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Meet Our Staff

Michelle CrandellMichele Crandell
Academic Advisor
michele.crandell@austin.utexas.edu

By promoting independence in a calm and accepting environment, Michele encourages students to make choices based on their priorities and interests. She provides students with tools and information useful in making these decisions and strives to give them support throughout the process.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Hometown: Stevens Point, WI
Major: Psychology, Linguistics
Top 5 strengths: Individualization, Input, Learner, Intellection, Context
Hobbies: Knitting, gardening, gaming, writing, and cooking


Denise Fernández
Assistant Academic Advisor
denise.fernandez@austin.utexas.edu

Denise believes that every student’s lived experience is instrumental to their educational journey. She strives to build a collaborative and constructive environment where students can feel institutionally supported. As a first-generation graduate, Denise is committed to working with students to navigate university settings and become well-rounded individuals.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Winters, CA
Majors: Ethnic Studies, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Hobbies: Attending concerts, watching movies, traveling


Vanessa Garcia Vanessa Garcia
Academic Advisor
vanessa.garcia@austin.utexas.edu

Vanessa believes that empathy plays a major part in academic advising. She enjoys building rapport with her students to better understand their specific challenges and struggles while being as resourceful as possible. Vanessa is mindful of the holistic growth of her students and wants them to feel fully supported throughout their college endeavors. She strives to develop an environment that is open and inclusive to all students on campus.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Hometown: Laredo, TX
Major: Communication Disorders, Student Affairs in Higher Education
Top 5 strengths: Restorative, Harmony, Connectedness, Learner, Relator
Hobbies: Dancing, swimming, and Netflix binging


Jeff Handy Jeff Handy
Senior Academic Advisor
jeffrey.handy@austin.utexas.edu

Jeff strives to help every student make an informed decision about their academic and professional goals. He treats each student as an individual worthy of undivided, personal attention and seeks to be reliable, honest, and kind in his advising practice. The university is filled with confusing terminology and processes, and Jeff prides himself on being able to translate policies and procedures into more easily understood terms. With each appointment, Jeff’s hope is that every student leaves feeling more confident and empowered to navigate their undergraduate experience.

Pronouns: He, Him, His
Hometown: Norwich, NY
Major: Philosophy
Top 5 strengths: Analytical, Strategic, Achiever, Discipline, Intellection
Hobbies: Reading, riding bikes, and playing video games


Adriana Lopez Adriana Lopez
Academic Advisor
adriana.lopez@austin.utexas.edu

Adriana takes a holistic approach when advising her students. She believes in supporting and promoting student success both inside and outside the classroom. She recognizes that students come to college with diverse experiences, identities, and beliefs and tailors her advising to meet the individual needs of each student. She is also committed to approaching each student with empathy and unconditional positive regard while striving to help them the best she can in any way she can.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Psychology
Top 5 strengths: Individualization, Restorative, Adaptability, Communication, Positivity
Hobbies: Farming, traveling, and Netflix binging


Emily Swanson
Career Counselor
emily.swanson@austin.utexas.edu

Emily uses her warm and calm demeanor to help students discover their values, interests, personality, and skills in a supportive environment. Emily is student-centered, strengths-based and collaborative to allow students to brainstorm possible majors and careers that fit them as a whole.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Psychology, Counseling
Top 5 strengths: Responsibility, Analytical, Empathy, Relator, Intellection
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, music, and being outdoors


Celean Terry
Academic Advisor
Celean.Terry@austin.utexas.edu

Celean believes in helping the whole student. Her goal is to provide students with information to make informed decisions about their academic plans for the future. Celean enjoys getting to know her students and understanding that each is unique and different in their own ways. She creates a warm, welcoming environment that is open and inclusive to all students on campus.

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Hometown: Coldspring, TX
Major: Public Administration, Student Affairs and Higher Education
Hobbies: reading, traveling, and trying new foods