Beth Labate - CFYA Advising Coordinator

*Coming soon


Cherie Ichu - Academic Advisor  CherieIchu

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry

Education: BS Applied Learning and Development - Youth and Community Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Fact: I’ve broken the same arm twice. I love LOVE to sing, and I have a DVD collection of movies that I refuse to let go of! 

Favorite Movies: Girls Trip, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Proud Family Movie, all of the High School Musicals

Favorite Books: Anything by Meg Cabot and Issa Rae, The Great Gatsby, Star Girl 

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Teji’s, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Gus’s Chicken, Maudie’s



Chris Connelly - Academic Advisor, Biology Scholars Program ChrisC 2017 HS

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Public Health, Undeclared, and Biology Scholars Program

Education: BA Journalism/Communications, University of Connecticut; M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UT Austin

Fact: I served in the Peace Corps on the island of Grenada.

Favorite Movies: American History X, Kill Bill Vol. 1-2

Favorite Book: A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins


Emily LaPlaca - Academic Advisor Headshot.jpg

Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Environmental Sciences

Education: BS Science Pre-Professional Studies and Psychology, University of Notre Dame; M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, The University of Texas at Austin

Facts: I am from a small Cajun town called Cut Off (yes, that’s the actual name). I love to cook, read, send hand-written letters, and play with puppies.

Favorite Movies: A Knight’s Tale, Step Up movies, Remember the Titans, Pirates of the Caribbean

Favorite Books: Cloud Atlas, 1984, anything by Malcolm Gladwell or Dan Brown

Favorite Austin restaurant: Steeping Room or any of the Fox Restaurant Concepts (True Food Kitchen, North Italia, Culinary Dropout, Flower Child)


Guillermo Alvarado - Academic Advisor


Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Undeclared Pre-Pharmacy

Education: BA Sociology, Southwestern University

Fact: I’ve recently started to expand my cooking repertoire and I’m always looking for new recipes to try out (the best cookbooks are at Half Price Books)

Favorite Movies: Moulin Rouge, Cloud Atlas, Pride & Prejudice, The Selena Movie

Favorite Books: The Poisonwood Bible, The Namesake

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Polvos, Kismet Cafe, Mother’s Cafe, Fricano’s Deli


Keniahkiw "Kay Kay" Weso - Academic Advisor, Women in Natural Sciences 

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Advises: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Human Development & Family Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Undeclared, and Women in Natural Sciences Program

Education: BA Business Administration-Marketing and BA Art-Sociology and Human Services minor, Fort Lewis College

Fact: I am passionate about traveling and have visited 49 United States, Canada, Mexico, 9 countries in the European Union, and New Zealand.  My next imagined adventure is to tour Iceland/Scandinavia.     

Favorite Movies:  I enjoy movies based on best-selling books, graphic novels, or comic books like The Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit series, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Favorite Books: * The Hobbit* Harry Potter* The Dresden Files* The Southern Vampire Mysteries* Artemis Fowl* Hunger Games* Ready Player One*

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Italic, Bonhomie, Sushi Zushi, Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, Mikado, and Eddie V's.

Lorena Rodriguez - Academic Advisor LorenaRodriguez Photo 
Advises: Biology, Biochemistry
Education:  BA in Psychology and Health & Society, The University of Texas at Austin
Fact: I can extract the DNA from a strawberry. I love dachshunds. I love traveling to different countries and do so at every opportunity! I have been to South Africa, Portugal, and the UK - I can't wait for my next adventure.
Favorite Movies: Titanic, Madagascar, Breakfast at Tiffany's - I like a wide range!
Favorite Books: My Story (Elizabeth Smart), The White House Doctor (Connie Mariano), and Holes (Louis Sachar)
Favorite Austin Restaurant: Trudy's, Hyde Park Bar and Grill, Cafe Bazille at Nordstrom, and Taverna. Austin food is a favorite pastime.

Megan Rovang - Academic Advisor, Texas Transfers (TxT)


Advises: Human Development & Family Sciences, Nutrition, Textiles & Apparel, Neuroscience, and Biology

Education: BA Psychology, University of Northern Iowa; M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at Austin

Facts: I grew up shy and cautious of the world, but I've realized that life is short and I've become a bit of a thrill seeker.  Last year I skydived and flew on a trapeze!  I love the arts and live music of Austin, running around Lady Bird Lake, hiking in the Greenbelt, and learning more about health and nutrition.

Favorite Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Sixth Sense, Goonies, Little Miss Sunshine, The King's Speech

Favorite Books: The DaVinci Code, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Glass Castle, Do What You Are

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Z'Tejas, Sao Paulo's, FINO, Jack Allen's Kitchen, Snackbar, and most food trucks!


Olivia Biehle - Academic Advisor, Women in Natural Sciences Olivia Portrait

Advises: Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, and Women in Natural Sciences Program

Education:  BA Mathematics and BS Radio-Television Film, University of Texas at Austin

Fact: In my spare time, I am a movie producer and run film sets!  I also think cats and Captain America are pretty great.

Favorite Movies: Wayne's World, The Avengers, Singin' in the Rain, Gladiator, and Top Gun

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby, Crime and Punishment, The Spoils of Babylon

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Titaya's, Hutt's Hamburgers, 24 Diner



Sara Guajardo - Academic Advisor sara.jpeg

 Advises: Biology, Biochemistry, Math, Physics, Astronomy, Undeclared

Education: BA English, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi;  M. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio

Fact: I am originally from San Antonio. I love books, movies, and most of all - DOGS! I enjoy going to the beach and relaxing with family.

Favorite Movies: The Da Vinci Code, Remember the Titans, 10 Things I Hate About You,  Young Frankenstein, The Goonies, Signs, the list goes on…

Favorite Books: The Da Vinci Code, Jane Eyre, The Fault in Our Stars, Failing Forward, to name a few…

Favorite Austin Restaurants: Freedmen’s and Kerbey Lane Cafe


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Advises: Pre-Health Profession & Forensic Science Certificates

Education:  BA Psychology, New York University; MA Clinical Psychology: Family Therapy, Asuza Pacific University

Facts: I am originally from Southern California, but spent 15 years living in NYC. I love movies, dogs, all types of music, singing karaoke, knitting, crocheting, and playing tennis.

Favorite Movies: Scarface, The Godfather, Goodfellas, and most of Tarantino's movies.

Favorite Books: Anything by Patricia Cornwell or most of John Grisham's works.

Favorite Austin Restaurants
: Most of my favorite restaurants were in New York.  I am new to Austin so I have to discover what my favorite place here will be.  So far, I really love Phil's Icehouse.