Aurora University
 

Academic Advisors
onlineadvising@aurora.edu
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Ashley Hempel

Ashley Hempel
1.331.702.6752
ahempel@aurora.edu

Hello! My name is Ashley Hempel and I am your academic advisor at Aurora University. I am here to help you throughout your journey to graduation. I can address any questions or concerns that you might have, just ask!

I went to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. I received my bachelor’s degree in family science and a minor in psychology. This degree allowed me to delve deep into the “helping profession,” exploring different methods of helping and working with people. As a recent graduate, I understand the pressures and stresses that students go through so use me as a resource. I will be more than happy to help with any issues that may arise.

Outside of helping students, I enjoy reading, running, drinking coffee, and cooking new dishes. I also love anything outside, hiking, picnicking, and visiting parks. I am a very organized individual and enjoy completing tasks and goals so let me help you with yours. I look forward to working with you!

Ayat Abbas

Ayat Abbas
1.331.321.2367
aabbas@aurora.edu

Hi! My name is Ayat Abbas and I am an Academic Advisor at Aurora University. My first name is pronounced like "Hyatt", but without the "H". I am here to guide you through your academic career. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that may come up during your time as a student here at Aurora.

I obtained a Masters in Social Work from University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. Prior to this, I received my Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Throughout my social work journey, I have become passionate about advocating for others to ensure that their needs and goals are being met. I am eager to advise students who have similar interests and passions within the social work realm. It is my goal to always be a supportive ally for all students who need guidance.

Outside of work, I really enjoy traveling with my twin sister. Being outdoors is something I love to do, and I have many adventurous trips on my bucket-list (i.e. visiting all major national parks!). In addition, I like to call myself a DIY kind of a gal. I love to create customized presents for my friends on my new Cricut machine, and I also like to push myself to create things for cheaper such as edible arrangements, and even some home decor! Adding to my creative side, I love to bake (my current favorite is cookies). Lastly, I love trying new foods, and exploring new local restaurants everywhere I go.

I look forward to getting to know you, and most importantly, supporting you in your goals and dreams!

Geof Sage

Geof Sage
1.331.643.4722
gsage@aurora.edu

Hi! My name is Geof (pronounced Jeff) Sage and I am your Academic Advisor at Aurora University. I am here to help guide you through your academic career. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you have during your time here as a student at Aurora.

I received my both my MA and PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and my BA in Religion & History from the University of Puget Sound, near Seattle. During my time as a PhD student, I enjoyed teaching and guiding students through their academic journey and have continued to do so as an advisor here at Aurora.

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading anything and everything and playing Pokemon Go. I also love spending time cooking, playing video games and watching Marvel movies with my five kids. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals!

Kiel Molina Mercado

Kiel Molina Mercado
1.630.526.5052
kmercado@aurora.edu

Hello! My name is Kiel Molina Mercado, and I’m one of your Academic Advisors for Aurora University. My name is pronounced the same you pronounce Key with the letter L at the end (Key-ehl). I’m honored to be your advisor. I’ll be able to help you with any questions you might have, feel free to ask.

I received my bachelor’s in business administration from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. This degree helped me to discover my love for organization and how to make things run smoothly. Being a former student myself, I understand the pressures you are going through. I’m glad to help in any way I can to make this student journey a fun one!

Outside of work, I enjoy connecting with friends and family. I am an avid gamer, Sci Fi fan and general Dungeons and Dragons enthusiasts. I have a deep love for all things tea and enjoy discovering new tea combinations to try. Looking forward to working with you!

Dominique Chauncey

Dominique Chauncey
1.331.702.6806
dchauncey@aurora.edu

Hello there! My name is Dominique Chauncey and I am your Academic Advisor here at Aurora University.

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida in Event Management and spent many years in the hospitality and event industry which allowed me to work under immense pressure, find quick solutions, and learn how to best understand my clients. After several years in the industry, I decided to pursue my MA in Communications with a concentration in Project Management from Bellevue University. After looking for a change in career, I began in the higher education industry over 6 years ago and have loved it ever since.

In my free time, I like to spend family time with my two little boys, as well as read, cook, and go on little adventures with me. I’m looking forward to working with you throughout your academic journey and am more than happy to help you in any way that I can.