Santa Clara University

Drahmann Advising Center

Drahmann Staff

Elizabeth

Elizabeth "Bhe" Balde, University Advisor

Bhe is a University Advisor for the Drahmann Advising Center since November 2014, but she first came on board with the department in June 2013 as the Senior Administrative Assistant. Bhe holds with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Higher Education Student Personnel from San Jose State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara in Cultural Anthropology. Bhe loves meeting with, talking to, and helping students in the Drahmann Advising Center. She believes that all students can achieve personal and academic success if they pursue their passions, and if they are connected to the appropriate resources on and off campus. Having gone to Ghana through study abroad as an undergraduate, toured as a musician with a wind symphony through Japan, and having traveled to places like Venezuela, Egypt, and Croatia, Bhe is excited to discuss anyone's cultural and culinary takes on the country/countries that they have visited (especially through study abroad). Outside of the office, Bhe spends much of her time chasing around her two active little boys. Bhe is passionate about higher education student development, career development, LGBTQI issues, feminism, delicious food, all forms of dance, music, and traveling.

 

Wendy DonohoeWendy Donohoe, Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Wendy is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Accounting Departmentand a founding member of the Drahmann Academic Advising Center. She has a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. She has considerable experience in Public accounting and private industry, and retains an active license as a Certified Public Accountant. Wendy is a wonderful liaison to the business world for our students. Her years of experience enable her to assist students throughout the University in designing academic programs that have meaningful outcomes. Wendy teaches Personal Financial Planning, which is a course open to the entire student body. "I see so many students who are concerned about their ability to repay student loans and find meaningful work with their degrees.Fortunately, I am privileged to know where many of the program opportunities are for students. If they seek my advice early enough, we can usually develop an academic program that is quite likely to give them an entrée to areas in the economy where their gifts and talents are likely to be rewarded. The trick is to seek that advice early enough to implement it into a four year program.

 
Garrison DyerGarrison Dyer, University Advisor

Garrison joined the Drahmann Center team in January, 2007, as a University Advisor within the Residential Learning Communities.  After serving a number of roles within the department, he was named Assistant Dean of Learning Resources in January, 2014, which includes direction of the Drahmann Tutoring and Learning Resources Center.  A native of the Pacific Northwest, Garrison earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon in 2002.  He also completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in Journalism/Public Relations in 1999.  He worked professionally at three different universities prior to arriving at SCU in departments including Admissions, Academic Advising, and Career Services.  An avid sports fan, Garrison and his wife are experiencing the joys of parenthood with their young daughter.  He enjoys building relationships with students throughout their experiences at SCU, and connecting them with resources and opportunities to help further their educational and professional aspirations.

 

Dr. Steven Fedder, Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Steve Fedder has been teaching at Santa Clara University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1984. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and also serves as a University Faculty Advisor in the Drahmann Center, specializing in Pre-Health advising. Steve grew up in Denver and then attended The Colorado College receiving a BA degree in Chemistry in 1972. With an interest in both geology and chemistry, he then earned a PhD degree in geochemistry from Arizona State University in 1978,but is way more of a chemist than a geologist. In was during graduate school that a love of teaching which began with high school tutoring was solidified by serving as a teaching assistant in both general and organic chemistry. Steve went on to teach at ASU for six years before relocating to Livermore, CA, where he still resides. Advising responsibilities at SCU slowly grew as the enjoyment from helping students with career discernment became more and more clear. All three of his children graduated from SCU, with degrees in political science, psychology and public health science. In his very little spare time, he likes home improvement projects and attempting to train a recently adopted rescue pooch named Henry.  


 

Laura FujiedaLaura Fujieda, University Advisor

Laura has been with the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center since its inception in June 2001 as a University Advisor.  She grew up in Los Angeles.  She earned both her Master of Counseling degree and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Japanese Language from Arizona State University.  Laura is passionate about supporting students in reaching their potential.

 

Katharine HeintzDr. Katharine Heintz joined the SCU faculty in the Department of Communication as a lecturer in Fall 2007 and the staff of the Drahmann Center as a faculty advisor in Fall 2013.Dr. Heintz is a native of the Bay Area, but spent nearly all of her adult life outside of California before returning to join the SCU community.She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara (1983), her M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University (1985), and her Ph.D. in Communication Research from the University of Illinois (1992).Prior to coming to SCU, Dr. Heintz held faculty positions at the University of Illinois in Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Southern Maine. She is an advocate for quality media for children and promotes sound policy that promotes child and family health.Believing that working with students is the best part of her job, Dr. Heintz welcomed the opportunity to join the Drahmann Center staff and have more time to advise and support students.When not at SCU, Dr. Heintz enjoys time with her three children, her extended family, her dog, her friends, and her bike.

 

Stefanus HendriantoDr. Stefanus Hendrianto 

Dr. Hendrianto joined Santa Clara University faculty as a Jesuit Regent and he teaches both at the Law School and the Political Science Department. His research interests include constitutional law and comparative law with a focus on the intersection of constitutional law and religion, especially on the issues of religion and modernity in the context of international human rights. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle and LL.M from Utrecht University, Netherlands, in addition to his LL.B from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Upon completing his doctoral study, Mr. Hendrianto joined the Society of Jesus. As part of his Jesuit formation, he spent two years of graduate studies in Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University Chicago.

