Academic Advisors

John HargadonJohn Hargadon
Director, Academic Advising Center
B.S. Management – Park University
M.B.A – University of West Florida
Pursuing Ph.D. Organizational Leadership with Human Resource Development Concentration – Regent University

John comes to Columbia Southern University with over 20 years of professional experience in a variety of industries, including restaurant and hospitality, military, manufacturing, and banking. His professional passions include staff development, creating collaborative learning environments, and researching the latest adult learning theories and practices. John is also active in his community, volunteering at the local little league and serving on the continuous improvement committee at a local middle school.

What do you like most about advising?
As the Director, I unfortunately do not get to interact with the students like the advisors do, but I love the live vicariously through the advisors any time they are able to make a positive impact on a student’s life.

What advice would you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Have fun, learn lots, call often. The faculty and staff are here to help you succeed, utilize the resources at your disposal.

Bethany MarshallBethany Marshall
Assistant Director, Academic Advising Center
B.A. Political Science - Louisiana State University
M.B.A. with a concentration in Public Administration - Columbia Southern University

Email: bethany.marshall@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1146

She is also an active member of the National Academic Advising Association and has served in her role as an academic advisor with CSU since 2007.

What do you like most about advising?
I love helping students achieve their educational goals as well as the everyday interaction with my students.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Utilize the resources available to you. Get in touch with your advisor and the Success Center at the start of your program. We are here to help you!

College of Arts & Sciences

Victoria SteberVictoria (Tori) Steber – Team Manager
B.S. Psychology – Spring Hill College
M.S. Psychology – South Alabama

Email: Victoria.steber@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1159

Her previous work experience in human services includes positions as counselor and research assistant for the University of South Alabama, Psychology Clinic. Victoria's volunteer experience includes working as a behavioral analyst at the Exchange Club Family Center.

What do you like most about advising?
I like helping students achieve their goal of graduation. I enjoy building relationships with students and really understanding what their educational/career goals are, as well as what their motivation is for pursuing their degree.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are here to help you! Learning in a completely online environment can be different, so give yourself some time to get adjusted to it. Also, it helps to set smaller goals for yourself (i.e. “I want to complete x course by x date). You can still have that big goal in sight, but having the smaller goals may add to your motivation.

brownCatherine Brown
B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Science - University of West Florida
M.Ed. with a concentration in college student personnel administration – University of West Florida

Email: catherine.brown@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1364

Catherine is a certified middle school social science teacher in Florida and owns her own personal training business. Additional work experience includes more than 10 years of bank management and financial services.

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoy being a positive, motivating presence and assisting in the development of people.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Stay focused on your goals. There can be no testimony without a test. No success without sacrifice. No destination without a journey. Enjoy the process and the people you meet along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions should you get lost along the way. We are happy to help you anyway we can!

BrenzierNicole Brenizer
B.S. Telecommunications Engineering - ITT Technical Institute
Pursuing a M.S. in Organizational Leadership - Columbia Southern University

Email: nicole.brenizer@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1463

Nicole joined CSU in 2011 as a Student Support Specialist. She brought a diverse background that includes serving as a firefighter on an engine crew for the United States Forest Service in the Los Padres National Forest and more than 10 years of experience as a residential property manager. She became a licensed Realtor in California and a member of the National Association of Realtors.

What do you like most about advising?
The personal reward I receive knowing that I am having a positive impact on the lives of so many.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Be proactive in your education, communicate effectively, articulate your expectations, and know what is expected of you.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Sonya KopSonya Davidson Kopp - Team Manager
B.A. Spanish/International Trade - Auburn University
M.Ed. Secondary Foreign Language Education - University of South Alabama
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Policy/Leadership from the University of Maryland

Email: sonya.kopp@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1221

She has worked as an academic advisor at CSU for three years. She is a certified secondary Spanish teacher in Alabama and has taught Spanish and English-as-a-Second-Language in Spain and Czech Republic and to students of many cultures in the U.S. Sonya has also worked in corporate communications for an international franchisor.

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoy being able to develop relationships with my students. Having the opportunity to make a face-to-face connection at graduation is beyond words. Having the opportunity to see a student walk across the stage and having a student tell me that I played a part in his/her success is so rewarding.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Talk to your advisor about your degree plan and your courses often. That way, there are no surprises when you get near the end.

Victoria McNeilVictoria McNeil
B.S. in Elementary Education - University of South Alabama
Pursuing a M.B.A. with a concentration in Human Resource Management- Columbia Southern University

Email: victoria.mcneil@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1429

She holds a current highly qualified teaching certificate in Alabama and has a combination of 5 years of teaching experience stateside and abroad. Victoria has been with CSU since 2011. Prior to academic advising, Victoria worked in the Registrar Department as an evaluator.

