Meet our Advisors and Staff


Beth HowardBeth Howard

Associate Dean, University College

[Office in SSB]

Beth is new to the University of Utah (September 2015). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Psychology from Skidmore College and a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She taught a variety of courses in the Biology Department at Rutgers, but always found her way back to academic advising and advising administration. Her advising experience includes pre-medical, Exploratory, First-Year, STEM, Diverse Communities, and, while at the University of Montana, the Peer Advising Program. Beth is an avid quilter, and is looking forward to exploring Salt Lake City and the surrounding area.

John NilssonJohn Nilsson

Assistant Dean, University College
Director of Appeals for General Education

[Office in SSB]

John has been an academic advisor since 2001, when he was a graduate student in history at the University of Washington. In 2003, he started working in University College. John received his BA in history from Brigham Young University and his MA in history from the University of Utah. He enjoys helping students discover their strengths and create plans for their future success.  When not at work, he loves exploring new trails and appreciating the beauty of all four of Utah’s seasons.

Martina Stewart portraitMartina Stewart

Associate Director, University College
Director of Mandatory Advising Program

Book with Martina

[Office in SSB]

Martina has been an advisor in University College for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in Career and College Counseling from San Francisco State University. Before settling in Utah, she worked in a variety of advising positions in higher education in California. She is committed to helping students identify their strengths and interests and design an academic program that utilizes the many opportunities at the University of Utah. She is married and has two daughters. She enjoys walking in nature, skiing with her family, tennis, reading and traveling.

(Alphabetical order)


Jason AthertonJason Atherton

Academic Advisor, University College
Scholastic Standards Director

Book with Jason

[Office in SSB]

Jason joined the University College team in March, 2015. He was born and raised in Southern California and attended Saddleback Community College. After transferring and graduating from Humboldt State University with a BA in Communication, he worked in advertising and sales until he found his true passion serving college students. Jason earned a MA degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. Before coming to the U, Jason has held various roles in academic advising and residence life in California, Michigan, and Florida. He understands that attending a university can bring unique challenges and is excited to provide tools that students can utilize to overcome barriers to their success. As a new transplant to Utah, Jason is eager to explore the outdoor opportunities that surround the campus.

Stephanie BegayeStephanie Begaye

Academic Advisor, University College
Assistant Director, Major Exploration Center

Book with Stephanie

[Office in SSB]

I am Diné (Navajo), and a Utah native, I was born in Northern Utah but grew up in Southeastern Utah near the 4 Corners region. I graduated from the U in 2010 with dual majors in Psychology and Behavioral Science & Health. After graduating, I returned home and had the opportunity to work within the Higher Education System at the same small campus I received my Associates, working for a Title III grant that focused primarily on the success and retention of Native American students and in doing so I found a love for working with students and helping them find what they want to pursue academically and also with their career/long term goals.
I'm excited to be back at the U (Go Utes!) and look forward to working with students. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies, traveling and trying new things.

JoJo (Yordanos) BeyeneJoJo Beyene

Bridge Advisor, College of Health

Book with Jojo

[Office in HPER N]

Yordanos (JOJO) Beyene joined the University of Utah staff in July 2015 as a Bridge Advisor for the College of Health.She is a native of Ethiopia and has lived in The United State since 2001. After immigrating to the United States her family settled in Logan, Utah. She attended Utah State University for her undergraduate degree and University of Utah for her Master’s degree.

Since 2011, JoJo has been working closely with low income, first generation and minority students. She has worked with Utah State University, University of Utah, UN Women of Utah, and United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees, and other prominent organizations in the Utah business community. JoJo is very involved within the refugee community in Salt Lake City. Her cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to numerous volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. She served as an after school program coordinator and soccer coach for girls within this population. However, her passion is assisting the youth she works with in achieving post-secondary education.

Today, JoJo encourages young people especially, refugees, recent immigrants to the United States and women to seek higher education and learn from her life example to follow their dreams, no matter what.

