Dean of Students Leadership Team

André Costopoulos, PhD
Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

André Costopoulos joined the University of Alberta as Vice Provost and Dean of Students in July, 2016. Born and raised in Montreal, Costopoulos holds a BA (Hons) in anthropology from McGill, an MSc in anthropology from the Université de Montréal and a PhD in archeology from the University of Oulu, Finland. He began his career in 1999 as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 2001, he joined McGill as a research associate and sessional instructor in the Department of Anthropology and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2003. From 2012 - 2016, he served as McGill's Dean of Students.

Please note: André is on sabbatical until the end of June 2022. Helen Vallianatos will be Acting Vice-Provost and Dean of Students during this time.

Helen Vallianatos, PhD
Acting Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

Dr. Helen Vallianatos is currently the Associate Dean of Students, in the Office of the Dean of Students, as well as a professor in the Department of Anthropology. As Associate Dean of Students, she works to connect the Office of the Dean of Students with faculty and staff across campus, to ensure that student needs and issues across faculties are being addressed, and to assess how to improve student experiences at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Vallianatos has also served as Associate Chair (Undergraduate Programs) in the Department of Anthropology, during which time she worked to further develop the experiential learning component of the BA Honors program. She has also incorporated community-service learning in many of her courses, which dovetails well with her collaborative, community-based research approach.

Karsten Mündel
Acting Associate Dean of Students; Provost Fellow, Experiential and Work-Intergrated Learning

Karsten is an Associate Professor of Global and Development Studies at the Augustana Campus. He recently completed a 6-year term as Augustana’s Associate Dean, Academic. Over the years, he has worked with many members of the DoS team and is looking forward to serving U of A students in this new role. Karsten will continue to serve as the Provost Fellow for Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning, helping to guide strategic conversations about these exciting pedagogies.

Shana Dion
Assistant Dean, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Students

Tânisi nitotemtik. Shana Dion, nitisiyihkâson ekwa Nehiyaw iskwew niya Kehewin Cree Nation ochi niya.

Hello, my friends. My name is Shana Dion and I am a Cree woman from Kehewin Cree Nation. It is important that I introduced myself in Cree because it grounds me in who I am, where I come from and who I am accountable to. I am truly thankful for this opportunity to be a part of the First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners academic journey at the University of Alberta.

In my role as Assistant Dean of First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners at the University of Alberta I am dedicated and passionate about supporting the development of institutional culture, space, systems and supports that nurtures access and success for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners now and for the next seven generations still yet to come.

My responsibility and accountability within my roles are deeply-rooted in my cultural teachings which are reflective of a holistic balance in all aspects of a students' life. I have been dedicated to supporting the First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners on campus over the past nine years as the Director of First Peoples' House and continually nurturing relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities off campus. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, I had the privilege in managing the National Addictions Awareness Week Campaign for five years with Nechi Institute and travelled across Canada to promote healthy addictions-free lifestyles to First Nation communities! I am so grateful for this opportunity to be able to continue to support and give back to my community members. I believe that practicing traditional ways and sharing traditional knowledge on campus will provide the space to bring together the larger campus community to engage, educate, and embrace our communal history!

Kevin Friese, MEd
Assistant Dean, Health and Wellness

Kevin's career has focused on a diverse set of commitments relating to students and student affairs taking him from student recruitment to student affairs and student health and wellness. With over eighteen years of experience in the field of health and wellness, Kevin has the privilege of leading a multidisciplinary team of health professionals on campus that use a holistic health & wellness framework to support the well-being of students, their families, faculty, and staff. He has a passion for supporting the health and well-being of our campus with a vision of creating communities in which each person is empowered to flourish and achieve their full academic and life potential.

Janice Johnson, D.E.S.S.
Assistant Dean, Residence Life

Janice Johnson started as the Assistant Dean of Students (Residence) in January of 2017. She came to the University of Alberta following a 17-year career at McGill University, where she worked in a variety of roles in residence life and enrollment services. Prior to joining the student affairs world, Janice worked in communications and project management in the film and theatre sector. She has extensive experience in leadership positions on community boards and foundations. Janice grew up in Montreal and studied at McGill University and Université de Montreal-HEC.

Sarah Wolgemuth, MEd
Assistant Dean, Student Life

Sarah's career in supporting students at the U of A began in 2003. Her previous roles include Director of Student Services, Faculty of Law; and Assistant Dean, Residence Services. As the Assistant Dean, Student Life, Sarah brings her experience in the areas of student leadership development, orientation and transition programs, recruitment, student conduct, crisis response and case management, sexual violence response and education, and policy development. Sarah was born and raised in southern Ontario and earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Hons) from Brock University in 2003, and a Masters of Education in Educational Policy Studies from the U of A in 2006.