Meet our Advisors and Staff


UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LEADERSHIP

Jency BrownJency Brown

Interim Associate Dean
Academic Advisor, University College

[Office in Marriott Library] and
[Office in SSB]

Jency has been an advisor in University College for over 18 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. 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.


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

[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.


UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ADVISING TEAM
(Alphabetical order)

 

Jason AthertonJason Atherton

Academic Advisor, University College
Scholastic Standards Director

[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

[Office in SSB]

 

 


Anna ChuaquiAnna Chuaqui

Peer Advisor, University College

[Office in Building 44]

Anna has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for most of her life. She is currently a senior at the University of Utah and is triple majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Spanish. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Political Science and is interested in working for a non-profit in the future. In her free time she enjoys biking, running, and walking when the sun is shining. She also loves going to Chile to visit her family, eat empanadas, and swim at the beach.


Heather CrumHeather Crum

Academic Advisor, University College
Scholastic Standards Assistant Director

[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.


Angela GardinerAngela Gardiner

Mathematics Academic Advisor

[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.


Riley GreenwoodRiley Greenwood

Peer Advisor, University College

[Office in Building 44]

Riley J. Greenwood was raised in Ogden, Utah and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Economics. Riley spent two valuable years living in various cities surrounding Concepción, Chile, where his eyes were opened to different cultures and people and a love to help and serve others was developed.  Riley brings experience that relates to other students and carries with him a positive attitude and cheerfully fun personality.  Riley loves the NBA (especially the one-and-only Utah Jazz) and playing a variety of different things such as sports, music, and videogames. Riley also loves spending time with his family, especially with his adorable golden retriever Obo.


Steve HadleySteve Hadley

Academic Advising Coordinator for Advisor Assessment & Lecturer

[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.


Marilyn HoffmanMarilyn Hoffman

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

[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.


Copeland JohnstonCopeland

Humanities Academic Advisor

[Office in LNCO]

Copeland Johnston was born and reared in Southern California and is an alumnus of the University of Utah where he completed a BA in History.  After completing his degree he moved to Illinois and enrolled in Seabury Western Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity.  His passion for theology and liturgy made him well-suited for ordained ministry, but his zeal for learning redirected him to higher education and ultimately to his current position at the University of Utah.  He is presently a Bridge Advisor for the College of Humanities and the University College.  Within the College of Humanities he is responsible for two burgeoning programs:  Religious Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies.  Other responsibilities of his include helping students complete the BA language requirement. 

Due to his theological background and training, Copeland has represented the University of Utah and the College of Humanities in print and television as an expert in Western Christianity.  He has been interviewed on topics spanning from the election of Pope Francis to Christian customs.  Copeland is also working in conjunction with the Program Director of Peace & Conflict Studies on future lectures involving legislative conflict and the LGBT community. 

Outside of work he spends most of his spare time with his family.  He has performed in the Utah Opera Chorus for several seasons and is involved in local charities.


Kira JonesKira Jones

Fine Arts Academic Advisor

[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

[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.


Colby MakahilahilaColby Makahilahila

Peer Advisor, University College

[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


Lena May-FraserLena May-Fraser

Fine Arts Academic Advisor

[Office in PAB 216]

Originally from Montana, Lena received her BS and MS in Psychological Science from Montana State University. She has served most recently as a general academic advisor at Montana State University in the Academic Advising Center and specialized in pre-medicine advising. She has coordinated an introductory psychology course, supervised graduate teaching assistants, and taught the first-year seminar for incoming students. Lena has also served as an academic counselor for TRiO – Student Support Services and coordinated a student retention initiative for the Office of the Provost. She currently coordinates the College of Fine Arts Sponsored Student Program and serves as a departmental advisor for Ballet, Film & Media Arts, and Modern Dance. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue working with students in higher education and is excited to collaborate with and assist students as they navigate the University of Utah. In her free time, Lena likes to be outdoors doing activities like running, hiking, and camping. She enjoys traveling, learning, and trying new things.


Kelsey NicholsonKelsey Nicholson

Academic Advising Coordinator for Transfer Center, University College

[Office in SSB]

Before moving to Utah from Northern California, I had been involved in higher education since joined the Orientation Program at Humboldt State University in 2003 as an undergrad. I graduated from HSU in 2007, and after I graduated, I worked for a couple of years both in Admissions & Records and academic advising at College of the Redwoods. I then moved to Utah in 2009 to pursue graduate school in the Educational Leadership & Policy department at the U. I worked in the Office of Admissions for a few years as a Transfer Admissions Counselor before becoming an academic advisor in University College. I really like advising students because when I was in school, I struggled big-time academically. I enjoy helping students not make the same mistakes I did. Now that I know the tools to be a successful student, I can help students make it through school as smoothly as possible.

