Meet the Advisors
Academic Success Center
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
Open Advising: Available 3 weeks per semester (Week before classes and the first two weeks of classes)
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the ASC based on their last name:
A-E: Sal Mora
F-L: Sasha Scott
M-R: Heather Hatch
S-Z: Michael Terry
Returning/ Transfer/ Prospective/ Non-traditional students will meet with:
A-Z: Sal Mora
Aaron Brown, Director of Advising
Aaron Brown has over 14 years of experience working with students in higher education in a variety of roles including academic advisor, small group facilitator, coordinator of tutorial services, and First Year Experience instructor. He is a low-income and first generation college graduate who earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University and a master's degree in organizational psychology from Antioch University in Seattle. His background has led him to designing and implementing numerous programs to help low-income students persist and graduate from college. Aaron has also received professional recognition which includes the Student Leadership Excellence Award for Advisors (2012), Washington State TRIO Association Advocacy Award (2011), and Excellence in Quality Service Award (2007).
Salvador Mora, Assistant Director of Advising
Salvador Mora has been an academic advisor with the Academic Success Center since April, 2009 working with students exploring majors as freshmen and sophomores. Mora is also an adult-learner concierge, and works with nontraditional students returning to college after having been out of school for at least two years, and adults looking to explore alternate educational opportunities. Mora began working at UNLV in November 2005 at The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling — both from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Michael Terry, Senior Academic Advisor
Michael Terry has experience working in multiple roles within higher education, including tutor, instructor, tutor coordinator, advisor, and advising program director. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Arkansas, his Master of Arts in American Studies at Utah State University, and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming. Immediately before joining the advising team at UNLV's Academic Success Center, Michael advised first-generation and low-income college students at the University of Wyoming, assisting them with the transition to university life.
Heather Hatch, Academic Advisor
Heather Hatch is passionate about education, especially transitioning students to higher education, which is why she loves supporting exploring majors in their academic endeavors as an advisor. She earned her B.A. in psychology and M.Ed. in school counseling from UNLV. She is a National Certified Counselor and is committed to continuing her professional and personal development by pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education. However, her greatest challenge is her younger sister who cheers for "that other Nevada university". Go Rebels!
Sasha Scott, Academic Advisor
Sasha earned her B.A. in Psychology from Idaho State University (Spring 2011), and then came to UNLV to pursue her M.Ed. in School Counseling (Fall, 2013). She spent two years working as an academic success coach, helping students with areas such as time management, organization, test taking, and study strategies, before moving to her position as an academic advisor for exploring majors in November 2013. She loves working with students and helping them find their path.
Lee Business School
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
Open Advising: M-W, F 8:30am-Noon; Th 10am-Noon; M-Th 1-5pm
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the Lee Business School advising center based on their last name:
A-B: Nicole Pavlico
C-F and X-Z: Gene Kirschner
G-K: Michael Biesiada
L-O: Mary Martin
P-R: Dana Angioni
S-W: John Starkey
Beth Gersten, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Beth Gersten started as an academic advisor at UNLV in the summer of 2010. Prior to that, she worked in orientation and new student programs at Suffolk University and Northeastern University. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Duke University in 1996, and a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in 1999. Gersten is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in higher education administration at UNLV. She enjoys staying active by playing softball and training for triathlons.
Nicole T. Pavlico, M.A., Associate Director
Nicole Pavlico has been with UNLV Lee Business School since 1999.
Gene R. Kirschner, Senior Academic Advisor
Gene R. Kirschner has been advising at UNLV in the Lee Business School since 1998. He graduated from Seattle University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in natural science, and earned a master's degree in economics from UNLV in 1981. After earning his degrees, while still working in private industry, Kirschner was a part-time economics instructor at UNLV for 12 years before joining the Lee Business School as a full-time advisor. Notable achievements include Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Somalia 1964-66 and the winner of the most outstanding UNLV Master's Thesis for 1980.
Dana Angioni, Academic Advisor
Dana Angioni is originally from Long Island, New York but has been in the Las Vegas area for more than 15 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in hotel administration and master's degree in educational leadership from UNLV. Angioni started her career at Chapman University working in residence life and student conduct and then joined the advising team in UNLV's Lee Business School in 2009. In her spare time, Angioni enjoys spending time with her husband, Marco and their dog, Bella. She also loves UNLV basketball, traveling, reading and decorating.
