Our people

Meet our advisers! To find out who your adviser is, schedule an appointment here or call the front desk. 

Joslin Boroughs

Associate Director

Email: joslinb@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/joslinb
Advising Syllabus

I began my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara completely undecided about what I wanted to study. Eventually I settled on Sociology and later, after work and volunteer experience, I went on to pursue my Master’s in Public Administration here at the UW. I have been working to support students’ educational aspirations and dreams since 2006. I didn’t always know that I wanted to be an adviser, but through my education and experiences I found a love for supporting people as they navigate college and make meaning of their education. I look forward to working with you as you explore your own interests and curiosities and gain important experiences that will help you achieve your goals and become the person you want to be.

Allie Carpenter

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: alliecar@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/alliecar

I was born and raised in Ohio and completed my undergraduate degree from Ohio University with a double major in Mathematics and Sociology. Initially, I was intent on becoming a teacher, but after my first teaching course I realized it wasn’t for me. I knew I wanted to finish my mathematics degree but fell in love with sociology and studying how humans interact, make meaning, and engage with one another. This ultimately led me to pursue my Masters in Higher Education from the University of Denver and a passion for academic advising.

I remember being a Junior at Ohio University and feeling uncertain about my future and what I would do after leaving Athens, Ohio. However, the curriculum and degrees I completed gave me critical and analytical thinking skills along with the jobs, mentors, goals, and experiences to be successful. My experiences at Ohio U guided me towards my passion for advising students and I have never looked back! I am excited to help you explore your interests, goals, and values as you navigate your experience here at the University of Washington! Go Huskies!

I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics and a minor in Geography. Both were disciplines I settled on shortly after taking introductory courses in each area and finding the subjects fascinating. I was also fortunate enough to participate in a CHID focus group entitled Rethinking the University which examined higher education through the eyes of the undergraduate participants. It was this experience that changed how I viewed higher education and started me on the path toward advising.

Despite thoroughly enjoying my work as an undergraduate I ran off and got a law degree after graduation seeking a steady paycheck. The legal profession didn’t stick and after bouncing around various jobs I had the good fortune of working at the University of Pennsylvania in their College House System. This rekindled my desire to work with students helping them find meaning in their undergraduate studies—something I have the good fortune of doing on a daily basis back at UW.

Christina Kerr

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: ckerr@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/ckerr
Advising Syllabus

As an undergraduate I studied at the University of Vermont and discovered that I really enjoyed a few of the political science I took in my sophmore year. I enjoyed looking at different perspectives on local and world events and developing my own informed understanding along with writing research papers. I eventually decide on that for my major and as you can see, I now have a career that is largely unrelated to the study of politics. However, the skills I learned in college still translate and helped me along the way to a job I love.

Lauren Marriott

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: marrilau@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/marrilau
Advising Syllabus

When I was a first year undergraduate at the UW, I thought I was going to triple major in Psychology, Journalism, and Theater and that I would become a reporter at The Seattle Times. Only problem was, once I started taking classes toward my intended major, I felt miserable because what I thought was going to be a great fit turned out not to be right for me.  After reflecting and chatting with trusted advisers, I realized I had all these reasons why I was avoiding internships related to my original major and career ideas, and that I chose over and over to take positions volunteering and working with college students.  I chose to read, write, and think about higher education, and I loved it.

I earned a B.A. in Communication and discovered along the way how my education was leading me to study how schools like the UW work and serve students.  Fast forward, and after earning my Master’s in Education at the University of Texas at Austin, I am back at the UW doing what I love- helping students navigate higher education, be successful, and forge their path toward meaningful learning, work, and fulfillment.  I look forward to working with you as you explore your own interests, and discover your direction and potential. 

Tim McCoy

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: mccoytj@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/mccoytj
Advising Syllabus

Having thoroughly enjoyed my two anthropology courses at Whatcom Community College, I chose to major in anthropology when I transferred to Iowa State University. Still interested in Anthropology, I earned a Master of Arts degree in anthropology at Western Washington University, focusing on Ethnohistory and Native American Studies. That there are so many ways of life and types of knowledge, experience and perspective are insights I draw upon every day as an academic adviser. After several years I returned to school. My doctoral dissertation, in the UW College of Education, focused on how staff, from a variety of educational institutions, approach this multifaceted business of undergraduate academic advising.

Being a first-generation college student, things did not come easy for me. I took advantage of the resources available to me and worked hard to become a good student. I still struggle with asking for help. I challenge you to be better at that than I am!

I encourage you to be patient with yourself. Learning who we are and what we want is a process. Along with other advisers, faculty and staff, I'm here to help you get settled, figure out the system and get the most out of your experience at the University of Washington!

