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Hi, my name is Delisha Ali and I grew up right here in South Florida. I earned a Bachelor’s in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University. The best part about working with the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center is knowing that we are assisting students in pursuing their educational and professional goals, as well as being the “support system” they need to succeed.
My name is Alyssa Almodóvar and I was born and raised in South Florida. In 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a dual major in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Leadership program in the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. For the past five years, I have worked in the field of education and plan to continue to do so after completing the master’s program.
While working at NSU, I had the honor of attending one of Dr. Paul Hersey’s Situational Leadership seminars. This moment was memorable because it inspired me to utilize more of a situational approach to advising, which allows me to develop my style of advising based on the distinctive circumstances of the student. Each student and each inquiry are unique and as per Dr. Hersey’s leadership model, they should be treated as such. During advising appointments, I hope that by using this approach, I am able to foster confidence and independence in our students.
My favorite things about advising are having the opportunity to share my passion for education and encouraging others to continue on their path towards achieving their academic and professional goals. Pursuing an undergraduate degree is a journey that is guaranteed to have its ups and downs, which is why it is critical to have a strong support system around you. I truly enjoy building supportive relationships with students and having the privilege of witnessing their successes.
Hi – my name is Janet Anderson. I moved to south Florida from the United Kingdom. I have degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and have been a part of the NSU family for more than 16 years. I have served in various capacities and have been with the Advising Office for 4 years.
I know that there are occasions when the difficulty of juggling life and academics causes the enthusiasm to wane. At those times I would encourage my students to think of this saying by Moliere “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
My most memorable moments at the University are attending the Commencement Ceremonies – an exhilarating time when students realize that their hard work paid off and a new door has opened.
What I enjoy most about being an academic advisor is the opportunity I am afforded to be in partnership with my students in reaching their personal, academic and professional goals.
Hi, my name is Jodene Bailey
I migrated to South Florida from Canada. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and will soon obtain my Masters in College Student Affairs from NSU. I have been in higher education for 6 years. I began as an enrollment manager, and my responsibilities included providing information and support to students while guiding them through the university admissions process. Through this experience, I have learned that my passion is fully vested in assisting and providing students with academic and personal support as they embark on their academic journey from university to their career.
My goal is not only to assist students as they develop into the great professionals, but also to introduce them to the many opportunities that Nova Southeastern University has available. To help students develop a work-life balance that allows them to be successful in their academics, while enjoying the great benefits that our campus life and student organizations has to offer. Student development is important and a key growth and success. It is my hope that their interactions with me as an advisor will foster an environment that will encourage them throughout this process.
One of my favorite quotes by Henry Longfellow is “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night” University life may be challenging at times, but if you make your journey personal and put in the hard work, you will be successful.
Hi my name is Sheara Brown-Gbenro and I am a native Floridian. I’ve worked with Nova Southeastern University for eleven years. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Barry University and a Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to becoming an academic advisor I spent 10 years in public relations and customer service.
One thing about me you should know is that I collect model cars.
My favorite quote - You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. “You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” (Dr. Seuss)
Hi, my name is Simone Campbell. I moved to South Florida at the age of 10 from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I have a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and a Master of Science in Counseling which I earned from Nova Southeastern University. I've worked at Nova Southeastern University for eight years and the most enjoyable aspect of advising is the relationships that I develop with my students.
April Coan, M. S.
My name is April Coan. I spent my formative years growing up in my hometown of Brownsville, TX. Seeking a life of adventure I joined the military and served five years as a Marine Corps Officer. During this time I was able to earn my M.S. in Business Administration from Boston University.
My most memorable experience in college was interning at the European Union where I worked for a Member of Parliament. This international exposure had a huge impact on me and inspired me to continue a life of learning and travel.
As an advisor I enjoy encouraging my students to seek out positive experiences and long-lasting friendships in order to help them enhance their college education and live life to their fullest potential.
Marikay Concannon, M.S.