Michael Biesiada, Academic Advisor
Michael Biesiada has been a staff member at UNLV since 2003. A native Las Vegan and Millennium Scholar, he is an LBS graduate with a BSBA in marketing and MIS. He serves as a mentor for the Summer Business Institute and contributes to the UNLV student conduct panel. In his spare time, he stays active by cycling and running.
John Starkey, Academic Advisor
John Starkey grew up in West Virginia, but moved to Las Vegas after graduating high school. He doesn't miss the cold weather. In 2005, he began pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Marketing at UNLV and eventually graduated with his first degree in 2010. John then went on to pursue a Master's degree in Education at UNLV in hopes to prepare himself for a career in higher education. He graduated with his Masters in 2012 and immediately began working for UNLV's Lee Business School as an Academic Advisor. He also teaches First-Year Seminar courses for the business college and is an activist for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – NV Chapter.
College of Education
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
*Wednesdays open until 7pm
Open Advising: Wednesday: 10am-2pm
There are no assigned advisors for College of Education advising. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).
Ed Ronca, Director of Advising & Field Placement
Ed Ronca came to UNLV in 2003 to work as an enrollment counselor in the registrar's office, and then in 2007, he became an advisor in the College of Education. His experience in the registrar's office, as well as 33 years experience as a teacher and coach has been very beneficial to the education advising center. Ronca has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in developmental reading. He is the chair of the Adult Learning Advisory Board and enjoys fishing, reading, exercising, and watching football and baseball.
Monica Moreno, Senior Academic Advisor
Monica Moreno is originally from Southern California and relocated to Las Vegas in 2007. She joined the UNLV College of Education in May 2007 where she worked as the Office Manager for the Advising Center until becoming an Academic Advisor, herself, in September 2011. Monica earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from UNLV in August 2011 and serves as the Orientation Coordinator for the College of Education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and energetic toddler, traveling and shopping.
Lauren Layton, Senior Academic Advisor
Lauren started her journey as an Academic Advisor at UNLV in August 2012. A Burnt Hills, New York native, Lauren graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2009 where she earned her degree in Public Relations and Health Science, and played field hockey. Upon discovering her love for Higher Education involvement, she continued her studies and graduated from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina in 2012 with a Master's degree in Counselor Education, Student Affairs. Lauren's professional background includes experience in new student and first-year initiatives, campus programming, student conduct, admissions, residence life, career services, advising and supervising student leaders, and academic advising. Lauren is excited and extremely proud to have joined the Rebel community and looks forward to meeting more students and supporting, encouraging and motivating them while they reach their personal, academic and professional goals.
Katie Vevoda, Academic Advisor
Katie Vevoda, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, moved to Las Vegas from Portland, OR in April 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in social science from Portland State University. While pursuing her degree at Portland State she worked as an orientation leader for a year and an office assistant, junior web developer, and ultimately office manager for Advising & Career Services over the course of five years. While working for the advising office she realized how much she likes supporting students as they realize their dreams and wanted to pursue a career in higher education. She particularly enjoys working with new college students transitioning from high school and underrepresented populations. When she isn’t working, Katie likes crocheting, traveling, reading, working out, and having fun with friends and family. She plans on starting her master’s degree soon, so we’ll see how much time she has for all of those things over the next couple of years! She will never turn down a trivia challenge and drinks a cup of tea every single day.
College of Engineering
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-Noon and 1-5pm
Open Advising: Wednesday: 9:30-11:30am
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Engineering advising center based on their major:
Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering (A-L): Chris Parker
Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering (M-Z): Allison Garcia
Computer and Electrical Engineering: Rosemary Le
Entertainment Engineering: Jennifer Kennedy
Jennifer Kennedy, Director of Advising
Jennifer Kennedy has had the pleasure of working for UNLV for four years after working in a civil engineering firm. A Las Vegas transplant since 1992, she holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Pepperdine University. The two real loves of her life however, are working with and for her engineering/computer science students and spending time with her family. She and her husband are the proud parents of an adorable baby boy who is the light of their lives. Their home is also shared by their cat and dog, who allow them access to the sofa (on occasion). She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, cooking, going to church and visiting with her friends and family. She considers it a privilege to assist the students of UNLV in reaching their personal and scholastic goals.
