Who We Are
The Advising Office is a team of 12 Student Success Advisors (SSAs). Our office is located at St. Davids (Eagle Learning Center, 2nd Floor), Falls Center (3300 Henry Avenue), Center City, and Harrisburg (750 East Park Drive). The Office is staffed from 8:30am – 5:00pm weekdays. Please note the Advising Office closes on the St. Davids campus for Chapel on Wednesdays from 10-11 am. You will find the name of your assigned Student Success Advisor on the "Advisor" tab in Student Planning.
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Rena’s favorite things about working at Eastern are the students, the beautiful campus, and a five-minute commute! An Eastern alum, Rena earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and, later, received a Master of Social Services at Bryn Mawr College. After over two decades in social work, Rena returned to EU as an Advisor in the Education Department, serving there for ten years before joining the Advising Office. Rena’s passions include spending time with her family and friends and two adorable dogs, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, helping to resettle refugees, traveling, painting and drawing, cooking and entertaining.
Jill enjoys working directly with students to help them discover their strengths and work towards solutions to problems. As an SSA, she particularly enjoys the complexity and vast array of tasks that the job encompasses, especially event coordinating. Jill followed her education at Ithaca College and Temple University (B.A. in Sociology) with a career as a social worker in child welfare. Later, taking quite a different path, she became an entrepreneur as owner of a flower shop. Jill spends most of her spare time watching Philadelphia sports teams and attending sporting events as a cheerleader for her athletic son. She also loves cooking and designing flowers.
Kristen loves helping Eastern students achieve their academic goals. The most rewarding part of the job for her is seeing her students graduate. Kristen earned a Master of Science in Administration of Human Services from Chestnut Hill College. Her first position at Eastern was Student Services Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Services. She now enjoys working directly with students as an SSA. When Kristen is not working at Eastern, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.
Linda has almost a decade of experience at Eastern helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. A graduate of West Chester University in Music and Business, she offers a creative and organized approach to problem solving and life planning. Linda is currently earning a Master of Theological Studies with a counseling concentration at Palmer Seminary. She loves living in the small town of Phoenixville and has four adult children. Having an open heart and home, Linda and her husband provide temporary housing for young people in life transitions as well as operate a family apartment rental business. In what time remains, Linda enjoys having parties, arranging flowers, watching movies and playing gigs with her family band.
Jonathan's desire to help people reach the vision they set for themselves is what drew him to the role of SSA. He believes in using a strength based approach when helping students plan and set goals. An alum of Eastern University, Jonathan earned a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2005 and, therefore, understands Eastern from the student's perspective. He returned to Eastern after working as an adolescent mental health social worker in Delaware County, which gave him ten years experience serving individuals and families in all walks of life. Jonathan plans to further his education by earning a Master of Education in School Counseling. He is married to Shellina (Mtika) and they have two boys, Isaiah and Elijah. Jonathan enjoys food, fun, family, photography, and all things anime!
Anali has been serving EU students for four years from her office in Center City Philadelphia. Originally from Argentina, Anali most enjoys connecting with students from diverse backgrounds, yet with similar challenges. She welcomes all who want to practice speaking Spanish! Anali holds a BS in Psychology with a minor in Bible from Tennessee Temple University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling with a cognate in Marriage & Family. She loves spending time with her daughter, strolling through the city with her Nikon, having deep conversations over coffee, painting with watercolors and spending time with my family and friends.
Lindsey, having graduated from EU, brings a dedication to the mission of the university from both a student perspective and staff member. She graduated with a Master of International Development (Urban concentration) in 2012, and was pleased to return to the university to work after receiving such a life-changing education. Previously in enrollment, Lindsey was excited to join the Advising Team with the goal of helping students prepare to change the world for the better in the name of Christ. She has a heart for service and sees her role as an SSA as just that. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Ben, and beloved dog, Silas. She has a passion for green-living, urban missions, and hospitality.
Eva has both studied and worked at Eastern for the past 11 years, during which time she completed the MA and PhD in counseling. She brings to the job counseling skills, faith and a deep sense of wanting to see people succeed in life. Eva has an unusual history in that she was born in South Africa but has Indian heritage even though she has never been to India! As an international, she has experience with and enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds. Now Eva resides in the USA with her husband, who is a pastor. All three of her children graduated from Eastern University and are married. As a South African, Eva loves the sun and barely survives PA winters, except that she loves snow! She is a foodie, enjoys cooking and her hobbies include reading, watching cooking and medical shows and visiting new places.
Brian’s passion for helping college students and supporting academic programs brought him to Eastern University in 2013 as a graduate enrollment counselor for Eastern’s leadership programs. Because of his experience as a first generation college student, Brian cares deeply about maximizing student support. Brian earned a B.S. in Bible from Lancaster Bible College and is currently pursuing his MBA in Economic Development at Eastern. Brian grew up on a farm in Central Pennsylvania and previously worked in international missions and as a cafe-deli manager. His hobbies include roasting coffee, exploring Philadelphia, and working with carpentry and mechanical tools around the house. Brian lives with his wife in Northwest Philadelphia.
Becky brings over six years of experience working with students across all ages. A graduate of Kent State University in Psychology and Millersville University with a Master of Education in School Counseling, Becky enjoys helping students learn to advocate for themselves and supporting them as they journey through their academic careers. She has been working at Eastern for almost two years at the university’s Harrisburg location and loves pop in visits from anyone in the area! Becky enjoys spending time with her family as well as hiking, cooking and watching reruns of The Office.
David brings a wealth of academic and professional experience to his leadership with the Advising Team. He enjoys solving problems and working with others to accomplish tasks big and small. With a background in banking, marketing, and operations, David’s skill set complements his work in higher education. His educational background includes earning a BA in Sociology and an MS in Organizational Science from Villanova University and an MBA in Health Administration from EU. David is currently pursuing a PhD in management at Pace University in New York City. He lives in King of Prussia with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.
Anita brings over 12 years experience working with students as a teacher, special education coordinator, and college admissions counselor. Anita’s passion is helping young adults discover their true selves and become equipped with the tools they need to lead a confident, successful life. A graduate of Moravian College in Religious Studies and International Coach Academy based in Melbourne, Australia with a graduate certification as an Academic Life Coach, Anita’s heart centers around empowering students to develop their strengths and bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be. Anita enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Brian enjoys helping students find their path here at Eastern University. For many students, planning college courses can be a complex process. Brian uses his expertise and knowledge of university policies and procedures to show students the clearest path to their degree. Brian started at Eastern in 2011, previously working as a Student Services Coordinator. Brian earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Delaware Valley College (now known as Delaware Valley University), and completed an MBA in Management at EU.