About Us

Mary Beth Grant

Senior Associate Dean of Students
(607) 254-8598

Oversees the office of care and crisis services, as well as strategic planning initiatives for the dean of students.  Previously, Mary Beth served as judicial administrator at Cornell, worked as a civil rights attorney and a community educator with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and completed a stint in a law firm in Boston.  Mary Beth earned her B.A. in social work and sociology from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Cornell Law School. 

Mary Beth makes her home with her husband in Ithaca, NY, where she enjoys walking through Cornell’s Botanic Gardens; running in Stewart or Cass parks; rowing on Cayuga Lake; singing in Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers; attending live music events on the commons, on Cornell’s art quad, at Bailey Hall or at the State Theater; volunteering in the community; sampling good food at one of Ithaca’s many eateries; relaxing with good fiction; or challenging her adult children to a game of Scrabble or Settlers of Catan.


Janet Shortall

Associate Dean of Students
(607) 255-0325

Janet Shortall is an Associate Dean of Students and directs EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service).  Janet is the director for the Crisis Manager Team and a member of the Community Support Team. EARS provides peer counseling support, semester-long counseling and listening skills training and also offer listening workshops for other student organizations at Cornell.


Mar Pérez

Program Coordinator
(607) 255-5659

Mar Pérez, manages all aspects of program coordination for the office of care and crisis services; cross-functional coordination, information management, and support for crisis management and community support teams. She manages publicity and design, public relations, websites and educational materials for the office.