Drop-In advising for Exploring Major/Major Pathways, and non-degree seeking students available periodically throughout each semester. Call 702-895-3177 for availability.
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the ASC based on their last name, and can request any advisor:
A-C: Tiffany Schmier
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, 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.
Nicole Stella, Assistant Director, Academic Advising and RPC
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, Senior 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.
Tiffany Schmier, Senior Academic Advisor
Tiffany earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and her graduate degrees in Education at UNLV. Tiffany enjoys working with students from all different majors and ensuring they know about the many campus resources available to them as they pursue their degree. She has been involved with both the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the UNLV Academic Advising Council in many capacities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and cats, working on her blog, and taking road trips to the beach when possible!
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!
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.
Lee Business School
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday–Wednesdays and Fridays: 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Thursdays: 10 a.m.-Noon
Mondays–Thursdays: 1-5 p.m.
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, 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, Assistant Director for Leadership Programs
Dana Angioni is originally from Long Island, New York but has been in the Las Vegas area for more than 20 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. Angioni coordinates the Nevada Global Business program in Lee, taking students to places like London, England, Singapore and New York City to study business in a global environment. She proudly serves on the UNLV Women's Council and co-chairs the Family Advocacy Task Force. In her spare time, Angioni enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She also loves UNLV basketball, the Vegas Golden Knights, and traveling.
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.
College of Education
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Wednesdays open until 7 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.
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, 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.
Nancy Esposito, RPC Senior Advisor
Nancy began her career in student affairs in 2008 at the California State University, Fullerton as a peer advisor working with high risk student populations. Since then she has developed extensive experience working in student government and leadership, first year experience programs, and advising centers within the California Community College, California State University and University of California higher education systems. She received her Bachelor's degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton in 2008 and her Master's degree in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach in 2012. Nancy joined the College of Education advising staff in December 2016 and is excited to support the diverse student population at UNLV in achieving academic, personal and professional success.
College of Engineering
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-Noon and 1-5 p.m.
Mondays: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9-11:30 a.m.
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Engineering advising center based on their major:
Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Entertainment Engineering: Chris Parker
Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering: Miles Boulton
Computer Science: Malou "Lou" Broder
Chris Parker, Director of Advising
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.
Shae Deschutter, Assistant Director of Advising
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, 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!
Malou Broder, Senior Academic Advisor
Lou is a North Las Vegas local and has always been devoted to education and giving back to the community that raised her. Her career began as a substitute teacher and a Title I Instructional Assistant where she found a passion for helping ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) students. She took her love for teaching and completed 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. In her spare time, you can find her traveling the world, food blogging, playing board games, or with her nose stuck in a book.
College of Fine Arts
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1-4 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30-Noon, 1-4 p.m.
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, 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, Assistant Director
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, 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, 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: 8 a.m.-Noon and 1-5 p.m.
Tuesdays: 1-4 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
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!
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, 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, 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, Academic Advisor
Jeremy Meronuck received his B.M. degree at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and his M.M. and D.M.A. at UNLV. Prior to joining the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center, Jeremy worked as a musician, Music Director, arranger and/or contractor for companies such as Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Princess Cruises. He has performed with numerous national and international Broadway tours and has performed with six resident Las Vegas productions. Additional credits include performances and/or tours with Andrea Bocelli, Itzhak Perlman, Amy Grant, The Nevada Ballet Theater and The Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Jessica Ogens, Academic Advisor
Jessica “Jess” Ogens has called Las Vegas home for most of her life. She is always planning her next adventure and has been fortunate to travel the world several times, including studying abroad with UNLV’s own international program, USAC. Jess is a first generation college student and earned her BA in Sociology from UNLV, where she will also complete her Master’s in Higher Education. Prior to her advising role, she held a career in training and hospitality management for a luxury-oriented, Five Diamond resort & spa. It was during her undergrad that she realized her passion for academia and dedicated herself to becoming part of the UNLV advising team ever since. Jess believes Friends is the best sitcom, that Tom Hanks is America’s true sweetheart, and that if you keep your glass half full in life you'll never go thirsty.
