Dean of the Undergraduate College
Judy Balthazar, Dean of Studies
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
Jennifer Walters has arrived at Bryn Mawr from Smith College where she was Associate Dean of Community Life, Dean of Religious Life, and co-director of the Women’s Narratives Project. Her first job after college was cleaning exam rooms at a Boston health center. She left the center six years later as the Director of Community Services, a department she created. (You never know where a first job will lead you.) She studied philosophy at Michigan State University and theology at the Episcopal Divinity School sparking an interest in social ethics and conflict mediation. Dean Walters has served as the Ombudsperson for the University of Michigan and co-taught courses there in health education and inter-group dialogue. She likes to get outdoors to hike, snowshoe, or row. She is always open to an invitation to play a game of Scrabble.
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, 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 is enrolled in a graduate program in physics at NYU, and her daughter studies English and creative writing at Oberlin. In her free time, Raima reads and writes fiction. She has published several short stories and a one-act play.
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.
Tonja Nixon, Wellness Coordinator/Dean’s Office Intern
Tonja Nixon is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr who has since received her Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the newest member of the UG Dean’s Office, working as the Wellness Coordinator and the Dean’s Office Intern for the year. She is also a staff member in the Athletics Department, working as an Assistant Coach for the Track & Field teams. She lives in Narberth with her partner and their cat, Clive, and she enjoys cooking, music, reading, running, and sports.
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
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