AcCESS Staff


Jess Tuck Director Jess E. Tuck, Ph.D.
Director, AcCESS Program & Title III Project Director
(561) 297-2072
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Dr. Jess E. Tuck was appointed Director of the AcCESS Program & Project Director of FAU's U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant in October 2010. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with University Advising Services. Dr. Tuck’s experience began at FAU in 2003 advising freshmen and sophomores with undeclared majors, providing guidance to students through developmental advising strategies. Dr. Tuck received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from FAU, where his dissertation topic was Students' preference for online versus face-to-face academic advising based on individual learning styles. He received a M.Ed. in Counselor Education, also from FAU. Dr. Tuck attended SUNY Plattsburgh and holds a B.A. in Sociology.

Abdula Newman
Assistant Director, Academic Advising & IT Support
AcCESS Academic Advisor
(561) 297-2016
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Abdula is originally from The Bahamas and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting from Florida Metropolitan University and Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, Abdula holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Abdula has been working at FAU since 2001 in academic advising and previously worked as a Coordinator of Academic Programs in the office of Freshman Academic Advising Services. While Abdula enjoys assisting students with course selections and adjusting to college life his hobbies/interests include traveling, technology, reading, theater, and music. 

Michele Rios, M.Ed.
AcCESS Academic Advisor
(561) 297-6845
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Before joining the AcCESS team, Michele worked in University Advising Services, the Office of Admissions, Housing and Residential Life, and was an Orientation Leader.  Michele earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Public Communications with a Certificate in Women Studies, and also received her Master's of Education in Higher Education here at FAU.  Michele is a Florida native and loves to travel, spend time outdoors in nature, and is an artist and yoga instructor.

Angel Nevin, M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Get Wise
AcCESS Academic Advisor
(561) 297-3962

Fax: (561) 297-3132

Angel is a proud owl! She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She enjoyed her time at FAU so much she is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from FAU. Angel’s specialty is in academic support services and programs. She teaches in a freshman learning community every year and enjoys watching students adjust to and excel in college. Personally, Angel loves to cook for her friends and family. She has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband. She enjoys spending time with her family and is even happier if that time is at the beach!

Below please find additional individuals and resources dedicated to assisting AcCESS students.

Career Development Center

Melanie E. Adams, M.S., GCDF
AcCESS Career Counselor
(561) 297-3533

SU 220
Melanie Adams is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and has been working as a Career Counselor at the FAU Career Development Center since June 2013. Melanie received her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University. While at FIU, Melanie worked in the Career Services Office and managed the walk-in advising program, as well as, the Executive Protégé Initiative, a career focused professional development organization for undergraduate and graduate students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.  During her time at FGCU, she worked at the Career Development Center as the Marketing and Special Events Assistant where she helped coordinate career fairs and assisted with the offices employer relations, and marketing efforts.
Melanie is be available to see AcCESS students for career counseling by appointment by calling 561-297-3533. When you go to the Career Development Center or call for an appointment make sure to ask to meet with “Melanie.” In Addition, an AcCESS Career Advisor is also available during same-day career advising every Monday-Thursday from 1 - 4 p.m.---no appointment necessary, simply drop in and ask for “the AcCESS Career Advisor.”

Chelsea Kaplan
AcCESS Career Advisor
(561) 297-3533
SU 220

Chelsea Kaplan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Communications and a minor in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, she was very involved with Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach where she held a fellowship for the “Ask Big Questions” program. This program was designed to join diverse students together on campus to discuss life’s “big questions”. As a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, Chelsea participated in many community service projects throughout South Florida. She continues her community service involvement with her Synagogue, raising money for The American Cancer Society. She is currently the Director of Outreach and an Educator at Temple Beth Chai’s Religious School. Chelsea is pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Leadership program at FAU. She was born and raised in South Florida. 

Chelsea will be available to see AcCESS students for career advising during same-day career advising every Monday-Thursday from 1 – 4 p.m. ---no appointment necessary, simply drop in and ask for the “AcCESS Career Advisor.” In addition, you can make an appointment by calling 561-297-3533. When you go to the Career Development Center or call for an appointment make sure to ask to meet with an “AcCESS Career Advisor.”

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