Office of Student Affairs

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Welcome from the Dean of Students

Welcome to Tiffin University! My name is Jacob Simon and it is my privilege to serve as your Dean of Students. As you begin and continue your journey at Tiffin University, I want you to know that you belong at TU. Your success at Tiffin University is a joint commitment between you and TU. The division of student affairs has one focus, and that is you. We work hard to make sure that the spaces you live in, the activities you participate in,and the out of the classroom interactions you find yourself in are working toward your goals and aspirations. 

Your time at TU is going to be challenging, but that challenge is what encourages the learning, grow and development that college affords. Along the way, you will have the support you need to push through that challenge and end up stronger on the other side. We truly work to connect knowledge to professional practice and the things you learn outside of the classroom, such as communication, conflict mediation, working with diverse others and time management all continue to be valuable to you after college. 

The division of student affairs encompasses the offices of Residence Life, Housing Operations, Student Engagement, Student Conduct, Campus Safety and Security, Counseling and Wellness and the University Health Center. Each of these offices are dedicated to your success as a student.

 

Get to know the Dean of Students

Name: Jacob Simon

Current Roles: Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Previous Roles: Associate Dean of Students, Director of Housing and Residence Life, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Assistant Area Coordinator

Started at TU: 2013

Degrees & Certificates: Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Tiffin University in Forensic Psychology, Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.  

 

The Mission of the Dean of Students

  • Chief student advocate for the University, assisting them in successful transition to college life
  • Promote the Guiding Principles for the student body to transform their lives
  • Design and enhance student leadership opportunities in various modalities at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Collaborate and support the functions of academic and non-academic areas by bridging all departments
  • Assess the educational and social experiences of students in order to improve institutional programs
  • Provide and interpret information about students during the development and modification of institutional policies, services, and practices
  • Effectively manage the human, technical and fiscal resources for which the office of Student Affairs is responsible
  • Encourage development of friendships among students and a sense of community within the institution
  • Help students appreciate the cultural uniqueness of all campus community members
  • Encourage faculty-student interaction in programs and activities
  • Support and advance institutional values by developing and enforcing behavioral standards for students
  • Provide programs and services for students who want to improve their study skills

 

Student Affairs Staff

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jill_aldrich

Jill Aldrich

aldrichj@tiffin.edu
419-448-3264

Assistant Director of Housing Operations & Area Coordinator

Degrees & Certificates
None Provided

Jill Aldrich

Jill Aldrich
Assistant Director of Housing Operations & Area Coordinator
Jill Aldrich
Assistant Director of Housing Operations & Area Coordinator
419-448-3264
shari_depinet
shari_depinet

Shari Depinet

depinetsk@tiffin.edu
419.448.3029

Housing Coordinator

Degrees & Certificates
  • Tiffin University

Shari Depinet

As the Housing Coordinator I  help with the daily operations and communications of the housing operations office. Including housing applications process, placement and moves as well as billing of housing and meal plan charges to accounts and Student ID cards

 

Shari Depinet
Housing Coordinator
Shari Depinet
Housing Coordinator
419.448.3029
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julie_richards

Julie George-Richards

georgej@tiffin.edu
419-448-3578

Director of Wellness and Counseling Services

Degrees & Certificates
None Provided

Julie George-Richards

Hello Fellow Dragons!

As the Director of Counseling and Wellness, I am excited to support our Tiffin University students. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Wright State University and my Master's Degree from Heidelberg University. My husband is from England and is a university soccer coach; my daughter is starting her 2nd year at college this Fall. Needless to say, I understand how wonderful yet stressful transitioning to college can be for students and their families. We currently live in Michigan where we enjoy many outdoor adventures including boating, kayaking and hiking. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Julie George-Richards
Director of Wellness and Counseling Services
Julie George-Richards
Director of Wellness and Counseling Services
419-448-3578
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wayne_kreis

Wayne Kreis

kreisw@tiffin.edu
419-448-3353

Director of Student Engagement

Director of Student Engagement

Degrees & Certificates
  • BA in National Security and Intelligence, Minor in Government, Tiffin University
  • Masters in Science in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Administration, Tiffin University

Wayne Kreis

Wayne Kreis originates from Tennessee. During his time as an undergraduate student at Tiffin University, he served as President of the Global Affairs Organization, Student Government Senator, Circle K Student Representative, and a member of the Theta Eta Omicron Fraternity. Wayne graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the FLAME Award for Excellence in the Field of Study for National Security. 

During his graduate studies at Tiffin University, Wayne served as the Graduate Assistant (GA) for Student Engagement, where he served as primary advisor to the Campus Activities Board (CAB). During his time as a GA, Wayne became Coordinator of Student Engagement and began advising Student Government, Greek Council, as well as CAB. Wayne oversaw over 200 events and programs during the 2020-21 academic year. Wayne graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded Excellence in the Field of Study Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Administration.

Now serving as the Director of Student Engagement, Wayne looks to develop opportunities for student growth, leadership, and involvement at Tiffin University. Wayne serves as the primary advisor for Student Government, CAB, and Greek Council. He also provides guidance for all student organizations as they plan events and activities. Wayne also helps with implementing university and community sponsored events.

In his free time Wayne enjoys traveling, watching British television, and attending outdoor concerts. Wayne currently resides in Tiffin, Ohio.

