Academic Advising


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Texas A&M University-Kingsville has professional advisors for all freshmen and sophomore students.  These advisors are trained in all academic requirements, can assist with lifting holds, registration, grade point average calculation, and many other services.  Please click on the attached link to find your professional advisor and their contact information.;

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
Students are required to complete an approved TSI exam prior to enrolling into college-level courses, unless exempt.

List of Advisors

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College of Arts and Sciences




Dr. Sonya Vasquez


about Sonya



Title: Academic Advisor III

Advises:  Criminology, Psychology and Sociology

Hometown:  Kingsville, TX

College:  Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Major: Ed. D. Educational Leadership

Hobbies: I enjoy the outdoors and exercise

I became an Academic Advisor passion in helping students reach their academic goals and serve as a mentor for our students.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-2721


J. Eric Winterbottom


about Eric

J. Eric Winterbottom


Title: Pre-Health Sciences Coordinator

Advises: Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dental

Hometown: Monticello, Illinois

High School: Monticello High School

College: University of Illnois

Major: Music Education

Hobbies: Working on projects around my house. I like to be outside!

I became an Academic Advisor because...."I had worked in public education for 30+ years and emergency medicine for 20 years.  Joining the advising team here at TAMUK has been a nice transition."

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3797


Alfonso Ramos


about Alfonso

Alfonso Ramos


Title: Academic Advisor II

Advises: Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Health, Chemistry, Biology, Other

Hometown: Kingsville

High School: H.M. King

College: Saint Edward’s University, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi

Major: BA Political Science, MA Communication

Hobbies: Spending time outdoors and watching sporting events

I became an Academic Advisor because….“with every semester there is opportunity for advancing not only growth within the students you advise but personal growth that makes you a better advocate for the higher educational needs of the community we live in.”

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-2358


Priscilla Guerra


about Priscilla



Title: Academic Advisor IV

Advises: English, Music, Spanish, Geology, Physics and Math

Hometown: Kingsville, Texas

High School: H.M. King High School

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies,  M.S. Counseling & Guidance    

Hobbies: Travel

I became an Academic Advisor because...I love education and helping students meet their goals. It makes me proud to see my students succeed!

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4243


Suzanne Villarreal


about Suzanne

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Title: Academic Advisor II

Advises: CSDO, PSKW, Arts, Communications, Human Development,                               Health & Kinesiology 0-30 hours

Hometown: Port Isabel, TX

High School: Port Isabel High School

College: TAMUK

Major: Criminology/ Counseling and Guidance

Hobbies: Graphic Design and Weightlifting

I became an Academic Advisor because...I believe in higher education and watching students reach their greatest potential in life. I love the fact that I am able to help out students with their academic excellence.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4031


Dominique Herrera Peña


about Dominique



Title: Academic Advisor I

Advises: Criminal Justice, History and Political Science

Hometown:  Inez, Texas

High School: Industrial High School

College: Texas State University

Major: Family and Child Development

Hobbies: Travel, Running in beautiful places with my husband, Swing trading stocks.

I became an Academic Advisor because….Personally I am a huge advocate for higher education and find advising to be a frontline of making the difference in student's lives.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4632


Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences

Carla Winterbottom


about Carla Winterbottom

carla winterbottom


Title: Academic Advisor I

Advises: Ag Business, Ag Science, Range & Wildlife 

Hometown: Orange Grove, TX

High School: Orange Grove High School

College: Texas State University

Major: Applied Sociology Minor: Political Science

Hobbies: spending time with my daughter and family, running, singing, anything outdoorsy, and attending various food, music, and art festivals around Texas.

I became an Academic Advisor because… During my last semester at Texas State, I had the opportunity to take part in an academic advising internship. It was during this time that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in academic advising, and assist students in achieving their academic goals just as my academic advisor had done for me.

Contact Information:

Phone: (361) 593-2789


Shelly Salazar


about Shelly



Title: Academic Advisor I

Advises: Animal Science 0-89 hours 

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

High School: O’Connor H.S.

College: Texas A&M University-College Station

Major: Master Degree in Agriculture Education and Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Science

Hobbies:. Hanging out with family and friends, Crafting, Fishing/Hunting, Being at and Working on my family ranch.

I became an Academic Advisor because… I enjoy helping students succeed in every aspect of their lives.


Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4202


Javier Mendoza


about Javier



Title: Academic Advisor III

Advises: Ag Business, Ag Science, Animal Science, Range & Wildlife, Vet Tech 90 + Hours

Hometown: Kingsville, Texas

High School: H.M. King High School

College:  Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: B.S. in Criminology, M.S. in Sociology

Hobbies: While not being on campus I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends as well as hunting, fishing, traveling and working at the family ranch.  

I became an Academic Advisor because... I aspired to work with students at a time in their life while they are exploring who they are and what they want to become. I enjoy watching them mature during this time all while earning a college education to become productive members of society.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3718


College of Business Administration


Cynthia Longoria


about Cynthia



Title: Academic Advisor IV

Advises: All Business Majors 90+ SCH                                                                           Management, Marketing, and Information Systems

Hometown: Premont, Texas

High School: Premont High School

College: Texas A&M University Kingsville 

Major: B.A.A.S in Business Administration, M.B.A.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, reading, writing, and listening to music

I became an Academic Advisor because…. I have a passion for students! I use to work with the Student Activities Department on campus and we were in charge of the student orientation program. It was there where I got a glimpse of what an advisor does and met the advising team here at TAMU-K. They were like superstars with rolling carts. It was then that I realized what I wanted to do. As soon as I earned my degree and a position become available for an Academic Advisor, I knew this was the perfect job for me.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3902


Jose Mendoza


about Jose



Title: Academic Advisor III

Advises: General Business, Accounting and Finance

Hometown: Kingsville, Texas

High School: H.M. King High School Kingsville. Texas

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: B.S. in Biology,  Master in Business Administration

Hobbies: I enjoy going to sporting events, movies, and I collect all the Javelina memorabilia I can find.

