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!
Liaison College: Will Rice
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 Colleges: Baker, Sid Richardson
Hello, my name is Tamara! I was born and raised here in Houston, and I have both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology. I especially love working with undecided students and helping them create manageable action steps to take in order to make decisions. In addition to my OAA duties, I also serve as an RA at McMurtry College! I dedicate the rest of my time to playing with my family (including 3 daughters), thoroughly planning my next vacations, thinking about new Coca-Cola Freestyle machine flavor combinations, and reading.
Liaison Colleges: Duncan, McMurtry
Howdy, I'm John Fierst, and I am originally from southwest Indiana and completed my BA in Biology from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I am a graduate of the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) program at Texas A&M University and received my MS in 2017. My experience includes working with co-curricular internships, learning communities, and new student programs. I love to cook, travel to new places both in the US and abroad, and explore the super diverse, ever-changing city of Houston!
Liaison Colleges: Lovett, Martel
My name is Amy Benoit-Warlick, and I am originally from south Mississippi. I received my Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2016. I previously received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of West Alabama where I was a cross-country and track and field student-athlete. Previously, I have worked at the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship, the KU University Career Center, and as a KU Graduate Teaching Assistant, and at the Sumter County Alabama Chamber of Commerce. I enjoy the beach, trying new foods, and quality time with my husband and our two rescued dogs, Indy and Colt.
Liaison Colleges: Brown, Jones
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: Hanszen, Wiess
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