Santa Clara University

Drahmann Advising Center

Drahmann Staff


Elizabeth "Bhe" Balde, University Advisor

Bhe has been a University Advisor for the Drahmann Advising Center since November 2014, but she first came on board with the department in June 2013 as the Senior Administrative Assistant. Bhe holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Higher Education Student Personnel from San Jose State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara in Cultural Anthropology. Bhe loves meeting with, talking to, and helping students in the Drahmann Advising Center. She believes that all students can achieve personal and academic success if they pursue their passions, and if they are connected to the appropriate resources on and off campus. Having gone to Ghana through study abroad as an undergraduate, toured as a musician with a wind symphony through Japan, and having traveled to places like Venezuela, Egypt, and Croatia, Bhe is excited to discuss anyone's cultural and culinary takes on the country/countries that they have visited (especially through study abroad). Outside of the office, Bhe spends much of her time chasing around her two active little boys. Bhe is passionate about higher education student development, career development, LGBTQI issues, feminism, delicious food, all forms of dance, music, and traveling.


Wendy DonohoeWendy Donohoe, Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Wendy is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Accounting Department and a founding member of the Drahmann Academic Advising Center. She has a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University, and a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University. She has considerable experience in public accounting and private industry, and retains an active license as a Certified Public Accountant. Wendy is a wonderful liaison to the business world for our students. Her years of experience enable her to assist students throughout the University in designing academic programs that have meaningful outcomes. Wendy teaches Personal Financial Planning, which is a course open to the entire student body. "I see so many students who are concerned about their ability to repay student loans and find meaningful work with their degrees.Fortunately, I am privileged to know where many of the program opportunities are for students. If they seek my advice early enough, we can usually develop an academic program to give them an entrée to areas in the economy where their gifts and talents are most likely to be rewarded. The trick is to seek that advice early enough to implement it into a four year program.

Garrison DyerGarrison Dyer, Assistant Dean of Learning Resources 

Garrison joined the Drahmann Center team in January, 2007, as a University Advisor within the Residential Learning Communities.  After serving a number of roles within the department, he was named Assistant Dean of Learning Resources in January, 2014, which includes direction of the Drahmann Tutoring and Learning Resources Center.  A native of the Pacific Northwest, Garrison earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon in 2002.  He also completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in Journalism/Public Relations in 1999.  He worked professionally at three different universities prior to arriving at SCU in departments including Admissions, Academic Advising, and Career Services.  An avid sports fan, Garrison and his wife are experiencing the joys of parenthood with their young daughter.  He enjoys building relationships with students throughout their experiences at SCU, and connecting them with resources and opportunities to help further their educational and professional aspirations.


Dr. Steven Fedder, Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Steve Fedder has been teaching at Santa Clara University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1984. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and also serves as a University Faculty Advisor in the Drahmann Center, specializing in Pre-Health advising. Steve grew up in Denver and then attended The Colorado College receiving a BA degree in Chemistry in 1972. With an interest in both geology and chemistry, he then earned a PhD degree in geochemistry from Arizona State University in 1978,but is way more of a chemist than a geologist. In was during graduate school that a love of teaching which began with high school tutoring was solidified by serving as a teaching assistant in both general and organic chemistry. Steve went on to teach at ASU for six years before relocating to Livermore, CA, where he still resides. Advising responsibilities at SCU slowly grew as the enjoyment from helping students with career discernment became more and more clear. All three of his children graduated from SCU, with degrees in political science, psychology and public health science. In his very little spare time, he likes home improvement projects and attempting to train a recently adopted rescue pooch named Henry.  


Laura FujiedaLaura Fujieda, Assistant Dean

Laura grew up in Los Angeles and after high school, she moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University (ASU). While working as an undergraduate student assistant in the University Academic Advising Center, she found her passion for working with students. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in Japanese from ASU. Following graduation, Laura spent a year teaching in English in Japan. Realizing she loved working with and helping others, she returned to ASU to earn her Master of Counseling degree. In 1997, she followed her husband to Silicon Valley. She worked as a project assistant with the California International Studies Program at Stanford University. After a year, she missed counseling and went to Yu-Ai Kai, the Japanese Senior Center in San Jose as the social service administrator. Santa Clara University students volunteered in Yu-Ai Kai's senior day care program as part of their Arrupe Placement. Laura enjoyed learning more about Santa Clara from the students. She was drawn to Santa Clara's commitment to community service and social justice. She joined Santa Clara with the establishment of the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in June 2001. Laura is passionate about supporting students in reaching their potential.


Katharine HeintzDr. Katharine Heintz joined the SCU faculty in the Department of Communication as a lecturer in Fall 2007 and the staff of the Drahmann Center as a faculty advisor in Fall 2013.Dr. Heintz is a native of the Bay Area, but spent nearly all of her adult life outside of California before returning to join the SCU community.She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara (1983), her M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University (1985), and her Ph.D. in Communication Research from the University of Illinois (1992).Prior to coming to SCU, Dr. Heintz held faculty positions at the University of Illinois in Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Southern Maine. She is an advocate for quality media for children and promotes sound policy that promotes child and family health.Believing that working with students is the best part of her job, Dr. Heintz welcomed the opportunity to join the Drahmann Center staff and have more time to advise and support students.When not at SCU, Dr. Heintz enjoys time with her three children, her extended family, her dog, her friends, and her bike.

