The CARE Team

What Does CARE Do?

CARES primary function is to help keep the university community safe and connect distressed students to support services. CARE seeks prevention rather than reaction to students in distress. In doing this, CARE:

  • Gathers and manages reported information from concerned faculty and staff
  • Reaches out to students who have been referred to connects them to support services
  • Provides faculty and staff with support and intervention resource

Who Serves On the CARE Team

Ben Witt -  Director, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

Edward Jones II - Director of Student Health Services

Emily First - Assistant Dean of Students

Eric Klingensmith -  Associate Director, Director of Clinical and Crisis Services

Katie Perschbacher - Student Care and Outreach Case Manager 

Kourosh Khatir - Assistant Director of Public Safety & Captain

Kristen Zernick - Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life

Mike Messner -  Director, Student Success Programs

Paige Vermaat -  Coordinator of Referrals, University Counseling Center

Shontaye Witcher -  Director,  Disability Support Resources

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