Meet the Student Success Office Team


Kaela McWherter

Student Success Coordinator  |  913-758-6119

Kaela McWherter joined USM in August of 2012 and serves as a student success coordinator. Her responsibility is to help students achieve success in academics.

She holds two degrees from Kansas State University. In 2010 she earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, and continued on for her M.S. in Academic Advising, earned in 2012.

She has always enjoyed being strongly rooted in student support services and is excited to be a part of the Spire community. She is here to help with academic struggles, improving time management, and other skill development, and to be a positive resource for your success as a Saint Mary Spire—and beyond.


Nick Cale

Student Success Coordinator  |  913-758-6131

Nick Cale started his career at USM in 2012 as an Academic Resource Center (ARC) Mentor, and now serves as a Student Success Coordinator.

He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as an Honors Scholar and Magna Cum Laude in 2011. Nick went on to work for the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, which examines adolescent transitions from high school to college, as a Research Assistant. Additionally, Nick has guest lectured for several classes, assisted in the Summer Treatment Program for children with ADHD as a Developmental Medical Professional for Children’s Mercy Hospital, and most recently worked as a Cognitive Therapist for individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Nick has always been committed to student success, serving on the Honors Student Advisory Committee and as Co-President for the UMKC Honors Program. He completed his own research study investigating test anxiety in undergraduate college students—which won multiple awards at professional conferences—and has published his findings.

Here at USM, Nick plans to continue devoting his time to students, whether it be through assessment and data analysis, one-on-one meetings with students, or interdepartmental collaboration. Whatever the case may be, Nick is always available for help.


Contact the Student Success Office

Kaela McWherter
On campus: ext. 6119
Nick Cale
On campus: ext. 6131

The Student Success Office is dedicated to helping students gain the most  academic achievement during their stay at USM — from day one to graduation.




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4100 South 4th St
Leavenworth, KS 66048

USM is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA), and is an AQIP Participant.