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Director

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Frank Robinson

Students that are suspended or dismissed from the university, or have a tuition appeal should contact Frank Robinson.
UC 210C
robinsonf1@nku.edu

Bio

Frank brings many years of experience in higher education and advising to Norse Advising, as he has been serving at Northern Kentucky University for twelve years.  Previously, Frank served as an Advisor/Lecturer for six years and then became Assistant Director of the Haile/US Bank College of Business Advising Center.  As Assistant Director of the College of Business Advising Center, Frank designed activities to recruit and attract freshmen to business programs, provided programming of new student programs toward college transition, and also worked with department chairs on curriculum updates and development.

In his time at NKU, Frank has won such accolades as the Dean’s Citation Award for Outstanding Citizenship (2012-13), NKU Outstanding Advising Award (2015), Outstanding Advisor for the Local Phi Beta Lambda Chapter for Kentucky (2015), and Outstanding Staff Member from the NKU Black Faculty and Staff Association in 2018. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

 

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Associate Director

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Amy Pieper

New Pathfinders: UNV 101 Section 116L
Continued Pathfinders: Last Names A-G

UC 210
piepera3@nku.edu

Bio

As the Associate Director of Norse Advising, Amy’s primary responsibility is directing the Pathfinders Program. She also works to develop co-curricular initiatives to encourage student success. Some of the programs she has developed include the Academic Success Workshops for students in academic distress; the major declaration advising campaign to help students in selecting majors in a timely manner; and the Norse Advising Recognition Breakfast, which recognizes outstanding students in Norse Advising.

Amy brings more than 15 years experience in higher education experience from a variety of settings, including Ohio University, University of Houston, and the University of Central Florida.

Amy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication, and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Ohio University.

 

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Academic Specialist

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Susan Ryman

UC 210
rymans1@nku.edu

Bio

Susan coordinates the office activities as an Academic Specialist in Norse Advising. She came to NKU in 2015 and has previously worked in the College of Business and the Office of Research, Grants and Contracts. Her previous experience also includes administrative/financial positions in banking and professional services.

Susan is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky and a MBA from Xavier University. She resides in Northern Kentucky and enjoys spending time with her rescue Chihuahua dog, cooking, reading, attending her daughter’s volleyball games, and playing bridge.

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Coordinator of Advising Programs

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Megan LaDow

UC 210
ladowm1@nku.edu

Bio

Megan LaDow is the Coordinator of Advising Programs in Norse Advising. In this position, Megan coordinates the Master Advisor program, supervises the Peer Coaches, and oversees new student Orientation in Norse Advising.

Megan has been at NKU since 2014 and previously advised students in English, History, and Geography. Prior to NKU, Megan’s higher education experience included working in admissions at Thomas More College and student success and retention at Xavier University.

Megan earned Bachelors degrees in History and International Studies at Thomas More College and a Masters degree in School Counseling from Xavier University. She and her family live in Independence, Kentucky.

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Secretary

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Roseanne Von Handorf

UC 210
vonhandorfr@nku.edu

Bio

Rose manages and supervises the Front Desk and staffs the Pathfinders’ Study Tables in Steely Library.  Since coming to NKU from Thomas More College in 2002, she has worked in the Office of Institutional Research and the Office of SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Reaffirmation.

While working for the Office of SACS Reaffirmation, Rose received a nomination for the Regents Distinguished Service Award as well as being recognized for her service by a NKU student on his/her Senior Survey.

She enjoys spending time with her friends hiking or antiquing and working for Norse Advising where she is able to help students navigate their way around NKU.

 

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Academic Advisors (Undecided / Undeclared)

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Mike Irvin

All Pathfinders
Undecided / Undeclared: Last Names A-G

UC 210
irvinm1@nku.edu

Bio

Mike Irvin started at Northern Kentucky University in July 2012 as a Residence Hall Director and joined Norse Advising in February 2016 as an Academic Advisor. Also in his time at NKU, Mike has taught University 101 and served as the advisor to the Activities Programming Board and the Association of Campus Residents.

Mike completed his undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Hope College and his Masters in Student Affairs at the University of St. Thomas.  He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and adorable dogs, Charlie and Rosie.

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Casey Thompson

Undecided / Undeclared: Last Names H-N
UC 210
thompsonc@nku.edu

Bio

Casey is a Cincinnati, Ohio native that started at NKU in
July of 2014. Prior to arriving at NKU Casey was the Academic Exploration Coordinator at his undergraduate alma mater, The College of Mount Saint Joseph. Casey earned his Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in May of 2013. Casey has eight years of higher education experience that includes residence life, academic advising, and teaching first year experience courses. 

 

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Terkerah Washington

Undecided / Undeclared: Last Names O-Z
UC 210
washingtonte@nku.edu

Bio

Terkerah has worked at Norse Advising since 2001 and has been working with students in some professional capacity for over two decades. In addition to advising students in an academic capacity, she also advises students in extracurricular groups on campus through the African American Programs and Initiatives office. She became a Master Advisor in 2007.  

