Advising Staff Biographies

A&S Academic Advising Staff Biographies and contact information.

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Center for Advising and Student Services Staff

 

Katie Gardner Adamchik

Coordinator, and CONECT Program Coordinator, Natural Sciences Division

Katie G Adamchik 2008

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Years with advising: 6+

Education:
University of Louisville, Master of Education, College Student Personnel
Earlham College, Bachelor of Arts, African and African American Studies

Professional Memberships:
NACADA National Academic Advising Association
ACPA College Student Educators International
NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Katie said:
I hope to assist students with identifying their goals, determining the right major for them, and finding the classes that are not only required but also interest them most. I really enjoy working with students one-on-one and advising provides me with the opportunity to serve as a resource to students while developing relationships throughout their college journey.

Community Service:
Central Kentucky Boxer Rescue

My advice for A&S students:
College is your time to explore yourself and your future. Explore majors, consider careers and lifelong goals, and utilize all the resources UofL has to offer you.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Dr. Tomarra Adams

Assistant Dean and Director

Tomarra Adams 2008

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Years with advising: 10+

Education:
B.A. Psychology/Minor Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville MSSW Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville Ph.D. Social Work, University of Louisville/University of Kentucky

Professional Memberships:
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Council of Black Studies (NCBS) Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)

Why did you become an Academic Advisor?
Since 1997 I have worked to have a positive impact on student retention, and found a relationship between counseling and student persistence that lead me to academic advising and student services. My mission is to look at the whole student within the larger system to positively impact on their success.

Your advice for A&S Students:
To whom much is given, much is expected Luke 12:48

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Melissa Benningfield

Academic Counselor, Sr., College of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences Division

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Years with advising:
20 years

Education:
Indiana State University, Master of Science, Criminology with Corrections specialization
Indiana State University, Bachelor of Science, Criminology
Vincennes University, Associate of Science, Conservation Law Enforcement

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she became an Academic Advisor, Melissa said:
In 1994, I was hired by a university to teach classes and do a little advising.  Over the years, my position evolved into mostly advising with a little teaching.  Since I enjoy meeting, talking to, and helping people, advising is a natural fit for me.  I still like to teach, but I am now a professional advisor, and I love my work very much.

Community Service:
New to the area, so still looking for an opportunity to serve.

My advice for A&S students:
This is your life!  Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.  It is ok if you do not have a clear path for your future because most of us have changed directions more than once in our lives.  What is important is that you do not lose yourself in the process and that you make good choices on your journey.  Have confidence; be strong; and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

 

 

Eddie Paul Bobbitt

Academic Counselor, Sr., Social Sciences Division

Eddie Bobbitt 2009

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Years with advising: 6+

Education:
University of Louisville, Masters of Education, College Student Personnel
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Science, Sport Administration (Marketing)

Professional Memberships:
NACADA National Academic Advising Association
KACADA Kentucky Academic Advising Association

Community Service:
Camp Quality Kentucky
Special Olympics
YMCA of Southern Indiana Basketball Coach

Why did you become an Academic Advisor?
I enjoy assisting students in the clarification process of their life goals and in the development of educational plans for the realization of those goals. Throughout my undergraduate career at U of L I had incredible advisors help me so advising provides me the opportunity to return the favor.

Advice for A & S students:
Be sure to use your resources and get involved on campus as soon as possible. Remember, YOUR education is YOUR responsibility.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Matt Church

Coordinator, Humanities Division

Matt Church 2008 4

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Years with advising: 11+

Education:
BA History, Bellarmine University
MA History, University of Louisville
PhD Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, University of Louisville (in progress)
Certificate of Completion, International History Summer School, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Professional Memberships:
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
Kentucky Academic Advising Association (KACADA)

Community Service/Outreach:
Advisor/Coach University of Louisville Intercollegiate Quiz Bowl Team
Ascension School Quick Recall Coach
Coordinator of A&S Centennial Challenge Academic Tournament
Coordinator of UofL Cardinal Invitational Academic Tournament

Why did you become an Academic Advisor?
I love working with students and course schedules. As an undergraduate, I enjoyed putting my class schedule together and looked forward to when the schedule came out, I still do. Particularly, I enjoy the opportunity the position affords me to help students identify their goals and begin the process of achieving them. Additionally, I take great joy helping students find possible majors and helping them find courses to aid in their career goals and broader educational attainment.

Your advice for A&S Students:
Enjoy your time in college and dont rush into anything. If you have an idea what you want to major in and pursue as career, by all means follow your ambitions. If you do not know what you want to do, dont rush into a major or program of study for the sake of finishing in four year. Better to take an extra semester and be happy later on in life than realize you are unhappy with what you are doing fifteen years after school. Also, do not be afraid try new subjects and remember just because you didnt like a subject in high school, doesnt mean you wont like it in college.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Megan Clifton

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Years with advising: 5+

Education:
University of South Carolina, Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs
Bellarmine University, Bachelor of Arts, Communication

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

Community Service:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital  - Give Thanks. Walk - Louisville
Junior League of Louisville

My advice for A&S students: Get to know your advisor and your professors!

