Your team of Professional Advisors stand ready to support you in successfully completing your academic journey and can help connect you with all the other supports and services at Trinity that you may need!
Professional Advisors support you in staying on track with your Academic Plan, even if you’ve had a hard semester. Your advisor will help you select the best major for your interests and career goals and then support you to complete your program successfully. Professional Advisors can also provide assistance understanding academic policies and requirements as well as with accessing and completing special forms.
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Tabatha Cuadra, Assistant Director of Advising Services and Academic Advisor for Dreamers and Honors students
Phone: (202) 884-9254
Office: Main Hall 214
Tabatha Cuadra joined Trinity in 2017 as an undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ms. Cuadra graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice. After earning her Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University she practiced law for six years, focusing on providing legal services to low income families, unaccompanied minors, and undocumented populations. With a strong belief in equal access to higher education for all students regardless of nationality and immigration status, Ms. Cuadra is committed to working with Dreamers and guiding them through all stages of their college experience.
Tamika Brown, Academic Advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (202) 884-9255
Office: Main Hall 213
Tamika Brown joined the Trinity family in March 2021 as an undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Pennsylvania College and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining the team at Trinity, Tamika has held various student facing positions within higher education since 2011. She is passionate about supports students educational journey and believes strongly in student advocacy.
Brittany Ginder, Academic Advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (202) 884-9258
Office: Main Hall 208
Brittany Ginder joins the Trinity Washington CAS Advising Team after spending the last few years teaching and advising college and secondary education students around the DMV. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy, and a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies. Brittany’s advising philosophy is based around the knowledge that everyone has a story to tell, and it is one of her greatest joys to support students as they author their academic journeys. With a strong belief in providing access to higher education for women, Brittany is incredibly excited to join the Trinity Washington community. In her spare time, she loves playing games (video and table-top), reading, and crafting imaginary worlds alongside her daughter.
Kenya A. Kirkland, Academic Advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (202) 884-9422
Office: Main Hall 210
Kenya A. Kirkland transitioned to the College of Arts and Sciences academic advising team after serving as an Enrollment Recruiter for the Office of Admissions here at Trinity Washington University. Ms. Kirkland is a two-time graduate from Georgetown University (BA in Psychology and MA in Liberal Studies) as well as a graduate of Trinity’s Master’s of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Kirkland has held various positions in higher education, including the Recruiting Coordinator at Jacksonville University, Director of Basketball Operations at Auburn University, and the Assistant Coach at Georgetown University. All of her professional experiences have allowed her to pursue her passion, which is serving students.
Antonio “TJ” Otey, Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor for students in the Graduate Education Programs
Phone: (202) 884-9389
Office: Main Hall 369
Antonio “TJ” Otey joined the Trinity Faculty in November and serves as the Professional Advisor and Program Coordinator for Education programs. He earned his B.A. in Communications from Radford University and currently attends University of Maryland obtaining a MBA in Project Management. Prior to joining Trinity, he advised graduate nursing students at Georgetown University for two years. Being the son and grandson of educators, TJ is passionate about supporting and developing students through their academic experience so that they can be leaders in their local communities
Holly Rockingham, Academic Advisor for students in the Professional and Graduate Programs
Phone: (202) 884-9317
Office location: Main Hall 218
Holly Rockingham is a native of Chicago, IL. She received her B.S in Sociology from Philander Smith College and her M.S in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. Holly is an experienced advisor with 14 years of experience in Higher Education including Housing & Residence Life, First Year Experience, and Admissions.
Ayesha Shabazz, Academic Advisor for students in the Professional and Graduate Programs
Phone: (202) 884-9627
Office: Main Hall 216
Ayesha holds a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A) from Walden University and a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. With 15 years of experience in higher education, she is passionate about student success and believes acquiring an education is the key to building confidence and thriving in today’s workforce. As a former career coach and certified life coach, she utilizes her skills to motivate and empower students to reach their academic and professional goals. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her son, traveling to new places, staying active and eating good food.
Sarah Trippensee, Assistant Dean of NHP and academic advisor for students in the Nursing and Health Professions
Phone: (202) 884-9684
Office: Payden Academic Center 219
Ms. Trippensee provides pre-professional phase academic advising services to students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in nursing and occupational therapy assistants. She meets with students about curriculum plans, academic progression, and she supports faculty in their academic advising roles. She serves as the Test of Essential Academic Skills coordinator and as the liaison to the Admission staff for undergraduate NHP degree programs. Sarah assists the dean and associate dean with data analysis associated with academic records
Brittany Wills, Academic Advisor for students in the Professional and Graduate Programs
Phone: (202) 884-9623
Office: Main Hall 250
Brittany Wills is an experienced advisor with more than five years of experience in Higher Education including Student Affairs, Academic Advising, and Financial Aid. She holds a Master’s of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Shippensburg University. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College.