Meet Our StaffBoca Raton campus
Ashley Anderson , Academic Advisor, School of Communication & Multimedia Studies
"Hello! My name is Ashley Anderson and I am an Academic Advisor within the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies on the Boca Raton campus. I was born in San Diego, CA but raised in Deerfield Beach, FL. I attended Florida Atlantic University and received my BA in Multimedia Studies: Film/Video as well as my MA in Communication with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies accompanying both degrees. I’ve taught here at FAU both as a graduate student and adjunct, teaching Film Appreciation and Public Speaking. I also teach Public Speaking at Broward College Online but started teaching in traditional classrooms for about a year before making the switch to strictly on-line courses. I enjoy teaching and being able to showcase my passion for students and student achievement. This ongoing practice enables me to remain aware of what students’ needs are and how to better guide them through this ever changing atmosphere of higher education. Higher Education has always been a passion of mine and specifically within the Communication Arts. I love to see students obtain their goals (which can often feel like a distant dream) and become college graduates (and maybe even graduate school applicants)! I’m happy to be here again at Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Communication and Multimedia Studies and I’m happy to help you reach your goals of becoming a college graduate!"
Anna Anoufrieva , Academic Advisor, Languages, Linguistics, & Comparative Literature
"My name is Anna Anoufrieva. If you have any questions about languages and/or linguistics and why learning those subjects is important for your life and career, get in touch with me. I will help you. I think helping others is my calling. Whether my title was a counselor, therapist, success coach, interpreter, or massage therapist, I was and I am always there to help resolve any issues you may have and discover how to enrich your life experience. My approach is informed by my studies at Syracuse University in the MFT Master’s program. I completed my undergraduate studies in Russia with the concentration in Informational Science/ Librarian Studies and certifications in Nursing and Massage Therapy. My love of learning led me to engage in coaching, leadership, and diversity training programs. Dancing, yoga, traveling, Zumba or any other gym class, nature, poetry, music and good movies are things that make me happy. My friends and family keep me alive. Once again, feel free to make an appointment with me for any questions!"
, Academic Advisor, School of Communication & Multimedia Studies
Sandi Lent , Academic Advisor, Visual Arts & Art History"Hello. My name is Sandi Lent. I’m currently the Academic Advisor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History. My position at the University is to serve as a resource and assist students in meeting their educational goals. I believe education is a life-long/ongoing process.I’m from upstate New York, where I was a full-time studio artist after completing my Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Since moving to South Florida, I’ve also completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from FAU. I’m an active member of the FAU Potters’ Guild."
Shantelle Maxwell , Academic Advisor, English"My name is Shantelle Maxwell and I was born and raised in Naples, Florida. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida International University, and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration with a concentration in Conflict Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. I have a Post-graduate Certificate in Grant Writing, and I am on the road to obtaining a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. With more than ten years of experience in education, I am now currently at FAU, where I enjoy helping students set sensible academic goals for themselves while keeping their dreams and goals in high regard.In 2006, I spearheaded the Tim Bergel Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to graduating high school seniors from Naples High School. In 2008, I founded Kristin’s Closet, a non-profit organization that donates new and gently used items of clothing to underprivileged students.Fun fact: I love reading J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jodi Picoult novels, Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte, and anything Shakespeare."
Laura Mooney , Director"Hello! My name is Laura Mooney and I am the Director of Student Academic Services for the College of Arts and Letters. Most of my time is spent on the Boca Raton campus, although I do make visits as frequently as possible to the Davie campus. I am originally from snowy Buffalo, New York and have been in South Florida for several years. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Canisius College, a small, private institution in Buffalo. I also earned my master’s degree there in College Student Personnel Administration. I have worked in higher education for over ten years and specifically chose the field of advisement because I wanted to help support students achieve their academic goals as I was helped throughout my undergraduate career. As I was a working student with little support, I know how challenging it is sometimes to attain your academic goals. However, I also strongly believe in the value of higher education and in the student/advisor relationship. I always encourage students to utilize their advisor as a resource as I (admittedly) did not use mine most effectively as an undergraduate. I don’t want other students to have that same experience, especially when help is available!"
Evelyn Morris , Academic Advisor
"Hello, my name is Evelyn Morris and I am an Academic Advisor on the Boca Raton campus. I have been advising undergraduates in the College of Arts & Letters for four years and have more than two decades of public service experience. I view academic advising as an extension of my career in public service. I truly enjoy helping people to realize their goal of earning a college degree and recognize that navigating the requirements may be challenging for some. Whether you are a first time in college student or a non-traditional student seeking to enhance your marketability in an increasingly competitive job market, I welcome the opportunity to assist you in meeting your personal, professional and academic goals."
Sheena Orr , Academic Advisor"Hello, I’m Sheena Orr, I advise students majoring and minoring within the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies and the Department of Visual Arts and Art History. Born and raised in South Florida, I’m a two time alumnus of FAU. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006, double majoring in English and Multimedia Studies: Multimedia Journalism. In 2010, I returned to FAU as a part time graduate student and received my Master of Social Work in 2014. My graduate internship experience includes case management and individual and group therapy. My focus as an academic advisor is to assist students with forming and realizing their goals, problem solving, and instructing the essentials of navigating through FAU and their academic life. I’m excited to meet you and hope to be your advocate and partner in your academic success!"
Sherry Rix , Academic AdvisorGreetings students! My name is Sherry Rix and I am one of the Advisors in the College of Arts and Letters. I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology from State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport in upstate New York. After graduation I realized there were places to live where you did not have to shovel snow and fight the ice…so I headed to sunny Florida. I received my Master’s degree from University of South Florida (USF) in Adult and Higher Education. I have been privileged to serve students in several different roles at different universities. I have found great satisfaction listening to students as they talk about their future academic, career and personal goals. As a student I found my college advisor to be my “go to person”. I built a relationship with my advisor that served me well beyond getting my bachelor’s degree. My advisor was a teacher and mentor who steered me to many great opportunities while in college that I would have never been aware of otherwise. I am always excited to meet new students, see returning students and am here to listen if you are looking for that “go to person”. You must plan for success, NOT hope to get there by chance, so let us help you plan your success.
Suzy Owen , Academic Advisor
"Greetings! My name is Suzy Owen. I grew up in a very small town in Illinois. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University. While earning my degree at EIU, I spent a summer studying and traveling in Mexico and a Christmas vacation exploring the Amazon jungle. I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities available at FAU. Over the years I have worked in many jobs in the field of education because I enjoy working with students. For the last 13 years, I have been with FAU. I spent my first two years in the Registrar's Office in Davie and then moved to the Student Academic Services Office of the College of Arts & Letters. In Davie, I advise for all the Arts & Letters majors which are available on the Davie campus. Please stop by and visit our new "green" building, Davie West."