Jake Brownfield

Private Institution Representative

Chassidy Cooper

President Elect

Daniel Jordan

Vice-President for Membership

Jill Wheeler

NACADA Liaison

Zach Pharr

2-Year Public Institution Representative

Executive Board Members 2017-18

Teresa Scott

Past President

Melissa Jackson


Teresa Scott has been with the Fulbright College Advising Center since 2006 and with the University of Arkansas since 1995. She currently serves as Associate Director for Transfer Student Advising. Teresa received her BA in Communication in 2004 and an MA in Communication in 2007 from the University of Arkansas. She loves working with students and helping them discover their unique skills and passions. “Every student is an asset to our campuses and our communities. It is my job to give each student the tools s/he needs to be successful and to reach her/his potential.”

Teresa is a published author with interests in Communication and Gender Studies. In addition to research and academics, Teresa's hobbies include reading, traveling, and life-long learning. She is an avid reader and collector of books from any genre. Teresa's newest hobby is spending time and playing with her first grandbaby, Gabriel, who made his debut in April of this year.

Finally, Teresa has been a member of the ArkAAN (Arkansas Academic Advising Network) Executive Board since 2010 and has been a member of both ArkAAN and NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) since 2006. “I love being a member of ArkAAN and serving on the Executive Board. The people I have met and worked with throughout the State are amazing. ArkAAN gives us a unique opportunity to network, share best practices, and create long-lasting professional relationships and friendships.”

Melissa Jackson is a native of Osceola, Arkansas, but currently resides in Jonesboro.  After high school, Melissa attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, but did not complete her studies there.  She later attended Arkansas Northeastern Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts Degree in 2003 before transferring to Arkansas State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Oral Communication and Theatre Arts (2004), Master of Arts in Communication Studies (2005), and Specialist Degree in Community College Education (2006).  After graduation, Melissa joined the Wilson Advising Center in 2006 as an Academic Advisor and currently serves as the Center’s Director. 

Melissa joined the Arkansas Academic Advising Network (ArkAAN) in 2006, and later joined the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  She has served ArkAAN as a member of the executive board in the roles of VP for Membership (2009), President-Elect (2011), President (2012) and Past President (2013).  She also served as the Chair of the Proposals Committee for the 2012 Region 7 NACADA Conference held in Rogers, AR.  Melissa finds her job to be intrinsically rewarding because it provides her an opportunity to make a difference. She sees advising not only as an opportunity to share information with the intent of guiding students along their academic journey to graduation, but also as an opportunity to empower students to become responsible for their learning along the way for continued success beyond graduation. In addition to her primary role at Arkansas State University, Melissa serves as an instructor for the College of Media and Communications.  Other responsibilities that add credibility to her ability to render reasonable service include her service as Faculty Advisor for the Campus Gospel Choir United Voices, Chair for Advisor Award Recognition Committee, Coordinator of the University Academic Intervention Program Restart, University Admissions and Credits Appeal Board, Multicultural Center Advisory Board Member, and Chair of the University Academic Advising and Retention Council.  She is currently working to complete her dissertation and obtain a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.  In Melissa’s spare time, she enjoys singing, decorating and spending time with her family.

Chassidy Cooper is a native Arkansan. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Sewanee-the University of the South and then obtained her master’s degree in higher education from UA Little Rock.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in Leadership Studies at University Central Arkansas. 

Chassidy serves as an Academic Advisor and First Year Experience Instructor at UA Little Rock. Previously, she served as Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Academic Probation (AP) Coordinator at UA Little Rock.   In all of these roles, her goals have been to increase the retention and graduation rates of UA Little Rock students. Her previous participation and current involvement in Arkansas Commitment, a non-profit program designed to institute a corps of talented, young minority persons throughout central Arkansas to serve as future state leaders, is the catalyst for her desire to continue to serve in Arkansas.  Leadership, mentoring, and advising are major aspects of her life.  She is a huge advocate for academic advising, academic support programs, and helping all students achieve success inside and outside of the classroom.

