B.A., The College of Wooster, Political Science
M.A., Adelphi University, Psychology
Hailing from the same sleepy little town as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Conrad Richter, Chris spent the better part of his 20’s in an ‘89 Corolla, exploring 49 of the 50 states (Alaska and New Mexico are his favorites) before running out of gas in Des Moines, Iowa and remaining in town for a ten-month dose of Midwestern hospitality. After brief stints living in California, Maryland and New York, Chris finally settled in Philadelphia, where he lives in the East Falls neighborhood with his wife Catie, a Ph.D. candidate in Temple’s Urban Education program. He has enjoyed a variety of roles at Temple since joining the university in 2003, and in February, 2009, reunited with his first love, the CLA advising center, to serve as director. Chris also serves as membership chair for Temple’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is a proud member of the National Academic Advising Association.
Favorite books: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; High Fidelity by Nick Hornby; Independence Day by Richard Ford; The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; Moneyball by Michael Lewis; and Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
Advising interests: Retention, developmental advising, and student outreach initiatives.
Anar P. Khandvala
B.A., Temple University, Psychology
M.Ed., Temple University, Educational Administration
Anar was born in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, but she has spent most of her life in the outskirts of Philadelphia. She had a love for Temple engrained in her at an early age, as several of her family members (including her mother and sister) are Temple alums. As an undergraduate student at Temple, Anar worked as a peer advisor in the Division of University Studies and realized then that higher education was her true calling. Anar has found it quite impossible to leave Temple, earning her Master’s degree here while continuing to serve in a variety of advising roles. It could truly be said that she bleeds cherry and white. She is very happy to have a home at Temple, and she hopes to remain with the Temple family for years to come.
Favorite books: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; Unaccustomed Earth and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Advising interests: First year college experiences, developmental advising and student outreach initiatives.
B.A., University of Georgia, Art History
M.A., New York University, Arts Administration
Originally from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Keesa comes to Philadelphia by way of Ohio, Georgia, New York, and California. In addition to travelling to multiple destinations in the US, including one cross-country adventure spanning eleven states, she developed a taste for life abroad when she got the opportunity to study art history and the humanities during an all-too-brief semester at Oxford University. While working toward her Master’s degree in Arts Administration at New York University, Keesa served as a Graduate Assistant for the M.F.A. Studio program. She credits this experience as a defining moment in her career. As she quickly realized, she preferred the company of students to the inanimate art objects she would be expected to handle in an art museum. Previously an Admissions Counselor in New York and an Internship Coordinator in Philadelphia, Keesa comes to Temple with an enthusiasm for helping students meet their academic and professional goals. Her interests include gallery hopping, live performances, tech related stuff and gadgets, playing fetch with Oscar the dog, and attempting to keep up with friends on both coasts.
Favorite books: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulkagov, What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng by Dave Eggers, Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut, Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie, Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood.
Advising interests: Pre-law, academic and professional development, and graduate school planning.
B.Music, The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Jazz Studies
M.A., Ph.D., Temple University, Philosophy
Mike discovered a large pot and a couple of wooden spoons at a very young age, started into some tapping and thumping, and the rest is history. Well, not quite. Although music and drumming remains a huge part of his life, Mike decided at some point in his late twenties that he needed to pursue a more lucrative career path. Hence philosophy. Actually, where most folks might have picked up a juicy novel or taken up water pilates, Mike started asking lots of questions to himself about esoteric subjects and spending an awful lot of time reading treatises about things like incorporeal materialism. Mike now finds students internships and advises them on potential career paths. Go figure. Putting up with Mike in Abington these days are his wife, Courtney, who received her Master of Music Therapy degree from Temple, and 3-year old son, Collin, who likes to beat on pots with wooden spoons while hip-hop dancing.
Favorite books: A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; Brain Droppings by George Carlin; Blues People by Amiri Baraka; Still Life with Woodpecker, Skinny Legs and All, and Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins; Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche; and Noise by Jacques Attali.
Advising interests: Career advising, internships, and experiential learning.
Marcella began her journey at Temple in 1980 as a secretary in the College of Education. While working full-time as a single parent, she earned her B.S. degree in Business Education in 1989. After working her way up as a supervisor, Marcella joined the CLA family in 1991 as Office Manager. In this capacity, Marcella enjoys a broad range of responsibilities and oversees the daily operations of the advising center while working with the Director on special projects. A huge sports fan, Marcella also enjoys going to the beach, shopping, dancing and traveling abroad.