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José Ramón Fernández-Peña

José Ramón Fernández-Peña

Director

José Ramón Fernández-Peña (he/him/his), MD, MPA – Is the director of Health Professions Advising at Northwestern University where he leads the university's efforts to support students interested in pursuing careers in the health sector. Full biofor Joe Romon Fernandez-Pena
Brian Keiller

Brian Keiller

Associate Director & Health Professions Advisor

Brian (he/him/his) was a first generation, non-traditional student who earned a MA (Hons) in English from Aberdeen University, Scotland, at the age of 30; and, more recently he earned a MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago working as an advisor, then director and assistant dean. Full biofor Brian Keiller
Nancy Tapko

Nancy Tapko

Senior Assistant Director & Health Professions Advisor

Nancy (she/her/hers) earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Full biofor Nancy Tapko
Melissa (Mel) Pollay

Melissa (Mel) Pollay

Assistant Director & Health Professions Advisor

Mel (she/her/hers) earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, in 2008. After graduating, she worked at UC Irvine for two years in housing/visitor services. Full biofor Melissa Pollay
Felicia Gowanlock

Felicia Gowanlock

Assistant Director & Health Professions Advisor

Originating from Rochester, New York, Felicia (she/her/hers) attended Allegheny College located in Northwest Pennsylvania where she studied psychology and biology and played college softball. Full bio
Sara Daudlin

Sara Daudlin

Program Assistant, Recommendation File Coordinator

Sara (she/her/hers) grew up in Detroit and attended Oakland University, where she received a BFA in Dance and a BS in General Management. Full biofor Sara Daudlin