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Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support University of Illinois Springfield

Advising Staff


Lori Benedict

Lori Benedict, Advisor

Lori is a central Illinois native that has worked in higher education in many capacities. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling, along with Diversity in Management and Higher Education Management Advanced Certificates. Lori’s passion is student success and she has spent her entire career with that goal in mind. First in secondary special education, then in a variety of higher education positions including, ISTEP Coordinator, Workforce Director, Psychology and Sociology Instructor, Financial Aid Advisor and Academic Advisor. Her goal here at UIS is to help students find their path, be it original or newly formed. Lori’s focus is on positively supporting student academic success while helping students see the value of their education and its later practical application to their career choice. E-mail:


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. E-mail:


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. E-mail:

Tarah Sweeting-Trotter

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 also has her Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from 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. E-mail:

Office Staff

Lesly Schoo

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. Email:


Nichelle King

Nichelle King , Student Worker

My name is Nichelle King and I am a Junior from Springfield, Illinois. I am majoring in Communications (Interpersonal/Organizational). My experience with Advising Services began May 2012. I truly enjoy working with students and providing them with peer-to-peer advising, and support, as they make decisions to further their academic careers. My favorite part of the job is Freshman Orientation, which takes place throughout the summer. Nothing short of hard work goes into the preparation and execution, but it’s always nice to see the fresh faces of UIS. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, along with reading and catching up on some of my favorite shows.

Brandon Hoskins, Student Worker

My name is Brandon Hoskins and I am a freshman majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Economics. I enjoy networking with other people with the same common goal of success. I would like to pursue a career in Business Analytic or Marketing. I’m also affiliated with other organizations and I enjoy aiding to make a change.

Alicia Woodman, Marketer

My name is Alicia Woodman and I am a freshman from Shipman, Illinois. I am double majoring in Communications and Legal Studies with a minor in Marketing. I began working at OASIS in February 2014. I would like to pursue a career as a paralegal. I plan on getting my Masters in Communications, so a career in Communications will be my next choice if paralegal doesn’t work out. I enjoy interacting with students and people in the office. I also like being able to market what is going on in the office through social media and through the website. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and attending the meetings of the organizations that I am in.

Ahsan Owais, Testing Center Assistant

My name is Ahsan Owais I was born in Islamabad, Pakistan and moved to New Jersey when I was 4 years old. After 4 years there, I moved to Springfield, Illinois. I have two sisters, one older and one younger. I love to play soccer and tennis and my major is Business Administration major with pre-med or pre-dental intentions.

Peer Advisors

Chantrelle Collier, Peer Advisor

My name is Chantrell Collier, and I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I am currently a sophomore here at UIS and I’m majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. My plan after graduation is to continue going to school to receive my master’s. During my free time I enjoy watching movies on Netflix and I also enjoy listening to music. I am currently involved in one organization on campus called, “Voices in Praise”. It is a Christian ministry and also a choir. I plan on joining more organizations in the near future. I love working in the Advising Center mostly because I’m able to help students as they progress through the school year and also because it is just a great environment in which to work.

Tayla Jenkins, Peer Advisor           Tayla Jenkins

My name is Tayla Jenkins and I am currently a sophomore here at UIS. I am from Chicago, IL and attended the largest all-girls Catholic school in the country (Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School). I am a Psychology major with a concentration in education, while my minor pertains to interpersonal communication. I plan to go to graduate school in order to obtain a masters in Psychology. In the future, I want to become a Child Psychologist. In my free time I like to read, sing, and travel. I love working in the Advising Center because it gives me a chance to help my fellow peers make their college journey easier and less stressful.