Rita Case, Director of the Military-Affiliated Student Center
Rita comes to ISU from MSU Denver with deep connections in the military and veteran community. She is both an Army spouse and a veteran of the United States Navy and Navy Reserves. In the military, Rita served as a 2nd class Petty Officer, Logistics Specialist with the U.S Navy Mobile Construction Battalion-17, more commonly referred to as the Seabees. Rita holds a B.A. in Communications from the Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver and earned an M.S in Organizational Leadership from the Anderson College of Business at Regis University.
Kay MacGregor, Assistant Director of the Military-Affiliated Student Center
Kay shares a close connection to the military community, as a child of a military service member and her brother who is currently serving in the Army. Kay recently earned her M.Ed. in Student Affairs and during her graduate program, she served as a programming assistant at the Military-Affiliated Student Center where she also coordinated Vet Connect 360, a first-year orientation program. Kay invested her research on military-affiliated student success and the benefits that military-affiliated students bring to campus.
Chelsea Kies, Academic Success and Transition Graduate Assistant
Chelsea graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016 with a degree in 5-12th grade All Social Sciences education. Since graduating, Chelsea taught and was a substitute teacher for grades 6-12 for four years before making her way to Iowa State. Her connection with the military is that both her grandfathers served: in the Army and Air Force. Chelsea is currently working towards her M. Ed in Higher Education with an Emphasis in Student Affairs. Chelsea can handle all of your academic needs from tutoring funding and academic coaching to ISU academic resources and offer transfer guidance through our center
Mitch Recker, Leadership and Programming Graduate Assistant
Mitch graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2019 with a degree in Criminology then attended Iowa State University in 2022 with a degree in Communications. Since graduating, Mitch worked for the Department of Corrections for 3 years in Des Moines. Mitch has a personal connection with the military as he served in the Army National Guard and was deployed to the Middle East in Operation Spartan Shield in 2020-2021. He is currently working towards his M. Ed in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Mitch coordinates the planning and programming of the social events at the Military-Affiliated Student Center for our student population. Mitch also coordinates the MASC first-year student programs such as Vet Connect 360 and the Peer Mentor Program.