Meet our Advisors and Staff

Academic Advising Center Leadership

Beth 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.

John 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.

Academic Advising Center Advising Team
(in Alphabetical Order)

Jason Atherton

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
Academic Standards Director

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Office in SSB

Jason joined the Academic Advising Center team in March 2015. He received his BA in Communication from Humboldt State University and his MA degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

Stephanie Begaye

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

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Office in Marriott Library

Stephanie joined the Academic Advising Center in July 2015 as part of the Major Exploration Program team. She graduated from the U in 2010, double majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Science & Health.

JoJo (Yordanos) Beyene

Bridge Advisor, College of Health

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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 attended Utah State University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Utah for her Master’s degree.  

Michelle Brooks

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF Mines and earth sciences
 
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Office in William Browning Bldg

Michelle is originally from all over the Midwest and has a BFA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the Bridge Advisor for the College of Mines & Earth Sciences in Atmospheric Sciences.

 

Jency Brown

Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center

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Office in Marriott Library

Jency has been an advisor in the Academic Advising Center for over 20 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.

Rayshawn Carr

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center

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Office in SSB

Rayshawn Carr is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He 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.

Xavier Colon

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

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Office in SSB

Xavier is a peer advisor at the Academic Advising Center. He is currently studying Communications with an English minor in Creative Writing. 

Heather Crum

Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center
Academic Standards Assistant Director

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Office in SSB

Heather enjoys advising students and helping them reach their academic goals. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. degree in Human Development and a M. Ed degree in School Counseling.

Sidney

Sidney D. Cushing

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

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Office in SSB

Sidney is a peer advisor in the Academic Advising Center. She came to the U on an academic scholarship and is studying Social Work with a Minor in Modern Dance.

Genevieve Dubois

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 a BA in International Studies, a BS in Sociology, and a Master's in Public Administration, all from the University of Utah.

 Juliana Espinosa

Academic Advising Coordinator,
Advisor Development & Collaboration

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Office in SSB

Juliana is originally from LA and has lived in Boston, New York, and Sweden. Not sure what to talk to Juliana about in your appointment? Here are some ideas: working part time while in school, internships, undergraduate research, learning abroad, and student organizations.

 Angela Gardiner

Bridge Advisor, Mathematics

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Office in LCB 214

Angie joined the Academic Advising Center as the Mathematics Bridge Advisor in 2012. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1997 with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in French. 

Steve Hadley

Academic Advising Coordinator for Advisor Curriculum & Assessment

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Office in SSB

Steve completed his B.S. and M.S. in Sociology at Utah State University.  He is 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. 

Kariann Hibbard

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Director, Advising Technologies

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Office in Marriott Library

Kariann returned “home” to the University of Utah in August 2015. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2010 with a degree in Communications as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from ASU in 2013.

Christy Hoffmann

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

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Office in Marriott Library

Christy received her Bachelor’s degree from BYU-Hawaii in International Cultural Studies, a Minor in Hawaiian Studies, and recently completed her Master’s degree in English at the University of Oregon.

Ally Holian

Bridge Advisor, College of Social and Behavioral Science

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Office in Building 72

Ally graduated in 2014 from Elon University with a major in Anthropology and minor in Classical Studies and obtained her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.

Taryn Horner

Bridge Advisor, College of Social and Behavioral Science

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Office in Building 72

Taryn Horner enters her first year as a Bridge Advisor in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. She has her Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Sport Science Pedagogy and a Master's in Education Foundations.

Copeland Johnston

Bridge Advisor, College of Humanities

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Office in LNCO

Copeland is the Bridge Academic Advisor for the College of Humanities. His responsibilities include advising students in the Department of Languages & Literature and helping students navigate the complexities of the BA Language Requirement.

 Mayumi Kasai

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
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.

Tascha Knowlton

BRIDGE ADVISOR, CHEMISTRY

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Office in HEB

Tascha is the bridge advisor for the College of Science in Chemistry. She graduated in 2014 with an Honors BS in Chemistry and a BS in Physics.

Tam Mai

ACADEMIC ADVISING COORDINATOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
PREPROFESSIONAL ADVISING

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Office in Bldg 44

 Originally from Florida, Tam joined the PreProfessional Advising office in 2017. He graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and received his M.Ed. from the University of South Florida.

