Assistant Director, Senior Academic Advisor
Education: BA in English; MPS in Literacy; MS in Educational Leadership and Supervision.
Academic Path: My academic path is something I look back on fondly, however, it has not directly correlated with my career. My degrees afforded me a unique and extremely useful set of skills that I have built upon to fit my career choices. I have chosen a career in higher education as I enjoy assisting students with their academic and career trajectories.
Specialty Area: New Student Services
Hobbies and Interests: Running, yoga, cooking, traveling, home projects and spending time with family
Coordinator of Academic Success Outreach Initiatives, Senior Academic Advisor
Caseload: A-P Exploratory Transitions
Education: BA in Women's Studies (minor in Anthropology), University of Rochester; MS in Student Personnel Administration, Buffalo State College; MS in Higher Education, University of Rochester
Academic Path: I started college as an economics major! I wanted to be a business woman. Worked in retail after graduating from college and decided I really wanted to get back into the college environment—both for school and my career!
Specialty Area: Freshman Intervention Initiative; students transitioning from School of Engineering (or just transitioning students); CPM203: Academic Success Strategies Instructor and Finish in 4
Hobbies and Interests: Parenting, skiing, biking, traveling
Senior Academic Advisor
Caseload: C, D, J, R-X and Q, R, S Exploratory Transitions
Education: BS in Business Studies, Empire State College; MA in Humanities with a concentration in Children's Literature and Creative Writing, University at Buffalo.
Academic Path: Commercial art to business
Specialty Area: Non-matriculated student services, Second Chance Program
Hobbies and Interests: On Wednesday evenings during the semester, you can find me at the Newman Center (UB’s Catholic Ministry) cooking dinner for over 200 students that come for a free home-cooked meal. The food is delicious! I currently have a love bird that is super spoiled (she’s a rescue) and truly has a great life in my home. I also am growing a business for which I make and create dog apparel (jackets, pajamas, bow ties and bandanas), as well as aprons and purses. I travel to Chicago and Los Angeles quite frequently to visit my two artistic children who currently live in those cities.
Coordinator, Prehealth Advising Senior Academic Advisor
Caseload: A, G
Education: BA in Math with Secondary Education Certification, Geneseo; MSW in Social Work, UB; MS in Student Personnel Administration, Buffalo State College.
Academic Path: Growing up, I was often encouraged to go into teaching and I frequently helped my friends with math, which is how I decided on math education without looking at any other options. However, within the first year of a full-time teaching job, I realized it wasn’t for me. I wanted to help students outside of the classroom so I went into social work. I worked with a variety of age groups before choosing to narrow my focus to college students. It took some trial and error for me to figure it out, as is common for many people, but I know I am now in the right place.
Specialty Area: Prehealth
Hobbies and Interests: I love reading, music, movies, and most things that fall under the category of “geeky,” especially comic books and sci-fi.
Senior Academic Advisor
Caseload: B, I, L-Q, Z and T, U, V Exploratory Transitions
Education: BA in Political Science; MA in College Student Personnel
Academic Path: I began my academic career wanting to go into forestry because I am concerned for the environment and liked the idea of working outdoors. After taking a couple of introductory geology courses, I considered that major. In the end, I realized that my abilities and interests were stronger in the areas of political science and history.
Specialty Area: Pre-Law Advising
Hobbies and Interests: Photography, ice hockey, history, travel
Prehealth Advisor, Senior Academic Advisor
Prehealth Committee Coordinator
Caseload: E, H, Y and W-Z Exploratory Transitions
Education: BA Applied Music & Journalism, BS Audio/Radio Production, SUNY Fredonia; EdM Higher Education Administration, MM in Music Performance, University at Buffalo; Broadcast Meteorology Certificate, Mississippi State University.
Academic Path: When I began my academic career in 2010, I was a music education major hoping to secure a teaching job. I quickly realized that I had other passions than music and decided to pursue those as well. My path has taken me to a variety of disciplines including media, music, writing, education and the nonprofit sector. I am continuing my education at UB with the idea of pursuing a doctorate degree in the near future.
Specialty Area: Administrative support for the Prehealth Committee, Prehealth advising services, and new student registration
Hobbies and Interests: Performing with local orchestras, trying out local restaurants, rooting for the Buffalo Bills and weather forecasting
Coordinator of Advising Operations and Resources, Senior Academic Advisor
Caseload: F, K
Education: BA in Psychology/Health & Human Services-Early Childhood Concentration, University at Buffalo; EdM in School Counseling, University at Buffalo
Academic Path: I came to UB intending to be a business major because I thought that was the route students took when undecided on a career path. However, I received my first semester schedule and saw that I would be taking economics, so I immediately decided that I no longer wanted to pursue a business degree. I always had an interest in human behavior and why people do what they do, therefore, I decided to pursue psychology as a major. I eventually supplemented the social sciences interdisciplinary major with the health & human services concentration–early childhood track, and decided that I wanted to go to graduate school after completing my bachelor’s degree. I went to UB for school counseling with the intent to be a high school counselor. During graduate school, I worked as a graduate assistant academic advisor and discovered my true passion for helping students navigate their academic curriculum at UB.
Specialty Area: Prehealth
Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two small children, exploring the world through their eyes.
Director of Academic Advising
Education: BA English, Canisius College; MS Rehabilitation Counseling.
Academic Path: I pursued an undergraduate degree in English because I greatly enjoy creative writing and reading about all kinds of people and their life stories. This avid interest in people’s memoirs and history led me to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, with a particular interest in wanting to work with people with disabilities. As an academic advisor, I greatly enjoy working with students and inspiring students to consider all of the possibilities that their lives can bring.
Specialty Area: Working with exploratory students and campus-wide projects.
Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and son. I like playing all sports, especially running, soccer and Tae Kwon Do. I love to watch movies, write, travel, and particularly read autobiographies.
Director, Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center
Education: BA in Communication; EdM in Counseling and & Educational Psychology-College Student Personnel.
Academic Path: I selected communication as my undergraduate major and was intending on pursuing a PhD in this area. I was accepted to doctoral programs, but I discovered that I truly liked the student support side of academic life and changed my graduate focus. I am inspired each and every day by UB exploratory and prehealth students (through my former position of 20 years) who work so hard toward amazing accomplishments.
Specialty Area: Formerly prehealth advising (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, pre-chiropractic, pre-veterinary, pre-podiatry, pre-PA) and now directing the Center.
Hobbies and Interests: I love to travel, volunteer and am advocate for animals, especially shelter/rescue dogs (Siberian Huskies). I have a strong interest in financial literacy (as well as the psychology of money/behaviors surrounding money) and imparting this knowledge to others.