Tykeson Administration & Operations Team

Jake Ryan Beck, Intake & Operations Specialist


Jake Ryan is the Intake & Operations Specialist for Tykeson College and Career Advising. Jake Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Planning, Public Policy, and Management School at the University of Oregon in Spring of 2022. What Jake Ryan enjoys most about working with TCCA is the ability to help students navigate their way through their time here at the UO so they are on the best path possible. A native Texan; when not at work, Jake Ryan can be seen biking around town, exploring local eateries, or hitting up a jazz club.

Contact Information: jbeck7@uoregon.edu



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Courtney Garcia, Assistant Director for College & Career Advising

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Courtney is the Assistant Director for College and Career Advising. Courtney has been advising for eight years and worked at the UO for over two years. What Courtney enjoys most about working in higher education is helping students achieve their academic/personal/career goals and learning new things from students. Courtney is also currently a member of the UO Dreamers working group. In their free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family, traveling and salsa dancing.

Contact Information: cgarcia6@uoregon.edu


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Kim Marshel, Assistant Director for College & Career Advising

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Kim Marshel is the Assistant Director for College & Career Advising. She has worked at the University of Oregon since 2019 and has nearly 18 years of educational leadership experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Certificate in Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Policy from Portland State University.

As a former student-athlete, she understands how difficult finding balance can be when managing multiple roles and enjoys helping students put the puzzle of college life together in a way that gives them the confidence and support needed to know they can accomplish great things. When not working with students, Kim enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking, skiing, playing soccer or anything that provides an adrenaline rush.

Contact Information: kmarshel@uoregon.edu


Bil Morrill, Assistant Director, Tykeson College & Career Advising
Bil Morrill, Assistant Director for College and Career Advising & Technology


Bil is the Assistant Director for College and Career Advising & Technology. He has worked at the University of Oregon for 18 years and received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and his Masters of Science in Counseling both from the University of Oregon. 

Contact Information: bmorrill@uoregon.edu

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Lisa Van Liefde, Office Manager

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Originally from southern California, Lisa earned a BA in Sociology from LMU in Los Angeles, and an MSW from San Diego State University. Before coming to UO, she spent the majority of her career owning and managing a business.  A resident of Eugene since 2017,  Lisa is an avid outdoor enthusiast and feels very fortunate to be living in the beautiful state of Oregon.

Contact Information: lvanlief@uoregon.edu


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Megan Weiler



Contact Information: mweiler@uoregon.edu

Tykeson Advising Staff

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Michelle Alexander, Academic and Career Advisor

Michelle Alexander is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in History from Portland State University and has a Master of Science in Sociology from University of Oregon.  Her dissertation Roles of the Dice: Play and Community in Roleplay Practice is set to be defended Spring 2022.  Michelle enjoys being in the classroom and communities of learning, whether at the head or in the crowd. Michelle spends as much time as she is allowed walking through real and virtual worlds, marveling at the beautiful ways we construct each other as we pass though.  Michelle brings with her the experience of a non-traditional student, and of passing through spaces where she was always non-typical.  As such, she uses this experience to inform her advising, helping students craft experiences which ring true even as they may be difficult.  In her free time, she makes sure her 3 cats are just as pampered as possible, enjoys time with family and friends (preferably around a fire of some nature) and yes, does play Dungeons and Dragons.  She prefers 5th Edition because of its elegant and mutable design but appreciates the crunchiness of 3rdEdition.  In terms of online MMORPGs, Michelle prefers more discreet, narrative games like the Dragon Age or Witcher series rather than open world sandboxes, having spent time in both. 

Contact Information: malexan2@uoregon.edu

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Kaylee Clarke, Academic and Career Advisor

Kaylee is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising.

Contact Information:  kcclarke@uoregon.edu

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Falyn Edwards, Academic and Career Advisor

[Falyn pronounced like Jimmy Fallon]


Falyn Edwards is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. She is a double alumna of Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Outside of the office, Falyn enjoys baking, biking, dancing, and knowing too much about pop culture.

Contact Information: fedwards@uoregon.edu

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Ellen Fields, Academic and Career Advisor


Ellen is an advisor with an interest in supporting students seeking careers in health professions. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Oregon and earned her Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College. Prior to working as an academic advisor, Ellen worked in early childhood intervention through for profit childcare settings as well as abuse prevention programs for families and young children. Ellen approaches advising with a holistic approach, using strength based language and genuine curiosity about the process of learning inside and outside the classroom. Outside of work, Ellen can be found outdoors mostly, swimming, biking, gardening, and playing with her Labradoodle puppy.

Contact Information: efields2@uoregon.edu

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Sonia Gordillo, Health Professions and Academic and Career Advisor


Sonia Gordillo is a Health Professions Advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. Sonia received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from Portland State University with a double minor in Child and Family Studies and Spanish (2018). In 2019, Sonia received her Masters in Social Work from Pacific University. Sonia is a first-generation Mexican-American from Eugene, Oregon. As Sonia states, “Being a first generation student going through the University system was challenging to say the least. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the wonderful support of mentors and advisors that have guided me along the way. I now hope I can be a strong guiding force to first generation and underrepresented students at the University of Oregon. I whole-heartedly strive for students to unleash and reach their maximum potential. I want to strategize with you, help you think more critically about your career interests, and develop a plan that is right for YOU. Some advising appointment will be very academic and career focused, while others can be a moment to debrief about courses, life, and mental health.”

