Executive Committee Bios

Meagan Savage - Chair

I’ve been with the University since May 2014, when I joined the College of Arts and Sciences staff as an academic advisor. In 2016 I transitioned into a career coach role in the Advising Center. I’ve been involved with AAA as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee, the Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, and Chair Elect. Outside of work I love getting into projects in my house, going for long walks on the trails around town, and watching Parks and Rec. 

Megan Schaefer - Chair-Elect

I am originally from Sioux Falls, SD, but have spent time in Decorah, IA, Iowa City, IA, and Portland, OR. I found a passion for higher education while working as an Enrolled Student Coach for a private coaching company in Portland. I am currently an Academic Advisor in Engineering Student Services. I served as an Academic Success Coach in First-Year Experience & Transition Programs prior to moving to the College of Engineering. I’ve also worked with refugee resettlement agencies, the State of Oregon, and am a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumna. I love the community of people here at UNL and am excited to serve as the Chair-Elect for the 2017-18 academic year. When I’m not at work, you can find me spending time outside, cooking, hanging out with friends, reading, or in the choir at First-Plymouth.

Olivia Miller - Communications Coordinator

I am an academic advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center as of May 2016, shortly after graduating with my Masters of Science in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University. I am the assigned advisor for Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Latin American Studies and Philosophy, and work closely with the departments of Computer Science, Political Science and Sociology. During graduate school, I served as the Graduate Assistant for the Academic and Career Information Center where I helped supervise undergraduate Career Specialists and helped students find their right major and career path. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership from Kansas State University in 2013, and grew up in Olathe, Kansas.

Shams Al-Badry - Secretary

Shams Al-Badry is an Academic Advisor in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Shams found her passion for educational equity while at UNL, soon after graduating in 2014 she joined Teach for America and taught early childhood education in Kansas City, MO. Shams is pursuing a master’s degree in Community Development. 

Joanna Seley - Treasurer

Hello! I am looking forward to serving AAA as treasurer this year! I came to UNL to work as an advisor for the Department of Psychology in 2014 after completing my Masters in Counseling and Student Development from Kansas State University. I truly enjoy working with students, getting to know their stories, and seeing the ways they learn and grow while in college. I am originally from Clay Center, Kansas and I completed my Bachelor's in Family Studies and Humans Services from Kansas State University in 2007. I then worked as manager at a local coffee shop and pursued a degree in Spiritual Direction from Emmanuel House Seminary.  When I'm not working, I can be found visiting the farmer's market or the park, making music, traveling, or savoring a good meal or cup of coffee with friends.

Lisa Karr - Faculty Representative

Dr. Lisa Karr is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches four undergraduate courses and serves as a faculty advisor.  Dr. Karr is the undergraduate program co-coordinator for the Animal Science Department.  Courses taught include Companion Animal Behavior, Introduction to Companion Animals, Companion Animal Nutrition, and Human-Companion Animal Interactions.  She is also involved in coordinating youth extension related to companion animals.

Ashley Hornsby - Graduate Student Representative

I am a second-year graduate student in the Educational Administration – Student Affairs program. My assistantship is in Engineering Student Services for Academic Advising and I am currently a graduate intern in OASIS. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Chinese Education and a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures. I studied abroad twice while at Miami in Xi’an, China and Tianjin, China. I lived in Cheongyang, South Korea for a year teaching English to elementary students. I also lived in Zhuhai, China for a year teaching English to college students. In addition to serving as this year’s Graduate Student Representative, I am the graduate advisor for the Asian Student Union (ASU) and the Engineering Student Advisory Board (eSAB). Last semester, I founded a new student organization known as Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), which focuses on raising funds to help North Korean refugees relocate and resettle after defecting. I most recently became a Regional Ambassador for the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN), which is one of ACPA’s networks under The Coalition for Multicultural Affairs. When I am not working or in class, I enjoy traveling, mountain biking, spending time with my animal babies – Boo (cat) and Ralph (dog), fiancé – Chris, and planning my wedding.