 

Wayne Kreis
Director of Student Engagement
Wayne Kreis
Director of Student Engagement
419-448-3353
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nicholas_la_torre

Nicholas La Torre

latorren@tiffin.edu
419-448-3346

Asst. Director of Student Conduct and Area Coordinator

Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S. in Journalism, Specialization in English and Sociology, Ohio University
  • M.Ed. Student Affairs in Higher Education, Wright State University

Nicholas La Torre

Originally from Logan, OH, Nicholas La Torre came to Tiffin University in 2016 and serves as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Area Coordinator. 

Nicholas has spent his time at various institutions in Ohio in educational and professional settings. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University in 2007, Nicholas worked as a News Reporter in Central Ohio before realizing his dream of working with students on a daily basis. Nicholas then earned his Master of Education degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Wright State University while serving as the Graduate Assistant for Campus Programs in 2015 before finding his professional home in Tiffin, Ohio.

Helping students along their pursuit of personal and professional development is Nicholas’s passion. Through advising student organizations, meaningful conduct experiences, and one-on-one mentorship, Nicholas serves the Tiffin University community in hopes of providing a life changing experience for each student who comes to campus.

 

Nicholas La Torre
Asst. Director of Student Conduct and Area Coordinator
Nicholas La Torre
Asst. Director of Student Conduct and Area Coordinator
419-448-3346
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savannah_long

Savannah Long

longss@tiffin.edu
419.448.3578

Mental Health Counselor

Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A. in Psychology, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Heidelberg University

Savannah Long

Savannah works with individual students and groups to help create healthy lifestyles through individually tailored consultations and treatment in areas such as substance abuse awareness and prevention, anxiety and depression, stress and anger management, self-esteem, fitness and nutrition, sexual health and grief management. She conducts mental health assessments, provide short-term, brief solution-focused therapy and initiate referrals for more intensive services when necessary.

Savannah Long
Mental Health Counselor
Savannah Long
Mental Health Counselor
419.448.3578
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amber_molnar

Amber Molnar

molnaran@tiffin.edu
419-448-5138

Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Area Coordinator

Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., in Forensic Science, Tiffin University

Amber Molnar

Hello! My name Amber Molnar and I am from Brunswick, Ohio, a large suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. I began working for TU as a full-time employee in July 2019. Before taking on my role as an Area Coordinator within Residence Life and Student Affairs, I was a Graduate Assistant for First-Year Experience and Student Success here at TU. Through my time as a GA, I really developed a love for working with students in a way that has positively impacts them and hope to work in a role where I can do this on a daily basis.

I obtained my Bachelors of Science with a concentration in Forensic Science from Tiffin University in May 2018, and am currently perusing my MBA in Healthcare Administration. While in my undergrad, I was a member of Dance Team, Circle K, President of a sorority, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and involved in the music department. I currently teach a plethora of dance classes at a studeio called Dance Unlimited and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and doing anything outdoors. My experience in Tiffin, Ohio, and as a student and employee of the University has been unforgettable. Tiffin University has shaped me into the person I am today. Through my role as a staff member, I hope to create an experience like the one I had for students of all facets.

Amber Molnar
Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Area Coordinator
Amber Molnar
Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Area Coordinator
419-448-5138
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justin_rader

Justin Rader

raderjk@tiffin.edu
419-559-2161

Director of Housing Operations, The Landings

Degrees & Certificates
  • Master of Science in Education: Higher Education Student Affairs, Fort Hays State University
  • ATIXA certified Hearing Panelist

Justin Rader

Oversees the day to day operations at The Landings at Terra Village including housing assignments, summer camps and hiring and selection of support staff for The Landings. 

Justin Rader
Director of Housing Operations, The Landings
Justin Rader
Director of Housing Operations, The Landings
419-559-2161
Jacob Simon
Jacob Simon

Jacob Simon

simonja@tiffin.edu
419-448-3421

Dean of Students

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J. in Forensic Psychology, Tiffin University
  • M.A. in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University

Jacob Simon

Hello! My name is Jacob Simon and I am proud to serve as the Dean of Students and Deputy Title IX Coordinator here at Tiffin University. As an alumnus of Tiffin University, I truly care about the learning, growth, and development of the students here and look forward to being a part of your college journey. I am originally from Morral, Ohio but have lived in Tiffin for about 12 years now. Before becoming the Dean of Students in 2021, I have served in various student affairs roles since graduating from TU in 2013. Recently, I earned my Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. 

Helping students succeed and change from the person they were when they first arrive at TU into the person who walks across the stage at graduation is the reason I do what I do. I can't wait to meet you along your dragon way. I look forward to engaging with students in all facets of their college experience and enjoy watching students grow. I can't wait to see you as part of our Dragon Family!

Jacob Simon
Dean of Students
Jacob Simon
Dean of Students
419-448-3421
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kali_smith

Kali Smith

smithkali@tiffin.edu
419.448.3451

Campus Care Coordinator

Degrees & Certificates
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Bachelors of Healthcare Administration, Mercy College of Ohio

Kali Smith

Covid Management, Health and Wellness Education and Prevention

Kali Smith
Campus Care Coordinator
Kali Smith
Campus Care Coordinator
419.448.3451