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: Nicole Stella
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. Sal 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. Sal 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, Coaching Coordinator/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. 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.
Nicole Stella, Academic Advisor
Nicole earned her B.A. in Spanish (Spring '09) and her M.A. in Educational Leadership (Spring '11) from the University of Nevada, Reno. Following that, she moved to Colorado to work with on-campus students as a Hall Director at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado Boulder. She has experience working with diverse populations of high-achieving undergraduate students to support their academic and personal success and was recently recognized as the "Outstanding Professional of the Year" by the College Personnel Association of Colorado (2014-2015). Nicole is excited for the opportunity to support another great Nevada university and is learning to say "Go Rebels"!
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: Veronica Cazares
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 and Leadership Development Coordinator
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.
Veronica Cazares, Academic Advisor
Veronica Cazares grew up in Utah, and moved to Las Vegas in 2014 where she joined Lee Business Undergraduate Advising. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and pursued her Master of Public Administration with a student services emphasis following; both from the same institution. She enjoys working with student’s to help them figure out their end goal and how to get there. In her spare time she likes to run, bowl on a league, and read.
Kiley Johansen, Academic Advisor
Kiley Johansen is originally from Hays, Kansas and moved to Las Vegas in 2015 to join the team in the Lee Business School undergraduate advising office. After earning a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Fort Hays State University, she then went on to attain a master's degree in College Student Development from Oklahoma State University. Kiley enjoys running, reading, golfing, and playing with her dog, Gundy.
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 Education Student Services Center
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.
Lauren Layton, Associate Director
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.
Monica Moreno, Assistant Director
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.
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): Jaime Carbajal, Jr.
Computer and Electrical Engineering: Rosemary Le
Entertainment Engineering: Jennifer Kennedy
Jennifer Kennedy, Director of Advising
Jennifer Kennedy began working at UNLV in 2008, first as an advisor in the College of Engineering and then as the Director of the Engineering Advising Center. A Las Vegas transplant since 1992, she holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Pepperdine University, and is working on her Masters in Public Administration. What began as a job for her in advising has evolved into a lifelong career and passion for helping students reach their personal and scholastic goals. She and her husband are the proud parents of two wonderful children who are 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.
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.
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.
Jaime Carbajal Jr., Academic Advisor
Jaime Carbajal Jr. is originally from Deming, New Mexico where his academic ambition provided him an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Arizona in 2009. It was during his undergraduate career where he soon found his passion of assisting students from diverse backgrounds to not only transition into higher education, but also grow and be successful as well. Soon after, he earned his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Arizona in 2011. The experience brought him to UNLV in 2011, where he was a Financial Aid Counselor & Process Analyst assisting students with financial resources to help fund their education. At UNLV, Jaime has become active with the campus community by serving with recruitment events, financial aid outreach, co-instructing a leadership course, and serving as an advisor to multiple student organizations. When he is not advising, you can find him staying in shape with swim workouts or being a film and music enthusiast.
Shae Deschutter, Interventional Advising Coordinator
Shae Deschutter is a UNLV alumna completing both her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Masters of Education in Higher Education Leadership as a rebel. As an undergraduate she was a low income first-generation college student and embraced the many opportunities UNLV offers its students. It was through her campus involvement that she realized UNLV was where she wanted to build a career. Shae has worked at UNLV since 2007 and worked in both the Registrar’s Office and Financial Aid and Scholarships before accepting her position as the College of Engineering’s Interventional Advising Coordinator in 2015. She has a passion for understanding and impacting student retention and enjoys using her experience and knowledge to help students find their own success. Outside of the office, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.
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.
Stacy Shapin, Assistant Director of Advising
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 earned 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 School of Music and she enjoys continuing to work with UNLV 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 musical theatre.
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.
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!
Melaney Jones, Assistant Director of Advising
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.
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.
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
Honors students are assigned to an academic advisor based on the college in which their major resides:
- Tiffany Schmier advises majors in Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, Business, Education, and exploring majors
- Megan Hullinger advises majors in Sciences and Engineering
- Daniel Coyle advises majors in Fine Arts, Hospitality, and Urban Affairs
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
A native of Southern California, Tiffany now calls Las Vegas home. Tiffany earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNLV, most recently completing a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. She serves as the coordinator for the Bennett Honors Mentor program and also can be found executing Honors College events. She is hoping to enter an Ed. S program in School Psychology so she can continue to learn how to best serve students of all age groups. In her precious free time she can be found playing with her two children, enjoying coffee at Grouchy John’s Coffee Shop and pining copious amounts on Pinterest!
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 joined the Honors College staff in 2013 to help advise students, teach courses, and expand community support. In addition to academic advising, Daniel serves as the Director of Communications for the college. Daniel also leads the Honors Rebellion, a team of students who train together to run obstacle course events each year. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, trail running, playing instruments, but most of all – spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
Megan Hullinger, Academic Advisor
A native of Central Illinois, Megan Hullinger earned a BA in speech communication and an MS in Technology at Eastern Illinois University. Hullinger joined the UNLV community in 2008 serving in various capacities, including transition programming, student advising, and supervision. She has served as an instructor for the Leadership and Civic Engagement minor, facilitated numerous leadership retreats and programs, and continues to participate in campus committees. In her spare time, Hullinger enjoys participating in vocal performances, catching up on episodes of Doctor Who, and keeping up with her busy family.
