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.
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-Rea, M.Ed.
New Student Programs
Eagle View Orientation and Family Programs
As the Assistant Director of New Student Programs, Valerie Garcia-Rea, 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.
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.