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Meet Our Team

Pathways team


Full-time staff

Donnie McGovern

Donnie McGovern
Director


E: donnie.mcgovern@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2172
L: University Pavilion 144, Clifton Campus


About Donnie

After nearly 20 years in higher education Donnie has worked in the UC Transfer Center, served as Director of Exploratory Studies, and now the Transfer & Transition Advising Center. He’s a proud Bearcat and happy to call Cincinnati home.

Kaci Kortis

Kaci Kortis
Assistant Director
Transfer & Transition Advising Center

E: kaci.kortis@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2187
L: University Pavilion 120, 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.

Denise Ellis

Denise Ellis
Assistant Director
Starfish Program Manager

E: denise.ellis@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2192
L: University Pavilion 145, Clifton Campus


About Denise

Denise has worked at UC since 2008 and previously was an academic advisor with CAHS. She is passionate about student success and how we can best service our students. 

Lacey Tomlinson

Lacey Tomlinson 
Assistant Director
Advisor Training, Professional Development, and Online Resources

E: lacey.tomlinson@uc.edu 
P: 513-556-5422
L: University Pavilion 143, Clifton Campus


About Lacey

Lacey is a two time graduate from UC and a proud Bearcat. She enjoys helping others reach their personal and professional goals.

Renee Rivers

Renee Rivers
Sr. Academic Advisor, UC Blue Ash Campus

E: renee.rivers@uc.edu
P: 513-936-1704
L: Muntz Hall 125, Blue Ash


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 transitioning from UC Blue Ash to Clifton. 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!

Kea Hardy

Kea Hardy
Sr. Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: keundria.hardy@uc.edu
P: 513-556-2157
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus


About Kea

Kea is a graduate of UC. Similarly, she was also a transfer student! Kea is committed to serving as a resource for students and is a champion for their success.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright
Sr. Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

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.

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 is excited to be back home and working at UC Clermont. Her educational journey included Mars Hill College, the University of South Carolina and Indiana Wesleyan University. Her career has been focused in higher education and she served in several areas prior to becoming an academic advisor.

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Aaron Zani
Academic Advisor, UC Clifton Campus

E: aaron.zani@uc.edu
P: 513-556-5569
L: University Pavilion 120, Clifton Campus


About Aaron

Aaron graduated from UC in 2016. He is excited to help students find their place here and make the University of Cincinnati feel like home.

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Jessica Brawand
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.

Alex Brogaard

Alex Brogaard
Program Coordinator

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.

 

Transfer mentors

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Ashley Walters
Transfer Mentor

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

 


About Ashley

Ashley is a junior Psychology and Neuroscience major. She transferred to UC from Ohio State and is eager to use her experience as a transfer student to help others have a positive transition into the UC community.

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Elena Velez
Transfer Mentor

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

 


 About Elena

Elena transferred to the University of Cincinnati from Allegheny College. She is a second year English major with a Marketing minor. In her free time, she likes to write, paint, and cook. She became a transfer mentor to help incoming students adjust to their new university and show them how great UC is.

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Jimmy Tran
Transfer Mentor

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.

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Maria Saniel-Banrey
Transfer Mentor

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

 


About Maria

Maria transferred to UC in the Fall of 2018 from Columbus State Community College after receiving her Associate of Arts. At UC, she is a Geoarchaeology/Anthropology double major also going for her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate. When she's not studying or working, she loves listening to true crime podcasts or show tunes while learning new ways to craft.

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Megan McCarren
Transfer Mentor

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

 


About Megan

Megan wanted to be a Transfer Mentor because she loves UC! She wants to show transfer students how amazing UC is, as well as ease some of the anxiety that comes with the transfer process.

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Tara McAlea
Transfer Mentor

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

 


About Tara

Tara transferred from Ohio University in fall 2018, she is a third year student in the Human Development Community Engagement program. She loves to help new students navigate their transition to UC, and in her free time she likes to read and explore the city.