Chris Parker, Associate Director
Chris Parker is a native of Las Vegas and graduated from UNLV with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 2008 and obtained his master's degree in civil engineering in 2011. Additionally, Parker has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming an academic advisor for the College of Engineering in October 2011, he spent many years in the construction and civil engineering profession as a project manager designing multiple commercial and residential projects in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. Away from work you can find him training or coaching others for endurance cycling events or marathons. He is also heavily involved in the community with Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, as a board member, camp counselor and cycling/running coach.
Allison Garcia, Academic Advisor
Allison Garcia relocated from Southern California in September 2012 to help serve UNLV's McNair Scholars in the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO). She holds B.A. degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Bernardino, and a M.A. degree in Education: Digital Teaching and Learning, from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to becoming an academic advisor for the College of Engineering in June 2013, Allison worked as a counselor apprentice where she provided career and academic guidance to a diverse group of students. Allison has experience with recruitment and outreach, in addition to working with students who are on academic probation, first-time college students, high school students transitioning into college, and underrepresented groups. When she is not advising Allison can be found spending time with her family, doing outdoor activities, and volunteering at United Way of Southern Nevada. Allison has a passion for education and looks forward to helping her students achieve and reach their educational and career goals.
Rosemary Le, Academic Advisor
A native of California, Rosemary Le moved to Las Vegas in 2013. She possesses over four years experience in academic and admissions advising from the University of California, San Diego. She holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts and a minor in Computer Science from UCSD. Le is delighted to join the dynamic team of UNLV advisors and is gratified to be able to assist UNLV students realize their academic goals.
College of Fine Arts
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Fine Arts advising center based on their major:
Architecture, Art, Entertainment Engineering: Kristie Berthelotte
Dance, Theater: Kaleigh Mancha
Music: Stacy Shapin
Film: Julie Johnson
As students advance past the second year in their respective disciplines, they must seek advising from the school or department of their major.
Julie Johnson, Director of Advising
Originally from Boston, Julie Johnson received her bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in journalism and is completing her master's degree in English at UNLV. During the last 23 years, she has taught classes in the English department, University College and at the College of Southern Nevada, and was also an athletic academic advisor before joining the College of Fine Arts. Johnson has also spent a few years working at a community college as the interim director of admissions and spent a year as a visiting professor of English at the United States Coast Guard Academy. She lives in Las Vegas with her children and is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.
Kristie Berthelotte, Academic Advisor
Kristie Berthelotte is an Academic Advisor in the College of Fine Arts. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, and has a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Business Administration. She's been with Fine Arts since September 2012, and has been at UNLV since 2001. Contact Kristie with any questions regarding Architecture, Art, Dance, Entertainment Engineering, Music, and Theatre programs.
Kaleigh Mancha, Academic Advisor
Kaleigh Mancha has lived in Las Vegas for a total of 17 years. While she attended UNLV, Kaleigh worked for the College of Fine Arts, Dean's Office as a student worker & completed her BA in Psychology. Upon graduating, she became a licensed teacher for the Clark County School District in addition to teaching adult ESL. She moved to San Luis Obispo, CA a year later and completed a Master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California Polytechnic State University; where she became a licensed therapist intern. Kaleigh's interests include enjoying the arts, yoga, traveling, participating in 5k's, 10k's, half marathons and cooking.
Stacy Shapin, Academic Advisor
Originally from Flagstaff, AZ, Stacy Shapin earned her Bachelor's Degree in Arts Management from Northern Arizona University. Stacy started working at UNLV in 2007, where she'll earn her Master's degree in Higher Education in May 2014. Prior to joining the College of Fine Arts Advising staff, Stacy was the Office Manager for the UNLV Department of Music and she looks forward to continuing to work with the Music students in an advising capacity. Stacy lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter and enjoys a good book or movie, spending an afternoon outside, singing, playing the piano and Broadway musicals.
Division of Health Sciences
Advising Center Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8am-Noon and 1-5pm
Open Advising: Tuesday: 1-4pm, Wednesday: 8:30-11:30am and 1-4pm
There are no assigned advisors for Division of Health Sciences advising. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).
Vaune Kadlubek, Director of Advising
UNLV alumna and current director of the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center ('80 BS Physical Education, '83 MS in Exercise Physiology). Was the first female water polo player to play on a men's high school team. She coached the USA Women's Water Polo Team, played for ten years on the first USA Women's Water Polo Team, and was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2004. She enjoys all sports, friends and family outings!
