Meet the Staff

Jamele Adams
Dean of Students

Jamele has responsibility for the quality of undergraduate and graduate student life outside the classroom, and he is the senior advocate for students and the programs and services provided to them. He oversees several departments in the Division of Students and Enrollment, including Community Service, Community Living, Student Activities, The Intercultural Center, and The Chaplaincy.

Jamele also has institutional responsibility for student judicial procedures and advises the university regarding immediate actions necessary to assure the well being of students.

Jamele holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. He is also a celebrated poet.

Maggie Balch
Associate Dean of Student Life

Maggie Balch oversees the departments of Community Living and Student Rights and Community Standards.

Maggie holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut. She previously worked at Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam
Assistant Dean and Director for the Intercultural Center

Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam is the Director for the Intercultural Center and manages the area of Community Service.  

Monique holds a bachelor's degree from Wilmington College and a master's degree from the Bowling Green State University, both in Ohio. She previously worked at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, and the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean and Director of Student Activities

In the spring of 2014, Stephanie Grimes was promoted to Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities.  In this role, she will oversee the Department of Orientation and will continue to supervise the programs and services provided by Student Activities.  As a member of the Dean of Students Office, she serves as a liaison between the University and the students in moments of crisis or challenge. 

In July of 2004, Stephanie Grimes was appointed as the Director of Student Activities, but she was no stranger to Brandeis. Before becoming the director, she held positions including Associate Director of Student Activities, Activities Adviser and Quad Director. Her complete Brandeis experience includes 15 years of service. Before joining Brandeis, she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C. She holds a master's degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bryant College (now Bryant University). She manages the day-to-day operations of the department, including but not limited to staff supervision, budget management, marketing and promotion and vision for the department. She directly advises the Fall Fest (Family Weekend) program alongside the associate director and Senior Week. When not in her home in the Shapiro Campus Center, she is home with her husband and her son.

Kerri Lebel
Assistant to the Dean of Students

Kerri provides administrative support for the functions of the office. She oversees responses to student and parent inquiries to support a positive image of Brandeis University. Kerri manages and coordinates the activities of the Office in order to promote efforts to engage students in programs that in turn enhance their own lives, and the larger Brandeis community.