Meet Our Staff

Undecided, pre-health, pre-law, and pre-engineering students who have not yet chosen a major are assigned to an Explore Center academic advisor. Current UNL students can view/contact your assigned academic advisor through your MyPLAN account via my.unl.edu. You can also view advisor office hour information and schedule advising appointments.

While you are assigned an advisor, you are welcome to meet with any advisor in the center. Pre-health and pre-law students who have major advisors in other colleges may meet with any Explore Center advisor for supplemental pre-health and pre-law advising.

Prospective students wanting to contact the Explore Center and its advisors can call 402-472-3605 or email explorecenter@unl.edu.

Click your advisor's card to learn more about them!

Sawyer Barragan

Sawyer Barragan

Assistant Director
Explore Center Recruitment

Email Sawyer Barragan

Sawyer Barragan

Assistant Director
Explore Center Recruitment

sawyer.barragan@unl.edu
(402) 472-6196
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
12
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Cool Ranch Doritos
The best four-legged animal:
A moose

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Veterinarian
Best thing about working with students:
Showing students they are capable & worthy of academic success
"Take advantage of every opportunity!"
Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr

Academic Advisor

Email Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr

Academic Advisor
rebecca.carr@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
25
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles
The best four-legged animal:
Kittens

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Hollywood stuntwoman
Best thing about working with students:
Seeing students reach their goals.
“Join a student organization!”
Jaci Gustafson

Jaci Gustafson

Assistant Director

Email Jaci Gustafson

Jaci Gustafson

Assistant Director
jaci.gustafson@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
8
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Bottled Water
The best four-legged animal:
Dogs

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Writer for National Geographic
Best thing about working with students:
Helping students connect who they are with what they want to do in life.
“Don't try to do this on your own. We can help!”
Elisa Heide

Elisa Heide

Academic Advisor

Email Elisa Heide

Elisa Heide

Academic Advisor
elisaheide@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
6
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Cheez-Its
The best four-legged animal:
Dogs

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Fireman ballerina
Best thing about working with students:
Seeing students take ownership over their academic journey!
“Get involved outside of class!”
Lisa Hilfiker

Lisa Hilfiker

Administrative Coordinator

Email Lisa Hilfiker

Lisa Hilfiker

Administrative Coordinator
lisa.hilfiker@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
7
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Plain M&Ms
The best four-legged animal:
Dogs

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Teacher
Best thing about working with students:
Watching students use their passions to fuel their future
"Be open & willing to explore all that the university has to offer!"
Katie Kerr

Katie Kerr

Director

Email Katie Kerr

Katie Kerr

Director
katie.kerr@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
5
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Peanut M&M’s
The best four-legged animal:
Fluffy panda bears

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
I had no idea (and it terrified me!)
Best thing about working with students:
Hearing students’ goals and ambitions
“Push yourself to meet new people!”
Kadina Koonce

Kadina Koonce

Academic Advisor

Email Kadina Koonce

Kadina Koonce

Academic Advisor
kkoonce2@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
16
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Peanut Butter Snickers
The best four-legged animal:
Giant tortoise

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Spy
Best thing about working with students:
Helping and watching students overcome their fears and challenges
“Find people to turn to when stressed.”
Daniela Martinez

Daniela Martinez

Academic Advisor

Email Daniela Martinez

Daniela Martinez

Academic Advisor
daniela.martinez@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
10
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
The best four-legged animal:
Fluffy dogs

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Biomedical engineer
Best thing about working with students:
Seeing students grow and become active agents in their careers.
"Take advantage of all the resources available on campus!"
Kristin Plath

Kristin Plath

Academic Advisor

Email Kristin Plath

Kristin Plath

Academic Advisor
kristin.plath@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
5
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Skittles
The best four-legged animal:
Beasley (my dog!)

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Elementary Ed teacher
Best thing about working with students:
Helping students find their passion
“Take time to explore!”
Maggie Schaefer

Maggie Schaefer

Academic Advisor

Email Maggie Schaefer

Maggie Schaefer

Academic Advisor
maggie.schaefer@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
4
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Animal Crackers
The best four-legged animal:
Sloth

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Artist
Best thing about working with students:
Being a resource to help them work toward their goals
“Get to know your professors!”
Kelsey Yadon

Kelsey Yadon

Career Advisor

Email Kelsey Yadon

Kelsey Yadon

Career Advisor
kelsey.yadon@unl.edu
(402) 472-3605
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
3
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Salt and Pepper Pistachios
The best four-legged animal:
Sloths

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Librarian
Best thing about working with students:
Hearing students’ hopes and dreams!
“Get to know your professors and other professionals on campus.”