Advising Staff

Faculty/Staff Member About
Lisa Bare

Lisa Bare

Records Specialist (Gi-O)
828-262-8976 (phone)
Leon Levine Hall 101J

Biography: Lisa comes to the Office of Advising and Academic Support after six years as Program Assistant with App State Online at Appalachian State University. She’s a native of the High Country, born and raised in Ashe County. She loves everything about the area, especially the people. She enjoys working with the student population in higher education and helping them reach their educational goals. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking the New River and reading.

Tina Beshears

Records Specialist (A-Ge)
828-262-8151 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101 T

Biography: Tina has worked at Appalachian for 26 years, where she started in the College of Arts and Sciences, before joining the Beaver College of Health Sciences team in 2018. Tina is a local from Blowing Rock, North Carolina where she grew up riding horses and being a trail guide for nine years. She is a proud mother, and an expectant grandmother, who in her spare time quilts.

Tina loves working for the Beaver College of Health Sciences in an environment where she looks forward to coming to work, even on Mondays! 

Tron Buff

Academic Advisor
828-262-6528 (phone)
Leon Levine Hall 101F

Program(s): Exercise Science


  • M.A., Higher Education, Appalachian State University
  • B.A., History, North Carolina State University

Areas of Interest: Academic Advising, Student Success, Transfer Student Transition, Student Athletes

Biography: A native of western NC, Tron left the area to earn a BA in History from NC State University and then returned briefly to earn an MA in Higher Education/Teaching from ASU.  He then moved back to Raleigh where he taught history and served as an academic advisor before wisely returning to Boone in 2016. Since his return, Tron has worked as an academic advisor in the Beaver College of Health Sciences (primarily with the Exercise Science program).  During his spare time, he enjoys reading, music and movies. Mostly, though, he prefers to spend time with his wife and dogs. Tron also continues his lifelong quest to find a way to make fall arrive a little earlier and winter last a little longer

Appointments: Click here to make an appointment with Tron.

Celeste Crowe

Celeste Crowe

Director, Health Professions Advising
828-262-8970 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Holmes Convocation Center 038/Leon Levine Hall 101N


  • Certificate, Core Concepts in Public Health, University of North Carolina
  • M.S., Biology, East Tennessee State University 
  • B.S., Biology, East Tennessee State University 

 Areas of Interest:  Health Professions Advising, Student Success, Disadvantaged and Underrepresented Students, Health Policy, Access and Equity, and Leadership 

Biography:  Celeste worked at ETSU, Tusculum College, and Union College before arriving at Appalachian in 2007.  She is active in many professions associations; currently serving as HPANC President and NAAHP 2018 National Meeting Co-chair.  She enjoys dance, pilates, travel, college sports, and being CeCe to her niece.

Appointments: Click here to make an appointment with Celeste.

*Celeste is in her Holmes Convocation Center office on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Celeste is in her Leon Levine Hall office on Tuesday mornings and Fridays.*

Matthew Crump

Matthew Crump

Assistant Director of Advising Academic Advisor
828-262-6526 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101P

Program(s): Nursing and Health Care Management  


  • Ed.S., Higher Education, Appalachian State University
  • M.HA., Master of Health Administration, Pfeiffer University
  • B.S., Recreation Management, Appalachian State University
  • A.A.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

Areas of Interest: Academic Advising, Student Success, Retention, Organizational Culture, Higher Education Policy, Leadership, Access, Equity, Diversity

Biography: Prior to coming to ASU, Matt worked for the NC Community College System where he served in many different roles in Student Development. Matt is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling with his wife. 

Appointments: Click here to schedule an appointment with Matt.

Travis Erickson

Academic Advisor
828-262-6530 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101R

Program(s): Exercise Science


  • M.S., Human Performance, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
  • B.S., Exercise Science, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

Areas of Interest:  Academic Advising, Student Success, Exercise Science 

Biography:  Travis served as a collegiate coach, program director, and (most recently) an Exercise Science faculty member at Appalachian prior to becoming an academic advisor for the Beaver College of Health Sciences.  He enjoys helping students uncover their true potential while allowing them to explore all of their options at Appalachian.  Travis enjoys messing around with different kinds of technology, lifting weights, and watching sports and traveling with his wife and dog.