Sofie Burton, Academic Advisor
Sofie Burton was raised in Chico, California, where she also earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from CSU Chico. She came to UNLV to pursue a Master's degree in Counselor Education in 2010, and graduated in May 2012. While completing her graduate degree, she worked as a Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor in the College of Education Advising & Field Placement Center. She has had a range of experience working in k-12 school settings and for university programs. Prior to attending and working at UNLV, she worked for the First-Year Experience Program at CSU, Chico. Most recently, she worked for a Behavioral Intervention program in Southern California. She is very happy to be back at UNLV and is enthusiastic about assisting the students in the Division of Health Sciences with their academic goals! In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Abegail Cruz, Academic Advisor
Abegail (Abby) Cruz grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and started volunteering at a young age by working with non-profit organizations. Prior to relocating to Las Vegas in 2011, she spent a year and a half traveling the Philippines performing volunteer work and promoting public health in government funded clinics. She went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Health Education and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Public Health at UNLV. She is excited to share her knowledge and experience with students to help them achieve their goals. Abby enjoys spending her leisure time hiking, crafting, and playing field hockey.
Melaney Jones, Academic Advisor
Melaney Jones was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and her Master's degree in Higher Education at UNLV. Prior to joining the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center, Melaney was the Program Assistant for the UNLV SAGE Academy where she worked closely with highly gifted students. In her spare time, she continues to perform and record with various musical groups, enjoys playing her harp, traveling, but most of all - spending time with her husband and son.
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
There are no assigned advisors for the Honors College. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).
Greg Stephany, Director of Advising
Currently the Director of Advising in the Honors College at UNLV, Greg came to UNLV in 2006 as the Curriculum Integration Coordinator in the Office of International Programs. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in New York, where he began his more than 20 years of experience in higher education.
Tiffany Schmier, Assistant Director of Advising
Tiffany Schmier has been advising at UNLV since 2005. She attended UNLV and earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 2004 and a master's degree in education in 2006. She worked for the College of Education Advising Center and then transferred to the Honors College in 2007. She is the Academic Advising Council Leadership Director and serves as a faculty advisor for Honors Student Council. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her children at the park and read craft blogs.
Daniel Coyle, Academic Advisor
A native of Las Vegas, Daniel earned both his M.A. and B.A. degrees in communication studies from UNLV. He comes to the Honors College from UNLV's Office of University Advancement, where he worked with senior staff on key development initiatives. Daniel's involvement with the Honors College began as a part-time instructor teaching Honors Public Speaking, a position he has held since 2011. In addition to his role as academic advisor, Daniel also serves as the Director of Development for the Honors College where he works with alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations to secure private gifts in support of the college. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, running, playing instruments, but most of all — spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
College of Hotel Administration
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
There are no assigned advisors for the Hotel College advising center. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).
Sherri Theriault, Director of Advising
Sherri Theriault is a native Las Vegan who came to UNLV in 1989. After several years of working in the hospitality industry, working in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration was a natural fit for her. She worked for the dean of the college for ten years then became director of undergraduate advising in 1999. She was the recipient of the Regents' Academic Advisor Award in 2002, served as vice-chair of the UNLV Academic Advising Council and works to promote the importance of undergraduate advising at UNLV. She has a bachelor's in education from UNLV.
Kia Vichaikul, Associate Director of Advising,
Kia Vichaikul has been advising at UNLV since 2006. She attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2002, and a master's degree in counseling and student affairs in 2006. She is active in the advising community at UNLV, having served on the Advising council leadership team and various committees in the past years. Currently, she is a member of the Advising & Career Development commission. Vichaikul is the recipient of the 2013 Regents' Academic Advisor Award. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and walking her dog at the park.
Antonio Villegas, Assistant Director of Advising
Antonio Villegas is originally from the "Heart of the South Bay" California and relocated to Las Vegas in 2004 to pursue a bachelor's degree at UNLV. After received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with a minor in Entertainment Management, he joined the Enrollment Services Center as an Enrollment Services Representative/Residency Evaluator. In early 2012, he joined the Office for Student Advising in the Hotel College as an academic advisor. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in Public Administration and hopes to graduate by the spring of 2015.
Lisa Annebro, Senior Academic Advisor
Lisa Annebro has been advising at UNLV in the Hotel College since 2008. She attended UNLV and earned a bachelor's degree in hotel administration in 1998 and a master's degree in French in 2002.
