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Patrice Abner

Patrice graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and began her journey as a Leadership Coordinator at the University of North Texas. She is currently the Director of Student Inclusion and is in the process of transitioning to Jacksonville University, where she will begin a new position. One of her favorite memories from her time at Nova was Dr. Holliday’s wisdom of “trusting the process,” which is something that she continues to use for herself and to the students she works with. She holds dear, the connection she shared with her cohort members over classes and living in the same building. She says that she has built lifelong friendships through the CSA program that she will cherish forever.


Alicia Bates

Alicia graduated with her M.S. in college student affairs. From there she began working as the Coordinator of Student Activities at Johnson and Whales University in North Miami. She then kept up with her passion for student activities by moving to Carnegie Mellon University Qatar at Doha, Qatar. When asked what she remembered most from her time at Nova, it was the words of Dr. Gay Holliday, “Trust the Process.”


Patricia Beavan

Patricia graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Coordinator of Florida Recruitment in the Office of Admissions at Georgia Southern University. She is now the international Student Coordinator at Georgia State. The student affairs program left a lasting impression on her, as she loved her classes and her GA experience at NSU. Her favorite part was the friends she made as she states, “the friendships I made within the program might be my favorite part!”


David Beliard

David graduated with his M.S. in student affairs and began working at Ross University School of Medicine, there he worked as the Career advisor. Currently, you will find him doing the same thing. He has a passion for helping people out and loves encouraging them to take charge on the pathway to self betterment. Something that he keeps with him that he now relays to the students he works with is to “Trust the Process.” These memorable words, spoken by Dr. Gay Holliday, David keeps with him from his time at Nova. Along with those words, David learned and grew a great deal while working as a GA for the Career office. The experiences he gained and the things he learned at Nova gave him the tools he needed to succeed.


Michelle Bettes

Michelle graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as Assistant Director in Undergraduate Admissions at NSU. Michelle is currently the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at NSU. Her advice to prospective students is “Take the practicum’s seriously! Think about how beneficial it will be for your future and the programs you implement in each practicum. This is a huge opportunity to grow your network of CSA professionals and show them your strengths.”


Heilit Biehl

Heilit graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Hall Director at the University of Colorado — Boulder campus. She now works as the Case Manager for Students of Concern, as well as the Chair of the Behavioral Intervention Team. Heilit remembers Dr. Holliday’s famous words “Trust the Process.” She also remembers Daren Capirchio’s coffee order and Aarika Camp’s laugh.


Kamla Billings

Kamla graduated from Nova southeastern university with her M.S. in College Student Affairs. Upon graduation she obtained her first career opportunity as a Career Advisor at Valencia College in Orlando, FL. She attributes much of her success to the engaging and brilliant instructors within the program. She lists Dr. Gay Holliday as one of her most influential mentors and expressed that Dr. Holliday’s words, “Trust the Process,” encouraged her and aided her growth as a student affairs professional. She currently works as the Coordinator for Employer Relations at Valencia College. She gives the credit to her long-term friends and mentors she had gained while in attendance at Nova.


Ashley Buchanan

Ashley graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Coordinator, Admissions and Registration at Florida Atlantic University. She is now the Associate Director for Recruitment and Marketing at FAU. One of Ashley’s fondest memories from NSU was being able to finally meet her peers during Residential Institute. This was such a meaningful experience for her because she was an online student. She had been in groups before with Rachel Rickinger but had never met her. She finally had a chance to talk in person and have lunch. She concludes by stating that “it was nice to connect with my classmates and share stories and experiences.


Jessica Budik

Jessica graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Professional Development Advisor at Ross University School of Medicine. She currently works as the Associate Director for Career Services at Carnegie Mellon University. One of her lasting memories was, “Really enjoyed our class projects and interacting with different groups. My favorite was creating our own University for Professor Williams’s class. I enjoyed learning about everyone’s creativity and undergraduate background experiences and blending it into a project.