Donna Netz

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: dnetz@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/dnetz
Advising Syllabus

I started my college life as an international and first-generation college student at a small community college in Idaho. Despite tons of excited preparation, I still found myself sitting in the wrong classroom on my very first day. My undergraduate experience continued at Western Washington University and was a series of mistakes, lessons learned, friends, adventures, explorations and challenges. At Western, I focused on Special Education, Elementary Education and Psychology, but it was through my work as an RA in the residence halls, that I found my passion for working with college students. I spent several years as a special education teacher and got my Master’s degree in Education, but was ultimately drawn back to college students through professional advising. I have been working in advising since 2002 and have never looked back!

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Tony Nguyen

Academic Adviser

Email: tonyn206@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/tonyn206

I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Social Welfare. Transferring in from South Seattle College, I thought I had all the college experience a first-generation student needed to prepare me for the University of Washington’s academically rigorous standards, but I still found myself questioning my own ability to be successful from time to time. Fortunately, I had learned the skill of seeking out resources when I was struggling. The experiential learning provided by our Social Welfare program, coupled with work experience, reinforced my desire to be of service to students in a higher education setting. The combination of my experience as an Outreach Associate and Peer Navigator at South Seattle College and my education at UW allow me to gain a deeper understanding of a students’ motivations and provide them with resources and knowledge that will help them to make informed decisions. Through conversation, I enjoy teaching and empowering students to become their own best self-advocate. I am grateful to bear witness to students’ academic and personal growth and excited to be in a position that allows me to make the most of my academic and professional background, something I am excited to guide students toward figuring out for themselves! Hope to connect with you soon!

Jim Scott

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: jimscott@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/jimscott
Advising Syllabus

I studied Zoology and Genetics as an undergraduate student at Oregon State University. I went immediately into a graduate program and earned a Master’s degree in Radiation Biology. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life at this point, but thought it might be worthwhile to actually be employed, so I took a year-long program through the Veteran’s Hospital in Portland, OR and received my certification as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist.  I worked in that capacity for a bit, and when my wife returned to school, I took a position as a research assistant in a biochemistry lab investigating the circular-dichroism properties of proteins (no nuclear medicine jobs were open in the area).  Based upon my background, I took the next logical step, went back to school, and earned a PhD in Horticulture.  I taught introductory chemistry, biology and biochemistry at two colleges in western New York State, did a one year stint as a high school biology teacher in Buffalo, NY, and taught at a few colleges in the Seattle area.  I have been an academic adviser for almost 15 years.

Danielle Greiner Shenk

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: dgreiner@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/dgreiner
Advising Syllabus

I went to Simpson College in Indianola, IA determined to double major in English and Music.  I was soon overwhelmed by the time commitments of course work, ensembles, and lessons and eventually chose to earn a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and to only minor in English.  My long-term goal was to work with college students as a music professor, so I continued my education at Louisiana State University and earned a Master’s in Vocal Performance.  While at LSU, I had the chance to work as a tutor in the Academic Center for Student Athletes.  I was all set to start my doctorate and then received an offer for a yearlong singing gig with an opera company.  I was burnt out with academia, so I packed my bags.  After finishing the gig, I floundered wondering if I should return to school, continue to pursue a full-time singing career, or what else I should do with my life.  My experience as a tutor helped me discover that there were other ways to work with college students beyond being a professor.  I applied for a job at Colorado Mesa University as an Academic Advisor and haven’t looked back!  I am excited to help you navigate your Husky Experience and to support you as you discover your strengths and interests! 

Kurt Xyst

Lead Academic Adviser

Email: kxy@uw.edu
Appointments: https://go.oncehub.com/kxyuw

As an undergraduate I studied at the University of New Mexico and eventually found myself in the grasp of philosophy (major) and comparative religion (minor). My initial impulse to focus on business didn't survive my first serious encounter with the ancient Greeks. After college I came to Seattle and did my graduate and doctoral work in the UW College of Education emphasizing philosophy of education. My current research deals with questions of meaning, purpose, and the conditions for undergraduate education, especially in the research university.

Antonia Dorn

Operations Manager

Email: adorn@uw.edu

I was born and raised right in West Seattle and it was only natural that I ended up at UW for my undergraduate education. I recently graduated with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Diversity. I was a first-generation college student and my experiences getting into and through college are what led me to continue my work in higher education. I was introduced to this work through my job as a Student Associate for both the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) and Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising. I then moved on to become the Lead Student Associate and the Program Management Assistant for Academic Counseling Services with OMA&D. During my time as an undergraduate, through my personal experiences and hardships, I came to the conclusion that my original plan to go into Occupational Therapy was not a good fit. I instead found that I was passionate about studying and understanding policy and systematic barriers which has fueled my interest in education and in studying public administration.


Peer Advisers

Our student staff are junior and senior UW students who receive extensive, ongoing training from professional advisers and generally have one to two years of experience working with students as an orientation leader, resident adviser, or peer adviser.

Join our team of Peer Advisers! 

We are not currently hiring for Peer Advisers, please check back for updates and openings. 

Questions? Please email Lauren Marriott (marrilau@uw.edu)