Updated: January 13, 2021 at 12:53PM

Emotional Support and Well-being Working Group

Charge: Generate a list of existing and anticipated challenges to mental health and wellness related to COVID-19 and reopening and fall semester; identifying existing emotional support and wellbeing resources for faculty, staff, and students to address these challenges.


  • Laura Carlson (Chair), Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School
  • David Bailey, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research
  • Marianne Corr, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Christine Caron Gebhardt, Assistant Vice President for Student Services
  • Marie Lynn Miranda, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost
  • Maura Ryan, Vice President & Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Mark Kocovski, Sr. Director, People Services and HR Consulting
  • Mike Seamon, Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations
  • Nick Johnson, Executive Director of ND Innovates
  • Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., Campus Ministry

Faculty and Staff Subcommittee: 

  • David Smith, Professor, Psychology
  • Denise Murphy, Director of Benefits and Compensation, Human Resources
  • Jay Brandenberger, Center for Social Concerns
  • Jen Hames, Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychology
  • Jessica Payne, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Joseph Caudle, OIT
  • Kristin Valentino, Professor, Psychology
  • Ken Kelley, Professor, IT, Analytics and Operations (Psychology Ph.D.)
  • Matt Bloom, Professor, Mendoza
  • Thomas Stober, Associate Professor, Accountancy (Faculty Senate Chair)

Student Subcommittee:

  • Steve Corcelli (Chair), Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Graduate Student Mental Health Working Group Chair)
  • Alan Costello, Student, GSU Health and Wellness Chair
  • Cecilia Lucero, Advising
  • Christine Conway, Director, University Counseling Center
  • Dominique Vargas, Student, Leader of the Graduate School TAs and Grad Instructors of Color Learning Community
  • Grace Dean, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Student Body Government
  • John Lubker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School
  • Megan Brown, Directory, McDonald Center for Wellness
  • Margaret Morgan, Director, Center for Student Support and Care
  • Margaret M Samyn, Mendoza, EMBA program
  • Nicole Barba, Student, Student Bar Association Vice President