Jency BrownJency Brown

Academic Advisor, University College

Book with Jency

[Office in Marriott Library]

Jency has been an advisor in University College for over 20 years and prior to that was the departmental advisor for the Medical Laboratory Science program. He also taught business and math courses, primarily at community colleges, for nearly 15 years. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Dayton as well as a Certificate in Higher Ed Leadership from the University of Utah. He served as assistant dean for UC for over ten years before starting a phased retirement. Jency enjoys running, biking, and other outdoor activities. He has completed over 40 marathons, as well as the Wasatch 100 trail run and the LOTAJA 200 mile bike race.

Heather CrumHeather Crum

Academic Advisor, University College
Scholastic Standards Assistant Director

Book with Heather

[Office in SSB]

Heather has been advising students in University College since 1998. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. degree in Human Development and a M. Ed degree in School Counseling.  Heather enjoys advising students and helping them reach their academic goals. She loves animals, traveling, reading, the arts, and spending time with friends and family.

Juliana EspinosaJuliana Espinosa

Advisor Development and Collaboration Coordinator

Book with Juliana

[Office in SSB]

Juliana Espinosa joined the University of Utah staff in August 2015 as a Bridge Advisor for the College of Social and Behavioral Science. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has lived in Boston, New York, and Sweden. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Juliana served as an Undergraduate Counselor for two University of California campuses, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as well as the Coordinator for the Teacher Leadership Development team at Teach For America-New York. Juliana earned a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Global Peace and Security from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is excited to support University of Utah students in their academic careers and always available to chat. As a new resident to Salt Lake City, Juliana welcomes any suggestions on local places to check out, especially for good Mexican food!

Angela GardinerAngela Gardiner

Bridge Advisor, Mathematics

Book with Angela

[Office in LCB 214]

Angie joined University College as the Mathematics Advisor in 2012. Prior to that she was the Director of Undergraduate Services in the Mathematics Department for fourteen years, where she found that she truly enjoys working with students. Angie graduated from the University of Utah in 1997 with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in French. Outside of work she enjoys music, gardening, reading, and spending time with family.

Steve HadleySteve Hadley

Academic Advising Coordinator for Advisor Assessment & Lecturer

Book with Steve

[Office in SSB]

Steve was born many years ago when lefthanders like himself were still ridiculed for the use of the "awkward appendage." The Nation was just starting to recover from the oil embargo of the early 1970's. The urban to rural migration was in full swing only to be halted shortly thereafter by the farm crisis of the 1980's. Steve learned at an early age to cook pizza, burritos, nachos, and Pop Tarts. These staples of life have fueled his efforts as he progressed to where he is today. Steve now directs the University College Advising Major Exploration Center. As part of this endeavor to assist students in choosing a major students can attend the Major Exploration EXPO which is held annually each September. Students can also work closely with Steve on choosing a major by taking the course UC 1050: Major Exploration. Steve received his B.S. and M.S. in Sociology from Utah State University. Seeing as though blood runs both red and blue depending on its level of oxygenation (Aggie blue, not that blue from the south) the University of Utah was a perfect fit. Steve also loves his wife and son, his chickens, and cycling. He rides road, mountain, and cyclocross bikes. Steve has raced his bike at the 2001 Collegiate National Championships, LOTOJA, Tour de Park City, Mt. Evans, and many others.  Steve's advice: "Eat your greens, don't do drugs, get 8 hours of sleep, ride your bike, and go to class."

Steve’s Advising Philosophy: My role as an advisor is to master knowledge so that I can analyze information and ask probing questions. In doing so, I hope to help others to know, grow, and change for the betterment of self and humanity. I am committed to helping students achieve their goals by helping them explore their options and design a degree that is unique to their interests, abilities, and values. Students ultimately have the responsibility for their education. My responsibility is to teach so that students can make decisions that are well informed.

