Welcome to Rice! My name is Aliya Bhimani, and I am originally from College Station, Texas. I have a BS in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University (GW). I spent almost a decade in Washington, DC working in international development and in academic advising. I like to travel and am a big sports lover, especially tennis – playing and watching! I love working with all students and certainly know how it feels to be a first generation student, since I was one myself. My staff takes lots of pleasure in serving the Rice community so we look forward to seeing you in the OAA!
Hello, my name is Christine! I'm originally from the beautiful island of Guam! I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas - Pan American and an MEd in Administration and Supervision in Higher Education from the University of Houston. For the past decade, I have worked in academic advising, recruitment, and professional school admissions. I enjoy travel, baking, rooting for the Houston Texans, and spending time with my husband, son, and two dogs.
Liaison College: Sid Richardson
Hello, I am Tamara! I was born and raised here in Houston, and I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology. I've been working with students in higher education for 12 years and have developed a unique style of advising that is equal parts objective, comforting, and fun. I love working with all students, and helping them navigate their individual paths to achieve their goals. I especially love helping undecided students create manageable action steps to take in order to make decisions. In addition to serving as an Assistant Director in the OAA, I enjoy living a purple lifestyle as an RA (Resident Associate) at McMurtry College! I dedicate the rest of my time to playing with my daughters, thoroughly planning my next vacations, color consulting, and reading. I look forward to meeting with you!
Liaison Colleges: Duncan, McMurtry
Howdy! My name is John Fierst, and I am originally from southwest Indiana. I received my BA in Biology from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and my MS from the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at Texas A&M University. My past experience includes working with co-curricular internships, learning communities, and new student programs. In my 5 years of working in higher education, I have come to embrace an advising style that empowers students to feel confident in trusting their internal compasses to effectively navigate their life journeys. Outside of Rice, I love to cook, travel to new places both in the US and abroad, and explore the highly diverse, ever-changing city of Houston!
Liaison Colleges: Lovett, Martel
Hi there! My name is Joyce, and I am originally from San Antonio, Texas. I am a proud Rice alumna with a BA in Anthropology and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations. After graduating, I received my MA in Education from Stanford, with a focus on Higher Education Policy and Leadership. Before returning to Rice, I taught middle school, worked in graduate admissions, researched undergraduate civic engagement, and recruited college students to join an education non-profit. In my free time, I enjoy baking, listening to podcasts, volunteering at animal shelters, and playing board games with friends.
Liaison Colleges: Will Rice, Baker
Hello, my name is Marcos Canales. I’m originally from Midland, Texas, and I received my BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and my MS in Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) from Portland State University in Oregon. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work in a vast array of areas within higher education such as orientation, residence life, campus visits, and I’ve returned to academic advising after spending six years in admissions. I am passionate about helping students learn and grow as they journey on their collegiate paths, and I’m excited to be at Rice. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dog. I also enjoy writing and exploring Houston. I cannot wait to meet you.
Liaison Colleges: Brown, Jones
Hi, I’m Genevieve! As a native Houstonian, I spent much of my childhood on the Rice campus, whether it be through attending summer camps, watching volleyball games, or just walking my dog around the inner loop. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio and received my BA in International Studies and History. I was very excited to join the OAA in May of 2019 as a temporary Program Coordinator, and in August 2019 transitioned to my current role as Health Professions Coordinator. Outside of working at Rice, I spend my time reading fantasy novels, learning new cookie recipes, and collecting too many vintage art prints.
Hi, my name is Jason Robinson and I am originally from Detroit, MI. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Wayne State University. I have worked in higher education for the last three years with an organization called Cru. I enjoy working with students to help them excel in achieving their passions. In my free time, I love watching sports (preferably Detroit teams), cooking and playing PS4. I look forward to greeting you when you arrive!
Griswold came to Rice in the fall of 1986, shortly after earning her master's degree in higher education student affairs/counseling from Indiana University. It was then where she took charge of monitoring the academic progress of more than 350 Rice student-athletes. Griswold has celebrated over 30 years of service here at Rice. A 1981 cum laude graduate from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with degrees in mathematics and education, Griswold has an impressive coaching background, including the prestigious Indiana Girls’ Basketball State Championship in 1983. While working on her graduate degree at Indiana University, Griswold served as the Hoosiers' academic graduate assistant (1984-86). Currently, she is an associate of Hanszen College and is active in City of Refuge Church, bible study groups, and has eight nieces and nephews.
Works with football offense, women's tennis, men's basketball
Yeakel started his position at Rice in 2000. Prior to joining the Rice staff, Yeakel was an athletics assistant at Butler University for three years. Yeakel attended Purdue University, graduating in 1993 with a B.A. in political science. While at Purdue, he played under hall of fame head coach Gene Keady on the "Gold Squad" practice team for men's basketball. He then earned an M.A. in recreation at Indiana University, where he interned with the IU Athletic Department in both the academic and ticket offices. A native of Indiana, Mike and his wife, Nikki, enjoy the outdoors with their children Logan and Kylie.
Works with men's basketball, football defense, women's track and field
Misha Caylor joined the Rice academic advising team in November 2011. A former collegiate golfer, Misha was a four-time letterwinner at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduating with her B.A. in psychology, she began working as a counselor for children/teens in a residential psychiatric facility in central Virginia. During her three years at the treatment center, Misha completed her M.A. in professional counseling at Liberty University. In 2016 Misha and her husband Ryan welcomed their first child, Scarlet Marie. Misha enjoys attending sporting events, visiting with family and friends, and playing golf.
Works with golf, women's swimming, men's track and field, men's tennis, and volleyball
Kendal Moore joined the Rice academic advising team in October 2014. A former collegiate soccer player, Kendal was a four-time letter winner at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications in May 2012. Following her time at Arkansas, Kendal went on to receive her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University while also serving as the Graduate Assistant for the women's soccer team. Kendal enjoys attending sporting events, hiking, camping, and being around family and friends.
Works with baseball, women's soccer, and women's basketball