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Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Co-Chairs

Zoe Worthington

Brianda De Leon

 SAC co-chair responsibilities include organizing a Student Advisory Committee, facilitating monthly meetings, serving as a liaison between students and the ELP department faculty/staff, organizing events and maintaining strong communication among students in the various programs that ELP offers. As SAC co-chairs we invite students to meet with us to discuss any feedback or ideas they would like to see in the ELP Department. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the committee. Thank you!  

ELP Student Profiles

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Students Master's Students
michelle amiot

Michelle Amiot

B.S. Mathematics, College of Science, University of Utah
M.S Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology, College of Earth Science and Mines, University of Utah

Research Interests: STEM retention and persistence

 Alexis Bucknam

Alexis M. Bucknam

B.S. Management, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
M.A. Counseling in Student Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

Research interests:   community engagement in higher education, critical service-learning in higher education, the intersection of equity and inclusion with high-impact educational practices in undergraduate education, higher education leadership

Casey Bullock

Casey D. Bullock

A.S. General Studies, Dixie State University
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies: Business, Psychology, Communications, Utah State University 
M.Ed Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah 

Research Interests: progress towards degree, degree efficiency, transfer student issues, higher education policy, enrollment management. 

 brian burton

Brian Burton

B.S. Communication
M.Ed. Educational Leadership & Policy
University of Utah

Research interests: Student retention and persistence, Student engagement, Philanthropy, development and funding in higher education.

 lily castrellon

Liliana Castrellón

BA Human Communications/ Chicana/o Studies/ Minor: Service Learning Leadership
California State University, Monterey Bay
M.Ed Education Culture and Society
University of Utah

Research Interest: Immigrant Educational Policy; The impact of policy and political environments on the educational trajectories of students with immigrant backgrounds; Critical Race Theory in Education; k-16 Educational Pathways for Students of Color.

 angela choberka

Angela Berryman Choberka

B.A. Liberal Arts – The New School for Social Research
M.A. English - Weber State University
Ed.D. Educational Policy and Leadership, (present) University of Utah

Research Interests – Equity and social justice issues around charter/district school policy and implementation, educational policy, community engagement and its affects on preschool to college success in underrepresented communities, and collective impact.


Rosie Connor

B.S. Agricultural Communications
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
M.S. Public Health
University of Southern California

Research Interests: Medical School Faculty Diversity, Black Female Physicians and Medical School Teaching and Leadership, Higher Education Leadership, and Issues and Concerns of Students and Faculty of Color in Predominately White Institutions

Kathryn Coquemont

Kathryn Kay Coquemont

A.B.J. Broadcast News, University of Georgia
M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia

Research Interests: College persistence/student success, Incremental Theory/growth mindset, Southeast Asian American students, Critical Race Theory/Asian Crit, ethical leadership

 kelly dries

Kelly Dries

B.A. English, B.S. Education
East Stroudsburg University
M.A. Professional Studies: Student Affairs
Towson University

Research Interests: Persistence and retention of refugee students in higher education, issues surrounding feminism, and advocacy for women

 Shellie Jo Enscoe

Shellie Jo Enscoe

B.A. American Studies - University of Washington
M.A. Organizational Leadership - Chapman University
Graduate Certificates in Organizational Development and Public and Non-Profit Leadership 

Research Interest: Feminist, Critical Race and Queer Theories in education; Inclusive Excellence; Bias in recruitment practices and admission criteria for under-represented students; The impact of policy and political environments on the educational trajectories of under-represented students, student retention and persistence. 

 Janell Fluckiger

J. Janell Fluckiger

B.A. English/Political Science
Brigham Young University
MPA Policy, University of Utah

 Research Interests: Homelessness and Public Education; Collective Impact in Education Policy; Homeless Policy; Social Justice in Education; Chronic Absenteeism in Early Education

Jonathan Gochberg

Jonathan Gochberg

Bachelors of Music, University of Utah
MFA, Theatre, University of Utah
Masters of Educational Leadership, BYU

Research Interests: Public Ed. Policy, Funding Structures, K-12 Scheduling Impacts on Historically Disadvantaged Populations

 jude higgins

Judith Ann Higgins

B.S. Anthropology
University of Utah
M.A. Historical Administration & Museum Studies and Archaeology
University of Kansas

Research Interests:  How invisible groups—specifically women in polygamous marriages—navigate the academy.  The intersection between hiding behind identity veils and/or veils of invisibility, and the benefit of invisible navigation. Social justice, whiteness as property, race, and privilege.

rob hunsaker

Rob Hunsaker

B.A. English
Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution
M.Ed. Psychology
University of Utah

Research Interests: Professional learning among academic leaders.

 Roberto Jimenez

Roberto E. Jimenez

B.S. Biology and Physical Science Education
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

M.Ed. Educational Leadership & Policy
University of Utah

Ed.D. (candidate) Educational Leadership & Policy University of Utah

Research Interests: Latino students in Secondary education, effective support systems for academic performance; Redefining Latino parental involvement in schools; Counterstories of Latino students as a tool to better understand their experience navigating the public education system; Changing current practice and policy in secondary schools when serving Latino students; Culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms.

 sheena kauppila

Sheena Kauppila

B.M. Instrumental Music Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison

 M.Ed. Counseling, Student Affairs
Northern Arizona University

Research interests: Student success & retention, Faculty engagement, Student affairs graduate preparation & retention, Social media

andrea kalvesmaki

Andrea Kalvesmaki

B.A. Psychology, Research Scholar
University of Utah
MSc, Medical Anthropology
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Research Interests: The role of policy in shaping outcomes for students (K-12). Special interests include how fiscal and educational policies affect at-risk students, especially the tension between race/ethnicity/social identity, education and social service access, and juvenile justice.