Advisor Biography – Marikay Concannon - I got involved in higher education when I was a purchasing manager for a company that made the inside parts of medical and electronic products. As much as I enjoyed the work, I did not like the emphasis on profit versus people. So I decided to renew my interest in Psychology and that led me to NSU. After completing my masters’ degree I went to work in advising and as an adjunct instructor in Behavioral Sciences.
One occasion that sits in my memory is the first Christmas party the undergraduate college held. We were a small enough group that we fit in a classroom – all the staff from Business, Education, and Arts and Sciences! It’s memorable to me because I’ve seen the college grow and change tremendously since that time, and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of that experience.
Joseph Campbell directs us to “follow our bliss,” and I use that as my guiding motto in advising students.
Sherla Cruz de Benoit, M.A.Ed.
My name is Sherla Cruz de Benoit and I was born and raised in San Juan, P.R. I have a diverse career background, first as an artist, then as fashion designer/merchandiser and now, as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Academic Advising.
I earned a B.F.A. in Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design in NYC.
For 15 years I had the pleasure to work for a variety of companies in New York City’s fashion industry and P.R. Later on, I was ready to pursue my next career interest which is the field of education. I relocated to South Florida accepting an offer to become fashion design and merchandising faculty. During that time, I earned an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at the Inter-american University of PR. While earning the master’s degree, I had the opportunity to work in areas such as institutional effectiveness, university operations, international student advising and online student advocacy. I have specialized in the areas of student success and appreciative advising.
At NSU I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Vincent Tinto, theorist in the field of higher education, student success and retention, during his 2007 Student Success lecture at the DeSantis Building. It was memorable!
I love advising students in a holistic way, from academics to career goals and institutional involvement; transitioning from high school to college, and later on, into the work place. I have a profound sense of duty and a drive for service. I have the fortune of witnessing student development on a daily basis; therefore, I will continue to intentionally position myself in environments where I can make a difference.
Hello, my name is Jeanette Daniels, I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. I graduated from Kent State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. I taught both middle and high school, English, Language Arts, Reading and Drama for 8.5 years. I became an NSU Shark in December of 2013. Some interesting facts about me are that I’m a published Poet (age 17) and I love football.
My name is Chris Densmore. I have enjoyed serving students since I graduated from NSU several years ago. As a work-study student, I was able to reap the rewards of on the job training while still studying to complete my Bachelor of Science. One of the accomplishments that I am very proud of was earning my Master of Science in Education where I really found how much I was interested in the process of learning that occurs between the teacher and the student.
Watching a student who I had known as a freshman walk across the stage at graduation is my most memorable moment at NSU. The relationship that we form with students that I hope impacts their lives forever is my favorite thing about advising.
I really enjoy the abundance and unique diversity of natural resources that we have in South Florida and I try to spend as much time around the water as I can taking photos, fishing, diving, and boating.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Hi there, I am Raquel Fernandez and am currently an Academic Advisor at the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center here at NSU.
Over the years, I have worn several “hats”—prior to graduating from California State University in Northridge, I was a Paraprofessional at Miami-Dade College when the program was started as a pilot program. One of my most memorable experiences there was participating with all phases involved in training visually impaired students in word processing---what a rewarding experience that was!
Helping people in general has always been a passion for me and I naturally gravitated to areas such as substitute teaching K-12 and then became involved in the higher education environment, first as a Program Manager for the Huizenga School of Business then a Graduate Advisor, which leads me to my present position in Undergraduate Advising. I still get a thrill from helping students achieve their goals and find that I am where I am meant to be.
Hello! My name is Lauren Filippi and I am a native South Floridian. I am a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with my Bachelor of Science in Resort and Hospitality Management, and a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with my Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership. My passion for Student Affairs is a result of being an involved undergraduate student in numerous student organizations, specifically, as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
I strive to foster relationships with my students to learn how I can best assist them in reaching their full potential, and achieving their goals. I believe in the importance of learning through experiences, and I encourage my students to seek internship opportunities, and get involved on campus. When I am not at NSU, you can find me cooking, trying out new restaurants, traveling, or visiting theme parks.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Hi, my name is Janine Hill. I am originally from Massachusetts, where I earned a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College, followed by a master’s from Fordham University in New York. I subsequently moved to Florida where I taught English and social studies at the high school level and sociology as an adjunct college instructor. More recently, I ran a tutoring program for students with disabilities at Broward College for three years. In 2010, I was offered an academic advising position at Nova Southeastern University.
