Meet the DOS Staff

Come visit us in our offices on the first floor of Heggblade Center.

Sharon Basso
Sharon Basso

Vice President for Student Affairs

(909) 621-8114
sharon.basso@cmc.edu

Sharon has dedicated her entire professional career to fostering the academic success and personal growth of college students. With over three decades of experience in student affairs, Sharon has an outstanding reputation as a trusted counselor and empathic supporter of students and is an innovative, strategic, and effective leader in higher education. In her work with students, faculty, and staff, she has been dedicated to the growth of a healthy, inclusive community.

Before joining CMC in 2016, Sharon spent much of her career at Lehigh University, where she oversaw 18 departments in student affairs and was responsible for the management of nearly 60 professional and administrative staff. Prior Lehigh, Sharon was a psychological counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College, where she also played Division I basketball.

She has a master’s degree in college counseling and student development administration from Shippensburg University and a doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and policy from the University of Delaware.

 
Dianna Graves
Dianna Graves ’98

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

(909) 607-8055
dianna.graves@cmc.edu

During her two decades on the CMC staff, Dianna has always put the student experience first, dedicated to making sure every CMCer has the opportunity to thrive. Before assuming the Dean of Students role, Dianna served as the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, collaborating with students, faculty, staff, and trustees on CMC’s institutional priorities.

As a CMC student, Graves earned 11 varsity letters, received the prestigious Dickinson Award, served as Head Resident Assistant, and won the Berger Prize as one of two outstanding students in her graduating class. A biology major, Graves worked as a research associate in the Molecular Genetics Department at City of Hope, investigating the genetic processes underlying cancer.

In 1999, Graves returned to CMC as the head coach of women’s volleyball. In 2010, she became Director of Academic Planning at CMC. In that role, she oversaw federal grant administration, institutional accreditation, and external program review. She played a lead role in establishing the Personal and Social Responsibility Initiative, working with the Dean of Students and the Dean of the Faculty on issues related to sexual assault, drug and alcohol use, academic integrity, and campus climate. Graves also served as CMC’s institutional liaison to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for the past seven years. In 2015, the College recognized her leadership with CMC’s Exceptional Service Award.

Graves holds a Ph.D. in education from Claremont Graduate University, is a member of multiple professional organizations, and serves on the Board of the Claremont Educational Foundation.

 
Susan Layden
Susan Layden

Associate Dean of Students for Academic Success

(909) 607-8307
susan.layden@cmc.edu

Susan holds a B.A. in Psychology from Siena College, and a Ph.D. in Literacy from the University at Albany. Susan has worked extensively on initiatives connected to access and equity, diversity and inclusion, disability services, athletics, and international student support; she serves on the national steering board for the Consortium for High Achievement and Success (CHAS), and trains faculty and staff at colleges and universities in Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) pedagogy. At Skidmore College, where she worked before coming to CMC, she was also part of the small faculty team responsible for creating the first Intergroup minor in the nation. Susan is a native New Yorker, an avid athletics fan, and loves gardening, making pizza, hiking and spinning, and spending time with her family and friends.

 
Vince Greer
Vince Greer

Associate Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion, and Residential Life

(909) 607-9357
vince.greer@cmc.edu

As a member of the Dean of Students staff and inaugural director of CMC’s new campus resource center to support diversity and inclusion, Vince works with the CMC community to build capacities across the institution to ensure students of broadly diverse backgrounds, identities, experiences, perspectives, and ideas are able to thrive. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing from DePauw University, and received his Masters of Education/Higher Education Administration Specialization from Northeastern University. He is active in numerous professional organizations. He is active in numerous national professional student affairs organizations. He is currently the co-chair for the 7C Claremont Colleges Inclusive Excellence committee. He is a proud native of the Southside of Chicago. Outside of work, his hobbies include traveling, spending time with his family, DJing, reading, watching, and playing sports notably basketball and wallyball.

 
Devon MacIver
Devon MacIver

Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement

(909) 607-9936
devon.maciver@cmc.edu

Devon is responsible for Student Activities, WOA, and also serves as advisor to ASCMC. He is always open to hear ideas for new and innovative events and is excited to help students create a dynamic programming calendar for CMC. Originally from Massachusetts, Devon has a B.A. in political science from UMass Dartmouth, and a master’s degree in college student development from Northeastern University. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, cooking, and playing video games.

