Meet the Advisors

Academic Success Center

Advising Center Hours

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open Advising: Available 3 weeks to begin each semester (the week before classes begin and the first two weeks of the semester), and at the 10th week of each semester (the week leading up to the drop deadline).

Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the ASC based on their last name, and can request any advisor:

  • A-C: Malou "Lou" Broder
  • D-H: Elizabeth Johnson
  • I-N: Sheetal Survase
  • O-R: Nicole Stella
  • S-Z: Debbie Pattni
  • Returning/ Transfer/Prospective/Non-traditional students will meet with:
    A-Z: Sal Mora
Salvador Mora

Salvador Mora, Director of Academic Advising

Salvador Mora has been with the Academic Success Center since February 2009, working his way from Academic to Senior Academic Advisor, to Assistant, to Associate Director, and was named Director of Academic Advising in September of 2017. He has worked with all populations of students served by the Academic Success Center (Exploring, non-degree seeking, prospective, and non-traditional students). He enjoys leading the advising team's work with students in the Exploring major at UNLV; helping students navigate their curriculum semester-to-semester and declare their desired major(s). Sal first 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. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Higher Education with UNLV.

Michael Terry

Michael Terry, Interim Associate Director of Academic Advising

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.

Nicole Stella

Nicole Stella, RPC Senior 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"!

Debbie Pattni

Debbie Pattni, Academic Advisor

Debbie is a new Graduate Student Adviser in the Academic Success Center. She previously worked as an Academic Success Coach for the ASC from 2014-2015. She also taught a COLA 100E First-Year Seminar for Exploring Majors in the ASC. She graduates with a Masters in Higher Education from UNLV in spring 2016 and plans to continue working with students to be successful in college both academically and personally. Debbie has two children who are Rebels! Her other daughter is a possible future Rebel. Debbie completed Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration/Marketing and International Studies from the University of the Pacific as well as a Master’s degree from UNLV in Hotel Administration and a Master of Business Administration. As a first generation, Mexican-American student, she believes everyone who wants to be successful in college will make it happen with the right help and advice. Se habla español.

Sheetal Survase

Sheetal Survase, Academic Advisor

Sheetal earned her bachelor’s degree in management of human resources from Excelsior College, followed by a master’s degree in public policy management from Monash University in Australia. She comes with extensive nonprofit experience, having worked with local and international agencies in multiple roles and settings. Prior to joining UNLV, Sheetal worked with academically at-risk and high-achieving youth. She enjoyed connecting her students to learning opportunities, motivating them to create and work towards attaining their academic and personal goals, and helping them develop skills necessary for future success. This experience, along with her rewarding work as a student mentor in college, inspired her to pursue a career in academic advising. Sheetal is excited to be a part of the advising team at UNLV's Academic Success Center and looks forward to utilizing her training and experience to assist students in understanding their curriculum, reaching their graduation goals, and making the most of their Rebel experience!

Tiffany Schmier

Tiffany Schmier, Academic Advising Specialist

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 served as the coordinator for the Bennett Honors Mentor program. 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!

Malou Broder

Malou "Lou" Broder, Academic Advising Specialist

Lou is a North Las Vegas local and attended Canyon Springs High School and the Leadership and Law Preparatory Academy. There she graduated from the magnet program with a major in Global Leadership. Lou has always been devoted to education and giving back to the community that raised her. Her educational career began as a substitute teacher and a Title I Instructional Assistant and she took her love for teaching to complete her B.A. in English with a minor in ESL Education. She then earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. An area of particular interest for her is assisting students from minority and under-served backgrounds through education and family engagement. This subject served as the focus of her dissertation for her M.Ed. program. Lou is also a proud sister of Sigma Omega Nu, Latina Interest Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, you can find her food blogging or with her nose stuck in a book.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson, Academic Advising Specialist

Elizabeth is a California native who achieved her B.A. at Humboldt State University with a minor in Theater and a certificate in Museum Studies. She is a recent Fine Arts graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her interests are in anthropology, biology, engineering, D.I.Y., fine arts, and marketing. She has experience working as a Photographer, a Social Media and Research Director and a Curatorial Assistant at the Humboldt State Natural History Museum. She has also volunteered with Hold Your Horses, an organization that provides equine therapy for children and adults with disabilities, and apprenticed at Kendalia Wildlife Rescue and Rehab. Elizabeth has taught at and worked within universities and at university museums with students from a diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Elizabeth's extensive practice in a variety of fields gives her a unique perspective to provide students with career exploration. She is excited to be a part of the advising team at UNLV's Academic Success Center and looks forward to applying her experience and training to assist students in understanding and reaching their aspirations and goals.

