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: Nicholas Hainesworth
D-H: Elizabeth Johnson
I-M: Sheetal Survase
N-R: Jacquee deJesus
S-Z: Jennifer Czajkowski
Returning/ Transfer/Prospective/Non-traditional students will meet with: A-Z: Salvador Mora and Tiffany Schmier
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.
Tiffany Schmier, Interim Assistant Director, Academic Advising and RPC
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, Senior 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 Advisor
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.
Jacquee De Jesus, Academic Advisor
Jacquee is driven by a passionate belief in life-long learning and optimism. She gets excited about sharing tools and resources that serves as inspiration and helps make our lives easier. Jacquee is a two-time graduate of UNLV. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Linguistic Studies) with a minor in Anthropology in 2009 while coincidentally developing a fondness for the college and campus environment. This fondness lead Jacquee to apply to graduate school and she earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Leadership) in 2011. She’s also worked in a number of locations on campus and in a variety of positions as a student employee, graduate assistant, and full-time staff. Jacquee is delighted to work with the students of UNLV as they explore majors, careers, and everything the campus has to offer.
Jennifer Czajkowski, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Marriage Family, Child Therapy. Jennifer started her career in Higher Education in 2008 in San Diego. Her husband’s job moved them to Las Vegas in 2013 where she started working at UNLV as an Academic Coordinator with The Center for Academic Education and Outreach until 2019. Jennifer is thrilled to be working with the Academic Success Center and advising First Year students. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband, two children, trail running, and traveling to the beach.
Nicholas Hainesworth, Academic Advisor
Nicholas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and has three years of teaching experience, two of which were with the Clark County School District. He holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education, with a concentration in Leadership for Student Success. Nicholas has always possessed a strong desire to work with students to positively impact both their academic and personal success. He aspires to assist students with making a smooth transition into college and to guide them on their path to degree attainment. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
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:
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.
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.
Mary A. Martin, Senior Academic Advisor
Mary Martin is originally from Orange County, CA where she continues to spend her summers even after moving to Las Vegas, NV in 1987. She started her studies at UNLV in 1992, and has completed a B.A. in Physical Anthropology, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership, and an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health counseling. Mary Martin has over 20 years experience working in Higher Education and recently returned to UNLV after being a licensed therapist for the last 5 years, where she continues to keep her counseling licensure in both Idaho and Nevada. Mary Martin also teaches BUS 103- Business Connections First Year Seminar for the Lee Business School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, journaling, making art and spending time with her husband and their cat ‘Gryffin’.
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.
Stephen Sumner, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
A native of rural North Carolina, Stephen earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering (Spring '96) from North Carolina State University as a Caldwell Fellow and his M.S. in Engineering (Fall '19) from the University of Arkansas. Stephen comes to UNLV with 23 years of technology and business leadership experience in the semiconductor industry, most of which was in Japan as Stephen is bilingual in Japanese and English. Looking to repatriate to the US and inspired by his 10+ years of volunteering as a coach, mentor, and tutor for both high school and university students, Stephen is now part of the First Year Advising team placed in the Lee Business School where he is able to pursue full time his passion for student advocacy and helping every student achieve their potential despite their circumstances. Stephen is excited to add the Rebel Scarlet to his Wolfpack Red and Razorback Cardinal collection of red team apparel!
Jason Kantrowitz, Academic Advisor
Jason Kantrowitz was born and raised in the California Bay Area but relocated to Las Vegas from Milwaukee, WI in 2020. He earned his BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and his MA in Counseling from the University of San Diego. Over his 20+ year career in student services, Jason has worked at UCLA, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Tashauna Stewart, Academic Advisor
Tashauna was born and raised on the beautiful island nation of Jamaica. In 2009, she moved to the U.S and has lived in Las Vegas since then. She earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019 and then her M.Ed in Counseling, Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University in 2021. As a first-generation student, a student of color, and an immigrant, Tashauna is passionate and dedicated to serving students who hold similar and other identities along their college journey. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and doing zumba.
