Jess Tuck Director

Jess E. Tuck, Ph.D.

Director, ACCESS & University Advising Services
(561) 297-2072
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Dr. Jess E. Tuck serves as the Director of the ACCESS Coaching Center and University Advising Services. Dr. Tuck was the Project Director of FAU's U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant from October 2010 to September 2016. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with University Advising Services and FAU Global Student Success Program (GSSP). Dr. Tuck's experience began at FAU in 2003 advising freshmen and sophomores with undeclared majors, providing guidance to students through developmental advising strategies. Dr. Tuck received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from FAU, where his dissertation topic was Students' preference for online versus face-to-face academic advising based on individual learning styles. He received a M.Ed. in Counselor Education, also from FAU. Dr. Tuck attended SUNY Plattsburgh and holds a B.A. in Sociology.

Abdula Newman

Abdula Newman, M.B.A.

Associate Director, Advising Technology & Academic Success
ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-2016
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Abdula is originally from The Bahamas and holds Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting from Florida Metropolitan University and Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Additionally, Abdula holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Abdula has been working at FAU since 2001 in academic advising and previously worked as a Coordinator of Academic Programs in the office of Freshman Academic Advising Services. While Abdula enjoys assisting students with course selections and adjusting to college life his hobbies/interests include traveling, technology, reading, theater, and music.

Jordan Knittel

Jordan Caruso, M.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4737
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Jordan came to Florida Atlantic University in her third year of undergrad as a transfer student, from where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and New Media Studies. After receiving her degree, she worked in Television post-production for three years and realized that it was not her life's passion, so she returned to Florida Atlantic University to pursue her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership. While working towards her Masters degree she gained experience working with New Student Orientation, Student Leadership programs, Greek Life, Student Conduct Board and Academic Advising. Helping students is where her passion truly lies, and she is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs for University Advising Services. She is excited to work with students on a daily basis, and assist them in discovering their dreams and goals while in college and beyond. Outside of higher education she enjoys traveling, yoga, cheering for the FAU Owls and the Miami Heat.

Brooke Trauth

Brooke Trauth, M.B.A.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4623
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Brooke is a Florida Native who came to Florida Atlantic University in 2012 to pursue a Master of Business Administration. Prior to attending FAU, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Administration with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Miami. Brooke worked in the FAU Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence while pursuing her Master’s Degree, which is where she discovered her passion for helping students reach academic success. She is now a Coordinator of Academic Programs in University Advising Services. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, and doing Crossfit.

Lindsay Welch

Lindsay Frisch, M.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4756
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Lindsay has been at FAU since August 2013 and recently joined the UAS team. She previously worked in the Student Athlete Center for Academic Excellence as an Athletic Academic Counselor for a variety of teams. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Purdue University and her Master of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. Her Master’s program allowed her to pursue careers in which she can help students succeed in college. She is passionate about helping others and is excited to begin her work as an Academic Coach in the ACCESS program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing Crossfit, going to country concerts and spending time with her family and friends.

Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez, M.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-3962
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Master of Education in Counseling. For nearly a decade she worked as a Defense Contractor in support of the Department of Defense and State Department. Through her extensive volunteer work, she realized that her true passion was to help others achieve their highest potential. She went into the counseling field and ultimately discovered her love of advisement and working with students. Currently, she works as a Coordinator of Academic Programs with the ACCESS Program. In addition to her work, Monica enjoys to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and dote on her Chihuahua.

Jessica Tiru

Jessica Tiru, M.B.A.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-4736
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Jessica joined the UAS team as an Academic Coach for ACCESS in November 2016. She is passionate about helping students succeed in their academics and brings with her a variety of experience working in higher education including teaching the First Year Experience course. She is excited about working with the students in the ACCESS program and applying the Appreciative Advising Model. Originally from Puerto Rico, Jessica earned her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and also a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, visiting amusement parks, and traveling with her family.

Marsha Saddler

Marsha Saddler, M.A.Ed.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
(561) 297-6845
Fax: (561) 297-3132

Marsha Saddler was born and raised in Miami, Florida and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School. She earned her first college degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. Afterwards, she sought her master's degree in Postsecondary Education & Student Affairs and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). The opportunities for employment at various colleges and universities, including Miami University of Ohio and the University of Iowa, allowed her to gain a myriad of experience in helping students transition to and matriculate through organizations of higher education. She’s had the privilege of teaching students who were pursuing the same master’s degree that she gained at UNI, and provided support to students and parents in two K-12 school systems. Marsha is particularly passionate about enhancing the access to and retention within postsecondary institutions for all students. She is married with three children, and enjoys reading and listening to books as well as singing.

The FAU Career Center has a strong partnership with ACCESS dedicating Melanie Adams to oversee the career education and support for ACCESS students.

Melanie E. Adams, M.S., GCDF

Assistant Director, Career Advising, Counseling & Education (ACCESS)
(561) 297-3533
SU 220

Melanie Adams has been with Florida Atlantic University since June 2013 but has been working in career services since 2010. She is an Assistant Director on the Career Advising, Counseling and Education team at the FAU Career Center. Melanie works closely with the University’s ACCESS program as the liaison for career counseling and instructs multiple sections of a Career & Life Planning course. Melanie is a Global Career Development Facilitator and an active member of the National Career Development Association. Additionally she actively attends and presents at various professional conferences on career-related topics. She received her master’s degree from Florida International University in Higher Education Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in marketing from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Melanie is be available to see ACCESS students for career counseling by appointment by calling 561-297-3533. When you go to the Career Center or call for an appointment make sure to ask to meet with "Melanie."

Below please find additional resources dedicated to assisting ACCESS students.

FAU Career Center

Center for Learning And Student Success

University Center for Excellence in Writing

Math Learning Center

 Last Modified 3/27/18