Terkerah writes a newsletter each semester to inform advisors across campus about changes in advising and upcoming department events. She also teaches UNV 101 (First Year Experience classes) and Communication classes as well as serves on several committees across campus.

Terkerah earned her bachelor's degree at Kentucky State University, her Master of Education degree from the University of Kentucky, and her Certificate to Teach in Communication from Northern Kentucky University.

 

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First Year Advisors

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Ashley Galinger

College of Health and Human Services- Students
with 29 credit hours or less

UC 210
galingera1@nku.edu

Bio

Ashley Galinger is the Academic Advisor for First Year students in the College of Health Professions. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Cincinnati Christian University. Prior to working at NKU, Ashley worked in the mental health field as a therapist at Xavier University’s counseling center serving students with concerns such as anxiety, depression, academics, and homesickness.
Ashley is passionate and excited about working with NKU students, and enjoys getting to learn more about their goals, academic concerns, and interests. Even though she has lived in Cincinnati for the past seven years, Ashley spent most of her life in Texas! In her spare time she enjoys attending concerts, hiking, and traveling to Indiana and Texas to visit friends and family.

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Nick Pflum

College of Health and Human Services - Students
with 29 credit hours or less

UC 210
pflumn1@nku.edu

Bio

Nick Pflum is one of the Academic Advisors for First Year students in the College of Health and Human Services. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership here at Northern Kentucky University (Go Norse!) and his Master's Degree in College Student Personnel from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, Nick worked in the Allen Student Advising Center, where he had the opportunity to assist first year students major exploration and academics. He also taught an introductory to college course where he had the pleasure of helping students with their transition to college.
Nick was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but loves the environment of Northern Kentucky. In his free time, you can find Nick spending time outdoors, hanging out with friends and family, and discovering the next best coffee shop.

Network Advisors

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Amanda Laskowski

Amanda Laskowski

Integrative Studies students
UC 210
laskowskia1@nku.edu
Bio

Amanda L. lives in Oakley, Cincinnati with her partner Alex, daughter Marcie, and their yellow rescue lab Roxie Hart. She loves exploring Cincinnati, playing Euchre, watching Top Chef, and planning her next travel adventure. Amanda L. spent six months in Scotland and has traveled around Europe, and to China and Costa Rica. She also travels frequently to visit friends and family in her previous hometowns of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. With nine years of experience working in higher education, she previously advised business students at DePaul University, and also worked at Miami University and the University of Minnesota in orientation, residence life, and academic advising. Amanda joined the NKU family in December 2016 and truly loves working with Integrative Studies as they seek to complete their degrees.

Amanda L. has earned her Bachelor of Arts, Sociology from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) and her Master of Science, Student Affairs & Higher Education from Miami University (Oxford, OH).

 

Amanda Purnell

Arts & Sciences Undeclared Students
Chase Law 3+3 Program Integrative Studies

UC 210
purnella2@nku.edu
Bio

Amanda joined the Norse Advising team in February 2019. She
has nine years of experience working in higher education, including advising on program requirements, experiential learning opportunities, and scholarships.  Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Ohio University and her master’s degree—also in Communication Studies—at Colorado State University.

Amanda is always up for a road-trip to new places, welcomes
good book recommendations, aspires to be a confectionary architect, and loves all things yarn related.

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Kendra Conley

English, History, and Geography (Arts and Sciences)
LA 515
conleyk3@nku.edu
Bio

Kendra is a Taylor Mill, Kentucky native, and a two-time alumna of Northern Kentucky University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in 2013, and her Master’s degree in Communication Studies in 2016. During her undergrad career, Kendra participated in a variety of clubs and activities, including Delta Gamma Sorority, and worked as an Orientation Leader. After completing her Master’s program, Kendra served as an Admissions Counselor for the university, and traveled around southern Kentucky to speak to prospective students.

Kendra has been the Professional Advisor for the English and History departments since the spring of 2018, and is thrilled to be in this position. She loves working with her students and co-workers, and enjoys that each day is a new adventure.

When not working, Kendra enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog.

Joan Brummer

Joan Brummer

Music Majors and Minors (SOTA / Arts and Sciences)
FA 253B
brummerj1@nku.edu
Bio

Joan is a Network Advisor who works with students through the Norse Advising Center and the School of the Arts music program.  Joan joined Northern Kentucky University in April of 2013, and brings with her 15+ years of professional advising experience.  Prior to NKU, Joan established and managed the Student Success Center for the Blue Ash, Ohio campus of Galen College of Nursing.  She has a B.S. in Communications from Weber State University (Utah), plus an M.A. in Organizational Management.

