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Our office provides overall communication to Stony Brook undergraduates about academic advising and the evaluation of transfer credits for general education requirements.  We help students develop their academic plans for graduation and work with students in academic difficulty.  In addition, our office evaluates transfer credits and serves as a central communicator regarding academic deadlines, policies, and events to all undergraduates. 

Our office advises sophomores, juniors, seniors, and second bachelor degree students in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, School of Communication and Journalism and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.



Staff Bios


PhotoLisa Barry 
Staff Assistant

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting at Queens College. Lisa worked in NYC for several years in multiple accounting positions before moving to Long Island. She has worked as an Office Manager for nine years where she was responsible for all customer correspondence, maintenance of company records, handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, in charge of payroll, purchasing and more.

Lisa is also a proud parent of a Stony Brook graduate!



PhotoIsabella Bator 
Academic Advisor

Isabella earned her Bachelor's Degree from Stony Brook University in Sociology. Following her studies, she joined the Peace Corps in China for two years as a volunteer English teacher. This sparked her passion for global education and she completed her Master’s Degree in International Development & Social Change at Clark University, focusing on education equity.

Isabella has vast experience in academic, advising, and student affairs services. More recently, she held an administrative and supervisory role working with diverse and underrepresented student populations entering Allied Health field, and managing faculty in the Liberal Arts & Sciences department. Isabella has also taught classes in subjects such as interpersonal communication, freshman seminar, and career development.

As a former Wolfie, she is excited to join the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team to help students realize their true potential and succeed in reaching their goals!


PhotoNicole Chiuchiolo 
Lead Academic Advisor

"Nicole realized her passion for higher education during her time at Fordham University, where she served as an orientation leader and student ambassador. 

After graduating with her undergraduate degree in Communications, Nicole went on to pursue her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook. Nicole has previously worked at Stony Brook in Student Life, and St. Joseph's University in Institutional Advancement. Nicole is thrilled to be back at SBU to join the ATAS team!"


PhotoTiana De Jesus, Msw
Lead Academic Advisor

Tiana earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Stony Brook University in Sociology, with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies as well as Business Management. She then returned to Stony Brook to complete a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare, with a specialization in Student Community Development. 

Most recently, Tiana has worked in Residence Life as an Interim Residence Hall Director at Southern Connecticut State University and an Assistant Resident Director at Western Washington University. As a two time graduate of Stony Brook, Tiana is excited to join the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team.



Laurin Donnelly
Academic Advisor

Laurin received both her Bachelors in Human Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology and Masters in Physiology and Biophysics from Stony Brook University.  While attending Stony Brook, Laurin worked in Campus Residences, New Student Programs, Academic Integrity, and Academic and Transfer Advising Services.  

Laurin is thrilled to be a member of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!



Ronna Fisher
Academic Advisor

Ronna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education at Southern Nazarene University, in Oklahoma City, where she was an Honors Student, Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, and held multiple jobs across campus.

Following graduation, she worked as an International Student Recruiter for her University before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she taught Middle and High School English. Recently, she has been teaching High School English in Oklahoma before relocating to New York.

Ronna loves to travel and is passionate about education for all. She She is looking forward to serving students here at Stony Brook!"


PhotoShellaná Henderson, Ed.D.
Assistant Director

Shellaná Henderson discovered her passion for higher education during her undergraduate experience at Babson College. While earning her bachelor's degree in Business Administration, she worked as a resident assistant and an intern in the Campus Life department.

Since graduating from Babson College, she has built a career in higher education; her experience includes academic advising, orientation, first year experience office, admissions, residence life, and even undergraduate teaching. She has earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College, and a doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University.


PhotoAlyson Hernandez, M.A.
Assistant Director for Transfer Evaluation and Articulation

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!


PhotoTracey Iorio, M.S.
Assistant Director

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.


PhotoMelissa Klott
Transfer Articulation Specialist

Melissa received both her BS in Information Systems and Masters in Business Administration from Stony Brook University.  While attending Stony Brook, Melissa worked in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services Office and for the Graduate Program in Public Health.  She then worked at Stony Brook’s Registrar’s Office as the Assistant Registrar for Scheduling before working at St. Joseph’s College as an Enterprise Systems Programmer.  Melissa is thrilled to be back as part of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!


