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Brooks College of Health Academic Advising

Office Location: Building 39, Room 2031
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (call for available walk-in advising hours or to schedule an appointment)
Phone: (904) 620-2812
Fax: (904) 620-1770



Heather Kenney, Ed.D. Director, Academic Advising
Miwa Nguyen, M.Ed, Assistant Director
Debbie Kochanowski, M.Ed; Academic Advisor
Kari Maples, M.A., Academic Advisor 
Jackie Behrens, M.Ed., Academic Advisor
Megan Lichty, MBA, Online Program Coordinator
Diane Leake, Administrative Secretary

Advising Mission

The Brooks College of Health Advising Office takes a proactive approach in serving all student populations interested in the health field. By advocating and collaborating with all University resources the advising office will assist students in building strong academic and personal skills. Advising will provide personalized and developmental advising geared to assist students academic and career goals. In addition, Advising promotes independent decision making skills that develop competent individuals.

Advising Philosophy

We strive to guide you towards your academic goals by providing information, references, and advice; however, we will not make your choices for you. Advising is an engaging process between the advisor and the advisee where ultimately you are in full control of your educational experience. We are your resource to help you succeed.

Advisor responsibilities:

To support the core values of the UNF advising program, advisors will…

  • Demonstrate professionalism and empathy towards their advisees
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on their lives and personal goals
  • Encourage individualistic goals and decision making
  • Initiate motivation and ambition for development and self-improvement
  • Be knowledgeable of policies, procedures, student services and reference information
  • Recommend social and academic extra-curricular organizations in addition to applicable campus resources
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold FERPA Regulations



Program Directors

John P. McDonough, Ed.D, C.R.N.A., Professor- Director, Nurse Anesthetist Program
Michele Benarzyk, D,N.P, F.N.P., B.C.,  Assistant Professor -  Program Director, Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
Gerald Hogan, D.N.S.C., C.R.N.A., Assistant Professor -  Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program
Tammy Johnson, Ph.D., Professor- Director, Public Health Program
Mei Zhao, Ph.D., Professor-  Director, Health Administration Program
Mary Lundy, PT, MS, DPT, C/NDT, Assistant Professor-  Director, Physical Therapy Program
Catherine Christie, Ph.D., R.D., L.D./N., F.A.D.A., Professor-  Director, M.S. Nutrition Program
Claudia Sealey-Potts, Ph.D., R.D., Assistant Professor- Director, Dietetic Internship Program  
Richmond Wynn, Ph.D, Assistant Professor- Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
James Churilla, Ph.D., MPH, RCEP, Associate Professor- Director, Exercise Science & Chronic Disease

Graduate students work with their program directors to develop their initial programs of study. The BCH Advising Office is available for advising assistance.