Interim Director of New Student Programs
- B.S. Political Science, Illinois State University
- M.A. Political and Justice Studies, Governors State University
- Paralegal Certificate, Roosevelt University
- Doctorate of Education, Argosy University – Dallas
I joined the New Student Programs staff in January 2017. My responsibilities include working with the Summer programs (Inbound and RISE), International Student Orientation and Transfer Student programming. I have an older brother and enjoy traveling, shopping and reading. I am also an active and proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Advice to incoming students
Learn about the resources available on campus and take advantage of those. Get involved! It will help you connect with others who are going through similar things as you and can make your experience so much more memorable.
- B.A. Communication Studies, Political Science, and Religious Studies, Monmouth College
- M.S. College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
I joined the Illini Family in June of 2018. In our office it is an all hands on deck approach, but I primarily work with our Illini Transfer Ambassadors, Transfer Student Orientation, the RISE program, and assist with Welcome Days and International Student Orientation. In my spare time, you can find me running, cooking, relaxing in a coffee shop, watching The West Wing (again), or spending time with friends and family.
Advice to an incoming student
"Don’t miss out on something great, just because it is hard." Transitioning into college life and becoming part of a new community can be hard and nerve wracking, but ultimately, your time here can provide you with great friendships, growth, and opportunities to explore your passions. If you are unsure about anything, ask questions. Seek out campus resources. We are always here to help!
Office Support Specialist
- B.B.A. Human Resources Management, Loyola University Chicago
- M.Ed. International Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
I joined the New Student Programs team in the Office Support Specialist role in March of 2022. My responsibilities include supporting my team and helping new students locate any information they need as they transition to their new lives as part of the University of Illinois community. I am currently pursuing an Education Doctorate in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership here at UIUC. When I’m not studying or working, you can find me gardening, enjoying time with my family and pets, and cooking while listening (and singing along) to some good music!
Advice to an incoming student
"Open and read the emails inviting you to be a part to campus activities, committees, etc. (both virtual and in-person!)." Establishing a link to campus has been important to my success as a student. Making connections with people that are sharing some of your experiences can broaden your horizons and help you get the support you need to reach your dreams. I have enjoyed being part of committees for campus events, even as an online student. You do not have to physically be on campus to make connections! Using technology and many of the resources provided by the university has allowed me to maintain my current relationships while nurturing new relationships-allowing me to feel connected to both my past and my future.