Meet the Staff
Ramon Ortiz Jr.
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor
Office: 226 McCutchan Hall
Phone: (262) 472-4985
Ramon Ortiz works at UW-Whitewater as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, worked in a private sector, and later returned and completed an M.B.A. in Finance. He works with students who may not have come from the most affluent background but have a wealth of ambition and desire to succeed. He enjoys reeading, hiking, traveling and most importantly spending time with his family. He is also currently the Interim Director of LSP and a doctoral student at UW-Madison pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Office: 226 McCutchan hall
Terri Jones serves as Program Associate for the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Student Success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW). Her responsibilities include administrative, managerial, and financial duties. She has a record of achievement in the Upward Bound Program at UW-Milwaukee, and as a King/Chavez scholar at UWW. Terri received her B.A. in Broadcast/Journalism and her Master of Science degree in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Ms. Jones has aspirations of earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education.
John R. Dominguez, Jr.
Academic Network Advisor
Office: 225 McCutchan Hall
Phone: (262) 472-5330
My name is John R. Dominguez, Jr. I am the Academic Network Graduate Assistant in the Graduate program for MSE-PD in Higher Education. I like to play basketball and football and I like to travel and listen to music. I hope to be the Dean of a university or a professor in the future. At my current job on campus I advise students, I work with planning MASS events and activities, I help students with associate's degrees and program events.
Director, McNair Scholars Program
Office: 220 McCutchan Hall
Phone: (262) 472-2804
I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri. Both of my parents attended college, so I always knew that continuing my education was the path for me. I attended a small liberal arts college in Missouri called Truman State University where I received my Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Every summer during my undergraduate years I would work at the Boys and Girls Club. Although I loved my area of study, I learned through my summer job that my passion in life was for education. Helping students on their journey in pursuit of knowledge and truth is my greatest reward. I eventually came to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to attend graduate school. I received my MSE in Professional Development- Educational Administration. I worked as a graduate assistant and a full time staff member in Residence Life, and now have found a home working for McNair. Continuing your education to graduate school can be a trying yet incredibly rewarding experience. Not having been a McNair scholar myself (and having no preparation for graduate school),
I see the value in providing students with the critical thinking, research, and cultural competency skills to succeed in their post-baccalaureate education. The McNair Scholars Program prepares students to be completive in an ever more globalized playing field. I believe in the mission of the McNair Scholars program and hope that all TRIO students seriously consider continuing their education for the betterment of themselves and their community. "Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them. You're eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky." - Ronald E. McNair,
Graduate Assistant, Pride Center
Office: UC 142A
My name is Lawrence Pardo and I am the PB Poorman PRIDE Center Graduate Assistant. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Higher Education Leadership here at UW-Whitewater. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. While at UW-Parkside, I passionately worked with other students and staff to promote diversity, inclusion, and safe spaces for minority and underrepresented students. As an undergraduate student, promoting cultural awareness to better represent all students on campus quickly became a passion. These experiences have led me to pursue a career in higher education and obtain my Masters here at UW-Whitewater. When I have the time, I enjoy traveling abroad; I have have been to: Germany, Austria, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras.
Academic Advisor, Pathway for Success
Office: MC 116
Phone: (262) 472-5225
Welcome to the Warhawk family! My name is Kristine Yesbeck and I have been an Academic Advisor at UWW since the AAEC opened in November of 2002. Since fall 2011, I have had the pleasure of advising and supporting students in Pathway for Success. I have a Bachelors of Arts in both International Studies and Spanish from St. Norbert College. My Masters of Arts is from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Communication with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication. I am also certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). I find it very rewarding to help students as they transition to college life and develop their academic and career plans. Stop in to see me soon!
Link to Pathway for Success Website: http://www.uww.edu/aaec/pathway-for-success
Academic Advisor, Pathway for Success
Phone: (262) 472-5226
Hello! My name is Janay Alston and I am the new Pathway for Success Academic Advisor and I look forward to serving you! Currently, I'm one of two Advisors for the Pathway for Success program in the Academic Advising & Exploration Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I completed my undergraduate degree at UW-Whitewater in 2009 and my Master's degree at The Ohio State University in 2010. My educational background includes, but is not limited to Clinical Social Work and Psychology. I had a great opportunity to counsel high school students following graduate school and now advising college students, consequently I've not found many differences. For the past two years I have enjoyed working with both traditional and non-traditional students, providing intrusive and developmental advising in addition to academic and personal support. The Pathway for Success program provides additional academic support some students may need to ensure academic success during the critical first year of college. In my spare time, when I can find it, I enjoy hanging out with my family and at church- there is where I find peace! Peace & Blessings :)
Mai Yer Yang
Intergroup Relations Coordinator- Office of Multicultural Affairs & Student Success/Office of Career and Leadership Development
Phone: (262) 472-7168
My name is Mai Yer Yang and I am the Intergroup Relations Coordinator with both the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Student Success and the Office of Career & Leadership Development. One of my main responsibilities is to oversee the operation of the Warhawk Connection Center with Cindy Konrad. I received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership with the emphasis in higher education from UW-Whitewater. I love working with students and learning about different cultural/identity groups on campus. During my free time, I like to cook, travel, and play volleyball or other outdoor activities. In the future, I would like to earn a Ph.D. and a restaurant.
