Spiesman named director of Health and Wellness
In an effort to enhance student services and identify and assist at-risk students, Lake Erie College has named John Spiesman, Ed.D., LSW, the director of Health and Wellness.
Spiesman will be responsible for providing leadership, planning, management and evaluation of health services and overall wellness on campus. He will serve as the lead professional in developing new resources and services for the campus community including preventative programming and workshops for faculty and staff. Furthermore, Spiesman will continue to cultivate relationships with outside agencies to augment services available to Lake Erie students, faculty and staff.
As director of Health and Wellness, Spiesman will assist with emergency crisis response and will provide short-term interventions as needed to the campus community.
President Michael T. Victor said, “The health and well-being of our students has a profound impact on the campus community. This is why we feel it is crucial to bring Dr. Spiesman on full-time to lead the effort to assure that our students have as many resources available to them and that the appropriate processes are in place to identify at-risk students.”
A licensed social worker, Spiesman served as case manager of Academic Services/Student Life for the 2006-2007 academic year. He joined the College as an adjunct professor in 1999, and teaches graduate classes in the education division. Spiesman graduated from Lake Erie College with a bachelor of science in education degree in 1979, and a master of science in education degree in 1981. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership, administration, research and foundations from Youngstown State University in 1999.
Spiesman previously held an adjunct faculty position at Youngstown State University and served as principal of Geneva, Krzic and Cork Elementary Schools as well as teacher in the Geneva Area City Schools for the past 30 years. He serves as the board president for the Ashtabula County Alcohol, Drug & Recovery Services Board, the assistant clinical director for the Lake County Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is a member of the Lake County Safe Communities Committee.
He has also worked in private practice in Ashtabula County, and currently develops and presents professional development seminars in mental health issues through the Lake Erie College Center for Professional Development.