Student Advisors and Support Staff

Undergraduate Advisors


Email Address


Katie PetersonKatie Peterson

Traditional (4-year) Nursing majors in sequence at the Kent campus

Melissa FennMelissa Fenn

Traditional (4-year) Nursing majors in sequence at the Kent campus

Photo of Rachel SchererRachel Scherer

Accelerated Nursing majors in sequence

Taylor Livengood

Nursing majors, prior to nursing sequence

Geauga and Stark in sequence BSN

Michelle Whittlesey

Nursing majors, prior to nursing sequence

Salem and Trumbull in sequence BSN

Mackenzie Yozwiak
(Graduate Assistant)

Nursing Majors, prior to nursing sequence

Graduate Advisor


Email Address


Jay HaysJay Hays


Student Services Administrative and Support Staff


Email Address


Curtis GoodCurtis Good
Assistant Dean of Operations and Student Services


Ruth PittmanRuth Pittman
Administrative Secretary

CastleBranch, Clinical Compliance, General student service concerns in relation to admission, progression, and graduation for the BSN program.

Gail Hansen-More
Special Assistant

Student concerns in relation to RN-to-BSN admission, progression, and graduation

Terrie Adams
Special Assistant

Student concerns in relation to MSN/Ph.D./DNP admission, progression, and graduation

Advisor Responsibilities

The College of Nursing’s academic advisors help guide students in the development of meaningful educational plans and appropriate academic choices that are compatible with their career and life goals.

As students work with advisors, they learn to communicate effectively, independently and collaboratively as they focus, gain clarity and develop realistic personal and professional goals.

Academic advisors provide information about current and changing curricular requirements as well as career opportunities and resources. They monitor each student’s progress in meeting program requirements and help students develop the ability to assess their own academic progress.

Nursing student advisors also provide many related services, including interpretation of policies and procedures, assistance in the registration process, assessment of transfer credit, support for students who are at risk, and refer students to campus resources that address academic or personal issues as needed.

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for understanding and following academic and program requirements and expectations as well as university policies, procedures, and deadlines.

While advising is a shared responsibility between students and advisors, students should be proactive by contacting the appropriate advisor regularly, by being prepared for each advising session and by actively participating in the academic planning process.

Students are expected to follow through with the agreed upon academic plan and notify their advisor if changes or alterations occur. They should utilize the Graduation Planning System (GPS) reports and program requirement sheets to monitor progress toward degree completion. GPS reports can be accessed in FlashLine.