Called to Lead Mentors
Called to Lead's mentoring program makes a significant impact on students. In fact, many alumni site this aspect of Called to Lead as the single item that had the most impact on them. The mentoring program is successful due to the commitment and investment of our faculty and staff mentors. Some of those mentors include (this list does not include all of our mentors):
Director of Student Transitional Programs
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
Jean-Paul is the Assistant Director of Academic Advising, the Director of the Momentum Program, faculty advisor for the Liberal Arts Residence: Living Learning Community, and advisor for transfer students. For almost two decades he has been teaching courses about History, Political Science, and Religious Studies. He has a strong commitment to mentoring students consistent with the mission of the college: “Educate for Service.” Jean-Paul is interested in mentoring students who embrace the mission of the college and through the liberal arts curriculum discern ways to serve and lead in a global context.
Reka serves as one of the Area Coordinators for Residence Life. Part of her job is to supervise RAs and to make sure that students’ needs are met when it comes to their residential experience. She has the chance to attend some programs with students, meet individually and work in various settings with them. As a former international student and now international employee in Higher Education, she is very interested in multicultural affairs and foreign languages. She has a BA in Communication and Media Studies and an MBA in International Business, so she has a passion for both of these fields of study as well. Having the opportunity to build individual connections with people can make a great impact in students’ lives and a mentor can become an essential part of one’s support system.
Associate Professor of Business
Dr. Cristina E. Ciocirlan teaches Management and Organizational Behavior, Management Seminar and Human Resources Management in the Department of Business. She has mentored students on the topics of corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental sustainability, social business, servant leadership, effective communication skills and service learning. She is excited about mentoring students in the Called to Lead program and contributing to their personal and professional growth as future leaders.
Mark Clapper '96
Director of Alumni Relations
Mark is a 1996 graduate of Elizabethtown and currently serves the College as its Director of Alumni Relations. In addition to studying English and history at E-town, he has earned a master of arts degree in leadership from Duquesne University. While interested in mentoring, advising and supporting students in a variety of topics, Mark has recently been provided with opportunities to focus on the subjects of self-confidence, presentation skills, leadership-related matters and moral/ethical decision making.
In a distinguished career as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Craig pursued his career focus on economic analysis during assignments in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt ,Haiti, Syria and Colombia. He speaks Arabic, French and Spanish. In June 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated him to be the United States Ambassador to Oman. After three years in the post he returned to the United States just after Sept. 11, 2001, to be appointed by President George W. Bush as a Special Assistant to the President where he served on the staff of the National Security Council. Ambassador Craig has been a scholar in residence as well as ambassador in residence at Elizabethtown College since 2002. Ambassador Craig is interested in mentoring students who hope to live, study, or work abroad.
Lecturer in Accounting
Jeff has garnered significant experience in public and private accounting, controllership, information systems, operations and compliance over a 30-year professional career. He has in-depth knowledge directing systems development, computer operations, business process design and re-engineering, contract negotiation, project management, shared services, outsourcing, risk assessment, IT effectiveness and litigation support. Professor Gabriel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is interested in mentoring students with an interest in Accounting or Business.
Assistant Professor of Education
Shannon is an Assistant Professor of Education and teaches a variety of courses in Special Education, literacy support and intervention, and educational assessment. She has served as a mentor on the topics of behavioral support in the general education classroom and use of assistive technology.
Eric Kopp '08
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Eric returned to Elizabethtown College as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid in 2011, after earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Long Island University. While at Elizabethtown, where he studied Political Science, he served as a Peer Mentor, assisting First-Year students in their transition to college life. As Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Eric is responsible for administering PHEAA State Grants and Special Programs to all eligible individuals and helping prospective and current students navigate through the challenges of financing their Elizabethtown education. Eric is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Penn State Harrisburg. He looks forward to mentoring students on leadership and time and budget management.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Michele was introduced to the concept of purposeful life work quite accidentally as an undergraduate student at Elizabethtown College. Many faculty mentors (from multiple disciplines) challenged her understanding of vocation and work. In graduate school, she continued a more formal examination of purposeful life work and chose work, occupations, and organizations and family sociology as her two areas of specialization within the discipline. Through research, experience, and relationships, she has found her calling. She hopes to serve as a mentor who supports others on their journey to uncover their own north star.
Director of Financial Aid
Elizabeth is the Director of the Financial Aid Office, which includes 4 other counselors and 2 support staff who work together as we help students and parents find their way through the application process to receive need-based aid. We also provide counseling on financial literacy, financing options for higher education, debt management and budgeting. Through these areas of counseling, she is committed to our office’s role as a part of the education process for Elizabethtown College students.
Kaitlyn Miller '12
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund
Kaitlyn is a 2012 graduate of Elizabethtown and currently works as the Assistant Director of the Annual Fund for the College. Her primary responsibilities include the management of the student Phonathon, Senior Class Giving, and efforts involved with young alumni. While a student at Elizabethtown, Kaitlyn worked heavily in the communications department serving as the department assistant and the News Director for the college’s TV station, ECTV-40.
Assistant Director of Called to Lead
Stacey works with the Called to Lead program, and therefore, she pairs the students with their mentors and facilitates the partnerships. However, Stacey also serves as a mentor and strongly believes in the value of mentoring partnerships. She has mentored on work/life balance and integration, strengths, vocation and purposeful life work, and integrating personal inventories into success at Etown and beyond. Other interests include human resource management, having served as an HR Manager for 12 years, servant leadership, ethical leadership, and time management.