Academic Advising Council (AAC)

The Academic Advising Council (AAC) joins Wayne State University’s pledge and commitment to embracing diversity, building an inclusive environment, and ensuring equitable opportunities for everyone in our community. The established University policy empowers us as we fulfill our obligations and responsibilities to support the diverse student body and the academic advising community at this institution.

Please read more about the values we support here:


The Wayne State University Academic Advising Council assumes a proactive approach to addressing issues impacting student success at Wayne State University.  Its mission is to aid in the development of a greater understanding of the role of advising in student learning and to strengthen University-wide recognition of the significance of academic advising in the recruitment, retention and academic success of Wayne State University students.

All of our goals and objectives are directly related to the mission statement.  As advisor presence continues to grow across campus it is imperative we have a collective voice as well as provide leadership to the WSU advising community.  The Academic Advising Council provides that connection to each other so we can continue to provide quality advising to our students. 


  • Provide effective leadership to members of the WSU advising community;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of academic advising and its role in recruiting, retaining, and graduating students;
  • Advocate for high quality academic advising experiences for students;
  • Provide a network of advisors and other academic and student affairs professionals at WSU to foster a collaborative environment and ensure student success;
  • Review university and unit policies and procedures to provide constructive recommendations to university administration;
  • Assist in the implementation of advising assessment process to ensure continuous improvement;
  • Promote and facilitating professional development and training for academic advisors;
  • Establish connections with other professional organizations and groups especially those in the state of Michigan involved in higher education;
  • Review regional and national trends in academic advising and implementing best practices.

The WSU-AAC's current leadership is listed below. The council's current by-laws (PDF) are also available for review.


2023-2024 WSU Academic Advising Council (WSU-AAC) Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President (2023-2024)
Emily Reetz
Academic Advisor II
Department of Political Science
2287 Faculty/Administration Bldg. (FAB)

President Elect (2023-2024)
Marisa Henderson
Academic Advisor III
(313) 577-2589
Department of Mathematics
1322 Faculty Administration Building (FAB)

Secretary (2023-2024)
Keanu Respess
Academic Services Officer II
Warrior 360/ Student Success Initiatives
3325 Faculty/Administration Building   

Treasurer (2023-2025)
Angel Niederkohr
Academic Advisor II
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library

Member-at-Large (2023-2025)
Tuoanyene Sims
Academic Advisor III
(313) 577-6540 
Student Success/Academic Student Affairs
3311 Faculty Administration Building

Professional Member-at-Large (2022-2024)
Robert Hellar
Academic Services Officer II
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
259 Mack Ave.
Suite 1633

Professional Member-at-Large (2023-2025)
Kate MacCourtney
Academic Advisor I
313- 577-3920
College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
5050 Anthony Wayne Drive, Suite 3101

Member-at-Large (2023-2024)
Monika Saladiak
Academic Advisor
Department of Mathematics
1143 Faculty/Administration Bldg. (FAB)

Past President (2023-2024)
Elizabeth Hill
Academic Advisor III
Civil & Environmental Engineering
2163 Engineering

Ex-officio Members

WSU Administration Liaison
Cheryl A. Kollin
Sr. Director, University Advising Center
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Membership and Nominating Committee (2022-2024)
Rachel Pawlowski----NACADA Contact
Academic Advisor III
Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Communication Committee (2022-2024)
Desmond Mack
Academic Services Officer II
University Advising Center
1600 Undergraduate Library

Chair, Annual Meeting & Conference (2022-2024)
Robert Hellar
Academic Services Officer II
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
259 Mack Ave.
Suite 1633

Chair, Training Committee (2022-2025)
Margaret MacKeverican
Academic Advisor III
Dept. of Public Health
3158 Faculty/Administration Bldg. (FAB)

Chair, Community Service Committee  (2022-2025)
Geoffrey Jones
Academic Services Officer II
School of Social Work
5447 Woodward Ave, GL 31

Co-Chairs, Membership Engagement Committee (2022-2025)
Caretta Cooke
Academic Advisor
2800 Academic Administration Building

Brittany Thomas
Academic Services Officer II
College of Nursing
10.2 Cohn Bldg.

University Advising Center