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CARs Staff 2022

Sarah Davitt, Academic Coach (515.961.1211)
"I work at Simpson to help make sure YOU find success here at school, just as the Simpson staff and faculty did for me." 

Corey Landstrom, Executive Director of the Center for Academic Resources (515.961.1899) he/him/his
"The community orientation at a place like Simpson best serves students when we all engage to foster your success; this is what drives my work. As an undergraduate, I was a peer advisor for first-year students and students who were in the academic probation process. I now have the privilege of supporting Simpson peer educators - campus leaders making a difference in your learning experience."

Karen Lynch, Director of Student Accessibility Services (515.961.1281)
Karen earned her degrees in Education and Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of Iowa. After teaching in K-12 schools for many years, Karen’s focus shifted to student support. In recent years, she has been an executive function coach and a passionate advocate for students, educators and families. Karen’s primary focus with her recent work has been supporting students with the transition from high school to college.

In her time away from work, she loves to spend time with her family and two dogs, Riley and Xena. Karen loves being outdoors especially hiking, biking, gardening and sailing. Karen also enjoys playing and listening to music.

One of Karen's favorite, meaningful quotes encompasses her approach to her work: “When we study together, we learn together, we work together, and we prosper together.” – Barack Obama

Colin Payton, Director of the Simpson Writing Center (515.961.1682)
"Read anything, write anything, speak on anything: These were my goals as a student, and my mission is to help Simpson students flourish with these communication skills, too. Building on my broad composition studies background, I train our excellent writing consultants to work with any student from any major at any stage of the composing process."

Yakira Sanders, Academic Coach, she/her Yakira has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University. Yakira served in various roles that allowed her to assist students with developing effective learning strategies to aid them in academic and personal success. She has a passion for helping students find their own path of success and supporting them along the way.

During her free time, she likes to attend music concerts, hang out with friends and family, travel, and listen to music.