Kyle O’Dell, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Student Engagement

Kyle is in his 13th year at John Carroll and provides oversight for new student orientation programs, leadership development programs, and commuter outreach initiatives, in addition to supervising the staff who work with campus programming, student government, and liturgical music and musical arts. He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Bowling Green State University and completed his doctoral work at the University of Toledo. Outside of work, Kyle likes to spend time with his wife Emily and their two children, hike, cook, and watch movies.

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Associate Director, Student Engagement

Lisa Ramsey is in her 13th year at John Carroll and in her current role, Lisa is responsible for coordinating weekend engagement opportunities for the student body, including serving as the main advisor to the Student Union Executive and Programming Boards and coordinating the development and implementation of Late Night at Carroll community-building initiatives. She leads the divisional programming work group to promote collaboration and creativity in the community building initiatives offered by staff in the Division of Student Affairs.  Lisa earned her bachelors degree from Thiel College and her masters degree from Ohio University. You can often find her during her lunch hour either running or practicing yoga. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and 95 pound dog!


Cynthia A. Caporella, Ph.D.
Director Of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts

Cynthia Anne Caporella, Ph.D., began her service to John Carroll University in August of 1994. In her current position as Director of Liturgical Music and Musical Arts she is responsible for music at all major liturgical functions and prayer services, directs the choral organizations at JCU, serves as advisor to the JCU Dance Ensemble, and supervises the JCU Band program. Cynthia holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Musicology/Ethnomusicology, and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying as well as Piano Performance. She regularly performs as a choral director, chamber musician and vocal accompanist in the Greater Cleveland area. Cynthia’s article, entitled Jesuita non cantat: Evidence from the Inaugural Year of the Roman Church of the Gesù was published in the GIA Quarterly: a Liturgical Music Journal, in the Fall 2006 issue, volume 18, number 1. Her article “Heart to Heart: Music on the Jesuit Campus” is published in the journal Conversations and concerns music ministry in the context of college life. Cynthia can be reached in her office, Room #24 in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center at (216) 397-4721 or by e-mail at

Janet Paradise
Administrative Assistant

Janet Paradise joined the Office of Student Engagement in February 2008 after spending 13 years at Management Recruiters International as a recruiter/project coordinator in the printing and graphic arts field. Prior to working for MRI, she worked at Dillard’s (formerly Higbee’s) in sales and management at the Beachwood and Downtown stores. She lives in Euclid with her husband, Nick. Her proudest accomplishment is that of being the mother of four boys, all of whom have been educated at Saint Ignatius High School. Janet will be glad to assist you with anything relating to the Office of Student Engagement, so feel free to stop by and say hi!


Mary Dodds
Graduate Assistant, Organizational Support

Mary is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Engagement working with Student Organizations. Mary is a second year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program. She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. At Edinboro, Mary was active in the Student Government Association holding positions such as Congressman, Parliamentarian and Vice President. Mary enjoys planning events, working with student organizations and most of all helping students make the most out of their college experience. She is very excited to be back in Cleveland and at John Carroll. Mary enjoys cooking, coffee and spending time with family, friends and her dog Forrest Whittaker.

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Graduate Assistant, Campus Programming

Brittany is the Graduate Assistant who works with the Student Union Programming Board. Brittany is starting her first year in the School Psychology program. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Psychology. At Pitt, Brittany was active with her school’s Pitt Program Council, which is where her love of event planning started. In her free time, Brittany enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with her family, and traveling. She is looking forward to getting involved with the John Carroll community!


Katie Jansen
Graduate Assistant, Commuter & Transfer Services

Katie joined the Office of Student Engagement in August 2014 after graduating from Walsh University where she majored in community/clinical psychology. During her time at Walsh, Katie was involved on campus serving as a resident assistant for three years, acting as a member of the University Programming Board, and helping to launch the Walsh University Dance Marathon. Katie is a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program here at JCU.