As a nontraditional student, Brandon earned his Associate of Arts from Suffolk County Community College. In 2008 he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University. His experiences at Stony Brook propelled Brandon to pursue a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University.
Following graduation, Brandon cultivated a diverse background in case management, advocacy, violence prevention education, research, and community engagement within the New York metropolitan area. These experiences solidified his desire to work with the college students and in 2015 he accepted and advising with Stony Brook University.
Brandon is grateful to return to Stony Brook and is excited to belong to the talented team at Academic and Transfer Advising Services.
Senior Assistant Director
As a Stony Brook University student, earning two degrees (B.A. in Sociology and Social Science Interdisciplinary and an M.A. in Public Policy), Sandra developed a passionate interest in the Stony Brook University Community. She has since extended this commitment by way of a career in the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center.
Sandra is responsible for the creation of, as well as the continued growth and coordination of ADV 101, the first semester seminar for new transfer students. Sandra serves on the Academic Judiciary Committee of the Arts & Sciences Senate. She works closely with students in academic jeopardy.
Sandra has served as an advisor to the Undergraduate Colleges, developed the "Major Event"- an academic forum for students and faculty interaction, and has coordinated many broad-based and specific informational student programs.
Senior Staff Assistant/Data Manager
Lisa earned an Associate's in Liberal Arts from Suffolk County Community College, a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University, and a Master's in School Counseling from C.W.Post-Long Island University. In 2008 she began working at Stony Brook University in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, specializing in International student admissions. This experience really connected her to the University and the importance of helping students throughout the application process.
In November 2012, Lisa began a new position in Academic & Transfer Advising Services as a Transfer Advisor. She is happy to continue in a role that assists students in reaching their goals. She is also involved with the transfer articulation process in order to make transferring credits and transitioning to a new University easier for our incoming Transfer students.
She is also a veteran of the Stony Brook's unique Roth Pond Regatta, where students, faculty and staff race across Roth Pond in boats constructed only of cardboard, duct tape, and paint. Her advice to future competitors: "Use a lot of duct tape and prepare to get wet!"
Jackie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and went on to complete her Master's of Social Work at Stony Brook University in 2004. While attending Stony Brook's School of Social Welfare, Jackie worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Registrar's Office for two years.
Having an interest in clinical practice, Jackie chose field placements that would allow her to provide direct counseling services to a wide variety of client populations. She provided social work services within the West Islip School District at both the middle school and high school levels, as well as individual and group therapy at The Pederson-Krag Center North; a not-for-profit outpatient behavioral health and chemical dependency treatment facility. Upon completion of her degree, Jackie was hired as a staff psychotherapist at The Pederson-Krag Center, and was promoted to program coordinator during her two-year stay.
Having developed an interest in working with the college-aged population, Jackie accepted a position in the Student Health & Counseling Center with Long Island University at their CW Post campus in Brookville, NY. She provided support services to students diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorders, as well as students on academic probation. She is excited to return to her Stony Brook roots, and continue her work with the college student population as an Academic Advisor!
Associate Dean for Transfer Services
Arlene serves as Associate Dean for Transfer Services within the Academic & Transfer Advising Services Office. Arlene began her career at Stony Brook as an academic advisor in the Office of Academic Advising in 1994. Leading up to this, she spent several years counseling and teaching developmental mathematics at Suffolk County Community College.
Shortly after arriving at Stony Brook, the University opened up a Transfer Office to meet the needs of prospective and newly enrolled transfer students. Arlene served as Director of the Transfer Office for seventeen years. The Transfer Office then merged with the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center, forming the new Academic & Transfer Advising Services Office, in order to better service Stony Brook students.
Throughout her tenure at Stony Brook University, Arlene’s concern for students led her to take a very active role in University service. For many years, she served as an elected member of both the Undergraduate Council and College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee. Arlene now holds ex-officio seats on both these committees.
