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Academic Advisors

Academic advisors at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology support individualized educational planning and encourage strategies for academic and transitional success. 

Nancy Childrey, Ph.D.

Last names beginning with letters A-Ga and Sd-X

Nancy Childrey began her journey at SLU as an undergraduate student studying psychology with a certificate in human resource management. In 2004, Childrey graduated and continued her education for a master’s degree in counseling in human development and secondary school education.

Childrey began her first academic advising experience as an Honors Program academic advisor. Here, she learned how to help students navigate the advising system and utilized her counseling experience to work with students dealing with transitioning to college.

After she graduated with her master’s degree in 2007, she was hired to work as a program coordinator for SLU’s pre-professional health office. While working in this office she developed her skills to coordinate a program helping transfer pre-med students adjust to the rigor of the studies of pre-med while adjusting to a new university. She also helped begin the process to reorganize the pre-dental club and conducted mock interviews for students wishing to apply to professional schools.

In July 2009, Childrey took the opportunity to transition to Parks College where she teaches U101 and is able to utilize her counseling skills to work with students on academic and personal issues.

Summer Mattina, M.S.Ed.

Last names beginning with letters Gb-Sc

Summer Mattina joined Parks College in May of 2014. Prior to that, she served other campuses in both academic affairs and student development roles. Mattina has focused on academic advising, co-curricular multicultural programs, non-traditional student services, and leadership and involvement programs. She has also worked with the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia, to develop and deliver college readiness programs for military service-members and their families.

As an academic advisor for Parks College, she seeks to build trusting learning partnerships with students that promote critical reflection, engaged inquiry and student success. She enjoys helping students arrive at clarity amidst the sometimes chaotic challenges life can present and loves to see students grow as they set and achieve their academic, personal and career goals.


Jennifer L. Koslovsky van Driest, M.A.

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Last names beginning with letters Y-Z and select students throughout alphabet

Jennifer Masiulis joined SLU in 2012. Her career pursuits have led her to internships and practica in orientation, intramural sports and admissions, and professional positions in residence life, career services, and academic advising. She has also chaired and served on several committees and task forces focusing on student involvement, leadership, multicultural competency and civic engagement.

Masiulis enjoys building trusting relationships with students in order to help them make critical decisions in their college career. She involves student identity development theories in her practice, guides students through internships and co-op opportunities, and helps students through challenging academic and life situations. Additionally, coming from a military family, Masiulis enjoys connecting to ROTC, active duty and veteran students, and helping them through issues specific to them.