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Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors - Undergraduate

University of Arizona South advisors are located at each of our learning centers and are available to help you with evaluating transfer credits, transferring to the university, major exploration, applying to your major of choice, class selection, declaring minors, setting up independent studies and internships, and graduation planning/processing as well as any other questions that you might have as you progress through your academic career.

Please see our list of advisors below to select one in your area.


Susana Greeno (Cochise County - Douglas)

Susana Greeno

Academic Advisor

Susana completed an associate’s degree at Cochise College in Administration of Justice in 2006 and another in Psychology in 2013, right after she transferred to the University of Arizona South to get her BA in Psychology. While she was a full time student, Susana was working full time for the Mexican federal government at the port of entry of Agua Prieta, Mexico. In 2014, she had the opportunity to do an internship in Washington D.C where she worked for congress. She was born and raised in Agua Prieta the border town of Douglas, Arizona. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and family, read, exercise and listen to music.

Sierra Vista

 (Cochise County - Sierra Vista)

Josette Lopez

Academic Advisor

Josette was born and raised in Bisbee, Arizona. In 2016, Josette completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. During the first two years of her academic career, Josette studied at the University of Arizona, where she worked as a student worker for the TRiO program. She later transferred to UA South and worked as a student worker for Student Services. As a student worker, she found enjoyment while working with students around her community. In her free time, she spends time with her family, cuddles with her dog, draws, and reads.

Ft. Huachuca

Marla Rodriguez (Cochise County - Ft. Huachuca)

Marla Rodriguez

Academic Advisor

Marla is a former University of Arizona alum who graduated from the University of Arizona in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2014. Through her years as an undergraduate student, Marla worked as a TransferCat for New Student Enrollment, as well as volunteering at a hearing clinic working with a variety of populations, including Veterans. Marla joined the UA South Student Services team in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University to expand her knowledge and passion for helping adult and distance learners succeed. In her spare time, Marla enjoys cooking, crafting, and exploring around her home city of Tucson.

UA Science and Technology Park

Leann Newman (Pima County - UA Science and Technology Park)

Leann Newman

Academic Advisor, Sr.

Leann Newman has been an employee of the UA since 1976 and an Academic Advisor since 1985. Her academic background is in anthropology, linguistics and literacy/reading. After retiring from the UA main campus, she began working part-time as an Academic Advisor for UA South in Pima County. Leann’s office is located at the UA Science and Technology Park in Tucson.

Tucson Advisor for: Commerce, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English

Pima Community College East Campus

Amanda Fosmire (Pima County - Pima Community College East Campus)

Amanda Fosmire

Academic Advisor

Amanda Fosmire completed her Associates degree at Pima Community College in Psychology; she then transferred to the University of Arizona South where she completed her BA in Psychology. Amanda finished the Accelerated Master’s Program in Experimental Psychology at the University of Arizona’s Main Campus. Her work with transfer students at UA South and her own experience as a transfer student have both inspired and largely contributed to her research. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and playing kickball. Amanda’s office is located at the Pima Community College East Campus at the Student Center.

Santa Cruz County

Alan Aguirre, Student Services Coordinator

Alan Aguirre

Student Services Coordinator

Alan Aguirre is a Santa Cruz County native and graduate from Nogales High School. While teaching Mariachi as an instructional aide at Nogales High School, he completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona South, Alan worked at Pinnacle Charter High School advising students in academic/personal matters. In his free time, Alan enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. Alan is also proud to be a Mariachi musician, performing at local parties and concerts in the area.

Pinal and Maricopa County

Sarai Alvarado (Pinal County)

Sarai Alvarado

Student Services Coordinator

Sarai is a Student Services Coordinator and advises for UA Pinal at Central Arizona College - Signal Peak Campus in Coolidge. She joined the UA South student services team January of 2014. She received her BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and her MS in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. She has a passion for helping others with a background in customer service, counseling, and academic advising. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, travelling, reading, and going to the gym.

Yuma County

Tanya Hodges (Yuma County)

Tanya Hodges

Academic Program Coordinator, UA Yuma

Yuma County

Allison Gilliland (Yuma County)

Allison Gilliland

Academic Advisor

UA Online

Jill Hilton (Cochise County - UA Online

Jill Hilton

Academic Advisor

Jill is an advisor for many programs with UA Mesa, UA South Online, and also with UA Online Bachelor of Applied Science programs offered by UA South. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. Her military connection for over 31 years and travel to 22 countries developed a great appreciation for online learning from anywhere in the world. Jill is a jewelry artist and painter, plays piano and sings. Jill and her husband enjoy their grown children, seven grandkids, and two dogs.

UA Online - Meteorology

Jill Hewins (UA Online

Jill Hewins

Advising Specialist

Jill Hewins has a BA in Psychology from a research institution in Ohio and a MA in Higher Education from the University of Arizona. Jill advises Bachelor of Applied Science students in the UA Online campus. She has worked in the outdoor education field, and has experience advising freshman and adult student populations as well as running student programs. Jill also works in the Advising Resource Center creating programs and trainings for UA Advisors. In her spare time she is a lifelong long distance cyclist, hiker, paleo cook, and student of meditation and yoga.

Raina Nieland (Pima County - Pima Community College East Campus)

Raina O'Brien

Assistant Director - Academic Advising

Raina is a Tucson native who began working for The University of Arizona in 2006. She joined the UA South Student Services team in 2007. She completed her B.A.S. degree in Human Services with The University of Arizona South and her M.Ed. in Human Relations with Northern Arizona University. In her free time, Raina enjoys many recreational activities; such as quad riding, camping, & going to the lake with her family.


Graduate students are assigned faculty advisors in their field of study. Contact Jess Kelly for an advisor assignment or if you need additional assistance.