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The Office of Student Life coordinates many activities, programs, and services that enhance student life at Gordon. During your time here, we want you to develop into mature Christian men and women, integrating faith, living and learning. Outside of the classroom, that happens through our programs and services such as Chapel, Residence Life, Multicultural Events, and the Health and Counseling Centers, just to name a few. But it also happens through people: people who care about these programs and who care about you. Take a few moments to get to know our Deans and Directors through their mini-bios below.
Dan Tymann: Executive Vice President for Campus Life
As executive vice president for campus life, Dan leads many elements of the co-curricular dimension of student life, including the chapel office, student counseling, the health center, residence life, outdoor education, the MIO office, the Career and Connection Institute, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, student employment, human resources, parent relations, and alumni relations. Dan also pursues the spiritual, social, and vocational development of Gordon students by working with the academic division to integrate curricular and co-curricular programs and initiatives throughout the undergraduate experience at Gordon. Another key area of responsibility for Dan is the spiritual, professional, and career development of Gordon staff. In the midst of his other responsibilities, Tymann remains committed to building significant relationships with Gordon students and their families.
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Nicholas Rowe: Associate Vice President for Student and Global Engagement
Dr. Rowe works with his colleagues to create a campus climate of opportunity, leadership development and integrated student learning experiences for a student body that is increasingly diverse and global. This is so that, according to the College mission, they are prepared “to provide faithful leadership and service for the common good.” This will often mean looking out for specific ways for students to connect what is happening inside the classroom with what is happening outside the classroom. He oversees the administration of the Multicultural Initiatives Office, the International Student Organization, First Generation Students, Campus Activities, and the annual LEAD conference. He also serves as a secondary advisor to student government. In addition, he teaches as an associate professor in the History Department and Peace Studies minor.
Terry Charek: Dean of Student Care
Terry L. Charek, Dean of Student Life, has served the students of Gordon College for over 30 years in various capacities. Campus residence life was his true love and focus for many years, but he also works with students with disabilities, commuter student advising, the health and counseling centers, recreation, intramurals and health education, directs the student disciplinary process, and founded the Early Response Initiative to identify and support struggling students. Terry lives in Wenham with his lovely wife Patricia and daughter Charlotte, and two guinea pigs—and loves to hike and garden and eat raw eggs.
Rev. Bob Whittet: Chaplain
Rev. Bob Whittet is a graduate of Gordon College (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div). He is a professor in the Christian Ministries department and serves as the Director of Church Relations. Bob has nearly three decades of youth ministry experience in his background, much of it in New England, and serves as an advisor and board member for a number of national and regional ministries. Bob is committed to the life-changing effect that cross-cultural youth ministry has on young people, and is committed to helping students discover their leadership potential through the Center for Student Leadership.
Lauren Becker: Associate Dean for Spiritual Formation
Lauren is a true modern contemplative. In her role as Associate Dean for Spiritual Formation at Gordon College, Lauren designs Scripture-infused programming focused on Christ-centered transformation of the soul, through the lens of art and design. Her creative projects balance virtual and embodied form. Lauren is a current Doctor of Ministry student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where she received her M.A. in Counseling in 2009. Areas of Lauren’s vocational expression include sabbath living, artistic response to God’s initiative, self-reflection, and the unfolding of biblical concepts in the Spirit-led life. Lauren resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts with her husband and four children; all artists in their own right. You’ll often find her savoring sabbath, listening to songbirds, and exploring viticulture and vinification.
Yicaury Melo Jimenez: Director of Multicultural Initiatives and the Clarendon Scholars Program
Yicaury Melo graduated from Gordon with a BA in Communications Arts. As a Clarendon Scholar, she was an active member of the Gordon community by serving in multiple leadership roles in student clubs and ministries, including ALANA and World Focus. Upon graduation, she returned to her home city of Lawrence, MA and worked with various community engagement organizations. Yicaury’s passion is to provide learning and enrichment opportunities to inner-city youth. She worked with the YWCA to cultivate middle school girls into strong confident young ladies through career exploration, nurturing a strong self-esteem and the arts. She returned to Gordon in the fall of 2013 as the Multicultural Admissions Counselor and then joined Student Life as the Multicultural Student Service Coordinator in the fall of 2014. Since then, she has worked to develop and implement the Multicultural Initiatives Office Ambassadors program and foster a welcoming and inviting multicultural community at Gordon.
