The Office of the Dean of Students is located on the second floor of the DJ Lombardo Student Center, room 207 next to the Office of Student Engagement. The offices of the Associate Vice President & Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, and the Assistant Dean of Students are included.
The primary purpose of the Dean of Students Office is to enhance student thriving on campus reflective of the values and traditions inherent in the Jesuit vision of education. In order to better serve and educate students, the Dean of Students is a leader in assuring the effective facilitation and management of both services and programs. In fulfilling this role, the Dean assists the Vice President in leading and directing the Division of Student Affairs. This includes strategic planning, divisional communication, professional development, and educational initiatives.
The Dean’s Office is responsible for overseeing the general administration, staffing, and policies of several departments including the following: the University Counseling Center, the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, the Student Health and Wellness Center, the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, and the Violence Prevention and Action Center.
Sherri A. Crahen, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Sherri joined the division of Student Affairs at John Carroll University as the Dean of Students in 2004. She has more than 30 years of experience in Student Affairs working at both private and public institutions around the country. After receiving a B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Sherri attended Penn State University and earned a master’s degree in counseling. Sherri completed her Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Minnesota and focused her research on better understanding the experiences for African-American students who attend predominantly white institutions. As a leader in the division of Student Affairs, Sherri focuses her work on the health and well being of John Carroll students. In support of the John Carroll mission, Sherri has participated in many immersion and service opportunities with students.
Associate Dean of Students
Donna arrived on campus in August of 1978 and served the university for 26 years in residence life. In 2006, Donna joined the Dean of Students Office as Associate Dean. Her primary area of responsibility is student conduct including city relations as they relate to student behavior. She is also involved in diversity and leadership work within the division of Student Affairs and has accompanied students on various immersion trips. As an avid Blue Streaks fan, you are likely to see Donna at many athletic events. Donna is from the Philadelphia area and now lives in Lyndhurst. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University and her M.A. in Counseling with a concentration in Student Personnel Services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Fr. Bernie McAniff, S.J.
Assistant Dean of Students
Fr. Bernie McAniff, S.J. serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at John Carroll. He is in his eighth year at John Carroll.
He responds to a number of student situations: freshmen acclimation each year, major life events in the lives of parents, cases of student illness and injury, and other events that arise in life. His goal along with others in the Dean of Students office is to see John Carroll students thrive. During the academic year, he celebrates Mass on campus on Sundays in St. Francis Chapel and on Thursdays in Rodman Chapel.
Fr. Bernie succeeded the revered Father Casey Bukala, S.J. as chaplain to the Bluestreaks football team and is presently branching out his chaplaincy to serve players and coaches on other athletic teams at John Carroll. He also serves as chaplain to the campus council of the Knights of Columbus.
As a native of Western New York, with family in both Rochester and Buffalo, Fr. Bernie stays alert to newly admitted students from the region. In addition to attending to the newest members of the John Carroll family, he also presides at a number of alumni weddings and attends other liturgies of significance to alumni.
Coordinator of Student Wellness
Jamie serves as the program coordinator for the Health Promotion and Wellness Office. He is responsible for programming and wellness initiatives ranging from mental health, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition, exercise, and more. Jamie also works with Peer Health Advocates to help with outreach to different student populations on these issues.
Before coming to John Carroll, Jamie worked at Case Western Reserve University on wellness initiatives within the Greek Life community. He also received his Master in Education from James Madison University in College Student Personnel Administration. Jamie enjoys working with college students and is passionate about helping them develop through their time here, specifically how they can take care of themselves and others in the community. When Jamie is away from campus, he enjoys spending time outside in nature and is excited to be getting married this July! He also has a dog and two cats at home.
Susan Rozewski serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. She is responsible for managing the office, coordinating work flow and supervison of the work study students, provides professional administrative, financial, operational and project management support to the office. She loves being part of JCU and the interaction she has with the students, faculty, staff and administrators. Susan joined the Dean of Students office in July 2013 and has worked at JCU since 2006. She is a graduate of Sawyer College of Business. She and her husband live in Lyndhurst and have two sons.
Coordinator, Violence Prevention and Action Center
Amanda currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Violence Prevention and Action Center. She has over 12 years of experience working in relationship violence and sexual violence prevention and response field. She has enjoyed having the opportunity to work as an advocate both at community based domestic violence and rape crisis centers as well as on a college campus. Her positions have allowed her to work with survivors to provide crisis intervention, safety planning and resources. She has also provided assistance in court and student conduct processes, advocacy and provided prevention education to a wide range of ages including elementary students through graduate students. She has worked with the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence on the Changing Campus Culture Initiative funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Amanda has facilitated several trainings for a wide range of diverse audiences and has assisted universities conducting sexual violence prevention readiness assessments. She is very passionate about primary prevention efforts and believes that ending interpersonal violence is possible. Amanda holds a bachelor of liberal arts degree in International Studies and German from Wright State University.