Advising Staff

Faculty/Staff Member About

Lisa Bare

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


  • M.Ed., Training and Development, N. C. State University (In Progress)
  • B.S., Communication-Advertising, Minor-Sociology, Appalachian State University
  • A.A., Wilkes Community College

Areas of interest: Student Success, Transfer Students, Underrepresented Student Populations

Biography: Lisa comes to the Office of Advising and Academic Support after serving as Program Assistant with App State Online at Appalachian State University for six years. 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 achieve their educational goals. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and kayaking the New River.

Tina Beshears

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

Biography: Tina has worked at Appalachian for 28 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 grandmother who quilts in her spare time.

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

Larke Blanton

Academic Advisor
828-262-6557 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101L

Program(s): Exercise Science and Nursing


  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy Candidate, Appalachian State University 
  • M.Div., Wake Forest University School of Divinity
  • B.A., Psychology, Appalachian State University

Areas of interest:  Academic Advising, Transfer Students, Student Success

Biography: Larke comes to the Office of Advising and Academic Support after two years with App State Online at Appalachian State University. She fell in love with Boone as an App State undergrad studying Psychology and Religious Studies. After graduation, Larke moved to Winston Salem and completed a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University. Marrying a Boone native, Larke moved back to Boone in 2015. Along with being an employee of Appalachian State, she is also a student pursuing a second master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Outside of supporting students in their academic endeavors, Larke enjoys spending time with her husband, Great Dane, family, friends, watching Mountaineer football, and pastoring her local church.

Appointment: Click here to schedule an appointment with Larke.

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 returning to Boone in 2016. Since his return, Tron has worked as an academic advisor with the Exercise Science program in the Beaver College of Health Sciences. 

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 professional associations; previously serving as HPANC and SAAHP President, on the NAAHP BOD, and as 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.

Matt Crump

Matt Crump

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


  • 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 and daughter. 

Appointments: Click here to schedule an appointment with Matt.

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 (P-Z)
828-262-8152 (phone)
828-262-8975 (fax)
Leon Levine Hall 101M

Biography: Hera has been employed at Appalachian State University for 16 years, and served eight years as a Student Services Specialist in the Registrar's Office before joining the Records team here in 2015. She finds fostering student success most gratifying and has a soft spot for high-risk students. Hera’s outside interests include music, hiking, cooking, digging in the dirt on her farm, and spending time with her family.   

Callie Hutchens

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

Program(s): Recreation Management 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 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.


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 101R

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.

Appointment: Click here to schedule an appointment with Catherine.


Jenny Shoener

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

Program(s): Communication Sciences and Disorders and Nutrition


  • M.A. Student Affairs Administration, Appalachian State University
  • B.S. Recreation Management, Appalachian State University

Areas of Interest: Advising, Access, Student Success, Diversity, Retention, Life and Career Planning, & Sense of Belonging 

Biography: Originally from Conover, N.C, Jenny fell in love with the High Country while pursuing her bachelor's degree. Throughout her undergraduate career, she had a variety of employment opportunities, including jobs in California and Alaska.  As a result of her various experiences, she realized that her true calling is working with students, a feeling that was reinforced during her graduate assistantship in the Career Exploration Office. As a member of the Beaver College of Health Sciences, Jenny loves building relationships with her students and colleagues.  She also has a passion for student success and helping students to develop a sense of belonging on a college campus. In her free time, Jenny loves to spend time with her fiance, and their Bernese Mountain Dog, River.  She is devoted to her fitness routine, which she claims keeps her sound both in body and mind.  She also loves to travel, see live music, get outdoors, and visit National Parks.    

Appointment: Click here to schedule an appointment with Jenny.