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Dr. Sherri Watson

Dr. Sherri Watson

Executive Director for Career Development Services & Success Coaching

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Minor in Communications from Old Dominion University
  • Master of Arts in Counseling from Regent University
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from Old Dominion University

Fun Fact

I enjoy shooting hoops on the basketball court and clicking add to cart.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Definitely 21st. Street because there are so many great restaurants to visit!

Best Spot on Campus

Borjo has great coffee and pasteries, perfect for that afternoon pick-me-up.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

My favorite part of coaching is being an integral part of assisting students transform and build community. College is a huge transition, being able to guide students through unchartered waters while celebrating their accomplishments is invaluable.

Why ODU?

It's a great community that allows students, faculty, and staff, to express themselves while providing endless opportunities for research and experiential learning in a premier education institution.

Best Lesson

What I learned as a first-generation college student was how important it was to ask for help. It might feel scary or intimidating to reach out for assistance from a stranger, but push past the uncomfortableness and give yourself the gift of support. We want to help you in any way possible during your journey here at ODU.


Erin Colwell

Erin Colwell

Director of Mane Connect Success Coaching and Center for Major Exploration

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lake Forest College
  • Master of Science in Education in College Counseling from Old Dominion University

Fun Fact

I've traveled to nine Caribbean Islands; care to guess which ones?

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Hands down, The Chrysler Museum of Art. It's donation based!

Best Spot on Campus

I like the Student Rec Center (SRC) because of all the group exercise classes.

My Favorite Part of Advising

I love seeing students discover their own path and then later get to hear about their success stories.

Why ODU?

This college campus is a tight-knit community that values diversity and student success.

Best Lesson

The best way to grow the most is when you jump outside your comfort zone -- make a new friend; join a student organization; try a new experience; put yourself out there!






Kimberly Marx

Kimberly Marx

Assistant Director OF MANE CONNECT SUCCESS COACHING AND CENTER FOR MAJOR EXPLORATION

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Old Dominion University
  • Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University

Fun Fact

I played NCAA field hockey as an undergraduate at ODU. Now, I love to run road races and play on competitive Kickball and Dodgeball teams.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

The Waterside District.

Best Spot on Campus

The dock behind Whitehurst Hall. It's got the best sunset in town!

My Favorite Part of Coaching

My favorite part of coaching is helping students see their own potential by recognizing their strengths and empowering them to be their own best advocates.

Why ODU?

The opportunities that ODU provided me both as an undergraduate and graduate student played a large role in shaping me into who I am personally and professionally. ODU celebrates diversity while recognizing and engaging students in their strengths.

Best Lesson

What I learned while attending ODU was college goes beyond classroom learning. In addition to knowledge related to my major, I learned so much about myself and the importance of getting involved. Volunteering and working at an internship impacted me greatly in my career development. Skills I developed in colleges such as time management, professional communication, leadership, and teamwork are vital to my day-to-day work now!


Allison McGee

Allison McGee

Senior Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Salisbury University
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Salisbury University

Fun Fact

I'm a competitive Irish step-dancer and slightly obsessed with all things Disney.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

The Virginia Zoo!

Best Spot on Campus

Starbucks and TASTE.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

My favorite part is seeing a student grow and change over the coaching period, especially when the student recognizes the change within themselves.

Why ODU?

The amount of opportunities that you have at ODU is fantastic. Both students and staff have the liberty to grow and try new things. Also, ODU has pride, unlike anything I've ever seen before. It's an amazingly welcoming community that truly is a family.

Advice for Freshmen

You are much more capable than you know. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and impress yourself.






Meagan McMullen

Meagan McMullen

Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winthrop University
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Fun Fact

I trained to be a professional dancer for 20-ish years before an injury changed my plans - my original college major was dance education/performance!

Favorite Place in Norfolk

The Botanical Gardens.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

Empowering students as they figure out "how to college" and find their individual path to success.

Why ODU?

ODU dedicates itself to all areas of student success and achievement - in and outside of the classroom.

Advice for Freshmen

Ask the questions! No one has everything figured out, so they are probably wondering the same thing you are.


Katie St. John

Katie St. John

Senior Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut
  • Master of Education in Counseling Psychology/College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University

Fun Fact

I'm a huge New England Patriots fan. Go Pats!

Favorite Place in Norfolk

The Pagoda & Garden Fountain park.

Best Spot on Campus

Tonelson Garden in the middle of Webb Center. It's a great spot to have lunch outside.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

Getting to know each student, learning about your dreams, and then turning those dreams into a reality. I enjoy being there for you throughout the journey of college!

Why ODU?

ODU is a great place. There are so many opportunities and great people. It's also got a great sense of school spirit here. So, be sure to take advantage of everything this large university has to offer!

