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:
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Phone – (414) 382-6036

Kim Miller

Welcome to Alverno!  My name is Kimberly Miller and I am an Academic Advisor and 1997 Alverno Alum. The favorite part of my job is working with students to assist them with their academic plans, so feel free to call or visit often. When I’m not working with students, you can find me playing with my two little boys, reading or watching movies. The best advice I can give you is to make sure you study abroad while you’re a student here.  It is one of the most amazing adventures you can give yourself as an Alverno student. Trust me – I know from experience. I look forward to meeting you!

Contact Kim Miller:
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Phone – (414) 382-6035


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:
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Phone – (414) 382-6348


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:
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Phone – (414) 382-6034

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

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:
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Phone - (414) 382-6033

Nyob zoo (Hello)! My name is Vasana Her, and I’m a Promise Scholar Advisor. I love getting to know students and learning more about each individual’s unique story to assist students in reaching their educational goals. Outside of my professional role I love spending time with my son and husband. I earned my B.A. degree in Professional Communication from Alverno and will soon earn my M.A. degree in Adult Education, Organizational Development making me a double alum. College is full of exciting challenges and wonderful opportunities that guide you through the exploration of who you are and who you’ll become. Getting involved in campus life is a terrific way to maximize your college experience. My hope is that you’ll take advantage of the various opportunities in and outside of the class room and challenge yourself in ways you have not already. I look forward to meeting with you. Welcome to the Alverno family!   

Contact Vasana Her
Phone- (414) 382-6398

Administrative Assistants:

Kelly Griffith- Academic Advising Office- Administrative Hello, my name is Kelly Griffith and I am one of the Administrative Assistants in the Advising Office. I am a 2011 graduate of Alverno, where I  received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication. I was born and raised in Milwaukee and I love everything about the city!  I’m a big Wisconsin sports fan, especially the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, College football and basketball. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Being back at Alverno and the Advising Office is wonderful!  I enjoy being a part of this tight-knit community. Stop by the Advising Office and I will be happy to direct you to the correct Advisor, answer any questions that you may have or just stop in to   say hello. 

Contact: Kelly Griffith
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Phone - (414) 382-6029

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:
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Phone – (414) 382-6030