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.
WebsitePhoto_Janet Janet Vera, Ed.D. | Senior Associate Director
Janet received her BA in Sociology and Spanish Literature from UCLA. She completed her M.Ed in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs and her Doctorate in Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation utilizes the gap analysis model to examine the choice of business majors to participate in a short-term study abroad program.  Prior to working at USC, she worked for UCLA’s Science Research Center and for the UCLA Psychology Department. Currently, Janet coordinates Marshall’s portion of New Student Orientation, the Marshall Peer Tutoring Program, and internal transfer admissions.  She also serves as the liaison and as an advisor for the Business Cinemeatic Arts (BCA) program.  Janet was a finalist for USC’s Outstanding Academic Advisor award in 2012 and 2013.  In her free time, Janet enjoys advising, teaching, traveling and most of all spending time with her daughter.
Aba Cassell-Lemus, Ed.D. | Associate Director
Aba is a native of Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies. She earned her M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from USC’s Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation focused on how mid and senior level student affairs administrators balance work and family life. She plans to continue her research on topics surrounding: how women become leaders, the impact of mentoring on career advancement, and the transition for midlevel to senior level administration in student affairs. In 2012, Aba celebrated her 10th anniversary as an employee of USC and has worked in the Rossier School of Education, the School of Architecture, and the Department of Kinesiology. At Marshall, Aba oversees the Marshall Connections Program (MCP and minor admissions. She also coordinates scholarships for continuing students and serves as our liaison for international, honors, and directed research programs.  In her free time, Aba enjoys traveling, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Jennifer Siemer | Assistant 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. Currently, Jen coordinates co-curricular programs for the Global Leadership Program (GLP) and assists in coordinating New Student Orientation.  In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, cooking for her family and friends, and spending time near the beach.
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.
Christina Garcia | Academic Advisor
Christina grew up in central California. She majored in Business Administration at California State University, Fresno and completed a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining Marshall, Christina worked for Academic Services at Loyola Marymount University as a graduate assistant. Her professional experience also includes working at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where she supported students as they prepared for the college and graduate school admissions processes. At Marshall, Christina serves as an advisor and co-curricular program coordinator for the Business Cinematic Arts Program (BCA). In her free time, Christina enjoys playing softball and soccer with her co-ed sports teams and spending time with her family.
Allison Allison Hofstetter Musser | Academic Advisor
Allison completed her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and received her Masters of Science in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University (APU). Prior to joining USC Marshall, she worked at APU in the Office of Academic Advising and Retention and as a Career Counselor in the Office of Career Services where she facilitated major and career exploration by helping students identify their interests, skills, and goals. While a student at CSUF, she served as a New Student Orientation Leader. Allison enjoys country music and line dancing, frozen yogurt, playing softball, and spending time with family and friends.
Helena Helena Geefay | Academic Advisor
Helena was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and English (Creative Writing) at USC, and received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Helena has worked with students in LA, NYC, and the Bay Area in both university and nonprofit settings.  She enjoys creating environments that support personal and academic success and is excited to continue to do so at Marshall.  In her free time, Helena can be found traveling, hiking, volunteering, reading, entertaining, and spending time with family and friends.
   Juliette Juliette Lowery | Academic Advisor
Juliette was born and raised in South Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the “other” USC in 2010.  She has a Master of Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida- Tampa Bay where she also worked as an assistant residence life coordinator and served as an alternative spring break advisor and a Safe Zone facilitator. At Marshall, Juliette serves as a liaison for the residential business floor.  In her free time she enjoys playing 90’s video games, watching college football, and baking new treats.
 frankie.jpg Frankie Sandoval | Academic Advisor
Frankie received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where he studied Communication, Business Administration, and Spanish. He completed his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the USC Rossier School of Education. Currently, Frankie is pursuing a second master’s degree in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Frankie has previous work experience in several different functional areas of higher education, including academic advising, outreach and recruitment, and admissions. He has held graduate assistantships in the Marshall Office of Undergraduate Advising and in the USC Viterbi Center for Engineering Diversity. Frankie also worked for the LMU Department of International Outreach. Prior to returning to Marshall, Frankie was an Academic Advisor in the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.
 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.