In 2012, Chassidy joined the Arkansas Academic Advising Network(ArkAAN) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  Previously, she served as the four-year institution representative for ArkAAN. She has also presented multiple times at regional NACADA and ArkAAN conferences.  Having worked in higher education for seven years now, “it is my obligation to lead and serve those organizations that have afforded me so many benefits and opportunities.  The future is bright for ArkAAN, I hope to continue to serve with amazing people, build lasting professional connections, promote the advising profession, and to increase awareness of the organization’s presence around the state and beyond."

Nicole Rowan is a Senior Academic Advisor for Fulbright College Advising Center at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.  She works with International Studies majors, Classical Studies majors, and Biology majors.  She has been with the Fulbright advising center since 2012 and serves as their advising coordinator.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Theatre and English and a Master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. 

She has lived in Fayetteville since 2012 and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education.  She is a member of the Graduate Student Dean’s Advisory Board and the University Course and Programs Committee.  In her time in Fayetteville she has become a regular bicyclist, and she loves taking her dog, Noelle, to the park.

This is her first time serving on the ArkAAN board, but Nicole has presented at NACADA regional  and ArkAAN conferences. 

Daniel  Jordan joined the Fulbright Advising Center at the University of Arkansas in January 2013 as a Graduate Assistant, and started his full-time position in January 2014. As a 2014 graduate of the U of A’s Master’s in Higher Education program, Daniel knows the importance of working with students to accomplish their goals—whether the goal is graduation or simply discovering on-campus resources. A 2011 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Daniel led his peers in Student Government Association while completing his BA in Anthropology.

Daniel married the love of his life, Leah, in 2010, and when not watching quality TV dramas or playing board games with friends, they hang out with their pretty awesome dogs, Hank and Pearl. Daniel and Leah are thrilled to welcome their daughter, Lillian, to the family this October!

Daniel’s ultimate goal in life is for students to remember this positive, self-affirming mantra: “You’re smart! You’re prepared! You’re gonna do great!” Daniel has held leadership roles in his undergraduate, graduate, and professional roles as a student and professional, and is eager to help grow ArkAAN involvement around the state. Daniel has been an active member of ArkAAN since 2013, when he was a graduate student, and has presented at ArkAAN and Partners for Student Success conferences.

Angela Paladino is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she attended Parkview Arts/Sciences High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Henderson State University in 2010 and completed her Master's degree in Higher Education in 2011 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After beginning her Higher Education career as a Graduate Assistant in the College of Education, she was hired on full time at UALR in the Graduate School as an Administrative Specialist. She later moved to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where she began to fall in love with Advising. As many of her students were first generation and non-traditional, she understood the importance of offering a variety of services and resources to meet each student where they are individually. After the University restructured, the nature of her duties changed significantly but Angela's passion remained the same.

Ms. Paladino uses validation and empathy as a way to build trust with her students and begin the intrusive process of guiding her students in the right direction. She currently serves as the Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator the UALR Benton Center where she advises traditional and non- traditional students and coordinates community development in Saline County.

Diversity has remained a constant passion of hers in every aspect of life and she is excited to work with other executive board members to help integrate new ways to promote multicultural programming and initiatives across our student populations and organization in Arkansas.

Amelia Jaeger has been with the University of Central Arkansas Academic Advising Center since 2016. She currently serves as an Education Counselor for the College of Natural Sciences and Math as well as Transfer Services. Amelia received her BA in Sociology from the University of Arkansas in 2015. She is currently working on her MS in College Student Personnel Services and Administration at the University of Central Arkansas. She loves working with all her students and helping them find their niche. Having been a Transfer Student herself, she feels right at home advising her Transfer Students. “Each day is a new day in the Advising Office, and like our students, no two days are the same. I love being able to help students find a route to what they are passionate about. All students, but especially transfer students have a huge place in my heart and I am so thankful to work with them.”

Amelia enjoys traveling, crochet, and fishing. Her newest hobby has been playing with her new niece, Evelyn, who has recently moved to Mountain Home with Amelia’s sister and brother-in-law.

Finally, Amelia is a recent addition to ArkAAN and it will be her first year on the Executive Board. “I hope this position on the board will allow me to learn more about how other schools advise and make it easier for Transfer Students to transition to new campuses.”