Jacqueline Broberg: Director of Student Activities
Jacqueline Broberg loves to disciple students into future leaders and followers of Christ. As a the Director of Student Activities, she oversees the Gordon College Student Association (GCSA), the Campus Events Council (CEC), the Mascot Program and the Director of Orientation, mentoring students as they learn how to lead some of Gordon's major student programs. She is a graduate of Gordon College (B.A) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A. in Theology). Jacqueline lives with her husband and puppy in Hamilton and loves to travel, knit, read and watch Parks & Rec.
Ingrid Orellana Rivera: International Student Office Manager
Ingrid came to Gordon College as an international student from El Salvador. She graduated in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Business Administration. While a student, Ingrid served as the Student Director of the International Student Organization (ISO) in which she had the chance to help develop and create ISO events as well as help lead the International Student Orientation.
Before becoming a Gordon staff member, Ingrid worked at Compassion International as a translator and event coordinator and was a member of Habitat for Humanity and the International Global Citizen Initiative back in her country. She is energetic, enthusiastic and brings a creative approach to our programming for international students. Ingrid now serves as the central resource for undergraduate international students (including visa and patriot students), she develops and facilities services in collaboration and partnership with campus departments, including residence life, counseling center, student development, and global education. and is trained in basic SEVIS regulations and procedures.
Jeff Carpenter: Director of Residence Life
Jeff is a graduate of Geneva College, where he received his B.A. and his Masters degree in Higher Education. He serves as the Resident Director for Nyland Hall, where he lives with his wife and two sons. Jeff is committed to mentoring students, helping them grow as leaders and as followers of Christ.
Ethan Mignard: Director of Housing
Ethan Mignard serves as Gordon’s director of housing as well as the resident director of Tavilla Hall. Raised in Andover, Minn., he attended Oklahoma Baptist University, where he earned a B.A. in News and Information in 2011. Mignard received his M.A. in Strategic Leadership from Bethel University in May of 2017. In his free time, Mignard enjoys traveling, photography, participating in sports and keeping up with current events.
Abigail Stroven: Director of La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership
Abby has been shaped by her experiences in Ecuador, South America where she spent seven years working with an adventure education retreat center called El Refugio located near the capital city of Quito. Her experiences leading wilderness trips, ministering to local Ecuadorians, and living in a different culture have fueled her passion for facilitating similar experiences with La Vida participants and staff. She is excited to be leading the La Vida Center here at Gordon College. Abby has a B.S. from Cedarville University. She is certified as a WMA Wilderness First Responder as well as being trained in Challenge Course management and Advanced Skills and Standards courses at Project Adventure.
Deana Trefry: Director of the Counseling Center
In addition to her role as Director of the Counseling Center, Deana has been an adjunct professor at Gordon in the Sociology and Social Work Departments. Prior to coming to Gordon, Deana worked in the public schools, as well as for the SEEM Collaborative, as a school adjustment counselor, school psychologist and special education administrator. At SEEM Collaborative, Deana was the founder and Director of the SEEM Assessment and Intervention Center. Prior to her work in public schools, Deana worked as an outpatient therapist at Health & Education Services working with all ages. Deana is married and has three children.
Jon Tymann: Director of Athletics
A longtime employee of Gordon and friend to the Fighting Scots, Jon Tymann signed on as the College's Director of Athletics and the Highlander Club in August of 2009. Prior to joining the Gordon Athletics team, Tymann served the College first in various roles within the student development office, later moving into positions as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, Director of Development Relations, and, most recently, Senior Director of Development. In addition to his role in Athletics, he continues to lend his efforts to the College's Development office. Outside of Gordon, Tymann, a 1983 graduate of the College who holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University, has served as an executive director for both the Beverly, Mass. and greater Boston YMCA and as principal of Portsmouth Christian Academy in Portsmouth, N.H.