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 is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Development Reading. Prior to moving to Las Vegas Ed taught and coached for 33 years in upstate New York. Ed moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and began working at UNLV in 2003. He worked in the registrar’s office from April 2003 until November of 2007 when he became an advisor in the College of Education. In 2011 Ed became the interim director of the Education Advising Center and in the spring of 2012 became director. Ed assisted in the restructuring of the advising center to the Education Student Services Center. His 50 years of work in education has been very beneficial to the Education Student Services Center. Ed enjoys watching football, fishing, exercising, going to the movies, traveling, and spending time with his wife and daughters.
Lauren Layton, Associate Director
Lauren started her journey as an Academic Advisor at UNLV in August 2012. An upstate New York native, Lauren graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2009 where she earned her bachelor's 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 an M.Ed. in Counselor Education, Student Affairs. Lauren's professional background includes experience in new student and first-year initiatives, campus and student success programming, student conduct, admissions and recruitment, career services, and academic advising. Lauren is excited and extremely grateful to be a part of the Rebel family and UNLV advising community, and takes great pride in supporting, encouraging, and motivating all UNLV students as they pursue their personal, academic and professional goals. Outside of the office, you will most likely find Lauren with friends and family, at the pool, cooking, exploring podcasts or different masterclasses on her treasured Calm app, or traveling!
Monica Moreno, Assistant Director
Monica Moreno is originally from Orange County, 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 her Master’s of Education in Higher Education in May 2018. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and shopping for anything related to home decor.
Amber Davis, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Amber Davis is originally from San Diego, California and relocated to the Los Angeles area to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). After graduating from CSUN Amber moved to Las Vegas to begin her Master’s degree in Special Education at UNLV. During her final year of the program Amber began teaching English and Resource classes at a high school within Clark County School District, which only strengthened her passion for education. Amber has completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and has begun duties as an Academic Advisor for First Year Programs within the College of Education. She enjoys taking Zumba classes and spending time with her family and friends outside of work.
Kristin Della Sala, Assistant Director for Alternative Route to Licensure and Field Placement
Kristin Della Sala is originally from 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. Kristin started working at UNLV in 2016 as an Academic Advisor in Lee Business School and joined the College of Education’s Education Student Services Center team in November 2018. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and exploring new places.
Jessica Ogens, Senior 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 plans to complete her Master's as well. 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.
College of Engineering
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-Noon and 1-5 p.m.
Monday: 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday: 1:30-3 p.m. only
Friday: 9-11:30 a.m. only
*Please call ahead as this schedule is subject to change based on advisor availability.
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Engineering advising center based on their major:
Chris Parker: Entertainment Engineering and Design and Entertainment Technology and Design
Aline Lopes: Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science (Last Name: S-Z)
Miles Boulton: Mechanical Engineering
Kane Toomer: Computer Science (Last Name: A-R)
Carlene Hart: Civil Engineering and Construction Management
Chris Parker, Director of Advising and College of Engineering Scholarship Coordinator
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, Associate 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, Assistant Director
Miles Boulton was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He has completed both a Master's in Business Administration and a Bachelor's in Psychology from UNLV. Miles has worked in a variety of offices around campus, such as the Provost's Office, the Department of Continuing Education, and multiple advising centers. He has a passion for helping students reach their goals and loves hearing about what his students accomplish after graduation. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, getting lost in a good book, attempting to cook food without burning it, and traveling the world. You can often find him cheering for the Rebels at various sporting events and displaying his pride for scarlet and gray.
Aline Lopes, Academic Advisor
Aline Lopes grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology, an M. Ed., and an MBA from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. Aline joined UNLV from the College of Southern Nevada where she served as an Academic Advisor and Success Coach. Before joining CSN, Aline also worked for Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas as an Academic Advisor, along with teaching English as a Second Language courses through EFC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division. In previous lives, Aline has played and coached soccer, worked in athletics operations as well as marketing and communications. In her spare time, Aline binge-watches anime.
John Robles, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
John Robles is a Southern California native, who earned his bachelor's degree in communication studies with a minor in marketing from UNLV in 2012. John began his career in higher education as an Enrollment Advisor with the University of Phoenix in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to joining the College of Engineering advising center, John worked as a Financial Aid Counselor and Process Analyst in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UNLV. Outside of advising, John enjoys attending live sporting events especially Runnin’ Rebels and Los Angeles Lakers games.
