Meet the Advisors

Academic Advisors are available by appointment and for drop-in advising throughout most of the academic year. During the summer and school breaks, advisors are available by appointment only. All Business Administration majors have an assigned academic advisor; Marshall minors can meet with any available advisor. Marshall majors can verify their advisors and schedule appointments by calling the Office of Undergraduate Advising at 213.740.0690 or stopping by BRI 104.  Current USC students who are interested in adding a Marshall major or minor can also contact our office about meeting with an advisor.

Office Of Undergraduate Advising

maureen Maureen McHale, Ph.D. | Assistant Dean and Director
Maureen is a native Angeleno. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, an MA in Higher Education and Work, and a PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change. While in graduate school, her research focused on student retention and the impact of college on students’ attitudes and values. Maureen has a wide range of experience in the area of undergraduate education, and she was the Senior Dean of the Advising Center at Columbia University prior to coming to USC in 2008.  Previously, she oversaw Instructional Improvement Programs in UCLA’s Office of Instructional Development and student retention and international programs at UCLA Summer Sessions.  In her free time, Maureen enjoys travel, reading, hiking, the beach, and spending time with her family and son.
Jennifer Siemer | Associate Director
Jennifer was born and raised in southern California. She majored in history at Azusa Pacific University and went on to receive her master’s degree in Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs at USC. Prior to becoming an academic advisor at Marshall, Jen served in the development office at Pepperdine University and worked as an advisor to the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council. IIn addition to advising students, Jen is involved in coordinating: co-curricular programs for the Global Leadership Program (GLP), New Student Orientation, the Marshall Connections Program, and scholarships for continuing students.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, cooking for her family and friends, and spending time near the beach.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Daniel Choi, Ph.D. | Associate Director
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Daniel received B.A. degrees in Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC), and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Prior to coming back to USC, he lived in Brooklyn, New York and served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering. Additionally, he served as a part-time faculty member within the NYU Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program and Assistant Dean of Student Life for Semester at Sea. He has worked in higher education administration for 15 years and served in various capacities within Residence Life, Student Activities, Orientation, Student Services and Counseling and Admissions.
Sommers Russell Sommer | Assistant Director
Russ hails from Bridgeport, Michigan. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saginaw Valley State University and received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. While at Eastern, Russell gained valuable experience working as an academic advisor and international student specialist. Russ has been with USC Marshall since 2008, and received USC’s Outstanding Academic Advisor award in 2011.  He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. at USC’s Rossier School of Education. Russ assists with New Student Orientation, and serves as the academic advisor and co-curricular program coordinator for students in the World Bachelors in Business (WBB) program.  Russ enjoys listening to music and playing beach volleyball.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 VACANT | Assistant Director
Mayra Miranda | Academic Advisor
Mayra was born and raised in Southern California. Prior to joining USC Marshall, she spent eight years working at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.  After a year in the Registrar’s Office, Mayra moved to the Advisement Center where she first served as an Academic Advisor and then as Associate Director. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at MSMC, where she will soon complete her Masters of Arts in Humanities as well. At Marshall, Mayra coordinates co-curricular programs for student in the Global Leadership Program (GLP).  In her free time, Mayra enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her family and friends.  Mayra is currently on maternity leave.  If Mayra is your advisor, please work with Dr. Chris Mattson until her return.
 USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Gerald Corporal | Academic Advisor
Gerald was born in Guam and has lived all around the US and the world as his father serves in the US Army. He considers Seattle, Washington home and went to college at the University of Washington where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies and Communication. He spent two years working at an Institutional Review Board before coming to USC to earn his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. As a graduate student, he served as an advisor for the Undergraduate Student Government and an Exam Assistant for Disability Services and Programs. He also worked with the Office of Campus Activities, Asian Pacific American Student Services, and was a TA for a graduate-level course at the Rossier School of Education. During his free time he likes to explore LA cuisine, hike, watch movies, travel, and makes frequent trips to Seattle during the fall for UW football games.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Tehra Yosifi | Academic Advisor
Tehra received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California. She is currently completing her Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University, Northridge. Prior to becoming an academic advisor at Marshall, Tehra was an Academic Advisor at Mount St. Mary’s college where she worked with pre-nursing and undeclared students in the Academic Advisement Center. Tehra has experience in a variety of areas in higher education including academic advisement, career development, and leadership development. In her spare time, Tehra enjoys hiking, exploring LA, and spending time with friends and family.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Ellecia Williams | Academic Advisor
Ellecia grew up in San Diego, California and completed high school in Texas. She received a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University and a MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining Marshall, Ellecia lived in the Pacific Northwest where she worked at Portland State University in University Advancement. Ellecia also worked as an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center at Washington State University Vancouver where she advised students majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. During her free time, Ellecia likes to travel, read and spend time with her family.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 VACANT | Academic Advisor
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 VACANT | Academic Advisor
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 VACANT | Academic Advisor
Patricia Patricia Ramos | Office Coordinator
Patricia was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Seattle after high school to attend Seattle University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her most memorable experience at Seattle University was serving as peer mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Patricia also attended the University of Washington where she received certificates in Project Management and Contract Management & Design. While in Seattle, Patricia worked with a global consultancy for six years and enjoyed supporting their Education Initiatives. She is excited to be a part of an institution and culture that fosters student success. In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Christopher Mattson | Academic Advisor
Chris has over ten years of professional experience at USC and is working for the Marshall Office of Undergraduate Advising on a temporary basis as a full-time academic advisor. Chris grew up in Ferndale, Washington. After attending Linfield College for two years, he graduated from Western Washington University with a major in English and minors in anthropology, sociology, and theatre. Highlights for him as an undergraduate include varsity football, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Klipsun magazine, creating Plays4US, and working as a bell-hop. Chris holds an M.F.A. in Theatre (Playwriting) from Brandeis University and lived in the Northeast (MA, CT, NY) before moving to Los Angeles. Chris completed M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs at USC’s Rossier School of Education and his student Affairs experience includes areas such as Disability Services, Academic Support, and the Support Centered Program. When he’s not helping USC students, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, and watching movies.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Sheena Dreher | Student Services Advisor
Sheena has been a graduate assistant in the Marshall Office of Undergraduate Advising since 2013, and is working for us as a part-time advisor with a focus on advising our Marshall minors. Sheena is completing her master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC and will graduate in May 2015. She earned her bachelor of arts in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands, and it was there that she found her passion for working with college students. Since she has been at USC, she has gained experience in academic advising, service-learning, career advising, and more. When she’s not at work, Sheena enjoys getting outdoors, traveling to new places, playing and listening to music, and spending time with loved ones.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Julie Zehnpfennig | Graduate Assistant
Julie has been a graduate assistant in the Marshall Office of Undergraduate Advising since 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business from USC and is currently pursuing her master’s of education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs from Rossier. During her time as an undergraduate she was involved with the Panhellenic Council and student tutoring, sparking her love of student affairs. When not working or studying Julie enjoys performing stand up, kickboxing, and traveling as often as possible.