Staff

Student Success and First Generation Initiative Center

Professional Staff

Please email the professional staff to schedule a meeting 

Billy Brooks, M.Ed.

Billy Brooks, M.Ed.

Director of Access Services

Griffin Hall, GR70
612-728-5120
bbrooks@smumn.edu

Sam Borawski, M.A.

Sam Borawski, M.A.

Academic Adviser

Griffin Hall, GR70J
Campus Box: #55
507-457-6988
sborawsk@smumn.edu

Tricia Dobrient, M.Ed.

Tricia Dobrient, M.Ed.

Director of Advising & New Student Experience

Griffin Hall, GR70H
Campus Box: #31
507-457-1406
tdobrien@smumn.edu

Joe Dulak, M.S.

Joe Dulak, M.S.

Director of First Generation Initiative and Learning Assistance

Griffin Hall, GR70L
Campus Box: #44
507-457-1414
jdulak@smumn.edu

Jennifer Hanifl, Ed.D

Jennifer Hanifl, Ed.D

Assistant Director of First Generation Initiative and Learning Services

Griffin Hall, GR70K
Campus Box: #44
507-457-6607
jhanifl@smumn.edu

Elena Lacey

Elena Lacey

Countdown to College and Tutoring Coordinator

Griffin Hall, GR70M
Campus Box: #44
507-457-7459
elacey@smumn.edu

Alisa Macksey, M.A

Alisa Macksey, M.A

Dean of Student Success & First Generation Initiative

Griffin Hall, GR70B
Campus Box: #55
507-457-1469
amacksey@smumn.edu

Taylor Zanotti, M.S.Ed

Taylor Zanotti, M.S.Ed

Student Success Specialist

Griffin Hall, GR70A
Campus Box: #31
507-457-1418
tzanotti@smumn.edu

Student Success Peer Resource Officers (PROs)

Student Success PROs support the front desk operations within the SSFGIC center

Valarie (Val) Higgins

Valarie (Val) Higgins

~LEAD~

Class of 2024

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: Psychology

Email: vrhigg19@smumn.edu

 

Britney Thao

Britney Thao

Anna Muntifering

Anna Muntifering

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology/Self, Society, and the Sacred

Email: axmunt18@smumn.edu

 

Kate Halisz

Kate Halisz

Class of 2024

Major: Public Relations and Social Media

Minor: Psychology/Self, Society, and the Sacred

Email: kahali19@smumn.edu

 

Julia Smrecek

Julia Smrecek

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

Email: jcsmre18@smumn.edu

 

Peer Learning Assistants

  • Study Skills
  • Accountability Partner
  • Testing Strategies
  • Academic Organization
  • Time Management

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Kevin Porcayo

Kevin Porcayo

Class of 2025

Major: Chemistry/Secondary Education

Email: kxporc17@smumn.edu

Coleton Strupp

Coleton Strupp

Class of 2023

Major: Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy

Email: cpstru18@smumn.edu

 

Ella Boomgaarden

Ella Boomgaarden

Class of 2024

Major: Mathematics/Secondary Education

Email: erboom19@smumn.edu

 

Peer Advisors

Assists with the Academic Success Program for students who are not in good academic standing within the university. PAs also assist with all advising events throughout the year

Cordelia Ruch

Cordelia Ruch

Sydney Green

Sydney Green

Class of 2023

Major: Biology/Pre-Physician’s Assistant 

Email: smgree18@smumn.edu

Access Service Student Employees

Description coming soon

Anna Muntifering

Anna Muntifering

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology/Self, Society, and the Sacred

Email: axmunt18@smumn.edu

 

Julia Smrecek

Julia Smrecek

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

Email: jcsmre18@smumn.edu

Executive Orientation Leaders (XLs)

Assist in the planning and implementation of all New Student Experience Programs

Katie Pierpont

Katie Pierpont

Class of 2023

Major: Biology/PreMed

Minor: Leadership

Email: cgpier18@smumn.edu

 

Maddie Mora

Maddie Mora

Class of 2024

Major: Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy

Email: mmmora19@smumn.edu

 

Cheyenne Carlsen

Cheyenne Carlsen

Class of 2023

Major: Psychology

Minor: Criminal Justice

Email: chcarl18@smumn.edu

 

Griffin 70
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-457-6994
Email: studentsuccess@smumn.edu

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.