The Leadership Team for Lindenwood University consists of senior leaders from our campuses and sites.
Vice President, Academic Affairs & Provost
Marilyn Abbot has served as the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs since 2015. Her responsibilities include oversight of all academic programs and personnel, as well as maintaining state, regional, and national academic accreditations. Prior to assuming the role of Provost, Dr. Abbott served as Associate Provost and as Dean of the School of Sciences. As a Professor of Biology she taught courses for General Education students and for Biology majors. Before joining Lindenwood University, Dr. Abbott was involved in biological research in corporate and university settings.
Vice President, Human Resources
Deb Ayres has served as the Vice President of Human Resources since 2013. Her responsibilities include leadership and oversight of HR, benefits, and payroll functions for approximately 5,000 full and part time employees. Prior to leading HR functions for the university, Dr. Ayres served the Lindenwood School of Education as an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Educational Leadership Department. She worked primarily with graduate students wishing to become school superintendents and principals. Her areas of expertise include human resources management, employee development and evaluation, and leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at Lindenwood, Dr. Ayres served as an Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the Kirkwood School District for 18 years.
Dr. Suzy Jones
Dean, Students (Belleville)
Dr. Suzanne Jones is Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over eighteen of experience in Higher Education. She has additional experience in the private sector that has direct application in her work with students, staff, and faculty. Suzanne is passionate about her involvement with students and has always prioritized her department’s expanded outreach of support services. Currently, she is the Dean of Students at Lindenwood University-Belleville. Prior to working at Lindenwood University, she was employed by Southwestern Illinois College and served as a full-time faculty member of the counseling center and facilitated the institution’s Project Success Program. Dr. Jones also served as the Director of the Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit in Edgemont, Illinois. She was also a fourth grade elementary school teacher.
Dr. Jones holds degrees in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (BS), Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University-St. Charles (MA), Elementary Education Certification from McKendree University, and a Doctorate in Education and Leadership from Ferris State University. Throughout her academic pursuits she has maintained active interest in her professional development. Dr. Jones has co-authored and co-presented material in a professional journal and at a professional organization in Washington, D.C. In addition to her ambitious work agenda and her time in academic and professional development efforts, she has continued to make time for her two boys, Zach and Zander as well as her golden doodle, Zoe. In addition, it is not uncommon for students, staff, and faculty to call her by her known nickname, Dr. Sparkles.
Director, Intercollegiate Athletics (Belleville)
Ryan Kaiser became the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Lindenwood University-Belleville in September 2016. Kaiser joins Lindenwood having multiple years of experience as an athletic administrator ranging from Director of Athletics, Internal Operations, and Compliance and Student Athlete Services. Kaiser enters his 16th year as an administrator within college athletics.
Kaiser has previous experiences at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Warner Pacific College, Newberry College and Western Oregon University.
While at Northwest Oklahoma State, Kaiser led all financial initiatives and fiscal management for the athletic department along with contributing in fundraising $5.8 million dollars used to develop the Dean Linder Press box and to install a new synthetic turf playing surface at Ranger Field. During his time at NWOSU Kaiser helped lead the transition for the institution from NAIA classification to becoming a full NCAA Division II member.
From 2009-2012, Kaiser was the Director of Athletics at Warner Pacific College, overseeing a staff of coaches and administrators for 13 competitive teams.
Prior to Warner Pacific, Kaiser was the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Athlete Services at Newberry College in South Carolina from 2005 through 2009.
Kaiser was also the Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance Coordinator and Game Administrator at Western Oregon University for one year.
Kaiser earned a bachelor's of science degree in business administration from Oregon State in 2002 and a master's of education from Defiance College in 2004. He currently is ABD with his Doctorate in Education from Northcentral University.
Kaiser is married to the former Corie Iwen. The couple has twin sons Carson and Caden who are 10 years old.
Vice President, Operations
Diane Moore is the vice president for operations and has been in that role since September 2017. Prior to that, she had been assistant vice president for facilities.
Moore has more than 20 years of dedicated experience in financial and facilities management in educational and government institutions. She was assistant superintendent and COO of Webster Groves School District as well as an adjunct instructor at Southwest Baptist University and Lindenwood University. She was an account executive at SMART, Inc., a role in which she consulted with school districts and hospitals to design and implement healthcare programs, and developed fiscal studies and revenue projections for school districts to implement state and federal Medicaid programs. In addition to those roles, Moore worked in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the director of desegregation services and, later, assistant to the commissioner of education. She was also a legislative analyst in the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Moore earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983 from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Public Administration in organizational management from the University of Missouri in 1992, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership in 2012 from Lindenwood University.