Carlene Hart, Academic Advisor
Carlene was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Management at San Diego State University. Throughout her undergrad, Carlene was a student worker in the SDSU Housing Office, and this is where her love for working in higher education began. When her husband accepted a Civil Engineering position in Las Vegas in 2019, they relocated and Carlene began her journey at UNLV as an Administrative Assistant at the Engineering Advising Center (so she may already be a familiar face!) She is excited to be a part of the Rebel family and start on her path as an Academic Advisor! Outside of the office, Carlene loves cooking and baking, spending time with her family, traveling with her husband, exploring new places to eat, and playing with their dog, Dash.
Kane Toomer, Academic Advisor
Kane Toomer is the Computer Science Academic Advisor for the College of Engineering. He is a UNLV Alum and Las Vegas native who majored in Public Administration. He has a love for horology, politics and software development and hopes to one day start his own tech company.
College of Fine Arts
Advising Center Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment
Open advising hours vary by major. Please visit our webpage for specific hours of availability
Students are assigned to an academic advisor at the College of Fine Arts advising center based on their major:
Graphic Design, Studio Art, Art History, Dance: Kristie Berthelotte
Architecture: Leann Karr
Music, Theater: Rochelle Walker
Film: Stacey Shapin
First Year students (all majors): Ryan Ziegler
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.
Ryan Ziegler, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Ryan was born and raised in Ohio where he earned his B.A. in Biomedical Humanities and a minor in Philosophy at Hiram College. Ryan moved to Las Vegas in July 2017 and later that year joined UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach as a counselor for their Upward Bound Math and Science Center. During his two years at CAEO Ryan has helped hundreds of local students pursue their dreams of higher education at UNLV and many other institutions. As the College of Fine Arts First Year Advisor Ryan is eager to meet each first year student and help them make their first year as a Rebel a successful and meaningful experience. When he isn’t engaging with his students Ryan likes to indulge in his many personal interests, including most things geeky or nerdy such as reading, anime, film, musicals, Star Wars, board games, and coffee.
Jack Kelly, Academic Advisor
Jack grew up in Minnesota, earning his B.A. at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities before moving to North Carolina, where he completed his Master’s at UNC-Wilmington. Prior to joining Fine Arts Advising at UNLV, he worked in Admissions at the University of Minnesota and ran the MAPS office at Western Carolina University, overseeing independent student support and advising along with summer learning communities. Jack is passionate about helping remove barriers to student access and success and is excited to work with Rebel students to help meet and exceed their academic and professional goals. Outside of work, Jack enjoys hanging out with his son Fox, climbing big rocks, reading widely, and playing banjo.
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!
David Jackson, Associate Director
David Jackson joined the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center in Spring 2020. He has worked at UNLV since 2003, with previous stops at the Office of Admissions and Student-Athlete Academic Services. David earned both of his degrees from Texas Tech University; a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems in 2001, and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration in 2002. Although David's academic background is in I.T. and education, he comes from a family of medical & health professionals (EMT, surgeon, nurse, dietitian). He looks forward to supporting future health professionals in the DHS Advising Center at UNLV. David is a Vegas Golden Knights super fan and is excited to welcome the Raiders to Las Vegas.
Jeremy Meronuck, Senior 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.
Maria Aladjova, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Maria came to UNLV in 2004 to join the UNLV Rebels Volleyball team. During her four years, she performed outstandingly both on the court and in the classroom. She graduated with Bachelors of A in Psychology with two minors, in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Human Services. She continued her professional career as a volleyball player in Europe. In 2016, she was offered to a Graduate Assistantship as an Academic Advisor working for the Student-Athlete Academic Services. During her 3 years as Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor, Maria helped her teams gradually improve their academic performance and in Fall 2016 we reached our goal of having a team GPA over 3.0. Maria graduated with a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Maria has always been a true Rebel at heart seeking various opportunities to get involved with the University. While pursuing her Masters and working as a Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor, she also obtained a Mentorship Certificate and a Teaching Certificate offered through the UNLV Graduate College. In addition, she also served as a Graduate Ambassador representing the UNLV Graduate College at various on-campus events. Furthermore, she completed the Post-Master’s Career Pathways Program offered in collaboration by the UNLV Graduate college and the Career Services. Her selfless dedication did not go unnoticed and she was awarded the UNLV Graduate College Medallion. The Academic Success Center also recognized her tireless efforts and elected her for the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Employee.
