Meet the Advising Team

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; you can find the name of your assigned advisor under the Advisement tab on myUSC.   Marshall majors can also utlize our faculty elective advisors if they need detailed information about the content of upper division business elective courses.

Marshall minors can meet with any available advisor.  Current USC students who are interested in adding a Marshall major or minor  should attend one of our information sessions prior to meeting with an advisor.

To schedule an advisement appointment, please call the Office of Undergraduate Advising at 213.740.0690 or stop by BRI 104.

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 oversees internal transfer admissions, minor advising, Marshall scholarships for continuing students and is involved in the Marshall Connections Program (MCP).  In her free time, Jen 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 his B.A. degrees in Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC), and Ph.D. in Higher Education at New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Prior to returning 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 (Fall 2015). 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.  Daniel leads our efforts in New Student Orientation, the Business Cinematic Arts emphasis (BCA), and involved with the Marshall Peer Tutoring Program (MPT) and the World Bachelor’s in Business (WBB) program.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Ellecia Williams | Assistant Director
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. Ellecia oversees our Marshall Peer Tutoring Program (MPT) and upper division elective and minor advising efforts.  During her free time, Ellecia likes to travel, read and spend time with her family.
Mayra Miranda | Assistant Director
Mayra was born and raised in Southern California. Prior to joining USC Marshall, she spent eight years working at Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC) in Los Angeles in the Registrar’s Office and then 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 and is currently pursuing a Executive Master’s of Leadership in the Price School at USC.  Mayra  leads our efforts related to the World Bachelor’s in Business (WBB) program and is involved in our New Student Orientation.  In her free time, Mayra enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her family and friends.
  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. Home is Seattle, Washington, where he went to college at the University of Washington earning a 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. At USC, he previously worked as a graduate advisor for the Undergraduate Student Government, an Exam Assistant for Disability Services and Programs, and as a TA for graduate level courses in the Rossier School of Education. At Marshall, Gerald specializes in advising students in the Business in Cinematic Arts (BCA) program and is also involved in scholarships for continuing students. 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. Tehra is involved with the Marshall Connections Program and specializes in advising our WBB students.  In her spare time, Tehra enjoys hiking, exploring LA, and spending time with friends and family.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Chelsea Jones | Academic Advisor
Chelsea was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an International Relations concentration from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her active involvement within UCLA Undergraduate Admissions and the UCLA Career Center served as the foundation of her dedication towards improving student retention and development in higher education. She is currently enrolled in the USC Rossier School of Education, M.Ed. in Educational Counseling program. Prior to joining Marshall’s team of undergraduate advisors, Chelsea provided full-time administrative support to the student body, staff, and faculty of the USC Price School of Public Policy. At Marshall, she is involved in our Marshall Peer Tutoring and academic support efforts.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with friends and family, exploring new restaurants and hiking trails throughout LA county, following sports, film/television, music, and expanding her personal library.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Katrina Arce | Academic Advisor
Born and raised in New York City, Katrina received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from New York University, and went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Postsecondary and Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to moving to Los Angeles and joining USC, Katrina served as the Assistant Director of New Student Programs at Baruch College, CUNY in Manhattan, New York. Katrina has experience in a variety of areas in higher education including the first-year experience, orientation, leadership development, and student activities. At Marshall, she is involved in New Student Orientation and the Marshall Connections Program (MCP) and specializes in advising students in the World Bachelor’s in Business (WBB) program. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Sheena Dreher | Academic Advisor
Sheena completed her master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC’s Rossier School of Education. 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. Sheena is involved with our Marshall Peer Tutoring Program and Marshall Connections Program (MCP).  When she’s not in the office, Sheena enjoys getting outdoors, playing and listening to music, spending time with friends and family, road trips, and traveling to new places.
Eena Singh | Academic Advisor
Eena was born in India and has spent the majority of her life growing up in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Anthropology, and a minor in Education, and has also recently received her MA degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs, from New York University’s (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Prior to joining USC, Eena was the Student Affairs Specialist for the NYU Abu Dhabi Community Programs department. Throughout her time at UCLA and NYU, Eena has had the opportunity to work with a variety of departments in the field of higher education, which have allowed her to gain experience in working with a diverse undergraduate student population. Some of these departments include: New Student Programs, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Advising.  At Marshall, Eena is involved with New Student Orientation and the Marshall Connections Program (MCP).  In her free time, Eena enjoys being active, watching movies, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Nicole Zardenetta | Academic Advisor
As a Southern California native, Nicole has lived in various areas across the Los Angeles County area. After graduating high school, Nicole attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. During her undergraduate years, Nicole served as a Supplemental Instructor in the English Department and participated in various student service oriented programs. Through this experience, Nicole discovered her passion for higher education and decided to pursue a career in educational counseling. Immediately following her undergraduate career, Nicole went on to earn her master’s degree in counseling with a specialization in school counseling. She is currently completing a post-master’s certificate in college counseling and student services at CSUN. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor at USC’s Marshall School of Business, Nicole served as the Scholarship Technician in the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department. At Marshall, she is in involved in our Peer Tutoring Program.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys exploring local coffee shops, listening to podcasts, reading, spending time with family and friends, and visiting the beach.
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 traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
Anique James | Student Services Assistant
Anique was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She ventured to Greensboro, NC to attend Bennett College for Women where she completed a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Sociology. While a student at Bennett College, she served as a Resident Advisor and Resident Assistant for three years. She returned to Los Angeles, CA to complete her MA in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California Los Angeles. While in graduate school, she also volunteered at a health clinic. Anique enjoys reading, music, traveling, writing, watching movies, learning Spanish and playing her flute.