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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


Miwa Nguyen, Ed.D. Director, Academic Advising
Debbie Kochanowski, M.Ed, Assistant Director
Jackie Behrens, M.Ed., Academic Advisor
Daniel Byrd, B.A., Academic Advisor
Nikiah Barnes, M.Ed., Academic Advisor
Emily Mistisshen, B.A., Online Program Coordinator

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

Elissa Barr, Ph.D., Master of Public Health Program, Public Health Certificate, Global Health Certificate
Michele Bednarzyk, D.N.P, F.N.P., B.C., Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Practitioner Program, Healthcare Informatics Certificate
Michelle Boling, Ph.D., Athletic Training Program
James Churilla, Ph.D., MPH, RCEP, Master of Science in Health Exercise Science & Chronic Disease
Rob Haley, Ph.D., Master of Health Administration Program
Beven Livingston, PT, PhD, ATC, Physical Therapy
Stacey Manning, D.N.P., Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (Traditional term format)
John P. McDonough, Ed.D, C.R.N.A., Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthetist Program
Leigh Powers, D.N.P., Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (Accelerated term format)
Claudia Sealey-Potts, Ph.D., R.D., Master of Science in Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program
Helene Vossos, D.N.P., Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D., Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition
Richmond Wynn, Ph.D, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Zhiping Yu, Ph.D., Master of Science in Nutrition Program (Distance learning format)

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