Lorena Cabrera

Lorena graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as a Community Director with University Housing at Arizona State University. She currently works as Community Director at Arizona State University. One of her lasting memories was, Dr. Gay Holliday’s famous words “Trust the Process.”


Michelle Zoraida Canales

Michelle Canales graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as a Student Affairs Advisor II as well as a Spotlight Programs Board Advisor. She is continuing this work at the same university which is Georgia State University. One thing that stayed with her through her time at Nova and beyond was Dr. Gay Holliday’s wise words, “Trust the Process.”


Travis Checketts

Travis graduated from Nova in 2011 with his Masters in College Student Affairs. From there he began his career with the University of New Mexico working as Community Director. He now works as the General Manager for American Campus Communities. Due to the nature of his current position he has held on to the law class at Nova as well as the conflict analysis and resolution. He has always reflected on Dr. Holliday’s words, “Trust the process.” The only thing he can say as a criticism of the program is that it is that there is no business classes. However, his favorite class was the College Student and the Law class, because the assignments were concise and to the point. Feel free to contact Travis to share experiences or for support.


Tim Chin

Tim graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Residential Life Coordinator at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Tim currently works as the Assistant Director for College Housing, Eleanor Roosevelt Quad and is the Chair of the Student Staff Recruitment and Selection Committee at Stony Brook University. One of his lasting memories was, Gay Holliday’s famous words "Trust the Process."


Shelby Clinton

Shelby graduated with her Masters in College Student Affairs and began working as Coordinator for the Learning Community Program at Florida Atlantic University. She continued her employment at Florida Atlantic University as Assistant Director of the Learning Community Program and the Student Learning Strategies (SLS). Her take away from her time at Nova was, of course the leadership of Dr. Holliday and all the other great instructors and mentors that shaped her to be the student affairs professional she is today. She always goes back to Dr. Holliday’s words, “Trust the Process.” Feel free to reach out to her for more information on her experiences and for any support you may need.  


Nicholas Colin

Nicholas graduated with his M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Coordinator for Orientation, new student programs, and campus tours at Humboldt State University. He continues to work in this position making an impact on students the same way NSU made an impact on him. He held on to the great words of Dr. Gay Holliday, “A college campus is a microcosm of the larger, outside world.


Amy Conlin

Amy graduated with her M.S. in College Student Affairs and began working at Humboldt State University as the Residence Life Coordinator of Education and Engagement. She has continued working in this position, going on a year and a half with the university. She credits a great deal of her success to Dr. Gay Holliday. While Amy had experiences with many great mentors she deems Dr. Holliday as her most “stand-out” mentor and she misses her greatly. One word of advice Amy still carries with her today is “Trust the Process,” spoken by Dr. Holliday.


Taylor Dahlby

Taylor graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as a leadership coach within the Leadership and Service Center at the University of South Carolina. Taylor is currently a career services manager and University 101 programs class instructor. “I have no idea where the evidence is ;), but I would have to say one of my favorite moments at NSU was creating the ‘College Student Affairs “Shake it Off” video for NASPA in 2015. It wasn’t all of us, but a large portion of our cohort got together and ran all over campus trying to create the most ‘lit’ video so that we’d get put into the NASPA National comprehensive video (which we did I may add). Overall, the friendships I built at NSU with my cohort are unlike any other—and the video was one shining moment in a sky of stars—my cohort, in a lot of ways, is one of the major reasons for my success at NSU.”


Michael Deneus

Michael graduated with his M.S. in student affairs and started his career as the Coordinator of Student Organizations at Lamar University. In fact he loves his position so much he stuck with it and is still doing what he loves. NSU’s graduate program had a big impact on Michael, as it has many graduates. His quote to live by is Dr. Gay Holliday’s empowering words, “Trust the Process.”


Melissa Forges

Melissa graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Recruitment Services for Engineering at Florida State University's Career Center. Melissa is currently the Director of Student Services at Keiser University — Pembroke Pines Campus. She remembers “Coming up with the "Student Affairs" definition as a class was a great team building activity that helped us affirm as a unit that what we were learning and about to embark on as a career was important and a needed component in student development. Plus, it helped us to have a succinct explanation to describe what Student Affairs is to our friends and family!”