Amanda May

Academic Advising Coordinator, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER, ADVISING TECHNOLOGIES

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Office in Marriott Library

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.

Jenn McLaurin

Jennifer A. McLaurin

Bridge Advisor, College of Fine Arts

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Office in Performing
Arts Building

Jenn is a bridge advisor in the College of Fine Arts. 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.

Karla Motta

Bridge Advisor, College of Education

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Office in SAEC

Karla Motta, M.Ed., serves as the Academic Bridge Coordinator for the College of Education - Urban Institute for Teacher Education. Karla works with local high schools, community organizations and university members to provide advising to pre-education teaching majors.

Shelley Nicholson

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
Assistant Director Preprofessional Advising

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Office in Building 44

 Shelley 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.

Elizabeth Perez

Bridge Advisor, College of Social Work

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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.

Sydney Phillips

BRIDGE ADVISOR, David Eccles School of business

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Office in SFEBB 

Sydney grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah in 2013 with her BA in Psychology. Sydney obtained her Master's in Special Education from Dominican University.

Emerson Pratt

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

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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.

Terese Pratt

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Transfer Program Director

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Office in SSB

Terese has enjoyed working with students in academic advising and orientation at the University of Utah for over 15 years. Terese is an alumna of the U of U, receiving a BA in English and MA in Linguistics.

Sarah Rollo

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Director of Major Exploration Program

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Office in Marriott Library

Sarah joined the Academic Advising Center in 2009. She earned a BA in English and Literary Studies from Utah State University and an MS in Literature and Writing. She enjoys advising undecided/exploring students.

Martina Stewart

Associate Director, Academic Advising Center
Director of Mandatory Advising Program

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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 Master's in Career and College Counseling from San Francisco State University.

 Amy Urbanek

Academic Advising Coordinator, Academic Advising Center
PreProfessional Advising

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Office in HPER N

Amy joined her alma mater as an advisor in 1998, eleven years after earning her BS degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. Amy earned a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University.

 Julia Vincent

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

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Office in SSB

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.

 Cari Winger

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

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Office in Building 44

Cari is a peer advisor in the Academic Advising Center. She is studying Math Teaching, inspired by her experience as a high school math tutor.

Jennifer Wozab

Bridge advisor, school for cultural and social transformation

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Office in John R Park Bldg

Jennifer has been an advisor since 2012. 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.



 Tamara Young

BRIDGE ADVISOR, PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

Book with Tamara

Office in JFB 202

Tamara has been an academic advisor since 2014.  She has a B.S. in Physics from Utah State University and a M.S. in Physics from the University of Utah.



Academic Advising Center Admin Team
(Alphabetical Order)

Catalina Cordona

Office Assistant, Preprofessional Advising Office

Office in Building 44 

Catalina was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She studied Political Science and Music Performance on the clarinet at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. She also studied at American University in Washington, D.C., interning with the Hispanic College Fund.

 David Eisen

Administrative Assistant, Academic Advising Center

Office in SSB

David has been with the Academic Advising Center since March 1996. 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.

 Josh Henricksen

Office Assistant

Office in SSB

Josh joined the Academic Advising Center in the fall of 2013 and has loved every minute of it.  He recently graduated with a BS in Psychology and is enrolled in the Master's of Social Work program beginning Fall 2017. When not studying, Josh is active as a dance instructor.

Tammy "Sunshine" Mabey

Administrative Assistant, Academic Advising Center

Office in SSB

Tammy joined the Academic Advising Center on Friday the 13th of January, 2012. Tammy is a Hoosier, hailing from Indiana originally but has lived in Utah for the last 27 years. She is currently pursuing Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Communication.

Allie McClaskey

Allie McClaskey

COMPUTER TECHNICIAN

Office in SSB

Allie is from Arizona and joined the Academic Advising Center in April 2017. She has a BSBA in Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing her MA in Professional Writing, also from Northern Arizona University.

Bethany Perkes

 Bethany Perkes

Office Assistant

Office in SSB

Bethany is a Utah native. She plans to use her AS General Studies Degree from SLCC as a jumping off point to becoming a Ute and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English beginning fall of 2017.

Joy Scott

 Joy Scott

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. 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 the University.

 

Last Updated: 7/19/17