Life Coaching

We know the college experience can seem daunting at the start—but we’re here to help you every step of the way! Each first-year student works closely with a life coach who serves as a resource, a guide, a knowledgeable academic adviser and a mentor … and that’s just the beginning. Your life coach is approachable and accessible; he or she serves as a confidante when questions develop, as a source of support when concerns arise and is eager to celebrate your successes. Your life coach guides you through academic and career planning decisions, and helps ease your personal transition into the Maryville community.

Meet Your Life Coaches

Alicia joined the Life Coach team in the summer of 2017. Prior to joining Maryville University, Alicia served as Assistant Director of Academic Support at St. Louis College of Pharmacy coordinating their Disability Support Program and helping implement their StrengthsFinder Initiative along with providing personal and academic support to students. Alicia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Mass Communications from College of the Ozarks and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

“I love working with students as they transition to college and into becoming an adult. I am honored to learn students’ stories, to walk alongside them, and to encourage them to become their authentic selves.”

Prior to his work as a life coach at Maryville, Brady served as student activities coordinator at East Central College in Union, Mo. A Maryville alumnus, he earned his B.A. in organizational leadership.

“With life coaches providing individualized attention and focusing on personal interests, you can be highly successful in higher education. From personal experience, I know Maryville’s faculty and staff are intelligent, committed and passionate. We’ll know you by name, and help you achieve your goals every step of the way.”

  • Esra Uysal

    Esra Uysal

    Coordinator, International Student Success - Engagement & Programming
    University Library 112

    Phone: 314.529.6304

Esra served as a Graduate Assistant for two years in the Center for Global Education at Maryville University before she transitioned into her role as a Life Coach in 2015. She is currently serving as a Life Coach for International Students. while also assuming the role of Coordinator of International Student Success for Programming and Engagement, creating numerous programs and services focused on acclimating and integrating International students into the Maryville community. She earned her B.A. in Management from Bogazici University, Istanbul, and her master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Maryville.

“My passion is working with students to help them achieve their personal, academic and career goals. Together we will bridge that road to success!”

  • Sara Parrott

    Sara Parrott

    Coordinator, International Student Success - Immigration & Supp Services
    University Library 113

    Phone: 314.529.6843

Sara serves Maryville University as a Life Coach and Principle Designated School Official (PDSO). She has worked in higher education since 2010 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Arkansas, and Centenary College of Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and a Master of Arts in Language Acquisition. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Khaborovsk, Russia, and conducted ethnographic research in Prague, Czech Republic.

“Different cultures, perspectives, languages, and lifestyles fascinate me. I want to help international students feel comfortable with their uniqueness, and make connections through their similarities. By studying immigration law and keeping up with relevant regulations and policies, I enjoy communicating these difficult concepts in a way that help international students feel informed, safe, and confident in their home away from home.”

Prior to coming to Maryville, Oge served as the Graduate Assistant Coordinator of Student-Athlete Academic and Support Services at Southeast Missouri State University. He earned is Master’s in Higher Education Administration while working in Athletics. Prior to Southeast Missouri State University, Oge worked at Men’s Wearhouse in Mississippi for four years, serving as the Assistant Operations Manager for three years after being promoted from Customer Service Associate. He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, where he was a student athlete who majored in Organizational Administration.

“The opportunity to serve as a Life Coach is exciting yet humbling, as I get to live out my passion of motivating and guiding students in achieving their personal, academic and professional goals. It’s a role in which students will be able to draw from my own experiences and endeavors, not only to learn from them but actively cultivate a wiser path to their successes.”

Prior to becoming a life coach at Maryville, Aretha served as assistant director of residential life for program initiatives at the University. She has also worked at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in the areas of residential life and multicultural student affairs. Aretha earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and her master’s in higher education administration from UM-KC.

“My goal is to establish a mutual partnership that motivates and encourages my students to confidently navigate college and achieve academic success, while developing their career path.”

Prior to her work at Maryville as a life coach, Brittney served as a college adviser through Missouri College Advising Corps at Ritenour and Gateway STEM high schools. Brittney earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Business from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

“I am excited to understand the uniqueness of each student and guide them to obtain their short and long-term educational, career, and personal goals. I will serve as an advocate and a rich resource for students. I have a vested interested in developing a personalized experience focused specifically on the student’s development and growth.”

After graduating from Maryville University in 2011 with her B.A. in psychology/sociology, Julie continued on to Illinois State University to earn her M.S. in college student personnel administration. Prior to her role as a Life Coach, she served as an Assistant Director of Admissions both at Fontbonne University and Maryville.

“The most rewarding aspect of being a Life Coach is getting to work individually with students to help tailor their college experience. Starting at a new college is very exciting and full of many first experiences. I not only want to know students’ personal, academic and professional aspirations, but also strive to create meaningful and lasting relationships with students as one of their biggest supporters. Through this relationship, I help connect students to additional resources and mentors across campus to ensure progress towards their goals.”

Prior to becoming a life coach at Maryville, Kristen served as Assistant Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) for NCAA Compliance and Student Services at the University. Prior to Maryville, she was the Assistant Director of Athletics/SWA and Head Volleyball Coach at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and completed her master’s degree in education while serving as a graduate assistant for the women’s volleyball program at Elmira College.

“As a Life Coach, I know each student will arrive with their own story. I look forward to learning more about their experiences and guiding them through the next chapter in their lives. At Maryville, students will have an opportunity for a transformational experience that will prepare them for achieving their future goals and aspirations. I hope to serve our students as a resource, sounding board and at times a safety net as they pursue their passions and embark on their own personal journey to academic, professional and personal success.”

Maxwell’s rich undergraduate experience led him to pursue a career in higher education. Prior to his role as Life Coach, Maxwell served as an academic adviser for both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Maxwell has also served as a Diversity Recruiter, and a Student Life Graduate Assistant at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He earned his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.

As a college student, I was able to succeed due to the fact that I felt supported, encouraged, and valued by numerous faculty and staff members. It is now my mission to ensure that students feel the same sense of belonging and have a positive, transformative college experience. I look forward to helping students succeed academically, professionally, and personally. I will be intentional in assisting them on their journey of self-discovery.

Prior to becoming a Life Coach at Maryville, Tyler served as a graduate associate and Wellness Coach at Ohio State. He received his bachelor’s in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with his master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State University.

As a life coach, I aim to create meaningful relationships with students. I want them to feel heard, to feel valued and to know that I am truly invested in their success. I aspire to create an atmosphere where students can thrive, and successfully accomplish their academic, professional and personal goals.