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Kerry Hammock

Director

I strongly believe that a college education is more than earning a degree as a result of classes taken. When I started college I had a wonderful advisor who helped me set a plan for a total educational experience.


Of course, we talked about majors and classes, but beyond that, we discussed what I wanted life to be like. I now see the attainment of a degree as important, but only a part of a student’s preparation for the future.


When you meet with me, be prepared to have fun as you explore who you are and where you are going!
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Keith Proctor

Associate Director

I have a passion for helping students set and accomplish goals, especially when I get to help them work through their learning failures and setbacks. I believe that with enough time and sustained interest people can learn anything.

When working with students, I like to first explore possible futures after graduation and then work backwards to set goals leading to those futures. I believe that students need to be willing to learn about themselves, to reflect on and learn from their experiences, and become familiar with the opportunities and requirements of the world of work.

Students are decision-makers and I see my role as a support to students.
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Amy Soto

Associate Director
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Alberto Puertas

Academic and Career Advisor

My academic narrative began with dreams and fears. Nevertheless, I remember with fondness my college years. The questions were many: What do I want out of my life? What majors will support my objectives? How to choose? When to choose? What to choose? Why choose that? You may be confronting these daunting questions nowadays as well.

I am a strong believer that understanding what one wants out of life will point a student in the right direction when it comes to academic and career decision-making.

Constructing a student’s personal story shoulder to shoulder when choosing a learning discipline is my focus.
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Anna Heier

Academic and Career Advisor

Hi! I’m excited to help you on your exploration journey.


A little about me: I grew up in Florida and Arizona before settling in Utah. In the summertime I describe myself as a “winter person” and in the wintertime, I describe myself as a “summer person”. When it comes down to it, I just wish it was fall all year round! I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree from BYU and a graduate certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.


BYU is an important part of my life and I feel privileged to work with BYU students and see them grow to realize their tremendous potential.
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David Lucero

Academic and Career Advisor

Undergraduate Path:
Open→Political Science→Pre-business→Communications/Chinese

Graduate Path:
Master’s Organizational Behavior (Marriott School)→TESOL Certificate (BYU Linguistics)→Advising Certificate (Kansas State -in progress)Career Path: Training Specialist (BYU Student Leadership)→Advisor (BYUSA)→Asst.Director (BYU Student Leadership)→Advisor (BYU Multicultural Student Services)→Director (Student Leadership, BYU-Hawaii)→Academic Advisor

I partner with students to help them succeed and have been blessed by students from many cultures at BYU, the BYU English Language Center (ELC), BYU-Hawaii, and Beijing Science &Technology University.
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Jeff Buell

Academic and Career Advisor

I know that every student I meet with is the Expert! I remember having mentors help me through the process of choosing a major and explore careers and I appreciated how much they treated me with dignity, worth, and respect.

I strive to treat every person I advise with the same dignity, worth, and respect that I know they deserve. I believe that every student has gifts and talents that help them discover their major/career.

We all experience difficulties in life but I also love helping students remember the hope that is offered unto each of us through our mortal journey!
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Lisa Parkinson

Academic and Career Advisor

I am the tallest, full-Japanese, Spanish-speaking woman you may ever meet!

I love the gospel, people, learning, and my family. I am a fierce defender of the “underdogs” in life and if I can do anything to try to make someone’s life or experience at BYU better, I will do my best to do so.

I am a life-long learner who loves to have new experiences, read new books, talk to people different than me, and use all my senses to try new things. I am fascinated with this world and the people in it and feel like a university is the best place for me to be for a profession. Please come on in and visit with me! I cannot wait to meet you!
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Marilyn Richards

Academic and Career Advisor

My major to my career path is nonlinear and includes taking advantage of opportunities that were both planned and not planned. For example:

First major: Early Childhood Education >> Marriage and Family>>Owner and Operator of a textile business (18 years)>>Back to school>>New major: Human Development and Family Studies>>Part-time work at BYU SLC>>Supervisor of Testing Center at BYU SLC>>MPA>>Full-time Academic and Career Advisor and Career Exploration Instructor.
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Hailey Garcia

Assistant Advisor

I'm from Idaho Falls, ID, and while I grew up just 30 minutes away from BYU-Idaho, I knew I wanted to pursue a degree at BYU Provo.

I have worked in this office since 2017 as an information specialist at the front desk, and just one semester before graduating from BYU, I finally decided what career to pursue—advising!

I've seen how much the advisors can help students, whether that was from watching from the front desk, seeking help to change career paths in senior year of college, or becoming an advisor myself.
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