About the College

Meet the Staff

Dr. Rachel Carnell

Dr. Rachel Carnell
Mandel Honors College, Interim Dean

Dr. Rachel Carnell is Interim Dean of the Mandel Honors College and Mandel Professor in Humanities. She has been a professor in the English Department in 1994, where she has taught numerous courses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and mentored many Honors English majors. Maintaining an active research agenda, Dr. Carnell is the author or editor of five scholarly books on eighteenth-century literary and political history, including Backlash: Libel, Impeachment, and Populism in the Reign of Queen Anne. In recent years, her research has become more interdisciplinary, as evidenced in her most recent book, Stewardship and the Future of the Planet: Promise and Paradox. Dean Carnell received her undergraduate BA in French from Haverford College, where the learned to value a small college environment—an experience that inspired her to lead the Mandel Honors College. Her MA and PhD in English are from Boston University, where she learned to appreciate the advantages of large urban university. When she's not in her office you might find her walking, bird watching, reading, or swimming.

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 enjoy going to estate sales and antique stores.
ElizabethElizabeth Okwudi, Ph.D., CPRW, GCDF
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. Elizabeth received her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education at Cleveland State in December, 2021. 
Photo of Lauren in front of a body of waterLauren Mannella, M.A.
Mandel Honors College, Scholars Program Advisor
Lauren received her B.A. in History from the College of Wooster in 2014 and her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University in 2018. Prior to joining the Honors College, she worked as an Academic Counselor in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Lauren is originally from Northeast Ohio and is excited to be back at home and working with Scholars students. Outside of work, she enjoys staying active, reading and spending time with her husband and cat.
Adrienne PoundsAdrienne 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.  



 picture of Aditi in front of a water and city scapeAditi Adatiya                                                                     Mandel Honors College Administrative Assistant

Aditi Adatiya is majoring in biology with a focus in Pre-Med. After her graduate degree, she wishes to pursue obstetrics/gynecology because of her fascination with the science of birth. For the past few years, she has been volunteering at a no-kill animal rescue center that takes care of abused and abandoned cats and dogs. She believes in life with second chances. So far, she has crossed out skydiving, parasailing, and kayaking from her bucket list and is awaiting new adventures in life. In her free time, she enjoys reading and bike riding. 


Student at a Cleveland Indians game in dugoutJamison Schroeder                                                                Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant 

Jamison Schroeder is majoring in Sports Management at CSU. He hopes to work in the front office for the Cleveland Indians, or any other sports team here in Cleveland. Jamison is extremely passionate about inclusion of people with mental and physical disabilities; it is something he has worked for his entire life. On-campus Jamison is also the Opinion Editor for CSU’s student newspaper, The Cauldron, and is also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee club team. Jamison is a member of the club Best Buddies and ushers at The Wolstein Center.  Jamison also works off campus as a Kids Clubhouse Attendant with the Cleveland Indians and as a retail member with the clothing store GV Artwork. He is striving to stay involved here at CSU and hopes to be able to help anyone with anything they may need.


ElaiPhoto of Elainana Casteel                                                                        Mandel Honors College, Administrative Assistant                 

Elaina is pursuing a bachelors of science in biology with a focus on Pre-medicine. She plans to continue her education in pursuit of an MD PhD. Cardiology has always been a strong interest of hers, so she hopes to specialize in cardiothoracic surgery. In the future, she would like to work with “Doctors Without Borders” and travel the world giving care to areas in need. On campus, Elaina is the secretary of the CSU American Medical Student Association and is also a part of the Chess Association and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of her tropical plants and cycling indoors. When the weather permits, she enjoys heading outside and skiing or jogging with her dog whose name is Tsuki.