I enjoy advising students and, in my own small way, helping their dreams of higher education become reality. One of my favorite quotations is “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” - - John Dewey
Hi, my name is Melissa Jaffe. I am a native South Floridian and a proud graduate of Nova Southeastern University. I earned a degree in Communication Studies. My journey has brought me back to NSU as an academic advisor to help students achieve their educational goals. You will find that the best thing about NSU is its people.
Hi, I’m Rosario Elizabeth Koenig, but you can call me Elizabeth. I started my education in Business and Psychology programs at Kean University, New Jersey, and earned my Masters of Science Degree in Counseling at NSU. In 1997, I advised Master’s level students, and in 2005 went on to work with the undergraduate students. What I enjoy about advising is listening to student’s hopes and aspirations as well as discussing how their classes fit into their future plans. What I love the most about my job is the diversity of our student population and getting to know my students to offer a positive experience. I’m always surprised with my bright and brainy students!
During my leisure time, I’m an active member of professional associations as NACADA (National Academic Advising Association), AAUW (American Association of University Women), and AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy). I like to try new recipes, enjoy friends, and family.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Hello, I am Kasandra Landrian-Ramos, and I am a proud NSU alumni and NSU employee. My education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.
My most memorable moment at NSU was as an undergraduate student where I along with two other students participated in the Student Research Symposium with the assistance of Psychology Professor, Dr. Marcia Silver.
My passion in life is to truly help others and make a positive difference in people’s lives. I enjoy seeing the growth experienced by our students from start to finish and finally witnessing them graduate!
My name is Opal Owens and I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri. "Go Cards"! I moved to South Florida in 2009, joined the NSU community, and never looked back. I gained a strong passion for involvement and got connected with magazine writing, creative planning, and radio, right here on the main campus. I graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Business and decided to stay amongst fellow sharks. With an inspiring undergraduate journey, I furthered my education in the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship and completed my MBA in Entrepreneurship. Throughout my graduate program, I developed a new passion for education and decided to stay within the education system to help others. I have had such an amazing journey while being a shark, and I wanted other students to experience the same.
Suzette Siviter, M.P.A.
My name is Suzette Rygiel Siviter. I have been with NSU for a total of 10 years (two years from 1997-1999 and I returned in 2005). I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, but of French Canadian descent. I have been working in academic advising for nearly 20 years in Florida and in Michigan. I have a Master of Public Administration degree from The University of Toledo and a BA in Social Science from Siena Heights College (now Siena Heights University) in Adrian, Michigan.
My special area of interest is in the Pre-health Professions. My personal interests include camping and the outdoors, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions sports teams, and cooking.
I am married and have a 19 year old daughter who is a sophomore at Michigan State University, as well as two spoiled cats named Frisco and Luna.
Carmen Sosa, M.A.
My name is Carmen Sosa and I was born in Havana, Cuba. I moved to the US at the age of 6 and lived in New Jersey until 1993 when I relocated to the sunshine state. I was a first generation college student who found a mentor during my undergraduate studies and this connection inspired me to pursue a career in higher education. After completing my undergraduate degree in business administration, I focused my graduate work in psychology with a focus on counseling. I have been in higher education since 1983 and with NSU since 1994. I have worked in admissions, registrar, career placement and academic advising.
I find many quotations are meaningful in life at different stages. One of my favorites is from Andree Paul Guillaume Gide, a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. He stated, "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore".
What I love most about academic advising happens every year when I attend commencement and see our graduating class. Congratulating the students who I have established relationships with and meeting their families who are there to celebrate. When the student shares that they are feeling a mixture of emotions (excitement, fear, uncertainty, etc.) advancing towards the next chapter in life, I continue to encourage them in their future endeavors.