Today Maria has joined the team of professional at the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center as a First-Year Academic Advisor, working mainly with the first-year students.
Jaime Carbajal, RPC Coordinator
Jaime earned his B.A. in Sociology and his M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona and will soon earn his Ph.D. in Higher Education from UNLV. He has served UNLV students in various roles since 2011 within the following departments: the Admissions Office; Financial and Scholarships; Engineering Advising Center; Academic Success Center; the College of Education and is now the RPC Coordinator for the Division of Health Sciences Advising Center. Jaime brings a strong passion for helping students navigate the college experience while supporting diversity and inclusion at the university level. When away from campus, Jaime enjoys listening to EDM music, playing video games, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Cody Grunwald, Academic Advisor
Hello, my name is Cody Grunwald and I’ve been an Academic Advisor with UNLV’s Health Sciences Advising Center since March 2021. Originally, I’m from Central Florida and completed my Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Psychology and my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy at the University of North Florida in 2017. After completing my undergraduate education, I came to UNLV to pursue a Master of Education in Higher Education while working as a building coordinator for UNLV’s Housing Department. I obtained my M.Ed in higher Education in 2019 and since then have used my education to give back to the UNLV community by doing all I can to serve its students. When I’m not at work, I like to pass the time by playing video games, spending time with my dog, and pursuing my creative interests!
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.
Allison McSwain, Academic Advisor
A native of South Carolina, Allison joins DHS Advising after serving UNLV’s campus in roles with the Academic Success Center, Lee Business School, and Office of Admissions. She has a passion for working with students to help them identify their best paths and strategies for success, and is committed to UNLV and the Las Vegas community.
Allison holds degrees in accounting from Furman University and Western Carolina University, as well as a Master’s in Music from UNLV. She is currently pursuing her DMA in Trumpet Performance at UNLV.
Outside of work, Allison plays trumpet with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoys traveling, trying new foods, watching everything on Netflix, and playing with her dogs.
Christina Molina, Academic Advisor
Christina was raised in Las Vegas and is a proud UNLV alum, having earned her B.A. in Anthropology and her M.Ed. in Higher Education as of May 2021. Prior to joining the DHS Advising Center, Christina held various student-centered positions throughout UNLV. She has a special interest in the retention, progression, and completion of underrepresented undergraduate students. As an Academic Advisor she intends to facilitate student success by providing valuable resources and knowledge. She is eager to be working with students in the Health Sciences and helping them achieve their academic goals.
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 – Engineering & Health Sciences
Derek Sommer – Business, Education, Hospitality, Liberal Arts
Allison Garcia Potain – TBA
Samantha Hilton – Exploring & Sciences
Alice Hastings – Fine Arts & 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.
Derek Sommer, Associate Director
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”.
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
Alice Hastings, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Originally from Washington State, Alice (pronouns: they/them) holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Gonzaga University, where they were a proud member of Gonzaga’s Honors Program. They recently earned their MFA from UNLV’s Creative Writing program, with a focus on poetry and creative nonfiction. During this time, they had the opportunity to work closely with first-year students as an instructor and tutor. They are passionate about the first-year experience and are committed to providing holistic guidance to ensure students meet their personal, academic, and career goals. In their free time, Alice enjoys painting, writing surrealist stories, and playing with their two cats.
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.
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.
Daniel Abeleda, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Originally from California, Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Azusa Pacific University in 2016 and his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Leadership from Tiffin University in 2018. Before coming to UNLV, Daniel previously worked as an Admissions Counselor at Tiffin University for over 2 years. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys going on road trips, playing intramural sports and watching his favorite sports teams.
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.
Michael Terry, Assistant Director
Michael Terry has worked in higher education in various capacities, beginning with his time as an undergraduate peer tutor in 2002. Some of his other higher ed roles include tutor coordinator, instructor, advisor, and advising administrator. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Arkansas, his master’s degree in American Studies from Utah State University, and his master’s of public administration from the University of Wyoming. Michael is a curious person who enjoys engaging with ideas in books, conversations, podcasts, film, art, and theater. He also loves spending time outdoors, camping and hiking with his family and close friends.
