Meet Our Advisement Staff
Rachel Komlos, M.P.A.
Director, Academic Advisement
484-323-3728 or email@example.com
26E Villa Maria
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Education: B.A. in History, State University of New York at New Paltz; Master in Public Administration, Montana State University.
Fun Facts: I love to travel and I am an outdoor enthusiast! I enjoy skiing, canoeing and hiking. One of my greatest accomplishments: I completed hiking the Appalachian Trail in three states – New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. I am currently working on completing the Appalachian Trail here in our beautiful state of Pennsylvania.
Quick Bio: I was born and raised in New York City. I enjoyed the energetic pace of city life, but I was anxious to travel after finishing my undergraduate studies. When an opportunity arose for me to move to Montana, I couldn’t turn it down! Living in the rural west was a fantastic experience, but the east coast still felt like home. I have lived in Chester County since 2007 and my home is within walking distance of Valley Forge National Historic Park. The history of this beautiful area and our proximity to all that Philadelphia has to offer is not easily matched!
I began working in higher education while studying for my master’s degree. I particularly enjoy working with freshmen and transfer students to assist them in their transition to the University. New students often do not know where to turn for assistance and as a result often do not seek help at all. It is my hope and the goal of our advisor team that students know they have a place to go to ask questions and discover the resources to help them on their college journey.
Gail Farally-Semerad, M.Ed.
Manager, Advisement Systems and Program Development
484-323-3201, or firstname.lastname@example.org
26B Villa Maria
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, PA
Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies, Widener University; M.Ed. in Adult Education, Widener University; Doctoral candidate (Ed.D.), Widener University.
Fun Facts: Experiencing other locations and cultures is my passion. If I won the lottery, I would travel the world. I had the opportunity to drive across our great country a few summers ago, and it was quite an experience! I loved traveling by car; it allowed me to meet people and see America. My goal is to visit each state at least once in my lifetime and I am already three-quarters of the way there! As much as I enjoy traveling, I also love the beach, especially the Outer Banks in North Carolina, where I vacation annually. My two favorite hobbies are photography and gardening.
Quick Bio: Since 1995, I have worked in higher education in various capacities, mostly information technology and academic advising. I find my greatest career satisfaction is in assisting students with reaching their academic and personal goals. My approach to advising is holistic and developmental, which means YOU are important to me! While working toward my master's degree, I was employed as an academic advisor at my graduate institution and was bitten by the higher education "bug." It was then that I decided to make higher education my career. Presently, I am enrolled in a doctoral program in higher education leadership and hope to graduate in 2017.
Shana DeRosa, M.Ed.
Assistant Director, Academic Advisement
484-323-3195 or email@example.com
26D Villa Maria
Hometown: Broomall, PA
Education: B.A. in Communication Studies, Widener University; M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services and Counseling, Widener University.
Fun Facts: I enjoy all things movies and am even a member of a fantasy movie league, which operates very similarly to fantasy football. The more “my” movies earn at the box office, the higher my score and chance of winning the league! I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends and vacationing at the Jersey Shore each summer, where close relatives own properties in Margate and Longport.
Quick Bio: A native of Delaware County and a higher education enthusiast and practitioner since 2002, I chose to work as an academic advisor because I enjoy helping others and have always had a passion for working with students of all ages. In my previous position, I served as recruitment and outreach coordinator for an adult continuing education division. I am particularly happy to work with undecided students, because while pursuing my undergraduate degree in communication studies, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to be when I grew up! Upon working at my alma mater after graduation, I found my calling in higher education, and I am thrilled to be working in the Office of Academic Advisement at Immaculata University. Having earned a master’s degree in student personnel services and counseling, I like to put theory into practice, which means I put students first and treat them with the utmost care and respect. My philosophy is this: Be to others kind and true, as you would have them be to you.
Christy Marker, M.S.
484-323-3907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
26C VIlla Maria
Hometown: Havertown, PA
Education: B.S. in Psychology, West Chester University; M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs, West Chester University
Fun Facts: I am an avid hiker always looking for new trails, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Quick Bio: I was raised in Havertown, PA. I am coming to IU from Montgomery County Community College, where I was an academic advisor who worked primarily with students with disabilities and our veteran population.