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

Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
Academic Standards Director

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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.

Joe Becker

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center PREprofessional advising

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Joe is a Peer Advisor with the Academic Advising Center. He is currently studying Computer Science and Mathematics. He loves reading, mountain biking, and music. 

Stephanie Begaye

Academic Advising Coordinator
Assistant Director,
Major Exploration Program

Book with StephanieOffice 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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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.  

Sage Blackburn

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

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Office in SSB

 Sage is a student at the University of Utah and a peer advisor at the Academic Advising Center. She grew up in the small town of Hanksville, Utah. Currently she is  exploring a variety of majors that interest her the most, and is minoring in French.

Michelle Brooks

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF Mines and earth sciences

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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

Jency Brown

returning to the U advisor

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Office in Annex

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

Xavier Colon

Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center

Book with Martina

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. 

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Sean Crouch

Academic Advisor, Academic Advising Center FOR ADVISOR CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT


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Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boise State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Oregon State University. Prior to joining the Academic Advising Center at the University of Utah, Sean taught and advised at Oregon State University and Purdue University.

Heather Crum

ACADEMIC ADVISOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
ACADEMIC STANDARDS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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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.

Jon Diaz

Jon Diaz

ACADEMIC ADVISING COORDINATOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER 
MAP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, COORDINATOR OF PEER PROGRAM 

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Jon is from Honduras and has lived in Florida and California. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from BYU-Idaho and completed his Master’s degree in Education at Western Governors University.

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Juliana Espinosa

ACADEMIC ADVISING COORDINATOR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR,
MAJOR EXPLORATION PROGRAM

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Office in Marriott Library

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.

Tracey Farnsworth

Tracey Farnsworth

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

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Tracey received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Utah. She has worked in academic advising since 2009, and is a bridge advisor for the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

 Angela Gardiner

BRIDGE ADVISOR, MATHEMATICS

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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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Steve has worked in the AAC for the last 13 years and is currently head of Curriculum and Assessment. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degreees in Sociology from Utah State University. 

Josh Henricksen

PEER ADVISOR & OFFICE ASSISTANT, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER

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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.

Taryn Horner

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

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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.

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Abigail Johnson

PEER ADVISOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER

Copeland Johnston

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES

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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.

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Amanda Karls

ACADEMIC ADVISING COORDINATOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
ORIENTATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR

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Amanda is from Wisconsin and has lived in Kentucky and Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Legal Studies from UW-Madison. She completed a Master’s degree in Educational Policy and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky.

Mayumi Kasai

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
DIRECTOR OF PRE-PROFESSIONAL ADVISING

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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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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 ADVISOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
PREPROFESSIONAL ADVISING

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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.

Savannah Manwill

Savannah Manwill

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF NURSING

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Savannah has been an advisor in the College of Nursing since 2016. She has an Honors BA in Linguistics and a BA in International Studies from the University of Utah and is currently completing her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Ally Marringa

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

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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.

Allie McClaskey

Allie McClaskey

ACADEMIC ADVISOR, TRANSFER PROGRAM

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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.

Jenn McLaurin

Jennifer A. McLaurin

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS

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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.

Jake McPartlin

Jake McPartlin

ACADEMIC ADVISOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
ACADEMIC STANDARDS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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 Jake, a Michigan native, started his career in the Registrar's Office at the U in May of 2016. He moved to the AAC in October of 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

Stacy Morris

Stacy Morris

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

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Stacy received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, a minor in Geography, and obtained her Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Utah. She is a bridge advisor for the college of Social and Behavioral Science.

Karla Motta

Karla Motta

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

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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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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.

Terese Pratt

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
TRANSFER PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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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.

Martina Stewart

Martina Stewart

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
DIRECTOR OF MANDATORY ADVISING PROGRAM

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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.

Jennifer Sweatman

Bridge advisor, Eccles school of business
Book with Amy

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Jennifer joined the Academic Advising Center as Bridge advisor for the David Eccles School of Business in 2018.  She holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Georgia and a PhD in History from University of Oregon.

Amy Urbanek

ACADEMIC ADVISING COORDINATOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
PREPROFESSIONAL ADVISING
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Office in Building 44

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.

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Julia Vincent

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
DIRECTOR OF MAJOR EXPLORATION 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.

April Vrtis

BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF ENGINEEring

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April hails from the cornfields of Illinois. She graduate with he BA in Psychology and MA in Leadership in Higher Education from North Central College. She joined the U in 2016 and now works as a Bridge Advisor for the College of Engineering. 

Tamara Young

BRIDGE ADVISOR, PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

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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)

 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.

Nick Karls

office Assistant, preprofessional advising

Office in Building 44

Nick joined the Pre-Professional Advising team in Fall 2017. He is from Wisconsin and has lived in Kentucky, Indiana, and now Utah. Nick has a degree in Recreation Management and hopes to return to courses at the U.

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Jason Lyons

computer technician, Academic Advising Center

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Jason joined the Academic Advising Center in the winter of 2018. Jason is a Utah native. In 2014, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Metropolitan planning from the University of Utah.

Tammy "Sunshine" Mabey

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, Academic Advising Center

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Tammy joined the Academic Advising Center in January of 2012. Tammy is a Hoosier, hailing from Indiana originally but has lived in Utah for the last 29 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in both Psychology and Communication and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Gerontology.

Bethany Perkes

Bethany Perkes

Office Assistant

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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

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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.

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Regan Lewis

OFFICE ASSISTANT

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Regan joined the Academic Advising Center in Fall of 2018. She is from Las Vegas, NV and is currently a student at the University of Utah. She will be double majoring in marketing and accounting. When she isn’t studying, Regan enjoys spending time with her pets, horseback riding, and running.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 10/23/18