Meet Our Advisors

For advising appointments, call 620-341-5421.

We are located on the first floor of Plumb Hall, room 106.


Student Advising Center Advisors

Shelly GehrkeShelly Gehrke, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Academic Success

Shelly joined the Advising Center in June 2010 as the Director.  Previously Shelly was the Director of Advising in the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, and the majority of her other experience was at the University of Texas.  She has published and frequently presented at national conferences, especially on the topic of students on academic probation.  Shelly has a PhD in Higher Education Administration and a MEd in College Student Personnel and Administration from The University of Texas (Austin).  Her BS is from Stephen F. Austin (Nacogdoches, TX) in Environmental Science with a second major in Public Relations.

Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Learner, Responsibility, Input, Achiever, Maximizer

Stacey BraunKathy Landwehr

Assistant Director

Kathy began working in the Career Services office at ESU in 1996. In 2000, she joined the Advising Center. Her BS is from Fort Hays State University in Integrated Studies. Currently, Kathy advises the Elementary Education, Sociology, Crime and Delinquency majors and the Undecided students. Kathy has presented at multiple National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conferences.

Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Restorative, Harmony, Responsibility, Empathy, Intellection

Suzanne CrawfordSuzanne Crawford

Academic Advisor

Suzanne joined the Advising Center in August 2014.  She has a Master's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University; and a BS in Athletic Training from ESU.  Suzanne advises the students majoring in Biology, Math & Economics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Athletic Training, and Physical Sciences.

Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Developer, Harmony, Belief, Restorative, Woo

Morgan Mathews

Academic Advisor

Morgan joined the Advising Center in May 2014. She has a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University; and a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. Morgan advises Business and Pre-Nursing majors.

Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Harmony, Maximizer, Significance, Discipline, Responsibility

Catherine BergmanDr. Catherine Bergman

Academic Advisor

Dr. Catherine (Kate) Bergman has been teaching flute at Emporia State University since 2002. She currently directs the ESU Flute Choir, teaches applied flute and music appreciation classes, and serves as a part-time faculty advisor in the Student Advising Center. Dr. Bergman has worked in the SAC office since 2010.

Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Achiever, Learner, Input, Responsibility, Belief

Rachael RichardsonRachael Richardson

Senior Administrative Assistant

Rachael joined the Student Advising Center in March of 2015. Originally, from Olpe Kansas, she has a BS in Sociology from Emporia State University. In addition to being a wife and Mom to three kids, she also is Co-owner of The Cupcake Moms, a home-based cupcake business. "Awesome-Sauce"

Top 5 Gallup Strengths: Communication, Harmony, Positivity, Includer, Developer



Advisors by Major


School of Business

Accounting and Computer Information Systems, Business Administration and Education, Computer Science


The Teachers College


Rehabilitation, Counselor Education and Art Therapy

Elementary Education

Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Athletics


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Biological Sciences - Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine

Communication & Theatre

English. Modern Languages and Journalism

Math & Computer Science



Physical Sciences - Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Engineering

Social Sciences -- Pre-Law, Public Affairs, History, Political Science

Sociology, Anthropology, & Crime and Delinquency Studie