As the Director of New Student Programs, Dr. Andrew Cinoman is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the programs and services offered by our office, while working with the Vice President for Student Affairs on the strategic planning, development, and assessment of initiatives that focus on students in transition at the University. In addition to these duties, Andy serves on the Enrollment Retention and Management Committee, supports the First Year Reading Project, and serves as a liaison to faculty and other service units who collaborate to establish first-year initiatives University wide.
Born in Michigan and raised in Maryland, Andy earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 1985 before heading to Columbus, Ohio to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University, which he completed in 1993. While studying lifespan human development, he accepted an assistantship as an academic advisor in the former University College unit at OSU, and discovered a perfect way to apply his understanding of how people change and grow...and a career in student affairs was born!
After completing his Ph.D., Andy joined the University College staff at Ohio University (not to be confused with The Ohio State University), where he served as an Academic Counselor, providing advising and other services for students undecided in their major. He eventually took on the roles of Assistant Director of Precollege Orientation and the Director of the Precollege program, before leaving OU in 2000 to become an Associate Director of Admissions and the Director of Orientation Services at the University of Iowa, where he was employed until joining the NSP staff in January 2010.
Andy enjoys following most sports, but his first love is swimming; having competed on various levels over the past four decades, he is looking forward to taking advantage of the ability to swim outdoors all year round. He also enjoys camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, reading, taking in the occasional movie, and getting in some beach time when he can.
Sue Morris is the Office Manager in New Student Programs. She has spent the past 25 years in business and administrative management positions in higher education. Sue is originally from Indiana and attended Purdue University, and also worked at Purdue University for ten years before coming to FGCU for their inaugural year opening in 1997 until 2002, where she worked in the College of Arts and Sciences.
After spending nine years working in New England, where she was the Business Manager in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at The University of Vermont and the Administrative Manager in the Psychiatric Research Center at Dartmouth College, Sue returned back to FGCU in 2011, and is excited to be part of the college community once again.Her interests include going to the beach, gardening, and spending time with her family and her much cherished Maine Coon cat, Lilly.
Adam oversees the facilitation of the peer advisor training for our orientation leaders and peer advisors. Adam serves as the chapter advisor to Kappa Alpha and the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. As a frequent presenter at NACADA, Adam enjoys contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the advising profession. His interests include promoting service excellence, staff, development, team building, operational innovation and website development to enhance student service delivery. Adam specializes in major exploration for deciding students and is the organizer of the Annual FGCU Major Fair. Adam is the web author/developer for First Year Advising and strives to provide progressive utilization of technology to supplement the advisement of FGCU students. Adam enjoys kayaking, swimming, and motorcycle touring.
Valerie Garcia, M.Ed.
New Student Programs
Eagle View Orientation and Family Programs
As the Assistant Director of New Student Programs, Valerie Garcia, is responsible for managing the overall design, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of all new student and family programs including Eagle View Orientation and Eagle Family Weekend.
Born in California and raised in New Mexico, Valerie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. It was at UNM that Valerie learned she had a passion for assisting college students and decided she wanted to remain working in the college environment. After completing her degree she moved to College Station, Texas and worked at Texas A&M University in the Department of Student Activities and the Department of Residence Life. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in student affairs, Valerie moved to Burlington, Vermont to obtain her Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont. While at UVM Valerie served as the Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life and was also the Parent and Family Program Coordinator for New Student Orientation. Valerie received her Master’s Degree in May 2010 and joined the Office of New Student Programs in August 2010.
Valerie enjoys exploring Southwest Florida, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Jamie Gallo, M.S.
New Student Programs
Jamie Gallo is from New York where she attended the University at Albany for her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While attending the University at Albany she was involved in a peer crisis counseling hotline and a peer substance abuse awareness program. Jamie is pursuing FGCU’s Educational Doctorate Program in Curriculum and Instruction. Jamie comes to FGCU from Edison State College where she was an Academic Advisor. She also was an Adjunct Professor for Edison State College Online teaching Human Services classes. Before moving to Florida, Jamie was a Social Worker in New York working with children; however she found higher education to be a better fit for her. Jamie lives with her husband and two cats in Bonita Springs. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and baking.
Rickey Williams attended Western Kentucky University and earned his B.A. in Sociology as well an M.A.E. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He served as a graduate assistant in the Career Services Center where he developed an interest in working with students and gearing them towards their educational and career goals. Rickey is looking forward to applying this passion toward students in his new role as Academic Counselor here at FGCU. Some of his interests include playing piano, guitar, drawing, and watching movies.
Liz Kolberg was born and raised in Ohio and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in June 2009. During her experiences with Orientation, Campus Visits, and Student Activities at Ohio State, Liz developed a love for working with students as they transitioned to a college campus. After graduation, Liz moved to Texas and attended Texas A&M University to complete her Master’s Degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. At Texas A&M, Liz was a Graduate Assistant with the Department of Student Activities, working specifically with Extended Orientation and Involvement. She created publications related to student involvement on campus, assisted with program development, and advised an extended-orientation camp for incoming freshman and transfer students. While in graduate school, she also interned at Baylor University, Indiana University-Bloomington, and with the National Orientation Directors Association. Liz completed her Master’s Degree in May of 2011 and joined the New Student Programs team later that same month.
Outside of work, Liz has a passion for college football (Go Bucks!), exercising, baking, and reading.
Despite being a lifelong fan of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Daniel Davis graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Psychology in 2011. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at FGCU and is very proud to be a part of the University. As an undergraduate Daniel was involved in a wide range of activities such as serving as an officer in the UF Psychology Club, working as a research assistant, and volunteering as a Phone Counselor with the Alachua County Crisis Center. Daniel is eager to apply his experiences and contribute to the Office of First Year Advising by working with the First Year students here at FGCU.