Carmalita M. Kemayo, Advisor
Carmalita hails originally from California and has lived and worked in a number of locations throughout the country. As a nationally certified counselor and seasoned trainer, she has served multiple populations in academic, corporate, and community environments. She is particularly interested in the effective application of knowledge to real life experience, and hopes to instill in her students the insight to value their education as an investment and the skills to maximize the return on that investment.
Mae Marie Noll, Advisor
Springfield native and long-time UIS presence, Mae is a staunch student advocate. Mae completed her B.A. at Illinois College, her Masterís at UIUC, and her teaching certificate at UIS. Prior to joining the UIS staff, Mae worked in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at UIUC and Springfield College in Illinois. Mae encourages and assists students in the exploration of the life of the mind inside and outside the classroom. She focuses on supporting student academic success, while matching students with opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Mae wants our students to feel part of a community that values them as individuals, supports them as scholars, and prepares them for life outside of the institution.
Tarah Sweeting-Trotter, Advisor
Tarah is an Illinois native and most recently relocated to Springfield from Jacksonville, Illinois.She earned her B.A. from MacMurray College and her M.A. from UIS. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies at St. Louis University. Tarah has experience in marketing communications, career services, campus activities, residence life, disability support services and first year programs. She has a passion for working to help students realize their full potential and achieve success both in and out of the classroom.
Natalie Hammoud, Peer Advisor
Natalie Hammoud is a junior who graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 2009. Located in Oak Park, the high school is in a western suburb about 10 minutes outside of Chicago. Natalie is an Accounting major and a Business Administration minor and is looking to receive her MBA and CPA one day. From her hard work and connection with the campus, Natalie reciprocates her knowledge of UIS by encouraging students of their academic success. Natalie provides support to help new students transition into college life through individual and small group interactions and offers direction to many of the new situations and responsibilities associated with college.
Shaun Kerr, Peer Advisor
Shaun Kerr is a Sophomore Business Administration major and Economics minor. He plans to also obtain his MBA. Shaun grew up in Meredosia, IL, a village between Springfield and Quincy. His future goal is to be a Financial Advisor for a bank or corporation. He is an outgoing person and very interested in athletics of nearly all sorts. He enjoys casual games of basketball, flag football and sand volleyball. Shaun is new to the UAAC office but has already grown to enjoy helping students with their problems.
Joe McGee, Peer Advisor
Joe McGee is a Sophomore double major in Political Science and Business Administration. Joe is a 2011 graduate from Carlyle high school where he played basketball, football, and partcipated in numerous organizations. He enjoys helping others, which is why this job is a perfect match for him. After undergrad, he plans to attend Howard University to study Corporate Law. He stresses that if any students needs assistance with anything this is what he is here to do.
Lesly Schoo, Office Manager
Lesly has been working in higher education for more than 15 years but is relatively new to the UIS family. She believes that the students are the heart of the University. Lesly feels it is our duty as faculty, staff and student workers to help all the UIS students move forward to achieve their educational goals in the most helpful and efficient way possible.
Prerna Khullar , Student Worker
My name isPrerna Khullar, and I am a Junior. I am an International Student from India and came here in 2010 as a freshman. I am double majoring in BBA and MGT, with a double minor in MIS and ACC. I am very passionate about dogs and have two beautiful Labrador retrievers at home. I volunteer with the Animal Protective League in Springfield on the weekends to help with adoption drives at Pet Smart. I plan on going to graduate school in 2016, but I want to work in the business sector for a year to gain some experience before I go back and study. Eventually, I plan on expanding the family business. I am so glad I chose to study at UIS because I love the one-on-one interaction with the students and professors. Through my job at the Advising Center, I want to help students recognize their goals and help them pursue what they are passionate about.
Nichelle King , Student Worker
Ashley Tague , Student Worker
My name is Ashley Tague, and I am a junior double majoring in Business Administration and Business Management with a minor in Social Responsibility and Leadership Development. I’m from Mt. Zion, IL which is right by Decatur, IL. Upon graduating in May 2014, I will pursue my MBA with a graduate certificate in Human Resources (hopefully at UIS). My dream job is to become a Director of Human Resources either in the banking industry or working for a non-for-profit organization here in Springfield. I am very passionate about UIS, and it truly is a wonderful University to be a part of. My goal is to get students to realize this as well through promoting each student’s academic success.