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Academic Advising Staff

Academic Advising Staff

  • Katie Michel, M.A.

    Katie Michel, M.A.

    Dean of Academic Advising 

    Katie graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies and Gender Studies and later earned an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. Katie is a first generation college student and knows how confusing the world of higher education can be. She enjoys learning students' stories and finding shared connections. Her advice to Revelle students is: You belong here! Never forget that.

    Originally from rural Montana, Katie studied abroad in western Australia, taught English in southern Japan, and lived in Chicago before moving to San Diego in 2020. She enjoys traveling, hiking, trail running, and watching college football.

  • Jane Wehrle, Ph.D.

    Jane Wehrle, Ph.D.

    Assistant Dean of Academic Advising 

    Jane Wehrle graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She went on to graduate school at the University of Southern California, and earned a Master of Science degree in Education. Jane then earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the Professional School for Psychological Studies. She is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

    Jane is a native of San Diego. She loves to travel and learn from other cultures.  Jane loved her own experience as a student studying abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico.  She encourages Revelle students to participate in the Education Abroad Program which students find very rewarding. Jane enjoys helping students as they progress from their first days on campus to their college graduation.

  • Ashley Grove

    Ashley Grove

    Senior Academic Counselor

    Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in English from UCLA. As an undergraduate, she was involved on-campus and in the community, earning the UCLA Chancellor’s Service Award at graduation. She completed her M.A. in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Ashley gained experience in Special Events and Programs at UC San Diego Admissions & Relations with Schools, and then began working with students in academic advising at the colleges. She enjoys supporting students throughout their individual educational journey.

    As a San Diego native, Ashley came home to beautiful San Diego after her undergraduate studies. She loves spending free time with family and friends and getting outdoors near the gorgeous beaches. Her advice for students is to find that balance between classes and co-curricular activities you enjoy and don’t forget to take advantage of the infinite resources available to you at a renowned university.

  • Rick Sharra

    Rick Sharra

    Senior Academic Counselor

    Rick Sharra graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in German Studies in 2014. During his undergraduate career, he worked for three years with the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office as a Peer Advisor, mentored students on academic probation for one year through the “Bounce Back Program,” and studied abroad in Berlin, Germany in 2012. Later, he went on to earn a M.A. in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs at San Diego State University. During that program he got his first taste for life at UCSD through a part-time graduate assistantship as an Assistant Academic Advisor for Muir College. After a year with Muir College, Rick joined the Revelle Advising team as a full-time academic counselor in 2018.

    Outside of work Rick pursues a number of passions including but not limited to surfing, rock climbing, freediving, and high-lining. He finds outlets for his creative energies by playing ukulele, woodworking, crafting, and wants to learn how to paint. He enjoys seeing students make the most of UC San Diego by getting involved in experiences outside the classroom like research, internships, and volunteer positions. His advice for students is to find your passion, what makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning, and find a way live your life around that.
  • Jesselan Nehls

    Jesselan Nehls

    Senior Academic Counselor

    Jesselan graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Development Family Studies. She then continued on at the University of Wisconsin to earn a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Jesselan has years of work experience in higher education within Academic Advising, Orientation, New Student Programs, Leadership and Involvement, Student Athletics, Student Conduct, TRiO programs, and Retention Services. She values utilizing holistic advising when working with her students to best serve their academic, social, mental, and physical well-being during their time at the University.

    Jesselan is originally from Wisconsin and is happy to escape the Midwest winters thanks to her move to sunny San Diego. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, reading, and watching shows on Netflix and Hulu. Jesselan’s advice to students is to find time for activities in addition to their academics. Whether that be a student organization, job, internship, leadership opportunities, research, sports, or whatever else they are interested in, it is so important to be well-rounded and get out and try new things!

  • Janean Kromka

    Janean Kromka

    Senior Academic Counselor

    Janean attended community college prior to transferring to UC Santa Barbara where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  Janean also holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management specializing in Public Administration, and an additional Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Ashford University.  Janean has over nine years of advising experience and enjoys connecting with students to support them throughout their academic journey.

    Originally from Sacramento, California, Janean has resided in San Diego since 2010.  She loves animals, traveling, and sports – specifically the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Francisco 49ers.

  • James Engler

    James Engler

    Senior Academic Counselor/New Student Program Specialist

    James earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and his Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University. He’s been involved in higher education since starting as a Resident Assistant as an undergrad. Since then, he’s served through a variety of roles and projects including career services, men’s wellness, international student support, and residence life. He also sits on ACPA’s Multiracial Network, an organization that advocates for and supports multiracial students and professionals. He joined UC San Diego as the Program Coordinator for Parent & Family Programs before moving over to the Revelle team in 2018. Besides his position as an academic counselor, he oversees the implementation of Revelle’s Orientation programs.  

    A native of Orange County (Santa Ana), James enjoys spending his free time nerding out on everything including video games, tabletop games, movies, books and even baseball. His favorite things include Disneyland day tips with his partner and teaching his son about Star Wars. His advice to students: Find your niche, whatever you can call home on campus and don’t forget that you aren’t alone. Everyone here wants you to be successful and we help students like you every day. Come say hi!

  • Arnel Tan

    Arnel Tan

    Academic Counselor

    Arnel graduated from UC San Diego’s Sixth College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology in 2017. As an undergraduate, he found a passion for helping and mentoring students through his student positions. Arnel worked as a Summer Bridge Intern, OLC Mentor, Academic Transition Counselor, and Special Projects Assistant at OASIS and as a Front Desk Assistant and Peer Advisor at Sixth College. During Arnel’s free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports (favorite sport: basketball, favorite team: Golden State Warriors), playing video games, working out, and watching TV and movies.

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    Academic Counselor

  • Megan Varra

    Megan Varra

    Assistant Academic Counselor

    Megan graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change in 2019. She found her passion for advising, helping, and interacting with students in her undergraduate roles as an SDSU Ambassador and the Community Outreach Coordinator as a Peer Advisor. She is dedicated to the success and individual empowerment of students in higher education. She is ecstatic to be working with the first and finest college, Revelle.

    Originally from Colorado, Megan has made San Diego her home since 2015. She is an avid sports fan of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche but enjoys watching any athletic events in person and on TV. She likes to immerse herself in the community by volunteering for local organizations. She enjoys reading and listening to books, crime shows, cooking, board games, and being with her friends and family. Megan is excited to work and become familiar with Revelle students and staff.