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Graduate Resident Advisers (Residence Halls)

GRA in FischerKatie Simpson

Fischer Hall

Wheaton College
B.A., Spanish and Sociology
Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, in progress

Katie is excited to join Fischer Hall as a first year GRA while pursuing her master's degree in Higher Education and Student Development at Wheaton. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado (Go CSU Rams!) Katie returns to Wheaton after graduating in 2017 with her bachelor's degree in Spanish and Sociology. She has spent the past few years in Raleigh and DC, working both at nonprofits and teaching middle school. She looks forward to getting to know the residents of Fischer and seeing God work in their lives. In her free time, Katie enjoys cooking, game nights, being outdoors, a conversation over a cup of coffee, and playing and watching sports (especially the Denver Broncos!).

katie.simpson.01@wheaton.edu
Fischer Hall info

 

Abram EricksonAbram Erickson

Fischer Hall

Wheaton College
B.A., Communication
Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, in progress

Abram is returning for his second year as GRA in Fischer Hall after graduating from Wheaton in May 2021 with a major in Communication and a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies. His experiences in student leadership roles as a Deke and on the Orientation Committee have driven him to pursue a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development. After living in Fischer for two years as an undergrad, Abram is excited to be back to serve, learn from, and grow with the incredible residents of Fischer! He loves spending time with friends, playing sports, reading, and watching movies.

abram.erickson.01@wheaton.edu
Fischer Hall info

Esther PruittEsther Pruitt

Smith-Traber Hall

Covenant College
B.A., Psychology
Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, in progress

Esther is returning for her second year as a GRA in Smith-Traber Hall while she pursues her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development. She grew up in Asheville, North Carolina and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Covenant College. Esther is passionate about having honest conversations on mental health and encouraging others in their inherent worth as imago Dei. This past year, Esther has been learning more about how to pray boldly and with persistence in faith. Things that make life awesome: Panera mac n cheese, time outside, and road trip playlists!

esther.pruitt.01@wheaton.edu
Smith-Traber Hall info

 

GRA Andrew S. Backer

Smith-Traber Hall

Wheaton College
B.S., Physics with a minor in Mathematics
Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, in progress

Andrew is in his first year as a GRA in Smith-Traber Hall as he is pursuing his master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development. He grew up in Santa Clarita, CA and has come to embrace the Chicago winters since earning his B.A. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics at Wheaton College. His experiences in working in ResLife and at HoneyRock camp during his undergraduate degree have led him to pursue a master’s in Higher Education and Student Development. While not in class or working, Andrew loves to get together with friends, bake, rock climb, road bike, and read and write poetry. Having lived in Smith-Traber for three years during his undergraduate, Andrew is excited to return and walk alongside, learn from, and serve the incredible residents of Smaber

andrew.backer.01@wheaton.edu
Smith-Traber Hall info 

GRACarter Macfarlane

McManis-Evans Hall

Moody Bible Institute
B.A., Human Services and Pre-Counseling.
Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, in progress

Carter Macfarlane is a first year GRA in McManis-Evans Hall. At Wheaton, he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Development. Carter was born and raised in a small town, in Saskatchewan, Canada. But has also lived in both Nicaragua and Toronto for a period of time. He recently graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a BA in Human Services and Pre-Counseling. He has a heart for people and a desire to integrate the gospel into the everyday aspects of life. He loves a great cup of coffee, being with friends, running, biking, and talking about life with the people he meets. Carter is excited about starting his GRA position at Wheaton and hopes to be a part of the development of future Christian leaders, for the next generations.

carter.macfarlane.01@wheaton.edu
McManis-Evans Hall info 

Hannah SilkHannah Silk

Williston Hall

Wheaton College
B.A. Psychology
Wheaton College Graduate School
M.A., Higher Education and Student Development, in progress

Hannah is excited to be the GRA in Williston Hall! Hannah received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Wheaton in 2021 and enjoyed working in various Residence Life roles throughout her time in undergrad. Hannah has enjoyed the opportunities to show hospitality and develop students holistically throughout her time in residence life, and is looking forward to continuing these as a GRA. Hannah considers the sunny spot of Pasadena, California to be home. Hannah loves spending time with others, enjoying coffee, a meal or ice cream with good friends, and reading great books.

hannah.silk.01@wheaton.edu