Jenna Chang

Jenna Chang, Academic Advising Graduate Assistant

Jenna Chang is a new Graduate Student Adviser in the Academic Success Center and works with Major Pathway students. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Jenna moved to the "9th island" (Las Vegas) and is attending UNLV's Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Before moving to Las Vegas, Jenna worked as a Paraprofessional for children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism and other disabilities for two years. She enjoys working with students and believes each one can be successful with the right resources and support.

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: Kiley Johansen
  • L-O: Veronica Cazares
  • P-R: Dana Angioni
  • S-W: John Starkey
Beth Gersten

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

Nicole T. Pavlico, M.A., Associate Director

Nicole Pavlico has been with UNLV Lee Business School since 1999.

Gene R. Kirschner

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

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.

John Starkey

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

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.

Kristin Della Sala

Kristin Della Sala, Academic Advisor

Kristin Della Sala is originally from Plymouth, Michigan and moved to Las Vegas in May 2016. She earned her B.A. in Broadcasting & Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University and M.Ed. in Counselor Education/Student Affairs from Clemson University. After graduate school, Kristin worked in Residential Life at Clemson University and moved to Indiana to work as an Academic Advisor at Purdue University. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys running, hiking, and exploring new places. She is very excited to be a part of the Lee Business School Undergraduate Advising Office, where she can pursue her passion for working with college students!

Julia Lapham

Julia Lapham, Academic Advisor

Julia Lapham grew up in Carson City, Nevada and eventually attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she received her B.S. in Business Management. After graduation, Julia traveled full time as a leadership consultant for her sorority’s national headquarters as she visited universities across the country and worked with both chapter leaders and campus professionals. After this year of travel Julia pursued her M.Ed in Student Affairs at Iowa State University to further prepare herself to support students and help them achieve their vision of success! Outside of work, Julia enjoys cooking, golfing, and volunteering for her sorority.

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

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

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

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.


Daniel Henry, Academic Advisor

Dan moved to Las Vegas from upstate New York in 1996 and attended CSN part time and ended up taking time off to raise a family before returning to college. After restarting his education again at CSN, Dan transferred to UNLV in 2010, and graduated in Fall 2014 with a degree in Secondary Education focus in English along with a History minor. He decided rather than teaching he would like to have a career in higher education and he is ecstatic to now have come full circle being able to now advise and help students in the same program he attended himself!

Daniel Mendoza

Daniel Mendoza, Academic Adviser & Recruiter

Daniel Mendoza grew up in Southern California and has spent time living in Italy, Spain and most recently Australia for a year. Daniel has a passion for travel and staying active in the gym and outdoors. In 2009 he earned his B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. During his undergrad he worked in the Admissions & Records department with Fullerton College where he became passionate about student services and higher education. As a result he decided to pursue a career in student affairs and received his M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University in 2014. His professional experience includes residency advising, academic advising and international student services. Daniel is excited to be joining the College of Education, the UNLV team and especially looking forward to getting involved on and off campus.

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

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

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.

Jaime Carbajal

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

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.

Miles Boulton

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 Fine Arts

Advising Center Hours

Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm, by appointment
Open advising: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-4pm, Wednesday 8:30-Noon, 1-4pm

Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Fine Arts advising center based on their major:

  • Architecture, Art, Graphic Design, Entertainment Engineering: Kristie Berthelotte
  • Art, Music,Dance, Theater: Rochelle Walker
  • Film: Stacy Shapin
Stacy Shapin

Stacy Shapin, 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. She 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

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.

Rochelle Walker

Rochelle Walker, Academic Advisor

A native of New Jersey, Rochelle moved to Las Vegas to in 2006 to perform in Stomp Out Loud at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Prior to her career in entertainment, Rochelle worked in Admissions and Institutional Advancement at The College of New Jersey and the College of Saint Elizabeth. She joined the UNLV community in the fall of 2010 and has worked in the Offices of Admissions and the Registrar. Rochelle earned her B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from Temple University and is currently working to complete her Master’s in Higher Education. With a love of all things musical theater and dance, Rochelle is excited to bring her experience in higher education and the entertainment industry to Fine Arts Advising to assist students in finding a career in the arts.

