Health & Counseling Staff

Diane Burt
Administrative Support Assistant at SHACS

Diane F. Burt grew up on a farm in Rockwell City, Iowa, a small town in Northwest Iowa. She attended Des Moines Area Community College and earned her AA in Liberal Arts. She previously... See full profile

Tami Ferch
Staff Nurse

Tami Ferch is from Newton, Iowa, just 30 minutes away from Grinnell. She earned her associate degree in Nursing from Iowa Valley Community College and is currently a registered nurse.... See full profile

Becky Heeren
Staff Counselor

Becky Heeran grew up in Red Oak, Iowa but she currently resides in Toledo, Iowa. Becky earned her BS in Psychology and Family Services from Iowa State University. She went on to earn her... See full profile

Elizabeth Hoel
Staff Nurse

Libbi Hoel grew up in Eagan, Minnesota – just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in Nutrition and her Bachelor of... See full profile

Sarah Newell-Grife
Staff Nurse

Sarah Newell grew up in Newton, Iowa – just 20 miles from Grinnell! Sarah attended Mercy College of Health Science in Des Moines, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In her... See full profile

Sarah Schuler

Sarah Schuler grew up on a farm just outside LeGrand, Iowa. She has also lived in Ames, Iowa and North Springfield, Vermont. But, Sarah has been living in Grinnell for several years now... See full profile

Director of SHACS Operations

Deb joined Grinnell College in 2008 as a staff registered nurse and currently is our director of SHACS (Student Health and Counseling Services) operations. She provides oversight to both... See full profile

Alexis Steele
Program Coordinator for SHACS

Alexis Steele grew up in Grinnell, Iowa. While she loves Grinnell, Alexis decided she needed to leave the nest for college. She attended Furman University in South Carolina for two years... See full profile

Paul Valencic
Staff Counselor

Paul Valencic grew up in Marion, Iowa, a city located just north of Cedar Rapids. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Iowa. He then earned his MA and... See full profile

Thomas Zigo
Staff Counselor


Thomas Zigo grew up in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts  in psychology and a master’s in social work from... See full profile