Meet Your Advisors

Theodore Peters (Assistant Dean)

photo of Theodore PetersTed is the chief divisional advisor and point person for student academic services in the College of Arts & Science. As such, he serves as an advocate for students and coordinates initiatives aimed at improving the student experience with regard to academic advising. Ted directs the undergraduate Academic Advising Office & University Studies Office and often represents the College of Arts & Science across the university. He began his professional career at Miami in 1998 as a visiting instructor in English, then became the First-Year Academic Advisor in charge of creating the Celebrate the Arts living-learning community. After a year of living and working as a photographer in San Diego, Ted returned to Miami in 2001 working in the CAS Academic Advising Office. In 2011 he was promoted to Senior Academic Advisor and in 2015 to Assistant Dean. Ted completed his undergraduate work at Miami University - Literature and Creative Writing, with English honors – and his master's degree at The University of London, King's College, specializing in 19th century British poetry.


Christa Branson (Senior Academic Advisor)

photo of Christa BransonChrista came to Miami as a student in 1992, and worked full-time at the Hamilton campus while earning a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. In 2002 Christa resumed her role as a Miami student and earned a Master of Science in college student personnel. She returned to full-time employment in 2004 as coordinator of academic advising for the Office of Residence Life and New Student Programs. Christa joined the CAS academic advising staff in 2006, and was promoted to Senior Academic Advisor in 2015.


Carl Caceres(Academic Advisor)

photo of Carl CaceresCarl earned his B.A. from the University of Scranton with majors in Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies and a minor in Communication in 2011. While earning his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami with a focus on student development, he worked as an assistant resident director in the Redhawk Traditions living-learning community and as an academic advisor for first year students in Dennison Hall. Carl continued on at Miami as a resident director and academic advisor for first year students in Symmes Hall in 2013. Prior to returning to Miami he worked in campus ministry at Xavier University and residential life at Creighton University. He joined the CAS advising team in September 2019.


Kim Collins (Academic Advisor and Director of LSAMP)

Kim is a graduate of Sinclair Community College, Dayton Ohio (Associate Degree, Liberal Arts) and Capital University, Columbus Ohio (B.A. Business Communication). In 2005, she earned her Master of Arts Degree in Community College Management from Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Prior to coming to Miami, Kim worked as a Faculty member, Academic Advisor, Financial Aid Counselor, and Student Services Specialist, all at institutions in southwest Ohio, including her alma mater, Sinclair Community College. Kim joined Miami in summer 2018 and has a dual role as CAS Academic Advisor and the Program Director of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

Virginia Engwall (Academic Advisor)

photo of Virginia EngwallGinny graduated from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2011. She continued her education at Miami University and earned a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education in 2015. Ginny joined the CAS academic advising team in July 2015. She specializes in relocation and serves students on the Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown campuses.


Kristan Kanorr (Academic Advisor)

photo of Kristan KanorrKristan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Administration with a minor in Marketing in 2008 followed by a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education with a minor in Executive Development for Public Service in 2010, both from Ball State University. She started her career in higher education at Indiana University East in 2012, working in a variety of areas including: academic advising for exploratory students, first-year student success coaching, student-athlete academic progress, orientation planning, and instructing first-year seminar. Kristan joined the CAS academic advising staff in March of 2015.


Kurt Olausen (Academic Advisor)

photo of Kurt OlausenKurt earned his B.A. from Dickinson College with majors in German and Italian Studies,  in 1990, his M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia, in 1994, and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University, in 2007. Prior to coming to Miami, he worked in Study Abroad at Eastern Illinois University, the University of Cincinnati, Duke University, and James Madison University. He has also taught ESL at the University of Cincinnati and Berlitz Language Services.


Joe Sacco (Academic Advisor)

photo of Joe SaccoJoe completed his undergraduate education at Thomas More College (now University) in Crestview Hills, KY where he obtained a B.A. in Secondary Education/Social Studies in 2003. He also earned minors in both History and Philosophy. He went on to serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kent State where he earned his M.A. degree in Philosophy (specializing in Ethics) in 2007. Joe has over a decade of experience in higher education as both an instructor and advisor. Prior to coming to Miami, Joe served as an Academic Advisor at Cincinnati State for six years. He joined the CAS advising team in June 2019.


Don Sebera (Academic Advisor)

photo of Don SeberaDon graduated from Ohio University, earning both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling. He has worked in the community college and university environments as an academic advisor; as well as serving as the Director of a college disability services office, and teaching high school special education. Don joined the CAS office in September of 2018.


Maryanne White (Academic Advisor)

photo of Maryanne WhiteMaryanne graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, Pre-Physical Therapy. In 2004, she earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Maryanne has worked professionally in a variety of student affairs functional areas including academic advising, new student orientation, admissions, student diversity, student union programming, alcohol and other drug awareness and residence life. Maryanne joined the CAS advising team in June 2019.