Meet the Staff

The CFAR team is comprised of professional staff members (Educational Counselors) and peer Academic Mentors (students just like you!)

Professional Staff

Educational Counselors are professional staff members who meet with students during CFAR drop-in hours. We listen and coach students through the issues impacting their UNH experience. Together, we create a CFAR action plan and set up meetings with a peer academic mentor familiar with your classes.  We remain available to guide students through all aspects of their UNH experience.

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Daniela Adler


(603) 862-3688

I helped to create CFAR while a senior and I am still here because I am passionate about mentoring students. College is a transitional time and I value the opportunity to play a part in your UNH experience. I work with all students but have expertise in working with students with disabilities

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Pattie McNamara

Educational Counselor

(603) 862-1115 

I loved my role as an Academic Mentor when I was a student at UNH. It’s great to be back as an Educational Counselor and working with students from a different perspective, especially within the sciences. I really enjoy helping students discover time management and study strategies that work best for them so they can spend more time exploring what UNH has to offer!

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Cecily Griesser

Educational Counselor

(603) 862-0143 

I’ve always enjoyed listening to students and providing different resources that might help them feel empowered. For about 15 years, I did this in the context of K-12 classrooms, but now I am extremely excited to do this work with the UNH community. It’s a great honor to play a part in your university experience and help you build skillsets that will serve you in college and beyond, so please do not ever hesitate to stop by or contact me!

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Isabel Bates

Administrative Coordinator

(603) 862-3698

I have always enjoyed working in environments that encourage both learning and compassion. Having previously worked in theater education, I know what it is like to welcome and support students who are experiencing something new, and I am thrilled to be able to do so at UNH. I’ll always do my best to create a safe space for all, so feel free to stop by and chat with me anytime! 

Academic Mentors

Peer mentors are academic coaches who work with students on all things academic! Personalized meetings address what you are experiencing in your classes, while studying, and as a student. Meet with an academic mentor weekly or as needed to improve your study skills.

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  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Studying for and taking exams
  • Problem-solving approaches
  • Note-taking skills
  • Reading skills
  • Canvas & syllabi analysis
  • Online portal learning tools