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Meet the Undergraduate Student Life Staff

We're here for you.

 

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Chris Vander Woude

Chris Vander Woude
Acting 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 7 years as the Athletic Director, Vander Woude accepted the position as Acting Dean of Students at Christendom College. Chris brings his love of Christendom and personal formation into his new 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. When he is not coaching basketball or participating in some event on campus he is working with his hands on his truck, house or anything else that needs fixing. Chris is happily married to Katy (Hadro) Vander Woude and credits her faith and strength as a source of continuing inspiration and support. 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.

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Daniel Mitchel
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.

 

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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. 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.

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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 recently 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 Programs. 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.