Academic Advising

Donnelly College's Academic Advising, as part of Student Support Services, is dedicated to helping students access and utilize the skills needed to achieve academic success. Students are required to meet with an assigned success coach/advisor to develop goals and participate in activities to teach them strategies for success. 

Donnelly College's academic advisors are available to explain the requirements of Donnelly's many programs and assist in decision-making related to the following: 

  • Selecting semester courses
  • Planning a program of study 
  • Setting goals for future learning
  • Preparing for transfer
  • Finding academic support resources 
  • Dropping/adding courses
  • Transitioning into other programs


Meet Your Advisors 

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson
Academic Advisor
(Student last names A-K and Bloch Scholars)
ajohnson@donnelly.edu
Call (913) 621-8720 or
Text (913) 578-9949
Office 114
Regular Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Hometown:
Williamstown, New Jersey

Why did you choose to work at Donnelly?
I chose to work at Donnelly because I value community and am passionate about making higher education accessible. I also wanted a role that allows me to support students directly and build meaningful relationships with them. 

What do you love most about working with students?
I love working with students because I learn so much from them. The resilience, hard work, and determination of Donnelly students never ceases to amaze and inspire me. I am here to mentor and assist students, but they also help me be the best version of myself. 

Fun Fact:
I was born in the middle of a huge blizzard and was named the "Blizzard Baby" by the local newspaper.

Words of Wisdom: 
Never be afraid to ask questions and seek help, especially here at Donnelly. Everyone who works at Donnelly is here to support you!

Karen Lombardi

Karen Lombardi
Academic Advisor
(Student last names L-Z)
klombardi@donnelly.edu
Call (913) 621-8725 or
Text (913) 794-3351
Office 114
Regular Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Hometown: 
Trumbull, Connecticut 

Why did you choose to work at Donnelly?  
I have been drawn to the mission of Donnelly since I first learned about this school. This is a community that is passionate about why we are here and how we can best serve one another. I am excited to be a part of this through my work as an academic advisor, where I get to meet and interact with so many members of this community every day!

What do you love most about working with students?
My students are a great gift to me because they allow me to accompany them on their journeys and encourage them as they work towards their goals and fulfill their purpose. I love learning the stories of my students – where they come from and where they are going – and I am grateful for the opportunity to see how my students write the next part of their story!   

Fun Fact:
As a child, I never moved. I grew up and lived in the same house in Connecticut until I went to college in Pennsylvania. Since then, I have moved all over the country.  In addition to Connecticut and Pennsylvania, I have lived in Texas, Nevada, Maryland, and Kansas.  (Kansas is my favorite!) 

Words of Wisdom:
My “go to” words of wisdom are from the Book in Proverbs in the Bible: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)