Meet the Advisors

First-year students in the Associate in Arts Program are typically assigned a faculty advisor based upon Interest Area. Campus Academic Advisors assist all students and are typically assigned Sophomores to help them with the transition to main campus. Have additional questions about advisement? Check out our advisement website!

Latoya Watson
Assistant Dean, Associate in Arts Program

I am a proud Blue Hen! I earned my Bachelors in Marketing and Management in 2004. In 2008, I earned my Master of Public Administration with specializations in State & Local Management and Education Policy. Currently, I am currently a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership.

I have over fifteen years of experience in the fields of higher education and education policy. For five years, I served as an Academic Advisor II in University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Prior to my role as Assistant Dean, I served as an administrative academic advisor for the Associate in Arts Program. I work in the field of higher education, because college was a transformative experience for me. As Assistant Dean, my goal is to help you learn and grow through your college experience.

My office is located at 109 Mitchell Hall on main (Newark) campus. My office hours are 8:00 a.m – 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact me at latoya(at)udel(dot)edu to schedule an appointment.

 

Melvin Mendoza
(Dover)

I’ve had quite the journey to get to the University of Delaware. I grew up on the sunny coast of California, where I earned a BA in Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine and a MS in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Cal State Long Beach. I also have a MS in Counselor Education from East Carolina University.

I started working in academic advising at Indiana University. Now I am here at the University of Delaware. I briefly worked as an Academic Program Coordinator with the College of Arts and Sciences on the Newark campus. It is a privilege to help students navigate their college years. When I am outside the office, I enjoy playing tennis, playing video games, watching Netflix, traveling, and reading comics.

I look forward to helping students in Dover succeed in their first couple years in college and transition to the main campus. You can reach me at melvin@udel.edu.

 

Stephanie Scott
(Georgetown)

Hi there! I earned my B.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University where I also completed four years of competitive swimming at the Division I level. Immediately following my undergraduate degree, I attended West Chester University where I obtained my Masters in Education in Secondary School Counseling. Originally from Berwyn, PA, I decided to seek certification for secondary counseling in both PA and DE, of which successfully landed me in southern Delaware where I spent 3 years as the College Counselor at Cape Henlopen High School.

The college experience has always been one of great significance to me and I genuinely enjoy mentoring students as they navigate through their own pathways. In my down time you can find me either venturing out on the beach with my dog, reading a novel, or just simply enjoying time with my husband, family, and friends.

 

 

Tommy Fisher-Klein
(Wilmington; DTCC Building)

Tommy Fisher-Klein is a native Wilmingtonian who is a graduate of Gettysburg College: B.A. Anthropology/Sociology, and Wilmington University: M.Ed., Secondary School Counseling and M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Tommy has worked as a Student Enrichment Coordinator and Program Manager through various youth programs at Delaware Technical & Community College, assisting high school students achieve their personal, professional, and educational goals. Additionally, Tommy has worked as a Program Manager through the Public Allies Delaware AmeriCorps Program at the University of Delaware, assisting future non-profit/community leaders to impact communities where they serve, enhance their personal and professional leadership skills, and forging strong and collaborative connections within the Delaware community. Most recently Tommy has worked as a Therapist with the Mazzoni Center, working one-on-one with LGBTQ+ individuals helping them to explore, work through, and overcome personal mental health issues.

Tommy enjoys mentoring, assisting others, and helping individuals rise to their fullest potential and is thrilled to be working with students through AA Program at the University of Delaware.

Steph Helgeson
Steph Helgeson
(Wilmington)

I’m a native South Jerseyian and Delaware transplant who is thrilled to be part of the Associate in Arts Program team! I received my B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick in 2014 and my M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina in 2016. I decided to pursue my career after mentors in college taught me that anyone, no matter their personality type, life experience or identity, can be a leader and positively impact others.

Before becoming an academic advisor with the AAP, I worked as a career advisor at Rowan College South Jersey (formerly Rowan College at Gloucester County) until July 2019. Prior to this, I worked in the University of South Carolina’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, primarily with LGBTQ+ programming and advocacy. I am also currently a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line.

In my downtime, you can probably find me with my husband, Adam, our chihuahua and/or our nephew. I also love traveling, listening to podcasts and eating.

Empowering students to discover their unique purpose and explore their passion is what I love the most, and I’m thrilled to help you through that journey. You can reach me at sclanza@udel.edu or by phone at (302) 831-2805. (Preferred pronouns: she/her).