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Campus Life at Merrimack

CARE Committee

Mission and Description

The CARE Committee is dedicated to the success of each student academically, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The purpose of this committee is to identify and develop a plan for those students that may be experiencing more than ordinary transitional issues and may need a member of the committee to check in or offer assistance in some way.  Through this outreach, it is our goal to make students aware of the resources that are available to them and help them to be successful on Merrimack’s Campus.

The CARE committee meets weekly in an effort to review all cases that are referred to them. Student cases are currently referred by the members of the CARE committee and the Residence Life staff (RDs, ACs, and RAs.) Any faculty or staff can submit a CARE report for the committee’s review at A CARE report can be submitted for a number of reasons: recent death in a student’s life, illness/injury, emotional struggles, excessive discipline, academic concerns, excessive absences, concerning behavior, aggressive behavior etc.

 In reality, if there is any student concern that warrants some kind of intervention, the CARE Committee should be notified and will review the student’s case.  All students’ names, the names of the reporters and information contained within the report are kept private within the CARE committee.

The CARE Committee is made up of the following members:


Jonathan Bragg, Residence Life 

Preston Croteau, Student Affairs 

Elaine DiVincenzo, Disability Services

Denise Dwyer, Hamel Health 

Allison Gill, Student Affairs

Katell Guellec, Hamel Health 

Fr. Keith Hollis, Campus Ministry

Matthew Isbell, Faculty Member in Communications Department

Stephanie Kendall, Student Affairs 

Elizabeth Kennedy, Athletics 

Carol Leibovitz, International Programs

Nancy Ludwig, Registrar 

Mary McHugh, Stevens Learning Center

Deputy Chief Dennis Peterson, Campus Police 

Diane Shaw, Academic Enrichment       

Laura Thibodeau, O’Brien Center for Student Success

Kathy Vaillancourt, Student Affairs