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 explore your interests and find your passion.

Academic Advisors for Undeclared/Exploring Students

Meet our Undeclared/Exploring Academic Advisors!

Brianna Beaty
Brianna Beaty
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Social Work: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health: Eastern Illinois University

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

Jessica Kim
Jessica Kim
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Science in School Counseling: Eastern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job:

Being a part of a student’s journey in discovering their ambitions in life and witnessing their growth through personal and academic development

Interests:

Watching movies, singing, dancing, baking, exploring new places, traveling, and spending time with friends and family

Mike Masters
Mike Masters
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master 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 (double major): 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:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education Administration: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Arts in English: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

Melissa Williams
Melissa Williams
Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Master of Social Work: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Social Work: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job:

Supporting students as they transition to the university and begin to discover their interests and career goals

Interests:

Hearing podcasts, watching different shows, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with my friends and family

Academic Advisors for Pre-Engineering Students

Meet our Pre-Engineering Advisors!

Dr. Corey Flack
Dr. Corey Flack
PREP Academic Advisor

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Italian: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Arts in Italian Cultural Studies: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing: University of Arizona

Best Part of My Job:

Helping students develop their interests and get the most out of the college experience

Interests:

Spending time with my wife and twins, both listening to and playing music, reading, writing, playing board games, hiking

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
Senior Assistant Director for Admission and Transition Programs

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 and First-Year Experience

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

Eugene Moore
Dr. Eugene L. Moore
Assistant Director for Academic Enrichment Programs

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy Studies: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Business Administration in Global Business: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master of Education in Human Resources: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Best Part of My Job:

I love serving students as it provides a constant reminder of those who helped me to accomplish my goals both professionally and personally. Academic advising/coaching and mentorship is an invaluable asset to students as it minimizes the vastness of Illinois coupled with its inherent passion to give back.

Interests:

Spending time with family, writing, traveling internationally, motivational speaking, volunteering at local church, and karaoke 

Associate Director

Meet our Associate Director!

Teri Farr
Teri Farr
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