Kariann HibbardKariann Hibbard

Academic Advisor, University College
Assistant Director, Degree Audit and Planning Systems

Book with Kariann

[Office in Marriott Library]

 Kariann returned “home” to the University of Utah in August 2015 after a five year stint with the Arizona State Sun Devils. After graduating from the University of Utah in 2010 with a degree in Communications, Kariann moved to Arizona and effectively escaped the freezing snow. Kariann spent her five years in Arizona advising ASU business and psychology majors and working with student clubs and organizations; she also received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from ASU in 2013. Kariann is excited about returning to her alma mater to help Utah students find their passions and plan the pathway to their dreams.

 Kariann enjoys hiking, backpacking, and canyoneering, and can often be found on a trail or at the bottom of a canyon. She is also an avid bagpiper and an active member of the Wasatch & District Pipe Band; look for her at the next Utah Highland Games!

Marilyn HoffmanMarilyn Hoffman

Assistant Director, University College
Director for Prelaw Advising & Returning to the U Program

Book with Marilyn

[Office in Marriott Library]

Marilyn has been an Academic Advisor at the U for over 30 years, and during this time has advised a wide variety of students. She currently specializes in advising prelaw students, returning adult students, veterans, and international students. She is originally from Ohio and has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University. She enjoys working with students and helping them to achieve their academic and career goals. Some of her favorite things are travelling in the U.S. and internationally, hiking in the Wasatch mountains and Southern Utah, skiing, bird watching, photography, theatre, movies, and dinners and laughter with good friends.

Ally Holian

Bridge Advisor, College of Social and Behavioral Science

[Office in Building 73]

As a first-generation and transfer student in undergrad, Ally explored a couple different majors and dove into a lot of different extra-curricular activities. Even so, she managed to graduate in 2014 from Elon University with a major in Anthropology and minor in Classical Studies, both of which cultivated her interest in understanding individuals and cultures. Following her desire to help other students find their passions at college, Ally obtained her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. While there, she worked as a Learning Coordinator for student-athletes and as a Fraternity & Sorority Life advisor. In these experiences and currently as a Bridge Advisor at the University of Utah, her ultimate goal is to help students develop both personally and academically, and aid in maximizing each student’s unique college experience. During her free time, you can find Ally hiking, hanging with her dog, skiing, watching Star Wars, exploring, or reading… but most often focused on food.  

Taryn HornerTaryn Horner

Bridge Advisor, College of Social and Behavioral Science

 Book with Taryn

[Office in Building 73]

Taryn Horner enters her first year as a Bridge Advisor in the College of Social and Behavioral Science.   Although not new to the Utah family, Taryn is a former Utah Volleyball and Diving letter winner for the Utes, competing from 2000-2003 while earning her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Sport Science Pedagogy. Taryn has served as a Physical Education teacher and Volleyball coach at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii as well as the Dean of Students at Judge Memorial Catholic High School and has a Master's Degree in Education Foundations with an emphasis in private school administration.  Taryn has spent the past four years as an Academic Advisor for the Athletics Department at the University of Utah working with a diverse population of students in eligibility, retention and degree completion.   

Copeland JohnstonCopeland

Bridge Advisor, College of Humanities

Book with Copeland

[Office in LNCO]

Copeland is the Bridge Academic Advisor for the College of Humanities.  He is directly responsible for two burgeoning programs: Peace & Conflict Studies and Religious Studies.  His other responsibilities include advising students in the Department of Languages & Literature and helping students navigate the complexities of the BA Language Requirement.

Kira JonesKira Jones

Bridge Advisor, College of Fine Arts

Book with Kira

[Office in MCD]

Kira has more than five years experience teaching, advising, and counseling students. She earned her bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Utah in 2005. During her time on campus she worked with the Housing and Residential Education, University Tutoring Services, the CLEAR Program: Center for Engineering Leadership and the Daily Utah Chronicle. Since graduating from the University of Utah, Kira obtained a Master's Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana, where she was also an instructor. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of women's health non-profit organizations across the country. Kira brings a vast skill-set and knowledge of student services and advocacy work to her advising to keep quality student experiences as the focus of what the College of Fine Arts does best. Kira also sits on the board of directors for the National Women's Health Network. In her free time, she frequently sets aside time to draw or paint and can often be found with a camera in hand.

