Academic Advising Center Leadership
Beth joined the Academic Advising Center in 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 before moving to academic advising and advising administration. She believes that effective advising plays a pivotal role in student success.
Director of Appeals for General Education
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)
Academic Advising Coordinator
Major Exploration Program
Marshal is a newly converted U of U employee and fan as of 2019. After being homeschooled his entire life with every label that implies, Marshal completed a custom designed degree from Southern Utah University before getting his Masters in Public Administration so he could help you find more awesome in life.
Academic Advising Coordinator
Major Exploration Program
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.
Bridge Advisor, College of Health
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.
Peer Advisor, Academic Advising Center
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.
bridge advisor, college of social and behavioral science
Tricia joined the University of Utah family as an Academic Advisor in 2019. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Weber State University and a Master of Public Administration from Southern Utah University. When she’s not busy assisting U of U students you can find Tricia exploring foreign lands, running races, or building something in the woodshop.
bridge advisor, college of social work
Eli graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Chicano/a/x Studies & Spanish Literature, & an MSW degree from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Eli really enjoys helping students navigate their college experience. They also enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and cooking tasty, creative meals.
bridge advisor, physics and astronomy
A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Physical Sciences Ed., Cyri also has minors in physics & chemistry teaching. She is working on a Masters of Public Administration degree at the U. She loves camping, sports, Wonder Woman, & her dog, Roka.
BRIDGE ADVISOR, college of fine arts
Andrew is a bridge advisor in the College of Fine Arts. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Doctorate in English. The first one was from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. The other two were from the University of Oregon.
dIRECTOR OF major exploration PROGRAM
Lisa joined the AAC team in Sept. 2019 after advising for 7 years in the College of Humanities. She graduated from the U in 2008 with a BA in International Studies & minor in German, & in 2015 earned an MEd in Adult Learning & Global Change from the University of British Columbia. She loves college football, gymnastics, & all dogs, & is excited to promote the value of major exploration to the university campus.
peer advisor, academic advising center
Erica is from Seattle Washington, and is majoring in Biochemistry here at the University of Utah. When Erica is not working or at school, you can find her performing with the Marching Utes, watching old movies, or reading Shakespeare.
BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF NURSING
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.
assistant director, TRANSFER PROGRAM
PEER PROGRAM coordinator
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 an MA in Professional Writing, also from Northern Arizona University.
BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
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.
BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
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.
ACADEMIC ADVISING COORDINATOR,
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PREPROFESSIONAL ADVISING
College is hard! Shelley's role as Asst. Director of PPA is to help students navigate the complexities of how to be a competitive applicant for professional health programs, and also simply just how to be a successful college student. She currently teaches two courses, UGS 1020: Intro to PreMed/PrePA and UGS 1021: Applying to Med School.
bridge advisor, college of humanities
Justin has been advising in the College of Humanities since November of 2016 & has loved every minute of it. Originally from Audubon, Minnesota, Justin relocated to Utah at the end of 2015 to chase his love of mountains and all of the adventures they provide.
ORIENTATION AND OUTREACH, utah global advsior
Madeline graduated from the U with an Honors B.S. degrees in Psychology & Health, Society & Policy, & a B.S. in International Studies with Minors in Leadership Studies & Health. She graduated in 2018 with her Master’s Degree in International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London.
peer advisor, ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
I’m an Idahoan at heart and travel enthusiast! I hope to touch every continent and see all 7 wonders of the world. I’m a junior Honors student majoring in Health, Society and Policy with a minor in Spanish. When I’m not working or in school, I’m usually hiking or skiing.
DIRECTOR OF MANDATORY ADVISING PROGRAM
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.
Bridge advisor, Eccles school of business
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.
Bridge advisor, college of mines & earth sciences
Michelle is originally from American Samoa and is a published author writing books for children and middle school readers. She has been in academic advising for nine years using her BS in Broadcasting and MAED in secondary education to communicate the importance of education with her students.
BRIDGE ADVISOR, COLLEGE OF ENGINEEring
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.
academic advisor, preprofessional advising
Joseph received his BA in History & French from Central Michigan University. After teaching English in France for a year, he moved to Utah earning an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from the U. He is passionate about helping students find purpose & meaning in their academic & professional careers.
Academic Advising Center Admin Team
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.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
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.
OFFICE ASSISTANT, preprofesional advising
Ruby is from Orange County, California & graduated from the UofU with a BA International Studies and a BFA in Modern Dance. She hopes to one day be able to help students achieve their academic & professional goals like her advisors did during her time at the U.
Destony has been a member of the Academic Advising Center since February of 2019. Hailing from a small fishing town in Alaska, she earned an associate of arts at the University of Alaska Southeast (Sitka Campus), and hopes to one day continue her education in the Pre-Veterinary program at the U of U.