Meet the Undergraduate Student Life Staff

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Jesse
Mr. Jesse Dorman
Jesse Dorman
Dean of Student Life

Jesse Dorman is a 2001 graduate of Gannon University who has been Christendom's Dean of Student Life since 2008. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University. Jesse oversees: athletics, chaplaincy, student formation, conduct, housing, special programs, mission trips, health services, Rome program, student activities, and career development.

Contact Jesse Dorman by email at jdormanchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1600.

Amanda
Ms. 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.

Planty
Rev. Donald Planty

Rev. Donald Planty
Head Chaplain

Rev. Donald Planty (or affectionately known to students and staff as Padre) is the Head Chaplain, assigned to the College by Arlington Diocese's Bishop Paul Loverde in the summer of 2010. He attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, receiving an M.Div. in 1992, the year he was ordained a deacon, and an M.A. in Theology in 1993. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, in 1993. Fr. Planty studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, Italy, to prepare for the diplomatic service of the Holy See; at the same time, he studied for and received a J.C.D. (Doctor of Canon Law) degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He worked as the Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2000-2002. In 2002 Fr. Planty left the diplomatic service of the Holy See to return to pastoral work in his diocese. Fr. Planty is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian, and enjoys sacred art, an eclectic variety of music, hiking, frisbee, cooking, classic cinema, and travel.

Contact Fr. Planty by email at padreplantyatchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 540.622.6128.

Marie
Miss Caitlin Bowers

Miss 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.

 

Mike
Mr. Mike Mochel

Mr. Mike Mochel
Director of Career Development

Mike Mochel has over 30 years of experience including both military service and work as a consultant to government program offices. His extensive background in defense acquisition management includes creating and implementing training courses focused on the basics of program management as well as 11 years of experience teaching program management and leadership to senior government and industry acquisition professionals. Mike holds a degrees in Physics, Business Administration, and Human Resource Development. He is currently in the first year of Candidacy for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Arlington. He and his wife, Rebecca (Becky), are members of St. Clare of Assisi parish in Clifton, VA, where they lead the formation program for those planning to enter the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). His outside interests include golf, softball, photography, music (trumpet, bass, vocals), and travelling with Becky.

Contact Mike Mochel by email at
mmochelatchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1363.

Chris
Mr. Chris Vander Woude

Mr. Chris Vander Woude
Director of Athletic Affairs

Coach Vander Woude is a 2002 graduate of Christendom College and has been the Athletic Director since 2007. In addition to being the head men's basketball and soccer coach, Chris oversees the athletic department and its 7 varsity intercollegiate sports as well as the intramural program on campus. He is responsible for the scheduling of all varsity sports as well as the contact and recruitment of future Crusaders. He is dedicated to helping form young Christian men and women through the athletic program at Christendom. Chris enjoys participating in student formational activities on campus and dabbling in database and website design in his spare time—when playing sports isn't an option. Chris and his wife Katy live in Stephens City, Virginia.

Contact Chris Vander Woude by email at coachvwchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1270.

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Mr. Dan Mitchell

Mr. Dan Mitchell
Residence Director

Dan is a 2013 graduate of Christendom. During his time as a student, he was a member of the school's varsity soccer and baseball programs, served as a Resident Assistant his junior and senior year and was a member of the Student Activities Council for three semesters. Now, as the Residence Director, Dan serves the students by overseeing all of the housing assignments and room changes, as well as helping organize the college's annual Dorm Wars activities. He lives on campus and continues to participate in every day student life in effort to foster community.

Contact Dan Mitchell by email at dmitchellchristendom.edu or by phone by calling 800.877.5456 ext 1341.

 

Katy
Miss Katy Ott

Miss 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. Ms. Ott began as the Associate Director in August of 2010. 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.

Chris
Miss Elizabeth Walsh

Miss Elizabeth Walsh
Rome Residence Coordinator

Elizabeth was raised in Minnesota and is a 2011 graduate of Christendom College (History major and Classics minor). She worked in Student Life as an RA for 2 years, and Head RA her senior year. She enjoys painting, catering, and gardening. As the Rome Residence Coordinator, she helps the students experience la vita bella in Rome

Contact Elizabeth Walsh by email at ewalshchristendom.edu.

Gabe
Mr. Gabe Schuberg

Mr. Gabe Schuberg
Rome Residence Coordinator

Gabe Schuberg graduated from Christendom with a BA in English Language and Literature in 2012. During his time at Christendom, he served on the Student Activities Council, and was appointed Student Body President in his senior year. As the Rome Residence Coordinator, he contributes to student formation, assisting them in their experience of the eternal city.

Contact Gabe Schuberg by email at gabeschubergatgmail.com.