Mayumi KasaiMayumi Kasai portrait

Academic Advisor, University College
Director of Pre-professional Advising

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[Office in Building 44]

Mayumi is an advisor in the Preprofessional Advising office. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Utah. She is from Japan but has lived in Utah since 2004. She has two dogs and enjoys baking and traveling.

Tascha KnowltonTascha Knowlton

Bridge Advisor, Chemistry

Book with Tascha

[Office in HEB]

While a student at the U, Natascha Knowlton worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant, winning the “Chemistry TA of the Semester” award in Summer 2012. She also worked as a lab assistant in Joel Harris’s lab for three years. She won numerous awards as a student, including the inaugural Thatcher Company Scholarship, an Undergraduate Research Scholarship, and the Reuben and Eunice Kronstadt Scholarship.

Knowlton graduated in 2014 with an Honors BS in Chemistry and a BS in Physics. Following graduation, Knowlton taught chemistry and physics at Bingham High School in South Jordan, UT before joining the Department as the Academic Advisor this fall. The Department looks forward to the great support Tascha will lend to our students.

Colby MakahilahilaColby Makahilahila

Peer Advisor, University College

Book with Colby

[Office in Marriott Library]

I have lived in Hawaii on the island of Oahu for my entire life and decided to attend the University of Utah after high school. I have three older sisters, one older brother, and a mom and dad, all of whom inspire me to do my best. I am majoring in Accounting, hope to attain a Master's Degree, and hope to become a CPA. I enjoy sports, games, books, cooking, hanging out with friends, and watching TV and movies. I love the rain and mountains, which remind me of home

Jennifer A. McLaurinJenn McLaurin

Fine Arts Bridge Advisor

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 [Office in Performing Arts Building]

Jenn began working in a campus office as a sophomore in college and hasn’t left higher education since. Over the years she has gained experience mentoring, advising, and counseling students. She earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration in 2014, both from the State University of New York, Buffalo State. During her time at Buffalo State, Jenn helped to serve students across campus through roles with the Educational Opportunity Program, the Office of Orientation and New Students Programs, and the Campus Housing Office. Most recently serving as an Academic Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Program, Jenn has worked with students who are both high achieving and historically disadvantaged, focusing on students on academic probation, and transfer students. She is committed to providing guidance, resources and support to students as they pursue their goals. Jenn is a lifetime learner and lover of the arts. In her free time, you can catch her plucking at folk instruments, exploring Utah, or trying to learn a new hobby.

Karla MottaKarla Motta

Bridge Advisor, College of Education

Book with Karla

(Office in SAEC)

Karla Motta, M.Ed., serves as the Academic Bridge Coordinator for the College of Education- Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah. Karla works in collaboration with local high schools, community organizations and university members to provide academic, career, and financial advising to pre-education teaching majors. During her tenure within the Office of High School Services and Student Recruitment/Office of Admissions and the Latina/o Outreach Center, here at the University of Utah, she worked to implement programs that focused on increasing the number of underserved students in higher education such as the Black Student Leadership Institute, Latina/o Welcome, and the Student Ambassador Program. When she is not on campus, you can find her indulging in the great outdoors of Utah as well as the many eateries Salt Lake City offers.

