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The Academic Advising Center assists people, through academic advising, to achieve educational goals.
We cultivate relationships that empower students to navigate the University of Utah.


Meet our Advisors and Staff


Beth HowardBeth Howard

Associate Dean, Academic Advising Center

[Office in SSB]

Beth is relatively 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 enjoying getting to know Salt Lake City and the surrounding area.

John NilssonJohn Nilsson

Assistant Dean, Academic Advising Center
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 the Academic Advising Center. 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, Academic Advising Center
Director of Mandatory Advising Program

Book with Martina

[Office in SSB]

Martina has been an advisor in the Academic Advising Center 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 Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
Academic Standards Director

Book with Jason

[Office in SSB]

Jason joined the Academic Advising Center 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 an 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, Academic Advising Center
Assistant Director, Major Exploration Program

Book with Stephanie

[Office in Marriott Library]

Stephanie joined the Academic Advising Center in July 2015 as part of the Major Exploration Program team. She is a small town Navajo girl, who grew up in Southeastern Utah near the 4-Corners region. She graduated from the U in 2010, double majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Science & Health. After graduating, she returned home and had the opportunity to work in Higher Education at the same small campus she received her Associates degree from. There she worked for a Title III grant that focused primarily on the success and retention of Native American students and it was there that she found a love for working with students and helping them find what they want to pursue academically, and also with their career and long term goals. She is excited to be back at the U (Go Utes!) and looks forward to working with students. Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends-including her two chocolate labs, watching movies, cooking, 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, Academic Advising Center

Book with Jency

[Office in Marriott Library]

Jency has been an advisor in the Academic Advising Center 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.

Rayshawn CarrRayshawn Carr

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center

Book Now - Rayshawn

[Office in SSB]

Rayshawn Carr is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for 12 years. In 2013, Rayshawn completed his Master of Education in Student Development Administration at Seattle University and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Utah in 2010. While working in varies roles in Student Affairs at the University of Utah, Seattle University, and Humboldt State University,  he has served as an educational advocate where he has created and preserved solidarity and forged collaborative partnerships for the cultivation of diversity and inclusion. Rayshawn is an activist for the rights of all students who possess educational aspirations. When not at work, he loves spiritual and crystal meditation. He takes part in hiking, cooking, working out, dancing, jewelry making, and having a relaxing evening at home watching movies on Netflix.

Xavier ColonXavier

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

Book with Martina

[Office in SSB]

I was born in St. George on April 7, 1997. I’m one of four children. I went to Canyon View High School in Cedar City, Utah, and graduated in 2015. I’m currently studying Communications with an English minor in Creative Writing. I’m a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and spent my Freshman year as an ambassador to the College of Humanities. My favorite movie so far is Captain America: Civil War and I’m still rooting for Tyrion Lannister to make it out of Game of Thrones alive. Someday, I want to be either an author or a Dad, although I’m leaning more towards the latter. 

Heather CrumHeather Crum

Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
Academic Standards Assistant Director

Book with Heather

[Office in SSB]

Heather has been advising students in the Academic Advising Center 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.

Sidney D. CushingSidney

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

Book an Appointment

[Office in SSB]

Sidney is from Cedar City, Utah. She came to the U on an academic scholarship and is studying Social Work with a Minor in Modern Dance. Sidney loves living in Salt Lake because of the diversity it provides. She served an LDS Mission in Sweden and loves learning about people and their backgrounds. She loves to dance, play piano, cook for guests, watch movies, and spend time with family and friends. Sidney is excited to meet with students because she understands that finding a major isn't always easy. Through lots of exploring and learning, she felt that the Academic Advising Center really helped her find the perfect major for her. She hopes to pay it forward to the students she meets!

Genevieve DuboisGenevieve

Bridge Advisor, College of Social and Behavioral Science

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Genevieve is a Bridge Advisor in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. She has been advising at the University of Utah since 2010. As a first generation college student, she is passionate about encouraging young people to seek higher education. She has a BA in International Studies, a BS in Sociology and a Master's in Public Administration all from the University of Utah. In her free time, she enjoys Zumba, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.

 Juliana EspinosaJuliana Espinosa

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
Advisor Development and Collaboration Coordinator

Book with Juliana

[Office in SSB]

Juliana joined the the Academic Advising Center team in February 2016 with five years of prior academic advising experience. She loves guiding students as they explore majors/minors/certificates, develop academic, personal, and professional skills, and brainstorm career pathways. Originally from Los Angeles, Juliana has also worked at the Museum of African American History in Boston and Teach For America, New York. Not sure what to talk to Juliana about in your appointment? Here are some ideas: being a College of Education undergraduate research assistant, interning at KJEE Santa Barbara Modern Rock station, studying abroad in Sweden, being a Hermanas Unidas club member, or working while being a full time undergraduate and graduate student. Juliana is also obsessed with The Simpsons, independent films, and Mexican food. Look forward to chatting with you!

