2013 Congratulations to the Following Leaders on their Recent Appointments

Category: News

Greetings from all of us at SJG! As you can see below, the first few months of 2013 have been very busy here at SJG. We are delighted to share with you the names of talented candidates who have recently advanced into key leadership positions with our partner institutions. The roster of successful candidates provides a good glimpse into the diversity of search services we manage on behalf of our clients who span private and public institutions nationwide, and include two- and four-year degree institutions, as well as graduate/professional schools.

Please join us in congratulating the leaders named below on their recent appointments!



  • Emily Engelschall, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at University of California, Riverside
  • Elizabeth Mathis, Executive Director of Admissions at Moore College of Art & Design



  • Gerard “Chip” Coletta, Chief of Police at Suffolk University
  • Dave Martino, Executive Director of Campus Security at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago



  • Rob Birrenkott, Assistant Dean for Career Development at University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Rachel Brown, Assistant Provost for University Career Services at The George Washington University
  • Amber Brugnoli, Assistant Dean for Career Services at West Virginia University College of Law
  • Katy Krimmel, Associate Dean, Center for Leadership, Innovation and the Liberal Arts at Bryn Mawr College
  • Megan Nicklaus, Director of the Career Center at Colorado College



SJG has provided specific services to the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) as part of VCCS’s own internal presidential search process and we would like to acknowledge VCCS’s appointments:

  • John Rainone, President of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Bruce Scism, President of Danville Community College



  • Ann Jaronski, Director, Counseling Center at University of South Florida


  • Carrie Glass, Director of Financial Aid at Loyola University New Orleans
  • Marco Sepulveda, Director of Financial Assistance Services Operations at University of Miami



  • Ray Gasser, Senior Associate Director of Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan State University
  • Glenn Gray, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Residence at University of Northern Iowa
  • Tera Monroe, Director of Residence Life at George Mason University
  • Rachel Wagner, Associate Director of Residence at Iowa State University


  • Warren Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Diversity Initiatives at Clarkson University



  • Todd Adams, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students, Northwestern University
  • Eva Chatterjee-Sutton, Vice President & Dean of Student Life at Washington & Jefferson College
  • Tim Gordon, Dean of Students at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Jenny Hall-Jones, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Ohio University
  • Mary-Alice Ozechoski, Dean of Students at Cedar Crest College
  • J. Malcolm Smith, Dean of Students at Salve Regina University
  • Eric Weldy, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Northern Illinois University


  • Gerome Stephens, Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement at Georgia Institute of Technology



  • Kelly Schaefer, Executive Director, Norris University Center at Northwestern University
  • Jeremy Schenk, Director, University Student Commons and Activities, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jason Tolliver, Director, Arizona Student Unions at The University of Arizona
  • Laurie Woodward, Director, Erb Memorial Union at University of Oregon


Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.