Shelley NicholsonShelley Nicholson

Academic Advising Coordinator, University College
Assistant Director Preprofessional Advising

Book with Shelley

[Office in Building 44]

Shelley is from California, and has been involved with student and academic affairs since her freshman year on the north coast at Humboldt State University.     She earned her bachelor’s degree in Geography and minored in both Communication and Leadership Studies.  She eventually landed at the University of Utah to earn her M.Ed in Educational Leadership & Policy.  College students are rad, and she has worked with them in a number of capacities; from orientation, the registrar’s, housing, admissions, and of course, academic advising.  Not being a native Utahan, she enjoys exploring the state with her wife to find out just what Utah has to offer.  Top faves so far:  Red Iguana, Bear Lake, the Uintas, Brewvies, the Utah Pride Festival, SLC Farmer’s Market, and the Natural History Museum.  Salt Lake City is an excellent place to be, and the University of Utah has been a great fit. 

Elizabeth PerezElizabeth Perez

Bridge Advisor, College of Social Work

Book with Elizabeth

[Office in Social Work]

Elizabeth Perez graduated from the University of Utah with Bachelor's degrees in English Literature and International Studies. She also earned a Master's degree in Teaching and Learning at the U of U. She has worked in the private sector as a training and curriculum specialist, and as an English and Latinos in Action teacher at Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah. Her extensive work as a teacher, mentor, and advocate for first-generation and historically-marginalized student groups at the high school level sparked a passion in her for helping others gain college access. Elizabeth is thrilled to be back home at the University of Utah as the academic advising coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work program. She speaks fluent '90s hip-hop, as well as Spanish. Elizabeth enjoys cooking, traveling, and being a working mom. 

 Emerson Pratt

Emerson PrattPeer Advisor, University College

Book with Emerson

[Office in Marriott Library]

Emerson was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is currently a student at the University of Utah studying Geography and Geographic Information Systems. He also works as a Resident Advisor (RA) in the Residence Halls at the University. He has enjoyed being active and involved on campus, and getting to work with students in both housing and University College. In his free time Emerson enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, and traveling.

Terese PrattTerese Pratt portrait

Assistant Director, University College
Transfer Center Director

Book with Terese

[Office in SSB]

Terese has enjoyed working with students in academic advising and orientation at the University of Utah for over 15 years. As Director of the Transfer Center, she is committed to helping transfer students become successful members of the University of Utah community. Terese is an alumna of the U of U, receiving a BA in English and MA in Linguistics. She is married with two children and enjoys the arts, travel, wilderness adventures, gardening, cooking, and bird-watching.

Sarah RolloSarah Rollo

Academic Advising Coordinator, University College
Director of UC Curriculum & Advising of Exploratory Students

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[Office in SSB]

Sarah joined University College in 2009 and has enjoyed her time advising students here at the U. Sarah oversees the Curriculum for courses taught through University College. Sarah loves working with all different types of student but she really empathizes with undecided student since she herself struggled to choose a major. After switching from business information systems to interior design to liberal arts she finally acknowledged her passion for literature and earned a BA in English and Literary Studies from Utah State University in 2005. After feeling very deprived of the intellectual stimulation that one can only achieve while engaged in scholarly pursuits she returned to Utah State University and completed an MS in Literature and Writing in 2008. Sarah has taught academic writing and literature courses at USU, SLCC, and Westminster College before settling here at the U. Outside of her work with students she enjoys writing creative non-fiction, reading poetry, traveling, appreciating the arts, cooking and baking, and spending time with family.

Cari ThorneCari Thorne

Peer Advisor, University College

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[Office in Marriott Library]

Cari spent her high school years in Cache Valley, and surprised many by her decision to leave the valley and come to the University of Utah. But she is glad she did! She is studying Math Teaching, inspired by her experience as a high school math tutor. She loves getting to know new people and finding ways to improve herself and others. Recently she had the opportunity to spend a year and a half in North Carolina, where she discovered that you can learn something from everyone you meet. In her spare time she enjoys playing the piano and violin, reading, running, hiking, laughing, exploring new places, trying new things, and going on adventures. She enjoys all of the many adventures the University of Utah and Salt Lake City has to offer.