Leann Karr

Leann Karr, RPC Specialist

Leann Karr is the College of Fine Arts RPC (Retention, Progression and Completion) specialist and brings to UNLV over 30 years of educational experience. Leann was born and raised in Nebraska where she earned her BME from Nebraska Wesleyan University. After spending many years as a teacher, Leann stepped into the world of school administration and then moved to working in higher education. Leann received a Master of Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a second Master of Arts in Education Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Prior to joining the staff at UNLV, Leann served as the Director of Student Services at Wichita State University. When she’s not at work, you’ll find Leann spending time with her husband, trying out new recipes, and doting on her grandchildren.

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

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

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 harp every Sunday at her church, traveling, but most of all - spending time with her husband and her three boys.

Abegail Reyes

Abegail Reyes, Senior Academic Advisor

Abegail (Abby) Reyes 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.

Wayne Arnold

Wayne Arnold, Academic Advisor

Wayne Arnold was raised in Las Vegas and received a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from UNLV. Prior to his current position, Wayne worked as a Peer Advisor for the Division of Health Sciences. Wayne enjoys going to UNLV basketball games, and being involved in the UNLV community. In the future he plans to pursue a graduate degree in Higher Education from UNLV.

Najia Haidery

Najia Haidery, Academic Advisor

Najia Haidery moved to United State in 2003. Prior to 2003, Najia was working for the United Nations supporting poor families in third world countries. Najia received her Bachelor’s of Sciences degree in Comprehensive Medical Imagining with concentration on Medical Ultrasound from UNLV. While pursuing her degree, Najia worked in the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center and medical clinics as a front desk receptionist. When she was working for the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center she developed the desire and passion to support students with their educational goals and wanted to pursue a career in higher education system. Najia enjoys her career as an academic advisor and the advising center she works for. In her leisure time, Najia likes to watch basketball, go hiking, working out, and reading. She plans on starting her master’s degree in Fall 2016 in Higher Education.

Jeremy Meronuck

Jeremy Meronuck, Academic Advisor


Honors College

Advising Center Hours

Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm

Honors students are assigned to an academic advisor based on the college in which their major resides:

  • Dr. Tony Terrell - Health Sciences & Pre-Nursing
  • Miriam Seaman- Assignment beginning Spring 2018
  • Megan Hullinger - Sciences, Engineering, Education, Exploring
  • Daniel Coyle - Fine Arts, Hospitality, Urban Affairs, Business, Liberal Arts
Tony Terrell

Tony Terrell, Ph.D., Director of Advising and Recruitment

Dr. Tony Terrell is a three-time graduate of UNLV (B.A.’02, M.Ed.’07, Ph.D.’12), UNLV Athletics Hall of Famer, and Rebel Pride Ambassador. He has been a higher education professional for 15 years at UNLV and Nevada resident for over 18 years. His employment history at UNLV is unique and centered around student learning, service, and advancement. Working with students as an admissions/recruitment counselor, academic advisor, professor, and administrator gives him a comprehensive understanding of the student experience and ability to educate them from matriculation to graduation. In 2015, he received the UNLV Academic Advisor of the Year Award. He has taught 100-level, 300/400-level, First-Year Seminar, and Culminating Experience courses as a part-time instructor and faculty-in-residence for over 8 years at UNLV. The southern California native has mentored countless UNLV students. As a former student-athlete and alumnus, he takes pride in his alma mater and loves to show it on campus, in the community, and at athletic events.

Daniel Coyle

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

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.

Miriam Seaman

Miriam Seaman, Associate Director

A native of Ohio, Miriam Seaman earned her B.A. in Communications at Bowling Green State University and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Kent State University. Miriam has been a part of the Academic Advising community at UNLV since April 2012. Her primary focus is helping UNLV students successfully navigate their college experience. Beyond advising, she has taught First Year Seminar courses and participates in various university related commissions to improve campus processes for students and staff. Miriam currently works in the Honors College and looks forward to the opportunity to help students every day.


College of Hospitality

Advising Center Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:30am-5pm

There are no assigned advisors for the Hospitality College advising center. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).

Antonio Villegas

Antonio Villegas, Director of Advising

Antonio Villegas is originally from the "Heart of the South Bay" California and relocated to Las Vegas to pursue a bachelor's degree at UNLV. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with a minor in Entertainment Management, he joined the Office of the Registrar 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 Hospitality 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.

