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Students are paired with their Academic Advisor based on their major.

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Roberto Coronel

Director of Academic Advising

Roberto began at Chapman in 2010. As Director, Roberto oversees the undergraduate academic advising services provided by the Academic Advising Center. Prior to coming to Chapman, he served as the Assistant Director of the Academic Advising Center and Coordinator of Academic Probation and Disqualification Services at CSU Fullerton. Additionally, he served as Assistant Director of the Student Access to Science Center at CSU Long Beach, and as the Associate Director of the Mesa Engineering Program (MEP) and the Mesa Schools Program (MSP) at CSU Fresno.


Amanda Aguayo

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Majors

I joined the Chapman family in August 2017. I originally worked in the Registrar office, before joining the Academic Advising team in 2020! I earned my A.A. in Natural Science from Cerritos College, then my B.S. in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton. I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Leadership Development here at Chapman! When I am not busy with school, I enjoy working out, cooking new recipes, watching sports, going to Dodger games, spending time with my family and my Dog Quincy!  I truly enjoy working in Higher Education and I am excited to help students achieve their academic goals!

Joe Barrett, M.A.

Academic Advisor
Testing Coordinator and Specialist advisor for Dismissal Students

I earned both my B.A. and M.A. in American Studies from Cal State Fullerton where I also worked as an academic advisor prior to joining Chapman University in late 2007. My primary duties at Chapman are related to testing, dismissal advising, and to assist students with meeting all of their requirements so that they may graduate in a timely manner. Outside of advising I am interested in US cultural history and the built environment and may one day pursue a Ph.D. in order to study these things further. For the time being, however, I find great pleasure in reading, writing, photography, cycling and drinking coffee.

Dina Bartoloni Mai, M.S.

Assistant Director and Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for all College of Performing Arts majors, and Art, Art History, and Graphic Design majors

I began working at Chapman University in February 2012. Born and raised in the city of Orange, I am very excited to be working with you all here at Chapman! I earned my B.A. in History with a minor in English and American Literature from the University of Southern California, and later my M.S. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and a Certificate in Community College Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Outside of work, I enjoy going to the theater (I love musicals!), watching movies, TV, and my favorite sports teams (go Angels! go Trojans!), traveling with my husband (we love Alaska!), hiking, reading, and taking care of our dog, Betty White (yes, that's her name).

Jessica Chavez, M.P.A.

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for all School of Communication majors

I joined the Chapman family in November 2018. I completed my A.A. at Orange Coast College, my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and earned my master’s degree in Public Policy & Administration at CSULB. Prior to starting at Chapman, I advised students in the College of Health & Human Services at CSULB for four years. I am a Southern California native that enjoys knitting, crocheting, spending time at the beach, playing board games, and watching reality tv with my pups, Marshmallow and Coconut. I’m excited to be a Panther and help support student success!

Heidi Choi

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science majors (Creative Writing, English, French, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish)

Hi Panthers! I grew up in the City of Orange so I am THRILLED to be a part of the Chapman family. I attended UCLA as a transfer student from Irvine Valley College and graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Sociology. During my time at UCLA, I worked as a New Student Advisor for incoming first-years and transfers attending orientation. I have a passion to guide students to success and I plan to pursue a Master’s degree to further my experience in Higher Education. I’ve always valued education because of the educators that fully supported me throughout my life and the opportunities I was able to experience. Outside of work, I love going to the beach, hiking, photography, playing guitar, painting, eating Hot Cheetos, and rewatching episodes of Friends.

Brittnie Ferguson, M.A.

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for all Fowler School of Engineering majors

I received my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands, and my M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. My passion for working in higher education began while I was working as a graduate student assistant for the HSS Student Success Center at California State University, Fullerton. I am very passionate about working with students to help them achieve their academic goals and am grateful that I have the opportunity to do this at Chapman. For recreation I love to watch movies, spend time with my family, travel abroad, and I frequently attend operas/plays/musicals. 

James Mateik, M.S.

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for all Argyros School of Business and Economics majors

I am very excited to be at Chapman University! I grew up in Southern California where I graduated twice from California State University, Long Beach. The first time I received my Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, which led me to a brief career as a Forest Ranger. After a few years, I went back to CSULB and graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling, with my program emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education. Prior to coming to Chapman, I was a Career Center Advisor at California State University, Fullerton. I am passionate about serving others and assisting students with their journey in higher education. In my leisure time, I enjoy playing basketball, camping, traveling and spending time with family.

Nicole Nungaray

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for all Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences majors

After graduating from Chapman with a B.S. in Kinesiology in the Spring of 2018, I couldn’t stay away and began my journey as an academic advisor the beginning of 2019. As a student, I was involved in Promising Futures, Greek Life, LatinX, YoungLife, Chapman Radio, the Chapman Diversity Project, and I also worked as a tour guide. My passion for assisting students stemmed from trying to navigate my own college experience as a first-generation college student and all the support I received while doing so. I had no idea what type of impact my Chapman experience would have on me, and I’m looking forward to supporting and seeing students through their own unique journeys! Outside of advising, I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, writing poetry, eating spicy foods, making people laugh, the color pink, and cuddling with my precious pup, Marley.

Irene Quinlan, M.A.

Academic Advisor
Specialist advisor for all Schmid College of Science and Technology majors and Integrated Educational Studies majors

In the Spring of 2012, I joined the Academic Advising Center. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, from which I relocated, I was an Academic Advisor at Texas A&M University, San Antonio. I also received my B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M and completed my M.A. in Counseling. I enjoy working with students and look forward to meeting with each of you as we work together to meet your academic goals. When I'm not working or studying, I enjoy getting acquainted with California by exploring all my newly adopted state has to offer.