Meet the Student Life Staff – Christendom College

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Meet the Student Life Staff

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Chris Vander Woudechris_vanderwoude
Dean of Student Life

Vander Woude is a 2002 graduate of Christendom. After leaving the college to work in golf course and business management, he returned in 2007 when he took over the role of Athletic Director from his late father Thomas S. Vander Woude. In June of 2014, after seven years as the Athletic Director, Vander Woude accepted the position as Dean of Students at Christendom College. He brings his love of Christendom and personal formation into the Dean of Students role. He is especially excited to work with more of the students at Christendom as well as the various members of Student Life and the faculty and staff as a whole. Chris is happily married to Katy (Hadro) Vander Woude and credits her faith and strength as a source of continuing inspiration and support. Katy and Chris were blessed this past winter with their first child, a beautiful girl they named Zelie. When he is not coaching basketball or participating in some event on campus, he is at home playing with Zelie, spending time with family or working with his hands on his truck or around the house. They live in nearby Stephens City.

Contact Chris Vander Woude by email at [email protected] or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1271.

amanda_grafAmanda Graf
Director of Residence Life

Amanda Graf graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2008 with a degree in print journalism. Following college, she served as a full-time Catholic missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of University Students, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As the Director of Residence Life she oversees housing, the Residence Assistants program, and student formation programs.

Contact Amanda Graf by email at [email protected] or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1600.


Peter Blank
Residence Director

Peter was born in Hawaii, and was primarily raised in Florida and Virginia. He graduated from Christendom in 2016 with a B.A. in Philosophy. While at Christendom he participated in varsity soccer, and, similarly, coordinated the intramural sports program for three years. He was a member of the Student Activities Council his sophomore year, and he served as a Resident Assistant his junior and senior year. Peter has recently taken the role of Residence Director, where he will help to manage housing, room changes, and will plan and participate in various community building events. He looks forward to this incredible opportunity and the time he will get to spend to cultivate and improve relationships with the students.

Contact Peter Blank by email at [email protected] or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1341.


marliyn-charbaMarilyn Charba
Residence Director

Marilyn was raised in Olympia, Washington and graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in History in 2014. During her time at Christendom she served as a Residence Assistant and continues to serve the campus through her role as Residence Director, where she helps oversee all housing processes, as well as participating in day-to-day student life on campus in an effort to foster community. Marilyn is actively involved in the college’s annual Dorm Wars activities, along with Upper Pub Nights and various other events which bring people together. In her free time, Marilyn enjoys spontaneous adventures, creative projects and quality time with people.

Contact Marilyn Charba by email at [email protected] or by phone by calling 540.636.2900 ext 1341.

bowersCaitlin Bowers
Director of Student Activities & Rome Program Preparation

Hailing from Washington State, Caitlin graduated from Christendom with honors in 2009. Both prior to and following her attendance at Christendom, Caitlin was heavily involved in fundraising and development for schools, Christian ministries, and pro-life organizations. As the Director of Student Activities, Caitlin oversees all club and student events in addition to the Student Activities Council. Caitlin is also responsible for marketing the Rome program to students and preparing them for their semester abroad.

Contact Caitlin Bowers by email at
[email protected] or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1363.

kelsey-gordonKelsey Gordon
Assistant Director of Student Activities

Kelsey grew up in Winchester, VA and graduated from Christendom in May 2015 with a B.A. in Literature and a minor in History. While a student at Christendom, she served the campus through a number of different student jobs and volunteer positions, peer editing, and volunteering with SAC. As the Assistant Director of Student Activities, Kelsey helps to oversee all club and student events as well as the Student Activities Council.

Contact Kelsey Gordon by email at
[email protected] or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1363.


Rome Staff

katyKaty Ott
Rome Program Director

Ms. Ott was raised in Northwest Ohio and graduated from John Carroll University in 2003 with a Psychology major and Communications minor. In 2009 she obtained her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo. She has experience in Residence Life as well as in both planning and participating in study abroad programs to Canada and the United Kingdom. In her free time, Ms. Ott likes to read, cook, study Italian, and learn about the world through travel.

Contact Katy Ott by email at [email protected]


anna_harrisAnna Harris
Rome Residence Coordinator

Anna Harris was born and raised in Grass Valley, California and graduated from Christendom in May 2013 with a BA in Philosophy. Anna experienced Christendom’s Rome program herself during the Spring of 2012 and was able to explore over 10 different countries throughout the semester. After graduating from Christendom, Anna spent a month hiking the pilgrimage route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain and then spent a year working at a software company in California. As the Rome Residence Coordinator, Anna helps the students experience la bella vita!

Contact Anna Harris by email at [email protected]


Mark Turner
Rome Residence Coordinator

Mark Turner was born in Tokyo, Japan and has lived the majority of his life in Fredericksburg, Virginia which he calls home. Mark has always enjoyed traveling and looked for a study abroad program when applying to colleges. While at Christendom, Mark participated in two mission trips abroad, the college’s St Columcille Summer Institute in Ireland in 2013, the Rome Program Spring of 2014, and graduated with a BA in History in 2015. Following graduation Mark hiked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, before traveling to Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. He has spent the last year working for State Farm Insurance in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mark looks forward to working with the students in Rome in the deeply enriching Rome Program. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” ~ St. Augustine.

Contact Mark Turner by email at [email protected]


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