Meet the Staff
Associate Director for UNIV 100/150 Faculty, Curriculum, Campus Partners & Scheduling
Melitta is originally from Buffalo, NY and earned her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and her M.Ed in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs, both from the University at Buffalo. Melitta has worked at George Mason since 2010 and has been a part of the UNIV Courses and Programs team since 2016. Melitta has a passion for connecting with students and helping them recognize their true potential. Outside of work, Melitta loves spending time with her husband and small children. She finds great pride in being a mother.
Melitta’s primary role with UNIV Courses and Programs is to hire, train, and supervise over 60 faculty who teach a UNIV 100/108/150 course. In order for the UNIV faculty and Peer Advisors to effectively teach the course, Melitta also works with nearly two dozen Campus Partners to provide information/resources from the experts on campus regarding course content.
Associate Director Contact for Proposing a New UNIV Course, UNIV Registrar Functions, UNIV Faculty HR and Payroll Functions
Jackie has been with UNIV Courses and Programs for over 10 years and affiliated with the university for 21 years. Fun fact – she taught the first UNIV College to Career course in the spring of 1998! She earned her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, her M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from Mason, and achieved ABD status in her doctoral work, also in Counseling and Development and at Mason. Her areas of professional interest are holistic college student development, career education, and the broad spectrum of life transitions.
Jackie functions primarily in a Registrar and Human Resources capacity with UNIV Courses and Programs, overseeing scheduling, registration, grading, as well as faculty hiring and pay activities. In addition she works with campus partners interested in developing a new UNIV course, assisting them through design to proposal to implementation.To round out life, Jackie has loved playing backgammon for some 42 years and will give anyone interested a run for their money! She also has a life-long friendship with books and devotes a large place in her heart to her three grown sons.
Assistant Director for Student Leadership
Jodi is in her second year working with UNIV Courses and Programs at Mason. She earned her B.A. in Religion from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Jodi supervises the Peer Advisors who co-teach University 100 and the Project Peak Trip Leaders who lead an outdoor extended-orientation trip. One of her favorite parts of her role is getting to watch the student leaders grow and develop as they help new students transition into college life at Mason and help build a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. In her free-time, Jodi loves to be outdoors (especially in the Fall and Winter), snuggle up with a good book, a cup of tea, and her animals, and explore new areas!
Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership
Kayla is a student in the Counseling and Development Program at Mason with a concentration in School Counseling. This is her second year working at the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership in the CAART Office. Kayla received her B.A. in Psychology from George Mason in 2017! In her time at Mason, Kayla has co-taught four courses: Active Leaders, Emerging Leaders, UNIV 330 (PA Training Course), and UNIV 108.
Kayla assists the Assistant Director for Student Leadership in hiring, training, and supervising the University 100 Peer Advisors! One of her favorite memories working with the Peer Advisors is the Camp Horizons training retreat every one goes on. For her, it was great to see all of the Peer Advisors connecting with one another and the retreat serves as a chance to get to know each PA better.
Graduate Assistant for Student Success
Annabel is in the Curriculum and Instruction Program with a concentration in Secondary Education Mathematics at Mason. This is her first year at George Mason University. She graduated from Radford University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Psychology and Education! At Radford University she was involved with New Student Programs as a Quest Assistant, Peer Instructor and Peer Mentor.
Annabel works with the faculty of UNIV 100/108/150. She help hires and trains the faculty to be rock stars in the classroom. Her favorite memory so far with the faculty was the Faculty Appreciation Event, we held for them. It was so much fun to see and get to know the faculty more!