Who are Discovery Advisors?
Discovery Advisors (DAs) are motivated, creative, and academically successful students whose primary responsibility is mentoring students to achieve academic success. These student workers are extensively trained and work in close contact with several offices on campus including each of the five schools’ undergraduate advising offices and Division of Student Affairs offices such as the International Student Scholar Services and Services for Students with Disabilities. DAs are part of the Student Success Network available through myBinghamton and they are certified as advanced peer mentors by the College Reading and Learning Association.
Discovery Advisors help students develop effective strategies in such areas as: study skills, time management, and note-taking. DAs assist students in making informed choices about courses and class schedules. They encourage students to explore and utilize the services and resources of the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development early in their academic careers.
Discovery Advisors also promote learning experientially outside the classroom by relaying information on internships, study abroad, the National Student Exchange (NSE) and volunteer opportunities. DAs hold evening office hours (Monday through Thursday, 5-7 p.m. in all four residential-based Discovery Centers.
Meet The Student Staff
Graduate Student Organizational/Academic Success Coaches
Major: Masters of Business Administration (concentration in Management Information Systems & focus in Business Analytics)
Hi, my name is Keith Chong and I'm currently in the Fast-Track MBA Program with the School of Management. This is my first year working with the Discovery Program as an Academic Success Coach. Outside of the Discovery Program, I'm also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and a Resident Assistant. One of my biggest passions in life is travelling and I love learning about the culture of others. I look forward to working with students this year to help improve their academic journey here at Binghamton University!
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hey everybody! My name is Stephen Fischer, and I am a graduate student as part of the 4+1 program in Biomedical Engineering. I come from Syosset, NY, and I enjoy cooking and exercise. During my undergraduate career here, I served as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), worked as an RA in Mountainview College, and performed volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity. As a former undergraduate in the Watson School, I can gladly answer any questions students may have regarding math, science, or engineering coursework. Feel free to email me with any questions or set up an appointment!
Hello, my name is Ryan Logrieco and I'm currently studying for my Master’s Degree in Accounting within the School of Management and the CPA exam. This is my third year working with the Discovery Program. I was an undergraduate Discovery Advisor for 2 years so I am well versed with the all the services on campus. Additionally, I am a PwC Scholar, and a member of Alpha Kapp Psi. Feel free to set up an appointment with me to go over any questions or concerns you may have!
Zihan (Diana) Yao
Major: Accounting with Taxation concentration
Hi there! My name is Diana, and this is the second year that I have been in Discovery Program helping students, especially international students. While I was an undergrad student here, I participated in many organizations and events that had become great experiences to me. I understand the challenges and difficulties that international students are facing because I was in your shoes before. So please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have! Looking forward to meet you all!
Hi everyone! My name is Jessica, and I'm a Graduate Discovery Advisor. I am currently completing my Master's in Accounting after graduating Binghamton last spring with a Bachelor's in Accounting. I am also in the process of sitting for my CPA Exam, and I will be starting at PricewaterhouseCoopers this summer in their Risk Assurance department. In my time at Binghamton, I was the President of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, as well as a member of the PwC Scholars Program. I am really looking forward to helping students at Binghamton develop critical organizational skills that will help them not only overcome the obstacles of time management, but also put them on a path of success in college and in the future!
Discovery Peer Advisors
Name: Mumta Hannan
Major: Integrative Neuroscience
Hi everyone! My name is Mumta. This is my second year as a Discovery Advisor after completing the Discovery Internship my sophomore year. I'm currently a senior majoring in Integrative Neuroscience and eventually I want to become a nurse. I am also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. I know it's tough choosing a major, so I'm here to help provide some first-hand experience as well as refer you to the appropriate resources.. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Name: Lauren Stiles
Hello! My name is Lauren Stiles and I am currently a junior nursing student in Decker minoring in Women's Gender Studies. I am also a member of Phi Mu interested in pediatric and newborn health. I can't wait to help students find their way at Binghamton and make their experience as amazing as possible! Feel free to contact me with any questions at all.
Major: Accounting with a Concentration in Finance
Hi everyone! My name is Jake. This is my second year as a Discovery Advisor after completing the Discovery Internship my sophomore year. I am currently a senior majoring in Accounting with a concentration in Finance. I plan on pursuing a career in public accounting and one day receiving a C.P.A license. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. I'm excited to start helping students achieve academic success here at Binghamton! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Name: Lauren Binnert
Major: Psychology and Spanish
Minor: Education and Global Studies
Hello everyone! My name is Lauren, and this will be my second year as a Discovery Advisor. I am very excited for the experience because I hope to go into a career in education in the future and love working with people. In addition to Discovery Advising, I work at the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, am a Campus Tour Guide, and volunteer as a Study Abroad Ambassador with the Office of International Programs. I recently came back from a study abroad semester in Córdoba, Argentina, and love helping students find study abroad programs that will fit in seamlessly with their academic careers. I know what it's like to come to college undecided, and I'm excited to help students find direction and get involved! Feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule an appointment!
