Meet the Undergraduate Student Life Staff

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Chris Vander Woude

Chris Vander Woude
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 athome 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 coachvwATchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1270.

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Amanda Graf
Amanda 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 agrafchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1600.

Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh
Residence Director

Joe was born and raised in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Christendom College in 2015 with a degree in philosophy. While at Christendom, he played for the basketball team, served as a residence assistant, and was Vice President of his senior class. As Residence Director, Joe helps to manage housing, assist students with room changes, and plan various community building events. In his free time, Joe loves to play basketball, travel, or read C.S. Lewis.

Contact Joe Walsh by email at joe.walshchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1341.

 

Marilyn Charba

Marilyn 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 marilyn.charbachristendom.edu or by phone by calling 540.636.2900 ext 1341.

 

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Caitlin Bowers

Caitlin 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
cbowersatchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1363.

 

Rome Staff

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Katy Ott

Katy 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 kottchristendom.edu.

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Anna Harris

Anna 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 anna.harrischristendom.edu.

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Matt Speer

Matt Speer
Rome Residence Coordinator

Matt Speer is from Western Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. He graduated from Christendom in 2014 with a BA in Philosophy. At Christendom, he served as an RA for three semesters and during the summers worked as a counselor for the Experience Christendom Summer Program. In his free time Matt enjoys hiking, fishing, and playing sports. As the Rome Residence Coordinator, he contributes to student formation, assisting them in their experience of the eternal city.

Contact Matt Speer by email at matt.speeratchristendom.edu.