Eric Einspahr - Immediate Past 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 9th year as an adviser this fall. He is an avid fly fisherman, and co-teaches ODED 107A: Intro to Fly Fishing in the spring.

Megan Friesen - Best Practices and Professional Development Co-Chair

I work for the College of Business as the Assistant Director of Academic Success and Advising. My professional roles include working with undergraduate business students with academic advising, coordinating the new student transition experience initiatives such as our Business Learning Communities, CoB New Student Enrollment, BSAD 191: Start Smart transition seminar, and CoB’s academic support and recovery initiatives. I have been involved in AAA in the past by serving as the Secretary, Co-Chair of the Networking Mentoring Program and Networking Committee, and an active participant in general meetings and the annual conference. Personally, I enjoy traveling, learning the German language/culture, attending Husker sporting events & UNL activities, photography, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m looking forward to serving the UNL Advising Community as the AAA Co-Chair of the Best Practices & Professional Development Committee!

Rachel Wesley - Best Practices and Professional Development Co-Chair

Rachel is an Academic Advisor for Business Advising and Student Engagement. She assists students in all majors or minors on academic mapping, success strategies and experiential learning opportunities She also helps to encourage interactions between faculty, staff and students within the College of Business through engagement activities and by providing oversight to the College’s 25 undergraduate student organizations.

A Michigan native, Rachel earned both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from Grand Valley State University before starting out as an Academic Advisor for Sport Management and Business at Georgia Southern University and Georgia State University. She then moved to California where she worked for UCLA Athletics in Academic & Student Services. When not on campus, Rachel enjoys cooking with her husband, going on walks with her dog, and taking dance classes. 

Shams Al-Badry - Networking Co-Chair

Shams Al-Badry is an Academic Advisor in the College of Education and Human Sciences. Shams found her passion for educational equity while at UNL, soon after graduating in 2014 she joined Teach for America and taught early childhood education in Kansas City, MO. Shams is pursuing a master’s degree in Community Development. 

Laura Lynn Schafer - Networking Co-Chair

I have been an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences since August, 2016 working primarily with students majoring in the Modern Languages and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. I also work very closely with the departments of English, Global Studies, Communication Studies, History and Women’s and Gender Studies. I came to advising from my role as the College of Business Recruitment Coordinator with Admissions. I graduated with my Masters of Education from Seattle University in 2013 and prior to that worked as the Music Director for the global education touring company, Up with People. In my spare time, I host a weekly pub quiz at HopCat on Wednesday nights and perform in local theatre productions.

Emira Ibrahimpasic - Conference Committee Co-Chair

Emira Ibrahimpasic is an Assistant Director and Academic Advisor for Global Studies Program under the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to advising Emira also teaches several Global Studies courses including the Introduction to Global Studies, Global Internship and Senior Seminar.  Emira’s undergraduate degree is in Anthropology and Philosophy from Hamline University in St.Paul, MN and she holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  Currently, Emira is working on her MBA right here at UNL and looks forward to calling herself a Husker alumni in summer 2018.  

Marybeth Helmink - Conference Committee Co-Chair

Marybeth has been an academic advisor for over 20 years and is currently advising in the department of Psychology. She enjoys assisting students identify their individual gifts and talents during their college experience.  She received her undergraduate degree from UNL in Education and Human Sciences and her Masters of Science degree from Kansas State University with a focus on college student development.  

Jen Mostek - Social Justice & Inclusion Co-Chair

I have been a Lincolnite since I was 3 years old, minus the semester I studied abroad in Costa Rica. I also claim three degrees from UNL, a B.S. in Criminal Justice (from UNL and UNO), a J.D. from the College of Law, and an M.A. in Education Administration specializing in Student Affairs. I am the Assistant Director for Engagement and Advising in the College of Business and was previously with the Education Abroad Office. I still have a passion for all things international, including working with international students and those interested in studying abroad. When I am not at work, you will find me wrangling and loving on 3 kiddos (Kyler-5, Corbin-4, and Makenna-1). 

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