Meet the Staff

The Margaret Sloss Women's Center advocates for individuals and provides support to all students, staff, and faculty at Iowa State University. The MSWC staff is here to listen and provide resources and referrals. We're here to help you gain a positive experience at Iowa State University. 

Staff offices are located upstairs. Although not required, it is recommended to schedule a meeting with us by calling (515) 294-4154 or emailing to guarantee that we are available. 

Dr. Lorraine Acker

Dr. Acker has served as the Director of the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center since May 2015.  Her responsibilities include providing administrative leadership, establishing goals and interpreting policy for the center. She also serves on various university committees, supporting and advocating for all students while specifically representing the interests of women. With over 15-years of higher education experience, Dr. Acker has worked in women’s programs, residence life, social justice education, teaching, advising, and mentoring. Previously, Dr. Acker served as assistant dean for minority student support services and women's programs at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  Dr. Acker holds a Ph.D in Education from Iowa State University, School of Education, a bachelor's degree in African and Afro-American studies and political sciences from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a master's degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University.  

Kate D. Gallagher
Equity and Social Justice Coordinator

Kate is one of the Equity and Social Justice Coordinators at the Margaret Sloss Women's Center. She graduated cum laude from Macalester College where she studied women's, gender, and sexuality studies, psychology, and studio art, she is currently working towards a masters of education in Student Affairs. Kate is enthralled with intersectional feminism, issues of queer and disability justice, and decolonizing higher education.   
Dominique Gant
Equity and Social Justice Coordinator

Dominique Gant is one of the Equity and Social Justice Coordinators at the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center. She received her bachelor of arts in Spanish at Vanderbilt University, and is currently pursuing her master of education in Student Affairs. Dominique is very passionate about issues concerning feminism, queer identities, and race / ethnicity. 

Nancy Lahner
Office Manager

Nancy is the Office Manager for the Margaret Sloss Women and has been an ISU employee for the past 23 years, 2 of those years in the Sloss House.  Nancy oversees all office projects, space reservations, and helps maintain the house.  Any questions visiting the Sloss House ask Nancy!

Som Mongtin
Assistant Director

Som graduated from Iowa State with a B.A. In Psychology, Minor in Linguistics and a M.Ed in Higher Education, Student Affairs. She joined the MSWC in 2008 as a graduate assistant. After graduating with her M.Ed, Som worked at Minnesota State University, Mankato as the Violence Awareness and Response Coordinator for a year before returning to the MSWC as the Assistant Director. Som enjoys meeting with students and talking about feminism and social justice in her purple office and/or while drinking chai.