Advising Staff Biographies

A&S Academic Advising Staff Biographies and contact information.

Email us! or call us at (502) 852-5502 for an appointment.

Red bullet point for lists A list of advisors by division is also available here.

Advisors

Danielle Dolan

Danielle Dolan

Assistant Dean and Director

email:danielle.dolan@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 5+

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!

Katie G Adamchik

Katie Gardner Adamchik

Director of Exploratory Programs

email: kgadam01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 7+

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.

Melissa Benningfield

Melissa Benningfield

Academic Counselor, Sr., Social Sciences Division

email:melissa.benningfield@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

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 Bobbitt

Eddie Paul Bobbitt

Academic Counselor, Sr., Social Sciences Division

email:paul.bobbitt@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 7+

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.

Matt Church

Matt Church

Coordinator, Humanities Division

email:mschur01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 12+

Education:
BA History, Bellarmine University
MA History, University of Louisville
MA Higher Education Administration, University of Louisville

Professional Memberships:
National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
College Personnel Association of Kentucky (CPAK)
American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Community Service/Outreach:
Sponsor/Coach University of Louisville Quiz Bowl team
Member Kentucky Association for Academic Competition Board of Directors (Section 4 Representative)
Former President Kentucky Collegiate Quick Recall League
Volunteer KAAC Governors Cup and Catholics Schools Academic League
Assistant Track and Basketball coach (Kindergarten), St. Francis of Assisi School

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.

Megan Clifton

Megan Clifton

Coordinator, Natural Sciences Division

email:Melark01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 6+

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
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
Southeastern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

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!

Kourtney Hall

Kourtney Hall

Academic Counselor Sr., Social Sciences Division

email:kmdavi09@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 1

Education:
University of Louisville, Master of Arts, Higher Education Administration
University of Louisville, Bachelor of Arts, Communication

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

Why did you become an Academic Advisor?
I wanted to be an advisor to show students that advisors can be an invaluable resource.  Helping students solve problems, set goals, and reach them is the most rewarding part about this job.   

Community Service:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Alzheimer’s Foundation, Louisville Chapter, Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Family and Children’s Place

My advice for A&S students:
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!!!  As an advisor, I’m here to help you find the answers!  Your college experience is yours to make.  Make sure that your decisions are your own!

Michelle Henderson

Michelle Henderson

Academic Counselor Sr., Natural Sciences Division

email:mehend05@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 2+

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:
Board member of the Kentucky Seminole Club and 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!

Bret Hirsch

Bret Hirsch

Academic Counselor, Sr., Social Sciences Division

email:bmhirs01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 6+

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.

Lory King

Lory King

Academic Coordinator, Natural Sciences Division

email:llking01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with Advising: 2+

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!

Becky Ledford

Rebecca Suter Ledford

Coordinator, Social Sciences Division

email:rlsute01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 11+

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.

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.

Khotso Libe

Khotso Libe

Academic Counselor, Sr., Exploratory Team

email:Ktlibe01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 3+

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

Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray

Academic Counselor, Sr., Humanities Division

email:memurr04@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 9+

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.

Christie Raymer Noe

Christie Raymer Noe

Academic Counselor Sr, Humanities Division

email:cmraym01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 5+

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
Kentucky Women's Book Festival volunteer
Camp Quality volunteer

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.

Jessy Rosenberg

Jessy Rosenberg

Academic Counselor, Exploratory Division

email:j0rose03@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: less than 1 year (13+ years of Higher Education work with students in transition)

Education:
James Madison University, Masters of Education, College Student Personnel Administration
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bachelor of Arts, Communication

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor she said:
I really enjoy helping students in transition, particularly when I can assist them in obtaining their education and reaching their personal goals.  One of the most rewarding experiences is helping someone discover something that they are passionate about.    

Community Service:
College access for first generation, low income and at-risk high school students
Migrant Network Coalition (Lexington, KY)
Eastern Kentucky ChildCare Coalition (Berea, KY)

My advice for A&S students:
Advocate for yourself.  (We do not know that you need help until you ask!) Use the plethora of resources available on campus; they exist to ensure that you have everything you need to succeed.  Don’t be afraid to try something new, exploration and discovery is part of the college experience.

Jamie Shepherd

Jamie Shepherd

Academic Counselor, Natural Sciences Division

email:jbshep03@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: Less than 1 year

Education:
Indiana University Bloomington, Master of Science in Education
Indiana University Bloomington, Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies & Sociology

Professional Memberships:
NACADA-National Academic Advising Association

When asked why she/he became an Academic Advisor Jamie said:
I had some incredible mentors when I was in college, and knew early in college I wanted to be that type of mentor and role model for other college students someday. Academic Advising is a great place for that!

Community Service/Non-Profit Volunteer Work:
Indianapolis Traditional Music & Dance Group, Board Member (Indianapolis, IN)
Built playground at 27th Street Community Garden (Indianapolis, IN)
Former Community Cat (TNR) Caretaker (Indianapolis, IN)

My advice for A&S students:
Your learning in college is not limited to the classroom. Get involved on campus, work on campus or join a student group. You will learn invaluable lessons both inside the classroom and through your engagement on campus. College is your opportunity to discover new things, challenge your notions of the world around you, and figure out how you want to *be* in this world as an individual and as part of a larger community. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Tonia Thomas

Tonia D. Thomas

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

email:tdthom01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising: 6+

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!

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

Academic Counselor, Sr., Exploratory Division

email:eawarr03@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with Advising: 5+

Education:
Ohio University, Master of Education, College Student Personnel
Ohio University, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology-Criminology

Professional Memberships:
NACADA National Academic Advising Association

Community Service:
I am new to the area, but I was able to participate in UofL’s SOUL Day of Service during Fall 2015 Welcome Week.

When asked why she became an Academic Advisor, Lizz said:
I hope to support students as they select a major and transition to college so that they can create positive, lifelong memories.

Advice for A&S Students:
Get organized, do well in your classes, and get connected to resources and other students on campus.  College is fun, but remember what you came here to do!

Marissa Williams

Marissa Williams

Academic Counselor, Sr., Exploratory Division

email:mawhea04@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Years with advising:
4+  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.

Support Staff

Karla Morton

Karla Morton

Administrative Associate

email:kjmort02@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Mattie Perez

Mattie Perez

Program Assistant Sr.

email:mpmedd01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502

Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Program Assistant Senior

email:kmlawn01@louisville.edu

Phone: (502) 852-5502