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Danielle Dolan

Academic Counselor, Sr., Natural Sciences Division

Danielle Dolan

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Years with advising: 4+

Education:
University of Louisville, M. Ed. in Education Counseling Psychology with a focus on College Student Personnel
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications

Professional Memberships:
CPAK College Personnel Association of Kentucky

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Danielle said:
I have an interest in student services. While Academic Advising is part of academic affairs, I feel that it is ultimately a service to the students. I had wonderful advisors during my time as an undergraduate (and as a graduate student) and knew it would be a very rewarding experience to seek out in the field of education. I enjoy working with students to help them understand their potential and determining what steps are needed in order to live up to that potential.

Community Service:
SOUL Service Project, Site Co-leader
AHEAD Conference, Volunteer
CPAK Conference on Careers in Student Affairs, Volunteer
Kentucky Womens Book Festival, Volunteer

My advice for A&S students:
I really cannot offer up any advice. Essentially it is up to you to participate in your own education and we are here to serve as a guide. You are responsible for you. We have high expectations for you and it is vital for you to embrace the great deal of independence you are offered in college. You are now part of a community that has larger implications on a greater number of people, the most important member being yourself. I suppose I can offer you this: Open up yourself to the experience, in and outside of the classroom. You may change more than you ever thought you would!

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Michelle Henderson

Academic Counselor Sr., Natural Sciences Division

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Years with advising: Less than 1 year

Education:
University of South Carolina, Master of Education, Higher Education and Student Affairs
Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, Marketing

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Michelle said:
The opportunity to have an impact on college students in a very unique way.  Helping students through the transition to college and encouraging them to make the most of their time at UofL.

Community Service:
Various activities through St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

My advice for A&S students:
Look for opportunities to build your skill set, whether that is through campus organizations and leadership, research opportunities, part-time jobs, or internships/co-ops.  This will make finding a job after college much less stressful!

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Bret Hirsch

Academic Counselor, Sr., Social Sciences Division

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Years with advising: 5+

Education:

Arkansas Tech University, Master of Science, College Student Personnel

Oklahoma State University, Bachelor of Science, Liberal Studies

Why did you become an Academic Advisor?

I became an Advisor in order to help students persist through to graduation. I enjoy seeing students succeed and meet their goals.

Advice for A & S students:

Do not give up. College is meant to be a challenge, and through those challenges you will truly find yourself and emerge as a better person and student.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Lory King

Academic Coordinator, Natural Sciences Division

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Years with Advising: 1+

Education
Higher Education, Master of Arts, University of Louisville
English, Bachelor of Arts, University of Louisville

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Lory said:
I want to make a lasting, positive impact on students at the University of Louisville, like many made that impact upon me when I was a student.

Community Service:
Activities through church, and Relay for Life

My advice for A&S students:
Each of you has a great purpose inside of you! Discover that purpose here at UofL!

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Rebecca Suter Ledford

Coordinator, Social Sciences Division

Becky Ledford 2008

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Years with advising: 10+

Education:
University of Louisville, Masters in Higher Education Administration
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Professional Memberships:
NACADA- National Academic Advising Association
KACADA- Kentucky Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Becky said: I wanted to be able to help students get the guidance that I received while I was in school.

Community Service:

My advice for A&S students: Take advantage of the resources that are offered to you. There are many people who want to help make your college career the best it possibly can be.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Khotso Libe

Academic Counselor, Sr., Exploratory Team.

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Years with advising: 2+

Education:
University of Louisville, Master of Education in College Student Personnel
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Social Sciences
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts in Pan-African Studies

Professional Memberships:
NASPA – National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
NACADA – National Academic Advising Association

When asked why he became an Academic Advisor Khotso said:
College is such a great time to learn about yourself, explore your interests, and to identify your true passions; and I wanted to be a part of the environment.  I became an academic advisor so I can help students make the most of their college experience by connecting students to the great opportunities available, encouraging them to have fun learning, and inspiring them to better themselves throughout the way.

Community Service:
West Louisville Math & Science Project

My advice for A&S students:
Remember that college is a journey.  Success is never final, and failure is never fatal.  Use all of your support, and don’t give up.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Margaret Murray

Academic Counselor, Sr., Humanities Division

Margaret Murray 2008

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Years with advising: 8+

Education:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Library Science
University of Southwestern Louisiana, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association
KACADA-Kentucky Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Margaret said:
I have always been interested in academic advising, teaching, counseling and advocacy.

