Hometown : Isabela, Puerto Rico
Education : B.S. Biochemistry and Nutrition, Penn State University; MBA Human Resources, Saint Leo University
Years at Saint Leo : 5
Hobbies : Reading nonfiction, traveling, refurbishing furniture, wine, cheese, coffee
Mayra had a supportive academic advisor that helped her succeed, and now she wants to have that same impact on the students she advises at Saint Leo University. Mayra feels strongly that it takes hard work to earn a degree. Students will find their courses at Saint Leo to be challenging as well as rewarding. Having gone through college as a nontraditional student (she had her son while she was in college), she feels that if she can earn her degree, anyone can. The word “no” is generally absent from Mayra’s vocabulary. She strives to keep her students on track to be successful. Mayra describes herself as positive, fashionable, colorful, and caring.
Hometown : Orlando, Florida
Education : B.A. International Affairs, Rollins College
Years at Saint Leo : 6
Hobbies : Photography
Years ago, when Courtney caught the adventure bug, she traveled to Japan to teach English for one year. Her classes were comprised of diverse, adult Japanese people looking to strengthen their English language skills to better themselves in their work environment. In the same spirit of educating students and helping them succeed, Courtney joined Saint Leo hoping to lay a path for students to follow to help them earn their degree. She understands the limited time of her students and does her best to make sure they are on track to graduation. The sense of community that is alive and well at Saint Leo is Courtney’s favorite aspect of her job. Courtney is nurturing, optimistic, and off-the-beaten path with creative projects.
Hometown : New Fairfield, Connecticut
Education : B.A. in Organizational Communication, MBA with a Human Resource Management concentration
Years at Saint Leo : 3
Hobbies : Spending time with family and watching sports
Matt has served Saint Leo University for over three years as an advisor for graduate students. With a background in recruiting, sales, and customer service, Matt works well in the fast-paced style of student advising. Matt appreciates the opportunity to assist students with their educational journey. A proud advising moment for Matt was to help a student in extreme circumstances to come up with a plan for success and to watch that student graduate with an excellent GPA. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with family and watching sports. If he was not a student advisor, Matt might pursue a career as a food critic.
Hometown : Bronx, New York
Education : B.S. in Management Information Systems, MBA with concentrations in Human Resource Management and Sports Business
Years at Saint Leo : 3
Hobbies : Personal training, CrossFit, anything health and wellness related, and spending time with family
Before coming to Saint Leo, Leslie worked in the health care field where she became passionate about customer service. Leslie enjoys assisting students on their journey of education, and strives to be a support system throughout their entire journey. She appreciates working with students and helping them find solutions when problems arise. She is especially proud of one tenacious MBA student who overcame many hurdles, including job loss and a car accident, to persevere and graduate on time. Leslie truly gets to know her students and does whatever she can to make sure they reach their educational goals. If Leslie was not an advisor, she would entertain as a singer!
Hometown : Cleveland, Ohio
Education : B.A. in English Literature, MBA
Years at Saint Leo : 2
Hobbies : Live music, dogs, and watching/attending Cleveland sporting events
Mark is energetic, fun, and is focused on student service. With a background in sports and customer service, Mark found his calling in higher education. Mark has been an advisor for over four years, of which the last two years were at the graduate level. He was drawn to advising because he enjoys helping students achieve their individual academic goals as well as watching them complete the journey at commencement. One of Mark’s most meaningful success stories was watching a student who returned from suspension in Fall graduate and earn her MBA the following Spring. If Mark was not an advisor, he would like to manage a dog adoption agency.
Hometown : Tampa, Florida
Education : B.A. in Sociology, M.S. in Human Services with a Counseling concentration
Years at Saint Leo : 3
Hobbies : Exercising, reading, shopping, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with family
Sophina is driven to help her students succeed through her work as an enrollment counselor and now an advisor for Saint Leo University. Her outgoing personality, sensible outlook, and humor have been beneficial to the graduate students she serves. Sophina loves helping others and can empathize with the challenges grad students face on their education journey. The best part of the job for Sophina is getting the chance to meet new students and to build rapport with them. She enjoys the friendly atmosphere as well as the core values exemplified through the university, and takes pride in watching students overcome obstacles to persist in their education. If she was not a student advisor, Sophina would like to be a teacher.
Hometown : Queens, New York
Education : BFA in Broadcast Journalism, MS in School Counseling, certifications in MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and SII (Strong Interest Inventory)
Years at Saint Leo : 1
Hobbies : Adventure-seeking activities, travelling, reading, and trying new wines.
Alex has worked in higher education for more than 14 year as a career advisor, an undergraduate advisor, and now graduate advisor at Saint Leo University. For Alex, the best part of working with students is to become part of their educational journey. She enjoys helping students identify career and academic needs and strives to be a resource to them as well as a support system throughout their academic studies. One of her most rewarding moments as an advisor was to help a student challenged by an event in the past to overcome the obstacle and find a better job than they previously envisioned! If she was not an advisor, Alex might be found traveling the world, enjoying the chance to experience new cultures, people, foods, and lands.