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 Medina, Senior Academic Advisor
Alysse Medina joined the UNLV community in 2016 and has been working in higher education for 15 years. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Alysse earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University. In her free time, Alysse has a passion for international travel, exploring new restaurants with her husband, and watching everything Bravo.
Debbie Pattni, RPC Coordinator
Debbie was a Senior Academic Advisor, COLA 100e part-time instructor, the High School Dual Enrollment Advisor, and a Graduate Assistant Academic Success Coach all in the Academic Success Center before joining the College of Liberal Arts. She was the NACADA Region 9 Excellence in Advising winner for 2019. Her undergraduate degrees: Interamerican Studies and Business Administration/Marketing were both from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she also met her husband of nearly 30 years – Manny! Debbie completed three Masters degrees at UNLV: MBA & Hotel Management ’06, and Higher Education ’16. Debbie has three children – all Rebels! As a first- generation college student, Debbie believes everyone who wants to be successful in college will make it happen with the right help and advice. Se habla español.
Zoe Terico, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Zoe Terico is the academic advisor for First Year Programs within the College of Liberal Arts. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education. She joined the Wilson Advising Center after being employed as a work-study student and School Certifying Official for UNLV’s Military and Veteran Services Center. Prior to working for the university, she served on active duty Air Force which brought her to Las Vegas where she was stationed at Nellis AFB in 2014. Growing up in a military family and being military herself, she is familiar with transition, resiliency and adapting to new environments which she hopes to help her Freshman students with.
Kelsie Gunderson, Academic Advisor
Kelsie is a first-generation college graduate and proud UNLV alumna, receiving her bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in leadership and civic engagement in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate career, Kelsie has actively pursued career paths and educational opportunities that allowed her to become directly involved with diverse student growth, well-being and success such as a Resident Assistant and Mentor for UNLV Housing, Executive Council for her Panhellenic chapter in UNLV Greek Life, and contributed to conversations and planning for various student diversity panels and social justice events on campus. Continuing her passion, Kelsie has joined the Wilson Advising Center team this year to connect further with students and assist them with reaching their academic goals, validating their concerns and investing in their future endeavors. Kelsie is happiest when she is out in nature exploring new places, spending time with friends and family, reading books and learning something new!
College of Sciences
Advising Center Hours
All admitted students in the College of Sciences are encouraged to meet with an advisor once each semester by calling 702-895-2077 to schedule an appointment, emailing their questions to email@example.com, or stopping by in-person during drop-in hours (Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.).
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the advising center by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow up to 48 business hours for a response.
A native of Central Illinois, Megan Hullinger earned a BA in Speech Communication and an MS in Technology from Eastern Illinois University. Megan joined the UNLV community in 2008 and currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Undergraduate Programs in the College of Sciences. She is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at UNLV, with an emphasis on education policy.
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, RPC Coordinator
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 in the College of Sciences, Kevin worked at UNLV as the Publicity & Graphic Design Coordinator for Student Involvement & Activities. 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 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.
Huston Green, Academic Advisor
Huston Green is a proud native of Las Vegas and graduated from UNLV in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has been a member of the UNLV community as a full-time employee since 2015. Prior to becoming an academic advisor, Huston worked in various roles in public and academic libraries - including at the Lied Library on the UNLV campus. In her spare time, Huston enjoys reading, traveling, binge-watching 90s shows, collecting foreign currency, and attending UNLV events (Barrick Lecture series, Festival of Communities, etc).
Leah Morales, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Leah Morales was raised as a military brat throughout her whole life. She lived in Japan on and off for the first twelve years before moving to Reno, Nevada, where she attended high school and undergrad. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with BA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English before moving to Las Vegas to attend UNLV’s Master’s program for Higher Education. Before becoming an advisor, she was a graduate assistant with the Academic Success Center Coaching Spot and before coming to Las Vegas she taught high school English. Leah enjoys watching students grow and succeed both in and outside of the classroom. Outside of work, Leah is an avid rock climber. She loves live concerts, food, and considers herself a lifelong explorer.