Theresa began her career in higher education at The Berkeley School, and then went on to Dowling College. In 2008, Theresa was delighted to join the staff of Academic and Transfer Advising Services.
Theresa supports the director of Academic and Transfer Advising Services in the coordination
and management of daily operations. In addition, Theresa assists students to succeed
at Stony Brook though her role as advisor for newly accepted students during transfer
student orientation, instructor for ADV 101 - Introduction to Stony Brook for new
International transfer students, and as co-coordinator of the Academic Peer Advisor
Kristin earned a BS in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz in 2005. After working in marketing and residence life at NYU and LIM College, she decided to pursue a career in academic advising. While completing her MS in Academic Advising from Kansas State University, Kristin interned in the Academic & Pre-Professional Advising Center at Stony Brook University. She is delighted to join the staff now as a Pre-Professional Advisor, working with pre-health and pre-law students. Kristin is passionate about working with college students and is very excited to be part of the Stony Brook University Community.
Ellen coordinates the University's Challenge Exam for Foreign Languages and Advising Services' Academic Peer Advisor Internship and Rotating Faculty Advisors initiative. She has been associated with the office for over 25 years; first as an undergraduate work study student, later as a graduate student assistant, as a professional academic advisor and served as Director for three years.
Ellen earned three degrees from Stony Brook (B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.) all in Sociology and is the linkage advisor to Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies. She teaches an online class in the Master's in Higher Education Administration program. Currently, Ellen serves on the Undergraduate Council and the Protestant Campus Ministry Board of Directors. She served as a UUP representative, group leader for the annual Stony Brook Day in Albany event and helped to coordinate the SBU house building and fund-raising for Habitat for Humanity.
Ellen is a proud recipient of The Sister Margaret Ann Landry RSHM Lifetime Achievement Advisor Award and is an Honorary Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Alyson received both her BA in Sociology and Masters in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. While attending Stony Brook, Alyson worked in the Athletics Department, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Undergraduate Transfer Office.
A huge advocate for the Study Abroad programs, her passion for Stony Brook and Higher Education grew stronger while she studied overseas. Alyson is thrilled to be a member of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!
Tracey Iorio is an Assistant Director in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling and NY State license from LIU C.W Post in 2009. Tracey came to Stony Brook University in 2002 and worked as an advisor in the Transfer Office, which merged with Academic Advising Center in the summer of 2012. Prior to working at Stony Brook she spent 14 years as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at The Juilliard School.
Along with her role as an advisor to current Stony Brook University students, she coordinates the Joint Admissions program to admit students from Suffolk County and Nassau Community Colleges. Tracey provides these student with one-on-one advising each semester to ensure a seamless transition to Stony Brook. Another important role for Tracey is the Opening of School Committee, which provides incoming students with activities, workshops and community information during the weekend prior to the first day of school.
Marie brings a diverse background with well rounded experience in human resources, programs and events, counseling, retail management and law to the campus at Stony Brook. She earned her Master’s degree from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare in 2010. While earning her M.S.W., Marie served on the faculty senate and attained a specialization in health.
Marie’s educational background also includes a B.B.A. in Marketing from Hofstra University. Her life experience is broad and unique and together has contributed to her enthusiasm and passion for education, learning and helping others. She actively participates in department programs, professional conferences as well as many community activities. Marie is delighted to be working as a member of the academic advising team and with students of Stony Brook University.
Mary Beth Powers
Mary Beth earned an MSW from Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare and a BA in English from LeMoyne College. To date she has 18 years of experience in higher education, primarily in residential life and academic advising. Among her current responsibilities in Academic and Transfer Advising Services, the one she values and enjoys most is working one-one one with students to help them achieve their highest potential. Focusing on students' strengths, interests, and emerging talents, Mary Beth's proudest moments are when she witnesses students truly "seeing" themselves for the first time, and finding they like what they see.
