Members of the Emerson JED Campus Workgroup, along with other members of the general campus community, were invited to participate in action-oriented JED Campus subgroups. The subgroups meet monthly to discuss relevant topic areas. The work of the subgroups is reported to the Leadership Team and to the JED Campus Workgroup.  If you are interested in joining a subgroup, please contact us at jed [at] emerson.edu!

Campus Culture 

The Campus Culture Subgroup is charged with conducting focus groups and soliciting feedback on the campus climate in regards to mental and general health and wellness. 

  • Jane Powers - Chair, Director, Center for Health and Wellness
  • Nancy Allen, Executive-in-Residence, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Elizabeth Ching-Bush, Assistant Dean of Campus Life
  • Mike Duggan, Associate Vice President, Institutional Research
  • Eileen McBride, Assistant Professor, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Pat Nicol, Director, Athletics and Recreation
  • Diane Paxton, Director, Student Accessibility Services
  • Amanda Turnley, Director, Student Care and Support
  • Brian Vlasak, G’18​

Communication

The Communication subgroup is charged with coordinating communicating around Emerson's JED Campus work. This includes campus communication, website maintenance, and recommending a plan to promote social connectedness and overall community health and wellness. 

  • Sharon Duffy, Chair, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Jason Beals, Director, Web Services
  • Sofiya Cabalquinto, Associate Vice President, Office of Communication
  • Priscila Cheung, Staff Psychologist, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Cathy Edelstein, Senior Executive-in-Residence, Communication Studies
  • Kellie Fuller, Learning & Engagement Specialist, Human Resources
  • Frankie Frain, Director, IT Infrastructure
  • Annie Kelly, Associate Director, Student Support, Los Angeles Program

Environment

The Environment subgroup is charged with conducting an environmental scan of college facilities with an eye towards means restriction. 

  • Elise Harrison,  Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Turi Daoust, Associate Director, Housing and Student Life, Emerson Los Angeles
  • Karen Dickinson, Director, Business Services
  • Mike Holland, Associate Director, International Initiatives
  • Tikesha Morgan, Senior Advisor for Student Affairs, Kasteel Well
  • Erik Muurisepp, Associate Dean, Campus Life
  • Duncan Pollock, Assistant Vice President, Campus Services
  • Carmelo Serrano, Sergeant, Emerson College Police Department

Equity In Mental Health

The Equity in Mental Health (EMH) Sub-committee is guided by the EMH Framework proposed by the JED Foundation and The Steven Fund, as well as the demands outlined by the POWER Petition from Emerson students. Our goal is to develop and strengthen effective approaches for promoting and supporting the emotional well-being and mental health of students of color and, ultimately, of all students.

  • Kyle Rundles (co-chair) and Danya Goodman (co-chair), Staff Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Chris Grant, Associate Director, Student Success
  • Tamia Jordan, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs
  • Annie Kelly, Associate Director, Student Support, Los Angeles Program
  • Melanie Matson, Director, Healing & Advocacy Collective
  • Heather May, Senior Lecturer, Communication Studies
  • Diane Paxton, Director, Student Accessibility Services
  • Jane Powers, Director, Center for Health and Wellness

Policy

The Policy subgroup is charged with reviewing college policies around mental health and wellness and making recommendations to policy adjustments or creations.

  • Patricia Challan, Chair, Associate Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Chris Daly, Director, Office of Student Success
  • Christine Hughes, Vice President, General Counsel
  • Elizabeth Ching-Bush, Assistant Dean, Campus Life
  • Amanda Turnley, Director, Student Care and Support
  • Maureen Hurley, Director, Parent and Family Program

Substance Abuse

The Substance Abuse subgroup is charged to review Emerson's education and support services relating to substance use and abuse and to recommend strategies for harm reduction and supporting students in recovery. 

  • Laura Owen, Chair, Associate Director, Coordinator Wellness Education, Center for Health and Wellness
  • Nancy Allen, Executive-in-Residence, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Desiree Bradford, Resident Director
  • Jason Meier, Director, Student Engagement and Leadership
  • Jeff Morris, Assistant Director, Off-Campus Student Services
  • Pat Nicol, Director, Athletics
  • Tim Riley, Associate Professor, Journalism
  • Robbert van Helsdingen, Kasteel Well
  • Betsy Walsh, Nurse Practitioner, Center for Health and Wellness
  • Emma Weeks, student
  • Melissa Woolsey, Assistant Director, Community Standards and Student Conduct

Training

The Training subgroup is charged with reviewing existing gatekeeper trainings offered to faculty, staff and students and in making recommendations for enhancements. 

  • Elise Harrison, Chair, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Karen Dickinson, Director, Business Services
  • Kellie Fuller, Learning and Engagement Specialist, Human Resources
  • Steven Martin, Director, New Student Programs and Transitions
  • Eileen McBride, Assistant Professor, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Carol Parker, Assistant Vice President, Faculty Affairs
  • Carol Smolinsky, Associate Director, Student Success 
  • Amanda Turnley, Director, Student Care and Concern
  • Melissa Woolsey, Assistant Director, Community Standards and Student Conduct

JED Workgroup, December 2016

  • Nancy Allen, Executive-in-Residence, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Erin Brennen, Senior Associate Director, Athletics
  • Patricia Challan, Associate Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Elizabeth Ching-Bush, Assistant Dean of Campus Life
  • Sharon Duffy, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Michael Duggan, Associate Vice-President, Institutional Research
  • Kellie Fuller, Learning & Engagement Specialist, Human Resources
  • Elise Harrison, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Jim Hoppe, Vice President and Dean of Campus Life
  • Christine Hughes, Vice President, General Counsel
  • Maureen Hurley, Director, Parent and Family Programs
  • Samantha Ivery, Director, Diversity & Equity Initiatives, Social Justice Center
  • tamia jordan, Director, Intercultural Student Affairs
  • Annie Kelly, Associate Director, Student Support, Los Angeles Program
  • Ruthanne Madsen, Vice President, Enrollment Management
  • Melanie Matson, Director & Counselor/Advocate, Healing & Advocacy Collective
  • Nicole Martignetti, Program Manager, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Eileen McBride, Assistant Professor, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Tyler McPeek, Associate Director, Academic Services, Writing & Academic Resource Center
  • Dulcia Meijers, Executive Director, Kasteel Well
  • Tikesha Morgan, Senior Advisor for Student Affairs, Kasteel Well
  • Erik Muurisepp, Associate Dean, Campus Life
  • Patricia Nicol, Director, Athletics and Recreation
  • Tylor Orme, Assistant Professor, Institute For Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Laura Owen, Associate Director, Coordinator Wellness Education, Center for Health and Wellness
  • Diane Paxton, Director, Student Accessibility Services
  • Anthony Pinder, Associate Vice President, International & Global Engagement
  • Jane Powers, Director, Center for Health and Wellness
  • Tim Riley, Associate Professor, Journalism
  • Jan Roberts-Breslin, Dean, Graduate & Professional Studies
  • Carmelo Serrano, Sergeant, Emerson College Police Department
  • Anne Shaughnessy, Vice President and Special Assistant to the President, President’s Office
  • Robert Smith, Chief, Emerson College Police Department
  • Sylvia Spears, Vice President, Social Justice Center
  • Greta Spoering, Survivor Counselor/Advocate, Healing & Advocacy Collective
  • Shari Stier, Senior Associate Vice President, Human Resources
  • Brian Vlasak, G’18
  • Pam Walsh, Assistant Vice President, Employee Engagement, Human Resources
  • Michaele Whelan, Provost & Vice President, Academic Affairs