About Us

START advises students in the beginning of their academic career at UM-Dearborn.

Our Mission

The Student Advising & Resource Team (START) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn provides exceptional advising services to undergraduate students. START is committed to building partnerships across campus to foster student engagement and support students as they transition into the university. Utilizing multiple innovative approaches to advising, START is able to reach a diverse student body and continually advance best practices to positively impact current and future students of UM-Dearborn.  ​

Meet our Staff

START has full time professional staff advisors. They are experienced and knowledgeable. Many of our advisors have moved from an academic unit to START, bringing their knowledge, experience and expertise in specific fields of study.

Andrew Beverly 


Andrew Beverly came to work at UM-Dearborn in May 2016 as the START Director. He began his career working in Community Development and Residence Life at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Andrew also previously worked at Rochester Institute of Technology where he worked in Residence Life and learned American Sign Language. Most recently, Andrew worked as the Advising Center Coordinator in the College of Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. Andrew enjoys assisting students with academic planning related to their future goals and connecting students with resources to support their academic success.

Email: beveram@umich.edu

Lynda Dioszegi

Assistant Director and Senior Advisor

Lynda has worked at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 1996, first as an academic advisor in the College of Business and now as the senior advisor and assistant director in START. She received her Bachelor of Science in English and Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master's degree through Kansas State University. Lynda is a member of NACADA and serves on the advisory board for the Delta Zeta chapter at Eastern Michigan University and the planning committee for the Special Olympics Detroit Polar Plunge.  Lynda is married and has two children, one in college at Western Michigan and one who is in high school.  Lynda enjoys working in START, especially on the different initiatives to help enhance the experiences of the first year students at UM-Dearborn.

Email: ldioszeg@umich.edu

Riquele Barranger

Academic Advisor, CASL

Hello, my name is Riquele and I’m happy to have joined the START office as a CASL advisor in March 2018. I have completed both my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. Previously I have worked in higher education for over four years as an Admissions Advisor and am looking forward to continuing to assist first year students with their transition to college. I have a passion for helping students discover their dreams and accomplish their goals through education. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to continue my career in higher education here at UM-Dearborn and assisting our students on their journey to achieving success.

Email: riquele@umich.edu  

Gwen Higgins

Academic Advisor, CASL

My name is Gwen Higgins and I am happy to be a new member of the START team at UM-Dearborn! I am originally from Livonia and graduated from Madonna University with a double major in English and Communication. While in college, I had the amazing experience of studying abroad in France, London, and Central America. After finishing my undergraduate studies, I moved to Grand Rapids where I earned my Master’s degree in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University. After graduate school I moved to South Bend, Indiana and worked at Holy Cross College as a first-year academic advisor and also directed new student orientation. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time in the sun. I am excited to continue working in higher education at UM-Dearborn and eager to get to know and help students!

Email: gmhiggin@umich.edu

Kerri Madeleine

Academic Advisor, CECS

My name is Kerri Madeleine, and I started with the University of Michigan-Dearborn in the College of Engineering and Computer Science Advising as an intern in 2014, and became full time staff in 2015. I received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University in 2009, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. What I enjoy most about this position is helping students establish their educational goals, personal goals and aspirations so they can be successful in pursuing their college degree and future career. Go Blue!

Email: kmadelei@umich.edu

Ali Pavlicek

Academic Advisor, CEHHS

My name is Ali Pavlicek, and I have joined the START advising team at the University of Michigan-Dearborn during winter 2020.  Prior to advising in the START office, I have worked in a variety of roles on college campuses, including residence life, academic coaching, academic support programming, and academic advising.  My career and educational pursuits have led to opportunities at several campuses, including Western Michigan University, Indiana State University, Wayne State University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Schoolcraft College.  I am a first generation college student, who is proud to have earned a Bachelor's degree in behavioral psychology and a Master's degree in student affairs & higher education.  As an academic advisor in START, I look forward to providing support, guidance, and a sense of belonging to students as they pursue their academic and personal goals.

Email: alipav@umich.edu

Maryam Peaks

Academic Advisor, CECS

Hello, my name is Maryam Peaks and I'm very happy to be a new START Advisor for the College of Engineering and Computer Science students. I earned my B.A. in English from the University of Michigan-Dearborn so I was overjoyed when the opportunity presented itself to wok for my alma mater! Before transitioning to the START office,  I worked in the CECS unit as an Academic Advisor and as an Academic Records Assistant. Prior to working for UM-Dearborn, I spent over 13 years working with students in K - 12.  In my spare time I love spending time with my family, reading and traveling. I’m very passionate about education, I love learning and I plan to pursue a Master's in Higher Education in the near future. I’m honored to be of assistance to our students and I look forward to the road ahead. Go Blue!!

Email: mpeaks@umich.edu

Warren Wei

Academic Advisor, COB

Warren earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in College Counseling.  As part of his Master's program, Warren was an intern at UM-Dearborn in the Career Services and CAPS offices.  He joined the College of Business staff as an academic advisor in July 2016.  He is a current member of the National Academic Advising Association and the incoming chairperson for the Business Majors Advising Community. In his free time, Warren enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, traveling, and watching college football.  As the College of Business advisor in START, Warren hopes to provide students with a positive first-year experience by helping them identify resources and engage in university events, activities, and organizations.

Email: warrwei@umich.edu


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