Advising Services Staff

Chip Bailey

Chip Bailey joined CCAS in June 2010. Chip is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Nazareth College of Rochester and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He has had a diverse career in higher education serving Adjunct Instructor in Voice for the Music Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology and as Adjunct Lecturer in Arts management for the Department of Dance at the SUNY College at Brockport. Chip is an Academic adviser whose primary responsibilities include health professions advising, assisting with Orientation, the Citation for Achievement in College Leadership, a member of the Independent Studies/Internships team, and coordinator of the College Prizes program.

Kelly Barbic

Kelly Barbic joined the staff of CCAS in January 2002. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1998 with a B.A. in Health and Society and Psychology. As an undergraduate, Kelly studied abroad in London where she interned at a child psychiatric facility. She then began working as a psychiatric technician for child and adolescent patients in Behavioral Health at Strong. Kelly earned her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School in 2003. Before arriving at CCAS, she spent a year working in Residential Life and completed an internship at the Career Center. Kelly does general and transfer student advising, serves on the Independent Studies team, and processes AP and IB credit. She manages the CCAS email and Facebook page, as well as the Cluster Exception process. Kelly also assists with Administrative Committee business.

Hillary Brower

Hillary Brower started as an academic adviser in January 2012 in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center after working in the Office of the University Registrar from 2009-2011. She serves as the adviser for the Business program as well as the program in Archaeology, Technology & Historical Structures, Digital Media Studies, and East Asian Studies. Hillary received her BS in Business Administration and BA in Sociology from Houghton College and completed her MBA through the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a concentration in Information Technology in May 2013.

Karen Forsythe

Karen Forsythe is an International Student Counselor in CCAS and manages the International Student Mentor Program. She completed an MS in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School of Education at UR and received a BA in Anthropology from UR after completing the Take Five Scholars Program in 2006. Prior to joining the staff at UR, Karen volunteered teaching English in Chile and later worked for the Institute of International Education both in New York City and Chicago.

Sean Hanna

Sean Hanna joined CCAS in May 2005. He is the Dean of Sophomores and the Associate Director of Advising Services. Sean spent 6 years in the River Campus Financial Aid Office before coming over to CCAS. He earned a BA in Education from Colgate University in 1998 and an MS in Higher Education Administration in 2003 from the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development here on campus. He is continuing his education, seeking a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School, which he hopes to complete in 2013.

Dale Hess

Dale Hess joined the CCAS staff in May 2014.  After graduating from the University of Buffalo with a Ph.D in Geology in 2010, he held faculty positions at both the University of Rochester and Brock University in Canada. As an undergraduate, he studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and served as a Project Engineer in the vacuum and heat transfer industry. Dale now administers the Take Five Program and is a member of the Orientation Team.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson started in September of 2009 after working for the Office of the University Registrar from 2008-2009 as well as the Simon School Registrar's Office from 2007-2008. Kelly is an academic counselor specializing in engineering and computer science. She runs the GEAR (Graduate Engineering at Rochester) program, the Industry Practicum Co-Op Program, and assists with the Peer Advising program. She also coordinates the Hajim School undergraduate prizes. Kelly received her BA degree in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia and is currently in the Masters in School Counseling program at the Warner School.

Molly Jolliff

Molly Jolliff joined CCAS in December 2010 as an International Student Counselor and presently serves as an Assistant Director of Advising Services. Molly transitioned from her previous role as an International Student Adviser in the International Services Office where she worked since 2004. Molly works on a variety of programs and projects all designed to foster international student success. She is the lead instructor of the U.S. Life: Customs and Practices course for first year international students. She has an M.S. in International Studies from St. John Fisher College and a B.A. in International Studies from Cortland State University.

Marcy Kraus

Marcy Kraus joined our staff in 1999. Marcy began her career in higher education as an academic adviser at the University of New Hampshire and Washington University. She spent seven years in the University of Rochester's Admissions Office before returning to academic advising. Marcy holds a B.S. in Psychology from Viterbo University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She is the director of the College Center for Advising Services and the Dean of Freshmen.

