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Amber Rayborn, President

Amber is Advising Coordinator for the Department of Animal Science in the Herbert College of Agriculture. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education in 2010, both from The University of Alabama. Prior to joining the VOL community in August 2017, Amber worked as an advisor for both The University of Alabama and The University of Georgia and taught College Success at Pellissippi State.

A native of northeast Alabama, Amber is proud to be the first person in her family to graduate from high school.  When she isn’t advising, Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cuddling with her wiener dog (Pebbles), crafting, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending entirely too much time on TikTok.



Christopher Kelley HeadshotChristopher Kelley, Vice President

Christopher is an Academic Advisor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences working primarily with majors like Kinesiology, Sports Management, Audiology and Speech Pathology, and Nutrition to name a few. He earned a Bachelor of Science in History in 2018 from Bethel University in West Tennessee and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2020. Prior to becoming an academic advisor, he worked as a graduate assistant in the Division of Student Success supporting first-generation and low-income students through the TRiO programs.

Christopher is from a small town called Savannah, Tennessee (not to be confused with the Savannah in Georgia) and is a proud first generation college graduate. He enjoys hiking and exploring National and State Parks with his wife and has completed over 100 miles in the smokies. He enjoys living in a place like Knoxville with so many good places to eat and being close to lots of cool places to explore.



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Keima Talley, Secretary

Keima is an academic advisor in the Haslam College of Business. She earned a Bachelor and Master, both from Tusculum University – a small, private liberal arts institution. Upon graduating, she served in various roles @ her alma mater. Keima joined UTK in the summer of 2019. Serving at UTK, has been such an exciting time in my professional career filled with development and growth while being able to assist students during their academic journey.

A native of East Tennessee, when she isn’t advising, she enjoys spending time with her son, playing volleyball, all things Lebron James and is a total foodie.



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Jake Working, Communications Coordinator

Jake is an Academic Advisor in the Tickle College of Engineering serving Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) and Biomedical Engieering students. He also advises the MSE Ambassador program which plans community building and professional development events for the MSE Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 and Master of Science in Engineering Management in 2019, both from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Jake previously worked in Residence Life at Marvyille College and as an Associate Quality Engineer at Iatric Manufacturing Solutions before joining UTK as an advisor in 2021. Advising has combined his passion for helping students while still being involved in the engineering world.

Jake is originally from Northern Indiana and he and his family love the East Tennessee region after moving in 2019. He is always willing to try a new hobby and make a new friend and believes that a stranger is just a friend he hasn’t met yet.



Jeremy Mobley, Professional Development Committee Liaison

Jeremy serves as Project Manager for Advising Initiatives in the Division of Student Success. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Advisor for the Herbert College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Science and as Academic Advisor for the Tickle College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Radford University in 2013. He then went on to earn his Master of Arts in Global and Sociocultural Studies from Florida International University in 2019. Since 2012, Jeremy has worked in different capacities within higher education, ranging from research and instruction to event management and diversity programming. Advising and student support are what he considers his true calling though, and his background in critical race, gender, and sexuality studies allows him to approach this discipline with a lens considerate of students’ and colleagues’ diverse and complex life histories.

Born in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley, Jeremy moved to east Tennessee in 2018, but south central Appalachia has always been what he considers home. He’s an avid consumer of comic book media and Korean pop music, and he also enjoys frequent trips to the Knoxville Zoo along with hunting for nerdy collectibles on the weekends with his partner.