Academic Advising Staff

Meet the Academic Advising Staff

Academic Advisors:

Kate Tisch

Hi there! My name is Kate Tisch and I am the Director of Advising.  I have been at Alverno since 1994 and enjoy working in this unique learning community.  My undergraduate degree from UW-Madison is in Exercise Physiology.  I also have a Master’s degree in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.  I am married and have 2 kids—one in college in NYC and one in middle school.  In my free time I play volleyball, golf, travel, read, watch HGTV and attend Badger & Packer games.  I encourage students to make the most of their education by focusing on their areas of interest but also by exploring new ideas and taking some risks.  I loved my college experience and want my advisees to feel the same about their time here at Alverno! 

Contact Kate Tisch
Email – 
Phone – (414) 382-6036
Schedule an appointment with Kate

Beth Monhollen Hello! My name is Beth Monhollen (technically, Dorothy Elizabeth, but I’ve been called Beth since the day I was born.) I am the Assistant Director of Advising. I earned my bachelor’s   degree from Alverno in 1997. I majored in English and minored in Spanish and Theater, because those were the things I loved. I’ve had quite a few different jobs in the time since I graduated, but I’ve happily worked at Alverno since 2003. I’m one of the luckiest, happiest people that I know, partly because I love my work! I have a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration (essentially, college student development, so that I can do what I do, only better.) And, I continue to act for local theater companies and practice my language skills whenever I can. I love to learn and to explore and I love to help others to do the same. One of the most important things I learned in my undergraduate years was to be open to new experiences and new people, to take unfamiliar classes even if I didn’t “need” them. My hope for your college years is that you will do the same.

Contact Beth Monhollen:
Email –
Phone – (414) 382-6348

Schedule an appointment with Beth


Marie EblingWelcome to Alverno and to Advising! My name is Marie Schoeppach and I’m an advisor. Being a college student is a unique time in a person’s   life. It’s full of opportunities to learn and grow both in and out of the classroom.  That was my experience while earning my B.S. in Communication Studies at UW-La Crosse and my M. Ed. in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida.  It is my hope that your time at Alverno will be full of experiences that allow you to grow in many new and diverse ways.   In my role as an advisor, I hope to help you find and reach your potential.  My favorite quote can also be good advice for anyone in their college journey:  “Don’t confuse your life and your work, the second is only part of the first.” – unknown

Contact Marie Schoeppach:
Email – 
Phone – (414) 382-6034
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Kishia RossHi! And welcome to Advising!  My name is Kishia Ross and I am an Advisor.  I served in the Academic Advising office for thirteen years as the Administrative Assistant.  During this time I earned my bachelor’s degree from Alverno and graduated in 2006.  My major of study was Community Leadership and Development. As both a student and an employee, Alverno instilled in me that education is a life-long endeavor, which is why I choose to pursue my Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration.  I graduated from Concordia University in 2013.  Shortly after graduation I accepted a position as a Student Services Advisor where I served for three years.  This career path has come full circle and now I am back “home”.  The best part of my job is the student interactions, so please, feel free to stop by or call often.  As education is one of my values, I often say “it is an awesome day when you have learned something new”!  I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

Contact Kishia Ross:
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Phone – (414) 382-6042
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Welcome to Danielle CastroAlverno College!! My name is Danielle Castro and I am an Academic Advisor and 2006 graduate of Alverno College. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Adult Education, and then went on to earn my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling. I am a mom to two amazing girls, and in my free time I enjoy traveling with my friends and family, as well as discovering new bike trails and enjoying all that life has to offer! I began working in higher education in 2009 and I am thrilled to be a part of Alverno College. My favorite part of being an Advisor is getting to hear about your dreams and career goals as you start this exciting journey, and then helping you to reach these. I look forward to celebrating the many successes that each of you will have and I encourage you to stop in any time you have a question. Remember to make the most of these exciting years, and know that nothing is impossible!

Contact Danielle Castro
Email –
Phone – (414) 382-6032
Schedule an appointment with Danielle


Promise Scholar Advisors:

Martha JohnsonWelcome to Alverno!  My name is Martha Johnson and I am the Promise Scholar Advisor in the Academic Advising Department.  I earned a B.S. degree in Health Education from U.W.- Madison and a M.S. degree in Educational Rehabilitation Counseling from U.W. – Milwaukee.  Your college years mirror life by introducing you to greater responsibilities, multiple opportunities, diverse ways to explore who you are and who you want to become.  Most importantly, your time in college allows you the time to fully explore what unique gifts you bring to your career and community.  I love working with students to encourage them to maximize their own inner resources, find their own voice and pursue a career path that honors their interests and strengths.  My favorite quote is from Ralph W. Emerson: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Contact Martha Johnson
Email – 
Phone – (414) 382-6033
Schedule an appointment with Martha

Promise Scholar AdvisorHello and welcome to Advising! My name is Sarah Fandel and I am a Promise Scholar Advisor.  I am interested in understanding education as a transformational process so I studied and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Writing Intensive English and my Master of Education degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Marquette University. I also love to learn through trying new things, reading good books, and spending time in conversation with others.  College is an amazing time to explore who you are and the impact you want to leave on the world. My goal in advising is to help you make authentic decisions based upon your beliefs, values, and experiences so you can successfully reach your goals. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Contact Sarah Fandel:
Email – 
Phone – (414) 382-6398
Schedule an appointment with Sarah

Administrative Assistants:


New Administrative Assistant in the Advising OfficeHi, I am Karen Romantini and I am one of the Administrative Assistants in the Advising Office. What a pleasure it is to offer my administrative support to Alverno’s Advising Team! The eclectic background that brought me here contains the common thread of community building, vibrant education, and celebration of diversity; so it feels like a great fit to be working here. My life outside the office revolves around hiking with my dogs, tutoring students learning English as a Second Language, and enjoying the artistic endeavors of my creative family (art…music…food…lucky me!). That family is glad to have me working in the inspirational environment of Alverno where I am sure to discover new talents of my own!

Contact Karen Romantini:
Email –
Phone – (414) 382-6030



Hello, my name is Pryscilla Balladares and I am the Advising Coordinator for the Advising Office! I       have my undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Concentration in Law from the University     of Wisconsin- Parkside. Outside of Alverno, I am a creative artist, with my focus in creative writing. I write plays, one acts, prose poetry, and I am the Creative Director of a Milwaukee inspired streetwear brand that my husband and I own. When I’m not working on creative projects, I like to binge watch good shows on Netflix with my two doggies, and I am an active member of the Milwaukee Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. What I like about working at Alverno is that I get to be part of a community of movers and shakers. I look forward to assisting students in any way that I can.




Contact Pryscilla Balladares:
Phone- (414) 382-6031