Associate Dean's Office

Randolph M. Siverson, Associate Dean

Randolph M. Siverson retired as Distinguished Professor of Political Science in 2009, but was recalled for 18 months to serve as Acting University Librarian and then recalled again in 2015 to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Senate Liaison, Undergraduate Education and Advising. He is the author or editor of four books and several articles on international conflict.

Beth Floyd

Beth Floyd, Director

Beth serves as the Director in the Undergraduate Education and Advising (UEA) Office. With over 35 years of academic advising and program management experience, her dedication to advising is visible every day in her passion for student service. She advised in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Design before joining UEA in 2007. She leads a team of advisors who have created an environment where all students in the college find support and encouragement in their unique journey to success.

A first-generation college student, she is a proud UC Davis alumna. She completed a B.S. in Community Nutrition, followed a few years—and four children—later with an M.S. in Community Development.

Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, the beach and March Madness!

Tracy Grissom

Tracy Grissom, Assistant Director

Tracy currently serves as the Assistant Director in the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising Office. Her undergraduate work was also in the College of Letters and Science, where she earned an A.B. in Rhetoric & Communication. After graduation and an internship for Assemblyman Ted Lempert, she was a project manager for both the governmental affairs branch of Morrison Knudsen Corporation in Sacramento and then for KPMG Peat Marwick in San Francisco. She returned to Davis after eight years of project management to pursue an advanced degree.

She has been working at UC Davis for nearly 19 years and began her advising career while working toward the completion of a B.S. in Community and Regional Development and then an M.S. in Community Development.

Her first position on campus was as an administrative assistant in the Department of Animal Science. Once she began to organize the peer programs and create the summer advising program for students, and meeting students initially as an overflow advisor, she began to realize that advising itself was her passion. She quickly gravitated to student services and became a Student Affairs Officer for the Department of Environmental Toxicology. After 8+ years in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, she accepted a position as an Academic Counselor in the College of Letters and Science Deans’ Office.

Among her various duties today, she finds most fulfilling the opportunity to improve the Academic Intervention Program and help students persist toward the completion of their degree and the attainment of their goals. She is hopeful that the faculty, staff and students employed at UC Davis continue to work together to create a community that is committed to inclusivity, a safety net of resources, and an academic environment that fosters student success.

Brenna Dockter

Brenna Dockter, First Year Transition Program Coordinator

Brenna is the First Year Transition Coordinator for the College of Letters and Science. She is a proud Aggie herself, having earned a B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis. She also holds an M.S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from CSU Sacramento.

Brenna has been an academic advisor at UC Davis since 2004. She is a member of the Letters and Science Advising Supervisors Workgroup.

Brenna is passionate about supporting students new to campus and is inspired by college students each and every day. In her personal life, Brenna is an avid distance runner and loves spending time outdoors with her family. Preferred gender pronouns: She/her/hers

Letia Graening

Letia Graening, International Academic Advising Coordinator 

Letia Graening is the Coordinator for International Academic Advising in the College of Letters and Science Dean's Office of Undergraduate Education and Advising.  She holds a B.A. degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Communication with a Professional Writing Minor. She also holds an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the California State University, Sacramento.

She started at UC Davis in 2011 while serving as the advising assistant in the Departments of Viticulture & Enology and Food Science & Technology. Prior to her work at UC Davis, she served in higher education at Virginia Tech in the Department of Music and the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, respectively.

Letia serves as a co-chair, content developer, and facilitator for the Developing Deeper Advising Relationships (DDAR) Workshop series, which is a home-grown advisor training offered on the UC Davis campus. The development and content of this workshop has been presented and awarded at conferences such as the NACADA National and International conferences.

Letia identifies a first-generation student as well as a life-long learner, and appreciates the opportunity to work with underrepresented student populations in higher education and collaborate with other advisors on campus.

Cheryl Bentz

Cheryl Bentz, Executive Assistant

Cheryl currently serves as the Executive Assistant in the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising (UEA), working closely with the UEA Associate Dean, Director and Assistant Director. She keeps the college faculty and staff advisors informed of the ever-changing information in advising. She is also a resource for the college departments.

She started her career in UEA at the age of 20 while finishing an Associate’s Degree at American River College. She moved out of the area and worked at CSU Stanislaus for several years. Upon returning to the area, she was able to resume her position in UEA. Cheryl enjoys working with and helping others.

Appropriate quote for UC Davis… “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

First Year Transition Program Academic Advisors

Leo Alamillo

Leo Alamillo

Leo Alamillo joined the College of Letters and Science in February 2016 as an Academic Advisor. He first started his professional career working in the Orientation program, helping new students transition to the Davis campus.

He completed his undergraduate degree at UC Davis, having majored in Political Science – Public Service and Chicana/o Studies. He’s been connected to the advising community since 2012.

Leo loves his daily one-on- one interactions with students and being a part of each individual’s academic journey. He’s had the privilege of spending not only his undergraduate years but also his professional career on the campus he loves dearly and giving back to the community that gave so much to him.