Allison Garcia Potain

Allison Garcia Potain, Assistant Director of Advising

A native of California, Allison joined UNLV in September 2012 to help serve UNLV’s McNair Scholars in the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO). She holds a 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 her current position Allison served as an advisor for the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences. She has a passion for higher education and thoroughly enjoys establishing collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, and staff to help students reach their educational and career goals. When she is not advising Allison can be found spending time with her family, dogs, doing outdoor activities, and serving as a volunteer for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Lisa Annebro

Lisa Annebro, Senior Academic Advisor

Lisa Annebro has been advising at UNLV in the Hospitality 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

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 Hospitality 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

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 Hospitality 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.

Megan Kolvenbach

Megan Kolvenbach, Academic Advisor

Megan Kolvenbach is a native Las Vegan who began at UNLV as a student in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 and her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016. Throughout her time at UNLV, she has worked in the Department of Mathematical Sciences as a student worker, the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies as a graduate assistant, and the Counseling and Psychological Services as a clinical intern. Additionally, she has served as president of UNLV’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology. She joined the Office for Student Advising in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality in August 2016 and is so excited to help fellow rebels achieve success! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, and scrapbooking.

College of Liberal Arts

Advising Center Hours

There are no assigned advisors for the Wilson Advising Center. Students will be assigned to the first available advisor (requests are accommodated).

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Open Advising: Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Two weeks before classes and the first two weeks of classes)

Cheryl Tillotson

Cheryl Tillotson, Interim Director

Cheryl Tillotson has more than 19 years of academic advising experience at UNLV, with over seven of those years working specifically with students in the College of Liberal Arts. In addition to serving as an academic advisor, Cheryl has held positions of assistant director, associate director, and interim director for the academic advising centers she has worked in. Cheryl has been a devoted Rebel since the fall of 1991 when she came all the way from Illinois to attend UNLV as a freshman. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in English, and her master’s degree in educational leadership from UNLV, and she has been a proud member of the UNLV Alumni Association since 1996. In 2008, Cheryl was the recipient of the UNLV Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award, and in 2010 she received the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Certificate of Merit Award for Outstanding Advising. Cheryl is also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, and a board member for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, UNLV Chapter 100.

Oak Vichaikul

Oak Vichaikul, Assistant Director / Prelaw 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.

Derek Sommer

Derek Sommer, RPC Coordinator

Derek is a Las Vegas native and completed his undergraduate degree in English and a Masters of Education at UNLV. Derek loves the Las Vegas community and especially the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team. He started as a graduate assistant in the Wilson Advising Center in 2006 and has been working in academic advising ever since. He enjoys all types of comedy, reading, movies, sports, and believes everyone has a special talent or skill. Anyone who has been in his office has seen his Walt Whitman poster and one of his all time favorite quotes comes from him. “…The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse”.

Tracy Johnson

Tracy Johnson, Senior Academic Advisor

Tracy Johnson is originally from Anaheim Hills, California. She began her studies at the University of San Francisco and completed her bachelor's degree in social science studies from UNLV in 2003. In 2010, Tracy obtained her master’s degree in psychology from NCU. She has nearly 14 years of academic advising experience at UNLV. Tracy serves as the liaison for non-traditional and veteran students within the college and processes all Veterans Forms for the college. Tracy is the Founding Faculty Advisor for the Rebel Women Vets, a student organization and chairs the Non-traditional Scholarship Committee to support our adult learners returning to school. She runs the Center’s Facebook page to keep students updated on upcoming events and items relevant to Liberal Arts majors.

In 2013, Tracy received Advisor of the Year — Student’s Choice Award and the NACADA — Excellence in Academic Advising Award. In 2015, Tracy earned a place among the top 10 academic advisors at UNLV. Tracy enjoys hiking and traveling and is a Faithful San Francisco 49ers fan. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her toddler boy/girl twins and infant baby girl.

Marlon Urquico

Marlon Urquico, Senior Academic Advisor

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Marlon received both his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science in 2009 and master’s degree in history in 2013 from UNLV. His fields of interests are in African American history, the Atlantic Slave Trade, U.S. Political and Presidential history, and U.S. Foreign Policy during the Vietnam Era. Before becoming a Senior Academic Advisor at the Wilson Advising Center in 2014, Marlon taught First-Year Seminar courses for Exploring Majors and served as an Academic Success Coach at the Academic Success Center. Marlon makes a concentrated effort, everyday, to help each of his students discover their interests and cultivate their passions. Furthermore, he’s engaged in student affairs through his seat on the Rebel Voice Commission. When Marlon is not working towards these ends you can catch him following up on political headlines, trying new food, and spending time with friends and family.

