Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)
Nita T. Guzman, DUS Coordinator, Advising Center Manager
Nita T. Guzman joined the Penn State Abington Community in January 2011 as Advising Center Manager. Nita has a BA in Psychology from SUNY at Buffalo and a M.Ed. Counseling Psychology from Temple University. In addition to her role as director, Nita is also a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at a local university. Nita brings to this position over seven years of experience working as an advising administrator in a large urban institution, experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students, as well as her educational experience as a doctoral student which has focused on studying issues of motivation and academic achievement.
Stephen Brown, DUS Adviser
Steve began working as an Academic Adviser in 2007. Before then he worked as our technology trainer since 1998. Up to then, his previous experience includes working in film production, as an Apple computer configuration specialist, and in speciality sales of digital editing equipment. Steve graduated from Kutztown University with a BS in Telecommunications and a MSIS from Penn State.
Sarah Bollinger, DUS Adviser
Sarah Bollinger joined Penn State Abington as an academic adviser in July 2013. Prior to this, she worked at Penn State Berks for four years with the Academic Advising Center and Writing Center. She also taught composition courses, including English 004, English 015, and English 202A, and she continues to teach at Abington as a lecturer of English. She received her BA in Professional Writing from Penn State Berks and her MA in English from Temple University.
Lynda Provette, DUS Adviser
Lynda has regular contact with students and serves as their dedicated mentor and professional role model. She is a career planning resource and helps to identify student needs while referring them to the appropriate resources. Her advising strategy builds upon the referral of students to Career Services for further work with self-assessment, career research, and personalized educational enhancement.
Lorraine Taylor, Office Manager
Lorraine joined the Advising Center in November 2008 as our Staff Assistant and in September 2012 was promoted to the position of Office Manager. Before coming to the Center, she worked part-time evenings in the Scheduling Office. Lorraine has a BBA in Accounting from Temple University and has worked as a bookkeeper and cost accountant.
Division of Arts & Humanities
Matt Chellel, Adviser
Matt Chellel joined Penn State Abington as an Academic Adviser in January 2012. Matt earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Real Estate from Temple University. After working for a wholesale mortgage lender, he changed careers and earned a Master of Science in School Counseling from Gwynedd-Mercy College. While in graduate school, Matt worked as a Career Development Specialist at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. Previous to joining our Advising Center he was the Academic Adviser at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia for almost a decade.
Division of Science and Engineering
Julia Otulak, Adviser
Julia's background is of Polish and Ukrainian descent and speaks those languages fluently. As a photographer, she traveled through Europe 11 times and has ventured through 29 states. Formerly ranked the #1 tennis player at Abington, she received the Academic All-Conference Award, the All Tournament Team Award and a Varsity Letter Award in Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn State University. Julia holds an Associate Degree in Photography from the Art institute of Philadelphia and a BA in Integrative Arts from Penn State.
Division of Social Sciences
Lynne Lazor, Adviser
Lynne joined Penn State Abington as an Academic Adviser in November 2009. Previous to joining our Advising Center she worked in Career Services at St. Joseph's University and The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Lynne obtained her B.A. in Psychological and Social Sciences from Penn State Abington and went on to get her M.S.Ed in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. While Lynne was at Penn State she was involved in Psi Chi and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.