Amy UrbanekAmy Urbanek

Academic Advising Coordinator, University College
Director of PreProfessional Advising - Prelaw

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Amy joined University College as an advisor in 1998, eleven years after earning her BS degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. It has been a lot of fun for her to return to her alma mater and work with the current generation of students. Between her stints at the University of Utah, Amy lived in Phoenix, Arizona where she earned a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University. Since 1999 one of Amy's specialties has been Prelaw advising-helping U of U students and alumni gain admission to law school. Amy loves the outdoors, particularly the area around Moab, Utah where she grew up. She also loves good books, good music and good company.

Julia VincentJulia Vincent

Academic Advisor, University College
Assistant Director, Major Exploration Center

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Julia joined the University College staff in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and a Master of Science in Information Systems, both from the University of Utah.

Julia was born and raised in Utah. She loved her time at the U and can always be found cheering on the Utes!  She loves spending time traveling, sewing, cooking, and binging on Netflix with her cat, Francis.

Assistant Director, University College
Director, Degree Audit and Planning Systems

Book with Richelle

[Office in Marriott Library]

Richelle grew up in Midvale, Utah.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Classics, and later a MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy. Richelle held various positions at the University of Utah before joining University College in 2009. In her spare time, Richelle indulges her passion for comparative mythology, dabbles in various needle arts, and in the summer enjoys the outdoors.

Jennifer WozabJen Wozab

Academic Advisor, University College
Director Peer Advising Program & Assistant Director, Mandatory Advising Program

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[Office in Marriott Library]

Jennifer joined University College in 2012 and has enjoyed her time advising students here at the U. She earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Weber State University. Jennifer enjoys working with all different types of students but she really emphasizes the undecided, first year student. She herself had an amazing undergraduate experience and wants to assist students in designing an undergraduate experience that is as unique as they are. Jennifer attended Dixie State College, where she earned her associates degree before transferring to Weber State University. She took advantage of many extracurricular activities including community engagement, student government, and undergraduate research. Jennifer also enjoys yoga, swimming, photography, reading, and hiking in the beautiful Utah mountains.

Tamara YoungTamara

Bridge Advisor, Physics

Book with Tamara

[Office in JFB 202]

The rumors that Tamara is a rocket scientist are greatly exaggerated.  However, as Tamara did her graduate research in planet formation, she can understand your confusion.  Tamara has always had a fascination with how the world works.  Her interest in physics began in highschool.  As an undergraduate at Utah State University, Tamara's studies focused on nuclear and particle physics.  Her senior thesis was about the solar neutrino problem.  This problem was solved between 2001 and 2003 when SNO observed, and Super-K confirmed that the mixing angle of neutrinos was much greater than previous measurements indicated.  This was about the time that Tamara began grad school at the University of Utah.  In grad school, Tamara took an interest in fluid dynamics, which led to her graduate research in planet formation.  Tamara earned a Master's of Science in physics, but did not complete her Ph.D.  After her Bachelor's degree, but before grad school, Tamara taught science and math for several years in the public education system.  After grad school, Tamara again taught science and math in the public education system.  For the last year, Tamara has taught astronomy at SLCC.  With Tamara's background in physics and education, academic advising for physics is a natural career change.  Tamara loves being able to join her two passions, working with students and talking about physics.  Tamara is also a bit of a gardener, a foodie, and a quilter.  She has also recently picked up the unfortunate habit of doing yoga.  Be careful about bringing up any of these topics.

(Alphabetical order)

Catalina CardonaCatalina

Office Assistant, Preprofessional Advising Office

[Office in Building 44]

Catalina was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and decided to move to Salt Lake City because she loves to explore new cities. She studied Political Science and Music Performance on the clarinet at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio where she remained active on campus throughout various student organizations and music ensembles. Catalina also studied at American University in Washington, D.C. where she interned with the Hispanic College Fund as a College Student Liaison. She participated in the competitive program Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s graduate college, Heinz College in Pittsburgh. Other favorite memories Catalina has from her undergraduate career are her summers working as a camp counselor at Timber Lake Camp, located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. On her free time, Catalina enjoys volunteering, exploring Salt Lake City, and trying new activities. She also plans to return to the stage on her clarinet because performing is her biggest passion.

