Judy Balthazar, Dean of Studies and Interim Dean of the College
Isabelle Barker, Assistant Dean
Raima Evan, Assistant Dean
Chuck Heyduk, Associate Dean
Michelle Mancini, Associate Dean
Anne Marie McElwee, Administrative Assistant
Joann O'Doherty, Executive Assistant to the Undergraduate Dean
Judy Balthazar began advising students when she worked in residential life while a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania. After earning her doctorate in Classical Archaeology, she spent a few years working in admissions and then at the summer school at the University of Virginia before coming to Bryn Mawr as Assistant Dean in 1991. Academic advising remains the most rewarding and important part of her job. Although she no longer excavates professionally, she still enjoys putting on her hiking boots and getting outdoors as much as possible. Dean Balthazar lives in West Chester with her husband and their dog Penelope. Happily, her son Dave has now graduated from college, but sadly, that also means he has flown the coop!
Isabelle Barker joined the Dean’s Office in 2008 managing the Dean’s Office funding program, and has served as Assistant Dean since 2011. Prior to this, she was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Center for International Studies at Bryn Mawr. She received her PhD in Political Science from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and her BA in Women’s Studies from Wesleyan University. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner Cara and young son Will and enjoys cooking (and eating!) good food.
Theresa started working at the College in 2008. She managed the college’s study abroad program, advised international students and faculty, and served as the College’s representative to US government agencies on F-1 and J-1 visa matters. In her current role, she advises students on academic matters, serves as director of the study abroad program, and coordinates the admission process for incoming international guest students. She is also the campus liaison and fellowships advisor for a number of national, local and dean’s office summer study abroad grants that provide financial support for students to study abroad.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana, and a Master’s degree in Student Personal and Counseling in Higher Education from Widener University, Pennsylvania. Prior to Bryn Mawr, she worked at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut providing support services for international students and administering exchange programs. Theresa lives in Princeton Junction, New Jersey with her husband, Reggie, and two daughters, Nana Konadu and Abrefi. She enjoys dancing, collecting artifacts from around the world, and reading children’s picture books.
Christina Rose, Interim Assistant Dean & Program Coordinator, Community College Connection
Christina Rose started working at Bryn Mawr in September 2011 to develop and coordinate the college's new Community College
Connection, which recruits and supports transfer students from local
community colleges. In addition to that role, she now serves as the
primary dean for transfer and McBride students. Prior to Bryn Mawr,
Christina worked at Swarthmore, Haverford, and University of
Pennsylvania advising students and helping them reach their academic and
personal goals. She did her undergraduate work at Swarthmore College
and recently completed her Ed.D. at University of Pennsylvania's
Graduate School of Education. She lives in Havertown with her children,
Phoebe and Isaac, and their Chiweenie (Chihuahua/Dachshund mix),
Libby. In her spare time, Christina enjoys biking, yoga, crocheting,
and sampling new restaurants.
Raima Evan joined the Dean’s Office in 2003 and is in charge of the re-enrollment process and the independent major program. She also organizes luncheons between the deans and the new faculty at the beginning of the year. Before arriving at Bryn Mawr, she taught part-time in Swarthmore’s English Literature department. She was an undergraduate at Radcliffe College and received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also received an M.A. in English and Creative Writing. She lives in Swarthmore with her husband, Craig, who teaches at Swarthmore College. Her son will graduate from Stanford in June 2015, and her daughter attends Oberlin.
Chuck Heyduk (Bryn Mawr Ph.D. 1982, Human Development) has advised students in the Deans Office since 1989. He coordinates Customs, Bryn Mawr's student-led new student orientation, works with the Dorm Leadership Teams and is involved with the Social Justice Partnership Program (SJPP). Previous roles at the College include Director of Student Services (housing and student life), International Student Adviser, Pre-law adviser and residence hall director. With his wife Lori and daughter Kate, he volunteers for a local animal rescue (including fostering kittens) and enjoys college basketball.
Michelle Mancini is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and has been in the Dean’s Office since 2002. In addition to advising, she works with students applying for several national fellowships. She oversees day-to-day advising functions, serves as liaison for a number of domestic study away programs, and has taught in the ESem program. Dean Mancini has a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner Ted and daughter Tilia. She enjoys riding her bicycle and is always grateful for suggestions for interesting reading.
Rachel Heiser received her Bachelors from James Madison University before she moved back to her roots in Pennsylvania to receive her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University. She began work at Drexel University and served as a counselor, advisor and the Assistant Director for the Center for Academic Success. Now at Bryn Mawr College, she works closely with students, staff and faculty to assist students in reaching their personal definition of academic success and college life balance. When she is not immersed in the Owl community, she enjoys seeing live music and theater, traveling, having outdoor adventures, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr and joined the Dean’s Office in 2013. She provides support for the Dean's Office programs and initiatives, including the Dean's Office funding programs for conferences and research. She also assists with general academic advising for first-year students. Lauren earned her Masters in French Studies from New York University and more recently earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Prior to her return to Bryn Mawr, she worked at the University of Pennsylvania and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and has counseled students at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Lauren lives in Bryn Mawr with her husband Jim and their lively pup Lucy. She enjoys dancing and traveling and is a big fan of This American Life and The Simpsons.
Sameerah Richards received her BA in Business Administration at Temple University. She is the newest member of the UG Dean’s Office as she joined the Dean’s office in June 2013 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to working at the Dean’s Office she worked at the College’s Pensby Center. She lives in Philadelphia with her daughter, Aniyah, and their cat Roxy. She enjoys, music, travelling, dining out, and spending time with her family.
Anne Marie McElwee has been working for the Dean's Office since 2005. Her current responsibilities as Administrative Assistant include assisting the deans with their website, Customs, summer communications, tutoring program, fellowships, the awards assembly and is an officer with the Staff Association. She lives in Drexel Hill, PA with her daughter, Rebecca. Her son, Stephen, lives in center city Philadelphia. Anne Marie enjoys tent camping (41 states and 6 provinces), sightseeing, swimming, BUNCO and is the world's greatest Beatles fan!
Joann O’Doherty is a graduate of neighboring Rosemont College and has
worked for Bryn Mawr College for over 19 years. Currently, she serves
as Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Undergraduate College
as Office Manager for the Dean’s Office. Joann lives in Drexel Hill,
PA with her husband, Jack. She enjoys spending time with her two
daughters and especially her five grandchildren. She likes
to work out on a daily basis, enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants
with friends, playing volleyball, and loves spending time
at the beach. Joann was the recipient of the prestigious McPherson
Classes begin at Penn
Dorms reopen at 9am
Classes begin at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore
PE registration begins
Confirmation of Registration (first-years)
Labor Day (no classes at Bryn Mawr and Haverford)
Confirmation of Registration (sophomores)
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for first quarter courses (5 pm)
Last day to drop a fifth course at Bryn Mawr and Haverford
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for full semester courses (5 pm)
Fall Break (begins after last class on Oct. 9)
Last day of first quarter courses
Second quarter courses (including PE) begin
Last day to add second quarter courses
Preregistration Advising for Spring
Preregistration Period in BiONiC
Last day to drop second quarter courses
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for second quarter courses (5 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Break (begins after last class on Nov. 25)
Last day of classes at Swarthmore and Penn
Last day of classes: all written work due 5 p.m.
Last day of classes at Haverford and Swarthmore
Examination Period (ends at 12:30 pm on December 18)
Dorms close at 6 pm