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.
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, son, family, friends, and dogs.
Moira (pronounced mor-uh, and “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.
Bema (pronounced bee-mah, or you can call her Ms. Bema) is an Academic Advisor in UST working with undecided first and second-year students. She earned her Bachelor’s in Human Services concentrating in Administration and Family Policy from the University of Delaware and her Master’s in Higher Education from the Penn State University.
Bema was born in Chelsea, London and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She had her first job when she turned 18 working as a cashier at Sears for the summer. She has also worked in Academic Coaching/Student Success, Residence Life & Housing, Student Activities, Orientation, First-Year Experience, Marketing, Athletics, and Research. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, shopping, hiking, working out, and spending time with loved ones.
Yawo (pronounced yOW) is an Academic Advisor in UST who works with undecided students. He attended York College of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Also while at York College, he played four years of varsity soccer.
Sarah is an Academic Advisor for University Studies and works with students that are undeclared or between majors within the University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with focuses in Art Therapy and Developmental Psychology from Arcadia University and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Wilmington University.
Sarah has experience in a number of different fields, including retail/retail management, seamstress work and tailoring, costume design and construction, early childhood education, dance choreography, and global experience/study abroad advising. She loves to travel (don’t get her started on study abroad), and her favorite place in the world is Queensland, Australia.
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.