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Academic Advisors - Undergraduate
University of Arizona South advisors are located at each of our learning centers and are available to help you with your needs, including (but not limited to) evaluating transfer credits, transferring to the university, major exploration, applying to your major of choice, class selection, declaring minors, setting up independent studies and internships, petitions, and graduation planning/processing as well as any other questions that you might have as you progress through your academic career.
Please see our list of advisors below to select one in your area.
Susana completed an associate’s degree at Cochise College in Administration of Justice in 2006 and another in Psychology in 2013, right after she transferred to the University of Arizona South to get her BA in Psychology. While she was a full time student, Susana was working full time for the Mexican federal government at the port of entry of Agua Prieta, Mexico. In 2014, she had the opportunity to do an internship in Washington D.C where she worked for congress. She was born and raised in Agua Prieta the border town of Douglas, Arizona. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and family, read, exercise and listen to music.
Josette was born and raised in Bisbee, Arizona. In 2016, Josette completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. During the first two years of her academic career, Josette studied at the University of Arizona, where she worked as a student worker for the TRiO program. She later transferred to UA South and worked as a student worker for Student Services. As a student worker, she found enjoyment while working with students around her community. In her free time, she spends time with her family, cuddles with her dog, draws, and reads.
Rebecca Pickett is a Cochise County native and graduate from Buena High School. Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas while playing women’s varsity basketball for the Lady Braves. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona South, Rebecca worked at Cochise College advising general students, international students, and student-athletes. Rebecca also spent several years working in the non-profit sector, as the Executive Director of the Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless and as the Grant Coordinator for the Southeast Region of the Arizona Community Foundation. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, and reading.
Pima Community College East Campus
Aaron obtained his Associates of Applied Science Degree in Pharmacy Technology from Pima Community College in 2011. He then went on to advise Pharmacy Technology students, teach hands-on Pharmacy Technology labs, community outreach, and lead students to give back to the community. He was eventually recognized as Club Advisor of the Year for his student outstanding student leadership. He continued as the Program Assistant of Pharmacy Technology for six years until obtained his BAS in Organizational Leadership in 2017 and joined the UA South team soon after. During his studies, he became a UA South Merit Based Scholarship recipient for his continued focus on leading students. Aaron has a real passion for guiding students towards their goals and dreams. In his free time, he loves giving back to the community, playing games with family his and friends, or discovering a new restaurant with his wife.
Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus and UA Online Meteorology
Academic Advisor, Senior
Jill Hewins has a BA in Psychology from a research institution in Ohio and a MA in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. Jill advises for Pima County programs, as well as Meteorology. She has worked in the outdoor education field, and has experience advising freshman and adult student populations as well as running student programs. Jill also works in the Advising Resource Center creating programs and trainings for UA Advisors. In her spare time she is a lifelong long distance cyclist, hiker, paleo cook, and student of meditation and yoga.
Santa Cruz County
Student Services Coordinator
Alan Aguirre is a Santa Cruz County native and graduate from Nogales High School. While teaching Mariachi as an instructional aide at Nogales High School, he completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona South, Alan worked at Pinnacle Charter High School advising students in academic/personal matters. In his free time, Alan enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. Alan is also proud to be a Mariachi musician, performing at local parties and concerts in the area.
Student Services Coordinator
Sarai is a Student Services Coordinator and advises students at the UA Chandler location. She joined the University of Arizona in January of 2014. She received her BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and her MS in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. She has a passion for helping others with a background in customer service, counseling, and academic advising. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, travelling, reading, and going to the gym.
Academic Program Coordinator, UA Yuma
Allison is a Yuma native. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She joined the UA Yuma team in 2013 as an Outreach Coordinator and moved over to advising full time in 2016. She earned her MS in Agricultural Education in 2017. Allison enjoys helping students navigate their path towards degree completion. In her free time, she volunteers helping geriatric, hospice and special needs animals with a local rescue group.
Jill is an advisor for many programs with UA Mesa, UA South Online, and also with UA Online Bachelor of Applied Science programs offered by UA South. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. Her military connection for over 31 years and travel to 22 countries developed a great appreciation for online learning from anywhere in the world. Jill is a jewelry artist and painter, plays piano and sings. Jill and her husband enjoy their grown children, seven grandkids, and two dogs.
Assistant Director - Academic Advising
Raina is a Tucson native who began working for The University of Arizona in 2006. She joined the UA South Student Services team in 2007. She completed her B.A.S. degree in Human Services with The University of Arizona South and her M.Ed. in Human Relations with Northern Arizona University. In her free time, Raina enjoys many recreational activities; such as quad riding, camping, & going to the lake with her family.
Graduate students are assigned faculty advisors in their field of study. Contact Jess Kelly for an advisor assignment or if you need additional assistance.