Dr. Ben Meoz serves as the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of Campus Living at Lewis & Clark College. Ben holds an Interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Washington in Communication, Social Work, and Social Psychology, as well as a Masters Degree in Higher Education from the University of Vermont and Bachelors of Sociology from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Ben came to Lewis & Clark in July 2021 after hearing about it non-stop from his 4 in-laws who attended the College. Ben loves coffee, Portland loves coffee, and so by the transitive property of equality Ben loves Portland.
Brittney Peake teaches in the Academic English Studies Program at Lewis & Clark College. One of Brittney’s passions is helping people grow their ability to communicate and act appropriately, effectively, and authentically across differences, which is also called intercultural capacity. Professionally, she teaches and leads workshops related to developing intercultural competence and language learning. Personally, she has a multicultural family, and developing her own intercultural capacity has helped her live with more intention and strengthen her relationships.
Christabel Léonce, PsyD (she/her), is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from George Fox University. Christabel serves as a mental health counselor and outreach coordinator for the BIPOC community. She has experience working in college counseling centers, grade schools, and community mental health clinics. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in contemporary psychodynamic, attachment theory, and trauma-informed therapy. Her therapeutic style also incorporates some behavioral activation practices which align with trauma-informed care. Christabel is passionate about working with marginalized communities and walking alongside individuals on their personal development and healing journey.
Fatmah Worfeley (she/her) is the Interim Executive Director of the Momentum Alliance, a youth-of-color-led nonprofit organization in Portland. Fatmah is a third culture kid who was raised in SW Portland. Her father is an asylum seeker from North Africa (Libya) and her mother is an immigrant of Palestinian origin, but is of the displaced diaspora that resided between Kuwait and Jordan due to the 1948 Nakba war. With her parents being displaced, Fatmah became very vocal and curious about the history and politics of the world. While studying Political Science at Portland State, she organized within student leadership and with grassroots organizations. She became involved with MA in 2016 as a YEA! Cohort participant. Soon after she became program staff, then Interim ED. Outside of MA Fatmah organizes within her Muslim communities, and contracts with different institutions providing her storytelling workshops for all types of students. In Fatmah’s free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, studying Arabic, going on trips, spending time with her niece Yasmeen, or with her cats: Zeeko & Jamilah.
Gina Tran graduated from the University of Oregon in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. Throughout college, she participated in multiple student groups and led as a staff member for the Asian and Pacific American Student Union for three years. She is currently a Graphic Designer at Pomegranate, a publishing company based in Portland. In her free time, she likes to play games and crochet!
Iyanna Akena (they/them) is a young Black activist, who holds many identities that influence their desire to show up for the community and the future generations to come. Born and raised in Portland, OR, they have dedicated time to understanding the systems of our society and how they impact and have harmfully impacted the communities they belong to, but also the communities that share similar systemic oppression. With this knowledge of systems of power and their own lived experience, they intend to use their passion and longing for a liberated and free world, to push for radical change within the institutions that make our society. Outside of organizing Iya spends much of their time learning how they can practice holistic wellness as a form of radical self/community healing. They are a lover of astrology, literature, music, and nature!
Professor Janet Steverson is the Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence at Lewis & Clark Law School and was Lewis & Clark College’s institutional Dean of Diversity and Inclusion from 2016 through 2019.
Prior to beginning work as a professor at Lewis & Clark in 1990, Steverson was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., doing general litigation. She worked particularly on cases of commercial transactions involving tort and contract allegations, employment discrimination, government contracts, and insurance coverage disputes. Steverson was a member of the Harvard Law School Board of Student Advisors teaching first-year students moot court, legal writing, and research. An area of special interest to her is children’s rights. She has published on the issues of interspousal tort immunity, children and the law, contracts, drug-addicted mothers, and consumer warranties. She is admitted to the New York, District of Columbia, and Oregon bar associations. In 2009 Professor Steverson was named Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence in recognition of her commitment to teaching excellence, dedication to each student’s success, and the promise to enrich the academic experience with pragmatism, rigor, and humor.
Dr. Jonathan Manz is the inaugural director of the first year experience at Lewis & Clark. In this role he is charged with developing initiatives to help new students succeed both academically and socially at the college. Jonathan has two decades of higher education experience at a variety of institutions across the United States. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing music with friends, and cheering on his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers.
Malavika Arun (she/they) is a double alum from Lewis & Clark College. She is an international student and Davis Scholar from India. Malavika graduated from L&C with a BA in both Psychology and Theatre in 2019 and their MA in Student Affairs Administration in 2022.
