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Karen Thomas Karen Thomas
Dean, Advising and Student Services Karen Thomas more copy arrow

Ms. Thomas is a St. Augustine native who earned her Associate in Arts degree from St. Johns River State College, Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida where she began her career in higher education. Ms. Thomas has worked in the education field for many years dedicating her efforts to creating an environment where students receive high quality customer service, understand their role in the education process and are connected with opportunities to reach their personal academic goals. She appreciates spending time at the beach, reading a great book and traveling to new places and can often be found spending quality time with friends and family.


Angeline Cloud Angeline Cloud
Career & Technical Education Advisor Angeline Cloud more copy arrow

Ms. Cloud provides recruitment, academic advising and case management services for students enrolled in Career and Technical Education clock-hour programs. It is her mission to assist students of all ages to create a path toward academic success and rewarding career options that lead to self-sufficiency. Ms. Cloud earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in the non-profit social service profession in the areas of child abuse/neglect, homelessness, domestic violence, parent education and early childhood education. Ms. Cloud and her family moved to St. Augustine in 2010 and she began working at SJR State as a Student Support Representative. She is a native of Wisconsin and a proud member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe. Her interests include traveling, learning about holistic self-care and wellness practices of various cultures, and spending as much time as she can with her family near and far.

Gina Denning Gina Denning
Advising Secretary Gina Denning more copy arrow

Ms. Denning has been employed at St Johns River State College since February, 1995. She started at the College first working in the Adult Education Department as a Secretary III. Ms. Denning loved helping students complete their high school diplomas and has continued this helping role in the Advising Department as the Counseling Secretary for the Palatka Campus. She sees the amazing changes in students as they pursue a college degree and follow their goals for life changing careers.

Shyla Joy Shyla Joy
Academic Advisor, Disability Coordinator Shyla Joy more copy arrow

Ms. Joy is a native of Ohio, and served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. She was stationed on the USS Mount Baker (AE 34), and at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Joy began her education at Leeward Community College, in Pearl City, Hawaii where she received her Associates in Arts, and is also a proud alumnus of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Joy is honored to have served students for 18 years at SJR State, and is looking forward to serving students for many more years. She enjoys spending time with her two children, and is an avid collector of Fiesta ware.

Terrie Robinson Terrie Robinson
Career and Technical Education Advisor Terrie Robinson more copy arrow


Renee Ruffalo Renee Ruffalo
Assistant Director of Advising for Advising Services Renee Ruffalo more copy arrow

Ms. Ruffalo is a native of Western Pennsylvania who started her career in Education at the Art Institutes of Pittsburgh. Beginning in Admissions and then transitioning to a Student Success Advisor at Argosy University, she worked with students from their first step in the door until their last steps across the stage to accept their degrees. With her background in business and years of experience in sales and marketing, Ms. Ruffalo was drawn to Higher Education for the rewarding nature of working with students. Ms. Ruffalo earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management with a specialization in Finance and a Master’s degree in Leadership from South University. She has interests in landscaping and interior design, and loves spending time with family and friends.

Destiny Schaffer Destiny Schaffer
Academic Success Coach Destiny Schaffer more copy arrow


Hannah Wall Hannah Wall
Advising Secretary Hannah Wall more copy arrow


For general questions or to make an appointment contact Gina Denning, Advising Assistant at 386-312-4035 or at .


Dr. Parick O. Arnwine Dr. Patrick Arnwine
Assistant Director of Advising for Disability Services Dr. Patrick O. Arnwine more copy arrow

Dr. Arnwine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. Dr. Arnwine has been with SJR State College since 2001 and in Academic Advising since 2009. He has also taught various college level and vocational courses. In his spare time, Dr. Arnwine enjoys watching movies.

Brooke Elasik Brooke Elasik
Academic Advisor Brooke Elasik more copy arrow

Ms. Elasik is a native of South Florida who started her career in higher education as the Orientation Coordinator for St. Johns River State College. Beginning in the Admissions and Registrar’s office, she quickly added the Recruitment Coordinator role to her agenda. This cultivated her passion for promoting education to our service district’s students. "It is fulfilling to see our high schoolers find their home at St. Johns River State College, you really can Begin Here, Go Anywhere!"
Ms. Elasik was drawn to education from her own experiences. Her passion for teaching and working with students developed over the last few years while working closely with the public schools of St. Johns, Clay and Putnam counties. "Each county in our service district is incredibly different. The students are diverse and the faculty truly care about their student’s success after high school!"
Ms. Elasik’s goal is for each student to realize their potential. While attending Florida Atlantic University, she made personal and professional connections by joining; clubs, organizations, volunteering and working. In her free time, Ms. Elasik enjoys spending time with her family, friends and traveling.