I enjoy exploring Salt Lake City and all of the cool stuff it has to offer with my partner and puppy - things like the Clark Planetarium, the Natural History Museum of Utah, U of U football, and the local breweries, restaurants, farmer’s markets, and beautiful scenery.


Shelley NicholsonShelley Nicholson

Academic Advising Coordinator, University College
Assistant Director Preprofessional Advising

[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. 


Leslie ParkLeslie

Academic Advising Coordinator for Advisor Development & Special Asst. to AVP for Bridge Advising Model

[Office in SSB]

Leslie is privileged to have worked as an Academic Advisor at University College since 1999. For years she has worked hard on behalf of her students to help ease their transition to college, understand how to navigate the University’s systems, and aid in the major exploration process while co-creating students unique plan to complete their degree. Through programs she has enacted and guided, she has also had the opportunity to work with wonderful colleagues across campus.

Because of her passion for education, Leslie herself has sought out her own educational excellence.  After obtaining her bachelor degrees in Political Science and Family Studies, she continued on to earn her M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy. From her undergraduate experiences in several student groups and her work as a Peer Advisor at University College she was intrigued by how universities function and sought to research questions regarding student preparation, transition and involvement in her post graduate work. These questions broadened as she pursued her Ph.D in Political Science. She is currently completing her dissertation which explores how higher education benefits societies as well as the individuals.

Leslie, a New Jersey native, loves living in the Salt Lake Valley where she enjoys spending time exploring the beauty of Utah with her husband, kids, and dog.


Emerson PrattEmerson Pratt

Peer Advisor, University College

[Office in Marriott Library]

 

 

 

 


Terese PrattTerese Pratt portrait

Assistant Director, University College
Transfer Center Director

[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.


Sarah RolloSarah Rollo

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

[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.


Brett RunnionBrett Runnion

Fine Arts Academic Advisor

[Office in ART 270]

Brett grew up on a ranch in a small town in Montana before going on to graduate from Montana State University – Bozeman in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He later earned his Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology from MSU - Bozeman in 2009. Following his graduation, he taught Psychology and Mathematics at a tribal college on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in central Montana for several years. During his time there he worked passionately with many non-traditional and first generation students to ensure that they would successfully graduate. With the goal of increasing native students’ access to science and mathematical careers, he ran an annual 6-week math program that was designed to move students from a pre-algebra skillset up to a level where they could successfully complete college calculus. In the fall of 2014, Brett joined the University College staff at the University of Utah as a bridge advisor in the College of Fine Arts. He looks forward every day, to helping students understand the intricacies and unwritten rules of attending higher education.  He enjoys reading, watching movies, playing games, snowboarding, and spending time with his dog Captain.


Cari Thorne

Peer Advisor, University College

[Office in Marriott Library]


Amy UrbanekAmy Urbanek

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

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.

Richelle D. WarrRichelle Warr portrait

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

[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.


Julia VincentJulia Vincent

Academic Advisor, University College
Assistant Director, Major Exploration Center

Julia joined the University College staff in August 2012. She graduated in August 2013 from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies. She loved working with students during her undergrad and is excited about working with students in her advising role.  She is passionate especially about helping exploring students find opportunities and experiences to make their time at the U memorable.

Julia was born and raised in Utah. She has adored her time at the University of Utah and loves sharing that passion with students. Julia is often seen at University of Utah athletic events cheering on her Utes. She loves baking, photography, spending time with family and friends, good books, travel and most of all her dog, Rosie.


Jennifer WozabJen Wozab

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

[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

Physics Academic Advisor

[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.


UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ADMIN TEAM
(Alphabetical order)


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 25 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 and a German Shepherd named Scooby.


Sheryl McCallisterSheryl McCallister

Executive Secretary, Preprofessional Advising

[Office in Building 44]

Sheryl McCallister is the Executive Secretary for the PreProfessional Advising Office. She graduated from the U in 1988 with bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and English and her secondary teaching certificate.  She taught high school, until one day she realized that she was fast depleting her two sizes too small lifetime supply of patience on all the nonsense high school teachers have to put up with outside their classroom and fled education  for the much less misanthropy-causing world of corporate administrative assisting.  In 2009, she returned home to the U and found herself working in the PPA Office, where she has found that her very small store of patience is rarely tried. She thinks she will stay awhile.


Nik Sartain

Nik 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.

If you are undecided on a major, schedule an appointment with a University College Advisor

(801) 581-8146

Student Services Building, Room 450 [MAP]