 David EisenDavid Eisen

Administrative Associate, University College
Certified Administrative Professional - Organizational Management rating

[Office in SSB]

David has been with University College since March 1996. He supports the administrative and advising staff (and the University Academic Advising Committee) by monitoring budget resources, as well as generally helping to keep things running smoothly (which ranges from ensuring that everyone gets paid, to keeping enough colored paper in the supply closet). He also fills in at the front desk and occasionally assists students with specific inquiries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French (plus a Secretarial Certificate) from the University of Utah, and attended the University of Washington for one year. He also holds the Certified Administrative Professional rating conferred by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Among the things he likes best are animals, french fries, languages, Vancouver Island, collecting stamps, and being with friends.

Ginger HauschildGinger Hauschild

Reception Area Specialist

[Office in SSB]

Ginger was born and raised in Colorado, but she and her husband have lived in Utah since 2006. For nearly 15 years, Ginger has worked full-time in various industries, including medical billing, health insurance and banking. However, she has dreams of becoming a Wildlife Biologist and is now working towards an undergraduate degree in Biology from the U of U. Ginger is a nature enthusiast and enjoys studying birds, trees, and animals. Some of her hobbies include hiking, bird watching, stargazing, knitting, and sketching. She also loves traveling and spending time with family and friends. Ginger joined the staff of University College in October 2014.

Josh HenricksenJosh Henricksen

Student Employee - Reception area

[Office in SSB]

Josh joined University College in the fall of 2013.  Because of the wide variety of majors to choose from on campus, he is currently an undeclared student - which means he is working in the perfect place!  Besides University College, Josh works in a gym, is very physically active and teaches a Zumba Fitness Class there once a week.  He also teaches at the U of U Student Life Center. Outside of work, he enjoys reading good books, singing, dancing, and long walks on the beach.

Tammy "Sunshine" MabeyTammy Mabey

Administrative Assistant, University College

[Office in SSB]

Tammy joined University College on Friday the 13th of January, 2012.  She loves working in this environment, especially to rub shoulders and to work with such great people at the University of Utah. Tammy is a Hoosier, hailing from Indiana originally but has lived in Utah for the last 26 years. She worked previously as a computer teacher in the Davis County School District and in the computer field for many years. She enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones, creating new things, learning, watching documentaries, exercising, meeting new people, and chocolate. She has 4 great kids, 12 chickens and a German Shepherd named Indiana.

Nik SartainNik Sartain

Computer Technician

[Office in SSB]

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Salt Lake City, Nik was destined to be a Ute. While attending the University of Utah, he studied Sociology and Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He served as an intern under the Hinckley Institute of Politics in both Washington, DC and Chiang Mai, Thailand. In his personal life, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their four cat children, being affectionately known as “Cat Daddy.” He also enjoys the great outdoors, cooking, football (the European kind), and keeping up with current events.
As a technologist, he had always been a keen hobbyist, using his skills as far as he could in every professional position,  recently shifting into a full-time IT career. He plans to attend the University for a Master’s of Information Systems. Within the University College, Nik serves the team with all things tech from hardware to website design.

Joy ScottJoy

Reception Area Specialist

[Office in SSB]

Joy is new to the University College, but  she has been an active part of the University's Parent Association for 5 years.  She has two children attending the U.  She currently lives in Sandy with her husband and this is her families' second time living in Utah. She was raised in California and has also lived in Illinois and Nebraska.  The family returned to ski, hike and enjoy all Utah has to offer.  Joy received her Degree from The University of California, Berkeley.  She loves working with all people and hopes to help as many as possible navigate through the University.

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