Director of Academic Student Support
Katie has been at the University of Virginia since 2014. She was a first-generation college student and attended Bradley University in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois. After getting to know some enthusiastic professors and completing a few semesters of research projects with them, she decided to go to graduate school instead of law school. Katie earned an MA and PhD in sociology from Penn State University, and taught sociology courses at several liberal arts colleges before coming to UVA. From 2014-2017, she was Assistant Director of Student Academic Support in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this position, she coordinated the Rainey Academic Program, developed and taught an academic strategies course, and taught an interdisciplinary 3-course sequence for the College Transition Program. From 2017-2022, Katie was Director of the Georges Student Center, for which she oversaw the Center’s spaces, partnerships with other offices, front desk, the Total Advising website, and the e-newsletter. As Director of Academic Student Support, she continues to direct the operations of the Georges Student Center, as well as academic support and related programming for undergraduates. Katie enjoys helping students to find their way through college and to work toward their goals. She is always happy to talk to students about where or how to find information and opportunities. She lives in Waynesboro with her husband, two Australian Shepherds, and a very grumpy cat.
Academic Support Program Coordinator
Laura came to the University of Virginia in 2021. She was born and raised in Maryland and earned an M.S. in Mathematics Education from Salisbury University. While at Salisbury University, she helped manage an academic support program called Supplemental Instruction for two years. Laura then moved to the Richmond area where she taught middle school math from 2017-2021. In 2021, Laura joined the University of Virginia as the Academic Support Program Coordinator for the P2L (Peer Led Learning) program. She manages the day-to-day functions of the P2L program as well as trains and supervises the P2L Peer Coaches. Laura enjoys supporting the Peer Coaches and watching them grow as leaders. She is also happy to be able to connect students to resources to help them be successful.
Junjun Yu is the Georges Student Center Spaces Coordinator. She coordinates the Center’s front desk and spaces operations. Junjun responds to room reservation requests, updates the space reservation system & the Total Advising website, oversees the front desk’s student staff, and responds to inquiries at the front desk. Junjun was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Tourism/Hospitality Management from Macao University of Science & Technology. Before moving to Charlottesville, she worked in the hospitality industry in Shanghai, Macao, and Florida and liked traveling around the world. In 2015, she moved to Charlottesville with her husband. Junjun has been with UVA since 2020 and first worked at the Student Financial Services to help students to understand the financial aid process and solve some of their financial aid issues, and then joined the GSC team in September 2021. She enjoys connecting with our students and their families. When she is not working, she likes spending time with her children and exploring all kinds of kid-friendly places in Charlottesville.