Coordinator, Title IX
Kelly Moyich is the Title IX coordinator at Lindenwood University. Moyich comes to Lindenwood from the Circuit Attorney’s Office for the City of St. Louis, where she served as an assistant circuit attorney in the armed offender unit. Her work in that role included evaluating and prosecuting homicides, assaults, and robberies along with extensive jury trial work.
Prior to that, Moyich worked in the office of the 21st Judicial Circuit Clerk and as a public defender for the State of Missouri in the Clayton and City of St. Louis trial offices, where she handled all aspects of client representation, supervised 11 attorneys, and trained and directed new attorneys in all aspects of criminal procedure.
In her role as Title IX coordinator, Moyich is responsible for ensuring that the university is in compliance with Title IX regulations. The regulations prohibit discrimination on basis of sex by any educational institution that receives federal funds. This involves education of students, faculty, and staff regarding the sexual misconduct policy and ensuring proper and timely procedures are followed when an incident is reported.
Moyich earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in May 2003. In 2000, she earned a Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
John Plunkett joined Lindenwood in October 2013 as Controller, and has served as the Internal Auditor since November 2017. The Internal Auditor role reports functionally to the Board of Trustees and administratively to the President. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assessing risks (strategic and operational), ensuring compliance with relevant laws and statutes, identifying shortfalls or gaps in processes, and advising management as regarding compliance and policy issues.
John has over 15 years of internal audit and public accounting experience. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oakland City University (1995), a MBA from Lindenwood University (2015), and two certifications from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA): Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). John is currently working on earing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
Renee Porter has served as Belleville Campus Provost since 2015. Prior to this position, Renee served as a Management Professor, Department Chair and Associate Dean in the Plaster School of Business in St. Charles, Missouri. Porter also serves as a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Porter has a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MBA from SIU-Edwardsville, B.S. from the University of Mississippi, A.S. from the Community College of the Air Force and A.S from Hinds Community College. She is an Air Force veteran and prior business experiences include director of online business programs at Webster University, president and co-owner of Advanced Billing Systems, Inc., and Human Resources Development Manager with McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems. Renee began her interest in higher education serving as an adjunct instructor since 1993 across several universities in the metro Saint Louis area.
Renee has been married to her husband Dan for 31 years. They have three daughters, Jennifer, Dana and Gina and two grandchildren, Zoe and Graydon.
Vice President, Information Technology
TJ Rains has served as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since 2015. He is responsible for leading the Information Technology team in delivering relevant, well managed IT services to the faculty, staff and students of Lindenwood University. Serving on the Presidents Cabinet, Mr. Rains works collaboratively with institutional leadership to ensure proper alignment between technology strategic/operational plans and university goals and strategic goals/objectives. Prior to serving as Vice President for Information Technology at Lindenwood University, Mr. Rains served in executive leadership roles at Cardinal Stritch University and Emporia State University.
Vice President, Fiscal Affairs
Frank Sanfilippo most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Enterprise Financial Services Corp. in St. Louis from 2013 to 2016. In that role, he led the strategic planning and management oversight for technology, bank operations, facilities, and risk management over a staff of 80. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2013.
Chief of Staff
Stefani Schuette has served as the Executive Assistant to the President since July 2015. Her responsibilities include managing the daily operations of the president’s office, serving as a liaison with administration, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, internal and external constituents, coordinating advisory councils, supervising the Assistant Secretary to the Board, and providing leadership for various campus projects, i.e. the Lindenwood – Gallup partnership. Stefani is also a member of the Conference Committee and Board of Directors of the National Association of President’s Assistants (NAPAHE). Prior to working in the President’s Office, Stefani served as the Assistant Chief Business Officer, working with Business Office staff to provide a positive customer experience for all Lindenwood students. Stefani holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Missouri Valley College and her MBA from Lindenwood University and has recently been accepted to the doctoral program. Stefani also enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and their two boys.
Vice President, Inter-Collegiate Athletics
Brad Wachler is in his first year as the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Lindenwood University. He oversees Lindenwood's comprehensive intercollegiate athletics and Student Life Sports (SLS) program, which is comprised of 27 NCAA sports, 28 SLS programs, and approximately 1,750 student-athletes.
Mr. Wachler will serve as the system president’s appointed administrative liaison to the Board of Director’s Athletics Committee.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Terry Whittum has over 30 years of enrollment management experience, most recently at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, and the Boston Conservatory in Massachusetts. He has also worked as a senior consultant for a major enrollment management firm.