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.
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 VACANT | Associate Director
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.
 frankie.jpg Frankie Sandoval | Academic Advisor
Frankie is originally from the Great Northwest. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University where he studied Communication, Business Administration, and Spanish. He completed his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, as well as a Post-Master Certificate in Strategic Corporate and Organizational Communication Management from the University of Southern California. Frankie has previous work experience in several different functional areas of higher education, including academic advisement, outreach and recruitment, diversity initiatives, and admissions. Prior to joining USC Marshall, Frankie served as a Student Services Advisor in the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
 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 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 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 join the Marshall team and to continue 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 Sheena Dreher | Graduate Assistant
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Fabiola Avina | Graduate Assistant
USC_Staff_Portraits_June6_2014_e_6 Julie Zehnpfennig | Graduate Assistant