Contact Information: sgordill@uoregon.edu

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Geoffrey Henderson, Academic and Career Advisor

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Geoffrey is an Academic and Career Advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. He is a Duck Alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in Planning, Public Policy, and Management, but has roots from Michigan, Hawai’i, and California. He brings his ancestors with him every day and his work centers how community can empower an individual to achieve. Geoffrey has worked in different department across U of O as a student for 4 years and hopes to use that experience to improve connections across campus. Outside of work you’ll find Geoffrey playing video games, biking, or exploring his newly discovered hobbies of Samba Reggae and swimming.

Contact Information: ghender3@uoregon.edu

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Lucy Rojas Henderson, Academic and Career Advisor

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Lucy Rojas Henderson is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. She is a California native who earned her B.A. in Media Communications with an emphasis in Film Production from Point Loma Nazarene University and her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Bushnell University as a first-generation college student.

Lucy has been advising for over five years, is an active member of the UO Latinx Strategy Group, Latino Professionals Connect in Eugene, and is a mentor for PLNU’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation. She is passionate about equipping marginalized student populations for academic/personal/professional success and coming alongside students as they navigate a pivotal chapter of their story.

Outside of academics you can often find Lucy spending time with her family, rock climbing, and humming about in the garden or looking for something new to bake.

Contact Information: lhender4@uoregon.edu

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Gretchen Hill, Academic and Career Advisor



Gretchen Hill is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. She earned an M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon and a B.S. in Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. While an undergraduate and graduate student she researched Basque peoples and their construction of place in the American West. Presently, she is studying at Prescott College obtaining her M.S. in Counseling. Outside of academics, she is a mother of two adult daughters, enjoys hiking, camping, road and mountain biking, traveling, and simply being one with nature. 

Contact Information: ghill3@uoregon.edu

Barbara Kessel, Academic and Career Advisor


Barbara Kessel is an academic and career advisor in the Healthy Communities Flight Path within Tykeson College and Career Advising.  She earned a Master’s of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University and a Master’s of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University (OSU).  She moved from the Midwest in 1998 following the modern day Oregon Trail and initially landed in Springfield.  She is a first generation college student and enjoys working with underrepresented student populations.  Prior to coming to UO, she worked most recently at OSU as an academic advisor for the Department of Microbiology.  Outside of work, she enjoys kayaking, trips to the coast, and spending time with her family.

Contact Information: barbarak@uoregon.edu

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Sarah Lambert, Academic and Career Advisor

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Sarah has been advising students within Tykeson College and Career Advising since June 2021.

After growing up in south Florida, Sarah earned a B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics (2015) from the University of Florida, as well as an M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education (2018) from Miami University with a dual emphasis in Student Development Theory and Diversity, Equity, & Culture. After working in the Midwest for a few years, they joined UO and the Tykeson team in 2021, where they also serve on the Latinx Strategies Group. They love living in the Pacific Northwest and spend their free time hiking, reading, and cuddling their sweet pitbull Freyja.

Contact Information: slamber4@uoregon.edu

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Elizabeth Milner, Academic and Career Advisor


Elizabeth is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising and is part of the Science, Sustainability and Health Residential Community located in Unthank Hall. Elizabeth holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.A. degree in Linguistics from University College London.  Elizabeth is a member of the Queer Ally Coalition and of the Ducks On The Air ham radio club, and has been part of the UO community since 2010.  When not at work, Elizabeth might be reading science fiction, riding a recumbent trike, weaving, or making something out of wood.

Contact Information: emilner@uoregon.edu

Bethany Runsten
Bethany Runsten, Academic and Career Advisor

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Bethany Runsten is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. They earned their B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Economics from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Bethany also earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Utah in 2019. Prior to coming to the UO in June 2021, Bethany served as a Residence Hall Director at Cornell University, and in various residential life, LGBTQIA+ student services, and multicultural student support positions in Ohio, Utah, and South Korea. In their free time, Bethany can typically be found reading, dancing to pop music, relaxing with their housemates’ two cats, or doing yoga.

Contact Information: brr@uoregon.edu

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Sam Smith, Academic and Career Advisor


Sam is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising. He has a BA in English and Economics from the University of Georgia, and an MA and PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. If you have a minute, he would love to talk to you about his dissertation, Modernist Amateur Economists, which he defended in 2021. Sam has a background in career advising, a perspective that helps inform his academic advising at every stage. Outside of the office, Sam loves playing hobby board games, reading contemporary science fiction, playing and watching basketball, and enjoying the outdoors.

Contact Information: ssmith44@uoregon.edu

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Callie Treadway, Academic and Career Advisor


Callie Treadway is an advisor within Tykeson College and Career Advising.  She earned her B.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus in Fiction from the University of South Florida. Prior to coming to UO, Callie was an Instructor of English at USF, teaching Fiction, Professional Writing, and Composition, with an emphasis in feminist and intersectional pedagogy. Outside of work, Callie enjoys writing, hiking, and playing with her sassy, blind pitbull. 

Contact Information:  ctreadwa@uoregon.edu