Gary Peterman, President

Gary is in his tenth year as an academic advisor for the College of Communication and Information. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree and his Master of  Science Degree in College Student Personnel at the University of Tennessee.  He spent nine years as a software analyst on the University’s Degree Audit Reporting system (DARS). Gary advises students majoring in Advertising, Communication Studies, Journalism and Electronic Media, and Public Relations; and is currently teaching a FYS 101 section for Communication and Information Majors.

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Demetria Mells, Vice President

Demetria is currently in her second year as an advisor in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.  She was previously an advisor at Tennessee Technological University for ten years in the College of  Education.  Demetria completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and completed her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees in Counseling and Educational Psychology at Tennessee Technological University.  In Demetria’s current position she advises students in the Audiology and Speech Pathology major and all students in the Teacher Education program.  Demetria teaches FYS 101 for Exploratory students and ED 100 for students interested in the teaching profession.


Jared Johnson, Secretary

Jared is in his second professional year as an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services. He was previously a graduate advisor in the same office for three years. He did his undergraduate degree in History, Classics and Religious Studies, Classical Languages, and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Jared also did his M.A. degree in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. In his current position, Jared works primarily with pre-health students, exploratory students, declared Arts and Sciences students, and pre-law students. Jared also teaches a FYS 101 section for Pre-Medicine students.

Kirsten Pitcock

Kirsten Pitcock, Communications

College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services, Departments of English and History

Kirsten is in her fourth year as an advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services.  She did her undergraduate degree in Political Science and History here at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (go Vols!) and returned to her home state of Georgia to complete her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs at the University of West Georgia.  Kirsten advises students in English and History majors and also specializes in pre-health, pre-law, and pre-teaching.  She is also teaching her third group of FYS 101 Exploratory students.