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Meet the Undergraduate Advising Office (UAO) Team

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Meet the UAO team

Taylor Bruns

Taylor Bruns (she/her)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Hi everyone! I’m excited to support you during your undergraduate experience as an alum having graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a Math minor and again in 2016 with a Master’s in Psychology. I love outdoor adventures, spending time with family, and dogs. You may even see a surprise guest when my Golden Retriever, Barry, pops into your virtual appointments. I look forward to getting to know you soon!

Jill Coughlin (she/her)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
I grew up in Waterford, Michigan and I graduated from U-M with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Higher Education. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband Eric and two young sons, and we love to explore all that Ann Arbor has to offer: coffee shops, parks, museums, and restaurants. Some of my favorite Ann Arbor activities are attending Top of the Park in the summer, rooting for Michigan Football in the fall (Go Blue!) and hanging out at my favorite local spot, York, anytime.

Jill Coughlin
Shelby Eddy

Shelby Eddy (she/her)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Hello! I grew up in a small town outside of Grand Rapids, MI and relocated to the Ann Arbor area for my graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University. I earned a B.A. in Spanish from Grand Valley State University and a M.A. in World Languages with a concentration in Spanish from EMU. I started working at U-M in 2017 and have been an advisor in CSE since May 2020. In my free time, I try to travel as much as possible. I also fill my cup by spending time with family, which includes my two German Shepherds, and friends, reading high-fantasy novels, and trying out new recipes. I look forward to connecting with you in a future advising appointment so that I can get to know you and help you on your journey at U-M.

Allison Edelbrock (she/her)
Undergraduate Advising Office Assistant
Hi there! I’m an administrative assistant here in the Undergraduate Advising Office. I am from Dundee, Michigan, and I got both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Spanish at the University of Toledo. I have many hobbies that I rotate through, but I always come back to reading, gaming, and needlecrafts. You will find me on North Campus playing Pokemon Go! on my lunch break, and after work, you’ll find me tending to my three cats or my many plants.

Allison Edelbrock
Li Harper

Li Harper (they/them)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Hello! I was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Eaton Rapids, MI. I attended Central Michigan University and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts with a minor in Psychology and Media, Design, Technology, and Production. I also attended Eastern Michigan University where I received my Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Student Affairs and a Certificate in Academic Advising. I started working at U-M in 2021 and am excited to welcome you and work with you throughout your academic journey! Outside of work you can find me playing games with pals, spending time with my dog, exploring a local coffee shop, or doing something crafty.

Yili Lin (she/her)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Hello! I’m Yili Lin, a passionate student-centered advisor at the CSE Undergraduate Advising Office (UAO). Originally from Taiwan, I came to the United States as an international student and earned a doctoral degree in piano performance. Before my role at the CSE UAO, I had the privilege of guiding and instructing students at Michigan State University and Concordia University. Interacting with students brings me joy, and I am committed to unlocking their full potential. When I’m not immersed in advising, you can often find me indoors, savoring music—both listening and playing. Let’s connect and embark on an exciting journey together here at the University of Michigan!

Yili Li
Gray Strain

Gray Strain (they/she)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
I am originally from Toledo, OH. I earned my B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and my M.A. in Gender & Cultural Studies, and am happy to have found a professional home in higher education helping students at U-M! In my free time, I’m an avid gamer and reader, but also enjoy walking in nature and trying new recipes in the kitchen or restaurants with friends. I’m excited to support you throughout your academic career in CSE!

Julie Tashjian (she/her)
Student Administration Manager
I am the Manager of the Undergraduate Advising Office and here to support students and our amazing team of advising office staff with all things CSE. I grew up in Metro Detroit and earned my B.A. in Communication and M.A. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, both at Michigan State University. Prior to coming to CSE, I worked as a high school College Advisor, an Academic Advisor at MSU, then an Academic Advisor in UM’s Mechanical Engineering department. Beyond work, I love cooking, traveling, exploring restaurants and coffee shops, and hanging out with my husband, young children, and dog Olive.

Julie Tashjian
Obi Unaeze

Obi Unaeze (he/him)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Hello! I was born in Nigeria and grew up in Big Rapids, MI on the west side of the state. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Psychology minor from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Counselor Education from Western Michigan University. Since then, I’ve been a school counselor, mental health therapist, and a career development specialist. I started my Academic Advising career at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit in December 2018 and was happy to continue my work at the University of Michigan in July 2021 in CSE. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, traveling, hiking, learning new languages, playing saxophone, woodworking, and so much more!

Jill Vajcner (she/her)
Undergraduate Advising Office Assistant
Hello! I am Jill Vajcner, I am an Administrative Assistant for the CSE Undergraduate Advising office. I am excited to help students and our team in their University of Michigan journey! I am from a small town about 20 mins away. I love spending time with my family and friends and spend most of my time at my kids’ activities! I look forward to working with you to help you have the best experience at U of M. Go Blue!

Jill Vajcner