Alina Gonzalez  Alina Gonzalez
Academic Success Coach Alina Gonzalez more copy arrow


Iana Harris Iana Harris
Academic Advisor Iana Harris more copy arrow

Dr. Harris earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education degree from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. Dr. Harris serves as an Associate Pastor at Freedom Destiny Church and volunteers at First Coast Women’s Services. After a season away from higher education, Dr. Harris is excited to assist students in reaching their life goals here at SJRState. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and eating great food!

Joanna Simpson Joanna Simpson
Senior Academic Advisor Joanna Simpson more copy arrow

Ms. Simpson is a proud alumnus of the University of North Florida where she graduated with her Bachelor of Health Science degree with a concentration in Public Health and is currently obtaining her Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration at UNF. Ms. Simpson enjoys assisting students on their educational journey and watching them succeed. She loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and try new recipes.

Heather Smith Heather Smith
Student Support Representative Heather Smith more copy arrow

Ms. Smith is a Veteran, who after being discharged from the US Army, started taking classes here at St Johns River State College. She started out as a note taker, then was a student worker for three years, and now works full time as a Student Support Representative for Academic Advising at the Orange Park campus. Ms. Smith loves helping people and this job allows her to do that daily. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in her community, reading, researching her genealogy and spending time with her kids.

Wesley Wright Wesley Wright
Career and Technical Education Advisor Wesley Wright  more copy arrow


For general questions or to make an appointment, contact Heather Smith, One-Stop Student Support Representative Academic Advising at 904-276-6800 or at .


George Brownett George Brownett
Academic Advisor, Disability Coordinator George Brownett more copy arrow

Mr. Brownett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of North Florida. His career has been focused on helping students achieve their personal, academic and career goals. Mr. Brownett worked as a middle school counselor and educator for many years before entering higher education as an academic advisor and counselor. At SJR State College, he has been involved in grant projects that promote both academic and career development for SJR State students, and now continues these services through the Academic Advising Department. His favorite hobby is drawing cartoons and digital graphics.

Peter Morgan Peter Morgan
Senior Academic Advisor Peter Morgan more copy arrow

Mr. Morgan earned his Master’s degree in Education and Educational Specialist degree in Student Affairs from the University of Florida where he worked as a Residence Hall Director and interned with the International Student Center, Career Resource Center, Campus Ministry Cooperative, and Learning Skills Center. He served Florida Institute of Technology, the University of North Florida, and Jacksonville University students before serving SJR State College students as a Faculty/Senior Academic Advisor since 2011. Three generations of Morgan family women have all served the College including his mother, Frances, a SJR Junior College founder and Clay County School Board member; wife Jeannine, 28 years as an English professor and department chair; and four daughters, SJR State College graduates, Anna (2012), Brigid (2014), Dorothy (2018) and Josephine currently Dual Enrolled. He enjoys playing tennis.

Laura Rogers Laura Rogers
Career & Technical Education Advisor Laura Rogers more copy arrow

Mrs. Rogers is a proud alumnus of the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science degree and a Master’s degree in Health Science with a major in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is passionate about steering students in the right direction, especially in the Health Science fields. Ms. Rogers has a background in working within Disability Services and Mental Health, and is also an adjunct instructor for the Nursing Department at SJR State College. She enjoys singing and making people smile as well as going to Disney as often as possible!

Lynne Smith Lynne Smith
Senior Academic Advisor Lynne Smith more copy arrow

Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at Bethany College and a Master’s degree in Education at Harvard University. She has worked in both nonprofit and government sectors, primarily as a grants administrator for educational and health promotion programs before coming to SJR State College in 2012. Here at SJR State, Ms. Smith has worked on two Career & Technical Education grant projects and now advises AA/transfer and AS students about strategies for attaining their educational goals. Her favorite activities include biking, exploring and cooking.

Melissa Sullivan  Melissa Sullivan
Academic Success Coach Melissa Sullivan   more copy arrow


Rebekah Wilson Rebekah Wilson
Academic Advising Assistant Rebekah Wilson more copy arrow

Mrs. Wilson became a member of the SJR State family in 2013. She began first as a student, and later became a student-worker in Advising. She is now the Academic Advising Assistant at the St. Augustine campus. Mrs. Wilson and her husband of 26 years, and two adult children, have lived in the area since 2009. She loves taking Cruises, and is a self-proclaimed Christmas fanatic. Mrs. Wilson is thrilled to be a member of the SJR State team!

For general questions or to make an appointment call Rebekah Wilson, Advising Assistant 904-808-7402 or at .