Katie Gittleman

Katie G. graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working in Academic Advising and Higher Education when she began the program. Katie is currently the Associate Director of STEM Initiatives and Outreach. One of her most memorable moments was Dr. Gay Holliday’s classes and her famous words “Trust the Process.”


Brooke Goehring

Brooke graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Assistant Director of the Hendry Glades Center at Florida Southwestern College. She currently works as the Campus Director for Nova Southeastern University – Jacksonville Campus. One of Brooke’s lasting memories was how much learned and grew “through the CSA program, both professionally and personally.  She credits all of the wonderful experiences and amazing faculty.”


Danielle Goldberg

Danielle graduated in 2013 with her Masters in College Student Affairs. She began her career in residential life as an Area Coordinator for the University of Tampa. She then began working as a Facility Director for Alpha Kappa Theta at Northwestern University. She gained the confidence during her time at Nova to accomplish her goals. She started out being uneasy, not being a graduate assistant her first year, she also started out not believing she would get a job. However, through her time, she learned relevant and important skills that would enhance her future experiences and give her a leg up when searching for a career. She came out of Nova changed for the better and would love the opportunity to discuss these developments with other students. 


Rhonda Hampton

Rhonda graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Director of Intramural Recreational Sports and Truman State University. Rhonda is currently the College Advisor and the Star Scholarships Advisor for Harry S Truman College. “I entered the CSA program while the program was very new and there were still things to figure out. Dr. Holliday called me to invite me to the program and I remember her “selling” me on the idea of Student Affairs and not recreational sports, as my back ground as recreational sports.  I did not understand during that phone call, that she was providing me an experience to diversify my skills and abilities within higher education instead of being narrowed focused in recreation.  This concept of Higher Education professional in Student Affairs was a 2 year push for Dr. Holliday, however, by her last class with me, I realized, that it’s just recreation, it’s a wide variety of opportunities and I need to take advantage of it.”  Two of Dr. Holliday’s quotes will forever be with me, “Trust the process” and “don’t chew bubble gum in my class.”  (the last quote is tailored for those who were there and know, however, it is one of my fondest memories of the CSA program).  My advice to current CSA students, soak up as much information within the program as possible as you never know where your career may take you and need that information to carry you forward.  Plus, always trust the process and wear sunscreen!


Stephanie Haskell

Stephanie graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at Louisburg College. Stephanie currently works as the Director of Student Engagement at Louisburg.  One of the many memories Stephanie has from her time at NSU is Dr. Gay Holliday’s famous words “Trust the process.” She also states that she has “so many great memories with SEA Board, we had a wonderful time working together at all of our events.“


Delia Hernandez-Madrid

Delia graduated in 2015 with her Masters in College Student Affairs, from there she began her career at Louisiana State University as the Coordinator for leadership and involvement. She stayed at this university and in this position as she had found her place in the Student Affairs community. She stated that politics and policy work hand in hand. She was able to apply the knowledge she gained at Nova to all aspects of her life and was able to excel at her career. She expressed that she was thankful for all the wonderful experiences she had while at Nova and for all of the qualified, fun mentors and instructors that helped her achieve her personal best. Feel free to contact Delia, as she is happy to talk with students. 


Jodi Jabs

Jodi graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Coordinator of Student Activities and Greek Life. Up until now, Jodi worked at Lenoir-Rhyne University as the Director of Student Activities. She then transitioned (2017) to Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters as the Collegiate Recruitment Coordinator. One of her lasting memories was, “Dr. Holliday's famous words of advice: trust the process.”


Stephan Jean-Lewis

Stephan graduated in 2016 with his Masters in Student affairs. He started working as a Student Conduct Officer for Washington State University. He is currently still in this position. He gained quite a bit of his skills from the program, including how to ask the right question – something that is crucial to being a conduct officer. He is happy to talk with any students who reach out to him.