Mary Beth is both self-proclaimed Dolphin (LeMoyne mascot) and Seawolf, an avid beach comber, collector of rocks, lover of antiques, tireless gardener, and pensive poet. "I just like to look for the beauty in the world...and create it where I can. And I see a lot of beauty in the efforts and achievements, both great and small, of our students."
Assistant Director for Transfer Articulation
Kimberly Schwartz earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 2005. She received her Master's degree in School Counseling at Long Island University/C.W. Post in 2008. While completing her Master's Degree she worked at CW Post first as Program Assistant and then as a Director in the Continuing Education department. This is when she realized that working in Higher Education with college students is where she ultimately wanted to end up.
In 2008 Kim began working at Stony Brook University as an Advisor in the Transfer Office. She really enjoyed working with the transfer student population and helping them acclimate to Stony Brook University. In 2011, Kim took on the position of Assistant Director for Transfer Articulation. In this position, Kim has been able to make the transition for transfer students easier by creating a database that allows incoming and current students to view their course equivalencies from their previous schools. Kim is excited to continue her career path with the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!
Deborah Serling, Ph.D.
Director, Academic & Transfer Advising Services
Deborah Serling has recently joined Stony Brook University as the Director of Academic and Transfer Advising Services – an advising unit serving approximately 8400 undergraduate students. Dr. Serling earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cornell University, her Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University), and her Masters of Arts and Ph.D. in Psychology from Ohio State University.
Dr. Serling has worked in higher education for over 20 years serving undergraduate and graduate students as an advisor, a psychologist, a faculty member, and an administrator. Dr. Serling's research interests have included undecided students, career development, and self-esteem. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Serling worked for Reading Is Fundamental in Washington, DC and the New York State Senate.
Michelle Setnikar earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Social Welfare degree at Stony Brook University. As an undergraduate student, Michelle was a Peer Advisor in the Career Center and developed a passion for helping college students. While working on her M.S.W., Michelle specialized in Student-Community Development and completed an internship at the Student Success Center at Suffolk County Community College. Michelle worked as a Residence Hall Director at Stony Brook University for three years and is delighted to have the opportunity to continue serving the Seawolves community as an Academic Advisor.
Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University and completed her Master of Science degree in School Counseling from C.W. Post. She developed and implemented a Substance Abuse Prevention Program for the Harrison School District before joining the Cold Spring Harbor School District as a school counselor.
Carolyn's current focus is on assisting Stony Brook University students with academic success!
Randy earned his BFA in Theater from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and completed his Master of Arts degree in Dance from The Ohio State University. Randy has served as the Interim Director for the Academic Advising Center and was the former Coordinator for the International Studies minor. In addition, he was the Coordinator for the campus-wide Mentor Program 1995-2000. At present, Randy coordinates the Advising Linkage Initiative that pairs an academic advisor with an academic department to promote a better working relationship between Academic & Transfer Advising Services and the academic departments. Randy also provides administrative support for The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning and teaches DAN 102 - Introduction for World Dance Cultures.
Randy has served as the Director for Interdisciplinary Arts for the Living Learning Centers housed in Greely College. To gain a better understanding of the undergraduate experience, Randy has served on the Undergraduate Council and was co-chair for the 2007-2008 academic year and is a permanent member for the Academic Judiciary Committee. Randy's former duty was as academic reviewer for the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Stony Brook Chapter. Randy's tenure at Stony Brook has afforded him the opportunity to work within the academic and administrative areas. Randy enjoys working with the excellent team in Academic and Transfer Advising Services.
Nicole earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Studio Art, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration all from Stony Brook University. While completing her M.A., Nicole worked as a Graduate Assistant in Undergraduate Admissions and Transfer Orientation Advising. She also served as a Graduate Intern for Advising in Undergraduate Biology. Now, Nicole spends half of the week in in Academic and Transfer Advising Services, and half the week in Undergraduate Biology as a major advisor.