Welcome to the Miner Challenge Leadership Team Page! Scroll down to meet the team for Miner Challenge 2016-17!

Jessica HaywoodProgram Administrator


  Jessica Haywood is originally from the mountains of North Carolina and graduated with a B.S. in Spanish Education from Appalachian State University. She taught Spanish in NC public schools for three years and worked with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Jessica then moved to Oregon where she completed her Master's degree in College Student Services Administration at Oregon State University.  She has always had a passion for alternative break programs and went on her first trip as a freshman in college.  She enjoys creative pursuits such as crafting and photography, and loves international travel.  Jessica advises the Miner Challenge program and the Miner Challenge Mentors.

Top Strengths: Learner, Ideation, Strategic, Input, Adaptability

Office: 226 Havener Center | Phone: 573.341.7981 | Email: haywoodj@mst.edu


Jonathan Colgan - Miner Challenge Mentor for Leadership and Recruitment

Jonathan is a Senior in Aerospace Engineering and was on a Study Abroad opportunity last semester in Germany.  He enjoys playing soccer and reading, and has recently acquired a love of languages while in Europe. He has been a part of Miner Challenge since he came to S&T in the fall of 2013, and he fell in love with it immediately.  It helped him realize that his passion is helping others and empowering others to do the same.  He was a participant in a trip to Greeley, CO his first year, and was honored to be a trip leader to Detroit, MI in his second year.  He was not able to attend his third year due to a co-op and the Study Abroad, however, he's excited to be back!  According to Jonathan, being a part of Miner Challenge has been one of the most rewarding decisions in his college career, and he hopes to help create similar experiences for participants this year!

Top Strengths: Ideation, Individualization, Developer, Woo, Intellection

  Phone:  | Email: jec2p7@mst.edu


Nathan Compton - Miner Challenge Mentor for Marketing and Fundraising

Nathan Compton is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He spent his first few years at S&T in ResLife as a Hall Governor, PRA, and then Senior RA. He's an avid lover of frisbee, singing, beatboxing, and volunteering. This will be his fourth consecutive year in Miner Challenge. His previous trips have been to Moore, OK, Pittsburgh, PA, and Hammond, LA. His favorite activity with Miner Challenge is stressing out our faculty advisors while on the trip, either through climbing on roofs with power tools or convincing them the car caught on fire as they drove past a bonfire.

Top Strengths: Learner, Activator, Discipline, Command, Strategic

  Phone:  | Email: ntct3b@mst.edu


2016-17 Trip Leaders 

Andrew Embrey

Andrew is a senior studying Civil Engineering. He grew up in Lawson, a small town northeast of Kansas City. On campus he is involved with Greek life and PLA program as well as Miner Challenge. This will be his third year in Miner Challenge and has participated in trips to Hattiesburg, MS, and Hardin County, TN.

Top Strengths: Belief, Context, Responsibility, Deliberative, Intellection

Phone:Email: are8t7@mst.edu


Elizabeth Oberley

Elizabeth is a sophomore in Civil Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. She went on a Miner Challenge trip last year to Hammond, LA and fell in love with the program. She loves the beach, the environment, corgis, and watching videos of recipes she'll probably never actually make, and hopes to one day love everything as much as Leslie Knope does.

Top Strengths: Discipline, Competition, Focus, Intellection, Positivity

Phone:  | Email: eaopq4@mst.edu


Michael Janke

Michael Janke is a senior in Civil Engineering. He has been on two Miner Challenge trips to Pittsburgh, PA, and Montgomery, AL. In his free time he enjoys playing or watching almost any sports, and other outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking. Other campus activities include Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, Steel Bridge design team, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Optimist international.

Phone:  | Email: majd38@mst.edu


Loya VanOrder

Loya was born in Taipei, Taiwan and then moved to Tampa, FL when she was one. She lived in Tampa until almost her 8th grade year. Her family then moved to Couch, MO near Arkansas, where she went to High School. Her first job was at Harps Grocery store in Alton, MO and she worked there until she left for college at Missouri S&T. She is majoring in Business and Management Systems with an emphasis in Marketing. She is also currently the Director of Public Relations for the Solar House Design Team and does research for the BIT department. She is in Zeta Tau Alpha and this will be her second year of college, but she will be Junior credit level. This will be her second year participating in Miner Challenge!

Top Strengths: Developer, Learner, Context, Ideation, Input

Phone:Email: lhvhx9@mst.edu


Mikaela Mockenhaupt

Mikaela is currently completing her sophomore year at Missouri S&T as she studies to become a Mechanical Engineer. She spends her free time playing soccer, reading, and spending time with friends. Her favorite memory from Miner Challenge is from her trip to Hardin County, TN where she socialized with dogs to prepare them for a new home! 

Top Strengths: Maximizer, Responsibility, Belief, Includer, Discipline

Phone:  | Email:  mrmdxc@mst.edu


Sven Olberg

Sven is a senior studying Nuclear Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. This year will be his third Miner Challenge experience and he is excited to be returning as a trip leader. His previous trips have taken him to Hattiesburg, MS and Santa Julia, Nicaragua. When he can find time to spend away from school he enjoys all types of outdoor recreation and woodworking projects to keep him busy.

Top Strengths: Self-Assurance, Intellection, Learner, Responsibility, Deliberative

Phone:  | Email: svovy7@mst.edu