Ally Directory

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Name Title Department/Discipline Other Student Engagement
Abowitz, Rob Associate Director Office of Residence Life EcoReps, College Diabetes Network, Club Roller Hockey, and BOOM - Break Out of Miami advisor
Adkins, Ed.D., Monica Senior Assistant Director Student Success Center Bridges Scholars program advisor; UNV 171 course professor
Attaway, Sharon Director of Employer Relations Communication Arts Career counseling and job search assistanct
Auhagen, Alicia Copywriter/Editor University Communications and Marketing
Birkenhauer, Laura Student Success Librarian for Campus Engagement University Libraries
Boehm, Andrew Associate Director Undergraduate Admission Helping students find a successful path at Miami
Bonanno, Anne Academic Advisor Farmer School of Business FSB Ambassadors, Beta Gamma Sigma, FSB Global Studies, Passport and Bridges programs
Bonham, Mary Ben Associate Professor Architecture & Interior Design Interior design major lead advisor; net zero energy competition team advisor
Bragg, JS Assistant Director for Student Organizations Office of Student Activities SEAL Ambassadors, League of Geeks, Quidditch, MEGA, MWF, Charter Day Ball, Swing Syndicate
Branson, Christa Senior Academic Advisor College of Arts and Science Academic Advising
Bromberg, Shelly Jarrett Associate Professor/Director of Liberal Education Latin American Studies Undergraduate Summer Scholars
Coates, Rodney D. Professor Global and Intercultural Studies; Sociology Kappa Alpha Psi; FYRE
Cropenbaker, Brooke Spangler Associate Teaching Professor Psychology Big Brothers Big Sisters; Miami Barbelles
Dittmann, Chasity Learning Specialist/Coordinator of Special Programs Rinella Learning Center Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc.; EDL 260: Undergraduate Research mentorship
Duchesneau Spaulding, Kourtney Resident Director Office of Residence Life Advisor for Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and
Pancakes for Parkinsons
Frabotta, Richelle Director, Sexuality Education Studies Center FSW, Sexuality Education F-Word: Feminists Working On Real Democracy student organization
Friedman, Jim White Family Associate Clinical Professor of Creativity & Entrepreneurship Altman Institute of Entrepreneurship Faculty Advisor for Igoodea Creatives student-run creativity organization
Gibson, Katie Humanities Major Miami Libraries Library research support and instruction
Hahn, Chip Associate Clinical Professor (after July 1) Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) Undergraduate Summer Scholars (mentor); National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (advisor)
Haney, Patrick J. Professor/Associate Dean Political Science JANUS Forum
Hopkins, Dr. Ashley Senior Assistant Director Student Success Center Miami Firsts student organization
Howard, Tekeia Associate Director, Diversity Initiatives and On Demand Career Advising Journalism Student career advising, trip, and networking host; post-graduate planning advisor
Hutton, Lizzie Senior Academic Advisor College of Arts and Science Academic Advising
Jacobo, Jose Graduate Assistant of Emerson Hall Office of Residence Life Bridges, Pathways, and Miami Firsts LLCs; Orientation and Transition programs; Student Afffairs Graduate Association board member; Student Affairs and Higher Education program
Jeep, John M. Professor, German Studies GRAMELAC German National Honorary; Undergraduate Research
Karikari, Shamika Associate Director Residence Life Mentor
Kinney, Jennifer Professor of Gerontology Sociology and Gerontology Sigma Phi Omega; Undergraduate Research
Kuykendoll, Megan Instructor/e-Learning Coordinator Family Science and Social Work
Kuykendall, Tim Data & Planning Analyst, College of Arts & Science Systems Analysis
Lear, Christie L. Visiting Assistant Professor Architecture + Interior Design
Listhartke, Heather Graduate Teaching Assistant English Howe Writing Center consultant
Lowe, Tory Learning Specialist Rinella Learning Center Academic coach, advisor, and workshop leader
Lowery Bretz, Stacey University Distinguished Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry Undergraduate Research
Luongo, Margaret Associate Professor English/Creative Writing Dean's Scholars; Literary London internship program; Undergraduate Summer Scholars; Sigma Tau Delta
Mauk, Johnathon Assistant Teaching Professor English Undergraduate research
McLaughlin, Dr. Sara Assistant Professor Sociology & Gerontology First generation ally
Nesbit, TaraShea Assistant Professor English/Creative Writing Students for the Promotion of Writing; Undergraduate Summer Scholars
Nixon, Terry Professor Finance Delta Sigma Pi
Norris, Keisha Academic Advisor College of Engineering and Computing National Society of Black Engineers advisor
Obregon-Mantilla, Andres (Andy) Resident Director Residence Life, Office of UNIDOS student organization
O'Brien, Jennifer Director of Communications, Division of Student Life Division of Student Life Miami student life Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels
Craig Patrick Assistant Director of Marketing Center for Career Exploration & Success
Peterson, Kaara L. Associate Professor English Literature Dean's Scholars; Literary London internship program; Humanities Center Apprentices Program
Radina, Elise Professor/Chair Family Science and Social Work Project Kids Network; Kappa Delta; Alpha Delta Pi; Undergraduate Research
Ryan, Emily Coordinator of Planning & Communications Institute for Community Justice and Well-Being (EHS); Critical Whiteness Reading Group
Sherrill Sellers Professor and Associate Dean in College of Education, Health & Society Family Science & Social Work Undergraduate research opportunities
Sheumaker, Helen Associate Teaching Professor History, Global/Intercultural Studies (GIC) Phi Alpha Theta; Miami University History Association
Slotten, Carolyn Associate Teaching Professor Family Science and Social Work
Sparks, Lindsay Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Fan Engagement Intercollegiate Athletics Code Red Student Loyalty/Fan Group
Stoll Turton, Buffy Director Orientation and Transition Programs Advisor, Miami Women’s Ultimate Frisbee)
Swallow, Ryan Academic Coordinator Student-Athlete Academic Support Services
Tassoni, John Professor English; College Writing Middletown Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MMARS)
Treviño, Ricardo Jr. University Photographer/Adjunct Faculty Residence Life; Communications and Marketing; College of Creative Arts InFocus Photography Club
Urayama, Paul Associate Professor Physics Sigma Pi Sigma physics honors society; undergraduate research advisor; 
Woodcock, PhD, Nicolyn Visiting Assistant Professor English
Yezierski, Dr. Ellen Professor of Chemistry & Director, Center for Teaching Excellence CHM
STEM Society co-advisor; undergraduate and graduate research in chemistry education
Young, Cheryl Assistant Provost Global Initiatives & eLearning Miami International student advisor, cross-cultural experiences mentor
Zimmerman, Beth Pre-Law Advisor Henry Center for Pre-Law Education
Advise students interested in a law career
Zink, Beth Associate Director, Center for Career Exploration & Success Sociology
Career advising