What do you like most about advising?
Interacting with the students/prospects.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Set aside specific time slots to dedicate and allow yourself to work on schoolwork uninterrupted.

newbillJudy Newbill
B.S.B.A. - Aquinas College
M.B.A. Human Resource Management - Strayer University

Email: judy.newbill@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1711

She has completed Lean Six Sigma White Belt certification, along with placing second in the 2011 Kaizen Olympics competition at Graftech International Holdings. Her previous work experiences include project management and customer service management in the steel and pet food industries. She has also served as a student program advisor for the licensed veterinary medical technician program at CoSCC, along with mentoring student clinical training in this field.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Don’t be in such a rush to complete the program! Pace yourself, and you will retain more of what you’re learning, and also enjoy your program more!

What do you like most about advising?
Speaking with students from different parts of the U.S. and other countries. Helping students work through issues they encounter during their program.

Jason WilliamsJason Williams
B.S. Marketing - University of Idaho
M.B.A./M.S.M.B. - University of Central Florida

Email: jason.williams@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1481

Jason has been with CSU since March 2011 as an academic advisor. He finds fulfillment in guiding students to their field of study and purpose.

What do you like most about advising?
Sometimes I am fortunate enough to influence a student to take a step toward passion and fulfillment.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Pursue a degree in a field that you will enjoy and have passion for. If there is no degree that will accomplish this, then re-evaluate if this is the school for you.

j KleinJulianne Klein - Senior Advisor
B.A. History – University of Alabama Birmingham
M.B.A. – University of West Florida

Email: julianne.klein@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1464

Her previous work experience includes market research, economic research and analysis, public health and public information. She has also volunteered with the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Communication is key, especially in an online learning environment. Do not hesitate to contact your professors if you have questions about an assignment. They are your first point of contact in all of your courses.

burroughsWill Burroughs
B.B.A Banking and Finance – University of Mississippi
M.A. Higher Education/Student Personnel - University of Mississippi
Pursuing a Doctorate of Education - University of West Florida

Email: will.burroughs@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1780

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoy working with students to help construct an educational plan and being there when they have questions or concerns. It is rewarding to help an incoming student achieve his/her dream of becoming a college graduate.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Taking college courses while maintaining a balanced life can be stressful and trying at times. Working with your academic advisor throughout your college career can help alleviate some of the struggles that you might encounter during your time at CSU.

Jacquie SnellmanJacquie Snellman
B.A. Communication Studies - University of Southern Mississippi

Email: jacquie.snellman@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1432

Prior to joining the Academic Advising team, she served as a Student Support Specialist at CSU. While attending USM, she gained experience working directly with the Communication Studies Department dean as well as other faculty members, scheduling meetings, organizing recruiting strategies to support student needs. She anticipates beginning a master’s program in the fall of 2014 for higher education/college student affairs.

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoy assisting students in achieving a goal. The majority of our students are adult learners and online learning does not come as easy. Hearing a student’s excitement when successfully completing a course or a degree program is what make my job meaningful.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
I would advise new students attending CSU to be patient and ask for help. CSU has so many resources available to our students and we are here to assist them in utilizing every single one.

Donna StaceyDonna K. Stacey
B.S. Elementary Education - Western Kentucky University
M.S. Education - University of Southern California

Email: donna.stacey@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1462

Donna is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and is retired from the U.S. Army. After retiring, she owned and managed a successful small sporting goods franchise, Play it Again Sports, in Fayetteville, Ga. She sold her business and moved with her husband of 30 years to Gulf Shores, Ala. where she worked as a human resource manager in the hospitality industry before coming to CSU.

What do you like most about advising?
I love working with students to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. I can easily relate to students balancing work, family, finances and peace of mind while also going to school.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Pace yourself. Set your goals, but be flexible and don’t ever quit.

Tanya McintyreTanya McIntyre
B.S. Psychology - Columbia Southern University
Pursuing a Master’s in Professional Counseling with Licensure at Liberty University to become a licensed professional counselor.

Email: tanya.mcintyre@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1704

Tanya is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCADV). She has 10 years of experience in volunteer counseling support and she enjoys encouraging and helping others through the counseling process. Tonya is actively involved in local community and international outreach.

What do you like most about advising?
What I love the most about academic advising is the opportunity to encourage and personally reach out to my students.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Advice I would give to new students enrolling is to develop a healthy study plan for your courses and stick to it. Most importantly, do not give up! If you’re struggling in your studies, don’t be afraid to reach out for help because it will keep you on the path of success.

Janae DanielsJanae’ Daniels
B.A. Journalism - Union University
M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing – Columbia Southern University

Email: janae.daniels@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1634

Her previous work experience includes public affairs work for the Air Force, editing and writing newspaper articles as well as designing newspaper pages. She also served as an assistant manager for a retail store. Janae’ grew up in the military and has traveled all over the world and experienced many cultures and different foods.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Take one class at a time and to never give up on yourself or your aspirations.

T PowellTwyanna Powell
B.S.B.A. International Business - Saint Leo University
M.B.A. Management - Saint Leo University

Email: twyanna.powell@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1306

Additionally, Twyanna studied at Suffolk University in Madrid, Spain. Prior to joining CSU, Twyanna worked as a senior commission specialist at an insurance company.