Angela GardinerAngela Gardiner

Bridge Advisor, Mathematics

Book with Angela

[Office in LCB 214]

Angie joined the Academic Advising Center 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 Curriculum & Assessment

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."  Luckily we now live in a time where left-handed desks are sometimes available, and dinner tables have a special spot on the end for lefties to eat free of bashing elbows.  Steve completed his B.S. and M.S. in Sociology at Utah State University.  He then spent a few years as a Residence Director at Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO).  While the cycling in Durango was fantastic he decided it was time to move out of the dorms.  Steve began advising at the University of Utah in 2004.  Steve has served in multiple positions within the Academic Advising Center Advising.  He has been the Director of the Major Exploration Program and Director of Advisor Education and Development.  Currently, Steve is the Director of Academic Advising Center Curriculum and Assessment.  In this role, Steve teaches 5-6 sections of UC 1050: Major Exploration each year.  Steve works an odd schedule so that he can be a stay at home Dad for two adorable little boys one day a week.  Steve’s hobbies include cycling, backyard chickens, and cycling.  Steve has completed LOTOJA 9 times (204 miles), the HooDoo 300 (300 miles), and raced the Collegiate Cycling National Championships in 2001. Steve’s next goal is to complete the HooDoo 500 (520 miles non-stop).  In case you were wondering, his seven chickens produced 1124 eggs in 2015.

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 Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
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!

Christy HoffmannChristy

Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
Assistant Director, Major Exploration Program

Book an Appointment with Christy

[Office in Marriott Library]

Christy has lived in California, Virginia, England, West Virginia, Hawaii, and Oregon and is excited to add Utah to the list! Christy received her Bachelor’s degree from BYU-Hawaii in International Cultural Studies with a Minor in Hawaiian Studies and a certificate in Intercultural Peacebuilding. But before then, she changed her major, transferred schools twice, and studied abroad in Northern Ireland through West Virginia University. Christy recently completed her Master’s degree in English at the University of Oregon, where she studied 21st century popular culture and television. She has experience teaching composition and communication courses at two universities. Christy has strong opinions about Oxford commas, is a pop culture and political junky and loves Netflix, traveling, cooking, and baking.

Ally HolianAlly

Bridge Advisor, College of Social and Behavioral Science

Book An Appointment with Ally

[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

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Director of Pre-professional Advising

Book with Mayumi

[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

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.

Kira Kiko LianAmanda May

Bridge Advisor, School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Book Now - Kiko

 [Office in Bu C 308G]

Kira Kiko Lian is the Administrative Program Coordinator in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation. They work as a bridge advisor for Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies.

Amanda MayAmanda May

Academic Advising Coordinator, Degree Audit

Book Now - Amanda

[Office in Marriott Library]

Amanda has been working with students in engineering at the University of Utah since 2010, and recently transitioned to the Academic Advising Center. Amanda loves providing students with knowledge regarding the many resources available to them and ultimately helping these students achieve their academic goals. As a first generation college student, Amanda was completely unaware of the multitude of resources that were available to her as an undergraduate and she now wants to serve as resource for students. Amanda earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, and Policy at the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Saint Leo University, and an Associate of Science in General Studies at Weber State University. During her academic journey, Amanda was a full time employee, a transfer student, and a military spouse. Amanda understands that navigating a university can be overwhelming and she is passionate about making the process less stressful for students. Amanda loves traveling, hiking, water sports, and spending time with family.

Jennifer A. McLaurinJenn McLaurin

Bridge Advisor, College of Fine Arts

Book with Jenn

 [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 Advisor, Academic Advising Center
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 Education 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. In addition to her academic advising role, Elizabeth serves as advisor for the Bachelor of Social Work Student Association (BSWSA) and the University of Utah chapter of Latinos in Action (LIA). She speaks fluent '90s hip-hop, as well as Spanish. Elizabeth enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.

Sydney PhillipsSydney Phillips

Bridge Advisor, David Eccles School of Business

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[Office in SFEBB]

Sydney is an academic advising coordinator at the David Eccles School of Business and a Bridge Advisor with the Academic Advising Center. Sydney grew up in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah in 2013 with her BA in Psychology. After graduating from the U, Sydney served for 3 years with the AmeriCorps in Chicago Public Schools. First serving as a corps member of the organization City Year and then with Teach for America as a Special Education Teacher. During her time in Chicago, Sydney obtained her Masters in Special Education from Dominican University. Sydney is passionate about educational equity, professional and personal development, and empowering diverse learners.

