B.A. Temple University, English - Creative Writing
Tiffany was raised in Fort Washington, Maryland and is a graduate from Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. She earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. She is thrilled to come back to CLA as an Academic Advisor. While a student, Tiffany was an Owl Ambassador, a Peer Advisor for CLA, and studied abroad at the university’s campus in Rome, Italy. She still raves about the amazing culture, pasta, and gelato she enjoyed while there. Currently, Tiffany is in the Masters of Social Work program at Temple, with a clinical concentration focusing on mental health. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys exploring brunch spots in the city and checking out different literary readings downtown.
Favorite Books: On Beauty by Zadie Smith, Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi, and The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Xiomara I. Gonzalez
B.A., Rowan University
History M.A., Counseling in Educational Settings- Higher Education Track
Xiomara is a native of Puerto Rico but was raised in South Jersey. Xiomara received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University. As a graduate student, Xiomara worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Academic Success Center, where she fell in love with higher education. Once Xiomara graduated with her Master’s degree, she joined the University Advising Center and the Rohrer College of Business as an Academic Advisor at Rowan University. Xiomara enjoys thrifting, going to the movies, and spending time with her loved ones. Xiomara is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help students succeed and grow academically through her role in the College of Liberal Arts.
Favorite Quotes: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman "I've never been content with the status quo. To my mind, satisfaction has always been the enemy of progress." -Henry M. Rowan
Advising Interests: First generation students, athletes, and study abroad.
Nia Bayete Jackson
B.A. Washington University, Psychology and African-American Studies
Nia was born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She travelled abroad as a student to Turkey and Spain. She has worked in Advertising, Customer Service, for online search engines/retailers, in administrative support, as an Elementary School teacher and now as an Academic Advisor. Nia has truly maximized her Liberal Arts education and encourages students to explore all possible avenues that align with their professional and personal interests. She can often be heard telling students: “It is ok to not yet know which career field you would like to enter. It is equally ok if you thought you knew what you wanted to do with your life, but then changed your mind. This experience is quite common. Discovering who you are and what you want are all a part of the college journey.”
Advising Interests: Freshman, Sophomore and Transfer students, non-traditional students and major/minor/career exploration
B.A. with Honors, University of Georgia, Athens, Anthropology
M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Religion
Beth was raised Alpharetta, GA. Growing up, she had many experiences traveling abroad, which ultimately inspired a love of archaeology and historic preservation. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, where she studied abroad in Verona, Italy and received her degree in Anthropology. After working as a field archaeologist in South Carolina, she returned to Athens and received her Master of Arts degree in Religion, concentrating on Islamic Studies. She moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to join Temple’s Department of Religion as a Ph.D. student. After 10 years of teaching, she transitioned into academic advising to continue working with students in helping them take advantage of the many opportunities that Temple offers. Beth enjoys spending time with her loved ones, travelling and exploring bizarre subreddits.
Favorite Books: Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Bulter, The Dirt by Motley Crue
B.A., Bloomsburg University, Communication Studies- Interpersonal Relationship Management
M.Ed., Bloomsburg University, Guidance Counseling and College Student Affairs
Chris is excited to be a part of the CLA Advisement Team and looks forward to connecting students’ passion and purpose with their studies here at Temple! A native to the “City of Brotherly Love,” Chris attended Central High School and is a proud member of the class of 266! Chris grew up with a love for playing sports, which continues today as he still plays in competitive tennis tournaments/leagues in the PA region. Previously at Bloomsburg University (BU), Chris worked in different capacities, such as Diversity & Retention, Student Orientation, and Residence Life. During his time in higher education, Chris has been an advocate for multicultural and diversity initiatives as he values the holistic development that is associated with different cultural engagements and Study Abroad (studying abroad in Africa and China were amongst the most rewarding experiences of his life). Ambitious and supportive in nature, Chris assisted in establishing, and serving as president for 3 years for Men of Intelligence, Notability, and Desire (M.I.N.D), which is a student organization designed to develop successful inner city male students socially and academically as they transition to higher education. He also served as the founding charter member and treasurer for the Chi Sigma Alpha National Student Affairs Honor Society on BU’s campus.
