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Advisors & Staff

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Our mission, in partnership with the campus community, seeks to empower students to articulate and achieve their personal, educational, and career goals.

Lauren Burgbacher


Administrative Assistant/Office Manager




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Places I’ve Lived: Oshkosh, WI

In my spare time, I like to: Spend time with family and friends.

Favorite thing about the UARC: Working with an amazingly talented and compassionate team of advisors and student employees.

Advice: Be kind to yourself. The seeds we plant within grow the harvest we share with the world.

Liz Whalley


Director of Academic Advising

Advisor for: Exploratory (Undeclared)



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Places I’ve Lived: Madison, WI; Oshkosh, WI; Appleton, WI; Little Chute, WI.

In my spare time, I like to: Spend time with my family.

Favorite thing about the UARC: The people.

Advice: Listen to your own inner voice. Figure out what YOU want and make it happen. Others may think it is not realistic, but yours is the only opinion that matters. It is YOUR life after all.

Lisa Szromba


Associate Director of Academic Advising

Graduate Internships Coordinator

Advisor for: Exploratory (Undeclared), Pre Business, all business majors


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Places I’ve Lived: Minnesota (St. Joseph and Minneapolis), London, Chicago, Arkansas and Fond du Lac.

In my spare time, I like to: Hang out with my family and friends, cook, travel and spend time outdoors.

Favorite thing about the UARC: I have many favorite things but one of them is the awesome advisors I get to work with every day.

Advice: College is the perfect time to step outside of your comfort and try new things; take advantage of those opportunities.

Mehgan Clark


Assistant Director of Advising

Advisor for: Associate Degree (Fox Cities), BFA (Art Education), Secondary Education: English as a Second Language (ESL), Global Languages, Natural Science; Exploratory (Undeclared)



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Places I’ve Lived: Ames, IA; Moorehead and Sauk Rapids, MN; Middleton, Cross Plains, Stevens Point, Oshkosh, and Menasha, WI; North Ryde NSW Australia.

In my spare time, I like to: SCUBA and snorkel, play with my daughter and dog, travel, explore zoos and aquaria, and hike or anything outdoors.

Favorite thing about the UARC: It’s a great group of student and professional advisors that share a common goal, assisting students in finding their passions while navigating the University and choosing an academic plan.  We work hard and play hard together!

Advice: Find your purpose.  Think about how your passions and skills over lap.  How will you contribute to society?  Don’t be afraid to ask questions more than once, read more than once and do things more than once!

Lisa Crawford


Advisor for: Pre-Business, all Business majors & Exploratory (Undeclared)




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Places I’ve Lived: Chicago Suburbs, Atlanta, GA;  Charleston, SC; Crawfordsville, IN

In my spare time, I like to: I like to read and I have my own handmade greeting card business

Favorite thing about the UARC: Everyone’s willingness to help one another!

Advice: Take time for you each day.  College is a marathon, not a sprint.

Jen Escher


Advisor for: Advertising, Art, English, Environmental Studies, Global Languages, Journalism, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Work, Radio TV Film, Theater (minor), Women’s & Gender Studies; Exploratory (Undeclared)




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Places I’ve Lived: Iron Mountain, MI; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Hatton, ND; Fond du Lac, WI; and Oshkosh, WI

In my spare time, I like to: do yard work; make art; read or listen to books; write; and spending time with my kids, friends, my partner, and my cat, Beep.

Favorite thing about the UARC: The advisors and the PALS care and dedication to students.

Advice: You came to college to learn new things. Don’t beat yourself up for how much you do or don’t know and how fast you are or aren’t learning. Just be open to everything!

Jane Garrow


Advisor for: Associate Degree (Fox Cities), Exploratory (undecided) & pre-advise for all UWO majors & degrees




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In my spare time, I like to: walk, read, watch sports, boat, snowmobile and spend time with family and friends

Favorite thing about the UARC: Collaborating with a great team and helping students navigate their educational path!

Advice: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Advisors, instructors, and other staff members are here to help. Enjoy your college experience!



Advisor for: Associate’s Degree (Fox Cities), Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, International Studies, Medical Imaging, Medical Laboratory Science, Pre-Law, Political Science; Exploratory (Undeclared)

Online Programs: Communication Studies & Criminal Justice



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Places I’ve Lived: Onalaska, Baraboo, Mauston, Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Appleton WI

In my spare time, I like to: Read, walk, work out, drink coffee, spend time with my family and two cats Rocky and Mabel

Favorite thing about the UARC: Wonderful colleagues

Advice: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn where to find answers. We are here to help you find the resources you need. Get involved on campus early, this will help you meet people and start to build your professional network.