Lori Aveilar

Lori Avellar

Lori has been on campus 15 years in a variety of student services positions. She is dedicated to and passionate about bettering the undergraduate student experience through her service and commitment.

Her career at UC Davis began in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering student services, then she went on to work in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Studies.

In 2009, Lori joined the Department of Computer Science as the Undergraduate Advisor and Program Coordinator for the two Computer Science majors, one housed in the College of Engineering and the other in the College of Letters and Science. Finally, Lori joined the College of Letters and Science as an academic advisor in 2015.

Lori leads an active lifestyle as a mother of four and sports enthusiast. She is a loyal San Francisco Giants and 49er fan!

Laura Goldhammer

Laura Goldhammer

Laura Goldhammer is an advisor in the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education & Advising Office. Prior to her experience in the College of Letters and Science, Laura was an athletic academic advisor for the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. She is currently in her 11th year as an advisor on campus.

Laura earned a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she was a member of the women’s intercollegiate volleyball team. After moving to the Bay Area and realizing that she did not want to be an attorney, Laura found her passion for advising while earning an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an avid sports fan and especially enjoys cheering on the San Francisco Giants and our UC Davis Aggies!

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Wendy Haws

Wendy Haws

Wendy Haws joined the College of Letters and Science in 2002. Wendy has 20 years of experience working in academic advising. She began her advising career as an Academic Advisor at the University of Oregon providing pre-health advising, coordinating the Campus-wide Peer Advising program and assisting with Orientation for new students. After serving for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, Wendy returned to the University of Oregon to serve as the Associate Director for the Office of Academic Advising.

As an Academic Advisor in the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis for the last 14 years, Wendy has coordinated the peer advising program, working with the Residence Hall Advising Team to assist first-year students’ transition to UC Davis. She teaches a First-Year Aggie Connection class supporting new students in major exploration. Wendy currently works with the first-year team, providing advising, programming and support to assist new students in their first year at UC Davis.

Wendy earned a B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Counseling at the University of Oregon.

Brighid O’Halloran

Brighid O’Halloran

Including her time as a student, Brighid O’Halloran has been a part of the UC Davis community since 2010. Brighid received her A.B. in Psychology and B.S. in Human Development from UC Davis and is a proud alumna. Brighid got her start on campus as a peer advisor for the College of Letters and Science and has also worked for the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science department as an undergraduate advisor before returning to the College of Letters and Science.

Brighid is passionate about student services and strives to assist undergraduates in attaining their academic, professional and personal goals both on the UC Davis campus and beyond. In her spare time Brighid enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her dog.

Sara Sweeney

Sara Sweeney

Sara Sweeney has been with the College of Letters and Science for over two years and has held previous advising positions on the UC Davis campus for over 10 years. Sara received her B.S. in Anthropology from UC Davis. She works closely with the Letters and Science Peer Advising program as one of the student staff supervisors.

Sara enjoys crocheting and doing other handicrafts with yarn in her spare time.

International Academic Advisors

Angelina Applegate

Angelina Applegate

Angelina Applegate began working with the College of Letters and Science in January 2017. Prior to this role, Angelina worked as an Undergraduate Advisor at UC Davis in the departments of: Economics, History, East Asian Studies, and Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology.

Before working with UC Davis, Angelina worked as a Community College Counselor/Instructor with Diablo Valley College and Napa Valley College. She had the opportunity to teach career and counseling courses, and work with a diverse group of transfer students. She was the lead counselor for the Diablo Valley College MESA (Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement) program and taught for the EOPS Summer Bridge Program.

Angelina earned her A.B. in Art History from UC Davis and her M.A. in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College of California.

John Clift

John Clift

John Clift began at UC Davis in March 2016. Though John is an International Advisor, he still has a strong affinity for working with first-generation college students, having been one himself.

After serving in the United States Air Force, John received his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!). John began his Academic Advising at UMCP as a graduate student, loved the work immediately and decided then to make Academic Advising a career path. Prior to UC Davis, John worked as a Senior Academic Advisor, an Assistant Campus Director for Advising, and most recently as the First Year and International Advisor (PDSO).

John has lived in Spain, England and traveled to 26 countries. Having participated in a UMCP Study Abroad program in London, he encourages students to find a program abroad and just go. He views the lifelong benefits of living as an expatriate on the local economy far outweigh any temporary concerns for expense.

He considers Star Wars a documentary.

Sarah Mooney

Sarah Mooney has over 10 years of experience advising international students, and prior to joining the College of Letters and Science she was the Lead International Student Advisor at Services for International Students and Scholars at UC Davis. She was also the Assistant Director of the International Student Services Office at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton, Ohio. Sarah has lived abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico, and Azores, Portugal. She is a proud mother to daughter Lucy and son Miles. Sarah is originally from Young America, Minnesota.

• Favorite Movie: Love Actually
• Lifelong Dream: To learn how to play the guitar and write a memoir
• Favorite Song: Imagine by the Beatles

Andy Prettol

Andy Prettol

Andy Prettol’s preferred pronouns are he/his/him. He was a nontraditional student who transferred to UC Davis to earn a bachelor's degree in Women's Studies with a minor in Social & Ethnic Relations. Ironically, Andy would have continued to earn degrees in Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Native American Studies, among others, if an advisor (like him) had not informed him that he was too close to the unit cap. So instead, Andy continued into the Cultural Studies graduate program for a Ph.D. before leaving his studies early to seek employment.