Amanda Lange, Academic Advisor
Amanda Lange began working at UNLV in the Admission and Registrar's Office in 2001 — the same year she began her undergraduate program. She held positions of increasing responsibility within this area until she moved to advising in the Hotel College in 2008. Lange finished her undergraduate degree at UNLV in 2006, earning a bachelor's degree in university studies with an emphasis in education and anthropology. She is currently pursuing an advanced degree in education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, especially at Rebel football and basketball games.
Gordon Louie, Academic Advisor
Gordon Louie is originally from Guangzhou, China but has spent most of his life in the Las Vegas Valley. After graduating from Sierra Vista High School, he earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in History from UNLV. He had worked on campus at the Academic Success Center (where he discovered his passion for working with students), the Division of Educational Outreach, and the Office of Admissions prior to joining the College of Hotel Administration Advising Center. As a first-generation college student, he is enthusiastic about helping others navigate the challenges of college life and achieve their goal of obtaining a college degree. An avid fan of video games and pop culture, you can also find him at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on campus or volunteering at service projects around the community in his spare time.
College of Liberal Arts
Advising Center Hours:
Fall and Spring: Monday- Thursday: 8am-6:30pm and Friday 8am-5pm
Open Advising: Tuesday and Thursday 8am-6pm (Also full week before classes and the first week of classes)
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
Open Advising for Summer: Tuesday and Thursday 8am-3:30pm
There are no assigned advisors for the Wilson Advising Center. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).
Lea Sexton, Director of Advising
Lea Sexton is the founding director of the Wilson Advising Center, which opened in January of 1997. Before returning to the College of Liberal Arts in 1996 to start the Wilson Advising Center, Sexton was an academic advisor in the Department of Athletics at UNLV for six years. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from UNLV, where she taught as a graduate assistant and part-time instructor from 1986 to 1992.
Sexton received the first Regents' Academic Advising Award in 1999 as well as the CSUN Professional Staff Member of the Year Award in 1999. In 2000, she was the President's Professional Staff Member of the Year. She is a member of the UNLV Commencement Committee and a board member for PHI KAPPA PHI National Honor Society, Chapter 100.
Cheryl Tillotson, Associate Director
Cheryl Tillotson has more than 12 years of academic advising experience at UNLV and has been specifically advising students who are exploring majors for nine of those years. She earned both her bachelor's degree in psychology, with a minor in English, and a master's degree in educational leadership from UNLV. In 2008, Tillotson was the proud recipient of the UNLV Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award. In her spare time, she likes to watch as much tennis and football as possible, as well as to go shopping and to the movies with her friends.
Derek Sommer, Assistant Director
Derek Sommer is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas. He attended a local high school before pursuing an undergraduate degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing. He also completed his master's degree in secondary education at UNLV. Sommer is active in the community and very passionate about the Runnin' Rebels.
Oak Vichaikul, Senior Academic Advisor / Assistant Pre-Law Coordinator
Oak Vichaikul has been an academic advisor at UNLV since 2006. Originally from Chicago, IL, he earned his bachelor's degree in music at Millikin University and a master's degree in music composition at the University of Iowa. He is also the Assistant Prelaw coordinator at UNLV and advises students from all majors who are interested in pursuing a law degree. He is a member of the Western Association of Prelaw Advisors (WAPLA) where he volunteers his time to maintain their website and coordinate law fairs on campus. In addition to advising, Oak actively pursues the use of technology in advising to connect with students.
Tracy Johnson, Senior Academic Advisor
Tracy Johnson is originally from Anaheim Hills, Calif. She has more than 10 years of academic advising experience at UNLV. She earned her bachelor's degree in social science studies from UNLV and her master's degree in psychology from NCU. Tracy comes from a military family and is actively involved in the Non-traditional Scholarship Committee and the Student Veteran and Military Family Services Committee. Along with advising the general liberal arts population, she serves as the liaison for non-traditional and veteran students within the college. She runs the centers website and Facebook page to keep students updated on upcoming events and items relevant to Liberal Arts majors. In 2013, Tracy received the Advisor Appreciation Student's Choice Award and the NACADA – Excellence in Advising Award. She enjoys hiking and traveling, she has hiked in eight National Parks and traveled to nine countries. Tracy is also a Faithful San Francisco 49ers fan.
