Staff Directory

Stacy Collins

Stacy Collins

Director of Academic Success

scollin1@stetson.edu

Stacy Collins began her journey with Stetson University by attending for both her bachelor and master of arts degrees. She continues to be a proud Hatter in her position as director of Academic Success. In this position, she leads the department in offering various initiatives to ensure student success. Ultimately, Stacy and the Academic Success team strive to help students enhance their empowerment and agency, practice self-advocacy, learn independent academic competency, reach their educational goals while at Stetson University and graduate proudly with a degree from Stetson University.

Aaron Distler

Aaron Distler

Associate Director of Academic Success and Accessibility

adistler@stetson.edu

Aaron graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in sociology before earning his master's degree at UCF in mental health counseling with a certificate in marriage and family therapy. Aaron's passion for helping individuals strive for "their best life as they define it" guides his work every day. He believes in the importance of developing a level playing field and supportive campus climate for students to feel connected and be successful. Aaron empowers students to take an active role in their education by challenging them to identify their strengths and develop new skills that will help them reach their personal goals. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys CrossFit, watching television and movies and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Joanne Bembinster

Joanne Bembinster

Associate Director of Academic Success

jbembinster@stetson.edu

Joanne is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in educational leadership. Joanne’s passion for higher education stems from the transformative experience she had as an undergraduate student. In her current role, Joanne has the opportunity to connect with students outside of the classroom setting while empowering them to succeed. Joanne’s background in academic advising taught her the importance of helping students navigate through all aspects of their higher education journey. As a DeLand native, Joanne is proud to be serving Stetson University and her hometown community. In her free time, Joanne enjoys DIY projects, cooking and traveling with her husband.

Matthew Musser

Matthew Musser

Academic Success Coordinator for Tutoring and SPI

mmusser@stetson.edu

Matt graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor's degree in history. He then took a few years off to work as a professional chef, before earning his master's degree from GVSU in higher education and leadership. Matt's strong desire to help students be successful comes from learning as a college student how important tutors, academic advisors and other academic success initiatives can be in a student's development. Now as the coordinator at Stetson, Matt works to advocate for, educate, and assist students. In his free time, Matt likes to cook, read, write, run, play video games and the occasional Netflix binge.

Stephanie Potthoff

Stephanie Potthoff

Academic Success Coordinator for Accessibility

spotthoff@stetson.edu

Stephanie graduated from the University of South Florida with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature. She recently earned her master’s degree at Rollins College in clinical mental health counseling. In her current role, Stephanie assists students in navigating the process of establishing accommodations to ensure equal access to education for all students. She also connects students to resources on campus to aid in student success. Stephanie believes that students’ development in college is an important transition in the narrative of their lives. Her work is guided by the desire to help students realize and strive for personal goals as they begin to explore and define who and what they want to be in the world. In her free time, Stephanie likes to cook, wander around Target and spend time at theme parks.

Sharniece Supal

Sharniece Supal

Academic Success Coordinator for Student Athletes

ssupal@stetson.edu

Sharniece earned her bachelors of science in sports management at University of North Florida while also a D1 track and field student-athlete. Sharniece oversees study hall, tutoring and other academic resources that are available to all student-athletes. She believes in empowering and motivating student-athletes to be successful and strive not only towards graduation but to post-graduate plans as well. In Sharniece’s free time she enjoys reading, working out and watching and playing sports, spending time with loved ones,church, family and traveling.

Miguel Ortiz Burgos

Miguel Ortiz

Coordinator for First-Year Academic Advising

mortizbu@stetson.edu

Miguel is a proud Stetson Hatter who is passionate about assisting first-year student’s transition to the college setting. Miguel most recently worked as a full time academic advisor at Daytona State College with specific assignment to first-year and minority male students. He also has multiple experiences in other areas of higher education during his time as a student employee at Stetson University and as a graduate assistant at the University of Central Florida. Currently, he is enrolled in the master of public administration with a concentration in higher education policy at the University of Central Florida and received his bachelor of arts in political science in 2016 from Stetson University.

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