 
Gloria HermosilloGloria Hermosillo, Operations Manager

A bay area native, Gloria joined the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in April, 2012 as the Operations Manager. Gloria earned her bachelor of arts degree in Communication with a minor in Business at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, Gloria worked as a Senior Business Financial Analyst for the Space Exploration Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.  She has also worked as a Facilities Specialist for General Dynamics, Space Planner for Interwoven, Inc. and as a Government Program Coordinator for Al Razaq. She is also certified through Santa Clara County as a conflict resolution mediator.

 

Dr. Brian McNelisDr. Brian McNelis, Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Dr. McNelis joined the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in August 2013 as a University Advisor. He has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1992. Dr. McNelis earned his Ph.D. at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley. His field of expertise is synthetic organic chemistry and his research area is enantioselective synthesis and synthesis of small molecule targets for materials applications such as organic photovoltaics. Prior to working in Drahmann, Dr. McNelis served as an orientation and transfer student advisor for many years in addition to being a faculty advisor for the chemistry and biochemistry majors. He has also advised students interested in health care careers in his organic chemistry classes. Dr. McNelis views advising as a critical resource for students as they discern their skills and passions and translate that into academic and career success.

 
Diana MorlangDr. Diana Morlang,  Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Diana divides her time at SCU between teaching in the Political Science Department and advising in the Drahmann Center. After completing her undergraduate degree in International Relations at UC Davis she took time off to work in Washington, DC and travel. In high school and college Diana spent two years studying abroad in Denmark and Hungary. She followed her interest in Europe to pursue a PhD in Political Science in European and Comparative Politics at Duke University. Diana has been at SCU since 2000 teaching a variety of Political Science classes including Introduction to Comparative Politics, the Politics of US Economic Policy, European Politics, EU Politics and Women in Politics.

 
Allyson MorrisAllyson Morris, Director of Summer Sessions

Allyson earned a Bachelor of Arts Interdivisional: Education, English, Religious Studies and Psychology at Regis University. She received her Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs from the University of the Pacific. Prior to joining the Drahmann Center, Allyson worked in the Office of Summer Session at Regis University from 1999-2012. She recently worked at the Center for Community Involvement and SUCCESS TRiO Program at University of the Pacific. Allyson enjoys volunteering, painting and making pottery in her free time.



 
Kathryn PalmieriKathryn Palmieri, Dean for Academic Support Services

Kathryn Palmieri joined the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in July, 2013 as the Dean for Academic Support Services and the Director for the Drahmann Center. Kathryn earned her master of science degree in College Student Personnel at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has worked in the California State University and University of California systems, as well as at private and public colleges in Minnesota and Ohio. Kathryn earned her bachelor of arts degree in Child Development from San Jose State University, with minors in music education and advertising, and completed her multiple subject teaching credential at Saint Mary's College. She began her career in education by teaching fifth grade in a California public school, where she subscribed to the Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person. Kathryn has a passion for social justice education, art, music, food and dogs.  She welcomes the opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty on campus and in the surrounding communities.



 
Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers, University Advisor

Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Bowling Green State Universsity in Ohio. He has taught Studio art,art history and provided advising and counseling at several colleges and universities on the East coast including The MassachusettCollege of Art.Richard comes to Santa Clara University from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, where he was an academic advisor and counselor in the graduate school. Prior to that he worked as a career counselor/a academic advisor at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Richard is dedicated to supporting students academic progress by helping them interpret university policy and requirements that structure undergraduate education at Santa Clara University.

 

Matthew SimpsonMatthew Simpson, Web Technology Coordinator

Matt has been the Drahmann Center's Web Technology Coordinator since 2012, overseeing the undergraduate websites, Drahmann Online, and a variety of other tech projects and data needs at Santa Clara University. Prior to moving to the bay area, Matt launched and managed a web design and IT consulting firm based in Chicago following his Masters of Information Systems at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a brief stint as a Big4 consulting professional. In his free time Matt is an avid concert goer, photographer, gardener, and dog owner.

 
Jeremy WangJeremey Wang, University Advisor

Jeremy is from Baltimore, Maryland (go Orioles & Ravens!), but his family is originally from Hawaii.  He came out to Southern California in the summer of 1995, where he earned his BA in Comparative Cultures and an emphasis in Sociology from Whittier College.  Jeremy taught Oral English in the city of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province in China for one year after graduating from Whittier.  Upon returning to the US, Jeremy worked in the corporate office for Vans shoes in Southern CA for three years.  In 2003, Jeremy moved from Long Beach to San Jose, so both he and his wife could attend San Jose State University for our graduate programs.  While in graduate school, Jeremy held various jobs, including Residential Counselor for an adolescent girls’ group home and Graduate Assistant for Orientation at SJSU.  Jeremy completed my MA in Education, more specifically, Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University in May 2006.  He came on board as a University Advisor at Santa Clara University in January 2007.

 
Our student assistants are here to help!

The Drahmann Advising Center selectively hires undergraduate student assistants from all grade levels, majors, schools, and backgrounds in order to give the best service possible to our Santa Clara University student body.

We currently are staffed with former Orientation Leaders, Community Facilitators, athletes, transfer students, cross-departmental student staff, students with internships, and many other relevant student interests and pursuits.  Their varied backgrounds, campus leadership roles, and enthusiasm for helping our SCU students make them a knowledgeable and helpful resource.

Please contact our office with your advising questions and you will likely interact with one of our talented and friendly student assistants!

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