Advising Staff

James Fry |

Assistant Dean of Academic Advising
Over the years, Dean Fry has advised many graduate and undergraduate students, directed multiple orientation and advising services, and coordinated study abroad, internships, and independent study programs. He has also taught a variety of introductory college courses, including freshmen seminars, expository writing, and human development. And as much as he enjoys the classroom, from either side of the lectern, Dean Fry likes best to meet students one-on-one. Helping a student discover an intriguing course or meet an especially engaging professor is always satisfying. A graduate of McDaniel College, he also holds a Master's degree in American Studies from Bowling Green University. In addition to his work with college students, Dean Fry’s interests broadly include American culture, particularly architecture and urban planning.
A - An Freshmen | A Sophomore | A - Ar Junior | A - Am Senior

Ruth Aranow |

Senior Academic Advisor
Dr. Aranow earned her doctorate in chemistry from Hopkins and taught here before becoming an academic advisor. She shows the same devotion to advising as she did to teaching, for which she won the George Owen Teaching Award. She enjoys helping students solve problems. Her hobbies include music, photography and travel.

Ss - Z Freshmen | Su - Z Sophomore | Suo - Z Junior | T - Z Senior

Adriene Breckenridge |

Senior Academic Advisor
Ms. Breckenridge was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She loves working with college students and has been working in higher education for 19 years. She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Washington, a Masters of Divinity from Howard University, and a Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins. She also conducts workshops on campus geared toward helping students develop the academic skills needed to achieve academic success. "Ms. B" as she is affectionately known by her students, serves on Campus Ministries Advisory Board and is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mah - Per Freshmen | Mam - Pb Sophomore | Ms - P Junior | Mp - Reh Senior

Kathie Sindt |

Associate Director
Dr. Sindt began her career in biomedical research, earning a BS in biology and a Ph.D. in pharmacology. Feeling isolated in a research lab but fulfilled by mentoring students, she returned to school to earn an MA in career counseling. She’s thrilled to be an advisor because she enjoys making a difference in someone’s life. She likes playing with her dog and enjoys science fiction.

Ao - Bas Freshmen | D Sophomore | As - Be Junior | An - Brn Senior

Karen Desser |

Senior Academic Advisor
In most stories, either a stranger comes to town or someone goes on a journey. Ms. Desser's life features both plots. After years as a high-school teacher, she moved to Baltimore and a new career at JHU. She delights in guiding students through their academic journey, our civilization's version of the voyage of discovery. She's made it herself to four continents and hopes to someday wear her red high-tops in the remaining three.

Pes - Sr Freshmen | Pc - St Sophomore | Q - Sun Junior | Rei - S Senior

Patrick Trujillo |

Senior Academic Advisor
Mr. Trujillo grew up in Saint Louis, MO where he also completed his undergraduate studies in History and Secondary Education. He started his advising career at a neighboring Baltimore university and comes to Hopkins with great excitement. Mr. T. (as he prefers to be called) enjoys interacting with students both in and out of his office. When he isn't working with students in his office, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, soccer, and visiting all the museums and local historical landmarks.

He - K Freshmen | B - C Sophomore | Lef - Mr Junior | L - Mo Senior

Dan Ferrara |

Senior Academic Advisor
Dan Ferrara joins the Office of Academic Advising after over six years working for the Dean of Student Life at Hopkins. During his time in the dean's office, Mr. Ferrara worked closely with students to support them through the challenges of undergraduate life and address both academic and social concerns. He is excited about continuing this work and developing strong relationships with his advisees. Originally from the New Jersey shore (not the Jersey Shore), Dan calls Baltimore City home. He earned his MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins in 2012, and aside from working with students, enjoys cooking, music, reading, and writing.

Bat - C Freshmen | I - La Sophomore | Hoo - Lee Junior | Do - Hap Senior

Ami Cox |

Academic Advisor
Ms. Cox earned her BA in English at Notre Dame University and is currently working on her Master of Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins. She spent her first sixteen years at Hopkins advising undergraduate student researchers and found moving into academic advising to be a natural transition. She enjoys developing a strong relationship with all of her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son and their menagerie of cats and dogs, watching movies, hanging out with friends, taking classes, writing, and reading.

L - Mag Freshmen | Lb - Mal Sophomore | Bf - Co Junior | Bro - Dn Senior

Malissa Rivera |

Senior Academic Advisor
Ms. Rivera was born and raised in The Bronx, NY and moved to Baltimore in 2012 where she worked at UMBC as a Community Director in the Residential Life Office. She earned her bachelors degree in Psychology at Geneseo and her masters in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo. Ms. Rivera is excited to join the advising team and pursue her passion in guiding students through their academic careers. Her other passions include all things Disney, Harry Potter and traveling.

D - Hd Freshmen | E - H Sophomore | Cp - Hon Junior | Haq - K Senior

Fay Day |

Assistant Director of Academic Support, Study Consulting Program
Fay Day retired from the public school systems of Louisiana where she worked as a speech therapist in grades 1 -12 and in Adult Education. She also worked in Colorado in an early childhood setting for four years. Fay has an M.ED. from Loyola of New Orleans. On completion of her M.ED. she continued to gain various certifications in areas such as ESL and Adult Education. Fay was escorted to Baltimore from New Orleans via Hurricane Katrina. In Baltimore, she is currently the Administrator of the Study Consulting Program at JHU. She enjoys many church activities, travel, reading, being a wife to Steve, and a mother to Elizabeth. Being in Baltimore has provided Fay and her family with much to explore and experiences.

Hope Fisher |

Assistant Director of Academic Support
Hope Fisher has been a Baltimore resident since birth. She received her BS, in Business Administration, from Stevenson University and recently finished her MLA at Johns Hopkins University. She started her career with Johns Hopkins 2005 working for the Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship Program housed in the School of Medicine. In 2007 she accepted a position with the Department of Psychological and Brain Science and eventually, in 2011, made her way to the Undergraduate Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Programs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on vacations and enjoying life as much as possible.

Ariane Kelly |

Assistant Director of Academic Support
Ms. Kelly is a Maryland native, and after she completed her degree at the University of Delaware she moved to San Diego to pursue a career as a marine biologist.  She spent six years working (and playing) on the beach educating the public about ocean science at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Through her experience at Scripps, Ariane realized that she wanted to continue her education and returned to school to complete her M.A. in Education. She spent the next few years working for San Diego State University coordinating service-learning programs for underrepresented and first generation college students. Ariane is passionate about working with students to help them to not only reach but exceed their goals.  She enjoys hiking, sailing, barre, traveling, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and Chihuahua named Ray Lewis.

Kristen Heisey |

Senior Academic Program Coordinator
Kristen Heisey, a Baltimore native and alumna of the city’s Western High School, joined the Office of Academic Support after 12 years in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, where she served as Academic Coordinator. Ms. Heisey earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from another university along Charles Street, Notre Dame of Maryland University. She loves working with students of all ages and is excited to support peer-led team-learning at Hopkins.
Her other passions include all things Disney, supporting the O’s, creative planning, and reading. She lives at home with her husband, youngest daughter, and lots of cats.

Barbara Greenwald |

Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Greenwald has been with the Office of Academic Advising since 1991. She derives great satisfaction from playing a part in the successful college experience of our students. A native of Baltimore she is a true bird watcher - the Ravens, Orioles, and of course the Hopkins Blue Jays!