SSA Staff:


Niki Weight – Director

She/Her/Hers | 503-838-9391

Primary Advising Area: Exploratory

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

She/Her/Hers | American Sign Language | 503-838-8057

I am the Assistant Director of Student Success and Advising 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.


Adrian Trujillo – Bilingual Academic Success Advisor

He/Him/His | Se habla Español | 503-838-8587

Primary Advising Areas: Exploratory, Dream.US Scholars

I am the Bilingual Academic Success Advisor with Student Success and Advising. I am a native to Independence and Monmouth Oregon. I graduated from Oregon State with a bachelors in Human Development and Family Science as a first-generation, non-traditional student. I am excited to work with all students and help them explore their opportunities and support their goals. I enjoy quality time with my family, movies with my three sons and crafting with my wife.



Gabbi Boyle – Academic Success Advisor

They/Them/Theirs | American Sign Language | 503-838-8501

Primary Advising Areas: Transfer and Prospective Students

I am a WOU Alum that spent a few years away to complete a Master’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University, and I couldn’t be happier to be back at WOU!



Keegan Gormally – Tutoring Coordinator/Academic Success Advisor

He/Him/His | Se habla Español | 503-838-8083

As Tutoring Coordinator/Academic Success Advisor, I enjoy helping students clarify their goals, overcome barriers to success, and access educational environments to support them as students and unique individuals. I am originally from northern Iowa, and as a first-generation student from a low-income background, I received a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa before earning a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Outside of work hours, I enjoy reading and writing literature, being outdoors, and staying connected with family and friends across the country.

Kelly Rush – Academic Success Advisor

She/Her/Hers | 503-838-8576

Primary Advising Area: Pre-Nursing

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

She/Her/Hers | 503-838-9354

Primary Advising Area: Pre-Nursing

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

He/Him/His | 503-838-8506

Primary Advising Area: Exploratory

I am an Academic Success 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.









Student Success and Advising

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