Meet Our Team

Our entire staff is dedicated to helping you succeed in all aspects of your college career. We truly care about helping you find your passion.

DGS Academic Advisors

Meet our Academic Advisors!

Brianna Harden
Brianna Harden
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Masters of Social Work

  • Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health

Best Part of My Job:

Working with students as they unfold their passions, goals, and dreams in order to be successful during and after their undergraduate career.

Interests:

Cooking, Watching Animal Documentaries, Listening to music, reading inspirational/motivational books, and spending time with my family. 

Mike Masters
Mike Masters
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Masters of Science in Education: St. John's University,  
  • Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry: Lincoln Christian University

Best Part of My Job:

Working with students to be help them realize the intersection between their career goals and their personal interests

Interests:

Watching and playing most sports, woodworking, hiking and spending time in our National Parks, and going on adventures with my wife and young son

Dr. Michael Myers
Dr. Michael Myers
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Medieval History: University of Notre Dame
  • Master of Arts in Medieval Studies: York (England)
  • Bachelor of Arts in History: University of Arizona

Best Part of My Job:

Spending time with the people I work with

Interests:

Masonry, gardening, English sports cars, chainsawing, boating, and keeping up with my teenagers

Kate Patterson
Kate Patterson
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Science in Higher Education: Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and History: University of South Carolina

Best Part of My Job:

Helping students adjust to college and get excited about the opportunities available to them

Interests:

Reading, travel, watching movies and period dramas, trivia, going to museums, visiting parks

Chaya Sandler
Chaya Sandler
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Education in Higher Education Administration
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in English

Best Part of My Job:

Exploring with students how higher education can help them meet their personal and education goals.

Interests:

Visiting coffee shops, swimming, going to the movies, and volunteering in the community.

Katelyn Talbott
Katelyn Talbott
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Science in Sport Management: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job:

Helping students discover career paths they might not have known about that reflect their personal interests and pursuits

Interests:

Baking and cooking, sport and sustainability, international/domestic travel, taking trips on our Harley-Davidson, and spending time with family, friends, and pets

Pre-Engineering Advisors

Meet our Pre-Engineering Advisors!

Clarissa Leman
Clarissa Leman
PREP Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Social Work: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job:

Utilizing a student's interests and strengths to guide them toward achieving academic goals

Interests:

Spending time with family, reading, listening to true-crime podcasts, exploring the local music scene

CJ Holterman
CJ Holterman
PREP Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Education in College Student Affairs Leadership: Grand Valley State University 
  • Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Services: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Best Part of My Job:

Helping students navigate their college experience and campus

Interests:

Cooking, playing games, traveling, being outdoors, visiting local parks with my family and coffee!!

Assistant Directors

Meet our Assistant Directors!

Jessica Arnold
Jessica Arnold, Admissions
Assistant Director for Admissions

Education:

  • Master of Science in College Student Affairs: Eastern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, Community Health: Eastern Illinois University

Best Part of My Job:

Interacting with students from their first visit to the university and then working with them when they become an enrolled student. I enjoy seeing students get excited about their passion and interests! 

Interests:

Spending time with my family, cooking and baking, traveling to and exploring new places.

Sarah Gardiner
Sarah Gardiner
Assistant Director for Honors

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education: Ball State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences: Eastern Illinois University

Best Part of My Job:

Supporting and interacting with some of the most talented and motivated students on campus; it is exciting to see what heights of success they can achieve!

Interests:

Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, checking out all the fun places in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Associate Director

Meet our Associate Director!

Teri Farr
Teri Farr, Academic Advising and Student Success
Associate Director for Academic Advising and Student Success

Education:

  • Master of Science in History: Illinois State University
  • Bachelor of Science in History: Illinois State University

Best Part of My Job:

Working with students to help them realize their full potential and make decisions based upon experience. My favorite moment with a student is when they make the connection between what they are learning in the classroom to their ultimate career and educational goals.

Interests:

Gardening, home improvement and decorating, reading, vacation trips to the beach, and spending time with family and friends

Director

Meet our Director! 

Dr. Turner
Dr. Daniel Turner
Director

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Higher Education: Loyola University Chicago 
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology: Northern Illinois University 
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Northern Illinois University

Best Part of My Job:

Helping students explore all the academic opportunities available to them and talking about their personal goals and dreams

Interests:

Hiking, biking, travel, live music, visiting Colorado and Chicago, and being outdoors