Appointments: Click here to make an appointment with Travis.

Jessica Guggenheimer

Executive Director
828-262-8486 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101V


  • M.A., Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University
  • B.A., English, Ball State University

Areas of Interest: Academic Advising, Career Readiness, Collaborative Learning, Retention, Second Year Students, Study Strategies

Biography: In her 20+ year career Jessica has devoted herself to student success through a myriad of roles, programs, workshops, classes and individual relationships.  She enjoys reading, walking, listening to music and hula-hooping, although not all at the same time.  She also loves spending time with her family and friends, exploring art and enjoying a good meal.

Hera Haas

Hera Haas

Records Specialist (K-Z)
828-262-8152 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101M

Biography: Hera has been employed at Appalachian State University for ten years, most recently as a Student Services Specialist in the Registrar's Office. She finds fostering student success very satisfying and has a soft spot for high risk students. She also embraces diversity.  Hera finds peace in music, the woods and the beach and enjoys cooking, gardening, and the gift of her three children.

Callie Hutchens

Academic Advisor
828-262-6529 (phone)
Holmes Convocation Center 039/Leon Levine Hall 101E

Program(s): Recreation Managment and Health & Physical Education


  • M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Appalachian State University
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University

Areas of Interest: Academic Advising, Student Success, Career Exploration, Resource Referrals, Transfer Student Transition and Wellness

Biography: Callie is a Nationally Certified Counselor and has worked in the NC Community College system as Academic Advisor, Career Counselor, and Personal Counselor. She has experience working in residential camping and facilitating expressive arts groups. Callie enjoys playing music, cycling, and gardening with her husband and dog. 

Appointments: Click here to schedule an appointment with Callie.

          *Callie is currently in her Holmes Convocation Center office Mon-Fri. Callie is not holding office hours in Leon Levine Hall*

Joelle Justiz

Joelle Justiz

Administrative Assistant
828-262-8974 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101D


  • Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Administration (In Progress)
  • B.S., Sociology, Appalachian State University

Biography: Joelle comes to the Office of Advising and Academic Support after three years in Campus Dining as the Student Employment Coordinator at Appalachian State University. Her favorite part about working for the university is the opportunity to work alongside and form relationships with such amazing students. She also has professional interests in educational access, social justice, sustainability and nonprofit management.  When she's not at work, Joelle likes to experiment with arts and crafts, travel and hike with her boyfriend and their dog.   


Janice Koppenhaver

Academic Advisor
828-262-6527 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101H

Program(s): Social Work and Public Health


  • M.A., Public Administration, Minnesota State University – Mankato
  • B.S., Community Health Education, UNC-Greensboro

Areas of Interest: Student Success, At-Risk Students, Career Exploration, and helping students think about volunteering and student employment that prepares them for a career.

Biography: Prior to joining Academic Advising and Support Janice began her career at Appalachian in the College of Education’s Teaching Fellows/Appalachian Educator’s program where she worked from 2006-2015.  She has also worked as a health professions advisor at a small college, a training & employee relations officer for a local government, as the management development specialist at a healthcare facility, and as a health educator for a district health department. She enjoys gardening, volunteering, and exploring walking trails in Watauga County as well as traveling and spending time with her family.

Appointments: Click here to schedule an appointment with Janice.

Catherine Sherrill

Catherine Sherrill

Health Professions Advisor
828-262-6718 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101K


  • M.A., Higher Education, Appalachian State University

  • B.FA., Drawing and Painting, University of Georgia

Areas of Interest: Student Success, First Generation College Students, Transfer Students, International Education, Diversity, Social Justice.

Biography: Catherine has been serving students in the Beaver College of Health Sciences since 2012.  She completed her MA in Higher Education in May 2018, further developing her interests in advising and student support. Catherine is also a Transfer Mentor at ASU and a certified mediator for the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources.  As a staff member at ASU, she enjoys connecting with international students and visitors and volunteering with AppKIDS.  Catherine balances work with practicing yoga, running, travelling, and enjoying time with her son.