Meet the Staff
Getting to know us. Getting to know all about us!
Mr. McCleary is the Associate Director of the UST program, overseeing the academic advisement office and supporting undeclared students in collaboration with his Assistant Dean colleagues. He participates on a number of committees and initiatives through which academic policies that impact UD students are reviewed and enacted. He also manages the UD Scholars Program, which is a subdivision of UST students who are predominantly the first in their family to attend college. Additionally, he advises a caseload of students, teaches seminars, and administers workshops.
Mr. McCleary earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from University at Buffalo. Before working in higher ed, he was a cashier at a department store, data entry clerk, a front desk receptionist, and a radio station board operator for several years where he played music, completed voice over work for commercials, and managed live shows. Outside of work he enjoys music, traveling, and dining at nice restaurants. He is an avid UConn basketball fan (“Go Huskies!”) and watches CNN every day to stay informed about current events.
He also hates onions.
In addition to being an advisor for UST, Lys is the Assistant Director for the Office of Academic Enrichment. She thoroughly enjoys advising and cares deeply about her advisees’ success (“Let me know how I can be useful!”). She has been at UD for over 25 years, always working in student support. Before moving to Delaware, she taught middle school choirs for several years in the Dallas area and worked a couple of years as an administrative assistant for a large corporation.
Lys has a Bachelor of Music Education from University of Redlands in California and a Master of Science in Individual & Family Studies from University of Delaware. Her interests outside of work include music, music, and music! She sings in several choirs in the area, including UD’s Schola Cantorum, and has directed children’s choirs. She also takes on social justice and personal support roles in her faith community.
Ms. Grayson (or Mrs. Grayson) is an Academic Advisor II in University Studies, assisting the special population of UST World Scholars in addition to the general UST population. She is the advisor for the UST Peer Liaison Program, assists in social media and promotional programming, and teaches UNIV and COMM courses.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communication from University of Delaware, Ms. Grayson’s career has been focused mainly on academia. She has done adjunct teaching in Communication disciplines and academic advising at various institutions in the region. She also has a little background in retail, hospitality, childcare, and strategic communication/marketing. She is fascinated by pop culture and loves TV, movies, traveling, music, and learning new things. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and dogs.
Moira (“Please call me Moira! If you are not comfortable with that, I prefer Ms. Moira over Ms. Curtis. But really, just call me Moira!”) is an Academic Advisor within the University Studies Program that mainly works with freshmen and sophomores who are undeclared and either searching for their majors, deciding between a few directions, or just finishing up some coursework to be able to get into their major of choice. She also works with the UST students in the Delaware in DC program and teaches UNIV courses.
Moira’s first job was babysitting, which lasted all the way through graduate school. She also worked at a dance studio as a teacher and in the front office. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Trinity Washington University and a Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education/Student Affairs from Montclair State University. Outside of work she likes to hang out with her family and friends, bake some fun treats, and go to new workout classes. The place that she wants to go visit the most is Ireland.
Sylvia (or Ms. Lee if you don’t want to call her Sylvia, but she is not Mrs. Lee) is an academic advisor for UST, the coordinator for UST Honors and International students, and the editor and co-host for the UST podcast Choices. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Dance from George Mason University, a Master of Education in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently in the MBA Online program at University of Delaware. She also has a Career Studies Certificate in American Sign Language and was a math major at one point.
In addition to academic advising, Sylvia’s career includes past experiences in theater production, customer service, retail, sales, management, server and host, substitute teaching, tutoring, office temp work, hiring, photography, video production, website creation and editing, technical script writing, and career counseling. Her highest paying job ever was the two hours she spent being an extra for b-footage that didn’t even end up in the movie. She enjoys drawing, making/writing/playing music, and watching so many television shows and movies that it’s amazing she gets anything else done. She has also written and self-published two novels and plans to write more in the future.
Mr. Mootz is an academic advisor for undecided first and second year students, as well as being involved with various programming efforts including co-hosting the UST podcast Choices. Students can meet with him for scheduling questions or to chat about life and decision making. He also loves helping out fellow first-gen students. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Iowa State University and his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Kent State University. Before going to grad school, he used to be a high school orchestra and theatre teacher in Indianapolis. He has also worked quite a few service industry jobs (retail, food service, and a barista for three years as well).
Tyler is from Iowa but did not grow up among corn stalks and scarecrows, though he was adjacent to a lot of it. He is an old soul who enjoys crocheting and watching reruns of Golden Girls from time to time. He can usually be found at the gym, journaling or reading at a coffee shop, or being involved with a theatre production of some kind.
Karen is the Administrative Assistant for University Studies, assisting co-workers, students, and parents as needed. She earned her Associate’s Degree from University of Delaware and then worked with Cecil County Public Schools in the Guidance department and as a paraprofessional at the High School and School of Technology. When she returned to UD, she started at Student Financial Services in the customer service department. She then went on to work at the same time in the Center for Architecture and Design and the Math/Science Education department as their administrative assistant before joining UST.
Karen loves spending time with family and her grandbaby boys. She also loves music, line dancing (or dancing of any kind), doing crafts, and refurbishing/repurposing items.