Name: Leor Wasser
Hi everyone! My name is Leor Wasser and I am so excited to be a Discovery Advisor. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in education. I love being involved on campus and meeting new people. In my free time I love to dance and exercise! I am looking forward to help students at Binghamton!
Name: Jenny Lee
Hi everyone, my name is Jenny Lee. This is my second year as a Discovery Advisor. I am a senior majoring in nursing and minoring in health and wellness studies. In the future, I hope to become a nurse practitioner, most likely in family health. In addition, I am Vice President of Habitat for Humanity and a member of Delta Epsilon Mu. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Name: Kate Butera
Major: Business Administration
Hi everyone! My name is Kate and I am a junior studying Business Administration with concentrations in marketing and supply chain within the School of Management. Outside of Discovery, I am President of Binghamton University's only Broadway/Disney a cappella group, titled No Strings Attached. I am also a Tour Guide on campus, as well as a participant of multiple business case study competitions. This past summer, I completed my first internship at Nestlé and I'm looking forward to what this upcoming year has in store. Please feel free to contact me if you would like advice regarding internship search, general campus questions, or any questions at all!
Name: Adam Rafael
Hello, my name is Adam Rafael and this is my first year as a Discovery Advisor. I am a junior majoring in Accounting with a Finance concentration. Right now I am the Vice President of Brotherhood for Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity on campus as well as a member of the PwC Scholars Program. I am looking forward to helping students with any question they may have.
Name: Stephanie Levitt
Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I am a first year Discovery Advisor from Long Island. I am a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in education in Harpur College. Outside of class, I am a member of Colleges Against Cancer, Student Psychological Association, and the philanthropy chair of my sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. I am so excited to begin my career as a DA and get to know and help out fellow students, so if you have any questions or just want to chat about college life, please feel free to contact me or make an appointment!
Name: Andrew Shaw
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hello everyone! My name is Andrew Shaw and I am studying Mechanical Engineering in the Watson School. I am the president of the Bowling club, as well as a member of the gymnastics, stand up, and math clubs. I am a math and physics tutor and enjoy helping others out. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have! Have a great day!
Name : Anna Jiang
Major: Business Management with a Concentration in Leadership and Consulting; Theatre with a Concentration in Acting and Directing.
Hello!! My Name is Anna and I am a Junior Majoring in Business and Theatre! This is my first year as a DA and I am beyond excited to meet new people and just chat about school, life, and whatever else comes up! Outside of Discovery, I help out with Mainstage shows and am a part of Rotaract and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I am a talker, so feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!
Name: Francesco Scioscia
Major: Human Development
Heyo! My name is Francesco Scioscia. I am a junior majoring in Human Development, along with minors in Education and History. I am the Vice President of Amnesty International, a member of Club Soccer and Club Basketball, and participate in a variety of intramural sports. I'm excited to assist and support Binghamton students in all of their academic endeavors so if you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to contact me.
Name: Iris Chan
Hi everyone! My name is Iris, and I am a first year Discovery Advisor. I am currently a junior in Harpur College majoring in Psychology with minors in Economics and Theater. Aside from being a part of Discovery, I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity on campus, and a Campus Tour Guide. I love to help out, so if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send them my way!
Name: Nicole Tantillo
Major: Human Development
Hi, I'm Nicole! I am a senior enrolled in the Double Degree program for Anthropology and Human Development, with a minor in Education. This year I look forward to serving as one of two philanthropy chairs for Delta Phi Epsilon, participating in intramural soccer, and enjoying my senior year at Binghamton. This is my second year as a DA and I am super excited to not only advise, but get to know students. Also, I am one of three Binghamton Advantage Program DAs. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Name: Alex Almonte
Major: Biology and English
Hi! My name is Alex Almonte and I'm a junior majoring in Biology and English. This is my first year as a Discovery Advisor, and I am also Secretary for the professional pre-health fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu. Currently my career goal is to become a Physician's Assistant and start my own private practice. I'm really looking forward to helping students out in any way that I can so please contact me with any questions or problems you may have!
Name: Jessica Bracco
I am a junior majoring in accounting and hope to be a CPA in the future. In addition to being a Discovery Advisor, I am also the secretary for Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity on campus, and the Internal Vice President of the PwC Scholars program within the School of Management. When I have free time, I love to crochet and participate in outdoor activities. Some of my favorite outdoor activities are waterskiing, wakeboarding, hiking, and skiing.
Name: Kayla Epstein
Major: English and History
Hi! My name is Kayla I am a senior majoring in English and History. Outside of Discovery, I am President of Hilarity for Charity, a club on campus that raises money and awareness for Alzheimer's. Over the summer, I interned for a New York State Assemblywoman. Please feel free to contact me if you would like advice or information regarding any resources on campus or just have questions in general. Can't wait for this year!
Name: Koa Wong
Hi my name is Koa and I am a Senior. This year is my second year as a Discovery Advisor. I am a Biology major and pursuing a career in health sciences. I am also a Vice-President for Men's Club Volleyball. I am looking forward to helping students with their respected academic programs, transitioning into Binghamton, Residential Life and extracurricular involvement, Please feel free to ask me any questions!