Brittany Lang

Brittany Lang joined CCAS in January 2013 as the front desk receptionist. She was promoted in July 2013. Brittany is now a member of the Orientation Team, is the Tutoring assistant for the college, and helps facilitate the Take Five and Phi Beta Kappa programs. She received her BA in Dance from The College at Brockport and is currently a company member of Futurpointe Dance, a Rochester based dance company. Futurpointe Dance is a Internationally and Nationally touring dance company. Brittany plans to pursue a Master’s degree from the Warner School of Education.

Melissa Masline

Melissa Masline joined CCAS as a Graduate Assistant in the summer of 2013. She graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Psychology. Melissa is pursuing a M.S. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs from the Warner School of Education. She is a front staff member in addition to being on the Independent Studies/Internships team, as well as assisting with credit evaluations, and is one of the Graduate Fellows in the office. Melissa will be graduating in May 2015.

Kate McKenna

Kate McKenna joined CCAS as an Academic Adviser in February 2005 and brings a diverse background in counseling and academic advising to UR. Kate earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Nazareth College and has worked in academic advising at Palm Beach Community College in south Florida. Kate finished her Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration at the Warner School in May of 2009 and is currently Assistant Director, Coordinator of Transfer Student Advising and Office Manager since April 2010.

Liz Monte

Liz Monte joined CCAS in the Fall of 2010 after seven years in the Department of Athletics and Recreation as the lacrosse coach. As an academic adviser, Liz reviews Independent Study and Internship proposals, monitors the Basic Science Sequence and assists with the Prizes Program in addition to general advising for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Maryland.

Vickie Mullen

Vicki M. Mullen joined CCAS in 2008 as Administrative Assistant after spending 21 years at the Simon School of Business. Vicki has been with the University of Rochester for 30 years.   She holds a B.S. degree from the State University College at Buffalo in Elementary Education and 30 graduate hours in Education from SUNY Brockport and Geneseo. Vicki serves as the Post Baccalaureate Premedical Assistant, the University Testing Assistant for the National Exams (GRE, LSAT, MPRE), and the Assistant to the Dean of Freshman and Director of CCAS, Marcy Kraus. Vicki is involved actively in other projects for CCAS as assigned.

Carrie Nicchi

Carrie Nicchi joined CCAS in February 2014 as an Academic Counselor. Carrie began her career in the Rochester City School District as a School Based Prevention Counselor at both School of the Arts and James Monroe High School through a local, non-profit agency. Carrie works with students interested in health professions as well as general advising. She is a member of the Independent Studies/Internships team and advises part-time and non-matriculated students. She received her B.A. in English at St. John Fisher College and her M.S. at The Warner School of Education in School and Community Health Counseling. She is excited to be working at the University of Rochester and is eager to continue assisting students in their pursuit for solid and promising futures.

Lisa Norwood

Lisa Norwood serves as the Assistant Dean in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, taking her back in some sense to her roots. In 1986 she earned a BS degree in Geomechanics from the Hajim School, and worked in the "outside world" for a few years. As an undergraduate, she was one of two Coordinators of our Orientation Programs, and when we hired her in Advising Services she eventually assumed the position of Director of Orientation. In 1995, Lisa completed a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at the Warner School, and shortly thereafter began working with undergraduates in the Hajim School.

Eleanor Oi

Eleanor H. Oi joined the CCAS staff in May 2008. She serves as Director of Orientation and Associate Director of Advising Services. She received a BA in Music from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA, Masters in Arts Administration and Leadership Studies at Binghamton University and most recently graduated from the Simon School of Business in 2013. She has worked her entire career in Residence Life at Binghamton, the University of Rochester and most recently at RIT. Eleanor grew up in Rochester, NY and spent many long hours on campus during her younger days. She works managing Orientation, the Peer Advising Program and as liaison to the Administrative Committee.

Rohan Palma

Rohan Palma advises students in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with a focus on Study Abroad Initiatives. Before joining the University of Rochester in September 2013, he worked at Skidmore College and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a strong advising background focusing on student retention, equity and access, and social justice initiatives. Rohan received his BS in Finance and his MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an avid traveler and spent two years backpacking around the world.

