Meet the Advisors



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Advisors names and contact information
Ms. Allie E. Mills
Academic Advising
CASE - Undecided & Interdisciplinary Majors
Collier Library 230R

 I am a two-time graduate from the University of West Alabama (BS in English ‘10, MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education ‘16). After working as an academic advisor and career advisor at UWA for 7 years, I moved to the Shoals and joined the UNA family! My role at UNA as Assistant Director of Academic Advising is to ensure that students have a great start to their academic career and have access to the resources they need to be successful. In my spare time, I volunteer as chapter advisor for my sorority and spend time with my husband, daughter, and two dogs!  

 My advice to UNA students is don’t be afraid to ask questions and connect with faculty and staff on campus! We’re all here to help you achieve your goals and want this to be a great experience for you!

Mr. Jose Figueroa-Cifuentes
Mr. Jose Figueroa-Cifuentes
Academic Advisor

College of Education & Human Sciences majors
Collier Library 230B

My full name is Jose Victor Figueroa-Cifuentes. I graduated in '18 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Security Emergency Management. As an undergraduate, I was involved in multiple organizations: The LaGrange Society, Student Government Association, Delta Chi Fraternity, HCO, HSO, and more. I am bilingual (Spanish and English) and took some French and Arabic classes at UNA. I have also completed my Master of Science in Criminal Justice. On my free time, I enjoy calligraphy, jogging with my dogs, and making hand-poured luxury candles. Roar Lions!


Ms. Shaquita Cowan

Academic Support Specialist

CASE - Social & Behavioral Science majors

Collier Library 230E


Ms. Kate Hanbery

Ms. Kate Hanbery

Academic Advisor

Academic Recovery & CASE - STEM majors

Collier Library 230C

I wear a lot of hats around here but my main focuses are Academic Recovery and Tutoring Services. I can be found assisting with CLEP, CPCE, and NBCC testing. I have a background in Criminal Justice and am fascinated by world of law. I am a 'helper' by nature and am driven to assist students as they study to meet their goals. When I am not working, I stay busy in graduate school, raising two super cool kids, and taking care of our home. 


Taylin McCarver

Ms. Taylin E. McCarver

Academic Advisor

Athletics - Baseball, Women's soccer, Football (Defense), Women's Basketball, Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

Collier Library 230D

 My name is Taylin McCarver and I am one of the academic advisors for student-athletes at UNA. I played volleyball at the University of West Alabama where I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2018 and a Master’s of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education in December of 2020. My passion is to advocate for student athletes in their academic career and be the best supporter that I can be while helping them realize their potential in all areas of their life. I am a big Cubs fan and love going to MLB games! In my free time I coach travel volleyball, attend concerts, collect vinyl records and hang out with my two cats: Gypsy Nicks and Binx.





Ms. Erin M. Wittscheck

Academic Advisor

CASE - Arts & Humanites majors

Collier Library 230A

My name is Erin Wittscheck and I’m an Academic Advisor in the University Success Center here at UNA. I graduated from UNA in 2010 with a BS in Human Environmental Sciences, Culinary Arts and I have recently graduated (Spring 2022) from UNA with a M.Pr.S. in Higher Education Administration. After working in kitchens in both Nashville and Florence, I returned to my alma mater to be a part of helping students reach their own goals. When I’m not on campus, you can find me hanging out with my husband and little girl or playing with my best dog pals, Butters and Gus!

My advice to students: Work hard to fulfill your dream! Roar Lions!


 Ms. Rian Brown

Graduate Assistant

Athletics - Softball, Men's Golf, Women's Golf

Collier Library


 Mr. Jayce Thornton

Graduate Assistant

Academic recovery & Monitoring - Academic Warning, Probation Continued

Collier Library


Ms. Kenda Rusevlyan

Mrs. Kenda H. Rusevlyan

Testing Coordinator/
Academic Advisor

123 East Campus

I started working for UNA in October 2010. In addition to my advising duties, I am also the Testing Coordinator. I have a BA in English from the University of Alabama, and a MAED in Secondary Education from UNA.  Fun Fact: My parents both went to UNA. They actually met for the first time in the library! See, it really does pay to study. I am married to John Rusevlyan and we have two children, Leigh and Jack.  UNA has lots to offer and I encourage you to make the most of your time here.

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