Meagon Clarkson-Guyll currently works as an academic advisor in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. She began working with the advising center in 2012 as a graduate student and administrative assistant and moved into the position of academic advisor upon the completion of her master’s degree in Higher Education in 2013.

What Meagon enjoys most about advising is helping students discover how to identify and articulate what they want to accomplish during their time as a college student and then help them create a plan to achieve those goals. Each student is unique, so everyday promises a new adventure for an academic advisor. She is excited to grow as a member of ArkAAN and looks forward to the opportunity to serve as your treasurer. 


Adrian Everett is a native of McGehee, Arkansas. Currently, he is the Associate Director/Transfer Student Services Coordinator for Arkansas State University Wilson Advising Center. He has been a higher education professional since 2013. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Secondary Education, General Science, and Health/Physical Education in August 2011, and his Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services in May 2013 both from Arkansas State University. As a student at A-State, his greatest accomplishments include being selected as Student Government Association President, traveling to Europe as a Global Student Leader, and delivering the Commencement Speech during his undergraduate graduation ceremony.

His main passion is spending time with his wife, Annie and their daughter, Kaleigh. He loves supporting the Red Wolves Athletic program and being a fan of NBA superstar LeBron James. Adrian’s special talents include being a chef in the kitchen and grill master when cooking outdoors. He is the owner of Big A’s BBQ Catering! His main goal in life is to be a positive role model, family man, and an inspiring individual to those he meets throughout his lifetime. He is looking forward to continuing to develop in the higher education profession and serving ArkANN as the four year public institution representative. Outside of his main job responsibilities, Adrian is currently serving as A-State Staff Senate Vice President.  

Zach Pharr has been working in higher education since 2007. He has an B.A. in History from the University of Arkansas and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. He has worked in student services in several capacities including academic advising, admissions, student life, and student housing. He is currently the Director of the Academic Advising Center at Northwest Arkansas Community College. He loves working with college students and helping them discover their passions and reach their goals. He is proud to serve as your ArkAAN’s 2-Year Public Institution Representative.

He loves to travel (42 states and 19 countries so far!), is a self-admitted “crazy cat person” and loves to read and LEGO.

 Jake Brownfield is the Director of Academic Affairs at Harding University in Searcy, AR. He has been a full-time employee of the university for 5 years. In May of 2011 he earned a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Harding, and then earned an Ed.S. in Professional Counseling from HU that December. Jake has been a member of NACADA since 2011.  


Jill Wheeler earned her undergraduate and both of her graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration in Marketing Management in 2004. She went on to earn a Master's in Higher Education in 2007, a second Master's of Science in Counselor Education in 2010.

Jill joined Fulbright Honors in January 2012 after 5 1/2 year of academic advising in the Fulbright Advising Center. While there she worked with students of all majors in Fulbright College. Jill was Assistant Director of Program Development and her responsibilities in addition to academic advising included heading the colleges recruiting efforts along with supervising the Fulbright College Ambassadors. She is an active member of both the Arkansas Academic Advising Network (ArkANN) and National Academic Advising Counsel (NACADA) where she is the incoming chair of the Webinar Advisory Board. She has presented at the state, regional and national level through these two organizations. She was named "Outstanding Academic Adviser" by ArkAAN in 2010 and her co-presentation on student veterans won Best of Region 7.  Prior to the Advising Center she was an Assistant Director of Admission in the University's Office of Admissions.

A native of Brinkley, AR, Jill now calls Northwest Arkansas home with her husband Michael, their two little girls Emma and Ava and their fur baby Gabby. She loves to walk with her family around campus and gets excited about all things Razorback. Her favorite part of her job is that every student is different and each one of them brings something special to the advising session. Helping students discover their passions and how a Fulbright major fits them continues to make her smile daily.

Meagon Clarkson-Guyll


Adrian Everett

4-Year Public Institution Representative

Amelia Jaeger


Nicole Rowan

Vice-President for Communication

Angela Paladino

Vice-President for Diversity