Office of the Dean of Students

Dr. Ryan Jasen Henne | Dean of Students

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Dr. Ryan Jasen Henne, Dean of Students

Contact: Currently, email is the best way to contact Dr. Henne.


Phone: 707.664.3078

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Dr. Ryan Jasen Henne is the Dean of Students. In his role, he provides support and supervision to the Student Engagement departments of Campus RecreationResidential Education and Campus Housing (REACH), Student Conduct, and Student Involvement within the division of Student Affairs. He also provides supervision to the Care Coordinator.

He earned his B.S. from East Carolina University in Communication and Business and his M.Ed. from Grand Valley State University.

Since graduate school, he has worked in higher education at Occidental College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Washington University in St. Louis, Tulane University, and most recently, the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Dr. Henne earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Counseling Foundations from the University of New Orleans.

He enjoys California living, being a part of Noma Nation, and helping students maximize their undergraduate and graduate experiences. His hobbies include movies, league sports, line-dancing, and spending time with his husband, Justin; their children, Giovanni, Faith, Lincoln, Shiloh, Dashiell, and Tatum; and their smaller family members, Dax, Pancho, and Rainbow Sprinkles.

Service and Involvement

American College Personnel Association (ACPA), International
National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA)
Northwest Association of College/University Housing Officers (NWACUHO)
Association of College/University Housing Officers, International (ACUHO-I)
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)
Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA)
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity (ΔΣΦ)


Calee Spinney | Care Team Coordinator

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Head shot of Calee Spinney Contact: Currently, email is the best way to reach Calee.


 Phone: 707.664.3225

 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Calee is the Care Team Coordinator.  In her role, she reviews and delegates/manages all student of concern reports that are submitted and works with students to provide university and community support and resources.

She earned her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, her M.F.S. from the Curtin University of Technology, and her M.A. from the University of the Pacific.

She worked at the California Maritime Academy before coming to Sonoma State University in 2017.  She previously worked for REACH (residential education and campus housing) before transitioning to her current role.

She enjoys running and reading, listening to podcasts, exploring local coffee shops and cafes, laughing until it hurts, and visiting the ocean as often as she can.  

Service and Involvement

Phi Beta Kappa fraternity (ΦΒΚ)


Benjamin Ellis | Director of Student Conduct

ben_ellis Contact: Currently, email is the best way to contact The Director of Student Conduct.

 Phone: 707.664.3396

 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Ben Ellis is the Director of Student Conduct. In his role, he is the primary source of information for student conduct and academic integrity. Using Title V: Standards of Student Conduct, the Office of Student Conduct strives to ensure the fair administration of the student conduct process while supporting a safe and inclusive educational environment for all students.  Ben also provides oversight of the Residential Education and Campus Housing (REACH) conduct process, Club & Organization conduct, facilitates the alcohol & other drug education and abuse prevention program, and serves on the Care Team.

He earned a B.S. in Physical Education and a M.A. in Counseling: Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University.

Since graduate school, he has worked in higher education at Western Kentucky University, The University of The Pacific, and joined the Sonoma State team in 2015. Ben has specialized training in Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) and Restorative Justice from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).

He enjoys Sonoma County living, being a part of Noma Nation, and helping students develop and learn through taking responsibility for actions.  Ben enjoys watching documentary films, collecting and reading antique books, hiking, visiting museums, fixing things, volunteering, watching wading birds, going on trail walks with his gigantic ragdoll cat Buster G, parenting, and spending quality time with his partner Marcy.