About the College

Meet the Staff


Dr. Elizabeth Lehfeldt
Mandel Honors College, Dean

Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Lehfeldt is the Dean of the Mandel Honors College and Mandel Professor in Humanities.  She joined the History Department at Cleveland State in 1995 where she is a Professor of History.  She received her undergraduate BA in History from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and her MA and PhD from Indiana University. She teaches courses in European history from 1300-1700 and does research on the intersections of gender and religion during this period.  When she's not in her office you might find her running, reading, traveling, or cooking.


Lauren Davis, M.Ed.
Mandel Honors College, University Scholars Advisor

Lauren Davis received her B.A. in English and her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She has worked as an academic advisor in the Honors College since 2007 and is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree from CSU in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

JamiJami Derry, J.D., M.P.A.
Mandel Honors College, Office Coordinator

Jami Derry received her B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mount Union. She is a double alum of Cleveland State University graduating from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Jami joined the staff at CSU in 2003. She started her CSU career in the International Center where she acted as the Financial Coordinator before moving on to the Honors College in 2010. As the Office Coordinator of the Honors College, Jami’s top priority is to make sure you have a pleasant experience within the college from your first contact to your last.

KareniaKarenia Ferguson, M.S.ED
Mandel Continuing Scholars Academic Advisor

Karenia Ferguson received her BA in Communication from the University of Toledo in 2012 and her MSEd in Counseling from Old Dominion University in 2014. She has worked as an exploratory academic advisor at Kent State University and AmeriCorps college guide for College Now Greater Cleveland. When she is not working, she enjoys going to concerts, art museums and vegan restaurants.

BrookieBrooke Fischbach, M.A.
Mandel Honors College, Administrative Secretary
Brooke Fischbach received her B.A. in Criminology and Sociology from Cleveland State University in 2007. She continued her education at CSU and obtained a Master’s Degree of Sociology in 2011. Recently retired from the Ohio State Parks after 30 years of service, Brooke decided to join the Honors College staff in 2012. She had been proudly serving the students of the Honors College as the Administrative Secretary since. Her main focus is admissions processing and solving everyday problems for the students.
ElizabethElizabeth Okwudi, M.S.M., CPRW
Mandel Honors College, Honors Program Advisor
Elizabeth Okwudi, received her BA in Communication from Cleveland State University (CSU).  Years later, she received her Master of Science in Management (MSM), from Indiana Wesleyan University. She returned to her alma-mater CSU in 2008, and worked as a Career Coordinator untill 2016 when she became an Academic Advisor. Elizabeth believes in nurturing diversity and motivating every individual to soar- in-spites of the odds.  She loves dancing (teaches African dance), and engages in lifelong learning. She is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban Education at CSU. 
AdrienneAdrienne L. Pounds, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Mandel Honors College, Continuing Scholars Program Coordinator

Adrienne Pounds, alum of Ohio University, has helped first-generation college students, veterans, adult learners, transfer students, and international students achieve their goals, through recruiting, advising, teaching, and career coaching.  She enjoys jazz music and is passionate about individuals reaching their goals.  


IsabelIsabel Alberto
Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant

Isabel Alberto is a rising junior in the Scholars Program studying Accounting. The Honors College is her home away from home on campus. She serves as an undergraduate student representative on the Monte Ahuja College of Business Diversity Council and has one left in her term there. Her goal is to use the experiences and knowledge gained from her time at CSU to become a future leader in affecting positive change toward acceptance and inclusiveness in her professional field. 

Johnny DJohn DeMarco
Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant

John DeMarco is currently in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at CSU. John has had many involvements here at CSU, and enjoys being engaged on campus. Currently, he focuses on his physical therapy research and his involvement in Young Life College. He has a passion for helping others as well as travel, exercise, and sports. 
Rachel JablonskiRachel Jablonski
Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant

Rachel Jablonski is a freshman at CSU and is working toward a degree in International Business and in French. She hopes to combine these degrees into a career that calls for creative problem solving and makes use of her passion for travel and people. She is also pursuing a Dance Minor and spends her free time in other artistic pursuits, spending time with her family, and participating in several organizations on campus, such as Young Life College, Mandel Vikes, and CAB.