Joan grew up in a military family (Air Force) living in various states as well as Germany and Italy. Prior to becoming a professional advisor, Joan had a great love for broadcast radio and voice over work.  She was a News Director for two radio stations in Utah, plus hosted a six hour contemporary jazz and new age music program on Sundays.  She has performed commercial and industrial voice overs for the Utah Forest Service as well as for various corporations in the Salt Lake City area.

Joan has lived in Northern Kentucky since 2002. She shares her living space with her fur baby, Bella, a precocious but loveable black and white long-haired cat. Joan collects sculptures by Vermont artist Marsha McCarthy, is addicted to 80’s new wave music and loves science fiction based books and films. She is a self-professed “nerd” who enjoys The Big Band Theory, Star Wars and Star Trek.

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Thomas Liauba

College of Health and Human Services
HE 457
liaubat1@nku.edu

Bio

Thomas Liauba is the Network Advisor for the College of Health and Human Services. Having worked closely with high school students as a teacher, coach, and counselor for the past few years, he is excited to be at NKU working with college students.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University in 2015 and his Master of Arts in School Counseling from Xavier University in 2019. In his studies, he focused primarily on how practicing wellness contributes to leading a positive life.
Thomas has many interests. He loves staying active, spending most of his time cycling, hiking, kayaking, running, or swimming. He also enjoys music, playing in a few local bands and performing solo every once in a while. He spends a lot of his time traveling to different places, having experienced many national parks, tons of cities, and a few different countries.
Thomas enjoys meeting new people, so be sure to come down and say "Hi" sometime.

Dana Schmutte

Dana Schmutte

Advisor for Human Services and Addictions, & Social Work (COEHS)
MEP 230
schmutted1@nku.edu
Bio

Dana Schmutte is the academic advisor for Social Work and Human Services and Addictions. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Art Studio at The University of Kentucky, and her Master’s Degree here at NKU in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to working at NKU, Dana worked in the mental health field as a therapist, with her focus in mindfulness and contemplative practices in the clinical treatment of depression, anxiety, and grief.  In her spare time, Dana teaches painting classes and enjoys sharing her art with others. She is also a huge UK basketball fan, so March is her favorite month! This Fall, Dana will be teaching UNV 101 to incoming Social Work freshman. Dana enjoys meeting with students, so make sure to stop by and say hello!

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Jen Ungerleider

College of Informatics
GH 404F
ungerleidj1@nku.edu
Bio
Jen Ungerleider is the network academic advisor for the College of Informatics. She came to NKU in February 2019, bringing with her 10 years of advising experience at the University of Kansas. In addition to advising, she also has taught anthropology and biology and worked in study abroad.
 
Jen originally is from southwestern Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Miami University and a doctorate in biological anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. For her doctorate research, she studied behavior and ecology of spider monkeys in Costa Rica.
 
Jen is excited to get to know NKU students and help them navigate their own paths and meet their goals. She holds drop-in advising hours in Norse Advising on Friday mornings.

LeShauna Persley

College of Business
BC 206
persleyl@nku.edu
Bio

LeShauna Persley is the Network Advisor for the College of Business. She is an alumna of Northern Kentucky University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration here at NKU in 2004, and her Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education at Eastern Kentucky University in 2009.

During her undergraduate career, LeShauna participated in a variety of clubs and organizations that allowed her to assist first year students, including NKU R.O.C.K.S., University Housing, the Admissions Recruiting Team, and many more. During her graduate career, she was a Graduate Assistant at the Department of Developmental Education and Academic Readiness, which allowed her to assist first year students with Academic Advising and their transition to college.

After completing her Master’s degree, LeShauna became an Assistant Manager for Kroger in Lexington/Winchester, Kentucky areas where she learned everything “hands-on” about Business. She learned how to manage a store of over 300 employees and thousands of customers for almost 10 years.

LeShauna has many interests. Her favorite hobby is traveling outside of the United States. She loves attending scary movies, plays, musicals, and concerts. She loves spending quality time with friends and family as well. LeShauna enjoys working with students and loves meeting new people!

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Lynn Crane

Biology, Environmental Science, & Pre-Med (Arts and Sciences)
SC 203A
cranel1@nku.edu
Bio

Lynn Crane started at Northern Kentucky University in October 2011.  Previously, Lynn was an advisor in a central advising unit at Virginia Western Community College and an advisor in Old Dominion University’s Medical Laboratory Science program.  

Lynn advises new students in the Department of Biological Sciences which includes students majoring in Biological Sciences, Environmental Science and Neuroscience. The Biological Sciences Department also advises students who are interested in attending Medical, Dental, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physician’s Assistant, or Pharmacy schools after graduating from NKU.   Lynn is part of our Norse Advising Network.  She meets with drop in students in the Norse Advising Office on Thursday afternoons.

Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science, Biology degree from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and her Master of Science, Medical Laboratory Science Education degree from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA).

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Contact Us

 

Phone: 859-572-6900

University Center 210

Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY 41099

Office Hours

 

Monday - Friday: 8:15am - 4:30pm

Evening Appointments Available by Request