Meet the Staff

Joanna Baumann

JOANNA BAUMANN

Senior Academic Advisor
baumanjo@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2007.

Education:
B.A. Liberal Arts, Lewis University
M.A. Human Services-Exercise Science, Concordia University-River Forest

Credentials:
Certified Appreciative Advisor

What is your favorite vacation spot or place to travel?
Las Vegas and Ocean City, Maryland.

What is your favorite quote?
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”
-Brené Brown, Daring Greatly.

What do you admire most about Lewis University?
I admire my colleagues who are driven to provide and create the best student experience possible!  I admire our students who are driven to accomplish their goal of earning a degree!



Patty Perez

PATTY PEREZ

Academic Advisor
perezpa@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2007.

Education:
B.S, DeVry University
M.B.A, ITT Technical Institute

What is your favorite hobby?
One of my favorite hobbies is salsa dancing. It’s so much fun and I consider it good exercise. I knew the basics and thought it’d be easy but learning the double turns has been a challenge. I’ve signed up for classes and enjoy going out to practice when I can.

What is your favorite vacation spot or place to travel?
A few years ago, I visited Dublin, Ireland. The history, music and food are why I’d go back. It is on my bucket list to travel there again and visit the cliffs of Moher.

What is your favorite quote?
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist




Carli Reinholtz

CARLI REINHOLTZ

Academic Advisor
reinhoca@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2010.

Education:
B.A. English (Theatre minor), Lewis University
M.A. Organizational Leadership, Lewis University

What is your favorite hobby?
I have a lot of hobbies! But, I would have to say that my top two are: performing on or behind the scenes in community theatre productions and just being outdoors- kayaking, hiking, camping, etc.

What is the next goal on your bucket list?
To visit every Disney Theme Park in the world!

What is your favorite quote?
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
-Walt Disney



Abbie Saltzman

ABBIE SALTZMAN

Continuing Education Coordinator
asaltzman@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2019.

Education:
B.A. Organizational Leadership, Lewis University
Associate in Applied Science, Administrative Professional

Credentials:
Certificate of Achievement, Administrative Professional
Certificate of Achievement, Medical Administrative Assistant

What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite pastime is reading. I enjoy a good mystery novel.

What do you admire most about Lewis University?
I admire how everyone in the Lewis community is very supportive of one another and how they strive to uphold the values of Lewis University’s Mission Statement.

What is something you want to accomplish on your bucket list?
I would like to take a vacation to Greece and Italy someday.




Jonathan Dackow

JONATHAN DACKOW

Academic Advisor
jdackow@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2022.

Education:
B.A. Psychology, Manhattan College
M.A. Organizational Leadership, Lewis University

What is your favorite hobby?
I love games of all kinds. And regularly play board games, video games RPGs and LARP.

What is your favorite quote?
“The darkest hour is just before the dawn” by Thomas Fuller. It reminds me that even in the tough times better times are just around the corner.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle said that God led him "in an imperceptible way and over a long period of time so that one commitment led to another in a way that I did not foresee in the beginning."

What do you admire most about Lewis University?
I love this School. The way the Staff and Faculty truly care for students and each other.



Amber Schlereth

AMBER SCHLERETH

Academic Advisor
aschlereth@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2022.

Education:
B.S. Physical Education with emphasis in Exercise Science, University of South Florida 
M.S. Exercise Science concentration health and wellness, University of South Florida  

What is your favorite hobby?  
I enjoy doing puzzles, 1000-piece puzzles to be exact. I love doing nature scenes and then frame the final product to use as artwork in my home. The largest puzzle I have completed was 2000-pieces and the most difficult one I did was only 500-pieces.  

What is your favorite vacation spot or place to travel? 
My husband and I took a trip to Vancouver, BC in 2015 and immediately went back in 2016! The ability to roam the city and seamlessly walk into Stanley Park is amazing. I recommend to all at least one visit to Vancouver, BC in their lifetime.  

What is your favorite quote? 
“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game”. Babe Ruth 




Joshua Ryan

JOSHUA RYAN

Academic Advisor
jryan11@lewisu.edu

A part of the Lewis community since 2023.

Education:
B.A., Western Illinois University
M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, American Intercontinental University
MAT, National Louis University

Credentials:
Certified Professional Resume Writer

What is your favorite hobby?
Movies & Music!  Movie trivia and listening to all genres of music and getting lost in the different worlds of these two great arts.

What is your favorite vacation spot or place to travel?
Anywhere in Florida where I can smell the ocean!

What do you admire most about Lewis University?
The thing I admire most about Lewis University is the big-look presence of a major university but the feel of a small, tight-knit community.



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