Meet the Team

  • Hilary BattlePosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: hgann@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202D

    Hilary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Berry College and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. She has worked at KSU for a little over eight years and has been advising since 2017. Hilary is skilled in building rapport with students and loves seeing them grow and reach their goals. In her spare time, Hilary loves traveling, listening to Taylor Swift, and spending time with family and friends.

    Hilary is an advisor for:

    • Psychology students with the last names Ge-Kk
  • Position: Senior Academic Advisor, Transfer Specialist                                                                                                               Lara Berry

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: lberry14@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202F

    Lara meets with Psychology students in good standing as well as re-admitted/dismissal students.  She has over 15 years of experience in higher education working in admission, transfer evaluation, and academic advising. Lara provides not only her advising knowledge to the UAC but experience working in the private sector. Lara graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Communication. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, nature and spending time with her family.

    Lara is the advisor for:

    • Psychology students with the last names A-Che
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Psychology
  • Jeremy CampbellPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: jcamp202@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202G

    Jeremy joined KSU in November of 2021. He has a Bachelor's in Creative writing and a Master's in English and Creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Before coming to advising, Jeremy taught for Middle/High school for four years and was a Dean of Students. Providing educational advice to students has always been at the forefront of his career.

    Jeremy is the advisor for:

    •  Psychology students with the last names Np-Si
  • Carley ColePosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: cmulkey9@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223B

    Carley is a Kennesaw State University graduate with a B.S. in Political Science (2016) and a Master of Public Administration (2020). She joined the UAC as an administrative associate in June 2019 and is now an academic advisor. 

    Carley is the advisor for:

    • Criminal Justice students with last names (A - L) 
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Criminal Justice, English, English Education, Modern Language & Culture, Sociology, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Asian Studies.
  • Position: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: ccostare@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 102C

    Charity joined KSU in October 2019. She has a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Master's in Counseling Education from North Carolina Central University. Before coming to KSU, she advised Biology students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    Charity is an advisor for:

    • Integrative Studies
    • International Affairs students L-Z. 
  • Headshot of Christy CurleyPosition: Director, Advising

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: ccurley@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202M


    Christy has a BA in English and an M.Ed in Student Services Counseling. She loves working with students to help them overcome challenges and meet their individual goals. Christy believes that self-awareness is one of the most powerful tools for achieving this. Reflecting on your thoughts, feelings, and the choices you make will give you the insight needed to make positive changes in your life and harness your potential for success! Christy enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, reading, singing karaoke, and going to Disney World. She loves planning trips to Disney almost as much as she enjoys going there!

  • Headshot of Valarie DuRant-ModestePosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: vdurantm@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 102B

    Valarie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Valarie comes to KSU with 22 years of professional advising experience from Georgia Tech. She is an innovator who created two new programs with ISYE (Industrial Systems and Engineering). Her first program was an "at-risk" program she called, "At Potential" to help struggling students to succeed with graduation. The second program that she created, which is still going strong, is "Mission Possible Summer Enrichment Program," which is a summer program centered on underrepresented students to learn more about engineering, especially the ISYE major. Valarie brought to the Undergraduate Advising Center her vast years of experience from a Tier 1 Engineering University, and her dedication to her students and programs created previously. Valarie is a dog lover, enjoys working out, and is also passionate about traveling.

    Valarie is the committee leader for STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) for the Murky Middle population. This talent committee of six RCHSS advisors is creating processes, information, and insight on GPAs ranging from 2.74 to 2.0 and how it could affect them while in college and after. 

    Valarie is the advisor for:

    • Political Science
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Anthropology, Geography, Geospatial Sciences, Political Science, International Affairs, Interactive Design, and Technical Communication
  • Sabrina photoPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: shall148@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202B

    Sabrina has a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College and a M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services from Clark Atlanta University. Sabrina started at Kennesaw State University in 2020 as a Graduate Admissions Counselor and transferred to the RCHSS Undergraduate Advising Center as an Academic Advisor in August 2021. She has over 10 years of experience working in higher education in registration, admissions, and advising. Before coming to KSU, she worked at Georgia State, Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland. Sabrina has a passion for helping college students achieve their academic, professional and career goals, and looks forward to working with KSU students to realize and fulfill their full potential. She loves all sports and was a dedicated sports mom to two D1 student-athletes who played college sports. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, making digital scrapbooks, going to concerts, volunteering, event planning and going to sporting events. She looks forward to working with you and helping you navigate successfully through your college journey. 

    Sabrina is an advisor for:

    • Psychology students with the last names Chi-Gd. 
  • Headshot of Christine JacobsPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: cjacob36@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202H

    Christine joined the RCHSS advising team in October 2018. She has a B.S. in Horticulture from Cornell University and M.Ed in Educational Strategies from Wilkes University. She has been working in the education field for over ten years. Her passion for working with students began when she was working as a Senior Gardener at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Christine supervised and mentored college interns and international students and also conducted workshops on various horticultural topics. Christine then went on to earn her teaching certification and taught middle school science until she moved to Georgia. Christine joined KSU in 2010 and has worked for KSU's College of Graduate and Professional Education and KSU's Upward Bound Program where she advised and provided academic support to high school students and non-traditional learners. Christine is passionate about helping her students navigate through their college career successfully, while also helping them think about their future goals and career opportunities. In her free time, Christine loves hiking, spending time with family, reading, traveling, and going to concerts.

    Christine is the advisor for:

    • Anthropology students
    • Geography students
    • Geographic Information Sciences Certificate students
    • Geospatial Sciences students
    • Land Surveying Certificate students
  • George headshotPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: gkruger@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223C

    George Kruger rejoined our team after being at Georgia State as a professional advisor. George has both a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Philosophy from Kennesaw State University. He worked as a peer advisor for 3 years in the Undergraduate Advising Center in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University. George is the most passionate about being an Owl and graduating from KSU. He has also presented at NACADA at the local and regional level. 