Cindy Heath


Advisor for: Elementary Education, Secondary Education: Broadfield Social Science, English, History, and Math; Exploratory (Undeclared)




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Places I‘ve Lived: Suring, Wisconsin; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Lima, Ohio; Greenwood, Wisconsin; Prescott Valley, Arizona; Oshkosh, Wisconsin

In my spare time, I like to: Read, snuggle up with my dogs, travel with my husband or friends, spend time outdoors, find great restaurants anywhere I go.

Favorite thing about the UARC: Helping students become confident in making decisions and taking control of their education and lives.  The UARC team is filled with interesting, fun, friendly, and helpful people.

Advice:  Take the lead in your life and don’t be afraid of what you don’t know.  College is a great time to try new things, make meaningful connections, and find your purpose.

Frank Holmes


Advisor for: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Geography, Environmental Health, Exercise & Sports Science, Microbiology, Rehabilitation Science, Math, Military Science minor, Pre-Health; Exploratory (Undeclared)




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Places I’ve Lived: Milwaukee, WI; Omro, WI; Fond du Lac, WI; Oshkosh, WI; El Paso, Texas; and Germany.

In my spare time, I like to: Travel, read, camp, watch a good movie and spend time with my family.

Favorite thing about the UARC: Guiding students in their college career and working with staff  who are dedicated in what they do.

Advice: Attend class, manage time well, check your email, explore and take advantage of all of the academic resources on campus.

Ann Kunkle-Jones headshotAnn Kunkle-Jones


Advisor for: African American Studies minor, Anthropology, Engineering Technology, History, Individually Planned Majors, Music, Physics/Astronomy (Pre-Engineering), Social Justice (minor), Sociology; Exploratory (Undeclared)

Online Programs: Fire & Emergency Response Management, Leadership & Organizational Studies, Leadership & Organizational Development, Liberal Studies


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Places I’ve Lived: Rosendale, Wisconsin; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Harrisonburg, Virginia; La Crosse, Wisconsin; Platteville, Wisconsin; Viroqua, Wisconsin; and back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

In my spare time, I like to: Garden; play with my dogs; read; crafts; genealogy

Favorite thing about the UARC: No two days are the same!  Each student coming in for advising has different concerns and goals. Our challenge is to help meet each student where they are and help them get where they wish to go.

Advice: Don’t be afraid of trying new things.  But also keep up your hobbies and other interests while you are in college.  You never know when the different parts of your life may intersect and give you new opportunities.

Meredith Resop


Assistant Director of Advising

Advisor for: Pre-Nursing; Exploratory (Undeclared)

Online Programs: BSN @ Home



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Places I’ve Lived: Oconomowoc, WI; North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In my spare time, I like to: Knit, read, and spend time with my friends and family.

Favorite thing about the UARC: I really enjoy getting to meet all the wonderful students and learn about them while helping them work toward their goals and seeing them succeed.

Advice: Come in to the UARC early and come in often!

Renee Simpson


Advisor for: Associate Degree (Fox Cities), Human Services Leadership (HSL); BME (Music Education), Physical Education; BSE Undeclared

Online Programs: Associate’s Online, Human Service Leadership (HSL)




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Places I’ve Lived: Denver, CO; Laramie, WY; Macomb IL; Oshkosh, WI

In my spare time, I like to: Bike Ride, watch a good movie,  enjoy family time.

Favorite thing about the UARC: The environment of wonderful people.

Advice: Find something good in everyday as tomorrow is not promised.

Molly Wandersee


Advisor for: Pre-Business, all Business majors; Economics, Interactive Web Management; Exploratory (Undeclared)

Online Programs: Applied Computing, Aviation Management

Faculty Liaison for College of Business



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Places I’ve Lived: Mankato, MN; Menomonie, WI; Rochester, MN; Hatfield, England; La Crosse, WI; & now the Fox Valley.

In my spare time, I like to: Spend time with my family and friends, craft time, travel and eat (I really enjoy food)!

Favorite thing about the UARC: The support this office offers to students is an incredible service that they should take full advantage of. I love working with students and talking about the endless opportunities available to them while in school and once they are ready to graduate.

Advice: Don’t compare your college experience to someone else’s and have the mindset that there is only one way to “do college.” This is your experience and you have the chance to make it whatever you want it to be. Explore new things, meet new people and make the most of it while you can!

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