Meet the Crouse Center Staff

The Crouse Center for Academic Advising primarily serves undergraduate students on the Aurora campus. Advisors work with students to help them make the transition to college life and prepare for successful futures.

If you are a current Aurora campus student looking to make an appointment, please call 630-844-6870 or request an appointment via Handshake. Email inquiries can be directed to or your assigned advisor.

If you are an AU Online student, please reach out to or 888-688-1147 to be connected with an AU Online advisor.

Brynn Landwehr
Brynn Landwehr Speh

Dean of Student Success Phone: 630-844-7861
Email: bspeh@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Business Administration, Aurora University
MA, Lewis University

Kendra Trudo
Kendra Trudo

Director of Academic Advising Phone: 630-844-5413
Email: ktrudo@aurora.eduEducation:
BS, Fitness and Health Promotion, Aurora University
MSE, University of Dayton


Meaghan Beadle
Meaghan Beadle

Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-6857
Email: mbeadle@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, American Studies, History, Northwestern University
MPhil, Modern European History, Cambridge University
MA, American History, University of Virginia

Kate Donohue
Kate Donohue

Lead Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-6539
Email: cdonohue@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Psychology, NIU
MA, Psychology Human Development, National Louis University

Tea Gibson
Téa Gibson

Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-7879
Email: tgibson@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, General Studies, Western Illinois University
MS, College Student Affairs, Eastern Illinois University


Katie Hardin
Katie Hardin

Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-5241
Email: khardin@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Public Policy, Environmental Studies, College of William & Mary
MS, Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Annie Hodal
Annie Hodal

Lead Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-5472
Email: ahodal@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Communication Studies, Northern Illinois University
MA, Communication, Rhetoric and Public Communication, Northern Illinois University

Michelle Hoehn
Michelle Hoehn

Lead Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-5220
Email: mhoehn@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, German Education, Bradley University
MA, Organizational Leadership, Lewis University


Luke Kerber
Luke Kerber

Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Student Success Initiatives Phone: 630-844-5619
Email: lkerber@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, History, North Central College
MBA, Aurora University


Kerby Mickelson
Kerby Mickelson

Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Administrative Services Phone: 630-844-5139
Email: kmickelson@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Elementary Education, Aurora University
MLD, Higher Education Leadership, North Central College

Will Schuneman
Will Schuneman

Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-5143
Email: wschuneman@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies of Business and Philosophy, Dominican University
MBA, Aurora University

Alissa Struck
Alissa Struck

Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Operations and Training Phone: 630-844-5146
Email: astruck@aurora.eduEducation:
BA, Human Resource Management, Lewis University
BS, Business Administration, Lewis University
MBA, Lewis University

Chiara Tornabene
Chiara Tornabene

Academic Advisor Phone: 630-844-5240
Email: ctornabene@aurora.eduEducation:
BS, Geology, Classical Civilizations, University of Mary Washington
MS, Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin