Student advisors at the Advisement Center front desk will answer general questions Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (closed during devotionals).
Please make an appointment to see the full-time advisors. Scheduling in advance allows the advisors ample time to prepare for your appointment by reviewing your records and gathering the needed information.
Don’t miss out on important information. Meet with an advisor soon.
Anna Ortiz has had experience with numerous nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, employee, and consultant, which has involved her with projects across five continents. Ortiz has a particular interest in community development, education, entrepreneurship, and micro-franchise/micro-savings programs. She served in the Spain Barcelona Mission (2001–03) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received a BA in comparative literature (2005) and an MPA in nonprofit management and international development (2009) from Brigham Young University.
Melissa Neilsen grew up in Idaho and has also lived in New Hampshire and Utah. Neilsen worked for over two years in BYU’s open major advisement center and has been with the Kennedy Center since August 2015. In addition to advising, she also serves as the domestic internship coordinator and says “working with students to help them plan their futures is truly a dream job.” Neilsen received a BA in linguistics with a minor in TESOL from BYU in 2010 and an MS in academic advising from Kansas State University in 2017. Outside of work she likes clogging, teaching Zumba, attending the temple, playing with her nephews, and traveling.
Leslie Bates specializes in assessing organizational culture and teaching students to successfully navigate real-life employment settings. Bates also recruits employers to consider hiring BYU students. Previous to joining BYU in April 2016, she was an HR manager with Intermountain Healthcare at Primary Children’s Hospital and Alta View Hospital for nine years. Bates received a BA in history and was a Judicial Committee intern for Senator Orrin G. Hatch during the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings through BYU’s Washington Seminar Program. She served a French-speaking mission in Belgium and France.