Team Members

Alex ButterfieldAlex Butterfield

Alex currently serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Standards and has worked at Miami since September 2019. Alex is a Miami University alum with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication, in addition to completing a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University. During his time in higher education Alex has previously worked with underrepresented students from a variety of backgrounds, specifically first-generation and non-traditional students, and is utilizing data analysis in his current role to better understand how the Community Standards process impacts underrepresented students at Miami. Alex is motivated to make an impact with the DEI Action Team because he believes that our community can and should do everything possible to make Miami and Oxford a more welcoming and inclusive place for individuals of all backgrounds. In his free time, you can find Alex hanging out with his dog, Belle, or watching sports.


Christina Carrubba-WhetstineChristina Carrubba-Whetstine

Christina Carrubba-Whetstine, currently serves as the director of the Rinella Learning Center and has worked at Miami University for 20 years. Christina's educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees that focused on the study of student movements in history and her doctorate in higher education that focused on the exclusionary practices and cultures embedded in institutions of higher education. As the result of her doctoral research, Christina helped develop the Access Fellows Program that celebrates and supports low-income college students. Christina feels passionate about serving on the DEI action team, because she believes this moment in history has great potential for cultural change, especially at Miami University.


Dan DarkowDan Darkow

Dan Darkow currently serves as a Assistant Director in the Miller Center for Student Disability Services. Dan graduated from Wright State University with his Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems and from Miami University in 2017 with his Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Ensuring disability access and inclusion is at the forefront of his personal and professional lives. He views disability as a powerful identity and recognizes the sociopolitical nature of claiming disability. Dan values his connection with disabled and non-disabled students and actively works to create a culture of access. Dan is passionate about working on the Student Life DEI Action Team in order to create tangible change. He recognizes the value of all Miami students and is looking forward to amplifying the voices of students with marginalized identities through this work. In his free time Dan is either watching the latest Netflix original series release or enjoying spending time with his dog.


Kristen EdwardsKristen Edwards

Kristen Edwards serves as the Assistant Director of the Harry T. Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service and has been at Miami University since July of 2019. Kristen is motivated to work with diversity, equity and inclusion because she firmly believes that higher education plays a fundamental role in creating social justice and recognizes that as an institution Miami has work to do. For fun you can find Kristen watching all too much Netflix, playing with her dog Olive and spending time with friends and family.


Evan GatesEvan Gates

Evan Gates (he/him) is a second year student from Hebron, KY double majoring in Quantitative Economics and Poverty Studies. Evan serves as a Wilks Fellow at the Wilks Institute of Leadership specializing in both civic engagement and multifaith organizing. Evan serves as an active member of the Associated Student Government, the Dean of Students' Advisory Board, the Community Standards Board, the Honors Antiracism & Social Justice Advisory Board, and other leadership positions in student organizations across campus including a co-presidency. His curricular and extracurricular work merge at the intersection of economic justice and financial relief for marginalized communities, and he's excited to work on the DEI Action Team to implement students' voices in equity-based work. In his free time, Evan sings with an a cappella group, works on getting his pilot's license, and finds new things to read.


Tiffany HarrisonTiffany Harrison

Tiffany currently serves as one of the Associate Directors in the Office of Student Activities and Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. The 2020-2021 academic year will mark 6 years with the Miami community. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of America in D.C. and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from The University of Memphis. Tiffany is grateful to be part of the DEI Action team, and is excited to use the team’s collective experiences to make actionable change within the Division of Student Life. When she is not working with students, Tiffany is likely at home baking with her family.


Jonathan JamesJonathan James

Jonathan James currently serves as a Resident Director for the Office of Residence Life. Jonathan graduated from Shawnee State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, from Marshall University with his Master’s Degree in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education, and is currently working on his PhD in Educational Leadership from Miami University. Focusing on holistic student development and helping those he works with and beside to become the best version of themselves is a priority. Jonathan values his connection with students, staff, and faculty throughout the Miami Community to actively create opportunities to enhance the student experience in order to advance equity, inclusion, and success. Jonathan is new to the Student Life DEI Action Team, and looks forward to the opportunities to create meaningful and sustainable progress in the areas of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Jonathan serves as a member of the Systems Subcommittee. In his free time, Jonathan and his partner, Jessica, are active parents of three children and their increasing involvements and activities. Jonathan is actively engaged in the Oxford Community as a member of the Oxford Rotary Club and Cobblestone Church.


Ryan Kwapniowski, Assistant DirectorRyan Kwapnioski

Ryan Kwapniowski serves as the Assistant Director for Student Activities in the Center for Student Engagement, Activities & Leadership. Ryan advises Miami Activities & Programming (MAP), oversees Late Night Miami, and helps coordinate large-scale programming including Homecoming, Family Weekend, and Welcome Weekend events. Ryan has a Bachelor's degree in Health Administration from Creighton University, and a Master's in Higher Education Administration from Clemson University. Ryan is passionate about creating inclusive spaces and programs where all students feel welcomed and accepted for who they are. He is excited to contribute to the DEI Action Team and help make a difference within the Miami community. Catch Ryan outside of the office playing with his dog, Finley, or exploring the best local places to eat!


