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Campus Life Staff

Jake McLean

Jake McLean

Assistant Dean for Campus Life

Jake received his B.A. in Communication Studies from Monmouth College and a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University. As Assistant Dean, Jake manages Knox's housing operations and provides oversight in Fraternity/Sorority Life, Student Activities, and Leadership. As a liberal arts college graduate, Jake believes in the power of the campus life experience and the impact it can have on students' lives long after commencement. Fun fact about Jake, he is the co-host of the Life, Leadership, and Laughs podcast!


Amanda Dermer

Coordinator for Residential, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Amanda originally thought she wanted to be a physical chemist, so she pursued a Ph.D. in Chemistry for 3 years before realizing that was not her passion and mastering out. Getting a Master of Science in Chemistry from Emory University, Amanda went on to graduate from Western Illinois University with her second Master of Science degree, this time in College Student Personnel. She started working in the Campus Life Office at Knox College in July 2019. In her role as the Coordinator for Residential, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Amanda supervises resident assistants, oversees all fraternity and sorority chapters and councils, coordinates student leader selection, and assists with teaching IDIS 130: Introduction to Leadership, among other duties. Amanda seeks to better the student experience and strives to make Knox a more inclusive space for all students. Amanda is also the advisor of the Anime Club, and if anyone is wondering, her favorite anime is InuYasha! She enjoys watching anime, playing video games, reading, and spending time with family and friends–mostly her partner and children, and by children, she means cats!


Raina Johnson

Raina Johnson

Coordinator of Student Engagement

Raina Johnson (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator of Student Engagement within the Division of Student Development. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she graduated in 2017 from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and minors in Communication Studies, Psychology, and International Business. In 2020 Raina graduated from West Chester University with a Masters of Science in the Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs Program. Her journey within Higher Education started in her undergraduate years as a building manager in West Chester's Student Union. From there the Student Affairs seed was planted as well as a passion for student leadership and development. In her freetime she enjoys going to concerts, playing video games, and spending time with her rescue pup, Khalessi.


Missy Kratz

Missy Kratz

Administrative Assistant, Residential Life

Missy is the Administrative Assistant for the Campus Life Office and began working at Knox College in 1996. As part of her position, she works closely with student organizations, assisting them with travel plans, purchases and monitoring budgets. Missy enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, golfing, gardening, and going for walks. Missy currently lives in Galva with her husband. They have two young adult children and many family pets.

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Printed on Monday, May 17, 2021