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.  

Janae Due
Equity and Social Justice Coordinator 


Nancy Lahner
Office Manager

Nancy is the Office Manager for the Margaret Sloss Women and has been an ISU employee for the past 24 years, 3 of those years in the Women's Center.  Nancy oversees all office projects, space reservations, and helps maintain the house.  Any questions visiting the Women's Center and Sloss House ask Nancy!

Som Mongtin
Assistant Director

Som spent four years as an undergraduate student at Iowa State majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics before joining the MSWC in 2008 as a graduate assistant. After graduating with her M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 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. The saying, "Iowa State is a place that will get in your blood and stay forever," was true for Som.In addition to loving her job, she enjoys meeting with students and talking about feminism and social justice in her purple office and/or while drinking chai. 

Hannah Robison
Programming Intern