Profiles of Deans and Staff

Head Dean of Thatcher and Thatcher South

Lisa Hall
Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
P 423.236.2900

Lisa Hall is the Dean of Women which means wearing many different hats, you can find her office in Thatcher hall. After graduating from Southern several years ago she worked in the Purchasing Department at McKee Foods. There came a point that she felt God calling her to something different. Around that time a deaning position opened at Southern. She applied, was hired, and has been here for 12 years now. Dean Hall feels blessed to have such a loving God to depend on. She has a niece and nephew (twins) that bring her much happiness and also a high energy dog named Lucy! Dean Hall loves talking to residents, having them hang out in her office, praying with them, and giving hugs! Stop by and get to know her; don't be intimidated by her title!

Dean of Women

Chamra Anthony
Thatcher South
Associate Dean
P 423.236.2908

Chamra Anthony is an Associate Dean of Women. As a student, she worked as a resident assistant and student dean and discovered that her greatest passion in life was to lead young people to Christ by serving first. After graduating from Andrews University with a master's degree in School Counseling, she worked at La Sierra University and Atlantic Union College as a dean. She joined the Thatcher Hall team in 2007. She loves to shop and enjoys cooking and eating food and traveling (especially to her parents' home in Antigua). Dean Anthony manages both Thatcher Hall and Thatcher South front desks and works with the women's residence hall dean staff on developing and improving programming. 

Dean of Southern Village

J.P. Mathis
Thatcher South / Southern Village
Associate Dean
P 423.236.2907

J.P. Mathis, Associate Dean, co-manages Southern Village. Just stop by her office in Thatcher South if you have any questions or just want to visit or pray. She is married to Don Mathis, who is the Hulsey Wellness facility manager. God has blessed Don and JP with 36 years of a wonderful marriage and three children, Nikie, Renee, and Tyler. Nikie is married to Chadd Watkins and they have two boys, Carson and Camdon. They live and work at Highland Academy near Nashville, TN. Renee is married to Eric Paddock. They live and work at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Tyler is a teacher at Spencerville Academy in Maryland and he is engaged to Lauren Erhard. Don and JP enjoy life and look forward to Jesus' soon return.

Thatcher Dean

Tisha Looby
Thatcher Hall
Assistant Dean
P 423.236.2906

Tisha Looby, Associate Dean, is located in Thatcher Hall. Dean Looby is an alum of Southern who is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael Looby. They have an adorable three-year-old son, Michael Gabriel, and a dog, Pudgy, who are usually somewhere in the lobby. She is most known for her creativity and infectious laugh. She plans and manages worships, the Thatcher Update newsletter, mentors, and the website. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and art.  The only thing that exceeds her love for family and friends is her passion for ministering to young women. For a dose of truth, love, and laughter stop by Dean Looby’s office.

Thatcher Dean

Susan Pennington
Thatcher Hall
Assistant Dean
P 423.236.2903

Susan Pennington, Associate Dean, graduated from Southern with a BS in Business Management and a BBA in Accounting. She manages women's residence housing and our night check accountability program. Dean Pennington is married to her best friend of 32 years, Kevin Pennington. Their source of joy and happiness comes from their two children, Rob and LeeAnne. She loves getting together with all of her family, going to the beach, tennis, walking with friends, and having students over to her house to eat and socialize. Dean Pennington says her favorite part of her job is being able to interact with all the girls and seeing God's love and grace daily in the residence hall and on campus. 

Belinda Fisher

Thatcher Hall
Office Manager
P 423.236.2902


Belinda Fisher is the office manager for Thatcher and Thatcher South.  

Amy DeWind

Thatcher Hall
Housekeeping Supervisor
P 423.236.2909

Amy DeWind directs Housekeeping, keeping the residence halls clean and attractive.