Life Coaching

 

We know the college experience can seem daunting at the start—but we’re here to help you every step of the way! Each student works closely with a life coach who serves as a resource, a guide, a knowledgeable academic adviser and a mentor … and that’s just the beginning. Your life coach is approachable and accessible; he or she serves as a confidante when questions develop, as a source of support when concerns arise and is eager to celebrate your successes. Your life coach guides you through academic and career planning decisions, and helps ease your personal transition into the Maryville community.

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Meet Our Team


 

Emma Bible

University Library 114
314.529.6305

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Emma Bible

Life Coach

Emma graduated from Maryville University in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology and Organizational Leadership. As a student, she served as a student worker and orientation coordinator. Before returning back to Maryville as a part of the Life Coach team, Emma most recently worked on the Operations team at a charter school in South City St. Louis.

“As a student at Maryville, I experienced how life-changing it can be to have someone who is completely invested in your academic and personal success. I hope to give back to Maryville by giving students a space to explore the many opportunities present in their future while allowing them to learn about themselves and get to know the world around them. By exploring their strengths, passions, and interests, I look forward to helping students build the future they want while knowing I am here to answer their questions and cheer them on along the way!”


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University Library 104C
314.529.6304

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Peyton Bond

Life Coach

Peyton graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Inquiry from Maryville University. Prior to becoming a Life Coach in Spring 2022, she was a High School Biology Teacher and served as a department chair, a mentor for new teachers, and supervising student teachers. Peyton also currently coaches high school cheer and is an NCA Instructor.

I am excited to return to Maryville as a Life Coach! I am passionate about working with students through life transitions and encouraging learning as a life-long process. As a Life Coach, I want to help you accomplish your goals, build on your strengths, and learn more about what drives and motivates you. I look forward to helping students create the future they desire and cheer them along every step of the way.


Kirby Cooper

University Library 112
314.529.6868

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Kirby Cooper

Life Coach

Before becoming a Life Coach in 2021, Kirby graduated with a B.A. in History and minor in Art History from Maryville University. She previously worked as a student worker and orientation coordinator in the Division of Student Success.

I am so excited to continue my journey at Maryville as a Life Coach! The Maryville community allows students to thrive and reach their highest potential. As a Life Coach, I want to make sure students know that I am in their corner. I want to help you reach your goals, pursue your passions, and push you to be your best self academically, professionally, and personally.


Kristen Ely

University Library 109B
314.529.6886

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Kristen Ely

Life Coach, Coordinator of Life Coaching

Prior to becoming a life coach at Maryville, Kristen served as Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) for NCAA Compliance and Student Services at the University. Prior to Maryville, she was the Assistant Director of Athletics/SWA and Head Volleyball Coach at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and completed her master’s degree in education while serving as a graduate assistant for the women’s volleyball program at Elmira College.

As a Life Coach, I know each student will arrive with their own story. I look forward to learning more about their experiences and guiding them through the next chapter in their lives. At Maryville, students will have an opportunity for a transformational experience that will prepare them for achieving their future goals and aspirations. I hope to serve our students as a resource, sounding board and at times a safety net as they pursue their passions and embark on their own personal journey to academic, professional and personal success.


Sam Gavic

University Library 112
314.529.6307

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Sam Gavic

Life Coach, Coordinator of Academic Success

Sam joined the Maryville University family in the summer of 2018. Sam moved to St. Louis from Dallas, Texas, where he worked at Southern Methodist University in Housing and Residence Life and as a coach at CrossFit KT. Sam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and his Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Policy Study at Virginia Tech.

Curiosity is what motivates me. Learning a student’s journey, asking questions and exploring your talents, passion, and interests excites me most about being a Life Coach at Maryville University.


Leshay Mathis

University Library 116
314.529.9227

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Leshay Mathis

Life Coach

Leshay joined the Life Coach team in the summer of 2018. She graduated with honors from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 with her Bachelor’s of Art in Dance and Bachelor’s of Science in Corporate Communication. After graduation, Leshay lived in Chicago working as an Admissions Counselor for her alma mater.

People say college is the best four years of your life…and as your Life Coach I want to make sure you feel the same way when you walk across the stage at graduation. I want to celebrate your successes, push you to find your passions, and support you through the stressful times. My job is to help you become your best self, and I can’t wait to meet you!


Seth Mattson

University Library 113
314.529.6311

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Seth Matteson

Life Coach

Prior to joining the Life Coach team at Maryville in 2018, Seth served for three years as an Academic Advisor for his alma mater, Indiana State University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Human Resource Development in Higher Education and Industry.

As a life coach, my plan is to learn your story. I want to dive in and explore what your goals are for yourself—not just academically, but personally and professionally. Then, it is my personal goal to serve as a resource and as a motivating force in helping you successfully reach those goals—whatever they may be.


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University Library 113
314.529.6306

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Arren Romeril

Life Coach

Arren graduated from Maryville University in 2020 earning his Bachelors in Business Administration with honors. While at Maryville, Arren was the captain of the Men’s Division I hockey team, president of International Student Association and served as a student worker in International Admissions. Prior to starting as a life coach in 2022, Arren Served as the Head Coach for Maryville’s Division II Men’s Hockey Team.

As a recent graduate from Maryville University, I was beyond grateful to have amazing life coaches who were there to help guide my path as not just a student, but to help in the development of my professional career. I am excited to continue my journey with Maryville University as a life coach, and help students achieve their educational, personal, and professional goals. I want all students to know that whatever they need, big or small, I will be there to help them in any way possible.


Charles Smith

University Library 115
314.529.9306

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Charles Smith

Life Coach

Prior to becoming a Life Coach, Charles served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Involvement. A recent graduate of Maryville University, Charles earned a Bachelor’s in Sports Business and Management from the Rawlings Sports Business and Management Program.

While working as a graduate assistant, my eyes opened to the world of possibilities within higher education. It was an area I saw myself enjoying and succeeding. Working with students had a major impact on me, which led me to want to work with students on a deeper level. As a Life Coach, I want each student to know I’m on their side, and I’m ready to be there every step of the way, from their first day of orientation to the day they walk across the stage at graduation.


Kevin Williams

University Library 104C
314.529.9741

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Kevin Williams

Life Coach

Prior to becoming a Life Coach in 2019, Kevin worked extensively with high school students leading youth development programs, summer camps, adventure challenge experiences, and service trips. Kevin most recently worked as a Youth Director for the Episcopal Church. Kevin also worked as a counselor for the Upward Bound program at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Geography.

Committing to a college degree is a big decision, and can be a transformative experience for students. Every student’s journey is different. I am passionate about meeting students wherever they are along the way, and helping each person discover their gifts, talents, and unique path through their time at Maryville and beyond.


Alicia Wojciuch

University Library 109B
314.529.6302

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Alicia Wojciuch

Life Coach, Coordinator of Life Coaching

Alicia joined the Life Coach team in the summer of 2017. Prior to joining Maryville University, Alicia served as Assistant Director of Academic Support at St. Louis College of Pharmacy coordinating their Disability Support Program and helping implement their StrengthsFinder Initiative along with providing personal and academic support to students. Alicia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Mass Communications from College of the Ozarks and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

I love working with students as they transition to college and into becoming an adult. I am honored to learn students’ stories, to walk alongside them, and to encourage them to become their authentic selves.