Dr. Elyse K. Chaplin is the Associate Dean of Students for the Northern Campuses of Florida Atlantic University. Originally from Toronto and Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Chaplin received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Theory and Policy Studies from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2011. Dr. Chaplin’s doctoral research began in 1994 at the University of London’s Institute of Education in an Independent Study with The George Washington University in which she investigated access for students with disabilities throughout England and Scotland. Dr. Chaplin is also A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) for a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Leadership and Administration at The George Washington University. Dr. Chaplin’s Master’s Degree was also from The George Washington University in Education and Human Development with a focus on students with learning disabilities’ transition to postsecondary education. Dr. Chaplin received her B.A. in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Chaplin’s career in student affairs over the last twenty years has included serving as an Assistant Dean of Students at Brown University, and she has held administrative or consulting positions at other research intensive public and private post-secondary institutions including: University of Maryland College Park, University of California, Temple University, The George Washington University, University of Toronto, and Ontario College of Art and Design University. In 2010 Dr. Chaplin completed Harvard’s Executive Leadership Education Seminar in Crisis Management in Higher Education.
Dr. Chaplin’s professional interests include: Positive psychology, resiliency, leadership in higher education, self-efficacy and self-advocacy among college students, transition to post-secondary education, and international access to higher education for students with disabilities.
Debbie Rudolph began working at FAU on the Boca Raton Campus in 1981 where she worked in the department of Exceptional Student Education, Teacher Education and the College of Engineering. Debbie transferred to the Northern Campuses in Jupiter in 1994, where she has been working with the Division of Student Affairs ever since.
Leigh is a proud graduate of FAU, who has earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her journey on the Jupiter Campus began in 2008 as an undergraduate commuter student, and she has studied and worked in various FAU departments during her tenure. Today, Leigh is the Coordinator of Campus Recreation, Health and Wellness Education, and Student Government Programming on the Jupiter Campus. When she is not working, Leigh enjoys reading, writing, playing with her children, and listening to good music.
Luis Santiago has been with FAU’s Career Development Center for over the past two years.
He is the center’s Assistant Director for Career Education. Amongst other things, Luis oversees the Same-day Advising program, one of the most utilized resources used on the Boca Raton Campus, with over 1,400+ students coming in to work on their career goals yearly on a drop-in advising basis. He also manages the CDC’s Jupiter operation, providing services to their students, faculty and staff every Monday and Friday in the Student Services Offices located in the Student Resource Building.
In his previous role here at the Career Development Center, Luis taught numerous sections of the Career & Life Planning course for FAU’s AcCESS program. In this capacity, he has helped over 300 at-risk students continue their collegiate pursuits towards their career goals.
Luis is a National Certified Counselor with an emphasis in Career Counseling. He has presented at national conferences, and is a member of the National Career Development Association. A native of South Florida, he received his education specialist degree, master’s degree, and two bachelor’s degrees all from Florida State University.
Dr. Lyda obtained a Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida. Before coming to Florida Atlantic University in 2012, she worked in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at Appalachian State University in the mountains of Boone, North Carolina for five years. Prior to that, she spent two years in Virginia, first completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Virginia and her post-doctoral residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently one of our Assistant Directors as well as our Assistant Training Director.
Dr. Lyda is dedicated to her work with college students, both in therapy as well as through training and supervision of future psychologists. She believes that these years hold amazing opportunities for growth. While Dr. Lyda enjoys working with a wide array of student issues like anxiety, depression and relationship concerns, she has a special interest and experience in treating students who have experienced trauma/s.
Outside of work Dr. Lyda likes to spend time with her husband, friends, family and dog-extraordinaire, Bella Luna. A Florida native, she loves being near the ocean and spending time outside.
Dr. Iglesias received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University Honors College and received his graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. He is bilingual (speaks English and Spanish) and in his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, playing drums, and spending time with his family.
After graduating from FAU with her Bachelors in Arts and Humanities, Sabrina obtained her Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Her passion for travel led her to pursue different study abroad opportunities which sparked her interest in pursuing a career in a higher education setting. She began employment at FAU in 2011 as the Graduate Assistant in Student Involvement and Leadership and graduated with her Masters in Higher Education Leadership in 2013. She is looking forward to working with international students on the Jupiter Campus.
Akemi Inamoto is an undergraduate student at the Honors College studying International Relations. She is an international student from Nicaragua and has been working with Diversity Student Services for almost two years and is currently the Student Assistant for the program. Akemi looks forward to working with students and aspires to work with International Development Programs in the future.
Teeranai "Nong" Ovathanasin is the Coordinator of Residential Life for the John D. MacArthur Campus at Florida Atlantic University. He also served as an Instructor for Student Learning and Success courses on the Boca Raton campus.
Nong received a bachelor's degree in Biology and English/Creative Writing from the University of Miami. He also received his master's from UM in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Life and Development. At the same time, he also earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Enrollment Management. Nong is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Higher Education Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University.
Nong has experience working with Campus Recreation, Career Services, and Housing & Residential Life. He joined Florida Atlantic University in July 2008 as a Resident Coordinator. He worked in every one of the residence halls on the Boca Raton campus (except Parliament Hall) during his four years there. He moved to the Jupiter campus in August 2012 and currently oversees housing and residential life operations on the campus.
Sammie Linton is the Hall Coordinator for Florida Atlantic University Housing and Residential Life of the John D. MacArthur Campus. Sammie is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Higher Education Leadership. A native of Mississippi, Sammie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Political Science. While there he was active amongst several leadership roles within Residence Life and the Student Government Association.
Sammie works closely with the Coordinator of Residential Life to ensure that daily functions of Residence Life at the FAU John D. MacArthur Campus are running smoothly, addressing any needs the residents may have and leading Resident Assistants through various programming areas.
Marvis Nelson received her ASN from Palm Beach Community College in 1975. While working in the acute care setting, she earned a BSN from FIU in 1976. In 1997, she received her MSN in the Nurse Practitioner, Family Health track from Barry University. In 1990, Marvis attended Emory University Regional Training Program and received a Nurse Practitioner Certificate in Ob/Gyn. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) and as a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner by NCC (National Certificate Corporation).
Victoria Castle has spent most of her life in NYC and moved to Florida for a warmer and sunnier environment. Her last job was as a Newsroom Coordinator at News 12 the Bronx.
Devin has worked in Student Affairs at FAU's Jupiter Campus since January 2012. She currently serves as an Assistant Director in Student Involvement and Leadership. In this role she advises Program Board, Council of Student Organization (COSO) and facilities leadership development on the Jupiter Campus.
She obtained her Master's degree in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from FAU Prior to her experience in higher education, she worked in the field of recreation, graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's in Leisure, Youth & Human Services.
Some of Devin's interests include running, reading and thrifting.
An international student from the Bahamas; Wonsha is currently attending FAU's college of education, majoring in clinical mental health counseling. The returning owlette previously completed her undergrad degree in psychology at FAU's MacArthur Campus and completed a year long post graduation internship for Your Aging Resource Centre (formerly known as the Area Agency on Aging). During her free time, Wonsha can be found donating he time between FAU's International Friend program in Boca or Mentoring for the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County in middle schools across North Palm Beach.
Khambrel Ward joined the Weppner Center team as the Jupiter representative in Fall 2013. He is currently the Assistant Director for Student Affairs on the John D. MacArthur campus. Khambrel received his bachelor’s degree in Family Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Minority and Urban Education from the University of Maryland-College Park.