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 Baker, M.Ed.
Mandel Honors College, University Scholars Advisor

Lauren Baker 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.

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, Office Coordinator
Brooke Fischbach received her B.A. in Criminology and Sociology from Cleveland State University in 2007 and Master's Degree of Sociology in 2011.  Brooke has been employed with the Honors College since 2012 and was promoted to office coordinator in November, 2018. She coordinates the administrative office functions of the college. In her spare time she & her husband enjoys going to estate sales and antique stores.
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 an Accounting major in the University Scholars Program. The Mandel Honors College is her home away from home on CSU’s campus. She has worked for the Honors College since 2017 and is currently the senior Administrative Assistant. Her career goal is to work for a public accounting firm, hopefully one of the Big Four, and use the experiences and knowledge gained from her time at CSU to become a leader in her field. When she is not working or studying for her Intermediate Accounting classes, she enjoys solving puzzles, reading, and enjoying both music and dance. 

Rachel JablonskiRachel Jablonski
Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant

Rachel Jablonski is working toward a degree in international business and French here at CSU. She hopes to combine these degrees into a career that calls for creative problem solving and provides an outlet for her passion for other cultures 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 YoungLife College and Mandel Vikes. 

Ann.jpgAnn Tushar
Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant

Ann Tushar is a junior majoring in pharmaceutical science at CSU.  She aims to utilize her love of chemistry, passion for serving others, and interest in other cultures by working at the forefront of research and development of novel medicines and seeking to contribute to the advancement of healthcare practices in the U.S. and abroad.  In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, hiking, and traveling with friends.

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Umida Burkhanova                                                                    Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant

Umida is a Pre-Med international student from Kazakhstan. In pursuit of a medical degree, and the highest quality of knowledge essential for a medical professional, Umida came to Cleveland, which is home to the best medical institutions and clinics in United States. Umida is involved in different student organizations and departments throughout the campus. She also assists students as a peer mentor and an SI leader. Umida is passionate about helping people. She enjoys spending time in nature, sports, enjoying all forms of art, and volunteering for different charity organizations. Umida is always available for any questions and happy to assist students with different needs.