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Lori Benedict, Advisor Lori Benedict

Lori is a central Illinois native that has worked in higher education in many capacities. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling, along with Diversity in Management and Higher Education Management Advanced Certificates. Lori’s passion is student success and she has spent her entire career with that goal in mind. First in secondary special education, then in a variety of higher education positions including, ISTEP Coordinator, Workforce Director, Psychology and Sociology Instructor, Financial Aid Advisor and Academic Advisor. Her goal here at UIS is to help students find their path, be it original or newly formed. Lori’s focus is on positively supporting student academic success while helping students see the value of their education and its later practical application to their career choice. E-mail:

Carmalita M. Kemayo, Advisor Carmalita

Carmalita hails originally from California and has lived and worked in a number of locations throughout the country. As a nationally certified counselor and seasoned trainer, she has served multiple populations in academic, corporate, and community environments. She is particularly interested in the effective application of knowledge to real life experience, and hopes to instill in her students the insight to value their education as an investment and the skills to maximize the return on that investment. E-mail:

Mae Mae Marie Noll, Advisor

Springfield native and long-time UIS presence, Mae is a staunch student advocate. Mae completed her B.A. at Illinois College, her Masterís at UIUC, and her teaching certificate at UIS. Prior to joining the UIS staff, Mae worked in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at UIUC and Springfield College in Illinois. Mae encourages and assists students in the exploration of the life of the mind inside and outside the classroom. She focuses on supporting student academic success, while matching students with opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Mae wants our students to feel part of a community that values them as individuals, supports them as scholars, and prepares them for life outside of the institution. E-mail:

Tarah Sweeting-Trotter, Advisor Tarah Sweeting-Trotter

Tarah is an Illinois native and most recently relocated to Springfield from Jacksonville, Illinois.She earned her B.A. from MacMurray College and her M.A. from UIS. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies at St. Louis University. Tarah has experience in marketing communications, career services, campus activities, residence life, disability support services and first year programs. She has a passion for working to help students realize their full potential and achieve success both in and out of the classroom. E-mail:

Peer advisors

Shaun Kerr, Peer Advisor Shaun Kerr

Shaun Kerr is a Sophomore Business Administration major and Economics minor. He plans to also obtain his MBA. Shaun grew up in Meredosia, IL, a village between Springfield and Quincy. His future goal is to be a Financial Advisor for a bank or corporation. He is an outgoing person and very interested in athletics of nearly all sorts. He enjoys casual games of basketball, flag football and sand volleyball. Shaun is new to the UAAC office but has already grown to enjoy helping students with their problems.

Office Staff

Lesly Schoo, Office Manager Lesly Schoo

Lesly has been working in higher education for more than 15 years but is relatively new to the UIS family. She believes that the students are the heart of the University. Lesly feels it is our duty as faculty, staff and student workers to help all the UIS students move forward to achieve their educational goals in the most helpful and efficient way possible. Email:

Prerna Khullar , Student Worker

Prerna Khullar My name isPrerna Khullar, and I am a Junior. I am an International Student from India and came here in 2010 as a freshman. I am double majoring in BBA and MGT, with a double minor in MIS and ACC. I am very passionate about dogs and have two beautiful Labrador retrievers at home. I volunteer with the Animal Protective League in Springfield on the weekends to help with adoption drives at Pet Smart. I plan on going to graduate school in 2016, but I want to work in the business sector for a year to gain some experience before I go back and study. Eventually, I plan on expanding the family business. I am so glad I chose to study at UIS because I love the one-on-one interaction with the students and professors. Through my job at the Advising Center, I want to help students recognize their goals and help them pursue what they are passionate about.

Nichelle King , Student Worker

Nichelle King


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