Sydney is excited to continue her work with students outside of the classroom by being of service to students at the David Eccles School of Business. She enjoys interacting with the greater school community, and is a die-hard UTAH fan. Outside of campus, she enjoys concerts, festivals and farmers markets, traveling to distant lands (or near ones), watching movies in those fancy movie theater seats, and playing peek-a-boo with her favorite, and only, niece.

 Emerson PrattEmerson Pratt

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

Book with Emerson

[Office in SSB]

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 the Academic Advising Center. In his free time Emerson enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, and traveling.

Terese PrattTerese Pratt portrait

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Transfer Program 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 Program, 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

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Director of Major Exploration Program

Book with Sarah

[Office in Marriott Library]

Sarah joined the Academic Advising Center in 2009 and has enjoyed her time advising students here at the U. Sarah oversees the Major Exploration Program and teaches the UC 1050 Major Exploration course. 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. 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. 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, hiking, and spending time with family.

Amy UrbanekAmy Urbanek

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
PreProfessional Advising

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Amy joined her alma mater as an advisor in 1998, eleven years after earning her BS degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. Her goal is to help other students engage with the wonderful opportunities at the U in hopes that they will enjoy their time here as much as she did. As a student she was involved in research, was an officer in the Residence Halls Association, sang with the University Singers, and was one of the first Interns in the newly formed Lowell Bennion Center. 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. Until 2014 Amy was a general advisor and the coordinator for prelaw advising. In 2014 Amy transitioned into the Preprofessional Advising Office and currently advises both prehealth and prelaw students as they work toward admission to professional school. In her free time Amy can be found volunteering with civic organizations, or on some outdoor adventure enjoying Utah’s natural beauty. She also loves good books, good music and good company.

Julia VincentJulia Vincent

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
Assistant Director, Transfer Program

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Julia joined the Academic Advising Center 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.  She loves being constantly immersed in a learning environment and interacting with students through academic advising. Julia enjoys collaborating with students to make an academic plan that is specific to their needs.  She also relishes teaching the Major Exploration class offered by the Academic Advising Center.

Julia was born and raised in Utah. She loved her time as a student at the U and can usually be found cheering on the Men's Basketball team during the season.  She loves spending time doing home improvements, traveling, sewing, cooking, and binging on Netflix with her cat, Francis.

 Cari WingerCari Thorne

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

Book with Cari

[Office in Building 44]

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.

Jennifer WozabJen Wozab

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
Director Peer Advising Program & Assistant Director, Mandatory Advising Program

Book with Jen

[Office in SSB]

Jennifer joined the Academic Advising Center 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 Assistant, Academic Advising Center

[Office in SSB]

David has been with the Academic Advising Center 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.

Josh HenricksenJosh

Office Assistant

[Office in SSB]

Josh joined the Academic Advising Center in the fall of 2013 and has loved every minute of it.  He is a senior in the Psychology program, a member and officer in the U of U chapter of Psi Chi, and a member of the Upsilon Upsilon (UU) chapter of the ASL Honors Society. Besides the Academic Advising Center, Josh is very physically active teaching a Zumba Fitness class three times a week both on campus as well as in a near-by gym.  Outside of work, Josh volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House and helps to run a social dance group called PULSE.  He also enjoys reading good books, singing, dancing, and long walks on the beach.

Tammy "Sunshine" MabeyTammy Mabey

Administrative Assistant, Academic Advising Center

[Office in SSB]

Tammy joined the Academic Advising Center 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 27 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, 11 chickens and a crazy German Shepherd named Indiana.

Bethany PerkesBethany Perkes

Office Assistant

[Office in SSB]

A Utah native, Bethany has spent lots of time exploring the state and has worn lots of different professional hats. She has worked in salons and as a jewelry artist, though after a long stint in child care she decided it was time for something completely new.  As a very undecided student herself, she knows that working with other undecided and incoming students will be a great fit; a chance not only to help them, but to explore all that the U has to offer. She plans to use her AS General Studies Degree from SLCC as a jumping off point to becoming a Ute and starting work on a bachelor’s degree sometime in 2017.

Bethany lives in Taylorsville with her wife. When not wo-maning the appointment desk, she colors other people's hair all shades and hues of the rainbow, crafts her heart out (though failing at anything that requires competent use of scissors), and reads all the free Kindle books she can find.

Joy ScottJoy

Office Assistant

[Office in SSB]

Joy is new to the Academic Advising Center, 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.

Last Updated: 3/6/17