Kane Toomer, Academic Advisor
Kane Toomer was born and raised in Las Vegas and received his Bachelors of Science in Public Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Kane plans to receive his Master of Business Administration with the concentration in Health Care from UNLV. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor, Kane worked in the hospitality industry in various roles as well as volunteered with healthcare organizations across the Las Vegas valley. His interests include web development and design, politics, political history, traveling, and Horology. Kane hopes to one day create his own non-profit that will help underdeveloped countries provide quality health care to its inhabitants.
Advising Center Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Honors students are assigned to an academic advisor based on the college in which their major resides:
Dr. Tony Terrell – All Schools & Departments as needed
Miriam Seaman – Exploring & Sciences
Allison Garcia Potain – Engineering, Fine Arts, Hospitality, Liberal Arts
Samantha Hilton – Business, Education, Health Sciences, Urban Affairs
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.
Allison Garcia Potain, M.A., Assistant Director of Advising
Allison brings a wealth of academic advising and higher education student services experience to the Honors College. She has served as an advisor for UNLV’s College of Engineering, College of Sciences, and College of Hospitality. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Master's of Education in Digital
Samantha Hilton, M.Ed., Senior Academic Advisor
Samantha (Sam) Hilton is a two-time graduate of UNLV and former College of Sciences academic advisor. She has lived in Las Vegas for most of her life, and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Accounting and Master of Education in Higher Education at UNLV. While working on her Master’s, she worked in the Academic Success Center with the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs, eventually becoming the Graduate Assistant for SI. She is passionate about serving students holistically and working with campus partners to cultivate resource networks for her advisees. In her free time, she enjoys writing, sci-fi/fantasy stories, and following the latest theme park news/developments
College of Hospitality
Advising Center Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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, 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.
Jill Weigel, Associate Director of Advising
Jill earned her B.A. in Visual Art from Winona State University and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities. Jill has an extensive academic career reaching back 20+ years. Before coming to UNLV, Jill served as director for advising, tutoring, and student success programs, as well as Chief Student Officer throughout several universities in WI, MN, NV, and CA respectively; all the while still teaching public speaking, first-year seminar, and art classes along the way. As a first-generation college graduate, Jill particularly enjoys working with first-year students, developing student success programming, and mentoring. She has a passion for assisting students and is excited to share her knowledge and experience to help them realize and reach their highest potential. In her spare time, she loves to travel, create art, support animal rescue, and enjoy life with cherished friends and family.
Esther Herrera, Assistant Director of Advising
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.
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, Senior 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, 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, RPC Senior 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.
Brandon Durham, Academic Advisor
Brandon earned his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental and Resource Science from Nevada State College (NSC). Throughout his time at NSC, he worked in the School of Education, Academic Success Center, and the Office of the Registrar. He interned in the Risk and Environmental Services Department of the Clark County School District and worked for the solar and battery division of Tesla. He enjoys giving students the tools they need to create a map for a successful future. In his free time, Brandon enjoys hiking and going on road trips.
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 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (One week before classes and the first week of classes)
Cheryl Tillotson, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
All admitted students in the College of Sciences are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 702-895-2077, emailing their questions or requests to email@example.com, or come in to see an advisor for quick questions during drop-ins (Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:45 p.m. - call ahead to confirm times).
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the advising center by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and our first available advisor will assist you.
Megan Hullinger, Director
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.
Peter Clancy, Associate Director
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, 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.
Alisa Watjara, Senior Academic Advisor
Alisa has over five years of professional experience in higher education and research settings. She is experienced in advising diverse student populations and managing educational initiatives that foster academic and professional growth. Alisa is also originally from Southern California, and has completed her Master’s degree at USC and Bachelor's degree at UC Irvine. Outside of work, Alisa enjoys playing board games; exploring Las Vegas as a foodie; and rocking out at live concerts.
Erik McCaleb, Senior Academic Advisor
Before joining UNLV, Erik McCaleb was an Academic Advisor with Ashford University in Denver, Colorado and he was an Academic Advisor at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington. Erik earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Florida State University and later earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Ashford University. He was a military dependent growing up, so he lived in multiple states including spending 5 years in Germany. Erik is married and has a rescued Chihuahua at home. He loves sports, traveling, sci-fi, and having new experiences.