Jaymee Lewis-FlenaughJaymee Lewis-Flenaugh

Dr. Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh is Assistant Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She strives to provide excellent student response for all reports of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence including sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. Jaymee is a higher education professional with a focus on crisis management, identity-based organizational leadership, and college student success. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Black Diaspora Studies - DePaul University; an M.S. in College Student Personnel - Western Illinois University; and a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education - Miami University. Jaymee enjoys goal setting, watching documentaries, mild cardio, and eating good Chicago food in her free time. Her motivation to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment stems from her Chicago upbringing and the belief in the potential of all to facilitate change for the better.


Leslie Haxby McNeillLeslie Haxby McNeill

Leslie Haxby McNeill is the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Wellness (2001–present) where she established and advises the HAWKS Peer Health Educators and coordinates wellness related initiatives. Her previous positions include Residence Life at Miami University and the University of Southern California. She received a B.A. in History with a focus in U.S. marginalized populations from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Higher Education Administration.

Leslie is passionate about serving on the DEI Action Team. With a deep commitment to Miami University, students and student activism, and a personal belief system rooted in equity and inclusion, she believes every significant change happens when students are involved and that we can and must do better.


Ghada MahdiGhada Mahdi

Ghada Mahdi serves as the Leaning Specialist/Coordinator at the Rinella Learning Center. She has been at Miami University since spring 2021. She's an educator who is devoted to improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in significant ways through mentoring, teaching/learning, and research and committed toward helping them excel academically, professionally, and socially. Enhancing cultural competencies and strengthening the practice of DEI to create a culture of belonging is something she values immensely. She also aspires to provide constant support for diverse student populations, especially underrepresented and be able to better serve them, understand, and appreciate the different cultural values and social experiences each individual student brings whether into the classroom or the academic counseling session.


Kimberly MooreKimberly Moore

Kimberly Moore is Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. In addition to directing the Office of the Dean of Students, she oversees the following functional areas: Residence Life, Community Standards, Rinella Learning Center, and the Miller Center for Student Disability Services. Prior to her current role, she served Loyola University Chicago in various roles for over fourteen years. Moore has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, a Master’s in Education in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, and a Doctorate in Education and Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Her passion and research focuses on student retention, persistence, and student success; emphasizing first-generation student support and advocacy for underrepresented students. Moore is dedicated to the field of student affairs and works to create opportunities for students to engage fully in campus life and ultimately thrive during their time in college.


Hannah Muldoon-DavisHannah Muldoon-Davis

Hannah first came to Miami as a graduate intern in 2016 and returned in 2018 to serve as an Assistant Director in the Armstrong Student Center. Hannah graduated with Bachelor degrees in Political Science and History from IUPUI and has a Master’s of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio University. She is passionate about the DEI Action Team because she believes that all students should feel appreciated, safe, and valued in the Miami and Oxford Community. She is excited to work with the DEI Action team to create lasting change in the greater community. Outside of work, you can find Hannah training her dog, Lilly, running, and going on adventures with family and friends.


Quyet TranQuyet (Dave) Tran

Dave is currently a sophomore student majoring in Finance and minoring in Business Analytics. After studying remotely for his first year, Dave finds Miami University very supportive and helpful. At Miami, he has initially set a foundation in DEI through the valuable activities of FYIC courses. This helped him to know the importance of DEI in terms of workplaces and academic institutions. Also, DEI, according to Dave, is a long-lasting value that helps people feel appreciated, safe, and valued in their communities. His favorite hobbies are hanging out with friends, reading books, and practicing yoga to let his hair down after hectic days.


Scott WalterScott Walter

Scott L. Walter joined Miami University in August 2010 as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. He brings over 25 years of Student Affairs experience to Miami. He is charged with providing leadership for the overall administrative area of Student Life, comprising the Armstrong Student Center, Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service, the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, and the Associated Student Government. He is responsible for establishing partnerships with students, faculty, staff, and others with the goal of enhancing student success by creating an engaging environment. Dr. Walter earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas and his B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi.


John WardJohn Ward

John Ward began serving as the Director of Student Counseling Service (SCS) in March 2018 approximately 16 years after he joined Miami University. Prior to overseeing the talented team of mental health professionals, he served as Coordinator of Men’s Services, Assistant Director for Clinical Services, and Associate Director of SCS. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Comparative Religion from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. John is a licensed clinical psychologist. John has been the recipient of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) Harriett Copher Haynes Diversity Leadership Mentoring Award and the Male Ally award from Miami University’s Women*s Center. John’s clinical and professional expertise are in diversity and inclusion, psychological supervision and training, gatekeeper training, as well as establishing campus and community mental health partnerships. John is excited to be a part of this action team and believes that when together meaningful change is possible on Miami’s campus.


Alyssa WestberryAlyssa Westberry

Alyssa Westberry is a second-year graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education masters program. She currently serves as a graduate student intern in the Rinella Learning Center and is completing her practicum in the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Alyssa is a 2020 graduate of Western Carolina University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy. She is honored to work with the DEI Action Team and hopes to assist with bringing great change to Miami University.


Dasha HarrisDasha Wood

Dasha currently serves as the Associate Director in the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion. Dasha is an alum of Miami University and holds a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Throughout her career in collegiate students services, Dasha has always worked to serve the misrepresented student population to support and provide them with the resources they need to feel welcome and be successful during their undergraduate careers. Dasha is extremely passionate about the DEI Action Team, having once been an undergraduate of the Miami community, she hopes to help instill change and make all students feel welcome and heard.