Paul Palmer, Senior Academic Advisor
Paul Palmer was born in Lancaster, CA, but moved to Las Vegas at the ripe old age of one. Growing up in Las Vegas and graduating from Las Vegas High School, he saw numerous Runnin’ Rebel basketball games and has always been UNLV Rebel fan. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art with emphasis in graphic design from the University of Nebraska in 1993. In 1994, he was hired by the UNLV Athletics Department and served as their director of graphic design, a position he held for 18 years. He has received numerous national and regional awards for his work. After 20 years in graphic design, he has taken on a new challenge in academic advising. Palmer has also served on several committees including the: UNLV Faculty Senate, First Tee of Southern Nevada Executive Committee, Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 100 Committee and the UNLV Commencement Seating Committee. He enjoys snow skiing, basketball, golf and playing the piano.
Marlon Urquico, Academic Advisor
Marlon Urquico is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science and a master’s degree in history from UNLV. His fields of interest are African American History, the Atlantic Slave Trade and US Foreign Policy during the 1960s. Marlon previously worked as an Academic Success Coach and a COLA 100E instructor at the Academic Success Center before coming to the Wilson Advising Center. Marlon has a passion for education and helping students achieve their academic goals. He also has a particular interest in working with liberal arts students and in helping them discover what they love. In his spare time, Marlon likes to spend time with his family and play with his two young nephews.
College of Sciences
Advising Center Hours:
Fall and Spring Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am-Noon and 1-5pm
Open Advising: Wednesday: 9am-Noon and 1-4pm
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Sciences advising center based on their last name:
A-D: Dave Belt
E-La: Miriam Frankel
Le-Ri: Jeff Peters
Ro-Z: Esther Herrera
Janet Reiber, Director of Advising
Janet Reiber has been the director of advising for the UNLV College of Sciences since 2002. She graduated from George Mason University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in biology, and from UNLV in 1997 with a master's degree in science. Her personal interests are her husband Carl and daughter Dallas, reading, trailer camping, stained glass, beading, and her two little Papillons.
Jeff Peters, Academic Advisor
Jeff Peters has been an academic advisor for the UNLV College of Sciences since March 2012. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in Las Vegas for the last five years. He graduated from UNLV in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in history. He has been married for 12 years, and has four children ages 10, 8, 6, and 1. His personal interests are spending time with his wife and kids, and watching as much sports as he can.
Dave Belt, Academic Advisor
Dave Belt grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the second oldest of 5. When he was 18, he moved to Cedar City, Utah where he eventually earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology & Criminal Justice from Southern Utah University in 2004. He spent a year working and then decided he belonged back in school. He moved to Las Vegas in 2005 to attend UNLV. Belt finished his master's degree in higher education leadership from UNLV in 2009. His capstone project focused on students with learning disabilities. He started academic advising with the College of Sciences in 2012. He brings five years of financial aid counseling experience to the College of Sciences advising team. He enjoys traveling, attending sporting events, reading (favorite book of all time; Les miserables), video games, and most recently mountain biking.
Miriam Frankel, Academic Advisor
Miriam Frankel grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is the third of four siblings. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Communications. After graduating, she working in the automobile insurance industry for a few years before returning to school to complete a Master's in Education from Kent State University in 2012. As a graduate student, she worked with Exploring students for two years. She has been an academic advisor in the College of Sciences since April 2012. She loves the weather in Las Vegas and appreciates being able to spend time outdoors year-round. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, hiking, painting, reading, bicycling, impromptu road trips to California, and scrap-booking.
Esther Herrera, Academic Advisor
Esther Herrera is originally from Chicago, IL but has lived in the Las Vegas area since 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Latino/a Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is currently working on her Master's degree in Higher Education at UNLV. Esther came from the College of Southern Nevada where she was an advisor/specialist in the counseling department. She has experience in the education field in the areas of 7th grade teaching, admissions, academic advising and associate registrar. In her spare time, Esther enjoys taking classes at LVAC and watching the Chicago Bears play. She is very happy to be joining the wonderful academic advising team in the College of Sciences at UNLV!
College of Urban Affairs
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
Open Advising: Wednesday: 9am-4pm
There are no assigned advisors for the Urban Affairs advising center. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).
