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Pre-Professional Advising
E3310 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3351

Phone: (631) 632-7080
Fax: (631) 632-9259

Pre-Professional Advisors


Jennifer Hecker
Pre-Professional Advisor

Jen earned both her BA in Psychology and Master of Social Work at Stony Brook University, where she discovered a passion for social justice and higher education. While studying at Stony Brook, she cultivated a variety of experiences including academic advising, orientation, teaching, leadership development, community mental health education and counseling. After graduating, Jen worked as a biology advisor at CUNY Kingsborough Community College, as well as an academic advisor in Academic & Transfer Advising Services at Stony Brook University. Jen is excited to be part of the Pre-Professional Advising team, and enjoys providing support and guidance to her fellow Seawolves as they pursue personal and academic success!

Kelly Haller
Pre-Professional Advisor

Kelly has earned a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Stony Brook University. Her passion for advising began here when she worked as a student advisor in the Psychology department.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Kelly financially advised students as a Manager of Student Accounts at the New York Institute of Technology's Manhattan Campus. In 2010, Kelly earned an MS in Counseling from NYIT and became an Academic and Career Counselor at LIU Post; advising students from first-year through graduation and primary advisor for pre-health majors.

Kelly is excited to have returned to her alma mater and looks forward to assisting students in reaching their career goals.

Lakshmi Ramsoondar-Ahmad
Assistant Director of Pre-Professional Advising

Lakshmi enjoys being a Pre-Professional Advisor at Stony Brook University, her alma mater. She earned her bachelor's and two master's degrees from Stony Brook studying the cultures of Asia and the diaspora of its people, international governments, international relations, U.S. politics & public policy, and wide-range of topics in higher education. Upon completion of her degrees, she began to pursue a career in higher education working as a Residence Hall Director, then later rejoined her advising family as a Pre-Professional Advisor at SBU. Lakshmi loves working with, and advising all of our seawolves both present and alumni!

James Montren
Director of Pre-Professional 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.