Who Can I Contact for Help?

At Viterbo, we recognize that it takes a village to help your student become the best they can be. The following individuals are here to serve as resources and sources of referral for you and your student. Do not hesitate to contact one of us if you have questions or concerns throughout your student’s time at Viterbo. We are here to partner with you on your student’s success.


Emilio Alvarez, director, campus ministry
608-796-3805, ebalvarez@viterbo.edu

Emilio Alvarez holds responsibility for coordination and promotion of worship, formation, and service opportunities to Viterbo University students and employees. He assists and coordinates Sunday and weekday Masses, all San Damiano community events and special liturgical celebrations of the university, student retreats, student food pantry, and weekly activities including worship, social, bible studies, and hospitality programs for students.

Amber Weber, RN, coordinator, health services
608-796-3806, arweber@viterbo.edu

Health services provides numerous resources and services for students, including treatment of minor illness and injuries, referrals to local health care providers as needed, immunizations, lab tests, and medication dispensation. Services are provided by our full-time, 10-month registered nurse on Murphy Center 3rd Floor.

Ryan Russell,  director, Academic Resource Center, TRIO
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides support services as students move forward in their academic courses. 93% of students used ARC services last year. Tutoring is provided in any course requested. Workshops, testing accommodations and placement testing are ARC services. Accommodations for students with a diagnosis are coordinated through the ARC. The TRIO/SSS program provides outreach and support for first generation students. The ARC staff are academic advisors for the SSS scholars and help them choose courses, look at majors and partner with them in their academic success.

Kirsten Gabriel, vice president for student life and dean of students
608-796-3840, kkgabriel@viterbo.edu

Kirsten Gabriel holds responsibility for oversight of the Division of Student Lifeparent and family communication and student conduct.  Kirsten also collaborates with other campus leaders regarding the University's strategic plan, emergency response planning and crisis communication, and the University CARE (Campus Assessment, Referral, and Education) team.

Kevin Ganther, director, student billing
608-796-3850, kaganther@viterbo.edu

The business office is responsible for managing students' accounts, administering personnel and payroll services, purchasing goods and services, and managing the university financial operations. The office also assists students with billing services, payment receipts, enrollment confirmation, refund check processing, and IRS 1098-T reporting.

Aly Graef, director, campus safety and security

Campus safety is here to provide a safe campus environment by protecting lives and property, helping prevent crime and disorder, leading our emergency preparedness and response, and offering training on many safety-related issues and concerns. A trained Viterbo University campus safety staff member is on duty 24/7 to patrol campus and respond to calls and emergencies.

Justin McKnight

Justin McKnight, director, counseling services
608-796-3808, jsmcknight@viterbo.edu

Viterbo University’s counseling services strives to provide effective and supportive counseling services that are accessible to all students enrolled in courses at Viterbo. We believe in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment to promote intellectual and emotional growth, and foster personal and social learning and development. Services are free to all Viterbo University students. Walk-in hours are available daily for crises.

Matt Jurvelin, Assistant Dean of Student Community

Matt Jurvelin, assistant dean, student community
608-796-3843, mjjurvelin@viterbo.edu

The Student Community umbrella includes Residence Life, Student & Community Engagement, and Dining Services.  Matt and his staff understand how important it is for parents and families to be reassured that their student is leaving home for an environment that has their student's best interest at heart.  For more information about each of these areas, visit our residence lifedining services, student engagement, and community engagement web pages. 

Alyssa Gostonczik, director, advising and career development, and accessibility services

Viterbo University is committed to helping students be successful academically and socially. From registration to internships to graduation, Advising and Career Development is here to support students throughout their time at Viterbo by advising first-year and second-year students, providing registration and major/minor selection assistance, academic and career support , assisting and supporting internships, advising resume development, and much more.

Marci Iverson, assistant dean, Title IX coordinator, student wellbeing

Viterbo University is committed to helping students grow holistically through counseling support, health services, recreational opportunities, wellness coaching and education, and much more.  Information about each of these areas can be found on the Counseling Services, Health Services, Recreation, and Student Wellbeing web pages.

Elizabeth Digby-Britten, health promotion and violence prevention coordinator, student life division
605-796-3807, ejdigbybritten@viterbo.edu

The health promotion and violence prevention coordinator is available to support students, and the campus community, with connections to campus and community violence prevention and advocacy resources such as, but not limited to, New Horizons. The coordinator is also able to provide information, resources, and training related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.