I became an Academic Advisor because…. As an undergraduate student I was an orientation leader and I enjoyed helping new students get acclimated to college life. I have always wanted to be in a role that helps people be successful and as an academic advisor I have been able to that. It has been very rewarding to help students adjust to life here at A&M-Kingsville as well as help them plan their academic career and reach that goal of graduation.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3935


Frank H Dotterwich College of Engineering


Margaret Mary Hennessey


about Margaret

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Title: Academic Advisor III

Advises Mechanical, Chemical, Natural Gas & Alternate Pre-Engineering

Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island

High School: Cranston High School East, Rhode Island

College: Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Manhattan College

Major: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Associate of Sciences in Business Administration, Bachelors of Arts in History & Literature, Masters of Arts in General Counseling-College and Community Counseling

Hobbies: Photography; Mixed-media Journaling and Beading

I became an Academic Advisor because...Honestly, I didn’t go into higher education advising because college was a breeze...truth is, I struggled at first. So, I know firsthand that with patience, hard work and determination, you can not only earn a degree but flourish as a person. I want everyone to experience the possibilities that college has to offer. There is nothing like the dynamic, almost kinetic energy you feel on a college campus that comes from the exchange of cultures and ideas as well as the amazing opportunities that students experience and those who are fortune enough to work on a college campus get to share in students’ accomplishments and help them overcome obstacles.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3920


Tony Ramirez


about Tony



Title: Academic Advisor II

Advises Architectural, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial Technology, Computer Science, Alternate Pre-Engineering & Pre-Engineering

Hometown: Saginaw, Mi

High School: Beecher High School

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: B.S.Political Science, M.S. Political Science

Hobbies: Helping my kids with homework/sports

I became an Academic Advisor because...While attending Texas A&M University as an Undergraduate Senior, I worked in the Student Interaction Program (SIP). My job, as peer mentor in the (SIP), was to help students to successfully navigate the university experience. Texas A&M University-Kingsville offers so many resources to help students to be successful in their goal towards degree, and I am still doing what I did back then. I still love to help students to do the very best that they can!

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3308


College of Education and Human Performance

Dr. Araceli Garza


about Araceli



Title: Academic Advisor IV

Advises: Teacher and Bilingual Education

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

High School: Tuloso-Midway High School

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: B.B.A in International Business, M.S. in Counseling and Guidance, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Hobbies: Baking, painting, and arts & crafts projects.

I became an Academic Advisor because… I enjoy helping others. As an undergraduate student, I worked on campus in the Office of International Student Services and I realized that truly enjoyed guiding and helping students. While working full-time for the College of Education, I had several colleagues suggest that I should be an academic advisor. With some nudging and the support from those colleagues, I jumped at the opportunity to become an academic advisor. It’s exciting to be a resource and support system to students and especially rewarding to see them grow and succeed.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4366


Breanne Flores-Contreras


about Breanne



Title: Academic Advisor IV

Advises: Health and Kinesiology 61+, All college athletes

Hometown:  Bishop, Texas

High School: Bishop High School

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: International Business Management, MBA

Hobbies: Crafting cards, stickers, and clothes

I became an Academic Advisor because….I know how difficult it can be to navigate higher education, from financial aid to degree plans. I understand that it can be overwhelming for students, especially since this is all new to them. And that is why I am here, to help.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-3204


Center for Student Success

Veronica Salas


about Veronica



Title:  Director, Advising & Retention

Advises: PSA , BAAS, Health & Kinesiology 31-59 hours

Hometown: Kingsville, Texas

High School: Academy High School

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: B.S. in Agriculture Science, M.S. in Agriculture Science

Hobbies: Being a mom to 1 year old twin boys, spending time with my husband, family and friends, baking and volunteering my time to the ag mechanics and beef cattle divisions of our county livestock show

I became an Academic Advisor because...As an agriculture science teacher I spent countless hours helping students decide on which college to attend, which major would be the right fit and how to complete scholarship applications. So, when the opportunity to assist ag students in a similar capacity at my alma mater became available, I jumped on the opportunity! I believe it is important to connect with the students you advise. Having been through the program and taken classes with many of our current professors, I can associate with the students struggles and successes.  I can wholeheartedly say, I love my job!

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4931



Jennifer Alaniz


about Jennifer

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Title: Academic Advisor III

Advises: Academic Recovery

Hometown: Kingsville          

High School: H.M. King High, Kingsville     

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: BS- Criminology, MS-Counseling and Guidance   

Hobbies: long afternoon naps and backyard barbecues with family and friends.

I became an academic advisor because…I genuinely love the pace and dynamic changes of this university!  I also enjoy partnering with students so they can make informed decisions, create the right goals, and become successful.

Contact Information:

Phone: 361-593-4310

This page was last updated on: March 6, 2019