Advice for Freshmen

Set 2 alarms, check your email frequently, and ask questions!






Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Old Dominion University
  • Master of Science in Education From Old Dominion University

Fun Fact

I love to travel. I've been to England, France, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Austria. I have also completed two half marathons.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Town Point Park.

Best Spot on Campus

Kaufman Mall. It's nice to see all the trees and the grass. It's a great place to just sit and relax for a few minutes.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

I enjoy helping students learn and understand who they are as a person. I also enjoy seeing them grow over some time and realize their true potential.

Why ODU?

I had a great experience here as an undergraduate and graduate student. I love the community feel of the University, and how diverse the student population is.

Best Lesson

As a first-generation college student, I learned that it is okay to ask for assistance. The faculty and staff members are here to help you succeed. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and ask for help. Being the first person in my family to attend college, I found it important to explore different areas of the University and to make the college experience my own.


Jessica McGee

Jessica McGee

Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Human services / Minor in Psychology from Old Dominion University
  • Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Student Affairs from Old Dominion University

Fun Fact

I love dance fitness.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Anywhere in the Ghent area.

Best Spot on Campus

Starbucks and the Student Recreation Center.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

I enjoy empowering students to see their full potential and help them meet their goals.

Why ODU?

I love the diverse atmosphere and all of the great opportunities ODU has to offer.

Advice for Freshmen

Try to get involved on campus; never be afraid to ask questions!






Virginia Formella

Virginia Formella

Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Virginia Tech
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University

Fun Fact

I have family all over the world including the Middle East, Ecuador, and Belgium.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Chrysler Hall. I got to perform on violin in the lobby there as a kid before concerts began.

Best Spot on Campus

The pond near the conservatory.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

Every day is different. ODU has a wealth of diversity, pride, and unique stories which means every student I interact with broadens my understanding and knowledge of the individuals I'm here to serve.

Why ODU?

I love working in higher-ed and within a large university setting. I recently moved back to the area and couldn't imagine a place better suited to my interests.

Best Lesson

Worrying will get you nowhere! The things that seem like they are going to end the world today are the same things you won't even remember in 4 years. When things get difficult (they will), it's a good time to reach out to your friends, family, or even your success coach - they can usually help put things back in perspective.


Laura Donato

Laura Donato

Success Coach/Advisor

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sprots Science from Coastal Carolina University.
  • Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University.

Fun Fact

I'm in a Darius Rucker music video.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Granby/Waterside, lots of restaurants and events happen there.

Best Spot on Campus

The pond area by the Oceanography building.

My Favorite Part of Coaching

Empowering students to achieve their goals!

Why ODU?

The environment at ODU is welcoming, and there are so many opportunities for students to take advantage of.

Advice for Freshmen

Check your email regularly; get involved with something on campus!






Leisha Barnes

Leisha Barnes

Office Manager

Education

  • University of Phoenix; Human Services Intended

Fun Fact

I served in the United States Marine Corps.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

Ocean View Beach & Pier; I love the view and also fishing.

Best Spot on Campus

Salad To Go! Always fresh and healthy eating.

My Favorite Part About Coaching

It gives Freshmen a vital connection to the University. They can discuss anything with their coach and are made to feel comfortable in doing so.

Why ODU?

The diverse atmosphere; I love meeting students from other cultures and countries.

Best Advice for Freshmen

Enjoy every facet of this time in your life. Make friends, learn and live!


Kelsey Whitlow

Kelsey Whitlow

Academic Advisor/Success Coach

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Minor in Communication from Old Dominion University
  • Master of Science in Education from Old Dominion University

Fun Fact

I've Island hopped in Greece and somehow wound up on national news while I was there exploring Athens.

Favorite Place in Norfolk

The Norfolk Premium Outlets, there is a lot of great places to shop and explore around that area. I also really enjoy Get Well Soon a local shop where I can go to do yoga and guided meditations.

Best Spot on Campus

The dock near Whitehurst beach. It is a floating dock where you can relax and catch a good sunset. Or Tonelson Garden, a nice outside nook where you can take a break and eat lunch.

My Favorite Part About Coaching

My favorite part about coaching is getting to witness the growth in my students from the beginning of the year to the end. The transition from high school to college can often be overwhelming so it is inspiring to see students overcome any barriers that they may have and achieve their goals both in and outside of the classroom.

Why ODU?

ODU holds a special spot in my heart because not only did I receive 2 degrees from ODU, but I also get to witness how supportive and friendly the community is from day-to-day. The campus just has a certain charm to it that I appreciated. ODU is a great place to learn & grow through whatever phase of life you are in!

Best Advice for Freshmen

Don't let the stress from classes, transitioning to college, or life stop you from achieving your dreams. Find what is important to you, what you value, and take the little steps each day to pursue those things. If you fall get back up