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
Dean of Students

Aaron oversees the many programs within student affairs, including residence life and student involvement. Aaron’s staff works to provide students with meaningful opportunities for leadership, service, and growth in a healthy and safe environment.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6464


Photo of Brent MencarelliBrent Mencarelli
Dean of the Chapel and Community Life

Brent works with Chapel, housing, student involvement, and various special projects and situations within student affairs.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6284



Photo of Emily BrennemanEmily Brenneman
Director of Residence Life

Emily oversees RDs, RAs, and GGLs as well as student conduct.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6473



Photo of Sina LockeSina Locke
Executive Assistant for the Dean of Students

Sina is the executive assistant to Aaron Crabtree. She manages the student affairs office and assists students and staff by providing information and answering questions.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6466



Photo of Jacqueline SchramJacqueline Schram
Dean of the Core and Global Initiatives

Jacqueline is responsible for teaching French and overseeing the language program. As coordinator of general education, she works with the Grace Core faculty and oversees the First Year Experience (FYE) at Grace.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6283



Jermaine Chaney
Special Advisor to the President

Jermaine works closely with the president on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contributes to the institution’s diversity committee.  He also serves Grace students from underrepresented populations, specifically by advising the Black Student Association (BSA).

Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6394



Photo of Geeta TuppsGeeta Tupps
Director of Global Initiatives

Geeta provides leadership for all the programs related to global initiatives, including Go Encounter, Go Exchange, Go Study, the Cross-Cultural Field Experience and Mosaic.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6104



Photo of Deb MusserDeb 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.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6069



Photo of Kearstin CriswellKearstin Criswell
Director, 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.


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6470



Photo of Brienne HeimBrienne Heim
Resident Director for Westminster Hall, Kauffman Hall, Boyer Apartments, and Encompass

B.S. in Counseling, Grace College; M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grace College


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6465



“PhotoRachel McGregor
Resident Director for Indiana Hall and the Lofts

B.A. in Studio Art; M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6490



Photo of Tianna FrischmanTianna Frischman
Resident Director for Alpha Hall

B.A. in Social Work, Huntington University; M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6461



Photo of Gershom TadesseGershom Tadesse
Resident Director for Beta Hall, Kent Hall, and Encompass Apartments

B.S. in counseling  and Criminal Justice, Grace College


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6431



Photo of Colin Horne

Colin Horne
Resident Director for The Lodge and Omega

B.S. in Biblical Studies and M.Div., Grace College and Theological Seminary


Telephone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6476