Thomas "Lee" Cravens II, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Director of Student Relations
Thomas “Lee” Cravens II joined the Student Relations office at Columbia College Chicago in 2013. Lee earned his Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University Bloomington. Lee is beginning a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education with Northern Illinois University starting fall of 2020. Lee is currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and credentialed as a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CADC) in Illinois. Lee has participated in additional training to provide trauma-informed services to students that may have experienced sexual misconduct. Lee utilizes a solution-focused, brief treatment method of practice while incorporating elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Lee has experience working in colleges and universities, hospitals, and nursing facilities. Lee is a classically trained singer and sings regularly with the Chicago Chamber Choir. Lee enjoys cooking, music, architecture, movies, traveling, and animals.
Michael Greenwald, LCSW
Coordinator of Student Relations
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Michael brings extensive experience in mental health treatment and a passion for providing holistic support to students. Michael received his Master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St Louis. As a college student, Michael enjoyed creative writing and performed in theater productions and improv shows, so he feels a special connection with the arts community at Columbia College Chicago.
Michael joined the Student Relations office during the spring semester of 2019. Prior to Columbia, Michael worked in a variety of clinical settings, including a long-term care facility for adults with serious mental illness, an integrated primary care office, and a more traditional therapy practice. Throughout his career, Michael has specialized in solution-focused therapy, which college students find particularly beneficial. Michael assists with problem-solving and offers techniques that students can use in the present moment to manage symptoms or challenges. With every student, Michael brings compassion, creativity, and a sense of humor. Michael aims to reinforce a student’s strengths while also motivating and inspiring the changes that can result in a more meaningful and successful college experience.
For self-care, Michael loves eating his way through Chicago restaurants, and he still enjoys performing improv. Michael believes that the same tenets of improv apply to counseling: supportive listening, collaboration, and finding joy in the present moment.
Jennifer Telschow, LPC, NCC
Coordinator of Student Relations
Jennifer Telschow (she/her/hers) is a licensed professional counselor and serves as a Coordinator of Student Relations. As a member of the Student Relations team, Jennifer works directly with students to provide services such as short-term counseling, access to basic needs assistance and supports, and connections to on-campus and community resources.
Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Northwestern University and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. As a first-generation student from a low-income background at Stanford, Jennifer sought ways to build and empower the first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) student community and advocate for access to resources for all students to not only survive their college journey, but thrive in it. Jennifer has carried this mission throughout her professional career in college student affairs, college access nonprofits, and mental health private practice settings.
In her strengths-based work with students, Jennifer aims to assist in cultivating a sense of empowerment and personal wellbeing that honors a student’s multiple identities, while also providing direct support in navigating the many challenges that can arise throughout the college years.
Christine Greiner, BFA
Christine joined the Student Relations office at Columbia College Chicago in 2018. Prior to Student Relations, Christine was the Administrative Assistant in the Counseling Services office at Columbia College Chicago. Christine earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University. Her first job in Chicago was with Tony Stone Images, a company that later became Getty Images. Christine has always enjoyed working with creatives, and enjoys reading, exploring, exercising, and spending time with her family.