Admissions and Advising Staff

The Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies has dedicated staff to help you through the process of going back to school for your degree. From questions about your application and orientation to academic planning and registration, our admissions counselors, academic advisers and communications team are with you every step of the way.

Schedule an advising appointment by calling 314-977-2330 or 800-734-6736. Graduate students in our programs are advised by the director of their programs.

Staff Directory

Deb Blanquart
Deb Blanquart

Senior Academic Adviser
314-977-3347 
debra.blanquart@slu.edu

Debra Blanquart has more than 15 years of experience in education, holding several types of positions including instructor, program coordinator and an academic adviser. She also has experience in marketing, sales and sales management. Blanquart earned her master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology at Southern Illinois University. Her Spanish minor was completed at the University of Madrid in Madrid, Spain.


Justin Smith
Justin Smith

Community Outreach Coordinator
314-977-2334
justin.smith@slu.edu

Justin Smith earned a B.A. in history from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 2008 and his M.S. in higher education with a concentration in college administration and leadership as well as assessment and evaluation from Kaplan University in 2012. His background is in both admissions and academic advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He enjoys working with students and helping them meet their goal of earning a degree.


Lana Hilliard
Lana Kelly Hilliard

Academic Adviser
314-977-7411
lana.kellyhilliard@slu.edu

Lana Kelly Hilliard received her B.S. in journalism at Missouri State University and her master's degree in higher education from Saint Louis University. She has worked as an admission counselor, academic adviser, coordinator and instructor. Hilliard is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in higher education administration.


Sharon Spicer
Sharon Spicer

Academic Adviser
314-977-3324
sharon.spicer@slu.edu

Sharon Spicer earned her B.A. in organizational studies from the School for Professional Studies and continues her master's studies in public administration at Saint Louis University. This has given Spicer a clear understanding of the nontraditional learning environment and how to assist students to achieve successful results. Spicer is excited to work with adult learners and help them achieve their educational goals.


Eric Miller
Eric Miller

Senior Admission Counselor
314-977-7812
eric.miller@slu.edu

Eric Miller earned his B.A. in business administration from Columbia College and his Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration from Saint Louis University. He has worked in financial aid and admissions at the graduate and undergraduate levels and enjoys helping adult students achieve their educational goals.


Ashley Eckhardt
Ashley Eckhardt

Admission Counselor
314-977-2164
ashley.eckhardt@slu.edu

Ashley earned her B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2015. She has experience working in enrollment services and academic advising and enjoys assisting students in pursuit of their educational goals.


Andrea Kolisch

Andrea Kolisch

Admission Counselor
314-977-7812
andrea.m.kolisch@slu.edu

Andrea Kolisch earned her BA in international studies and business from the University of Missouri and went on to earn a master’s degree in adult and higher education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has experience in several areas of student development, including college advising for high school students, career development advising, and new student orientation and transition programming. Working with different types of student populations throughout her recent experience has given her a distinct understanding of non-traditional students and what it takes to help them be successful.


Jacob Wierson

Jacob Wierson

Communications and Analytics Coordinator 
314-977-3534
jacob.wierson@slu.edu

A proud Billiken,  Jacob Wierson earned his B.A. in communication and is currently pursuing a master’s in communication from Saint Louis University. His passion for the field stems from his desire to get to know every person – from prospective and current students to faculty and staff. His areas of expertise include media relations, journalism and social media communication. He originally hails from El Paso, Texas, and loves to call St. Louis his second home and SLU his alma mater.