Meet Our Team


Kaci Kortis

Kaci Kortis
Interim Director
Transfer & Transition Advising Center

E: kaci.kortis@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2187
L: University Pavilion 145, Clifton Campus


About Kaci

Kaci has worked at UC since 2011, in various roles, most recently as an academic advisor in Exploratory Studies. She enjoys helping students find their best path to graduation.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright
Assistant Director
Transfer & Transition Advising Center

E: daniel.wright@uc.edu
P: 513-556-5548
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus


About Dan

Dan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in 2013 and has worked as an academic advisor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences from 2015-2018. He is excited to work with the Transfer & Transition Advising Center team here at the University of Cincinnati, as it offers him the opportunity to continue his research and work on student success at a University that he calls home.

Shea Cummings

Shea Cummings
Assistant Director
Advisor Training, Professional Development, and Online Resources

E: shea.cummings@uc.edu
L: University Pavilion 130, Clifton Campus

 


About Shea

Shea has worked in academic advising and student success at UC since 2017. She loved her time as an advisor and is thrilled to be able to use her experience to serve the UC advising community and UC students through training, professional development, and other resources.

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Renee Rivers
Sr. Academic Advisor, Cincinnati State

E: renee.rivers@uc.edu
P: 513-569-5718
L: Cincinnati State Transfer Center - Room 221 ATLC

 


About Renee

Renee, a Toledo native and University of Toledo graduate, is a Bearcat at heart. She enjoys working with students as they work towards their goal of transferring from Cincinnati State to UC. When not spending time with her family and friends, you can find Renee training at the gym – including UC’s top-ranked Campus Rec Center!

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Jessica Brawand
Sr. Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: jessica.brawand@uc.edu
P: 513-556-5547
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus


About Jessica

Jessica graduated with Bachelor’s in Communication & Psychology from UC in 2017. As a nontraditional student who transitioned from UC Blue Ash to Clifton, she’s equipped to help students navigate whatever course they may be taking. A Bearcat through and through, she is eager to help students discover their potential and set them up on a path to success.

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Cole Childers
Sr. Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: cole.childers@uc.edu
P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus


About Cole

Cole is originally from Somerset, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Cole also worked as a Transfer Advisor at EKU, and most recently worked as the Transfer Admissions Counselor in UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology. In addition to working with the transfer student community Cole’s career has been focused on service and has included opportunities to serve the Military and Veteran communities both within and outside of higher education.

Nancy Coscia

Nancy Coscia
Sr. Academic Advisor, Clermont Campus

E: nancy.coscia@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2166
L: Student Services Building 235


About Nancy

Nancy is originally from Williamsburg, Ohio, and has returned home to work at UC. Her educational journey included Mars Hill College, the University of South Carolina for a master's in higher education, and Indiana Wesleyan University for a doctorate in organizational leadership. Her career has been focused on higher education and she served in several areas of student life prior to becoming an academic advisor.

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Tom West
Sr. Academic Advisor, Blue Ash Campus

E:  tom.west@uc.edu
P:  513-558-7723
L:  Muntz Hall 125


About Tom

Tom received his Masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Higher Education Administration and has been in educational leadership for 30 years. He is making a return to UC (Graduate Program Director at Procter Hall, UC College of Nursing, 1995-99) and looks forward to assisting transfer and transition students at UC Blue Ash. He is a family man, married to Tara for 32 years and has three adult children. Tom loves watching intercollegiate volleyball and is glad to call UC home again.

Anna-Jessie Taylor

Anna-Jessie Taylor
Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: taylo5aj@ucmail.uc.edu
P: 513-556-2166
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Anna-Jessie

Anna-Jessie transferred to UC after her sophomore year and worked as a transfer mentor in the Transfer & Transition Advising Center as a student. She graduated from UC with a bachelor's in Rhetoric & Professional Writing and is excited to be working as an academic advisor to help other transfer students find their home at UC.

Megan McCarren

Megan McCarren
Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: mccarrmn@ucmail.uc.edu
P: 513-556-5422
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Megan

Megan is a UC graduate and a proud transfer student. She spent much of her undergraduate career working with and advocating for transfer students. She is excited to once again use her passion to help Transfer Bearcats feel at home!

Manuela Botaka

Manuela Botaka
Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: botakamk@ucmail.uc.edu
P: 513-556-2166
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Manuela

Manuela grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and is a graduate of the University of Louisville in 2019. Her passions lie in teaching and mentoring. During her time at UofL, Manuela served as a peer mentor helping first-year college students persist and achieve their goals. She is now excited to channel her passions into helping transfer students thrive and find their paths at UC. She enjoys the outdoors, Qdoba, and quality time with family & friends.

Alex Brogaard

Alex Brogaard
Coordinator of Special Projects & Programs

E: alex.brogaard@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2094
L: University Pavilion 130, Clifton Campus

 


About Alex

Before joining UC, Alex worked at the International Office at Aarhus University in his native country of Denmark. He enjoys Cincinnati and all it has to offer.

 

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Ashlyn Garter

Ashlyn Garter

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Ashlyn

Ashlyn is a senior from Kings Mills, Ohio. She is majoring in Mathematics-SA with plans to attend graduate school for statistics. She transferred from OSU after her second year. She enjoys hiking, running, reading, and watching movies.

Brooklyn Wentz

Brooklyn Wentz

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Brooklyn

Brooklyn is from Avon, Ohio, and is a second-year Chemical Engineering student planning to pursue a minor in Materials Engineering. She just completed her first co-op at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, Ohio. She is involved in Phi Sigma Rho, a social sorority for engineers. She transferred from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering and was committed to play for the women's soccer team. 

Carly Kwiatkowski

Carly Kwiatkowski

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Carly

Carly is a second-year student from Cleveland, Ohio. She transferred to UC from Ohio State after her freshman year. She is earning her bachelor’s degree in Biology and looking to also get a minor in Spanish. She enjoys lacrosse, jet skiing, and helping transfer students adjust to UC.  

Holland Tolliver

Holland Tolliver

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Holland

Holland is a fourth-year student from Mason, Ohio majoring in Biological Sciences. She is going to optometry school after she finishes her undergraduate studies. She transferred from Slippery Rock University after her freshman year where she played softball. She loves working out, hanging out with friends, and reading.

Jimmy Tran

Jimmy Tran

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Jimmy

Jimmy is an international student from Vietnam. He transferred to UC from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon in Fall 2019 and is a freshman in Industrial Design. He enjoys working out in the gym, playing sports, and listen to lo-fi music when working on projects.

Katelyn Dennery

Katelyn Dennery

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Katelyn

Katelyn is from Dayton, Ohio. She is a Health Science student on the Pre- Physician's Assistant track with a minor in Psychology. She is involved with Club Bowling and 4 Paws for Ability. She transferred from Miami University after her freshman year. She enjoys bowling, hiking, and mentoring peers.

Nikki Carfora

Nikki Carfora

P: 513-556-9000
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus

 


About Nikki

Nikki is a second-year student from Dayton, Ohio majoring in Business Analytics with a Spanish minor. She transferred from Indiana University, where she was involved with the IU Track & Field/XC team. She enjoys the outdoors, rock climbing, and being involved in her community.