First Year Experience Instructors and Staff

Foundations of College Success (UNIV 1105) Instructors

Amelia Williams

Assistant Director, Career Services
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.I.S., Weber State University
Favorite quote: "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." - Flavia Weedn

Andy Young

Director of Admissions Operations
M.Ed., College Student Services Administration, Oregon State University
B.S., Communication/Public Relations, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "What e'er thou art, act well thy part."

Ariel Olson

Assistant Director, FYE
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.S., Family Studies, Weber State University
A.S., General Studies, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for." - Samwise Gamgee

Brandon Kaleo Flores

Director, GEAR UP
M.A., Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
B.S., Psychology Teaching, Weber State University
A.S., General Studies, Snow College
Favorite saying: "Enjoy the journey."

Cori Horne

Deputy Registrar, Registrar's Office
M.F.A., Creative Writing- Poetry, University of Arizona
B.A., Creative Writing, University of Central Missouri
Fun fact: Cori loves listening to hip hop and hiking with her spaniel, Franklin.

Crystal Giordano

Director of Scholarships
EdD, Educational Leadership - in progress, Maryville University
M.Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Utah State University
B.A.,  Interior Design, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Dana Gibson

Proposal Development Officer, Provost's Office
M.A., English, Weber State University
B.S., English, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "You gotta laugh at yourself, because you'd cry your eyes out if you didn't." - The Indigo Girls

Darcy Gregg

Instructor of the Year, 2014
Senior Academic Advisor, Department of Child & Family Studies
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.S., Home Economics Education, North Dakota State University
A.S., Lake Region Community College
Favorite quote: "Attitude is everything." - Author Unknown (attributed to Pastor Dr. Charles Stanley)

Debbi Murphy

Instructor of the Year, 2015
Academic Advisor III, College of Arts & Humanities
M.A., English, Weber State University
B.A., Management Studies, University of Maryland University College

Debbie Hansen

Instructional Designer, WSU Online
M.A., English, Weber State University
B.I.S., Emphasis Areas: CHF, ENGL, BST, Weber State University
A.A., General Studies, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats

Emily Romo-Hendrix

Academic Advisor, College of Science
M.S., College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University
B.A., English (minor in Biology), University of La Verne
Favorite quote: "Remember where you came from and never lose sight of where you are going."

Dr. Gail Niklason

Executive Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Ed.D., Instructional Technology, University of Wyoming
M.S.B., Business Information and Computing Systems, San Francisco State University
B.S., Psychology, University of Utah
Fun fact: Gail loves to travel.

Jacob Wilkey

Senior Career Counselor and Employment Advisor, Career Services
M.S., Psychology—School Counseling, Utah State University
B.S., Parks and Recreation, Management of Human Resources Minor, Utah State University
Favorite quote: "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!" - Rudy Tomjanovich

Jennifer Wright

Instructor of the Year, 2017
Director, General Studies Advisement, SSC
M.S., Academic Advising, Kansas State University
B.S., English, Weber State University
A.S., General Studies, Weber State University

Dr. Jessica Oyler

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Utah
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
B.S., Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology
Favorite quote: "Great things never come from comfort zones."

Jody Perkins

Access and Outreach Specialist, Education Access and Outreach
MIS., Southern Utah University
B.I.S., Weber State University
Favorite quote: “The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” ― W.E.B. Du Bois

Lori Drake

Instructor of the Year, 2016
Adjunct Instructor
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.S., Professional Sales, Weber State University

Molly Ward

Director, Shepherd Union
M.Ed., Education, University of South Carolina Columbia
B.S., Social Work and Spanish, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Morgan Voet

Assistant Director, FYE
M.A., English, Weber State University
B.A., English, Weber State University
A.A., General Studies, Weber State University

Nancy Jarvis

Senior IT Policy, Planning, and Assessment Administrator
M.A., English, Weber State University
B.S., Marketing/Business Administration, Weber State University

Noah Erb

Academic Advisor, Dual Enrollment
M.S., Athletic Training, Weber State University
B.S., Athletic Therapy (Nutrition Education), Weber State University
B.S., Exercise & Sports Science (Fitness Professional), Weber State University
Fun fact: I grew up in the Middle East and enjoy learning about other cultures

Rainie Ingram

Graduate Enrollment Director, EAST
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.A., Communication/Public Relations, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

Richard Campos

Assistant Director, General Studies Advisement & Marketing, Student Success Center
M.Ed. College Student Personnel, Ohio University
B.S., Criminal Justice Weber State University
A.S., General Studies, Weber State University

Samantha Cusenza

Director, Dual Enrollment Advisement, Davis Enroll Services
M.P.C., Professional Communication, Weber State University
B.S., Psychology, Weber State University
Favorite saying: "Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more, believing in yourself." - Harry Potter

Savanna Grotz

Arbinger Institute
M.Ed., College Student Personnel Administration, James Madison University
B.A., Economics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Shandel Hadlock

Instructor of the Year, 2018
Instructional Designer & Training Specialist, WSU Online
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.A., English, Weber State University
A.A., General Studies, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "Education is not prepartion for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey

Tara Peris

Director, Student Involvement & Leadership
M.S., Political Science, University of Utah
B.S., Political Science, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."

Teresa Martinez

Program Coordinator, Center for Community Engaged Learning
M.S., Master in Healthcare Administration, Weber State University
B.S., Health Promotion, Weber State University
A.S., General Education, Salt Lake Community College
Fun fact: Teresa was recruited on a full-ride soccer scholarship to play for WSU in 2007, and remained on the team for three years.

Tonia Wilson

Judicial Educator
M.A., English Literature, Weber State University
B.S., English and Psychology, Weber State University
Fun fact: Tonia has 6 goats, 7 chickens, 2 dogs, 1 goldfish, and a family!

Trena Roueche

Director, WSU GEARUP Ogden
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Policy, Arogsy University
M.Ed., Education/Deaf Education, Utah State University
B.A., Child and Family Studies, Weber State University

Yulia Goff

Recruiter & Basic Skills Specialist, Veterans Upward Bound
TESOL Certificate, University of Utah
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.A., English, Weber State University
Favorite quote: "If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." - Zig Ziglar

FYE Peer Mentoring & Leadership Seminar (UNIV 3170) Instructors

Ashley Owens

Director, FYE
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.A., Spanish and Professional Sales, Weber State University
A.A., General Studies, Weber State University
Fun fact: Ashley competed on WSU's rodeo team as a student.

Morgan Voet

Assistant Director, FYE
M.A., English, Weber State University
B.A., English, Weber State University
A.A., General Studies, Weber State University
Fun fact: Morgan has twin human babies.

Ariel Olson

Assistant Director, FYE
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Weber State University
B.S., Family Studies, Weber State University
A.S., General Studies, Weber State University
Fun fact: Ariel was the president of WSU's Cat Club for two years.


Prospective Instructors

When FYE adjunct positions become available, they will be posted at https://jobs.weber.edu.

Am I qualified?

  • Masters Degree
  • One year of Weber State University employment

How do I apply?

If you meet the minimum qualifications, please submit the following materials to https://jobs.weber.edu:

  • Current vita
  • Official transcripts from the universities where you received your degrees
  • Letter of interest that explains why you are qualified to teach in FYE

Once selected, additional training will be required. Please address questions to First Year Experience at fye@weber.edu or 801-626-6752.

Last updated 01/28/22