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoy speaking with students about their courses and assisting them toward graduating from Columbia Southern University.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
I would tell them that their degree evaluation report is their guide at Columbia Southern University and to refer to it throughout their program. This way, they will not enroll in classes that is not part of their program. Additionally, they are not alone in their program. If they need help with their assignments they can always reach out to the Success Center and they can contact me if they have additional questions/concerns. Last, they must have a mindset to work hard, in order to be successful in their program.

Michelle ConwayMichelle Conway - Senior Advisor
B.S. Family and Child development - Auburn University
M.A. Elementary Education - University of Mobile

Email: michelle.conway@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1426

She is a certified teacher in Alabama. Prior to academic advising, Michelle worked in the Success Center at CSU. Michelle is also a member of NACADA and the Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment Foundation.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
1. Stay organized and plan ahead.
2. Nothing is impossible and keep a positive attitude.

COLLEGE OF SAFETY & EMERGENCY SERVICES

Kate DemellierKate DeMellier - Team Manager
B.A. Political Science - Bates College
M.Sc. Political Theory - London School of Economics

Email: kate.demellier@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1568

Kate is also an EMT-B and captain on the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department in Fort Morgan, Ala.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Keep an open mind; completing your education online may not be what you expect. There will be ups and downs as there are in anything, and it is how you handle these adversities that will define you as a student and a person.

Lisa NixLisa Nix
B.S.B.A - Faulkner University
M.S. Management - Faulkner University

Email: lisa.nix@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1487

Lisa was a small business owner for 20 years. She has professional experience in retail management, customer service, human resource management and project management.

What do you like most about advising?
Helping adult students rediscover their thirst for learning. I have seen many adult students who were not particularly good students in high school excel in adult learning in their chosen field. Some have gone on to graduate school and are leaders in their field! I understand the adult student as I did not complete my bachelor’s degree until I was 40 years old. Now I have a master’s!

What advice do you have for new students enrolling in CSU?
Contact your academic advisor as soon as you are enrolled for assistance in selecting courses. And take time to enjoy your courses instead of hurrying through them.

heitmanJennifer Heitman
B.A. Geography with a concentration in Spanish - University of Alabama
Pursuing a M.S. in Organizational Leadership - Columbia Southern University

Email: jennifer.heitman@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1659

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoying connecting and forming relationships with students. From personal experience, I understand the importance of having a strong relationship with your academic advisor. I enjoy assisting students and helping them achieve their academic goals.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
I recommend printing out the course syllabus at the beginning of the course and highlight the important deadlines. Try not to feel discouraged and always know you can ask for help through our Success Center.

David EmondDavid Emond - Senior Advisor
B.S.B.A. Economics – University of Florida
M.A. International Business & certificate in Hospitality Management – University of Florida

Email: david.emond@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1140

Before joining CSU, David was employed by SeaWorld Orlando in operations.

What do you like most about advising?
My favorite part of about advising is seeing students reach their educational and career goals.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
For new students enrolling at CSU, my advice would be to make sure to carefully review and save a copy of each course syllabus when you start a course, and plan ahead to schedule time each week to devote to your coursework.

Laguardra DavidLa’Quardra Thomas-Davis
B.A. Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice - Alabama A&M University
M.P.A with a concentration in Juvenile Justice - Troy University

Email: laquardra.davis@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1713

Previous work experience includes employment with the State of Alabama for the Department of Human Resources. She also mentors a teen girls group with emphasis on education and also is the owner of a local small business.

wanda polintzWanda Polnitz
B.S.B.A. Finance - Columbia Southern University
Pursuing her M.S. in Organizational Leadership at Columbia Southern University

Email: wanda.polnitz@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1413

Wanda began working for CSU in 2009 in the Business Affairs Department. After receiving her degree she was promoted to Degree Auditor in the Registrar Department. Wanda brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Academic Advising Team both as an employee and a student.

What do you like most about advising?
What I like most about advising students is that it gives me a great sense of accomplishment knowing that I am helping to change the lives of others by assisting them in making the choices that will lead them into a live changing experience.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
The advice I would have for a new student enrolling at CSU would be to take advantage of all the resources that are available to help them have a successful experience in the pursuit of their education. The Success Center is a powerful tool that new student should utilize because it gives the student proactive advisement and coaching to aid them in their academic goal. They provide services such as a writing center, math center and career services. We also have an online library that is second to none that will provide new students with the necessary tools to complete any type of written assignment that they may have to complete.

Amy GoodrichAmy Goodrich
B.A. English – University of South Alabama
M.A. English – Ball State University
M.Ed. Collaborative Teaching – University of South Alabama

Email: amy.goodrich@columbiasouthern.edu
Phone: 800-977-8449, ext. 1410

What do you like most about advising?
I enjoy helping students plan their courses to succeed and earn their degree.

What advice do you have for new students enrolling at CSU?
Thoroughly review your Application Evaluation Report when you receive it. This is a record of transfer credit awarded, and lists the courses you need to earn your degree. If you have questions about transfer credit, please ask the Evaluator (or Academic Advisor) at the beginning of your degree program.