During their time at L&C they were involved as a resident advisor, took on multiple roles in the theatre department, and chaired for South Asia multiple times in the International Fair, all in addition to her academic work and research. During their time as a graduate student, they were able to find ways to connect their academic work around equity and inclusion to their role as a Graduate Assistant in Campus Living while continuing to work with various campus partners they had been involved with during their time as an undergraduate. Since graduating, they have been able to further their passion for equity and education in their role as Assistant Director of Inclusion & Intercultural Engagement at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Mary Andrus (she/her/hers) resides and works on the Ahantchuyuk, Atfalati, Kalapuya and Clackamas lands. She has a doctorate in art therapy, is a board certified registered art therapist, a certified supervisor and licensed professional counselor. She is the director of the Art Therapy Program, co-chair of the Art for Social Change committee at Lewis & Clark, and is an activist, mother and loves to hike. Mary believes that art created in relationships transforms lives, builds community, examines social constructs, raises critical consciousness and creates a more just society.
Michael Lee (they/them), Assistant Director of Employer and Student Engagement at Lewis & Clark College Career Center, has a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While collaborating with students, faculty, alumni, employers and administration to build successful programs, they also focus on equity in the workplace, creating change where it is needed. Michael has worked with Ohlone Leaders to learn and create Land Acknowledgements, reworked bathrooms to be All-Gendered and co-created previous workplaces Equity Working Group.
Michelle Callahan recently joined Lewis & Clark as the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness in April 2022 and currently oversees the College’s Confidential Advocate program. She holds a Masters in Public Health from OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, with a concentration in sexual and reproductive health and gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) health. Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, Michelle worked at Portland Public Schools on the Health and Adapted/Physical Education team developing curricula, supporting teachers, and coordinating two CDC-funded grants (one supporting sexual health for grades 9-12, and one supporting mental health for grades K-12). In addition to sexual and reproductive health, her public health interests also include health equity and social justice, harm-reduction approaches, violence prevention, anti-fat bias and weight stigma, and much more. Michelle is also certified in public health (CPH) and a certified health education specialist (CHES).
Nina Olken is Senior Associate Director of the Career Center at Lewis & Clark. She began her career in Boston, MA at M.I.T. and Tufts University and has been a part of the Lewis & Clark community since 2011. Nina enjoys helping students make meaningful connections between their academic pursuits and their career aspirations. In particular, she is passionate about helping students find their path to meaningful work through internships and experiential learning. In addition to working with students during 1:1 appointments, Nina teaches an internship for credit class; Career Development 145 (CDEV: 145). Nina received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master of Education in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. In her free time, Nina enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Sarah Lind-MacMillan (she/her) is a 2022 graduate of Lewis & Clark College who majored in International Affairs. While at LC, Sarah was involved in many aspects of student life, from athletics to admissions to student government. While taking a gap year before graduate school, Sarah has returned to LC Admissions as a File Reader and also works at her local climbing gym. As a 2022 Charles B. Rangel Fellow, Sarah will begin her future career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State after completing her master’s degree in 2025. This past summer she interned with the International Development Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and supported the work of Congressman Joaquin Castro. Now, Sarah is preparing to spend the summer interning at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand where she will work with the Political Affairs team.
Savannah Kan grew up in sunny Pasadena, CA and moved to the PNW in 2020 after receiving her degree in Public Relations from the University of Oregon. As a student, Savannah served on staff for the Asian and Pacific American Student Union for four years, and participated in other student groups as well. She is the current Content & Community Manager for Qeepsake, a text-based parenting journaling app.
Shishei Tsang (pronunciation: she-shay sang) is a boba connoisseur, artist, Gemini, and student affairs professional. She is an immigrant from Hong Kong, and she strives to continue to represent and preserve her unique Asian-Hong Konger-Chinese American heritage. As program director for SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity & Direct Service) at Reed College, she aims to continue to mitigate inequality through her work with SEEDS student leaders and the Office for Institutional Diversity. Shishei has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies (Thematic Plan: Restorative Justice in Higher Education ) with a minor in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from Lewis & Clark College.
Theresa Brostowitz began her career trajectory as a peer leadership coordinator during her first year of college at Seattle University. From there, she continued to participate in student leadership roles on campus as an orientation leader, a peer tutor, and president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association- University of Oregon chapter. After reflecting on her passion for working with college students, Theresa made the decision to pursue a Master’s of Education in Student Development Administration and began a full-time career as a higher education professional. Theresa is passionate about developing leadership skills, engaging in responsible and informed citizenship, and sustainable business practices. If you are interested in these topics as well, just reach out! Theresa would be happy to treat you to coffee in the Trail Room to discuss more.
Tim McCrory is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach for Lewis & Clark College. He is a former men’s basketball student-athlete at Vermont where he played over 100 games. After a couple of years as a graduate assistant at Missouri, McCrory joined the staff at Oberlin College in 2011. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2016. At Vermont, Tim McCrory was selected to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times. He earned his master’s degree in public administration from Missouri in May of 2010.