Care Management Team

Vikes Care - Care Management

CARE Managers


We are currently in search for a new CARE Manager.

George William Smith-Whitfield | 216.687.2048

George has over ten years of case management experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in child welfare from Cleveland State University. After graduating from CSU, George worked at several non-profit social service agencies. He has a Master of Divinity degree in Ministerial Leadership from Drew University. George joined the Care Management team in January 2022. George is passionate about helping students reach their full potential. George loves serving the community, traveling the world and hanging out with friends around Cleveland and Akron.    

Director of CARE & Student Support

Mitch Lieberth, Ph.D. | 216.687.2048

Mitch Lieberth (they/them) has worked in higher education for 20 years in almost every area on campus: college athletics, financial aid, admissions, advising, and is now with the CARE Team at Cleveland State University. They have graduate degrees in Athletic Administration, History, and Adult Learning and Development. In 2020, they earned their PhD with the successful defense of their doctoral dissertation entitled: What’s In A Name? The lived experiences of transgender college students using a preferred name policy. This was the first study of its kind to explore the ramifications of a preferred name policy at a single postsecondary institution. In their free time, they love eating sandwiches, exploring Cleveland, and volunteering for social justice organizations in Northeast Ohio.

Assistant Vice President for Campus Engagement & Dean of Students

Ali Martin Scoufield | 216.687.2048

As AVP and Dean of Students, Ali oversees the following areas: CARE Management, Center for Campus Engagement, Community Standards & Advocacy, Counseling Center, Health Center, Lift Up Vikes! Food Pantry & Resource Center, Office of Disability & Testing Services, & Student Wellness. She is committed to access and equity and strives to work with students experiencing barriers to their education.

Ali has worked in various roles in higher education including equity, academic advising, volunteer services, service-learning, residence life, student conduct, Title IX, and student support services. Ali received her BA in History with a minor Philosophy from Western New England University in Springfield, MA. She completed her MS in Higher Education from Miami University – Ohio, and her MLS in Human Rights & Social Justice from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Ali is currently pursuing her PhD in Urban Education Policy at CSU with a focus on the experiences of students with disabilities. Prior to her arrival at CSU in September 2019, Ali worked at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, La Salle University in Philadelphia, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In her spare time, Ali enjoys doing community service, spending time outside in the Metroparks, and reading.