Alysse Chavez

Alysse Chavez, Senior Academic Advisor

Alysse Chavez has more than 10 years in higher education, 6 of those years are in academic advising. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Alysse earned a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Saint Louis University in Missouri and a Master’s degree in Organization Leadership from Regis University in Colorado. Alysse has a passion for international travel and her favorite trip so far has been to Marrakesh, Morocco. Upcoming travel plans include Czech Republic and China. She enjoys watching sports and is a season-ticket holder for the new Vegas Golden Knights.

Andrew Reyes

Andrew Reyes, RPC Senior Advisor

Andrew Reyes is originally from San Jose, California ("The Capital of the Silicon Valley"). He moved to Las Vegas and joined the UNLV community in 2008. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from National Hispanic University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas A&M - Commerce. Andrew has 9 years of higher education experience, 7 of those with the Registrar’s Office serving in various capacities, including curriculum, academic and event scheduling, degree audit and graduation. Andrew joined the Wilson Advising Center as a Senior Academic Retention, Progression and Completion (RPC) Advisor in August of 2015. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys traveling, trying new foods, watching documentaries, trivia games and spending time with family and friends.

College of Sciences

Advising Center Hours

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 9-11:45 a.m. and 1-3:45 p.m. (call to confirm hours).

Samantha Grider

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.

Peter Clancy

Peter Clancy, Academic Advisor

Peter Clancy has lived in several states (NJ, AZ, VA, MO, MD) but now calls Nevada home. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Before joining UNLV, Peter was a Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. Outside of work, Peter and his wife enjoy hiking and camping, thrift-store shopping, scuba diving and attending college basketball and football games...and he will never turn down a friendly game of chess or a trip to a Vegas buffet.

Kevin McVay

Kevin McVay, Academic Advisor

Kevin McVay is a two-time alumnus of UNLV, earning his B.A. in Journalism in 2014 and his M.Ed. in Higher Education in 2017. Prior to working as an Academic Advisor, Kevin worked at UNLV as the Publicity & Graphic Design Coordinator for the Department of Student Engagement & Diversity. As an undergraduate student, Kevin worked as a Resident Assistant, Intramural Program Assistant, and Office Assistant. Kevin also held roles in CSUN Student Government, the Scarlet & Gray Free Press (formerly the Rebel Yell), and in various student organizations. Kevin is excited to be a part of the College of Sciences advising team and is an avid lover of animals, hiking, video games, sushi, and roller coasters.

College of Urban Affairs

Advising Center Hours

Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm
Open Advising: Wednesday 10am - 4pm (on a first come, first served basis). Please call to check availability and seasonal hours.

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

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.

Kamisha Johnson

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

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

Le Quanda Cole

Le Quanda Cole, Assistant Director, UNLV/CSN Transfer Office

Le Quanda Cole is the spouse of an Air Force veteran and most of her childhood was spent living in Ramstein, Germany. She attended the University of West Florida (Go Argos!) where she obtained her bachelor’s in Communication and a minor in Leadership Skills. She acquired a masters in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication –Go Knights! Over the years, Le Quanda Cole has worked in higher education in a variety of roles. Recently, she has served as an Adjunct Instructor, Career Specialist, and Program Coordinator of the CSN Community and Personal Enrichment Program. Le Quanda is passionate about being a community mentor and role model. Don’t be surprised if you spot her on television because in her spare time she loves to act! As a new member of the UNLV advising team she hopes to help students find their place within the academic world. She is happy to represent red & grey every day!

Janet Hollinger

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

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

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.


Anam Qadir, UNLV Transition Advisor

Anam Qadir has been advising since October 2014. She graduated with a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology and will be completing her M. ED in Summer 2018. As a first-generation college student, Anam knows firsthand the power of good advising and taking advantage of campus resources to achieve your dreams of successfully completing your degree. During her undergraduate years she was able to join several student organizations, go on a medical mission to Ethiopia, and worked as a student employee in various departments. She loved her college years and now she loves working with college students. Her desire is to assist students and help them achieve their academic and professional goals. She enjoys working with students and is here at your service.


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.