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Student Affairs

Our Purpose Statement

At Grace College, the Office of Student Affairs is committed to helping students mature spiritually, emotionally, socially and academically.

The Department of Student Affairs and Academic Services exists to provide quality programs and resources that promote student learning and engagement in personal transformation, healthy community, whole-life worship and intentional service.

Our Vision

“A God-honoring community of students becoming and belonging.”


Meet the Staff

Aaron Crabtree

Associate Vice President & Dean, Student Affairs

Aaron serves as the chief student development officer at Grace and directs our vision to see every student belonging and becoming in community. “College is an important season for students to discern their callings relationally, critically, and spiritually.” Aaron and his team staff work to provide students with meaningful opportunities for leadership and growth in a healthy and safe environment.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6464

Brent Mencarelli

Dean of the Chapel and Community Life

Brent works with Chapel, housing, student involvement, and various special projects and situations within student affairs.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6284

Jacqueline Schram

Dean of the Core and Global Initiatives

Jacqueline oversees the Grace Core curriculum, First Year Experience, and Global Initiatives at Grace.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6283

Emily Brenneman

Director of Residence Life

Emily oversees RDs, RAs, and GGLs as well as student conduct.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6473

Deb Musser

Director of Health and Counseling

Deb oversees personnel and student services related to both physical and mental health. Deb also teaches in the graduate counseling program.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6069
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Kearstin Criswell

Director of Student Involvement

Kearstin oversees Student Involvement, designing co-curricular leadership opportunities and experiences that enhance campus life. Activities, clubs and ministry teams, student government and intramural sports are all organized through student involvement.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6470
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Debora Wilhite

Program Coordinator of Global Initiatives

Debora administers Cross-Cultural Field Experience, study abroad, and student exchange, fulfills the role as DSO, and provides administrative support for the Core and First Year.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6285
Valerie Crumbley

Valerie Crumbley

Events Coordinator and Assistant to the AVP / Dean of Students

Valerie provides executive and administrative support and coordinates events of the Student Affairs Department.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6489
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Tianna Frischman

Resident Director for Alpha Hall / Director of Growth Groups

B.A. in Social Work, Huntington University; M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6461
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Brienne Heim

Resident Director for Westminster Hall, Kauffman Hall, Boyer Apartments, and Encompass / Director of Commuters

B.S. in Counseling, Grace College; M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grace College
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6465
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Rachel McGregor

Resident Director for Indiana Hall and the Lofts

B.A. in Studio Art; M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6490
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Gershom Tadesse

Resident Director for Beta Hall, Kent Hall, and Encompass Apartments

B.S. in counseling  and Criminal Justice, Grace College
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6431
Daniel Marquez

Daniel Marquez

Resident Director for The Lodge and Omega

BA in Social Work from Cedarville University, 2017. MA in Higher Education from Messiah College in progress (anticipated graduation May 2020)
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6476