Student Development & Leadership

Meet the Staff

Sean P. Fagan
Associate Director of Student Development & Leadership

Sean P. Fagan The atmosphere of a college or university campus is unlike any other. The energy that the students bring combined with the opportunities for creative outlets and experiential learning is unlike any other place to work. As an undergraduate, I attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL. From the moment I arrived, I realized the benefits of being involved in activities around campus. As a member of several organizations, I held numerous executive board positions. Personally, my college experience was enhanced by being able to contribute to the campus life during my tenure.

My work at Lewis began in August of 2009 as a graduate assistant for SDL. At the time I was earning my master's degree in organizational leadership. Working with students gave me the opportunity develop skills and explore career options in higher education. I was delighted to accept a full-time position following my graduation. Armed with the knowledge my studies have provided me, my work with SDL allows me put theories into practice. If I can help the students at Lewis finds ways to "leave their mark" while they are here, I feel like I have been successful.

Bradley University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology; May 2005

Lewis University
Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership; December 2010

Favorite Quotes:
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
-Mark Twain

"There is something that is much more scarce, something far finer, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability."
-Elbert Hubbard
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Brian Domke
Graduate Assistant for Student Development and Leadership Relay For Life Co-Chair Lewis University

Brian Domke

Having the opportunity to work as a Graduate Assistant for Student Development and Leadership is more than anything I could have dreamed. After graduating from Lewis in the spring of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology I knew that I wanted to pursue a career working with people. Working in this department I know that I will grow into an effective leader. Prior to graduating from Lewis I worked with the SDL department as a committee member and co-chair of the Relay for Life event that is hosted on campus and incorporates a total of three local colleges. Working on this event and with the former graduate students defiantly influenced me to want to work in this department and become more of a leader.  I came to Lewis as a transfer student working towards my undergrad degree, I feel very fortunate that I am now part of the Lewis community and Staff.

When I am not at Lewis I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also work as a nutritional aid at Silver Cross Hospital. I grew up not far from Lewis’s Romeoville campus so I’m sure when I’m not busy with class and work I will be home for home cooked meals and to spend time with my family.

Favorite Quote:
"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes."
-Mahatma Gandhi
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Sophia Barakat
Graduate Assistant for Student Development & Leadership

Sophia Barakat I am so blessed to have received the graduate position with Student Development and Leadership. I love the home-like atmosphere the Lewis community gives to their students, faculty and staff. I enjoy all the opportunities that Lewis gives to each student to grow and development themselves. I am particularly interested in working in this department because of its commitment to provide challenging leadership opportunities for all students.

I received my undergraduate degree here at Lewis University. I always loved being involved and I am glad that I am able to continue doing just that. I was involved in many activities throughout my time here at Lewis including: President of Theta Kappa Pi, Relay for Life Chair, The Pulse, Student Governing Board, and I was a student representative for various Lewis committees. I was also the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) Student Supervisor for two years. The best memories come from being involved. All the support that I have received, meeting new people and all the laughable moments still make me smile.

Originally, I am from Oak Lawn, IL and was also very active in my high school there. I have always loved knowing what schools have to offer their students. I loved learning from my elders, peers and mentors because they’ve helped me over the years to grow and development.

I am seeking my Masters in Organizational Leadership and I am looking forward to applying all my new leadership skills into working with Lewis Students. It will not only help them develop, but it will also help me build as a person as well.

Favorite Quotes:
“God will never leave you empty. He will replace everything you lost. If he asks you to put something down, it’s because he wants you to pick up something greater.”

“You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”
–SpongeBob Squarepants.
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