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Office of the Student Experience

About Us

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Dr. Lindsey Koch

Director, Office of the Student Experience


Lindsey Koch serves as the Director in the Office of the Student Experience and joined SMU in August 2013. She received her B.B.S. in Public Relations and Advertising, with a minor in Leadership, from Hardin-Simmons University. Her professional work with student affairs began with her position as Coordinator of Student Activities at Hardin-Simmons University. Lindsey earned her M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Houston-Victoria, while serving as UHV’s Director of Student Life and Services. She earned her Ed. D. in Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Hardin-Simmons University. Lindsey’s passion for student leadership and commitment to student development continues to grow through her professional and academic work in student affairs.


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Blake Red Elk

Assistant Director, Orientation Programs


Blake Red Elk is as an Assistant Director in the Office of the Student Experience and will serve as the lead for Orientation programming. Prior to joining the Hilltop, Blake worked primarily in orientation and admissions at the University of Arkansas, Cameron University, Portland State University, and Iowa State University. Blake is a first-generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Cameron University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University.


Blake is a native Oklahoman but is enjoying life south of the Red River. He spends his free time crafting, creating digital art, searching for the perfect hot sauce, and spending time with his family and friends.


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Rylea Wertzberger

Rylea Wertzberger

Graduate Assistant

Rylea Wertzberger is serving as a graduate assistant in the Office of the Student Experience. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Management, and a minor in sales. Rylea is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education. Rylea was actively involved in her Panhellenic affiliated chapter and various leadership and orientation activities during her time at Oklahoma State. She brings years of leadership experience, a lively personality, passion for students, and always has a listening ear. She is very excited to meet you all and welcome you into the Mustang family!

Rylea loves to work out and read a good book in her free time. She enjoys listening to a good true crime podcast and hanging out with friends.

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