Name: Mary Joncas
Major: Environmental Studies
My name is Mary Joncas and I'm a senior in Harpur College. Within Discovery I work with students in the Binghamton Advantage Program and I am the Supplemental Instruction Leader for Professor Duell's PSYC 111 class this fall. I'm majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Spanish and Evolutionary Studies. I studied abroad in Costa Rica during my junior year and had an awesome experience while covering a lot of classes necessary for my major, so I'm happy to help anyone who is planning for a semester abroad. Email me to set up an appointment at email@example.com.
Name: Rachel DiBenedetto
Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) and English
Hello everyone! My name is Rachel DiBenedetto. I am Senior majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) and English with a concentration in Global Culture. I plan on attending law school next fall. Outside of class, I have interned at a political office for consecutive semesters and worked at a nonprofit. I have a strong interest in human rights, politics, and social justice. This is my first year as Discovery Advisor and I am excited to help other students. Feel free to contact me anytime!
Name: Yale Smolar
Major: Business Administration
My name is Yale Smolar and I am a senior in the School of Management. I am majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems and minoring in Judaic Studies. In addition to Discovery, I am actively involved in the PwC Scholars Program and the Chabad Center of Binghamton. I love traveling and just spent a semester abroad in Europe! Looking forward to meeting with you!
Name: Ally Sanchez
Major: Psychology and Human Development
Hi everyone! My name is Ally Sanchez and I am a second year Discovery Advisor. I am a senior obtaining a double degree in Psychology and Human Development. Outside of Discovery, I am the President of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and an undergraduate research assistant at a Psychology laboratory here on campus. There are so many opportunities here at Binghamton and I'd be more than willing to help you find them. Feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding academic success, campus involvement, or campus resources. I look forward to meeting with you!
Name: Colin Roth
Major: Art History
Well hello there! My name is Colin, as it says, and I am a second year Discovery Advisor as well as a senior majoring in Art History with a concentration in Architectural History and Urban Studies and a minor in Music. For the most part I am focused in the Fine Arts, but I am really excited to be helping out any student in any major for whatever they need! Extracurricular wise, I am a member of the only all-male a cappella group on campus, The Crosbys, and currently am the vice president of Binghamton's architecture club, Foundations. Feel free to email me if you have any questions on pretty much anything and I will do whatever I can to help!
Name: Andrew Barkin
Hi everyone! My name is Drew and this is my first year as a Discovery Advisor. I am currently a Junior majoring in Accounting. My campus involvements include being Vice President of Finance for Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. I'm very excited to start helping students on their path to achieving academic success. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Enning (Katniss) Zhang
Hello everyone! I am Enning and I am a junior majoring in accounting in School of Management. In addition, I am co-founder of international language association, which is a foreign language studying organization. I am also a social media intern in the undergraduate admissions office. More importantly, I am the kind of person who loves a challenge and always try my best to step out of my comfort zone. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out, I would love to help you out!
Name: Nicole Bunyea
Major: Integrative Neuroscience & Biological Anthropology
Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I'm a senior here at Binghamton majoring in both Integrative Neuroscience and Biological Anthropology. I'm following the pre-health track, with plans to attend medical school, and am currently enrolled in the Biomedical Anthropology BS/MS combined degree program. Outside of class, I enjoy being a member of our local Nu Rho Psi chapter and the Student Health Advisory Committee. This is my second year as a Discovery Advisor and I'm very excited to share my knowledge and experiences with you all. I love to meet new people and help other students so please feel free to come to me with any problems, questions, or even just to talk! There's always something new to learn about your field of study and opportunities on campus that you may not be aware of, so why not sit down for an appointment? :)
Name: Shira Peretz
Major: Human Development
Hi everyone! My name is Shira Peretz and I am a junior majoring in Human Development and Graphic Design. This is my first year as a Discovery Advisor and I am a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. I'm also secretary of the Binghamton Student Design Agency here on campus. I really look forward to helping students with any academic help they might need in addition to finding various involvement opportunities. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and hope to see you soon!
Name: Siaki Tetteh-Nartey
Major: Computer Engineering
Hi! My name is Siaki and I'll be a Senior in the Watson School of Engineering studying Computer Engineering with a Global Studies minor. I am a tour guide, member of the Level 1 student conduct board, Membership Educator of Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority for female engineers and technical scientists in the fall, Conference Planning Chair and Senator for National Society of Black Engineers, and SHPE Jr. Chair for the Society of Hispanic Engineers. This is my second year as a DA and I am in charge of the Residential Life Target group. I'm excited to start working with my fellow DAs and students around campus.
Name: Janet Perez
Major: Biology and Mathematics
Hello everyone! My name is Janet Perez and I am a senior majoring in Biology and Mathematics. After college I plan to obtain a phD in Epidemiology. This is my first year as a Discovery Advisor and I am math tutor for the Educational Opportunity Program. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.