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Meet Our Staff

Call 512-232-8400 or visit us at JES A115 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor or career counselor.

For general questions, you can email our office.


Beth Andre
Academic Advisor

Beth Andre has a wealth of experience working with students, having served as a resident assistant at Florida State University and a summer housing director at the University of Notre Dame. Beth completed her master of education degree in college student affairs administration from the University of Georgia and holds a bachelor of arts in international affairs and political science from FSU. She also has experience in alumni relations, multicultural services, LGBT resources, and disability resources.

Kristen Anton
Senior Academic Advisor

Kristen joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in May 2010 after serving as an academic advisor in the College of Natural Sciences at UT. Kristen earned a M.S. in psychology from the University of North Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in psychology. Prior to UT, Kristen gained experience as an academic advisor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Texas.

Alexia Apollo
Senior Academic Advisor

Alexia first began working with college students as a resident assistant and peer advisor while completing her B.A. in psychology from St. Edward’s University. Inspired to continue helping students, she then went on to earn an M.A. in professional counseling with an emphasis in student affairs from Texas State University. As a graduate student, Alexia served as an intern in the Career Services office at Texas State University and in the College of Communication at UT. Prior to working at UT, she also gained experience in residence life at Concordia University and worked with students with disabilities at James Bowie High School and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Joshua Barham
Academic Advisor

Joshua joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in August of 2013 after working with the Advise TX College Advising Corp. There, he worked at high schools around Texas advising students about colleges, majors, financial aid, and the application process. While attending The University of Texas at Austin, he was a resident assistant in Carothers and participated in the Business Foundations Program. He earned his bachelor’s of science in Radio-Television-Film in 2011.

Marissa Basile
Academic Advisor

Marissa joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in August of 2013 after completing her M.S. in college student development & counseling at Northeastern University in Boston. As a graduate student, she gained experience working in many areas, including residential life, student conduct, orientation and admissions at Northeastern University. She also completed an internship in peer advising at Berklee College of Music. Marissa has a B.A. in communication studies from Northeastern University.

Lynn Chang
Career Counselor

Lynn is a career counselor and also serves as Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling’s practicum coordinator for career counseling services. Since 2004, she has been helping UT students discover who they are and explore their academic and career paths. Lynn has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Colorado State University, and completed her internship at Suffolk University’s Counseling Center in Boston. She holds a B.A. with honors in psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Julia Chinnock
Senior Academic Advisor

Julia Chinnock joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in January 2012. Her previous experience includes serving as a career consultant at UT-Arlington in their Career Services office. Additionally, she served as a program coordinator and a career services assistant at WyoTech’s Career Services office. Julia completed her M.A. in theatre history and dramaturgy from Texas State University in May 2011, and has a B.A., double majoring in theatre arts and Spanish from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Yvanna Corella
Academic Advisor

Before joining the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling team, Yvanna Corella worked as an academic coach in the Personalized Academic Career Exploration Center at Texas State University. She also served as an orientation leader and worked in the Texas State Campus Recreation Center. Yvanna has a bachelor’s degree in exercise sport science and a master of science degree in recreation and leisure services with a focus in therapeutic recreation from Texas State University.

Alison Devlin
Career Counselor

Alison Devlin has been helping people explore, develop, and plan their education and career opportunities for over twelve years. Alison gained experience in career counseling on a college campus in the Career Services Office at Texas State University while completing her master of arts in counseling from St. Edward’s University. Her experience also spans the globe to include a position as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the United Kingdom, where she was able to assist people with disabilities in finding and retaining employment. Alison’s education also includes a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Ulster in
Northern Ireland.

Melva Harbin
Senior Program Coordinator

Melva joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in November 2008 after serving as an advisor in various departments at UT, including the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Government, and McCombs School of Business. Prior to her academic advisor positions, she served as an admissions counselor at UT and Concordia University. In addition, Melva has served in many leadership roles within the Academic Counselors Association (ACA) and National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Melva earned a B.A. in behavioral sciences from Concordia University.

Veronica Heiskell
Career Counselor

Veronica recently finished her master of arts in counseling & guidance in higher education/student affairs at California Polytechnic State University. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles with a major in psychology and a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender studies. After graduating she served as an AmeriCorps member for two years, discovering the field of higher education. She has worked in a number of positions in higher education, including Cal Poly Career Services, the College of Science & Math Advising Center, Stanford High School Summer College, and the Gender Equity Center.

Joyce Ikkanda
Academic Advisor

Joyce comes to the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling from the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department. She served as a resident assistant and as a student orientation counselor at UC Berkeley. Her experiences also include working with choosing-a-major workshops, orientation coordinator selection, diversity training, and student programming. Joyce earned her B.A. in urban studies from UC Berkeley in 2009.

Lynne Levinson
Career Counselor

Lynne has provided career counseling to UT students for 19 years. She holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Texas State University and a Master’s degree in foreign language education from UT. Her B.A. is in literature. She became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1994 and earned the LPC supervisor status in 2004. Before working at UT, she was a counselor in private practice, a behavioral change facilitator for a medical office, a preschool teacher, an international student exchange coordinator, and an office manager.

Sarah Nelson
Academic Advisor

Sarah joined the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in August of 2013, after serving as an academic coordinator for the National American University’s Austin campus. She previously was an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University in the Athletics Department. Sarah earned her B.A. in social sciences at Midwestern State University and an M.A. in teaching with a concentration in sports management at St. Edward’s University. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in college student development at St. Edward’s University.

Melanie Robinson
Academic Advisor

Before joining the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling, Melanie worked with several college access and readiness programs. She previously served an AmeriCorps term as a College Access Coach for College Forward in Austin, TX. While a coach, she worked with high school juniors on SAT and ACT test prep and assisted with college and financial aid processes and major exploration. Through her work in Texas at Austin Partners in Education and Sociedad Latina and Mujeres Unidas in Acción in Boston, she has experience in offering creative academic support and guidance to students from underserved populations. Melanie earned her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Simmons College in Boston in 2012.

David Spight
Assistant Dean for Advising

David began his career in higher education in 1997 as a residence hall director. In 2001, he sought a change and found his passion providing academic advising to undecided students. In 2008, David was named the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and was tasked with developing a new advising center for a new academic unit aimed at helping students explore majors. He has served as chair of the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Commission on Undecided/Exploratory Students, presented and published articles on the topic of advising undeclared students, and will begin serving a three-year term on the NACADA Board of Directors in October 2013. David earned an M.A. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a B.A. in history from Truman State University. David is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education administration through the University of Alabama.