Meet Student Wellness Staff
Director of Student Wellness: Mark Rowe-Barth
Mark joined Iowa State’s Division of Student Affairs as the new director of student wellness on August 15, 2016. He is the first Director of Student Wellness at Iowa State University. Prior to leading ISU student wellness, Mark worked in several other student affairs and student wellness roles: residence life coordinator, violence prevention education coordinator, substance abuse and violence intervention services coordinator and associate director for student wellness.
Mark is passionate about holistic wellness and has seen first-hand how health and wellness is critically tied to student success. In his role, he coordinates existing and expanding programs targeting a wide range of wellness areas such as mental health and counseling services, financial health, and student health. He works in coordination with students, faculty, staff and community members to ensure that Iowa State is on the cutting edge of effective health and wellness education, safety initiatives, prevention, and intervention.
M.A.E., Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs, University of Northern Iowa, 2007
B.A., English and Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, 2002
Assistant Director, Student Wellness: Brian Vanderheyden
Brian joined Iowa State’s Division of Student Affairs on October 18th, 2016. Prior to working in Student Wellness at Iowa State University, Brian worked in several other student affairs and public health roles: tobacco control coordinator, prevention specialist (alcohol and sexual misconduct), and residence life.
Brian is passionate about higher learning, social justice, student development and student success. Since student wellbeing in inextricably linked to student success, he cares deeply about enhancing the wellbeing of all students so they can achieve their full potential. In his role, he oversees the overall operation of the peer-based student wellness programs. He designs and supervises student roles within Student Wellness and works to develop centrally-offered, student-focused wellness and prevention programs and activities in coordination with students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to help students achieve personal and academic success.
M.Ed., Education: Student Affairs, Iowa State University, 2013
B.S., Community Health Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 2011
CHES, Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, 2013
Violence Prevention and Green Dot Coordinator: Jazzmine Brooks
Jazzmine joined Iowa State University’s Division of Student Affairs as the Violence Prevention Coordinator on June 6th, 2016. As Violence Prevention Coordinator in Student Wellness, she is responsible for collaborating with faculty, staff and students on violence prevention efforts, and developing social and educational programming that addresses issues of sexual misconduct and other forms of power-based personal violence. Jazzmine is also the Green Dot Coordinator for Iowa State University. As the coordinator she is responsible for facilitating training and development for the bystander intervention program at Iowa State; provides support to 60+ staff and faculty facilitators; and co-supervises the Peer Wellness Educator Violence Prevention team through Student Wellness.
Brooks is a native to Chicago, Illinois, however she calls Las Vegas, Nevada home. Brooks is an advocate for social change, and believes in creating space to discuss and resolve social justice issues. She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She has been afforded opportunities to work in a variety of departments within higher education such as service programs, intercultural affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, as well as collaborate with various student organizations and initiatives.
M.P.A., Public Administration: Non-profit Certification, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013
B.S., Journalism: Public Relations and Advertising, University of Nevada, Reno, 2011
Student Wellness Dietitian: Lisa Nolting
Lisa joined Iowa State as a Registered Dietitian in 2013, after working for several years as a School Nutrition Director. She spent four years with Campus Dining Services before coming to work with the Office of Student Wellness in December 2017. In her role with Student Wellness, Lisa provides one-on-one nutrition counseling and eating disorder services, advises peer wellness educators, creates population level programs and services, and collaborates with campus departments to promote holistic health and well-being.
Lisa uses a non-diet, weight neutral approach to food, nutrition, and body image. This approach is based on Health at Every Size, which is a holistic definition of health that includes principles of weight inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, life-enhancing movement, and eating for well-being. She also utilize Ellyn Satter’s model of Eating Competence, which addresses eating attitudes, food acceptance, internal regulation, and contextual skills in addition to Intuitive Eating, which guides individuals toward a less complicated, more satisfying relationship with food. Lisa believes food is meant to be enjoyed and wants to help students rediscover the joy of eating.
Master of Family and Consumer Science (specialization in Dietetics), Iowa State University, 2014
Dietetic Internship, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 2009
B.S., Dietetics, Iowa State University, 2008
Student Wellness Administrative Secretary: Patty Prouty
Patty joined Iowa State’s Division of Student Affairs as the Student Wellness Secretary II on August 14th, 2017. Her responsibilities include communication with students and the campus community in support of the Peer Wellness Educator presentation requests; scheduling and organization for Student Wellness initiatives; departmental budget reconciliation; and other administrative tasks that keep the department operating smoothly.
Prior to her assignment at Student Wellness, Patty had been with Iowa State – Iowa Energy Center (IEC) for 23 and ½ years. She has a wealth of experience from the IEC given her service as Secretary I, II, III and Grant Coordinator. Prior to coming to Iowa State University, Patty served in the National Guard and worked for the military. In addition to her family overall, the newest light of Patty’s life is her first grandson, Emmitt!
Patty brings a tremendous amount of excitement for overall wellbeing and especially enjoys working directly with ISU students.
Green Dot Graduate Assistant: Margaret Kaus
Margaret joined Iowa State’s Division of Student Affairs as the Green Dot Graduate Assistant on August 6th, 2018. She is the first Green Dot GA at Iowa State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Prior to working in Student Wellness at Iowa State University, Margaret worked at her alma mater, Centre College, in the Residence Life Office.
Margaret is excited about returning to the Midwest after six years in Danville, Kentucky. She looks forward to bringing her experience with residence life and her passion for student advocacy and social justice into her position. She cares deeply about the holistic approach that is at the core of the Student Wellness Office. Margaret works closely with organizing bystander intervention training and overviews with students as well as peer advocacy in her role as a Graduate Assistant.