Krystal Boose


Krystal Boose joins our team as the Director for TRiO's Student Support Services department. Krystal brings an incredible passion for TRiO, tremendous ties to the Omaha community, a fantastic operations and programming background, and a significant track record of community involvement around diversity, inclusion, and social justice issues. Krystal's Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from Creighton University provides her with a strong foundation in planning, programming, and communicating, while her Master's Degree in Public Administration from UNO offers administrative and operational knowledge to strategically support programmatic affairs while engaging students, faculty, and the community. Krystal is an alumna of Student Support Services. In her free time, Krystal likes to read, run, paint, mentor through Girls Inc., and serves on three boards in the community. Krystal is currently a part of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Omaha program, class 39.




Dr. Mary Longo

(402) 280-2223

As a member of Creighton's English Department for over 12 years, Mary Longo has taught composition and world literature as well as online classes for adult students. She became the writing specialist for Student Support Services in September of 2013. In addition, she has served as an RSP advisor for several years, all but one with a cohort of students from Student Support Services. She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Writer's Workshop, and, before coming to Creighton, she taught writing and literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 7 years.

Her passion for the written word, which began with Golden Books and continued through Nancy Drew mysteries and 19th-century British novels, led her to obtain a B.A. in English at the University of Notre Dame. Her undergraduate years also awakened her love for the academic life, especially teaching, so she went on to get an M.A. in English from Creighton and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This Jersey girl considers herself fortunate to be living in Nebraska and working at Creighton, especially in SSS!


Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan works as the Coordinator for Student Access and as a Coach in the SSS department and with Creighton EDGE. Prior to coming to Creighton, Ryan worked at Kaplan University as an academic advisor and before that, as a director for a non-profit in Omaha. He received his bachelor's degree from UNO in education and a master's degree in Higher Education/ Management.

Ryan is an Omaha native and enjoys the art and music scene around the Omaha metropolitan area. Many of his friends were made through these scenes as he has been a musician in Omaha for over 20 years. Ryan's free time is spent wrangling his 2 children, being wrangled by his wife, playing his guitars, or reading a good book.



Karen Thurber

(402) 280-3007

I have worked at Creighton University for 27 years. 11 years in the Student Support Services Office and 16 years in the Career Services. I assist with questions regarding, classes, 4 year plans, financial aid, loans, FAFSA, careers, resumes, mock interviews, graduate school and anything else that might occur. I enjoy working with all our students. At home, I will have to send care packages to Michael at UNL and Nick at KU. I have a few clubs that I belong to and I work in the nursery at church. I love to garden. In the past I worked at UNO, Midland College, a computer store, Hallmark and various pools around Omaha. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master's in Education, emphasis in Student Personnel from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Kelley Sanders


Kelley works for 2 departments, serving as the Administrative Assistant for Student Support Services and the Office of Disability Accommodations.  Kelley set aside her education goals to raise her 5 children but is now finishing her bachelor's degree here at Creighton. Her son Aron, a first generation student himself, just graduated with his bachelor's in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was a member of Student Support Services at UNL, and this helped him reach his graduation goals. Prior to coming to Creighton, Kelley managed projects for the EPA, cleaning up lead-contaminated paint and soil in the Omaha area. She also served as a mentor for teenagers who were involved in the juvenile court system. She recently witnessed one of her mentees graduate from college. Kelley hopes all students and young people will succeed; she says, I want all young adults to achieve their goals, even while dealing with obstacles. Outside of Creighton, Kelley enjoys spending time with her family. They enjoy Creighton Basketball games, farmers markets, bowling and other community activities.


Abbey Berkebile

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Abbey is the Academic Coordinator and Science, Technology, and Math (STM) Specialist for Student Support Services. A native Nebraska, Abbey grew up in Lincoln, NE, earning bachelor?s degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending graduate school at the University of Iowa, she quickly discovered that while she still loved the sciences, her passion for working with college students was leading her to a career outside the lab. She now holds master?s degrees in Microbiology and Higher Education and Student Affairs. Abbey is excited to bring together her passions for science and working with college students to her role as Academic Coordinator and STM Specialist. In her free time she enjoys swing dancing, reading a good book, and traveling.


Fallon Watts


Fallon joins the team as the Coordinator for Recruitment, Retention, and Assessment. She brings more than ten years? experience working in higher education in different student centered roles and program support roles. She has a desire to serve and make a meaningful impact in the lives of students, and genuinely wants to see students WIN and accomplish their goals. It is her goal to help students in the program navigate through the complexities of the college environment.

Fallon earned her Bachelor's degree from Bellevue University in Human and Social Service Administration and earned her Master's degree from Creighton University in Leadership. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. In her spare time you will most likely catch her in a basketball gym or on the football field, as she cheers on her son and his teammates of the Burke High Bulldogs!