Sofie Burton, Academic Advisor
Sofie was raised in California. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies at California State University, Chico. She moved to Las Vegas in 2010 to pursue a Master’s Degree in UNLV’s Counselor Education program. During her Master’s program, she held a Graduate Assistantship position as an Academic Advisor, and realized she wanted to pursue a career in Higher Education. She graduated with her Master's degree in 2012. Sofie has worked in advising at UNLV since 2013. She is very excited for her role as Academic Advisor in the Sciences Advising Center! Sofie is passionate about helping students discover their interests and capabilities, and taking steps towards graduation. She serves on the Rebel Voice Commission at UNLV. She enjoys working at career fairs and recruiting events in Clark County School District and in the community. In her free time, Sofie enjoys exercising, traveling, relaxing, spending time with family and friends, going to shows and concerts, and watching sports.
College of Urban Affairs
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (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, 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, Senior 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.
Karintha Fenley, Academic Advisor
Karintha Fenley is an academic advisor for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. She earned her B.A. from Chatham University located in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Journalism & Media Studies from UNLV. Karintha has previous experience working in higher education at Carnegie Mellon University as well as UNLV. Karintha has a passion for working towards causes of social justice. She also enjoys travelling, reading, and watching films in her down time.
Anna Toma, Academic Advisor
Anna Toma is originally from the Czech Republic. She graduated high school in Las Vegas and received her undergraduate degree in social work from UNLV. After working a couple of years in the social work field, Anna decided to pursue her further studies in linguistics. This has taken her on many adventures around the world. After meeting her husband in Romania, they relocated back to Las Vegas. Anna has spent 5 years working in the Office of the Registrar and is now excited to work more closely with students as an Academic Advisor with the College of Urban Affairs. In her spare time Anna enjoys going to Zumba, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Janelle Chang, Senior RPC Advisor
Janelle Chang is the Senior RPC Academic Advisor for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Advising Center. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has lived in Las Vegas (A.K.A. the 9th Hawaiian Island) after working abroad in Fukuoka, Japan for three years. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biochemistry at California State University, East Bay. She enjoys helping students, and welcomes all to our academic advising office. During her free time, she likes to travel, eat great food, and watch the latest TV dramas and movies!
Eric Morrow, Senior Academic Advisor
Eric Morrow is a Senior Academic Advisor for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Advising Center. He was born and raised in Spencer, Wisconsin. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and a master's degree from The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to Wisconsin, he has worked at institutions across the Deep South and Hawaii. He enjoys the process of building relationships with students. Eric loves baseball, football, and playing golf during his spare time. He looks forward to meeting with you soon!
UNLV/CSN Transfer Office
Le Quanda Cole, 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, 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.
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.
Misty Fogg Valentin, Freshman Academy Advisor
Misty has been in higher education since 2003, serving in a variety of roles. She has worked in academic advising, financial aid, veteran services, student government, career planning, and outreach/admissions. Misty obtained a Bachelor’s in Business and a Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University. Misty joined the UNLV community in 2012 with the financial aid and scholarships department and served as the Assistant Director of Processing. Currently, she is the Student Academic Integration Coordinator with the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education. In her position, Misty is academic advisor for the Freshman Academy program and coordinates academic programming, such as UNLV Creates. Misty believes in constant reinvention and has a thirst for knowledge and she is always picking up a new interest or hobby, so ask her what is new. She does maintain a constant passion for her growing family and Las Vegas community.
Ashley Sylvester, Director
Ashley is currently the Director of the new Pre-Professional Advising Center on campus. She earned her Bachelor's in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska Omaha and her Masters in Public Administration from UNLV. Prior to joining UNLV in January of 2018, Ashley was the Director of Student Affairs and Educational Outreach at UNR Medical School, which included working with current UNR Med students, Post-Bac and BS-MD students, and prospective medical students in the Las Vegas area. Before UNR Med, Ashley was the Associate Director of Recruitment at Nevada State College. Ashley has spent more than 10 years in higher education, working within the Las Vegas community and the state through different partnerships, programming, and events to help students achieve their educational goals. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family, being an active member in her mom's group, and loves watching sports!