Community Service:
I volunteer with the Prevention, Education, and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community Center at UofL and do victim advocacy and crisis resources research

Margaret's advice for A&S students:
Life isn't about finding yourself - it's about creating yourself.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Joseph Muscarella

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Years with advising: 1 Year

Education:
University of South Carolina Higher Education Student Affairs (M.Ed.)
University of South Carolina Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Community Service:
Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston
Habitat for Humanity


When asked why he became and advisor:
Working with students has always been a passion of mine.  I have the opportunity to greet each student with a warm smile and build relationships with them through my position as an advisor.  At the end of the day, I am here for each of those students.  A student who walks out of my office with a positive advising experience is considered a success in my book!

Advice for A&S students:
These are the best years of your life.  College is an opportunity to explore what you don’t know and learn more about what you do know.  Take the time to do both.  A well rounded individual is the most successful in our world today.  Become that well rounded individual.  Above all, give 110 percent each day.  Give it in the classroom, in your social life, and in your family life.  Do not settle for anything less than the best (110%)!

Phone: (502) 852-2721

 

Christie Raymer Noe

Academic Counselor, Humanities Division

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Years with advising: 4+

Education:
Angelo State University, Master of Education in Student Development and Leadership in Higher Education
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts, English

Professional Memberships:
NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Christy said: I have known some amazing people, both on and off campus, and they have had a profound impact on my life. My hope is to pass along some of the encouragement I received as a student to others to help them in their journey.

Community Service: First Generation Student mentor, Cub Scout Troop 9 San Angelo, TX

My advice for A&S students: Persistence is key and get to know your professors! Their knowledge base and experiences can provide a wealth of useful information.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Ellen Schoening

Senior Academic Counselor, Humanities Division

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Years with advising: Thirty something

Education: B.A. in French, graduate study in French

Professional Memberships: NACADA

When asked why she/he became and Academic Advisor (your name) said:
I was employed in the Arts and Sciences Deans Office, then housed in an old building where Parrish Court is now located, before the Advising Center was established. I was offered an opportunity to work with students as an academic advisor by Associate Dean Polly B. Wood and am glad to have been doing so ever since.

Ellens advice for A&S students:
Take responsibility for your education: it doesnt just happen. Get involved in learning activities both in and outside the classroom. Travel, meet new people, and see new things as much as possible.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Tonia D. Thomas

Program Director, Post-bac Pre-med Certificate Program,
School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Tonia Thomas 2008

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Years with advising: 5+

Education:
University of Louisville, Bachelors of Science in Sociology

Professional Memberships:
AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Tonia said:
I have a passion for helping students reach their full potential and advising has served as an empowerment tool.

Community Service:
Webelos Den Leader for Pack 567 Cub Scouts

My advice for A&S students:
Strive for excellence in everything you do!

Phone: (502) 852-2712

 

 

Meagan West

Academic Counselor, Sr., and Peer Advisor Program Coordinator, Exploratory Division

Meagan West 2008

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Years with advising: 9+

Education:
B.A. Communication, University of Louisville
Certificate of Completion, French Study Abroad, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association
KACADA-Kentucky Academic Advising Association

Volunteer Work:
As a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority Advisory Board, I volunteer my time to the national organization that helped shape who I am today.

Why did you become an Academic Advisor?
Throughout my undergraduate career here at the University of Louisville, I found a love for working with students as a member of the Student Orientation Staff and Peer Advisor program. Being able to make a difference is an individuals life is what keeps me motivated!

Your advice for A&S Students:
Never strive to be mediocre and Work hard&Play harder

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

 

Marissa Williams

Academic Counselor, Sr., Exploratory Division



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Years with advising:
3+ – In the past I have worked on advisor professional development and advising technology, but now I am excited to work with my students throughout their college careers!

Education:
University of Louisville, Master of Arts, Anthropology
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology with a Track in Social Sciences

Professional Memberships:
NACADA, National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she became an Academic Advisor, Marissa said:
I have had influential teachers and advisors throughout the course of my life, and I hope that I can serve as a similar resource to my own students.  

Community Service:
Historic Locust Grove    
FIRST Robotics – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

My advice for A&S students:
Get to know your professors. They will help you find internships and other opportunities that provide real-world experience. This will help you decide if a major or career is right for you – before you graduate and get a full-time job! Professors are great networkers, and if you get to know them they can write powerful recommendation letters.

Phone: (502) 852-5502

 

Support Staff

Karla Morton, Administrative Associate

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Hillary Barter, Program Assistant Sr.

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Kourtney Davidson, Program Assistant

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Heather Gurnari, Program Assistant

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Kate Lawniczak 2008
Kate M. Lawniczak, Program Assistant Senior

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