Meet the Team

Name
Position
  • Hilary Battle

    Hilary Battle Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Hilary BattlePosition:
    Academic Advisor

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


    Hilary has worked at Kennesaw State University for five years. Prior to joining the Undergraduate Advising Center, she worked in University College as an academic advisor for the Dual Enrollment Program. She's also worked in the Honors College as well as the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies. Hilary holds a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University as well as a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Berry College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, graphic design, and baking.

    Hilary is the advisor for:

    • Psychology students with last names (Dp - Kh)
  • Lara Berry

    Lara Berry Senior Academic Advisor - Transfer Specialist

    Headshot of Lara BerryPosition:
    Senior Academic Advisor - Transfer Specialist

    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 last names (A - Do)
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian Studies, and Psychology
  • Charlotte Canup

    Charlotte Canup Academic Advisor

    Charlotte HeadshotPosition:
    Academic Advisor

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


    Charlotte comes to us from KSU's University College where she spent the past four years working as an academic advisor for the Dual Enrollment Program. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative associate in the Honors College. Charlotte brings with her an in-depth understanding of KSU policies, online systems, and - most importantly - a love of working with students! She graduated from KSU with a B.S. in Psychology, and she is excited for the opportunity to be back in CHSS, working with our current students.

    Charlotte is the advisor for:

    • Psychology students with last names (Ki - Ri)
  • Charity Costa-Reese

    Charity Costa-Reese Academic Advisor

    Position:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-6869
    Email: ccostare@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 102A


    Charity is an advisor for:

    • Integrative Studies students
  • Christy Curley

    Christy Curley Senior Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Christy CurleyPosition:
    Senior Academic Advisor

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


    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!

    Christy is the advisor for:

    • Sociology students
    • English Education students
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Criminal Justice, English, English Education, Modern Language & Culture, and Sociology
  • Valarie DuRant-Modeste

    Valarie DuRant-Modeste Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Valarie DuRant-ModestePosition:
    Academic Advisor

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


    Valarie has her Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design from American InterContinental. Valarie comes to KSU with 21 years 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 that she called, "At Potential" to help struggling students to success 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 towards minority 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, as well as her dedication to her students and programs created previously. Valarie is a dog lover and is also passionate about traveling.

    Valarie is the advisor for:

    • Political Science students
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Anthropology, Geography, Geospatial Sciences, International Affairs, and Political Science
  • Kathy Earwood

    Kathy Earwood Director

    Headshot of Kathy EarwoodPosition:
    Director

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


    Kathy Earwood is the Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has been at Kennesaw since October 2013. Before she came to KSU, she worked at Georgia Tech for 25 years. She has been in the advising arena for 25+ years. She loves working with all majors and all students. She says, "It is a great feeling knowing that I am actually working in my dream job.  Students make a difference and I want to see all students succeed. My passion is working with the "At Risk" population and getting them back on track from the minor bumps in the road they seem to have taken." She received her B.S. in Sociology and minor in Psychology from University of West Georgia and her M.Ed. in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. She has been married to her husband, Ricky, for over 35 years. She has four daughters who are grown, and one son who was born in 2011. All five of her children are adopted. She also has 5 grandchildren. She loves advising, traveling, the beach, shopping, swimming, NASCAR, golfing, and spending time with family. 
    Her tip for students is:  Make sure you see your advisor at least once a year and ask lots of questions. An example of questions to ask: am I on track to graduate, have I met prerequisite courses to keep me progressing forward in my curriculum, should I do a study abroad, or take a foreign language course, what extra-curricular activities would be good for me, how can I get my GPA higher, and why do I need an internship? Great questions that need to be explored with your academic advisor.

    Kathy is the advisor for:

    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in Interactive Design and Technical Communication
  • Pauline Glenn

    Pauline Glenn Academic Advisor

    Position:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-2815
    Email: pglenn2@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 102C


     

    Pauline is an advisor for:

    • Integrative Studies students
  • Julia Henkel

    Julia Henkel Academic Advisor

    Position:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-2179
    Email: jhenkel@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WB 102B


    Julie is an advisor for:

    • Integrative Studies students
  • Christine Jacobs

    Christine Jacobs Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Christine JacobsPosition:
    Academic Advisor

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


    Christine has a Bachelor's Degree in Horticulture from Cornell University and her Master's Degree 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 decided to go back to school for her teaching certification and then taught middle school science until she moved to Georgia. Christine joined KSU in 2010 and has worked for KSU's College of Continuing and Professional Education and KSU's Upward Bound Program where she advised and provided academic support to high school students and adult 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. 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
    • Geospatial Sciences students
    • International Affairs students
  • George Kruger III