College of Hotel Administration
Advising Center Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am-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.
Antonio Villegas, Associate 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 transition to the Office for Student Advising in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration as an academic advisor. In spring 2015, he earned his Master of Public Administration and was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Gordon Louie, Assistant Director of Advising
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.
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.
Mariellen Van Winkle, Academic Advisor
Mariellen Van Winkle is a native from Massachusetts, however has lived in various parts of the country and abroad as part of a military family. She relocated to Las Vegas in 1996 to attend UNLV as a student. She began working at UNLV in 2006 for the Enrollment Services Center, obtaining her degree in Public Administration in 2012. She left the University for a few years to spend time with her newborn son and has returned as an Academic Advisor for the Office of Student Advising at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration in 2015.
Becoming an advisor felt like the natural move as she had the experience as both a student and a staff member at UNLV. Most importantly, she enjoyed working with students to help develop their potential and to help them make decisions about their future. Utilizing her own experiences helps her to understand the needs of her students.
In her spare time she enjoys spending as much time with her husband and son as possible. She enjoys rooting for the Boston Red Sox, reading young adult novels and historical fiction, and working on crafts, such as making cards, scrapbooking, and cross stitching.
Celinda Miranda-LaBella, Academic Advisor
Celinda Miranda-LaBella grew up in Miami, FL, but has lived in the Las Vegas valley since 2013. She began her career at UNLV with the Student Union & Event Services office. Previously, she worked at Campus Labs in Buffalo, New York as an assessment and involvement consultant. Celinda holds her master's degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Louisiana State University, and her bachelor's degree in Communications from Florida International University. Professionally, she has worked in a number of areas of student affairs, including student involvement, student conduct/judicial affairs, fraternity/sorority affairs, student activities and orientation/first-year-experience. She is passionate about helping UNLV students find success, and she is very excited to be joining the Hotel College Advising team! In her spare time, she is on the Board of Directors for the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls and serves as a national officer and advisor for Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. You can likely find her on the weekends with her husband, Philip, and her dog, Frieda.
College of Liberal Arts
Advising Center Hours:
Fall and Spring: Monday- Thursday: 8am-6:30pm and Friday 8am-5pm
Open Advising: Wednesday and Thursday 8am-3:30pm (Also full week before classes and the first week of classes)
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
Open Advising for Summer: Wednesday 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.
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
Freshmen are advised by the Freshman Group Advisor. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are scheduled with an individual Academic Advisor on a first-available basis; however, students may request an advisor they prefer. Urgent Care drop-in advising is available on Wednesdays, usually 9:00-11:45 am and 1:00-3:45 pm (call to confirm hours).
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.
Miriam Seaman, Associate Director of Advising
Miriam Seaman 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.
Shanee Moas, Academic Advisor
Shanee Moas is the newest addition to the College of Sciences advising center. She is a Las Vegas native and received both her bachelor's in counseling and master's degree in marriage and family therapy from UNLV. She found her passion for helping college students through her graduate assistant position as an academic success coach at our very own Academic Success Center. Her favorite thing about advising is seeing students’ growth and success. Outside of her love for higher education, Shanee enjoys being an active member of the local community. She was a core team member for the TEDxUNLV inaugural event in 2014 and is often seen at local groups organizing rallies and marches. She is obsessed with her dog, drinking herbal teas, and trying out new places to eat around town. She is so excited to work with College of Sciences’ students, as she believes they are some of the brightest minds in our communities.
Samantha Grider, Academic Advisor
Samantha (Sam) Grider is a recent graduate of the Higher Education Master’s program at UNLV. She has lived in Las Vegas for most of her life, and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting at UNLV before going on to graduate school. While working on her Master’s , Sam worked in the Academic Success Center with the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction programs, eventually becoming the Graduate Assistant for SI. Sam and her husband are both video game enthusiasts, leading to their Portal-themed wedding in 2014. Sam’s many interests also include spending time in nature, writing poetry, and she is an avid theme park attraction enthusiast.
Miles Boulton, Academic Advisor
Miles Boulton was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from UNLV. Prior to his current position, Miles worked for the Office of the Provost as a retention, progression, and completion specialist where he assisted in the coordination of University wide events such as Rebels R.I.S.E and UNLV Creates. But his love for UNLV didn't originate there, Miles also worked at UNLV's Paradise Campus for the Department of Continuing Education. In his spare time, Miles enjoys hiking, getting lost in a good book, attempting to cook food without burning it, and power naps. You can often find Miles cheering for the Rebels at various sporting events and displaying his pride for scarlet and gray. GO REBS!
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.
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 a 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, and academic advising. In her spare time, Esther enjoys working out, watching boxing and the Chicago Bears play. She is very happy to be a part of the wonderful College of Urban Affairs advising team!
UNLV/CSN Transfer Office
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.
Kia Vichaikul, UNLV Transition Advisor
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. Vichaikul is the recipient of the 2013 Regents' Academic Advisor Award. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, trying new foods and walking her dog at the park.
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.