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Meet the Student Life Staff

Dean of Students Brad Voyles

Brad Voyles
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students (2005)


EdD, Vanderbilt University
MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary
MSEd, Educational Administration, Southern Illinois University
BA, Biological Sciences, DePauw University




Brad Voyles oversees the direction of the student development team. By supervising, coordinating, and engaging the many different aspects of student development, Brad plays a vital role in encouraging a vibrant educational and relational environment on campus. Brad is married with three children and serves as an elder at Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church.



Associate Dean of Students, Student Life

Sarah Ocando
Associate Dean of Students, Student Life


MA, Higher Education, Geneva College
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies – Community Development, English, & Sociology, Covenant College




Sarah Ocando is responsible for implementing and maintaining the student life programs, which include new student orientation, the diversity program, student leadership opportunities, and serving as a liason for Parents Council. Sarah and her husband are members of New City Fellowship East Lake.



Jon Wylie

Jonathan Wylie
Associate Dean of Students, Residence Life (2016)


PhD, Educational Leadership, Clemson University
MEd, Counselor Education, Clemson University
BS, Computer & Electrical Engineering, North Carolina State University




Jon is responsible for cultivating a residential, co-curricular experience that provides a safe, clean, well-maintained living environment and a community of discipleship. Jon is a member at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church along with his wife, Emily, and their four children.



Director of Career and Academic Development Janet Hulsey

Janet C. Hulsey
Director of Academic Support 


MA, College Student Development/Counseling, Appalachian State University
BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University




Janet Hulsey serves as the director of academic support, working with students who are struggling academically, need assistance with study skills, time management, learning styles and accountability. Janet, her husband, and daughters are members of Rock Creek Fellowship.



Coordinator of Student Leadership Emily Balint

Emily Balint
Coordinator of Student Leadership (2018)


BA, Religion, Berry College

MA in progress, Leadership, Belhaven University.




Emily Balint supports the associate dean of students for Student Life by working with student leaders on campus. She helps to plan and implement New Student Orientation, works with the Campus Activities Board and Student Senate, oversees clubs and organizations, and aids with Student Development’s programming efforts.


Emily attends New City Fellowship, Glenwood.




Coordinator of Student Leadership Nyra Johnson

Nyra Johnson
Graduate Assistant - Student Life (2018)






Hayley Barnfield

Hayley Barnfield
Student Development Office Coordinator


MEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Belhaven University
BA, Elementary Education, Missouri Baptist University




Hayley Barnfield serves as the student development office coordinator. Hayley coordinates the Mark 10:45 program as well as the inner workings of the Student Development Office. Hayley, her husband, and their daughter attend Harvest Bible Chapel Chattanooga.