We know the college experience can seem daunting at the start—but we’re here to help you every step of the way! Each 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 Our Team
Life Coach, International Student Success and Support
Carmina joined Maryville University in 2018. Prior to becoming a Life Coach, she was an Academic Adviser for Aramco Services Company in Houston, Texas, managing their College Degree Program. Prior to Aramco, she was as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Carmina attended the University of Central Missouri earning her undergraduate degree in Graphic Arts Technology-Management and additionally spent a semester studying abroad in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Her graduate degree in Technology and Occupational Education is currently in progress.
I have a passion for helping others and my objective is to assist you with academic and life matters. Achieving your goals both in the classroom and life takes a team effort. Working together, we will discuss what success means to you, which tools and strategies you can use to your advantage and how to get engaged in the Maryville community. I’m excited to connect you all with the wealth of resources offered at Maryville and help you feel comfortable in your environment.
Life Coach, Coordinator of International Student Success – Engagement & Programming
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!
Maddie joined the Life Coach team in the Spring of 2019 after completing her Master’s in Higher Education with a concentration in Diversity and Social Justice from the University of Michigan. Throughout her time at the University of Michigan she worked in numerous capacities as the a Graduate Intern with the Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars – a living learning community focused on research opportunity – as well as a Graduate Student Advisor in the Department of Psychology, and as a Curriculum Specialist through CommonGround in the Program on Intergroup Relations. Maddie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Service Studies and Sociology from Providence College in 2017.
As your Life Coach, I am passionate about getting to know you – your identities, your passions, and your experiences – in order to work with you to create your success at Maryville and beyond. I am excited to challenge, coach, and support you while advocating for your academic, personal, and professional success!
Before becoming a Life Coach in 2021, Kirby graduated with a B.A. in History and minor in Art History from Maryville University. She previously worked as a student worker and orientation coordinator in the Division of Student Success.
I am so excited to continue my journey at Maryville as a Life Coach! The Maryville community allows students to thrive and reach their highest potential. As a Life Coach, I want to make sure students know that I am in their corner. I want to help you reach your goals, pursue your passions, and push you to be your best self academically, professionally, and personally.
Michael joined the Life Coach team mid-2019. Prior to becoming a Life Coach, Michael graduated with Honors from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies-with minors in history and education.
Some say college will be the best years of your life. I tend to disagree. I for sure want your college years to be great, but I want your postgraduate life and career to be even greater! As a Life Coach I want to work closely with students to make college smooth, but more importantly to help ensure students are prepared and ready to lead happy and successful lives!
Life Coach, Coordinator of Life Coaching
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.
Life Coach, Coordinator of Academic Success
Sam joined the Maryville University family in the summer of 2018. Sam moved to St. Louis from Dallas, Texas, where he worked at Southern Methodist University in Housing and Residence Life and as a coach at CrossFit KT. Sam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and his Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Policy Study at Virginia Tech.
Curiosity is what motivates me. Learning a student’s journey, asking questions and exploring your talents, passion, and interests excites me most about being a Life Coach at Maryville University.
Life Coach, Engagement Specialist
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.
Leshay joined the Life Coach team in the summer of 2018. She graduated with honors from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014 with her Bachelor’s of Art in Dance and Bachelor’s of Science in Corporate Communication. After graduation, Leshay lived in Chicago working as an Admissions Counselor for her alma mater.
People say college is the best four years of your life…and as your Life Coach I want to make sure you feel the same way when you walk across the stage at graduation. I want to celebrate your successes, push you to find your passions, and support you through the stressful times. My job is to help you become your best self, and I can’t wait to meet you!
Prior to joining the Life Coach team at Maryville in 2018, Seth served for three years as an Academic Advisor for his alma mater, Indiana State University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Human Resource Development in Higher Education and Industry.
As a life coach, my plan is to learn your story. I want to dive in and explore what your goals are for yourself—not just academically, but personally and professionally. Then, it is my personal goal to serve as a resource and as a motivating force in helping you successfully reach those goals—whatever they may be.
Prior to becoming a Life Coach, Charles served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Involvement. A recent graduate of Maryville University, Charles earned a Bachelor’s in Sports Business and Management from the Rawlings Sports Business and Management Program.
While working as a graduate assistant, my eyes opened to the world of possibilities within higher education. It was an area I saw myself enjoying and succeeding. Working with students had a major impact on me, which led me to want to work with students on a deeper level. As a Life Coach, I want each student to know I’m on their side, and I’m ready to be there every step of the way, from their first day of orientation to the day they walk across the stage at graduation.
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.
Prior to becoming a Life Coach in 2019, Kevin worked extensively with high school students leading youth development programs, summer camps, adventure challenge experiences, and service trips. Kevin most recently worked as a Youth Director for the Episcopal Church. Kevin also worked as a counselor for the Upward Bound program at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Geography.
Committing to a college degree is a big decision, and can be a transformative experience for students. Every student’s journey is different. I am passionate about meeting students wherever they are along the way, and helping each person discover their gifts, talents, and unique path through their time at Maryville and beyond.
Life Coach, Coordinator of Life Coaching
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.