Andrew Johnson

Andrew graduated with his M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Director for Residence Life at Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, GA.  He is now working at the Director for Operations and Outreach Housing and Residential Education at the University of South Florida. He remembers the first time he met Dr. Williams and Dr. Holiday when he visited with some friends who were a part of the first cohort.  He had lunch with them and a few other CSA students.  Some time went by and he decided to apply.  When he was in his GA interview (about 8 months later), Dr. Williams remembered his name and specific items about their lunch conversation.  He was truly impressed on how invested Dr. Williams was in him after a 30 minute lunch conversation. Andrew also remembers his time as an online CSA student while working full-time in north Georgia. He really enjoyed the Residential Institute time when he was able to come to campus and feel like he was connected from a distance.  Andrew specifically remembers the campus tour that Dr. Williams took him on to demonstrate how the University was interconnected.  It was a golf cart tour with Dr. Williams, Andrew and two other students.  The Greater University course opened his eyes to the causes and effects produced by each department’s actions or inactions. Lastly, Andrew remembers when he was trying to complete the program and had taken courses out of sequence.  He essentially didn’t take Assessment I in the fall like he should have.  He remembered having a phone call with Dr. Holiday in the spring time and sharing that he didn’t think he would complete the program because of the additional time commitment it would require (a whole extra semester for just one class).  She encouraged him into completion and offered to teach the Assessment I class during the summer session so that he could complete faster.  More importantly, they worked as colleagues on the assessment study until he learned, not just the technical aspects, but the how and the why they conduct assessment.  Andrew believes that this is a tremendous testament to her dedication to students and student learning.


Benn Johnson

Benn started the program already a part of student affairs, as an Area Coordinator for Florida Memorial University. He attended Nova to hone his skills and to enhance his experience professionally. He graduated with his Masters of College Student Affairs in 2014. He then began work as Judicial Director at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is still currently employed in this position and absolutely loves it. The skills he gained in the CSA program at Nova really prepared him for his current work. He remembers his experiences within his practicum since Dr. Holliday was his supervisor. He has kept what he learned under her and puts it into practice every day. Feel free to contact Benn for any assistance. 


Craig Johnson

Craig graduated with his M.S. in student affairs and started working as the Assistant Director of Orientation Programs at Purdue University. Craig is currently the Director of Orientation Programs at Purdue University. When looking back at his time as a student in the College Student Affairs Program, Craig finds himself “reflecting back to several of my classes when going through the day-to-day functions of my role. I think back to Assessment, or Facilitation, or Mediation, and can’t help but to be reminded that those courses, specifically, have helped set a framework for what I do as a professional.”


Diane Klein

Diane graduated in 2008 with a Masters in College Student Affairs from there she started as the Assistant Director of Internships at Nova Southeastern. She continued her work at Nova, moving to Associate Director of Career Development. She enjoyed having the experience of being a Graduate Assistant in the Division. She described the experiences she had as giving her multiple opportunities to develop as a professional. Diane was provided a great mentorship through the faculty at Nova and she gained the skills to become a strong student leader and a successful professional. Today, as she deals with Graduate Assistants she tries to also mentor them and tries to develop them into great young professionals in the field. She has enjoyed her time at Nova and wants to assist future student leaders to reach their full potential. 


Molly Kresl

Molly graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started working at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Molly celebrates 3 years with the university and is currently the Clubs and Activities Coordinator. Molly grew a lot while at Nova, and stated that the program really prepared her for her career and life in general as she shared in her testimony: “It was a tough program. I loved my Conflict analysis and resolution classes and still use them today. With everything we were doing between school and assistantships, I can say I am better prepared to deal with the unexpected. There were a lot of struggles, but in the end I am a better professional because of what my colleagues and I went through.”


William Lacaya

William graduated with his Masters in College Student Affairs in 2012, from there he landed his first job as coordinator of residential hall and staff training. He was involved in the selection process for the department staff at the New Mexico Tech. He then began working at the University of Texas in Dallas, as the residential life coordinator. He expressed that he did not care to much for his cohort group, because he was not a graduate assistant and many of his piers were. However, he began to enjoy them more when he landed a graduate assistant position as well. He remembers Aarika Camp, Dr. Holliday and Dr. Williams, he has the fondest memories learning from these great leaders in higher education. Feel free to contact William for support or advice as he is happy to talk with and mentor students.

