I am the Director of Operations for the new Department of Translational Neurosciences at the College of Medicine-Phoenix at the University of Arizona. My responsibilities include working closely with the department Chair to strategically plan and grow a leading department operating at the cutting edge of innovative neuroscience and neurobiology.


    I arrived at the University of Arizona after spending seven years at Arizona State University, where I served as an Administrative Director and Research Program Manager in the Department of Psychology and the Biodesign Institute, specifically in the Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE). Being passionate about student success, I co-founded several mentoring programs at ASU, including the ACE Scholars Program, the Cooperation Scholars Program, and the Biocomputing Scholars Program. These holistic mentoring or e-mentoring programs combine scientific mentoring with professional development. For more information, please see the Mentoring section of my website.


    Research and practice-wise, I am interested in mentoring as a tool for student success. I am also passionate about elevating operational excellence in higher education and figuring out how to best strategically plan, optimize resources, and reduce bureaucracy burnout so that departments, colleges, and institutions can function optimally to proactively address the needs of their students, the communities they serve, and society at large.


    My educational road trip includes:

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    Northern Arizona University

    Educational Leadership, Ed.D
    With Distinction

    I graduated with a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership in 2022. Served as Representative of the College of Education at the Graduate Student Government.

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    Northern Arizona University

    Educational Leadership, M.Ed
    With Distinction

    I earned my Master's of Education in Educational Leadership, Community College/Higher Education in 2019.

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    Illinois Institute of Technology

    Psychology, B.S.

    I graduated from Illinois Tech in 2016. Recipient of the International Scholarship and Alexander Hergan Scholarship. President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, local chapter.

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    Romanian University of Sciences and Arts

    Economics, B.S.

    I graduated from the Romanian University of Sciences and Arts Gheorghe Cristea (Bucharest, Romania) in 2012, with a specialization in Finances-Banking.

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