Gloria HermosilloGloria Hermosillo, Operations Manager

A bay area native, Gloria joined the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in April, 2012 as the Operations Manager. Gloria earned her bachelor of arts degree in Communication with a minor in Business at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, Gloria worked as a Senior Business Financial Analyst for the Space Exploration Division at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.  She has also worked as a Facilities Specialist for General Dynamics, Space Planner for Interwoven, Inc. and as a Government Program Coordinator for Al Razaq. She is also certified through Santa Clara County as a conflict resolution mediator.

Pancho JimenezPancho Jiménez, Drahamnn Faculty Advisor

Pancho Jiménez began teaching at SCU in the fall of 1999. He joined the Drahmann Center as a University Academic Advisor in 2007. In addition to his duties in Drahmann, he is a practicing sculptor, and teaches in the Department of Art and Art History. The courses he teaches include: Introduction to Ceramic Sculpture, Ceramic Sculpture, 3D design and Studio Art Seminar. Pancho also serves the LEAD program teaching a 2-unit seminar for LEAD Scholars. LEAD, Leadership Excellence and Academic Development, is a program for first generation college students (students whose parents did not attend college) focused on academics, community engagement, and service. Pancho holds a Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University where he graduated, with a double major in Studio Art and History.


Dr. Brian McNelisDr. Brian McNelis, Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Dr. McNelis joined the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in August 2013 as a University Advisor. He has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1992. Dr. McNelis earned his Ph.D. at Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley. His field of expertise is synthetic organic chemistry and his research area is enantioselective synthesis and synthesis of small molecule targets for materials applications such as organic photovoltaics. Prior to working in Drahmann, Dr. McNelis served as an orientation and transfer student advisor for many years in addition to being a faculty advisor for the chemistry and biochemistry majors. He has also advised students interested in health care careers in his organic chemistry classes. Dr. McNelis views advising as a critical resource for students as they discern their skills and passions and translate that into academic and career success.

Diana MorlangDr. Diana Morlang,  Drahmann Faculty Advisor

Diana divides her time at SCU between teaching in the Political Science Department and advising in the Drahmann Center. After completing her undergraduate degree in International Relations at UC Davis she took time off to work in Washington, DC and travel. In high school and college Diana spent two years studying abroad in Denmark and Hungary. She followed her interest in Europe to pursue a PhD in Political Science in European and Comparative Politics at Duke University. Diana has been at SCU since 2000 teaching a variety of Political Science classes including Introduction to Comparative Politics, the Politics of US Economic Policy, European Politics, EU Politics and Women in Politics.

Allyson MorrisAllyson Morris, Director of Summer Sessions

Allyson earned a Bachelor of Arts Interdivisional: Education, English, Religious Studies and Psychology at Regis University. She received her Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs from the University of the Pacific. Prior to joining the Drahmann Center, Allyson worked in the Office of Summer Session at Regis University from 1999-2012. She recently worked at the Center for Community Involvement and SUCCESS TRiO Program at University of the Pacific. Allyson enjoys volunteering, painting and making pottery in her free time.

Kathryn PalmieriKathryn Palmieri, Dean, Academic Support Services

Kathryn joined the John B. Drahmann Academic Advising and Learning Resources Center in July, 2013. Kathryn attended San José State University as an undergraduate student, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in child development, music education, and advertising, while participating in several campus organizations. She also attended Saint Mary's College for her multiple subject teaching credential and began her career in education as a fifth grade teacher in Brentwood, California. Kathryn earned a Master of Science in college student personnel from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In addition to working at colleges in Minnesota and Ohio, she has worked in the California State University and University of California systems. Kathryn is passionate about social justice education, nature, art, music, food and dogs. She travels whenever possible, and enjoys examining community and the world from multiple perspectives. You may see her at one of the many events on campus, especially the Difficult Dialogue series sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Learning.

Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers, University Advisor

Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Bowling Green State Universsity in Ohio. He has taught Studio art,art history and provided advising and counseling at several colleges and universities on the East coast including The MassachusettCollege of Art.Richard comes to Santa Clara University from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, where he was an academic advisor and counselor in the graduate school. Prior to that he worked as a career counselor/a academic advisor at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Richard is dedicated to supporting students academic progress by helping them interpret university policy and requirements that structure undergraduate education at Santa Clara University.

Jeremy WangJeremy Wang, University Advisor

Jeremy is from Baltimore, Maryland (go Orioles & Ravens!), but his family is originally from Hawaii.  He came out to Southern California in the summer of 1995, where he earned his BA in Comparative Cultures and an emphasis in Sociology from Whittier College.  Jeremy taught Oral English in the city of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province in China for one year after graduating from Whittier.  Upon returning to the US, Jeremy worked in the corporate office for Vans shoes in Southern CA for three years.  In 2003, Jeremy moved from Long Beach to San Jose, so both he and his wife could attend San Jose State University for our graduate programs.  While in graduate school, Jeremy held various jobs, including Residential Counselor for an adolescent girls’ group home and Graduate Assistant for Orientation at SJSU. Jeremy completed his MA in Education, more specifically, Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University in May 2006. He began as a University Advisor at Santa Clara University in January 2007.

Our student assistants are here to help!

The Drahmann Advising Center selectively hires undergraduate student assistants from all grade levels, majors, schools, and backgrounds in order to give the best service possible to our Santa Clara University student body.

We are staffed with former Orientation Leaders, Community Facilitators, athletes, cross-departmental student staff, students with internships, and many other relevant student interests and pursuits. Their varied backgrounds, campus leadership roles, and enthusiasm for helping SCU students make them a knowledgeable and helpful resource.

Please contact our office with advising questions and you will likely interact with one of our talented and friendly student assistants!

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