Hometown: New York, New York
Education: Bachelors in Political Science, MS in Criminal Justice
Years at Saint Leo: 5
Hobbies: Yelping, shopping, traveling, dogs, listening to true crime podcasts
Bianli is passionate about higher education and assisting students throughout their educational careers. She started off as an undergraduate enrollment counselor and is now a graduate advisor at Saint Leo University. The best part of the job for Bianli is getting to meet new students and becoming part of their educational journey. She enjoys helping others see their potential and overcome obstacles, and is very much looking forward to attending the commencement ceremonies of her students. If Bianli was not an advisor, she would be a travel and food documentarian, à la Anthony Bourdain.
Hometown: Southington, Connecticut
Education: BS. University Studies, Texas Tech University; MBA: Sports Business, Saint Leo University
Years at Saint Leo: 2
Favorite Food: Chicken wings
Alexis first became interested in advising while working as a Student Advisor Intern with the Louisiana State University Football Team. Alexis likes to see the core values of Saint Leo University in practice. In her experience, Alexis has found that the faculty and staff at Saint Leo are willing to work beyond the scope of their role to best meet the needs of students. Alexis now strives to be the advisor she needed when she was in school. Her favorite part of the role is hearing the genuine excitement in the voices of her students.
Hometown : Miami, Florida
Education : B.S. Sports Entertainment and Event Management, Johnson and Wales University; M.B.A., Saint Leo University
Years at Saint Leo : 4
Hobbies : Traveling, working out, nature
Renelda will tell you she didn’t have a life when she was earning her M.B.A. at Saint Leo University. She worked full time and completed class work during lunch hours. She learned to manage her time well to remain dedicated to her studies. Because of her experience, Renelda hopes to motivate and help her busy students succeed regardless of their life stage or work load. She believes that nothing in life is easy and that dedication and hard work will pay off. Consider Renelda your own motivational speaker, a role she enjoys in addition to student advising.
Hometown : St. Paul, Minnesota
Education : Bachelors in Mass Communications with a minor in Marketing, St. Cloud State University
Years at Saint Leo : 1
Hobbies : Weightlifting, biking, playing tennis, going to the beach, watching TV shows about nature and survival and I’m a huge Minnesota Vikings fan.
Chris brings more than six years of advising experience to Saint Leo University. Chris enjoys helping online adult learners achieve their goal of earning their degree. His interest in motivating students drew Chris to the advising industry, where he discovered that he is equally inspired by the students he advises. If Chris wasn’t a Student Advisor, he would likely be the Minnesota Vikings mascot.
Hometown : Queens, New York
Education : B.A. Communication Studies, SUNY at Oswego; M.Ed. Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Years at Saint Leo : 6
Hobbies : Candy-making
As an army wife of 24 years, Donna lived in about a half a dozen states before coming to Florida. She previously served as a K-12 special education teacher and Florida Career College educator before joining the team at Saint Leo. She is quite proud of the service she provides to associate and bachelor degree-seeking students in the criminal justice field. In addition to her students, Donna enjoys her co-workers at the university. Her co-workers love her too, especially when she brings in homemade candy to share.
Hometown : Chicago, Illinois
Education : B.A. Corporate Communication, Northern Illinois University
Years at Saint Leo : 3
Hobbies : Sports, road biking, beach volleyball, growing his music collection, extensive travelling, hiking 14ers, keeping up on health and wellness trends
Staying fit and healthy is something Steve takes very seriously in his personal and professional life. Steve spent four years in the Navy and is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. He has worked in online education for about 10 years. He enjoys his work and enjoys seeing students overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. Steve enjoys the working in the team environment in his office. He is competitive, detail-oriented, and analytical. Students can be sure that Steve will help keep their educational journey in good shape at Saint Leo.
Hometown : Cedar Grove, Jamaica
Education : B.S. Education, University of South Florida
Years at Saint Leo : 2
Hobbies : Playing basketball, flag football, and reading
Johnathan brings three years of advising experience to Saint Leo University and he recently served as the Program Director for the Tampa YMCA. Becoming an advisor has enabled Johnathan to pay it forward and become a positive part of someone’s success story in the same way that others have done for him. Johnathan takes a business approach to student advising and if he wasn’t an advisor, he would be an entrepreneur. Johnathan thins outside of the box to create strategies that turn apprehensive students into success stories. A fun fact about Johnathan is that he loves to sing even though most people don’t appreciate his singing talents!
Deborah Rumsey (Debby)
Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
Education: BS in Marketing and a BS in Education from Indiana University, Master in Education from USF
Years at Saint Leo: 2
Hobbies: Scuba diving, gardening, going to the beach, reading, and hiking
Before taking on the role of student advisor, Debby worked in management, secondary education, and university enrollment. Debby greatly enjoys helping students realize and achieve their dream of earning a degree from a fantastic university. She appreciates that everyone on the advising team is willing to pitch in and help one another, a display of the core values of Saint Leo University. If Debby were not advising students, she would love to be a Dive Master. Debby is already a Master Diver, which is the highest level a diver can achieve without becoming a Dive Master – and she’s pretty proud of that!