College of Health Academic Advisors:
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Maddie Miller, Kinesiology, Academic Advisor
Maddie is a Salt Lake City native who has always had a strong affinity for the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her BS in Human Development and Family Studies accompanied by a minor in Sociology and certificates in Criminology and Diversity. Maddie’s educational background focused heavily on human development and problems, coping skills and positive psychology. She started her career at the University of Utah, as an advisor in Scholarships and Financial Aid wherein she worked directly with FAFSA, federal regulations and institutional policies to best assist students in financing their education. Maddie is extremely excited to be joining the academic advising team in the College of Health. She looks forward to offering spirited mentorship to students not only seeking guidance but also an ally to rally behind them on their educational ventures. Outside of work Maddie enjoys playing board games, watching movies (preferably comedy or horror), camping, long boarding/snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.
Jessica Feller, Kinesiology, Academic Advisor
Jessica is from Utah, but is most recently joining us from Seattle, Washington, where she was working as a school counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Utah State University and her Masters of Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. She very is excited to be back at her alma mater! Jessica enjoys running, listening to and/or reading good books, eating delicious food, and spending time with people she cares about.
Dave Belt, Kinesiology, Senior Academic Advisor
Dave is a native to Salt Lake City. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Sociology from Southern Utah University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his free time Dave enjoys hiking, mountain biking, going to movies, reading novels, going to sporting events, and going out for sushi.
JoJo Beyene, Health Promotion and Education, Communications Sciences Disorders, and Nutrition Minor, Senior Academic Advisor
Yordanos (JOJO) Beyene joined the College of Health staff in July 2015 as a Bridge Advisor. She is a native of Ethiopia. After immigrating to the United States her family settled in Logan, Utah. She attended Utah State University for her undergraduate degree and University of Utah for her Master’s degree. Prior to working as an academic advisor She has worked with Utah State University, University of Utah, UN Women of Utah, and United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees, and other prominent organizations in the Utah business community. she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, traveling and listening to Gospel music.
Eric Gardner, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Senior Academic Advisor
Eric received a B.S. degree in Sport and Leisure Management with a concentration in Parks and Recreation from East Tennessee State University in 2004 and M.S. degree in Recreation and Leisure from East Carolina University in 2007. He has worked in outdoor trip leading, inclusive camping, and as the director of an Outdoor Leadership and Team Development program at the university level. Eric enjoys almost any outdoor activity from backpacking to skiing to climbing or just sitting and enjoying the peacefulness of nature.
Kelly Brown, Occupational and Recreational Therapies, Academic Advisor
Kelly was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a double major in German and International Studies and a minor in Russian. She moved to Salt Lake City in 1999 and was fortunate to have found a job with the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Utah. She is currently enrolled in the M.Ed. in Education, Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. In 2015, she was awarded the University of Utah Outstanding Academic Advisor award and in 2016, was a winner of the National Academic Advising Association Outstanding Advisor-Primary Role award. Kelly has 2 wonderful daughters. She’s fallen in love with the mountains and deserts of Utah but still misses the cornfields, lakes and rolling hills of Wisconsin. She’s a nature lover, camper, National Park road tripper, pet-mother, Green Bay Packer fan and shareholder.
Assistant Dean of Students
Shari started as an undergraduate student of political science at the U in the 80’s, went on to get her Master’s in Public Administration, and never really left! She has worked with students in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, the College of Humanities and currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Students in the College of Health, focusing on the undergraduate population. When not immersed in student issues, Shari likes to take advantage of the amazing hiking trails, camping sites and road trips in this incredible state.
Administrative Officer, Academic Affairs
Prior to beginning her University of Utah career, Lorraine was employed by the Salt Lake City Police Department, as an Administrative Assistant in the Narcotics - D.E.A. Task Force, for a period of ten years. Upon joining the university, Lorraine was hired to the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, for twelve years. July 2016, Lorraine was promoted to Administrative Officer for Academic Affairs in the Dean's office of the College of Health. In her free time, Lorraine enjoys spending time with her daughters, rescue dog, and friends in activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and snow skiing. She also likes concerts, farmer's markets, and festivals. Lorraine loves animals and is a part time dog sitter for Rover.