    George is the advisor for:

    • Journalism and Emerging Media, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations with last names (C and S - Z)
    • History and Philosophy students
  • Donna HeadshotPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: dmcphe12@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 105

    Donna has been working with Kennesaw State University for the past 27 years. Before joining the RCHSS Advising Center, she was the Program Coordinator, for KSU’s Technical Communication & Interactive Design Programs, on the Marietta Campus. Donna majored in Political Science, at KSU and worked as a Student Assistant for the English and History Department.  Her expertise is Student Advising and Academic Counseling. She enjoys mentoring students choosing their academic and career paths and she is passionate about making sure students navigate successfully through their college career. During her tenure here at KSU, Donna served as Chair of the Staff Senate, was awarded Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year, and has been nominated for numerous other awards and honors. In her free time she loves spending time with family, playing the piano, and going to concerts.

    Donna is the advisor for:

    • Technical Communication
    • Interactive Design
    • International Affairs A-K
  • Ashley NewtonPosition: Administrative Assistant

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: anewto17@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202

    Ashley is the Administrative Assistant of the RCHSS Undergraduate Advising Center. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Journalism and Emerging Media. Her passion is helping others. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to concerts, watching hockey, spending time with her pets, and hanging out with family and friends. 

  • apassmoPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: apassmo7@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223

    Amanda has a BA in History and a M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  Before Advising at KSU, Amanda worked at Georgia College and Student University where she advised Nursing, Public Health and Psychology students.  A little bit about Amanda; She enjoys playing board games and video games, she also enjoys reading and watching superhero movies/television shows.  Amanda truly works hard to assist her students in seeing their dreams come to fruition.  She looks forward to assisting you in your future.

    Amanda is an advisor for:

    • Journalism and Emerging Media, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations with last names A and D-K 
  • Toni RainesPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: traine28@kennesaw.edu

    Toni previously worked as an advisor to the health sciences at the Community College of Denver. She also has experience working in Residence Life and in LGBTQ* Services. Toni has her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University and is currently pursuing her MA in Higher Education Administration from the same university. She is passionate about advocating for students and she has a lot of experience working with transfer and first-generation college students. In her spare time, Toni enjoys hanging out with her wife, two dogs, and her cat. She also has been skateboarding for about a year and she played clarinet in her college marching band. Toni will be advising Psychology majors.

    Toni is an advisor for:

    • Psychology students with the last names Sj-Z
  • Liz Schunk

    Position: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: eschunk1@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202C

    Liz has a B.S. in Biology from Georgia College and State University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University. Liz has a background in University Housing and Living Learning Communities. She started advising in 2018 at Georgia College where she advised Marketing, Business Undeclared, Public Health, and Exercise Science majors. She joined KSU in 2021. Liz is passionate about helping students be successful while in college, both inside and outside of academics. In her spare time, Liz loves to play board games. She also loves reading and watching SciFi and Fantasy movies and TV shows.

    Liz is an advisor for:

    • Psychology students with the last names Kl-No
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Psychology
  • Jessica StehlinPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: jstehlin@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 102A

    Jessica joined KSU in January 2022. She has a B.S. in Environmental Spatial Analysis from the University of North Georgia (UNG). Before coming to KSU, Jessica spent three years advising students in the UNG Financial Aid Office. Jessica is passionate about helping students navigate the college experience, and she finds it especially rewarding to see them reach their goals. In her spare time, she loves hiking, reading, and hanging out with her two cats.

    Jessica is the advisor for:

    Sociology

  • Patrick HeadshotPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: psteimer@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223K

    Patrick graduated from the University of South Carolina where he earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs. While at UofSC, Patrick worked with International Student Services to support international students at the university. He also earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies at Georgia College and State University and has studied abroad on the KSU Montepulciano, Italy program. Additionally, Patrick has experience working in university housing, advising students about education abroad programs, and teaching a first-year seminar program called University 101.

    Patrick is the advisor for:

    • English students
    • Modern Language and Culture students
  • Headshot of Matt WallerPosition: Undergraduate Advisor and Lecturer of Geography

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: mwaller8@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223A

    Matt Waller is a geographer who has been teaching with Kennesaw State University for 13 years. His areas of interest include cultural geography, regional studies, and life-long learning. Professor Waller earned his MSEd in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia in 1997 and his MA in Geography from Georgia State University in 2010. Prior to coming to KSU, he worked in student financial aid, taught middle school gifted, and taught geography and English in East Africa. At Kennesaw State, he teaches Human Geography, World Regional Geography, Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Geography of the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, he serves as an academic advisor in the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Undergraduate Advising office.

    Matt is the advisor for:

    • African and African Diaspora Studies students, Asian Studies students, Criminal Justice students with last names (M - Z)

    Advisor tip: You are your own best advocate. Be sure to ask questions about what you're doing and why you're doing it. People do not know you have a need unless you express it in some way. 

  • Julie HeadshotPosition: Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: jwyatt38@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223D

    Julie Wyatt worked at Dalton State as Assistant Director of Residential Life prior to KSU. Previously she was with University of North Georgia for 7 years in residential life. Julie received both her Bachelor's degree in History Education and Master's in Public Administration from University of North Georgia. She loves watching all things Marvel and playing with her dog. Her advice for incoming students is to talk to your prfoessor before class, even just saying hi, so if you want to talk to them later for class assistance you won't be as nervous! 

    Julie is the advisor for:

    • Journalism and Emerging Media, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations with last names B and L-R
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Journalism and Emerging Media, History, Media & Entertainment, Organizational & Professional Communication, Philosophy, and Public Relations. 

 

 

 

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