PhotoMarie Leen, MSW
Lead Academic Advisor

Marie received her Associate’s at SUNY Farmingdale and her BA in Sociology with a minor in Mathematics at SUNY New Paltz. She obtained her Master of Social Work at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She has worked in admissions at Caldwell University, Long Island University, and most recently at SUNY Old Westbury. She loves to work with students in figuring out their educational and career goals. Marie is delighted to be a part of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!


James Montren
Director for Pre-Health Advising

James serves as the Pre-Professional Advisor in the Center. He graduated from New York University, studying a wide-range of topics, languages, literature and linguistics - mainly Russian, German, Gothic, and Old Church Slavic - in pursuit of his bachelor's and master's degrees. Jim's advising and Pre-Health experience began at NYU in the early 90s.

PhotoMary Beth Powers, MSW
Associate Director

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 over 20 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-on-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."

PhotoKimberly Schwartz, M.S.
Associate Director for Transfer Evaluation and 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

Kim has worked in higher education for over 15 years and has been working at Stony Brook University since 2008. She began her career at Stony Brook working as an Advisor in the Transfer Office. She accepted the position of Assistant Director for Transfer Articulation in which she made 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 currently serves as the Associate Director for Transfer Articulation and loves being able to help students, faculty and staff “behind the scenes.” 


PhotoKaitlyn Seitz, M.A.
Lead Academic Advisor

Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. While completing her master's degree, Katie worked as a graduate assistant with Pre-Health Advising, Finish in 4, and the Health Science Department. She then worked at Stony Brook's Career Center as the Healthcare Career Coach and has always had an interest working with students who have a passion seeking careers in the healthcare industry.

Katie has instructed courses including ADV (Advising) 101 and WSE 381 (Service Learning in STEM) and has always had a passion for teaching. Katie is thrilled and excited to work with the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!


PhotoDeborah Serling, Ph.D.
Director, Academic & Transfer Advising Services

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.


PhotoMegan Taranto 
Staff Assistant

Megan earned a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies at Stony Brook University with a focus in Business, English, and Sociology.  While attending Stony Brook, Megan worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as a Student Admissions Assistant for Processing. 

Megan is thrilled to be back at Stony Brook and a member of the Academic and Transfer Advising Services team!



PhotoLisa Vertucci, M.S.
Transfer Articulation and Data Coordinator

Lisa earned an Associates 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!"




  • Location

    Academic and Transfer Advising Services
    Stony Brook University
    Suite 105, Stony Brook Union
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3217
    Telephone: (631) 632-7082, option 2 

    General Advising E-Mail:  

  • Office Hours

    Office Hours:
    Monday to Friday,  9:00 am -- 5:00 pm 

    Please visit our Google Calendar page for office closings and other events.  You can also schedule either a virtual appointment or in-person appointment via Navigate.  

  • Vision & Mission

     VISION: Through exceptional academic advising, ATAS inspires and empowers every undergraduate student to reach the highest level of academic achievement and individual development.  

    MISSION: Academic and Transfer Advising Services creates a welcoming environment and partners with our undergraduate students to support their academic success.  Upon sharing information, resources, and referrals, advisors empower students to make informed decisions and take personal responsibility for their educational goals.  Academic and Transfer Advising Services appreciates the uniqueness of each Stony Brook University student and enthusiastically celebrates their path to graduation.  (Adopted July 2017)

    The staff in Academic and Transfer Advising Services supports you by:

    Serving as a central, beginning resource to inform you of available options.
    Helping you define, develop, and achieve realistic educational goals.
    Assisting you with planning and monitoring an academic program consistent with your abilities and interests.
    Assisting you in selecting your major, and connecting you with faculty and professional advisors in your major department.
    Communicating and interpreting academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
    Evaluating and posting transfer credits for general education requirements.
    Connecting with University academic departments, community colleges, and programs abroad to facilitate students’ transferring to Stony Brook.
    Referring you as needed to appropriate academic and student support services.
    Fostering a respectful advisor-advisee relationship that focuses on you as a unique individual.

    As an advisee, your important responsibilities include:

    Familiarizing yourself with the Stony Brook Undergraduate Bulletin and the Academic and Transfer Advising Services website before seeking academic advice.
    Becoming knowledgeable about and adhering to Stony Brook academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.
    Preparing for advising sessions with thoughtful reflection and honest self-assessment.
    Following through on recommended steps identified during advising sessions.
    Attending Academic and Transfer Advising Services special programs and events.
    Accepting final responsibility for your decisions.

    CORE VALUESTo Educate, Empower, Inspire and Celebrate    (Adopted  September 2018)