 
Jess Neilson
Jess Neilson

Assistant Dean of Students for Health, Wellness, and Case Management

(909) 607-7293
jess.neilson@cmc.edu

As Case Manager, Jess provides one-on-one support to CMC students who may be experiencing personal difficulties, connecting them to appropriate on- and off-campus resources. She brings her overarching student support philosophy of holistic wellness to campus through proactive and intervention-based programming. She received her B.A in music from Skidmore College in her home state of New York and her M.A in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. JEss has a background in residential life and disability support services within higher education as well as experience as a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern for homeless children and adolescents. She has been a Seattle Seahawks fan since before she could walk, cannot get through the day without coffee or music and is an avid backpacker who is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of spending time outdoors.

 
Amy Bibbens
Amy Bibbens

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

(909) 607-8107
amy.bibbens@cmc.edu

Through the Center for Civic Engagement, Amy strives to foster personal and character development in CMC students through co-curricular programming in the areas of service, citizenship and sustainability. The CCE serves as a resource center for students interested in community service, and encourages active participation in public life and community problem solving. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree from Cornell University. A native of North Carolina, she is a Tarheel basketball fan. She and her husband (who also works at CMC) stay busy with their two kids and a dog, and can often be found cheering from the sidelines of soccer fields and basketball courts.

 
Kari Rood
Kari Rood

Assistant Director of Student Activities

(909) 607-0316
kari.rood@cmc.edu

As part of the Student Activities team, Kari serves as an advisor and resource to all CMC clubs and organizations. She serves as the primary advisor to the College Programming Board (CPB) and helps to oversee the Bike Shop. She also works with the CMC Orientation program, which includes the beloved WOA trips for incoming students. Originally she is from Arizona, but ventured to Texas to receive her bachelor's in business administration in financial consulting from Southern Methodist University. She earned her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Baylor University. Having been raised in baseball parks she is always interested in attending any game within driving distance, even though her beloved Diamondbacks are a state away. She also has a deep love for movies, chocolate, and traveling to new places.

 
Sean Rollolazo
Sean Rollolazo

Associate Director of Residential Life

(909) 621-8204
sean.rollolazo@cmc.edu

 

Sean co-supervises the Resident Assistant program and housing operations as the second member of the Residential Life team. As a West Coast-er, Sean grew up in both Seattle, Washington and Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Azusa Pacific University — just 15 minutes away. He earned master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, before heading to Elon University in North Carolina as a professional in residence life. Sean loves anything food-related (cooking, baking, and eating) and music-related (listening, singing, and dancing). He is a runner (not necessarily a fast one) who is either training for a race or planning to sign up for the next one. He also loves being around people, particularly college students, who encourage him to be authentic, passionate, and teachable.

 
Cynthia Keller
Cynthia Keller

Assistant to the Dean of Students

(909) 607-9814
cynthia.keller@cmc.edu

Cynthia assists the Dean of Students and oversees the Dean of Students Office. She serves as the primary contact on behalf of the Dean and provides support in the daily operations of each department within the office. Cynthia manages the DOS motor pool, supervises the DOS Student Assistants and makes arrangements for Commencement. She earned her bachelor’s degree in integrative studies from Arizona State University. Stop by to see her anytime and you will always be greeted with a warm smile and a positive attitude, provided she has had her morning coffee and has a full candy bowl.

 
Lyn Hughes
Lyn Hughes

Administrative Assistant

(909) 607-7950
lyn.hughes@cmc.edu

Lyn provides assistance in the areas of Residential Life and Orientation, including room changes, meal plans, health insurance, and dorm damage. A native Californian, she is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in communication. She hopes you will drop by Heggblade if you have any questions regarding residential life. Even if you don’t have a question, stop by and visit ‘Wilson,’ the automatic red candy dispenser, which will cheerfully provide a handful of M&M’s, Skittles or jelly beans.

 
Shayla Chalker
Shayla Chalker

Administrative Assistant

(909) 607-7386
shayla.chalker@cmc.edu

Shayla provides support to Student Activities and Diversity and Inclusion/ the CARE Center. She also assists with Orientation and WOA! A native of Melbourne, Australia she moved to the USA in 2005 and earned a BA in Physical Education from Coe College. She earned a MS in Health, Physical Education & Recreation from Emporia State University. Shayla was a volleyball player in college and finished her career as a two-time All-American. Before joining the DOS team, she spent nine years coaching collegiately, most recently with the 2017 NCAA National Champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps volleyball team.