Mentors

The “Friends of First-Gen” Mentoring Community is a diverse group of faculty and professional staff who are committed to mentoring first-gen students. It is the role of the mentor to help ease transition by taking an interest in their mentee’s success and acting as an advocate in times of need. Mentors also serve as a liaison for students, connecting them with resources that can help them thrive at KSU and beyond.

If you are a student looking for a mentor, use this list to help you identify individuals you are interested in working with, and send a polite, personalized email (or call) to inquire about a meeting. If you are interested in serving as a faculty or staff mentor, please contact Dr. Danelle Dyckhoff Stelzriede at ddyckhof@kennesaw.edu.

  • Megan Adams

    Megan Adams

    Associate Professor of Reading Education

    Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

  • Andy Altizer

    Andy Altizer

    Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Part-Time Instructor of Higher Education

    Public Safety/Campus Police (Non-Emergencies)

  • Holly Arnold

    Holly Arnold

    Part-Time Assistant Professor of TESOL

    Department of Inclusive Education

  • Chuck Aust

    Chuck Aust

    Professor of Communication

    School of Communication and Media

  • Joshua Azriel

    Joshua Azriel

    Interim Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Development and Professor of Communication

    School of Communication and Media

  • Vanessa Bard

    Vanessa Bard

    Academic Advisor-Engineering&Engineering Tech

    Academic Affairs - Academic Advising

  • Hilary Battle

    Hilary Battle

    Academic Associate II

    College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Office of the Dean

  • Ann Bennett

    Ann Bennett

    Assistant Professor of Reading Education

    Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

  • Olaf Berwald

    Olaf Berwald

    Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Professor of German

    Department of Foreign Languages

  • Jenna Sample

    Jenna Blackman

    Associate Registrar, Records Management and Student Services

    Enrollment Services, Registrar and Records

    • jblac131@kennesaw.edu
    • (770) 423-6200
  • Karen Boettler

    Karen Boettler

    Assistant Director of Student Leadership Development and Part-Time Instructor of Psychology

    Department of Student Leadership and Service

  • Cathy Bradford

    Cathy Bradford

    Limited Term Instructor of Education

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  •  Joshua Brown

    Joshua Brown

    Project Coordinator

    Office of Institutional Effectiveness

  • Sharon Brownlow

    Sharon Brownlow

    Director of Parent and Family Programs

    Parent and Family Programs

  • Amy Buddie

    Amy Buddie

    Director of Undergraduate Research and Professor of Psychology

    Office of Research

  • Theodore Bullard

    Theodore Bullard

    Lecturer of Organizational Leadership

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Marcela Cadavid

    Marcela Cadavid

    Enrollment Services Specialist

    Recruitment, Retention, and Progression to Graduation Program for Hispanic and Latino Students

  • Kyra Calhoun

    Kyra Calhoun

    Graduation Coach and Part-Time Instructor of Higher Education

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Jillian Carter Ford

    Jillian Carter Ford

    Associate Professor of Social Studies Education

    Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

  • Marshal Chaifetz

    Marshal Chaifetz

    CHSS Grants and Contracts Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor of Public Administration and Law

    School of Government International Affairs

  • Donald Coleman

    Donald Coleman

    Director of Orientation Programs and Part-Time Instructor of Higher Education

    Orientation Programs

  • Christine Collins

    Christine Collins

    Student Services Associate IV

    College of the Arts, Office of the Dean

  • Kimberly Cortes

    Kimberly Cortes

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry Education

    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Shelli Cossel

    Shelli Cossel

    Counseling Professional

    Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Chelsea Craig

    Chelsea Craig

    Parent and Families Program Coordinator

    Parent and Families Association

  • Judy Craven

    Judy Craven

    Director of Engagement and Outreach

    Marietta Student Affairs

  • Loretta Daniels

    Loretta Daniels

    Executive Director of Communication and Strategic Planning, Part-Time Instructor of Conflict Management

    Graduate College, Office of the Dean

  • LaTiffany Davis

    LaTiffany Davis

    Learning Commons Librarian and Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science

    University Library

  • Daniel Farr

    Daniel Farr

    Coordinator of Internships for Sociology and Senior Lecturer of Sociology

    Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

  • Krysta Fry

    Krysta Fry

    Assistant Director, Career Advising and Planning

    Department of Career Planning and Development

  • Meredith Ginn

    Meredith Ginn

    Human Communication Coordinator and Lecturer of Communication

    School of Communication and Media

  • Ruth Ann Goldfine

    Ruth Ann Goldfine

    Chair of the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies and Professor of English

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Linda Golian-Lui

    Linda Golian-Lui

    Library Director and Associate Dean of the KSU Library System and Librarian Professor of Library Science

    University Library

  • Lydia Henderson

    Lydia Henderson

    Career and Internship Advisor

    Department of Career Planning and Development

  • Antwuan Holloway

    Antwuan Holloway

    Academic Advisor

    University College, Office of the Dean

  • Brandon Jackson

    Brandon Jackson

    Assoc Director for Multicultural Student Affairs & Part-Time Instructor of Public Administration