    George Kruger III Academic Advisor

    Position:
    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, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations with last names (S - Z)
    • History and Philosophy students with last names (M - Z)
  • Jocelyn Lopez Escamilla

    Jocelyn Lopez Escamilla Administrative Coordinator

    Position:
    Administrative Coordinator

    Phone: (470) 578-6106
    Email: jlopezes@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 202A


     
  • Donna McPherson

    Donna McPherson Academic Advisor

    Position:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7202
    Email: dmcphe12@kennesaw.edu
    Location: J 333


    Donna is the Academic/Professional Advisor in the Technical Communication and Interactive Design Department on the Marietta Campus. She has been working with Kennesaw State University for the past 23 years. She majored in Political Science, at KSU, and has worked as a Student Assistant for the English and History Department. Her expertise is Student Advising and Academic Counseling. Donna enjoys mentoring students choosing their academic and career paths. 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.

    Donna is the advisor for:

    • Interactive Design students
    • Technical Communication students
  • Carley Mulkey

    Carley Mulkey Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Carley MulkeyPosition:
    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 currently working toward her Master's Degree at KSU in the Master of Public Administration program. 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)
  • Tabitha Robinson

    Tabitha Robinson Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Tabitha RobinsonPosition:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7728
    Email: trobin46@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223D


    Tabitha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communications from Southern Polytechnic State University and a Master of Science degree in First-Year Studies at Kennesaw State University. Before joining CHSS UAC, she worked as an Academic Advisor in the College of Computing and Software Engineering. She also has three years of experience working in the Registrar's Office as a Transfer Credit Evaluator and as a Degree Auditor. Tabitha is the chapter advisor for HerCampus and Alpha Delta Chi Fraternity - Alpha Gamma. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with family.

    Tabitha is the advisor for:

    • Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations students with last names (D - Kl)
    • Students on academic dismissal and re-admission from academic dismissal majoring in History, History Education, Journalism, Media & Entertainment, Organizational Communication, Philosophy and Public Relations
  • Robert Vejnar

    Robert Vejnar Academic Advisor

    Position:
    Academic Advisor

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


    Robert Vejnar came to KSU in 2017 as an Academic Advisor. Prior to arriving at Kennesaw he served as archivist, faculty advisor, and lecturer in the first year core curriculum at Emory & Henry College where his freshmen research seminar had students examine the historical debate over Thomas Jefferson's idea that there is a "wall of separation" between church and state. Robert earned his M.A. from James Madison University and completed his doctoral course work at Auburn University. He is the author of "The State of Education in Colonial Virginia" (International Social Science Review) and "How to Preserve Republican Government: The Debate in Antebellum Virginia over Education Reform" (Indian Journal of American Studies). He enjoys reading and traveling.

    Robert is the advisor for:

    • Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations with last names (A - C)
    • History and Philosophy students with last names (A - L)
  • Matt Waller

    Matt Waller Academic Advisor & Lecturer of Geography

    Headshot of Matt WallerPosition:
    Academic Advisor & 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 10 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 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)
  • Ariel Walley

    Ariel Walley Academic Advisor

    Headshot of Ariel WalleyPosition:
    Academic Advisor

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


    Ariel Walley graduated from the KSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences in July 2017. She earned her B.A. in Modern Language and Culture with a concentration in Spanish Business and two minors in Political Science and Management. Ariel joined the UAC in Fall of 2017 as an administrative associate and then later became an advisor. She is a proud Owl and loves working with students and helping them succeed.

    Ariel lives in Kennesaw and enjoys being outside, especially hiking at Kennesaw Mountain. She is studying her third language, German, and loves traveling across the United States and around the world.

    Ariel is the advisor for:

    • English students
    • Modern Language and Culture students
  • Julie Wyatt

    Julie Wyatt Academic Advisor

    Position:
    Academic Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-7384
    Email: jwyatt38@kennesaw.edu
    Location: WH 223J


    Julie Wyatt is a new advisor coming to us from Dalton State. She has been with Dalton State as Assistant Director of Residential Life for the past 2 years. Previously she was with University of North Georgia for 7 years in residential life. Julie received both her Bachelor’s degree in history and Master’s in Public Administration from University of North Georgia.

    Julie is the advisor for:

    • Journalism, Media and Entertainment, Organizational Communication and Public Relations students with last names (Km - R)
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