Meghan Phinney

Meghan Phinney joined the staff in CCAS in February 2014 as an Academic Adviser. Meghan is part of the Orientation staff, helps coordinate the peer-advising program, and reviews Independent Study/Internship proposals. She graduated with a BS in Communications from The College at Brockport in 2011 and went on to complete her MS in Higher Education from the Warner School of Education here at The University of Rochester in 2014.

Danielle Presgraves

Danielle “Danni” Presgraves joined CCAS in January, 2013 as a part-time Academic and Health Professions Advisor. Danni received her PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 2009 where, as a resident tutor for many years at Kirkland House, she advised undergraduates in all matters biological, social and professional. When she is not advising, you can find her in the Department of Biology where she teaches Biostatistics (BIO/STT 214) and Introductory Genetics (BIO 198 - Summer).

Belinda Redden

Belinda Redden joined the CCAS advising staff in January 2000. Belinda earned an A.B. from Dartmouth and an MA from Middlebury, both in French Language and Literature. Belinda is no stranger to the world of higher education, having spent most of her adult life in academe not only as a graduate student, but also as a French instructor, research assistant, library assistant, and special programs coordinator at institutions such as Princeton, Bryn Mawr, and Ohio University prior to coming to UR in 1999. Her previous roles in academia have afforded her a unique perspective on undergraduates. She brings this perspective to her duties in CCAS as an Assistant Director, and serves as Director of Fellowships.

Jennifer Sherwood

Jennifer Sherwood joined the College Center for Advising Services team in 2004 as an academic counselor; she now works as part of the new undergraduate Multidisciplinary Studies Center and her responsibilities include working with students interested in public health-related programs. Jennifer graduated from Stanford University with a BA in History, and has recently begun to explore her interests in counseling through the Warner School of Education.

Juliet Sullivan

Juliet Sullivan advises the students in the Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical Program.  After graduating from Boston University, Juliet studied English literature at the University of Rochester, and wrote her dissertation on etiquette in medieval English literature.  She has taught courses in medieval literature, Shakespeare, children's literature, and writing at the River Campus and Eastman School of Music.  She joined CCAS in January of 2008.

Lisa Tedesco

Lisa Tedesco joined the CCAS front staff in April 2012 as a secretary at the front desk. While maintaning her role as a front staff member, she is also involved in many tasks throughout the office such as Change of Status, the CARE Network, the Sophomore Committee, and working with the Handler Scholars; she assists Sean Hanna in many of her tasks. She's currently exploring different courses as a non-matriculated undergraduate student at Rochester trying to find her niche. She plans to eventually matriculate into the University of Rochester as a transfer student to pursue her Bachelor's degree. She is then interested in getting her Master's in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School.

Nikki Terry

Nikki Terry joined the staff in July 2007 and serves as an Academic Counselor to engineering students in the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. Her other responsibilities include serving as the Hajim Dean’s Office liaison to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for engineering pre-college outreach & recruitment efforts, providing budgetary & programmatic support to engineering student professional societies, and promoting student engagement in programs that foster a communal spirit within the Hajim School (e.g., National Engineers Week activities). Nikki earned her BA in Health & Society at the University of Rochester. Soon thereafter, she began working as an Admissions adviser at SUNY College at Brockport, where she earned a B.S. in Political Science. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the Warner School.

Catherine Schmied Towsley

Catherine Schmied Towsley joined the CCAS staff in February 2011. She serves as Director of Health Professions Advising/Assistant Director of Advising Services and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Catherine works with students interested in Health Professions (including medicine), with anything from developing academic and career plans to applying to health professions graduate schools. She began her career as a School Counselor in Nashville Tennessee and then spent four years in the Career Center at University of Rochester before joining CCAS. She is the adviser for the Rochester Early Medical Scholars program. She received her B.S. from Cornell University, M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from Vanderbilt University, M.A. in English from Belmont University and is completing a Doctorate in Counselor Education at the Warner School.

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