Office: 225 McCutchan Hall
Graduate Coordinator, Southeast Asian Support Services
Office: 115 McCutchan Hall
Hello, I'm Ohm Tachasrisukko, the Southeast Asian Support Services graduate coordinator. I got my BA in Industrial Engineering back to 2013 in Thailand. Currently, I am a 2nd year MBA student at UW Whitewater majoring in Finance. I am very honored to work with students and help them to achieve their academic goals. In the future, I want to work as a Financial Analyst who guides and helps clients make Investment decisions. Another goal in my life is to travel around the world for more than a year.
Interim-Director, Precollege Programs
Office: 323 McCutchan Hall
I started at UW-Whitewater as a student majoring in psychology where I had countless rewarding educational and leadership experiences. Shortly after graduation I began working on campus full time with various offices including: Latino Student Programs, College of Business & Economics, Student Support Services, Academic Standards, Residence Life, and now, PreCollege Programs. During this time I also received my Master of Science degree in Curriculum & Instruction - Higher Education. While growing up, I was very lucky to have parents supportive of my education, but as a first generation student, I couldn't always turn to them for the help I needed navigating through college. There were many staff members at UW-Whitewater that showed me the ropes and assisted me in the rough patches. I still turn to these staff members for professional guidance and appreciate the generosity of their time and caring. I sincerely hope we can be that support system for you as you explore the world that opens up through education.
Teresa Yvette Selph
Graduate Coordinator, Young College Parents Program
Office: 224 McCutchan Hall
Hello, my name is Teresa Yvette Selph and I am currently enrolled in the MSE-Professional Development - Higher Education Leadership Program. I am the Graduate coordinator for the Young College Parents Program and Academic Network at Multicultural Affairs & Student Success. My goal is to provide educational assistance to re-admitted students on academic probation, and initiate opportunities for students who are parents here on campus. It is important to encourage students to continue accessing their education and college success! I look forward to having a spectacular semester while working with our students!
Graduate Coordinator, King Chavez
Office: 118 McCutchan Hall
Office: 107 McCutchan Hall
Graduate Coordinator, Latino Student Programs
Office: 106 McCutchan Hall
Office: 324 McCutchan Hall
My name is Tiffany Adkins. I've had the privilege to do my undergrad here at UW-Whitewater and pursue my Master's in Educational policy and Analysis here as well. During my undergrad I participated in several student organizations on campus. I was on the Executive Board for the Black Student Union for several years in different capacities. I was the creative coordinator for T.i.F.U Cultural Ensemble, in which I was the first to serve in that position. Also I served as Vice President and Treasurer for my sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Through each of those organizations a great deal of networking came along, which ultimately lead me to PreCollege Programs. I have been working for PreCollege since 2006, as a Tutor counselor, office assistant, and Lead coordinator/ program coordinator. There is not a greater honor than it is to work with students. I look forward to assisting and working with them every year. As a first generation college student, my goal is to make sure that I am not the last college graduate and to ensure each student I come across through PreCollege takes advantage of the opportunity and transform into a successful college graduate in the years to come.
Graduate Coordinator, African American Network
Office: 212 McCutchan Hall
LaCherie Weathers serves as an undergraduate coordinator for the African American Network. She works closely with the young ladies of the Sister to Sister program for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is a senior at the university majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. She plans to further her education and work with adolescents in the counseling field. Some hobbies that she enjoys include: spending time with family and friends, shopping and discovering the joys of life.
Graduate Coordinator, McNair Scholars
Office: 219 McCutchan Hall
I am currently pursuing my graduate degree in school counseling in the Counselor Education program here in Whitewater. At my current job on campus I work with undergraduate scholars who are determined to challenge themselves with intensive undergraduate research. My aspirations for the future are earning a Ph.D., and going into private practice for counseling.