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, Assistant Director
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.
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 Yasukochi, Senior RPC Advisor
Janelle Yasukochi 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!
Eric Michael, Academic Advisor, First Year Programs
Eric Michael is an academic advisor at the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Advising Center focusing on first-year students. He was born in a small Oklahoma town but grew up in the big city of Las Vegas. He received his undergraduate degree from UNLV in Criminal Justice and came back for the Masters Program a year later. This is when he discovered his passion for higher education by advising students as a Graduate Assistant. His other passions are spending time with his wife, daughter, and two cats, eating good food, and watching professional e-sports.
UNLV/CSN Transfer Program
Le Quanda Cole, Director, UNLV/CSN Transfer Program
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 Senior Transition Advisor
Janet Hollinger (Pronouns: she, her and hers) has been with the Transfer Program since 2013. Before that, she advised for the UNLV College of Sciences for 8 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Integrative and Organismal Biology from UNLV, and an MAEd in Natural Science & Environmental Education from Hamline University. She is Chair of the Adult Learner Advisory Board commission, a member of the Advising Council of UNLV, and a member of the UNLV Creates planning team. She is an avid fan of the Vegas Golden Knights (go Knight go!) and the US Women's National Soccer Team. Her eldest daughter has an AA and AAS from CSN and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UNLV. Her younger daughter double-majored at Hamline University in MN, and received her DPT from Franklin Pierce University.
Anam Qadir, UNLV Senior Transition Advisor
Anam has been in higher education for over twelve years and has been an academic advisor since 2014. She graduated with a BS in Biology and a BA in Psychology and completed her Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. 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 campus departments. 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. She loved her college years and now she loves working with college students. Anam is passionate about working with diverse student populations including, students of color, LGBTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, DACA students, undocumented students, non-traditional students, Military Veterans, and English-language learners. 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.
Arosha Meegoda, UNLV Senior Transition Advisor
Arosha Meegoda is a first-year academic advisor originally from Sri Lanka but moved to Las Vegas with his family when he was seven years old. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada Reno School of Business and his master’s at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Health Sciences. Arosha’s interest in working with students first began while working as a substitute teacher for Clark County’s School District and has expanded from there. He enjoys discussing academic plans with students and thrives on supporting students during their higher education journey. He understands the importance of academic advising, especially now when more than ever, both the cost and value of a college education are being questioned. Being a first-generation college student, Arosha also understands the various obstacles and hurdles these specific students will face as they navigate their college careers. In response, Arosha has made a commitment to himself and the students he works with to being educated and active in discussions about the future of advising and the UNLV campus so that he can provide effective advising sessions that will help students transferring to UNLV be put on the path to receiving a high-quality experience out of their education. During his spare time, Arosha likes to spend time with his dog, teaching her new tricks, playing video games with his friends, or practice playing the guitar. He is ecstatic to begin his career as a transition advisor and is ready to help you make your transition over to UNLV as seamless as possible!
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!
Melyssa Barrera, Senior Advisor
Melyssa is currently a Senior Advisor in the Pre-Professional Advising Center at UNLV. She has been with UNLV since 2016, and previously served as a Program Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life in the office of Student Involvement & Activities. Melyssa is from Idaho, and has earned a B.A. in English from the University of Idaho (Go Vandals!), and an M.Ed in Leadership in Higher Education from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!). She is a first-generation college student and is passionate about helping students find community on campus. When she's not at work, Melyssa enjoys spending time with her dog, baking, and traveling. She has a goal of one day visiting all 50 states, and setting foot on all 7 continents! Melyssa is proud to be part of the Rebel family and looks forward to continuing to serve UNLV's students.
Rosalyn Jimenez, Senior Advisor
Currently serving as a Senior Advisor in the Pre-Professional Advising Center, Rosalyn is ready to share all the knowledge and tools she’s picked up on her ten year adventure working in higher education. As an alum of UNLV (B.A. in English), she is excited to give back to her Rebel Fam by guiding her students towards success in their educational journeys while also fueling their inner fire to flourish as individuals. In her spare time, Rosalyn enjoys travel hacking, finding great food spots around town, learning new things about anything and everything (just in case), and spending quality time with her younger sisters.