Executive Committee Bios

Eric Einspahr - Chair
Originally from the small town of Hildreth, NE, Eric came to UNL as undergraduate student and started a work-study job with the advising office in the College of Education and Human Sciences; where he found his passion for helping students reach their dreams. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2007 at UNL, and moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he begin his career in higher education at Florida State University. He returned to Lincoln in 2009 to start as an Academic Adviser in the College of Business Administration. In 2013 he completed his Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration at UNL, and moved to the College of Education and Human Sciences where his passion started. He will be starting his 8th year as an adviser this fall. Eric and his wife have a daughter and brand new son. He is an avid fly fisherman, and co-teaches ODED 107A: Intro to Fly Fishing in the spring.

Meagan Savage - Chair-Elect
Meagan is a newly hired career coach in the College of Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center. Previously she served as an academic adviser in the Center for two years. Meagan came to UNL immediately after finishing her masters degree at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL, where she adopted her big fat cat, Bosco.

She's looking forward to growing AAA's membership to reach more personnel in other advising and support services across the University.
Megan Carroll - Communications Coordinator
I received my Masters of Science in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University in 2015 and began advising at UNL after graduation. As an advisor, I enjoy working with students to help them identify and achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. I grew up in Illinois but am a true Husker at heart! I received my Bachelors of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2012. I have enjoyed being back in Lincoln, getting to know the city again. Common topics of conversation for me include Harry Potter, food and of course my beloved dog, Rex!

Doug Pellatz - Secretary
Doug is an academic advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center.  He is the assigned advisor for the Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology-Climatology, Physics, and Plant Biology majors and has a background in Meteorology.  As of August 2016, he has been with the College for 3 years.  Before that, he was an intern within the Academic portion of the Athletic Department and a graduate student in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

OPEN - Treasurer

Dr. Ann Tschetter - Faculty Representative
Hi, I’m the undergraduate faculty advisor for History in the College of Arts and Sciences.  This is my second year in AAA, and it has been and continues to be a great experience.  In my role as the faculty representative on the committee, I hope to bring more faculty into the AAA and also make all faculty (whether they are in in an official role as an advisor or not) aware of the wealth of resources provided by the AAA. I’ve been at UNL for 12 years and feel so lucky to get to work with wonderful students and wonderful colleagues. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2015-2016 year with AAA!

Kara Brant - Graduate Student Representative
Kara is excited to be in her first year as the Academic Advisor for Political Science and Sociology!  Prior to advising, Kara served for two years in undergraduate recruitment with the College of Arts & Sciences at UNL focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on pre-health and pre-law programs.  Pre-health recruitment was a jumping off point that also led her to be a temporary lecturer in Humanities in Medicine.  In addition, Kara is a part-time PhD student in Leadership Studies (ALEC) with an interest in leadership and cultural competency. 

While not on campus, her life if consumed with the sport of roller derby.  She used to be a skater, then a referee, and is now a coach.  If you ever want to chat about roller derby, she's your person!

Kelly Payne - Immediate Past Chair
Kelly Payne is a doctoral candidate and lecturer in Nineteenth-Century American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on the intersections of economics and race in  national genealogies contested in antislavery fiction from 1826-1877. Other research interests include critical university studies, humanities education and professional student identities, literary mixed race studies. She received her bachelors degree from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana) and her masters degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has presented papers at conferences for Society for the Study of American Women Writers, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and the National Women’s Studies Association. In addition to her doctoral work, Kelly serves as the UNL Department of English academic advisor.
Dr. Anh Le - Best Practices and Professional Development Co-Chair
Dr. Ann Koopmann - Best Practices and Professional Development Co-Chair
It has been a joy serving the University for more than 20 years.  I received all my degrees from UNL; B.A. (Speech Communications) an M.A. (Educational Psychology), and a PhD in Educational Administration.  My M.A. program focused on College Student Development, and my Ph.D. program focused on Educational Leadership in Higher Education.  My dissertation work focused on engaging students in the collegiate experience both in and out of the classroom.  I worked in the University Honors Program for almost 10 years as an Advisor and then as the Assistant Director of the Program.  In that position I oversaw Academic Advising and Student Services for Honors Program students.  I advised students on academic offerings and served as the advisor to both the Peer Mentor Program and the Student Advisory Board.  I am blessed to work with talented student leaders in these organizations. 
On September 6, 2016 I moved to the Computer Science and Engineering department, where I serve as an Advisor.  In this position I work with students on their academic goals, will work with a faculty committee to identify and discuss issues and challenges in the first year, as well as promote best practices.  I will work with the department to continue to foster a community for one of the fastest growing majors on campus.  I also have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Gina Matkin in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication to develop a leadership and communication course (ALEC 102) for computing majors.
Megan Schaefer - Networking Co-Chair
I am currently an Academic Advisor in the College of Engineering. I started at UNL as an Academic Success Coach in Fall 2014 and transition to advising in August 2016. Prior to working at UNL I completed a Master's in Higher Education at the University of Iowa and also spent 5 years working primarily in social services in Portland, OR. I attended Luther College for my undergrad and grew up in Sioux Falls, SD.
Moi Padilla - Networking Co-Chair
I was born in Juarez, Mexico and grew up in El Paso, Texas, and Lexington, Nebraska. After graduating from Lexington High School, I attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. I then earned my master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University (CSU). I currently serve as the Assistant Director for OASIS in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Previously, I served as Senior Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions at UNL and Resident Manager for Housing & Dining Services at CSU.
Sara Winn - Conference Committee Co-Chair
Hi there!  My name is Sara Winn and I am excited to be co-chairing the conference committee this year.  While a student at UNL, I studied geography and then went on to earn a master’s degree in community and regional planning, focusing on environmental planning and policy.   Ten years ago I started my career with UNL in the environmental studies program and I now serve as the advising coordinator for the School of Natural Resources.  I really enjoy working with students and helping them reach their goals.   In addition to advising, I am currently one of the leaders for the study abroad program “Greece: Sustainability, Environment, and Society”.  I am a Nebraska native - growing up exploring creeks and prairies on an acreage just outside of Fremont.  Now I have my own acreage just outside of Waverly that I share with my husband and our three children, Larsyn, Alexander, and Cooper.
Malika Yadgarova - Conference Committee Co-Chair
Hello! My name is Malika Yadgarova and I have been at UNL for the past two years and have loved every minute of it. I am a Senior Program Coordinator with William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community. This is my second year in AAA, and I have come to meet wonderful university colleagues and advisers who are passionate about the path we get to create for each student that we serve. Last year I had the opportunity to be on the AAA Conference Committee and it was a great learning experience for me. I got to see what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to put on a conference. This year I am excited to serve as the co-chair of the Conference Committee with Sara Winn and we are thrilled to get this new year rolling with great new ideas for the upcoming 2016-2017 conference.