Meet the Advisors

The Office of Undergraduate Programs is dedicated to helping our students succeed here at NC State.  All undergraduate students in the Poole College of Management are assigned to a professional advisor.  All of our advisors have a master or higher degree and are professionally trained to assist in designing each student’s academic career at NC State.  Working with their advisor will help ensure that students have taken all the appropriate steps in planning their courses, as well as provide them with support and assistance to assure academic success, personal and professional identity development, and access to high-impact opportunities in Poole.

Dr. Jason DeRousie, Director of Curriculum & Advising

Dr. Jason DeRousie has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Kenyon College in Ohio, a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University, and a PhD in Higher Education from Penn State University. He spent four years advising business students in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, and has been at NC State for seven years, the last two in the Poole College of Management. Dr. DeRousie oversees curriculum and scheduling for the college and provides strategic visioning, team oversight, and data driven planning for the advising team. When he isn’t on campus, he enjoys playing soccer, reading, and spending time inside and outside with his wife, three daughters, and dog.

Ms. Julie Lawson, Associate Director

Julie Lawson has served as an academic advisor in the Poole College of Management since August of 2012.  She was born in Virginia, but moved to the Raleigh area at a young age.  She attended Appalachian State University where she completed her undergraduate degree in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology and later a Masters degree in College Student Development.   Prior to her time at NC State she has worked at several institutions in North Carolina in the areas of leadership, service and student programming.  She has served in several professional development organizations including North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) and the Global Community of Academic Advising (NACADA).  Julie thoroughly enjoys her work with students as she helps them navigate their college journey.

Ms. Melusian Wright, Assistant Director

Melusian Wright is an advisor and educator who possesses a passion for guiding students toward their dreams and helping them on the path to achieving them. Her journey to Higher Education was an unconventional one that, although non-linear, has prepared her for a variety of different roles where she has supported students. Her commitment to diversity education has been evident in each role as she prepares students for a multicultural and global work environment. She has presented at a number of regional, local and national conferences and is a natural in the front of the classroom in part due to over 15 years of experience playing in funk and reggae bands.

Mrs. Jennifer McLamb, Assistant Director

Jennifer McLamb received her BS in Psychology and her MA in Higher Education Administration from Appalachian State University.  Her career path has given her the opportunity to work at 3 local Universities (UNC Chapel Hill, Duke and NC State).   She has been at NC State since 2010 and has a passion for helping students achieve their academic, personal and professional goals.  When she is not at work, she enjoys “crafting”, everything Disney, traveling and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Dr. Brian Peters, Senior Academic Advisor

Dr. Brian Peters is a Senior Academic Advisor within the Poole College of Management and has been at NC State for 7 years. He completed his Ph.D. at NC State in Educational Research and Policy Analysis in Higher Education. Dr. Peters’ dissertation explored the narrative stories of Native American college students’ choice to attend college in four-year public universities in North Carolina. His current research focuses on Native college students experiences within higher education. He earned a B.A. in History at Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. in Higher Education at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Peters serves on the Phi Beta Kappa Executive Council and the American Indian Advisor Council on campus. In his free time, he teaches fitness classes on campus, enjoys traveling abroad, staying active in research and scholarship, and spending time outdoors.

Mr. Ayo Agunbiade, Senior Academic Advisor

Ayo Agunbiade joined the Office of Undergraduate Programs by way of the Jenkins MBA department and has held various advising roles at NC State. He earned a BS in Communication from Southern Connecticut State University where he served as a captain for the varsity football team. He later earned an MS in Education from Longwood University with a concentration in Community & College Counseling. He has presented on advising topics at local, regional, and national levels. In his spare time, Ayo enjoys listening to and creating music, reading, playing video games, and volunteering.

Ms. Megan Van Hook, Academic Advisor, Transfer & CODA

Megan joined the Poole College of Management Advising Team by way of the Northeast.  She graduated from Boston College with a BA in Human Development and then continued on to earn her Master’s degree.  During her junior year of college she studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador. Megan loves helping students discover their strengths and passions both inside and outside of the classroom.  In her free time, she loves spending time with family, traveling, cheering on college sports and discovering North Carolina.

Ms. DeWhitney Upchurch, Academic Advisor

DeWhitney joined the Office of Undergraduate Programs in January 2017 as an Academic Advisor in the Poole College of Management. She is a Tar Heel native who received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida. DeWhitney’s previous professional experience has seen her in various roles of student development within the K-12 and higher education arenas. In particular, her interests lie in college access, multicultural advising and counseling, and cultural competency in education. When she’s not assisting students in actualizing their dreams, you can find her cheering on her Tar Heels and Philadelphia Eagles, eating some good Eastern NC BBQ, playing Jeopardy from her couch, and spending time with her family and friends.

Mr. Keith Martin, Academic Advisor

Keith Martin is an academic advisor within the Poole College of Management. He received his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. in Music from the University of Tampa. Prior to his start at North Carolina State University, Martin worked as a Community Director for UNC Asheville, where he was responsible for the educational and programmatic efforts of two residential communities. His additional experiences include work as an academic advisor for Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, Florida), and in advising first-generation students at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida). Mr. Martin is a proud native of Florida that loves a good mix of food, music, and travel with his soon-to-be wife!

Ms. Alissa S. Dodds, Academic Advisor

Alissa Dodds was born and raised in ChicoCA where her lifelong love of learning and exploration began.  She attended Marshall University where she earned B.B.A. degrees in both Marketing and Economics as well as an M.B.A.  Alissa has more than a decade of experience working in higher education, mostly serving undergraduate business students.  Alissa has been a member of Beta Gamma Sigma since 2004 and is the Chapter Advisor or NC State’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.  Alissa moved to North Carolina in the summer of 2017 and is thrilled to be working in the Poole College of Management!

Mr. Tommy Yandle, Academic Advising Graduate Assistant

Tommy is a current first-year in the Higher Education Administration Masters program here at NC State. He grew up in Monroe, NC, and earned his BA in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a proud Tar Heel alum, he loves Carolina blue, watching UNC teams win national championships, and seeing all that the triangle has to offer. Professionally, outside of working in Poole, you can find Tommy supporting college access nonprofits in the area while tackling coursework. He loves a good crossword (despite never actually completing one… yet!), playing basketball, and partaking in various other mindful activities like yoga, meditation, or journaling