Favorite Books: The Purist of Happyness by Chris Gardner; The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt; Letters to a Young Brother, and The Wealth Cure by Hill Harper
Advising Interests: Student retention, mentoring, major/minor exploration, and study abroad
B.A. Temple University, History and Religion
M.A. Temple University, Religion
Vinnie was born and raised in Philadelphia. He went to Temple for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and seems unable to leave. His favorite experience, as a Temple student, was the semester that he studied abroad in Rome. If you plan to study there, he will gladly talk your ear off about all the things to experience. He has been teaching at Temple University for 8 years, and was naturally attracted to advising because of the opportunity to work closely with students and help them to achieve their goals. Vinnie likes to spend his spare time reading, gaming, biking, and other nerdy pursuits various and sundry.
Favorite Books: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin.
Andriana “Andy” Mylonas
B.A., Temple University, Psychology
M.Phil.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, Counseling and Mental Health Services
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, Professional Counseling
Andy grew up just outside of the city in Havertown, PA. She attended Temple University, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. While at Temple, Andy studied abroad for a semester in Rome, Italy where she was able to experience the culture first hand as well as travel to many cities throughout Europe. After graduation, Andy attended the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her dual-master’s program in Counseling. Andy is a licensed school counselor and is also working towards her Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) certification. Andy is a first-generation Greek-American college student and strives to make the college experience as accessible and enjoyable for all students. Outside of work, Andy teaches Greek Dance to Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students. She has also helped create an organization that funds high school students SAT tutoring programs and connects students with young professionals in the working field. Some of Andy’s hobbies include hiking, yoga, going to the beach, and hanging out with her family, friends, and pup, Zoe.
Favorite Books: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Favorite Quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Albus Dumbledore
B.A., Boston College, Communication
M.Ed., Harvard University, Higher Education Administration
A northern New Jersey native, Liz is new to the city of Philadelphia after having lived in the Boston area for the last 11 years. Liz attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree in Communication. While at BC, Liz studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which was one of the most memorable and formative experiences of her college years, and she loves helping students plan for study abroad opportunities. After graduating, she first worked in educational travel and then returned to campus life to work in undergraduate student affairs and student conduct at Harvard College. While at Harvard, Liz earned her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When Liz isn’t at work, you’ll likely find her spending time with family, indoor cycling, working on home-improvement projects, sneaking away to the Jersey shore, and exploring her new surroundings. Liz is thrilled to be a part of the Temple community and looks forward to helping students reflect on their academic and professional goals.
Favorite Books: College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Advising Interests: Academic Planning and Goal Setting, Career Exploration and Professional Development for College Students, Developmental Advising, Study Abroad
Dr. Mark Walker, Ph.D.
BA (Hons) History, University of Essex (2009)
MA History, Old Dominion University (2011)
Ph.D. History, University of Essex (2016)
Dr. Mark Walker is proud to be a gay immigrant to the US from Britain, born and raised in East London. He had gone through three different visas (J-1, F-1 and K-1) before moving to the United States in March 2016. He credits Temple alum Edie Windsor for making it possible; her Supreme Court victory in 2013 allowed his now-husband to finally sponsor him for family immigration. A successful ‘Ph.D. survivor’, Mark spent five years doing all the usual doctoral student activities: reading more than he thought possible, researching at a range of archives and libraries handling documents that were hundreds of years old and sometimes too unique to even touch, attending and presenting at academic conferences, and teaching. He began by teaching American students about European history and then switched to teaching European students about American history. In 2016 he completed and successfully defended his magnum opus ‘The Melancholy Pompous Sight’: Royal Deaths and the Politics of Ritual in the Late Stuart Monarchy, c. 1685-1714, and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Essex. After moving to Philadelphia, he briefly taught at Drexel University before coming to Temple in 2017.
Favorite Quote: “Bart, don’t make fun of graduate students. They just made a terrible life choice.” - Marge Simpson
Favorite Books: Hero by Perry Moore, Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Advising Interests: International students, History majors/minors, graduate school planning, academic careers, LGBT students