Hannah Link

Hannah graduated with her M.S. in college student affairs and began her career at Lynn University as the Area Coordinator. Hannah stayed at Lynn University, and continued to work with students in the housing field by working as the Assistant Director for Housing and Residential Life. Hannah recalls some of her many memories at Nova. Some of the most important ones are the everlasting words of Dr. Gay Holliday, “Trust the Process.” Apart from that she held an extreme fondness for Dr. Holliday’s take on the job search process. She also has phenomenal memories from her interview weekend – she knew NSU was where she was meant to be. Hannah attributes her desire to attend and work at NSU to the staff, students and other GA candidates – she also credits the professional staff, her fellow students, and fellow cohort members with the reason.


Emilio Lorenzo

Emilio graduated with his M.S. in student affairs. He started working as the Career Adviser at Nova Souteastern University and is currently working as the Assistant Director for Career Advisement and Pre Professional Services. Emilio has many fond memories from his time at Nova, one of which is Dr. Holliday’s words “Trust the process.” He stated that one thing he still carries with him is “learning how to trust the process in your professional development and how to show your value to others through story telling.”


Gina Mercanti

Gina graduated in 2012 with her Masters in College Student Affairs. She began her career at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) as the Coordinator for Student Activities. Shortly after she began a career at Jefferson University, East Falls Campus, Philadelphia, PA (formerly Philadelphia University). She loved that Nova’s program seemed to raise the bar for student affairs professionals. She left with the knowledge and know-how to be successful in a great amount of careers. Feel free to contact Gina for more information on her story as well as for any assistance. 


Zaibis Munoz

Zaibis achieved a Masters degree in College Student Affairs in 2011. While in attendance at Nova, Zaibis worked as a Residential Graduate Assitant for Rolling Hills. Zaibis, then began working as the Residential Life Director for New York Institute of Technology in New Wesbarry. Zaibis obtained real skills and enabled him to achieve a fulfilling professional life. He holds on to Dr. Hollidays famous words, “Trust the Process.” Nova gave him the tools to be successful in life, both professionally and personal. Feel free to contact Zaibis for any further advice or support. 


Antoinette Murray

Antoinette graduated with her Masters in College Student Affairs in 2014, from there she went on to become the Resident Director of Weston England University located in Springfield Massachusetts. From there she went on to become a Resident Director at Bowie State in Maryland. She will take with her the ability to think critically, to analyze and communicate effectively and efficiently. One thing she remembers is the Theory class; she enjoyed identifying the theories and putting them to practice, as well as seeing them play out in her career life. Feel free to reach out to Antoinette for any further advice. 


Ronald Padron

Ronald graduated in 2012 with his Masters in College Student Affairs and started off working as a Program Coordinator for the Department of English at the University of Central Florida, while pursuing his degree. The first job Ronald received post-degree was as an Academic Advisor in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently works at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland in College Park, his position is an Academic Advisor. His favorite memory from the program was while he was in the online program, and attended the Residential Institutes which he described as such an amazing experience. He enjoyed getting to meet so many of his online classmates in person and forged some amazing friendships, and many of them remain in contact both personally and professionally to this day.  

Ujash Patel

Ujash graduated in 2012 with his M.S. in college student affairs. He then enrolled in a doctoral program for Higher Education Administration and became a graduate assistant in the office of admissions. He is currently the head of admissions for the Honors College at Univesity of Kansas (KU). His advice to young professionals is too look beyond the scope typical student affairs offeces. He encourages others that what you learn in the classroom is applicable to all of higher education. He also recalls being a teaching assistant lead 3000 class as the first teaching assistant for Dr. Williams. His second fondest memory, and something he takes to heart even now, is the overall impact of Dr. Holliday.