Rimi Marwah, Director of Advising
Rimi Marwah is the Director of Advising for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. She earned both her B.S. and M.S. from Kansas State University, located in Manhattan, Kansas (AKA the "Little Apple"). She moved to Las Vegas to pursue a career in higher education and has over a decade of experience in academic advising at UNLV. Rimi has a passion for traveling and exploring the world; in her down time, she loves to entertain and be entertained with good food, books and movies.
Vanessa Nunez, Academic Advisor
Vanessa received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Prior to joining the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Academic Advising team she worked as a GEAR UP Coordinator for UCSD. She plans to pursue a graduate degree from UNLV as part of her plan to further develop herself professionally and academically.
Kamisha Johnson, Academic Advisor
Kamisha is originally from Colorado Springs, CO. She is an alumna of UNLV having earned a B.S. in Secondary Education in 2000, afterwards returning to Colorado Springs where she worked as both a middle and high school social studies teacher. After receiving her M.A. in Counseling in 2007 from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, she worked as a school counselor in Colorado, Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands) and Kuwait. Kamisha relocated back to the Las Vegas area in 2012 where she worked in the Office of Admissions at UNLV and joined the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs in July of 2014.
UNLV/CSN Transfer Office
Eric Lee, UNLV Transition Advisor
Eric Lee was hired as an academic advisor by the College of Fine Arts in June 2011. Lee is originally from Chicago, Ill. Eric began his career at UNLV as a medical office assistant in the UNLV Dental School and later joined the Graduate College in 2002. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa, a master's in curriculum and instruction from UNLV, and is currently pursuing a masters degree in community mental health counseling at UNLV.
Janet Hollinger, UNLV Transition Advisor
Janet Hollinger has been in the College of Sciences since 2003, advising there since 2005. She has a bachelor's degree in biology from UNLV, with a concentration in integrative and organismal biology. She is a member of the Rebel Voice commission, part of the Advising Council of UNLV and is in charge of both the high school and middle school components of the Nevada Regional Science Bowl for UNLV. She has a daughter currently attending CSN and UNLV, majoring in biology and has another daughter at Hamline University in Minn., majoring in pre-law.
Christina Zboril, UNLV Transition Advisor
Christina Zboril has been an academic advisor for UNLV since 2009. She has advised for the College of Sciences and the College of Hotel Administration. Christina has a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from UNLV and a master's of education degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from UNLV.
Allison McSwain, Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor
Allison McSwain has been an Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor at UNLV since September 2012. Prior to that, she served as a graduate assistant in UNLV's Academic Success Center, working with first-year students transitioning to college. Hailing from South Carolina, Allison holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Furman University, a master's in accountancy from Western Carolina University, and a master's of music in trumpet performance from UNLV. She is currently pursuing a DMA in trumpet performance at UNLV.
Executive Director of Advising Office
Gayle Juneau-Butler, Executive Director of Advising
Gayle Juneau-Butler grew up in Louisiana and lived in Florida for 10 years prior to moving to Las Vegas in 2006. Juneau possesses 14 years of experience in higher education in the areas of recruitment, admissions, academic advising, and developing retention-based programming for student services. Her doctoral degree is in diversity studies and her interests in this realm include authoring social responsibility, desegregation of public school systems in the southern United States, and writing anti-hegemonic standpoints about race, class, and gender issues. In addition, she is a part-time instructor in the Department of Women's Studies. Juneau is involved with mentoring disadvantaged children in Southern Nevada, St. Jude's Ranch for Children, and is a diversity educator for the environmental education certification program sponsored by the UNLV Public Lands Institute.
Tricia Lozano, Academic Advising Administration Coordinator
Tricia Lozano has worked at UNLV since 2008 in the Office of the Executive Director of Academic Advising and is currently the Academic Advising Coordinator. She oversees the UNLV Sophomore Programming Commission, serves on the campus' Technology and Academic Advising Commission, the Advising and Career Development Commission and the Academic Advising Council Leadership Team. Lozano was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV where she completed her undergraduate degree and her master's degree in higher education leadership at UNLV.
Roy Hessinger, Advising Database Analyst
Roy Hessinger has worked at UNLV since 2000 in both the Office of Information Technology and the Office of the Executive Director of Academic Advising. He oversees data requests from the 11 Advising Centers and the Executive Advising Office. He has lived in Las Vegas since 1993 and graduated UNLV in 1998. He is also a proud Air Force veteran.