Andy has been serving the campus for over 10 years and has a wide variety of interests. Outside of spending time with family, Andy enjoys cooking, gardening, glassblowing, sustainability, construction, upholstery and origami, among many other things.

Academic Advisors

Tess Anthony-Lopez

Tess Anthony-Lopez

Tess Anthony-Lopez began her career at UC Davis in 1997 in the Office of the University Registrar, prior to moving to the College of Letters and Science Deans’ Office in 2009. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix while a single parent working full-time.

Tess meets with domestic students in the College of Letters and Science. She advises on a wide range of topics from graduation requirements to academic difficulty. When not advising students, she loves spending time with family and friends.

Miriam Childs

Miriam joined the College of Letters and Science in 2013. Miriam’s responsibilitiesinclude management of the third-year mandatory degree check program, management of theintake and triage area, and processing of IGETC, minor, change of major, double major, excess units, and general education petitions. Miriam also serves as one of the peer advisor program supervisors.

Miriam began her UC career in 2000 working in the UC Davis Athletic DepartmentCompliance Office. Prior to UC Davis, Miriam lived and worked in Baumholder andHohenfels Army Base in Germany. Miriam earned a B.S. in Psychology at theUniversity of Maryland University College.

Elizabeth Dudley

Elizabeth Dudley joined College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising in 2013. Elizabeth began a full-time UC staff career in 2010 with the Department of Statistics and served as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor. As a UC Davis student, Elizabeth was a Peer Advisor for the Transfer Reentry Veteran Center. Including time as a student, Elizabeth has been a part of the UC Davis community for more than 12 years.

Elizabeth attended UC Davis as an undergraduate student, double-majoring in Statistics and Psychology. As a UC Davis alumna and community college transfer student, Elizabeth understands the many challenges that UC Davis students can face and encourages students to reach for their goals, dreams and academic aspirations, as well as to turn challenges into opportunities. A favorite quote is, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

Prior to working at UC Davis, Elizabeth had a diverse background including hospitality management and business administration, which provides a unique advising approach and perspective.

Frances Gamez

Frances Gamez

Frances Gamez joined the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising Office in January 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership & Policy Studies from CSU Sacramento. Frances began her career at UC Davis in 1987 and has served in several student services positions. She has gained extensive advising experience with undergraduate and graduate programs. Frances has a passion for advising students to help them succeed academically while providing guidance and mentoring.

Janet Gutierrez

Janet Gutierrez

Janet Gutierrez has been an academic advisor for the College of Letters and Science since 2013.

Janet was formerly an advisor for Sociology and Anthropology for five years, and prior to that an advisor in Graduate Studies for four years. Janet has much experience working closely with underrepresented minority and first-generation students. She has a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish from UC Davis.

Her passion for advising started when, in her high school years, she was part of a UC Davis outreach program – Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). As a student at UC Davis, she served as a Peer Academic Advisor for EAOP doing presentations and advising high school students and their families. Her approach to advising is holistic and focuses on students’ development and guiding them through college from an experiential perspective.

Outside of the office, Janet is a soccer mom who enjoys being active, reading, dancing, and spending time with her family.

Mark Reyes

Mark Reyes

Mark has been advising since 2008. Before moving to the College of Letters and Science Deans’ Office, he served as the undergraduate advisor in the UC Davis Department of History.

He attended UC Davis as an undergraduate and received his B.A. in History. As a proud alumnus, Mark enjoys helping his fellow Aggies build a foundation to reach their academic and career goals.

Outside of the office, Mark enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with his family.

Mike Valenzuela

Mike has well over 25 years of higher education experience, 12 of which are based in educational equity programming for engineering and science students. Originally from Southern California, he began his career at Cal Poly Pomona in the Minority Engineering Program as a Transition Counselor. He has a large amount of experience in working with and advising both underrepresented minority and first-generation college students.

He initially arrived at UC Davis to take over the Directorship of the MESA Engineering Program, but has since transitioned to the College of Letters and Science where he applies his skillset to a broader population. Most recently, he created and instructed in a sequence of courses designed to address the transitional needs of first-generation college students and any others who would benefit. He applies his own experience as a first-generation and underrepresented minority student himself, to educate and guide students through the rigors of college from an experiential perspective.

Mike is an alumnus of Long Beach State University.

Samantha Wright

Samantha Wright graduated from UC Davis as a transfer student in 2012. Samantha received her A.B. in History  and minored in Art History, she is a proud alumna of UC Davis and her sorority. While on campus Samantha worked for UC Davis School of Law as a student assistant and later became a full time staff member of the law school in 2015. Samantha is also a full time graduate student pursuing her M.A. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Samantha is passionate about student success and the UC Davis Community.

In her spare time Samantha spends time with her corgi’s Annabelle and Winston.