Kristin Pearsons

Kristin graduated with her M.S. in student affairs in 2011 and began her journey working as assistant director for student activities at Riton College. She is no longer in student affairs and instead works for a law firm and oversees trust accounts. She describes her experiences at Nova common sense blended with creativity and she is still able to utilize these skills in her current position. She has taken hold of the conflict and mediation analysis and exercised it in her daily life and her professional life. She gained a great deal from the CSA program at Nova, she said that she was given “unlimited resources.” One thing that she really held onto was the freedom to be silly and goofy, she cherishes the fact that the program allows individuals the ability to be weird and different. Although she is no longer in the field she has expressed her joy in talking to students and one piece of advice she would offer is do research and investigate options. Don’t be so quick to move up, but just take the time to figure out such things as: What is the current climate of the institution. She advises anyone going into student affairs to remember to interview the institutions of interest as well. Feel free to reach out to Kristin anytime. 


Tricia Realbuto

Tricia graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and began working as the Coordinator of Orientation and Service at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Tricia now works as the Assistant Director of US Operations at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy. Tricia remembers the famous words shared by Dr. Brad Williams “Live like a college student now so you don’t have to live like on later!” She states that she “shares that advice with students all the time when it comes to how they spend their money and time!”


Jennifer Revezzo

Jennifer graduated in 2015 with her M.S. in college student affairs and now has 12 years of college student affairs experience under her belt. She started working for Nova Southeastern University as the Director of student services in the college of engineering. She has since left the field, but continues to call upon the skills she learned in the program at NSU. She is now a project manager at an ITT Technical Company located in South Florida. She recalls her ability to use what she used in practicum and the ability to apply it to “real life.” She created a peer mentoring program for student government when she was in college and it continued to leave an impact after she left. She also remembered the Theories class she took as part of the program. It allowed her to work more closely with people. She does admit that she misses working with student and encourages anyone going into student affairs to expand their resumes by not becoming “nitched” to higher education. 


Hernan Rico

Rico graduated with his M.S. in college student affairs in 2016. Following his graduation, he started as a career advisor at Nova Southeastern University. He has since perused a career with residence life at Humboldt State University. He harkens to Dr. Holliday’s famous and encouraging words of “Trust the Process.” He testifies that that quote coupled with the knowledge he gained in the program made him not only a better professional, but a better person.


Kenrick Roberts, Esq.

Kenrick graduated with his Masters in College Student Affairs in 2009 and jumped into his first Student affairs position, which was the Area Coordinator at the Catholic University of America. He later began work as an Associate Attorney with Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman, & Darby, LLP. One thing from this CSA program he will always remember is those simple, yet meaningful words spoken by Dr. Holliday, “Trust the Process.” Though he is not in Student affairs anymore, he is quite willing to support and mentor any students that contact him. 


Sean Ryan

Sean graduated in 2015 with his Masters in College Student Affairs and settled into life as a Student Affairs professional. His first position was Coordinator of Leadership Programming at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then began a career as Associate Director of Fraternity Life and Experiential Leadership Education at Dickinson College. His memory of Nova was shaped by Dr. Holliday’s exemplary leadership and her unforgotten words, Trust the Process. He is happy to discuss his experiences at Nova with any students who reach out to him. 


Wafia Sayfalnasr

Wafia graduated with her M.S. in college student affairs in 2011. Since then, she had worked as the coordinator for the University of Central Florida and now works as the coordinator at the Community College of Vilencia. She has loved every step of the college student affairs journey and could not cite simply one memory or item she took with her from NSU. Instead, she credits all she has achieved and everything she uses to the NSU student affairs program. She credits everything to the excellent professors, to the rigorous classes, and of course to the friends she made to assist her in pushing through.


Stephen Staik

Stephen graduated with his M.S. in student affairs in 2012. He has since started his career at South Florida State College as a student service advisor. He has dedicated 10 years of service to the student affairs profession. He credits his success in the field to the cross brand of study he received at NSU. One of his favorite memories was the College Student and the Law class as he had a background in human services. He is currently out of the profession, doing analytic work in the homeland security field; however, he hopes to rejoin the CSA family in the future.


