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Dr. Robin H. Holmes-Sullivan is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (VPSL) at Lewis and Clark College.  As the senior student affairs officer for the campus, her responsibilities include enhancing and transforming the student experience at the College, ensuring that the student voice and student needs are considered in decision making, and overseeing the departments of Campus Living, Case Management, College Outdoors, Counseling Service, Health Promotion and Wellness, Health Services, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, International Students and Scholars, Leadership and Service, New Student Orientation, Physical education and Athletics, Spiritual Life, Student Activities, Student Rights and responsibilities, and Student Support Services.  

 Before joining Lewis and Clark College, she was at the University of California (UC) and held the role as UC’s systemwide Vice President for Student Affairs, where she provided strategic leadership in support of the 10 UC campuses in the development and implementation of systemwide policy and practice in the areas of undergraduate admissions, student financial support and student life and ensured a world-class student experience that was transformative, and rested on the pillars of access, affordability and student engagement.

 Prior to serving at the University of California, she served as Vice President for Student Life at the University of Oregon (UO), serving 9 of her 25-year Oregon career as the Senior Student Affairs Officer for the campus.  At UO, she led efforts in support of students’ academic success including the construction of new residence halls, a new student union, recreation center and health/counseling center additions.  She also provided leadership and policy development in the areas of sexual assault/sexual violence prevention, campus climate, co-curricular learning opportunities, suicide prevention, wellness initiatives and cultural competency.

 Dr. Holmes-Sullivan is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintained a clinical practice for 23 years.  She consults on issues of diversity, multicultural organizational development for higher education institutions and private corporations as well as leadership development and mental health and wellness issues.  She has taught classes and workshops on multiculturalism, multicultural competence in therapy, cross-cultural dynamics in conflict mediation as well as identity formation and development.  

 Dr. Holmes-Sullivan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton.


Jessica Sweeney
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Jessica Sweeney







Amy Alvarado-Martinez '21

Amy Alvarado-Martinez ’21 is exploring the many different majors offered at LC. She has a passion for helping others, especially the Latinx community. She was born and raised in NE Portland. In her free time, she likes to hike and spend time with her family.








Dennis Kamakana ’20 is one of the graduate assistants in the office and graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences with a sociology/anthropology major. Currently part of the student affairs graduate program, he was born in Molokai, Hawaii and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dennis enjoys listening to music and relaxing. 




Kelly Boyer ’20 is a Graduate assistant in the Dean of Students office. Currently part of the student affairs graduate program, She has a bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution from Portland State University. A Portland local, she enjoys Digital Art and surfing the web.






Liz Brandel ’21 is a math major and chemistry minor. She is involved in FSU and plays violin in the Lewis & Clark orchestra. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and enjoys hiking and skiing.







Matt Odell ’20 is a psychology major but is aiming to be a strength and conditioning coach for both private and university levels. He was born in Mountain View California. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, and skiing