their academic journeys for years and years to come.

Portrait of Sheronda Powell.

Santanna Schunk

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Student Services Specialist

Originally from Waverly, Iowa, Santanna earned her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with specialization in Crime Scene Investigation at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in December of 2020. During Santanna’s undergraduate career, she held leadership roles as a cofounder of the university’s Black Student Union, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, as well as President of the Phi Iota Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Santanna began working as a work-study student in the Office of Scholarships and Financial aid during her sophomore year of college and has since been promoted to a Student Services Specialist at Husker Hub beginning June 2021. Her degree gives her a unique approach to problem solving allowing her to assist students will their needs both academically and financially. She is passionate about connecting and helping students achieve their goals. Santanna enjoys snuggling up to her fur baby, Deuce, and collecting a variety of different houseplants.

Portrait of Noah Schwendeman.

Noah Schwendeman

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Student Support Specialist

Born and raised in small town Minnesota, moved to Nebraska Fall of 2012 for school. Noah has previously worked with University Housing, The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and now with the Husker Hub as a Student Support Specialist. Noah’s main responsibilities include processing schedule adjustments and override forms, verification of enrollment, providing support for student staff by assisting on Phones and at the Front Counter, and supply orders for the office.

Portrait of Auntaya Ware.

Auntaya Ware

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Student Support Specialist

Originally from Chicago, Auntaya lived in California for several years and then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. Auntaya has a background in community health disparities and cosmetology, specializing in health education and successful salon ownership. Through experience Auntaya has mastered the art of helping others navigate health and beauty. Auntaya joined the Husker Hub staff as a Student Support Specialist in Fall 2020, where she supports peer specialist in helping students take care of the business of being a Husker.

Portrait of Berry Haislip.

Berry Haislip

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Student Services Specialist

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Berry received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Transnational Perspectives from the Pennsylvania State University – Erie. Following her graduation, Berry joined AmeriCorps to serve with College Possible throughout the Omaha Public School system. Her experience has allowed her to continue work surrounding college access and success for all students. Berry is passionate about advocating and being a flowing resource for students. Berry also enjoys long walks through the airport to travel outside of Nebraska and hanging out with her pet doves.