    Cultural and Community Centers

  • Lindsay Johnson

    Lindsay Johnson

    Program Coordinator for Volunteerism

    Volunteerism and Service Learning Support

  • Linda Johnston

    Linda Johnston

    Occasional Office/Clerical

    Division of Global Affairs

  • Stephanie Kartalopoulos

    Stephanie Kartalopoulos

    Part-Time Assistant Professor of English

    Department of English

  • Ryan Keesee

    Ryan Keesee

    Manager of Civic Engagement and Service Learning

    Department of Student Leadership and Service

  • Rosalind King

    Rosalind King

    IT Systems Support Professional

    University Information Technology Services (UITS)

  • Karen Kuhel

    Karen Kuhel

    Associate Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Department of Inclusive Education

  • Lydia Laucella

    Lydia Laucella

    Part-Time Instructor of Education

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Thierry Leger

    Thierry Leger

    Senior Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of French

    College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of the Dean

  • Natasha Lovelace Habers

    Natasha Lovelace Habers

    Assistant Chair of the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies and Director of Learning Communities and Professor of Art

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Erik Malewski

    Erik Malewski

    Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Curriculum Studies

    Office of Diversity and Inclusion

  • Gail Markle

    Gail Markle

    Coordinator of Sociology and Associate Professor of Sociology

    Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

  • Karen Marks

    Karen Marks

    Associate Director of Student Advising and Career Development

    Department of Career Planning and Development

  • Kathy Matthews

    Kathy Matthews

    Coordinator, First-Year Student Success Advocate Program and Assistant Professor of English

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Monica Nandan

    Monica Nandan

    Director of Strategic Partnerships and Social Impact and Professor of Social Work and Human Services

    Department of Social Work and Human Services

  • Julie Newell

    Julie Newell

    Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

    Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • Shelbee Nguyen

    Shelbee Nguyen

    Assistant Director of First-Year Seminars and Associate Professor of Education

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • David O'Kelley

    David O'Kelley

    Assistant Professor of Dance

    Department of Dance

  • Lynn Palazzo

    Lynn Palazzo

    Part-Time Instructor of Education

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Tyler Pede

    Tyler Pede

    Academic Advisor and Part-Time Instructor of Political Science and Public Administration

    Coles College of Business - Undergraduate Programs

  • Kandice Porter

    Kandice Porter

    Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Physical Education

    Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

  • Stacy Reeves

    Stacy Reeves

    Administrative Associate

    Wellstar College Advising Center

  • Matthew Robison

    Matthew Robison

    Director of Student Engagement & Part-Time Instructor of Educational Research

    Senior AVP Initiatives

  • Yen Rodriguez

    Yen Rodriguez

    Part-Time Instructor of American Studies

    Department

  • Federica Santini

    Federica Santini

    Coordinator of Italian Program and Professor of Italian

    Department of Foreign Languages

  • Cynthia Schmelzer

    Cynthia Schmelzer

    Decision Support Analyst

    Office of Fiscal Services

  • Nicole Simmons

    Nicole Simmons

    Program Coordinator, Outreach and Programming

    Department of Student Leadership and Service

  • Shae Smith

    Shae Smith

    Thrive Academic Program Manager, Thrive Graduation Coach, and Lecturer of Education

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • M'Lyn Spinks

    M'Lyn Spinks

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Wellstar School of Nursing

  • Salazec Spratling

    Salazec Spratling

    Academic Adviser and Part-Time Instructor of Higher Education

    University College, Office of the Dean

  • Marcy Stidum

    Marcy Stidum

    Director

    C.A.R.E. Services

  • Jamesia Terry

    Jamesia Terry

    Transition Programs Coordinator

    Orientation and Transition Programs

  • Lori Trahan

    Lori Trahan

    Associate Director, Operations and Employer Management

    Department of Career Planning and Development

  • Nirmal Trivedi

    Nirmal Trivedi

    Director of First-Year Seminars and Assistant Professor of English

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Lewis VanBrackle III

    Lewis VanBrackle III

    Professor of Statistics

    Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences

  • Anete Vasquez

    Anete Vasquez

    Interim Department Chair of Secondary and Middle Grades Education and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Department of Secondary and Middle Grades Education

  • Seneca Vaught

    Seneca Vaught

    Associate Professor of History

    Department of History and Philosophy

  • Jennifer Wells

    Jen Wells

    Director of Assessment and Assistant Professor of Higher Education

    Office of Institutional Effectiveness

  • Yvonne Wichman

    Yvonne Wichman

    Part-Time Instructor of English

    Department of English

  • Kathryn Wilhite

    Kathryn Wilhite

    Campus Concierge

    Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

  • Thomas J. Yannuzzi

    Thomas J. Yannuzzi

    Executive Director and Part-Time Assistant Professor of Communication

    Department of Student Leadership and Service

  • Beth Anne Youngblood

    Beth Anne Youngblood

    Academic Advisor and Part-Time Instructor of Higher Education

    Coles College of Business

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