Division Leadership

Steven Janowiak
Vice President for Student Life
steven.janowiak@valpo.edu

Steve Janowiak joined Valparaiso University in 2013 and currently serves as the Vice President for Student Life. In this role, Steve provides leadership and oversight for all areas in the Student Life Division.


Carolyn Whittier, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
carolyn.whittier@valpo.edu

Carrie Whittier joined Valparaiso University in 2012 and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life. In this role, Carrie provides leadership and oversight for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership and Volunteer Programs, Student Philanthropy, Career Center, Dining Services, the Bookstore, Student Involvement and New Student Programs, and the Union. Carrie is also a partner in many cross-campus initiatives such as Valpo Leadership Education Across Departments, Valparaiso University Dance Marathon, TEDxValparaisoUniversity, Valparaiso University Spring Service Trip program, and many others. Carrie also serves as the co-advisor for the Student Senate.


Ryan Blevins
Dean of Students
ryan.blevins@valpo.edu

Ryan Blevins joined Valparaiso University in 2008 and currently serves as the Dean of Students. In this role, Ryan provides leadership and oversight for Counseling Services, the Office of Residential Life, the Health Center, Campus Judicial and Conduct processes, and serves as one of the crisis response managers for the University, representing Student Life. Ryan also serves as the co-advisor for the Student Senate.


Katie Bye
Director of Residential Life
katie.bye@valpo.edu

Katie Bye joined Valparaiso University in 2016 and currently serves as the Director of Residential Life. In this role, Katie provides leadership and oversight for the Office of Residential Life, supervision of the Residential Life professional staff, and direction on policies, programs, and initiatives which support and enhance the learning objectives and strategic goals of the University, Division of Student Life, and the Office of Residential Life.


Ryan Bye
Director, Student Involvement & New Student Programs
ryan.bye@valpo.edu

Ryan Bye joined Valparaiso University in 2010 and currently serves as the Director, Student Involvement & New Student Programs. In this role, Ryan provides leadership and oversight for student activities, fraternity and sorority life, and new student programs.


Tom Cath
Director of the Career Center
tom.cath@valpo.edu

Tom Cath joined Valparaiso University in 2009 and currently serves as the Director of the Career Center where he oversees the delivery of a broad range of services, resources and programs to assist all students with their career and professional development. This includes, but is not limited to, advising and coaching students and creating partnerships across campus and with external constituencies such as employers, alumni, parents, and other key stakeholders.


Ryan Cole
Mark and Kathleen Helge Director of Student Philanthropy Programs
ryan.cole@valpo.edu

Ryan Cole joined Valparaiso University in 2018 and currently serves as the Mark and Kathleen Helge Director of Student Philanthropy Programs. In this role, he works with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students to create and implement curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help students to develop a philanthropic mindset, as well as the skills to be philanthropic themselves and to lead philanthropic activities.


Stewart Cooper, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling Services
sterwart.cooper@valpo.edu

Stewart Cooper joined Valparaiso University in 1987 and currently serves as the Director of Counseling Services. In this role, Stewart oversees the Counseling Center, SAAFE, OADE and ONUS VU Suicide Prevention. Also a professor within the psychology department, Stewart’s professional development has followed the scientist/practitioner model of integrating teaching, research, and scholarship with clinical practice.


Kelley Eshenaur, DNP APRN CNS FNP-C
Director of the Student Health Center/Nurse Practitioner
kelley.eshenaur@valpo.edu

Kelley Eshenaur joined Valparaiso University in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of the Health Center. In this role, Kelley is responsible for general oversight, direction, and supervision of all clinical and administrative functions of the Health Center. In addition to overseeing the Health Center as the director, she provides medical care as a family nurse practitioner. She provides prevention and wellness education, support, and medical counseling to facilitate informed choices, support positive behaviors, and encourage life-long healthy lifestyles.