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!

Laura Britten

Laura Britten

Academic Navigator

Email Laura Britten

Laura Britten

Academic Navigator
laura.britten@unl.edu
(402) 472-3604
Love Library Room 127

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
15
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Twizzlers
The best four-legged animal:
Pitbulls

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Teacher
Best thing about working with students:
Teaching them skills & watching them use those skills to change their life.
“I promise you are not the only one feeling this way.”
Sarah Charles

Sarah Charles

Academic Advisor

Email Sarah Charles

Sarah Charles

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

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
1
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
The best four-legged animal:
Hedgehog

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Astronaut
Best thing about working with students:
Helping students create new goals and watching them succeed.
“Be brave and try something new. You might love it!”
Alex Dudley

Alex Dudley

Academic Advisor

Email Alex Dudley

Alex Dudley

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

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Number of Nebraska t-shirts currently in my closet:
9
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Skittles
The best four-legged animal:
Elephants

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
A doctor
Best thing about working with students:
Helping students discover their passions and achieve their goals.
“Step out of your comfort zone and lean into new experiences!”
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:
7
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Granola Bar
The best four-legged animal:
Dog

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Writer for National Geographic
Best thing about working with students:
Helping them navigate college and feel confident in what they are doing
“Relax! It will all work out.”
Bethany Heaney

Bethany Heaney

Academic Advisor

Email Bethany Heaney

Bethany Heaney

Academic Advisor
bethany.heaney@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:
Peanut M&Ms
The best four-legged animal:
Golden retrievers

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Ballerina
Best thing about working with students:
Getting to help students achieve their dreams.
“Take advantage of your professors' office hours!”
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:
9
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Cheez-Its
The best four-legged animal:
Dogs

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Veterinarian
Best thing about working with students:
Seeing them achieve things they never thought possible.
“Find someone to reach out to whenever you need help!”
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:
25
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:
Getting to be a part of their individual story
“Push yourself to meet new people!”
Ashley Light

Ashley Light

Assistant Director

Email Ashley Light

Ashley Light

Assistant Director
alight@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:
Trail Mix
The best four-legged animal:
Panda

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Teacher
Best thing about working with students:
Seeing students explore new opportunities and accomplish their goals
“Try new things. We grow through the unfamiliar.”
Daniela Martinez

Daniela Martinez

Academic Advisor

Email Daniela Martinez

Daniela Martinez

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

get the dirt

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:
4
My favorite library vending machine snack:
Gardetto’s
The best four-legged animal:
Dog

on a serious note

Career choice as a child:
Waitress
Best thing about working with students:
Getting to hear each student’s experience
“Find a balance for academics and the things that are important to you!”
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:
Popcorn
The best four-legged animal:
Fox

on a serious note

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