Julianne Stephens

Julianne graduated with her M.S. in student affairs in 2016. Since graduated, she has not received a job in her field. However, she only has positive things to say about the program and held on to the experiences she gained in her practicums. Her advice is to make sure that the practicum experiences are taken seriously because that is where your career is built.


Christopher Thornton

Christopher Thornton graduated in 2014 with his Masters in College Student Affairs. Upon graduation Christopher began working as a Residential Director at State University in New York at Oneonta. He is currently employed at Frostburg State University and is still within Residential Life. He holds on to and remembers the support and inspiration he gained while in the program and harkens his accomplishments to the challenges he faced in the NSU program. He describes having to think critically and support reasoning – to think critically and analytically. NSU gifted him the tools to be successful in any field. Christopher is happy to discuss his experiences and assist in any way he can. So, feel free to contact him.


Samantha Townsend

Samantha graduated in 2014 with her Masters in College Student Affairs. From there she began her CSA career working as an Area Coordinator at Brandeis University, located just outside of Boston, MA. She then came back to Nova, as she developed a passion for the atmosphere and the students. She now works as Area coordinator for Founders, Farquar, Vettel and the Cultural Living Center. She also has a position as the Retention Specialist for DOSA COUS.  Samantha has learned a lot from the program, but one thing that has always stuck with her, was a quote from her Human Factors professor, she stated “never apologize for how you feel; your feelings are your own”.  They had a whole discussion about how one may change their viewpoints through conversations and how an individual may feel differently later on but in that moment may feel a certain way. She stated that that conversation really stuck with her throughout the years in the field.


Jennifer Vogel

Jennifer graduated from Nova with her Masters in College Student Affairs in 2014. Her journey started as the Athletic Academic Coordinator at NSU’s Athletic Department. She moved to Harold Washington College, which is a part of City Colleges of Chicago. She now works as a College Advisor in the Academic Advising Office. In this position, she coordinates New Student Orientation and First Year Experience programs, while advising students on academic, career, and transfer goals. One of her favorite memories from the CSA program was working with her fellow GA’s. She remembers a day that she worked on STUEY biographies late into the night. It would have been a miserable task if it weren’t for the fun, amazing people that she worked with. She stated that “Any project or event was better because of them!” Feel free to contact Jennifer, as she still aims to inspire future professionals. 


Aeryel Williams

Aeryel graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and from there continued to pursue further education. She currently is working on her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University (LSU). She has also worked as a program coordinator for Florida International University and as a Reslife Coordinator at Dillard University. Now she is back in the classroom to seek a Ph.D. and is working as a graduate assistant like she did when she was attending NSU. In fact, what she recalls most from NSU, was serving as Dr. Brad Williams' teaching assistant.


Stephanie J. Womack

Stephani J. graduated with her M.S. in student affairs in May of 2014. Sue began working as the Coordinator of Orientation and Leadership Development at Dalton State Collage. Stephani now works as the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development. One of her lasting memories of her time at Nova was Dr. Gay Holliday’s famous quote “Trust the process.” Stephani continued by stating that she “always has and it has never steered her wrong!”


Jim Wood

Jim graduated with his Masters in College Student Affairs and began working as a recruiter for the Huizenga College of Business at Nova Southeastern University. He enjoyed being a part of this College and has not left. He currently acts as the Assistant Director of Admissions for the NSU College of Business. Jim said that he could not narrow down his experiences to one memory that stands out, because his experience was so enriching at Nova, and he is happy to talk with any student who wishes to reach out to him. 


Karen Zuniga

Karen graduated with her M.S. in student affairs and started her career at Fordham University as the Resident director within the Office of Residential Life. She continues this challenging work even now. Karen has a passion for students and enjoys what she does. She also enjoyed the time she had at Nova. She states that she cannot think of one memory as greater than another. She has had so many meaningful experiences that it would be hard to pick. She does say, however, that overall her experience was one that she would not change at NSU and if she could she would do it all over again.


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