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Student Affairs

Student Affairs 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

Student Affairs at Grace College is her to help students grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically; to create Christian community.

Aaron Crabtree

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
Jacqueline Schram Dean of Academic Engagement and Success

Jacqueline Schram

Dean of Academic Engagement and Success

Jacqueline coordinates Grace Schools’ educational effectiveness activities, which includes assessment and accreditation. She is also a member of the First-Year Experience team and oversees the student mentor program at Grace College.
Phone: Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6283
Brent Mencarelli Dean of the Chapel and Community Life

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

Becky Stowers

Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Becky oversees the Residence Life team, housing, and student conduct.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6473
Cokiesha Bailey Robinson - Associate Dean of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Cokiesha Bailey Robinson

Associate Dean of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Cokiesha serves on campus to promote diversity, equity and inclusion programming, to advise the administration on issues related to diversity and underrepresented student populations and to promote campus discipleship efforts.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6477
Deb Musser

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
Kearstin Criswell Director of Student Involvement

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

Benjamin Navarro

Director of Latino Engagement

Benjamin encourages, advocates for, and inspires students to reach their goal of Higher Education by providing academic and spiritual support. With the help of Latinx leaders, he seeks to establish and build relationships with students, creating spaces and events that foster trust and celebrates their rich heritage.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6282
Valerie Crumbley Events Coordinator and Assistant to the AVP / Dean of Students

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

Kari Zielasko

Administrative Assistant

Kari provides administrative support to the Student Affairs Office and coordinates Chapel administration.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6103
Gershom Tadesse Resident Director for Beta Hall and Indiana Hall

Gershom Tadesse

Resident Director for Beta Hall and Indiana Hall

B.S. in counseling  and Criminal Justice, Grace College; MBA, Grace College
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6431
Daniel Marquez Resident Director for The Lodge and Omega Hall

Daniel Marquez

Resident Director for The Lodge and Omega Hall and Director of Growth Group Program

B.A. in Social Work from Cedarville University, 2017; M.A. in Higher Education from Messiah College
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6476
Hannah Navarro Resident Director of Alpha Hall

Hannah Navarro

Resident Director for Apartments

B.A. in Educational Ministry, Grace College; M.A. in Higher Education, Grace College
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6461

Maia Bowen

Resident Director of Westminster Hall and Kauffman Hall

B.A. in English, Grace College; M.A Business Administration, Grace College
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6465

Liz Palmer

Resident Director for Alpha Hall

B.A. in English and Fine Art, Grace College
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6490

Elijah Kearns

Assistant Resident Director for Commuter Life

B.A. in Communications, Grace College
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6485