Dean of Students
Allyson Rafanello serves as the Dean of Students with oversight of Student Conduct, Student Care and Concern, and Student Accessibility Services. Allyson spends her days supporting her team, working directly with students faculty, staff, and family members to resolve issues or concerns, and as a active part of the Student Affairs Leadership Team. Allyson joined the Panther family in 2014 and served in several roles prior to stepping into the Dean of Students role in 2018. Her educational background includes a bachelors degree in Journalism from Indiana University, a masters degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University, and she is currently working on the final steps of earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to life at UNI, Allyson worked in Housing & Residence Life at several institutions.
Assistant Dean of Students
Janel Alleyne serves as the Assistant Dean of Students. Her primary responsibilities include administering the Student Conduct Code and working with students, faculty, staff, and families to provide assistance in managing student issues and concerns. Janel joined the Dean of Students staff in 2018 after serving as the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Janel received her bachelors degree in Business Administration from SUNY Canton and her masters of Education in Organizational Leadership from SUNY Potsdam. Janel is pursuing her Doctorate in Education at UNI. Prior to her work in conduct and concern, Janel served eight years in Residence Life & Housing at several institutions.
Natalie Earnest serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean of Students area. In her role, she is primarily responsible for administering student conduct cases and providing support to students of concern. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs. Natalie received her bachelors degree from UNI in Psychology.
Ben Stainbrook serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean of Students area. In his role, he is primarily responsible for providing support to students of concern. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in Social Work, Trauma informed care Specialization. Ben received his bachelor's degree from UNI in Marketing.
Sam Flodin serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Dean of Students office. Sam is responsible for administering student conduct cases and working with student of concern to provide support and work towards solutions to problems that may arise. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Social Work with a Trauma-informed Specialization. Sam graduated from UNI with her bachelor's in Sociology.
As graduate assistant positions within the Dean of Students area are available, they will be posted below. Positions typically open up once every two years.
Graduate Assistant Position Descriptions: