THE UNIVERSITY ADVISING SERVICES TEAM

Deborah is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and serves as the liaison for the College of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The Florida State University (Go Noles!) and completed her Masters of Science in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Some of her previous experiences working in higher education include Institutional Advancement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Career Development. Outside of the office, you can find her enjoying a sunny day at the beach, reading nonfiction, or spending time with family and friends.
EMAIL: dackerman@fau.edu

Jenny is a Coordinator of Academic Programs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from College of Charleston, and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from The Citadel Graduate College of South Carolina. She is currently working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to joining UAS she worked in the areas of experiential education and career services, leadership and ethics, international student services, counseling and substance abuse, and institutional research. Jenny is very excited to be a part of the UAS and FAU family during this transitional phase. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, being involved with sports, and exploring South Florida!

EMAIL: jcoisson2012@fau.edu

Christian is a Coordinator of Academic Support Services and serves as the liaison to the College of Business, Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence, and Veterans Affairs. Christian received his Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University. Prior to joining UAS, he worked as a Graduate Assistant with Student-Athlete Academic Services at Florida State University while earning his Master of Science in Higher Education. In his spare time, you can find Christian keeping active as he enjoys playing a variety of sports.
EMAIL: cdecle@fau.edu

Mary Downing is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and works with retention and academic intervention programs and liaison to the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Before joining the University Advising Services team, she worked in higher education serving students in a variety of areas, such as: student accounts, student jobs, residence life and housing, and was an Adjunct Instructor. Mary Downing earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Belhaven University and received her Master of Arts in Higher Education from Geneva College. In her free time, Mary Downing enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and finding great local places to eat.
EMAIL:  mforester@fau.edu

Roy is a Coordinator of Academic Programs. Roy earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Ohio Northern University. He then earned his Masters of Education in College Affairs Administration from The University of West Florida. Before working at FAU, Roy was a 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher for 3 years, worked in Disability Services for his Graduate Assistantship, and served as an Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life for 1 year. In his spare time, Roy loves running, watching any, every, and all types of professional sports, playing fantasy baseball, and experiencing beautiful South Florida with his 2 year old husky mix, Crash.

EMAIL: kaplanr@fau.edu

Jordan came to Florida Atlantic University in her third year of undergrad as a transfer student, from where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and New Media Studies. After receiving her degree, she worked in Television post-production for three years and realized that it was not her life's passion, so she returned to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership. While working towards her Masters degree she gained experience working with New Student Orientation, Student Leadership programs, Greek Life, Student Conduct Board and Academic Advising. Helping students is where her passion truly lies, and she is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs for University Advising Services. She is excited to work with students on a daily basis, and assist them in discovering their dreams and goals while in college and beyond. Outside of higher education she enjoys traveling, yoga, cheering for the FAU Owls and the Miami Heat. EMAIL: jknittel@fau.edu

Madison is a Coordinator of Academic Programs and serves as the liaison for the College of Engineering. Before joining the UAS team, she worked in the Office of International Programs while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication and her Master of Education in Multicultural Education. She also holds a certificate in Women Studies. Madison loves helping students achieve a rewarding and exciting academic career. In her spare time, Madison enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning about different cultures, traveling and being involved in the arts.
EMAIL: mmcshane@fau.edu

Nicole is a Coordinator of Academic Programs in University Advising Services. She joined UAS from the University of Oklahoma, where she spent two years working as a graduate assistant in the Prentice Gautt Academic Center while earning her Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Florida, developing a passion for advising, student affairs, and study abroad during her time there. In addition to these interests, Nicole also enjoys live theatre, books, movies, and travel.
EMAIL: nraymond2012@fau.edu

Amy is a Coordinator of Academic Programs. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from The Florida State University and her Master of Science in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining UAS at FAU, Amy worked in a variety of areas in higher education, such as: student leadership and civic engagement, career development, and student-athlete academic support services. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on her favorite sports teams!
EMAIL: astrachota@fau.edu

THE AcCESS TEAM

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!
EMAIL:  anevin@fau.edu   

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.
EMAIL:  mrios7@fau.edu   

Natasha is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and earned her Masters of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. Some of her previous experiences include Career Development and Housing and Residential Life. She also interned with University Advising Services. During her graduate studies, she discovered her passion for helping students obtain their educational goals. During her free time, Natasha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and exercising.
EMAIL: nbaptiste2013@fau.edu

