Meet Our Staff

Marika Lederman
Director of Advisement and Retention
  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, 2013
  • B.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2009
 
Marika joined the Academic Advising Center at Arkansas Tech University in 2011 as an Academic Advisor and was promoted to Director in 2015.  Prior to this, she also worked in the Registrar's Office and the Admission's Office on the Tech campus.  Marika started working in the Advising Center in 2006, as a student worker while she obtained her undergraduate degree. It was here she realized her dream of becoming an Academic Advisor and hopefully one day becoming the Director. Marika resides in Dover with her husband, Ken and their daughter, Everi.
 
Marika's favorite quote:  "Don't ever limit yourself."—Jim Ed McGee
   
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Vicki Bills
Academic Advisor
  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, 2013
  • B.A Arkansas Tech University, 2011
Vicki joined the Arkansas Tech Family in 2011 and began her career in the Academic Advising Center August 2014. While working in the Human Resource Department and completing her Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Vicki completed a practicum in the Advising Center and knew that was where she wanted to pursue her career. Vicki is looking forward to mentoring students while helping them recognize and achieve their education goals. She resides in Russellville with her husband, Jeff, and enjoys family time, football season, crocheting, traveling, and spoiling her Yorkies.
 
Vicki's favorite quotes:  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
― Maya Angelou
  
 
Tim
 
Tim Diffey
Academic Advisor
  • M.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2008
  • B.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2006
Tim is a 2006 graduate from Arkansas Tech's journalism program. He also completed a Master of Arts in Multi-Media Journalism at Tech in 2008. During his years as a student, he worked as an undergraduate VA student worker in Norman Career Services and as a graduate assistant in the Speech, Theatre, and Journalism department. Prior to his enrollment at Tech, Tim served from 1997 to 2001 as a Naval Aircrew Flight Safety Instructor. In 1998 and 2000, he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for training program design and implementation. In 2008-2009, he taught at Indio High School in Indio, CA. For the past three years, Tim held positions of Enrollment Advisor and Lead Academic Advisor at Ashford University in San Diego, CA. Tim enjoys playing and watching sports while spending time with family and friends.
 
Tim's favorite quote: "Man's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
   
Eli
 

Eli Fuentez
Academic Advisor

  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, 2013
  • B.A. Pittsburg State University, 2006

Eli is a 2006 graduate of Pittsburg State University, KS, with a B.S. in Communications and Spanish. Prior to joining the Arkansas Tech Advising Center, Eli worked in the Admissions Office as a recruiter for North Arkansas.  Before coming to Arkansas Tech, Eli served four years as an Admissions Counselor and women's golf coach at Ouachita Baptist University while simultaneously pursing his M.S. in College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech. Eli is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time on the golf course, but focuses on spending most of his time with his family. Eli and his wife, Andrea, currently reside in Russellville with their daughter, Georgia.

 
 
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Jenny Hardin
Academic Advisor
  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, 2013
  • B.A. Oral Roberts University, 2010
Jenny has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel. While completing her master's degree, Jenny began her career at Tech as a Graduate Assistant for Golden Suns basketball in 2011. The following year she served as a Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and Orientation. She joined the Academic Advising Center in 2013 as an Academic Advisor. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and supporting Tech athletics.
 
Jenny's favorite quote:  "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."  --John Wooden
 
 
Phillip
Phillip Harp
Academic Advisor
  • M.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2011
  • B.S. University of Central Arkansas, 2004
Phillip came to Arkansas Tech in 2010 to pursue a master's degree in history. While completing his degree he worked as a graduate assistant in the College of Professional Studies and the Department of History and Political Science. After graduating in 2011, he served as an Upward Bound Academic Coordinator at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. Prior to 2010, Phillip taught social studies at Springdale Public Schools for three years. In 2013, Phillip returned to Arkansas Tech to serve as an Academic Advisor and adjunct instructor of U.S. History. He resides in Russellville and loves football season and cookouts. He also enjoys reading to his daughter, Ali.
 
Phillip's favorite quote:  "The future influences the present just as much as the past."—Friedrich Nietzsche
 
 
Cara
Cara Knight
Academic Advisor
  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, 2012
  • B.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2007
Cara earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing Education from Tech in 2007 and taught in the Mt. Vernon-Enola School District. While teaching, she developed a passion for higher education and returned to Arkansas Tech University in 2010 to work in the Office of Admissions as a recruiter to encourage students to pursue a degree. Cara earned her Master of Science in College Student Personnel in 2012 and received the Dr. Jim Ed McGee Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She has also taught as an adjunct in the CSP department, a creative writing instructor in the Upward Bound Summer Program, and for the past year, she has served as Coordinator of Student Center Operations in Student Services. She lives with her husband, Brock, and their Labrador Retriever, Rooster Cogburn, in Danville.
 
Cara's favorite quote:  "Whatever you are, be a good one." --Abraham Lincoln
   
 
Daniel

Daniel Riedmueller

Academic Advisor

  • M.S. Arkansas Tech University, 2011
  • B.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2008

Daniel joined the Arkansas Tech family as a transfer student and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 2008. Soon after, he began his career with Tech in the Student Accounts office and completed his Master of Science in College Student Personnel in 2011. Since finishing his CSP degree, Daniel has held a deep interest in Academic Advising and was able to join the AAC team in 2014. He enjoys playing music and spending time with his wife, Lindsey, and their two daughters, Claire and Kate.

Daniel's favorite quote:  "I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it." – Chuck Swindoll

   

Scott

wtomlin@atu.edu

Scott Tomlin

Academic Advisor

  • M.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2013
  • B.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2007

Scott earned both his master's and bachelor's degrees in History at Arkansas Tech. As a Graduate Assistant he worked for the Arkansas Digital History Institute, the Department of History and Political Science, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. In July 2011 he joined the staff in the Department of Art and has also worked in the Registrar's Office as a Registrar's Assistant. He joined the Academic Advising Center in July 2014. Scott lives in the Hatley community and enjoys whitewater canoeing, hiking, and working in the garden.

Scott's favorite quote:  "A nation that gives little significance to its heritage has little future worth considering."--Tate C. "Piney" Page

   

Rhonda Rodgers

rrodgers@atu.edu

Rhonda Rodgers
Administrative Specialist

Rhonda has worked at Arkansas Tech University since 1998. She joined the Academic Advising Center in 2004. Rhonda facilitates the registration process for all incoming freshmen and undeclared students. She resides in Russellville with her husband, Britt, and youngest daughter, Amanda. Rhonda's two older daughters and their husbands are all Arkansas Tech Graduates. She is a proud grandmother of four.

Rhonda's favorite quote: "Compromise is a sign of strength not weakness."--Christine Suitland M.D

   

Elon

vkierre@atu.edu

Elon Kierre
Administrative Specialist

  • A.A. Arkansas Tech University, 2013

Elon joined the Arkansas Tech family as an undergraduate student in 2011. She earned her Associates degree in general education in December of 2013. Elon joined the AAC in July of 2014 as an Administrative Specialist. She currently is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. She spends her free time with family, friends, and her dog, Lucy.

Elon's favorite quote:  "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." --Theodore Roosevelt

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