SSA Staff:


Niki Weight – Director


I joined the Student Success and Advising team in August 2018. I have a passion for helping students achieve success and find their path. Originally from Utah, I have always loved Oregon and I am excited to explore my new home with my husband and daughters.





Lizzy Harman (Balding) – Assistant Director


I am the Interim Assistant Director of Student Success and enjoy meeting with all students, hearing about successes and struggles. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I like to spend my free time outdoors, exploring the natural beauty of Oregon with my husband.



Carly DelaBarre – Tutoring Coordinator and Academic Success Specialist


I am here to help you with any of your academic needs and can provide connections and resources to assist you in achieving your personal definition of success. I look forward to meeting with you!



Kelly Rush – Academic Success Advisor


I am a WOU alumnus and have a background working at both the high school and college level. I was a first generation, low-income student while at WOU and feel that I can bring insight and support to the students I work with.




Melissa Hinzman – Office Coordinator and Academic Advisor


I am the Office Coordinator and an Academic Advisor for students interested in the pre-nursing pathway, though I welcome students who may be exploring their academic options or those with questions about WOU’s general education requirements.  A native Oregonian and WOU Alum, I enjoy traveling, reading, listening to music of all genres, and spending time with my husband and our two cats.


Ron Mercer – Academic Success Advisor


I am an Academic Advisor with Student Success and Advising who focuses on helping exploratory students find their path here at WOU. I am from Michigan and received my bachelors in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Michigan University. I like to spend time watching movies, playing video games, and going on adventures with my wife.






Bilingual Academic Success Advisor is Open

Jesse Poole, Interim Assistant Director of Student Success (On Leave)



Student Success and Advising

(503) 838-8428 | or e-mail: or | Location: Advising Center