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McCombs School of Business Undergraduate Advisors

All incoming business students are assigned to an Academic Advisor. Students will work with the same advisor throughout their time in the business school, unless they transfer to the iMPA Accounting Program or the Business Honors Program.


You can find out who your assigned academic advisor is as well as their e-mail address by accessing your McCombs BBA Advising Canvas page. You can also find the link for making an appointment with your advisor as well. Even if your advisor has left, you will still have access to your McCombs Advising Canvas page and can set up appointments and e-mail our team while waiting for your new advisor to be assigned. Although we strongly encourage you to email your questions directly to your academic advisor, Peer Advisors are also available at the BBA Program Office (CBA 2.400, 512-471-0690) for drop-in questions.


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  • Anissa Martinez

    Anissa joined the BBA Program Office in 2019, having previously worked in the Office of the Registrar at UT Austin. She graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UT Austin in 2016. Anissa has also graduated with her MBA from Concordia University-Texas.
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  • Cassie Burton

    Cassie joined the BAA Program Office in 2018, having worked previously with the TIP Scholars Program in the College of Natural Sciences. She received her degree in English Literature from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
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  • Ernest Barrera

    Ernest is from the west Texas town of El Paso. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Communication at St. Edwards University and his Masters of Science in Communication at Northwestern University. Ernest also volunteers for a non-profit called Cheer Austin that raises funds for local non-profits that deal with life threatening challenges and supports the LGBTQ+ community.
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  • Kayla Ford

    Kayla joined the BBA Program Office in 2011 as an Academic Advisor after serving as the Coordinator of Leadership Development with the UT Leadership and Ethics Institute. Before she started at UT, she was a Technical Recruiter for an Austin-based, high-tech staffing company. Kayla graduated from UT Austin with a M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Administration and with a B.B.A. in Marketing.
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  • Kishwar Kabiruddin

    Kishwar is from Houston and holds a BBA in Accounting and a M.Ed. in College and University Student Personnel Administration from UT – Austin! She has always wanted to come back to McCombs and work as an advisor since this is where her passion for academic advising started. In her spare time, Kishwar loves to spend time with her dog, Khaleesi, visit her family in Houston, and watch all the TV
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  • Lovelys Powell

    Lovelys joined the BBA Program Office in 2004 as an Academic Advisor, and now serves as Director of Advising. He graduated from UT Austin with degrees in Sociology and Government. He also earned a master of arts degree in Sociology from Texas State. He previously worked in the UT Office of Admissions, Undergraduate Advising Center, Office of the Dean of Students, and in the College of Education.
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  • Megan Thornton

    Megan is originally from Louisiana, and moved to Austin, Texas a few years ago. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Minor in Organizational Communications and earned her Master’s Degree at Texas State University in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She loves listening to music, going to concerts & festivals, and spending time outdoors & on the water
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  • Sarah McKay

    Sarah joined the BBA Program Office in 2019, having worked previously in the Environmental Science Program, the Department of Economics, and the School of Undergraduate Studies as an academic advisor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
  • Sarah Singer

    Sarah joined the BBA Advising Team in Spring of 2020, having previously advised for multiple foreign language departments in the College of Liberal Arts. She has a background in secondary foreign language teaching, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from UT Austin.