Jamie is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Child Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Florida State University and a Master of Science degree in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining the UAS team Jamie worked in the areas of undergraduate academic advising and undergraduate transfer evaluation services. Outside of work Jamie enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, shopping at HomeGoods, and reading a good book.
EMAIL: failonij@fau.edu

Merideth is Associate Director of Students in Transition and Data Analysis and works as the liaison to the College of Design and Social Inquiry. Merideth received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University and worked for Freshman Academic Advising Services (now known as University Advising Services) as a graduate advisor in 2006 while pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology at FAU before becoming a full time staff member in 2007. Merideth graduated with her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership: Adult Community Education from FAU in 2011, and you may recognize her as "the voice" from the Registration Tutorial.
EMAIL: mdee1@fau.edu

Kirk started working part-time for Freshman Academic Advising Services (now known as University Advising Services) in 1989 while pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Master's Degree in Business Administration at FAU. Kirk is currently an Associate Director of Foundation & Associate Completion Specialist & Technology for University Advising Services. He is commonly known as the "office computer guru" for any software and hardware issues. His hobbies include traveling, computers, web designing, and involvement within the community through local non-profit organizations, and especially spending time with his wife and family of four daughters and one son. Kirk is the liaison to the Schmidt College of Science.
EMAIL: khammond@fau.edu

Liz was born and raised in western Pennsylvania and came to FAU via northern New York. She has 21 years of experience in higher education and six years of experience in community mental health. She holds two master degrees: Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Counseling Psychology from Slippery Rock University. In her spare time, Liz enjoys photography, traveling, and cooking. Liz the coordinator of the SLS 1503-Learning Strategies & Human Development class.
EMAIL: ekennedy@fau.edu

Naria is a Coordinator of Academic Programs with University Advising Services. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities at Florida Atlantic University. She then went on to the University of South Florida to pursue a Master of Education in College Student Affairs. While studying for her Masters degree she worked in the Office of Orientation where she gained experience in student leadership development. There she discovered her passion for the one on one interaction with students to help them succeed during their time in college. Naria is excited to be returning to her alma mater to share her own experience as an OWL and encourage students to engage and immerse themselves into Owl Nation. Outside of work Naria enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, cycling and outdoor adventures.
EMAIL: nmarti33@fau.edu

I would like to welcome all the first year students to FAU and all the upper class students back and for the warm welcome to campus you have extended to me. I am also brand new to FAU this September and am learning about the campus and resources.

I join you from Cincinnati Ohio and Miami University (of Ohio). I have 23 years of advising and retention experience working with students of all majors and backgrounds. First and foremost, I am a student advocate. In an effort to DISCOVER the campus and you, the students, I am living in a first year residence hall, Heritage Park Towers for this year.

Students often struggle with choosing a major when attending college. While the decision is important, it is not nearly as limiting as many students believe. Students fall into the trap of believing the myth that a major = a career in certain areas. For the majority of majors and careers, that = sign is not the case. In an effort to get to know you and to have an opportunity to talk with you about your DREAMS for your future and how best to DESIGN a path to reach it, I am extending a challenge. Stop by and introduce yourself and if you can guess my undergraduate degree and major, I will give the first student to get it correct a $50 gift card to the FAU bookstore. Good luck!
EMAIL: murrayj@fau.edu

Liana is a Coordinator of Academic Programs. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wake Forest University and her Master’s Degree in Science and Math Education from The College of Charleston. Prior to joining University Advising Services, Liana worked in higher education for over eight years in variety of areas including academic advising, extracurricular enrichment, pre-health advising, and career counseling. Additionally, Liana has prior experience teaching High School Chemistry and Physics. Liana enjoys helping students find their passions and assisting them to make the most out of their college experience. In her spare time, Liana enjoys spending time with friends and family and heading to the beach.
EMAIL: Liana Smith ( marysmith@fau.edu)

Assistant Director of The University Honors Program: The Honors Program at the Boca Raton Campus, she has over forty-five years of experience in the higher education system. 1967-1996, she served as the Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Social Science at FAU. She joined the Freshman Academic Advising Services team in 1996 (FAAS) now known as University Advising Services (UAS) and became the Assistant Director of University Honors Program in 1998. She received her degree from Westminster College in London, England. Hyacinth is also the liaison to the College of Nursing. Hyacinth enjoys spending time with her family husband and son Bryan. In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring, reading, gardening and traveling.
EMAIL: widemanh@fau.edu

THE ACCESS TEAM

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.
EMAIL:  anewman@fau.edu   

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.
EMAIL:  jtuck@fau.edu   

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