Yudi Lewis

B.S. Behavioral Science, Emphasis - Psychology
& Business Management, Emphasis - Hospitality Management
Utah Valley University
MBA Business Administration
University of Phoenix

Research Interests: Higher Education Leadership, Latinas Leadership & Higher Education, Latina/o university student experiences, retention and persistence, Transitions into higher education

 Darren Marshall

Darren Marshall

B.A. Spanish; Political Science
Southern Utah University
Brigham Young University

Research interests:  Student Retention in Higher Education; Education Policy; Latina/o Education Policy; Immigration Law and Policy; Higher Education Leadership

 Sheena Mcfarland

Sheena McFarland

B.A. Communication University of Utah

Joint Master Master of Public Administration/Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy (currently attending) University of Utah

 Research Interests: Access to higher education for underrepresented groups; equity in higher education; creating pipelines for success in higher education 

brian mcgill

Brian P. McGill

B.S. Psychology, University of Utah
MMHC, Clinical Psychology - University of Phoenix
M.Ed., Educational Psychology - University of Phoenix
M.Ed., Educational Administration - University of Phoenix
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Policy (Present) – University of Utah

 Kai Medina-Martinez

C. Kai Medina-Martinez

B.S. Psychology, College of Social & Behavioral Science, University of Utah

Masters of Social Work, College of Social Work, University of Utah

Research Interest: LGBTQIA staff, faculty and students experiences in higher education.

 JM Pantlik

John Michael Pantlik

B.S. Communications, University of Tennessee

M.Ed. Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina

Research Interests: Orientation, retention, and transition programs. Sense of belonging. Impact of campus traditions and athletics.

aaron reynolds 

Aaron Reynolds

B.A. Political Science Brigham Young University
M.A. Higher & Postsecondary Education Teachers College, Columbia University

Research interests: Community Colleges, Higher Education Policy, Financing Higher Education

david rockwood

David Rockwood

B.S. Psychology Teaching, Brigham Young University, 2003

M.Ed. Educational Psychology, University of Utah, 2008

Research Interests: Psycho-social factors that affect leader credibility; Administrator evaluation of teachers; Administrator training of teachers; College readiness programs


 Rebecca Schwartz

Rebecca Schwartz

B.A. International Studies, University of Idaho

B.A. Philosophy, University of Idaho

M.A. Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, Western Kentucky University

Research Interests: Applied ethics in Education and policy building, student success as it relates international education, and diversity and campus community building

tim stanley

Tim Stanley

B.S. Social Psychology
MPA Emphasis in: Policy Analysis
Brigham Young University

Research Interests: Data-driven decision making in higher-education, Organizational Learning/Institutional change, Higher-education Policy, Assessment, Adoption of Innovation, Visualization of data for decision support

 Nathan Walch

Nathan Walch

B.A. Communications, Brigham Young University

M.S. Academic Advising, Kansas State University

 Research Interests: Mental health concerns in marginalized populations, academically at-risk students, academic advising policy

 Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

B.A. German and International Studies, Minor - Russian
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Research Interests: recruitment of underrepresented student populations, bias in admissions criteria and policies, inclusive and welcoming campuses, adult learners, returning to higher education

 Annik Carlisle

 Annik Carlisle

B.A. Deaf Studies/ASL Secondary Teaching, minor French
B.A. English Literary Studies, minor Spanish
Utah Valley University

Research Interests: Leadership, Teacher support/teaching, Social Justice Work, Closing the achievement gap

 Danny Fisher

Danny Fisher

BA Business Administration Westminster College

MAT Masters in Teaching Westminster College

 Research Interests: visible learning, secondary education, school operations, student involvement, closing the opportunity gap, integration of technology into instruction. 

 Michelle Green

Michelle Green

B.S. Education, Southern Utah University

Research Interests: Leadership, Closing the Achievement Gap, GATE Education, and Education in the media

Jessica Greene 

Jessica Greene

B.S. Elementary Education
University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests: Educational Technology, Teacher Leadership, Gifted Education, Equity and Social Justice in the Classroom, Parent Involvement, Professional Learning Communities

Kara Haney

Kara Haney

BA  Early Childhood Education
Minor Spanish
Westminster College

 Kyle Inselman

Kyle Inselman

BFA Film Studies, BA Linguistics, LGBT Studies Certificate
University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests: LGBTQ college students, resource access, theory-to-practice, career development

Romeo Jackson

Romeo Jackson

B.A. in Contract Major Liberal Arts (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies)

Research Interest: applications of critical theories to higher education, the experiences of queer and trans students of color in higher education, black feminist thought, and critical pedagogues.

Nelly Quintanilla

Nelly Quintanilla

B.A. Communication, Minor Digital and Social Media Studies
San Diego State University

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Nelly Quintanilla is a recent first generation graduate. Nelly enjoys the outdoors, looks for opportunity and adventure, and has a passion for success. As an aspiring Student Affairs Professional, Nelly has worked as a Resident Advisor and as an SDSU Ambassador for three consecutive years. She was also a NUFP Fellow, as part of NASPA's Undergraduate Fellowship Program. In the future, Nelly hopes to help, advise, and work with future students in higher education.


Tiffany Upwall-Hutchinson

BFA Elementary Education
Utah Valley University

Research Interests: Student success, child abuse and neglect, professional learning among teachers and academic leaders, and bullying policy and implementation. 

 Jing Wanqi Zhang

Jing Wanqi Zhang

B.A. English, Dalian Nationalities University, China

Research Interests: Higher Education Policy, Equity and Social Justice in Education, Asian Education, Immigrant Educational Policy, Student Involvement. 



Last Updated: 5/11/17